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October 15th, 2019 7:54 AM

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Are you anticipating a move in the near future? 
I AM!!  And I found this list of tips very helpful:

  • Weed out the clutter. Before you start packing, if there is anything you don’t want or need, don’t pack it! Sell, donate, give away or throw out.
  • Use the right size box. Before you start packing a room, figure out which box size(s) are needed for the items in the room, not making any too heavy.
  • Tape boxes carefully. Make sure to wrap tape completely around the bottom of the box. They can be weakened by handling & stacking and this will reinforce the box to prevent ruptures.
  • Label the boxes. The labels should contain two pieces of information: what’s in the box and which room it should be deposited in. The destination is as important as what is inside.
  • Use sandwich bags for small hardware. After taking apart furniture, curtains, etc. store the screws, nuts, brackets, powers cords, etc. in a sandwich bag. Then label the bag with a permanent marker and tape it to the back of the item.
  • Take photos before disassembling electronics. To make sure where all those wires go, take photos for all the computers or entertainment centers that will save hours in not having to reread the instruction manuals.
  • Pack important items separately. Jewelry and expensive electronics should be packed separately, as well as important documents (wills, passports, insurance papers) and they should travel with you, not in a truck.
  • Get a pet sitter (or babysitter). Enlist a close friend or family member to keep them on moving day so they will stay out of harm’s way.
  • Prep your bathroom. Prepare the new bathroom if possible before moving day by doing basic cleaning and having soap, toiletries and towels ready for that exhausting first night.
  • Prepare an overnight bag with essentials. Take a bag containing everything needed for that first night and the following morning: medications, basic toiletries, a change of clothes, and anything else you cannot do without.

Moving is stressful, but can be seamless with a bit of planning and organization!

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October 8th, 2019 9:30 AM

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Many people dream of how much better they would be than they are, if only they were somebody else or had more to their estate.  As Jiminy Cricket sings in the movie Pinocchio, “When you wish upon a star” . . . . . your dreams can come true.  In these uncertain times, getting from here to there is not as simple as a wish or a dream.  However, it IS possible to work with what you’ve already got.

Many secretly believe that they have to wait until things calm down a bit before they start to get their acts together.  They need to wait until after the presidential election to make financial decisions; they need to wait until the global economy stabilizes before buying another car or any other large purchases; they need to see what market prices do in real estate before putting their home up for sale; they need for life to be “perfect” and so it becomes a waiting game of “wishing” and “hoping.”

The actual “craft” of wishing is to acknowledge that life never calms down long enough for us to wait until the perfect tomorrow.  Life is always movement, always change, and always unforeseen circumstances.  There is never the “perfect” time.  So, we should wish to creatively work with what we have and get going.  Wish that you can get the highest possible price for the sale of your home, but acknowledge that a price reduction will be offset with other savings, such as lower closing costs and commissions.  Wish for the stock market to pay higher returns, but know that you can choose safer, more stable investments.  Wish for circumstances in your life to improve, but call forth all the riches that you currently have.

Procrastination robs us of too many opportunities.  Too many times in the past several years we have heard from buyers or sellers, “I WISH I had bought that home.”  “I WISH I had listened to your advice.”  “I WISH I had taken that offer!”  There is a “craft” to wishing:  it is by adjusting one’s outlook that things change.  Don’t let your wishes become your regrets; instead make them come true!

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October 1st, 2019 6:55 AM

 

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Everyone is already aware of the Grand Openings of the retail stores within the past couple weeks at Posner Village.  Now open for business are Burlington, Home Goods, Marshalls, Five Below, Bealls Outlet, Rack Room Shoes, Ulta Beauty and America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses.  Starbucks will be open soon and the other out parcel will be Chipotle Mexican Grill

Many factors go into the decision of where to put a new retail store.  The population within 10 miles of Posner Village is 121,524, with 43,152 households.  Some of the determining information includes target market, income, population, future growth, size of the store and access to the store. 

Originally, Posner “Park” was to include upscale shopping, restaurants, luxury apartments and a hotel.  And now it looks like Posner “Village” will continue on with some of these plans.  Ground is being cleared for another area of development, across the road from Target.  As per the original design and plan, there will be approximately 288 apartments built, with the smallest studio floor plans beginning at over $1100 per month in rent.  No other information is available at this time.

There is still much land to develop in the Posner area so perhaps a hotel is also in the future plans.  Since Exit 55 is a major exit between Lakeland and Orlando, it will continue to attract permanent residents and tourists who want to be close to all that Orlando has to offer.  Exit 58 (Champions Gate) is also bursting with development on either side of I-4 and the population there is expanding rapidly. 

Nothing ever stays the same, and East Polk and West Osceola Counties are experiencing tremendous change! 

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September 24th, 2019 8:37 AM

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All of us know about learning life’s lessons through pain, struggle, and loss.  But few of us realize that it is often the gentlest lessons that teach us the most.  It has been said, “What a wonderful life I’ve had.  I only wish I’d realized it sooner!” 

Yes, life is just full of wonderful surprises if we’re open to them.  You may wake up not knowing what will happen during the day, and then something very unexpected happens that changes everything:  an invitation to dinner, a surprise package in the mail, a phone call from a long-distance friend.  As a detail-oriented person, being spontaneous is not one of my strong traits.  However, I am gently learning the important lesson of being open to receive when the opportunity presents itself.  Taking the time to enjoy those invitations or distractions of the day that we think we should pass on, just might be the most delightful moments of the week. 

Listen to the laughter of children or grandchildren; accept the kindness of a friend; reach out to those in need; act on intuition; be open to laughing at yourself; observe how your pets live so contentedly in the present moment; discover the healing power of spontaneity; and focus on the good in any situation.

Expect the best of every day, realizing what a wonderful life you are living.  If we are open to and grateful for gentle lessons, new teachers will appear in our path.  Be thankful for today . . . . . . it is going to be a great one!

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September 17th, 2019 9:29 AM

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With all the new retail stores that recently opened in our area and the holiday season coming soon, I thought this article written by Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd, was a very good one:

“When someone steals merchandise from a store, they drive up the cost of goods for all of us.  Thefts cost retailers billions every year and that cost is passed on to the honest consumers.

Shoplifting has developed over the years where it is not just individual shoplifters anymore.  Groups of people work together in an organized way, systematically stealing and either reselling or returning stolen merchandise gift cards, which are resold for cash.  These schemes go beyond the borders of a city, with many groups operating in multiple counties, states or even internationally.  These organized theft rings oftentimes involve credit card fraud, stolen identities and even smuggling. 

These crooks aren’t just stealing blue jeans or dresses.  They will steal sneakers, laundry detergent, baby food, electronics . . . . just about anything.   From there, these items might end up being exchanged for gift cards, sold on the internet, sold at flea markets or out of the back of a truck in some parking lot. 

Polk County Sheriff’s Office has created a special group of detectives who concentrate solely on investigating conspirators bent on small and large-scale theft operations.  They have also had great cooperation with the State Attorney General’s Office with statewide prosecution of some of the people they have arrested. 

So, if you ever see suspicious activity at any store, notify an employee immediately.  As you hear often through the news media, if you see something, say something!”

Well said, Sheriff Grady Judd!

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September 10th, 2019 7:49 AM

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And they have!  The new “Posner Village” stores had grand openings last week and come they did!   In fact, it was extremely difficult to find a parking place and the lines inside the stores resembled a Disney queue for an attraction! 

The following stores are now open for business and have been well stocked with lots of beautiful clothing, housewares and home décor:  Five Below, Ulta, Burlington, Marshalls, Home Goods and on September 26th, Bealls Outlet will open their doors.  We are still waiting word on Starbuck’s, and America’s Best Eye Glass store. 

In addition to all the brand new retail stores, Target is in the middle of a large renovation and is adding some sq. ft. to their property as well.  Lots of dirt is still being moved on the “Village” side, so in time there will be even more retail choices and hopefully some sit-down restaurants.

Adding to the Davenport growth:  three more developments are coming between Sand Mine Road and Legacy Park on Hwy 27 North, before Hwy. 192.  Mirabella will be a 106 single-family home community with 140 townhomes as well.  Pointe West will have 210 Townhomes.  This is just north of where the new self-storage units will be.  And Windsor Ridge will be a community of 610 vacation homes, zoned for short-term rental. 

Then there is a 310 unit apartment complex coming to the southeast corner of Hwy 27 and Ronald Reagan Pkwy.  It will have 10, three-story buildings consisting of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units.  Expected ground-breaking is next year, with occupancy beginning in 2021. 

Yes, build it and they will come.  And they are definitely coming to Davenport, the fastest growing city in the state of Florida!

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September 3rd, 2019 10:50 AM

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It has been a brutally long wait for Hurricane Dorian to decide on a definite path and residents of Florida are beginning to breathe a “sigh of relief” even though we are not completely out of the woods yet.

 People get upset with forecasters and weather specialists when preparations begin so far in advance, but experience has taught us that a hurricane, especially a beast like Dorian, can change course at any time and go anywhere it wants.  We saw that happen in 2004, when Hurricane Charlie turned towards us at the last minute.  So, even though it is frustrating to get prepared, change plans, and then “wait for it, wait for it” it is the hurricane hunters and weather specialists who risk their own lives to help save others.  Hurricanes are becoming larger and more powerful, with greater risks of devastation to any areas they impact directly.  Being prepared and waiting it out is much better than any loss of life or serious injuries. 

We are only in the “midst” of hurricane season now, with a couple more months to go.  Hopefully, we can continue to be spared any direct hits or damage to any part of our beautiful sunshine state.  Keep those supplies handy and remain vigilant for future storms.  But remember to pray for all those in the Bahamas already impacted by total devastation and destruction and keep our northern coastal neighbors in prayer as well.  Life can change on a dime, and it only takes one monster storm to change someone’s life forever. 

Waiting out a hurricane is not so bad, especially when we have been blessed!

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August 27th, 2019 11:15 AM

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This article was recently printed in the local weekly Four Corners publication:

Located in Northeast Polk County, Davenport was once a sleepy, small village with one stop light.  But, with its proximity to Walt Disney World and other theme parks, Greater Orlando, the beach and year-round warm weather, it was only a matter of time until the population exploded in this area.  From 2015 with a population of just 2,888 we have gone to 9,400 in 2019 and it keeps growing.

Currently, there are 25 housing developments under construction, sprinkled around the interior of the city limits.  The number of homes in those developments range anywhere from 100 to 700, and there are two planned apartment complexes with 80 and 88 units, respectively. 

With all of this growth, it seems appropriate that the city recently purchased three large “Welcome to Davenport” permanent signs which have been installed at entrances into the municipality. 

Since there has been a significant increase of residents, a new Community Center and Banquet Hall is planned.  This Community Center will be a 42,000 square-foot building that will seat 400 in the Banquet Hall.  It will include two gyms, an exercise room, computer room, arts and crafts room, bridal room and wedding garden.  It is proposed to have something for everyone from ages 5 to 85 once this state-of-the-art facility is completed.  Construction will begin soon, but no completion date has been given.

Progress and growth produces change, and we are in the midst of transforming quiet, little Davenport to a prosperous city in the near future.

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August 20th, 2019 8:37 AM

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When living in a Senior Community, it becomes easier to misunderstand and have low levels of tolerance for people who are younger or simply not like us.  We forget that we were once younger too, but in a specific generation with very different points of view on many issues.  However, it only takes a little education and insight, and we can learn to appreciate others’ opinions as well. 

Those of us who are not of the Silent Generation tend to think they are too conservative with their money and ideas.  But many will state that during their entire depression era, clothing came from Goodwill and for dinner they were lucky to have potatoes or potato skins to eat, thereby conservatism was born. 

Baby Boomers were the first demographic group to be seriously studied and told, because of their education, they should “always” have the right answer.  Generation X has been criticized for their dress, lack of manners, corporate loyalty, and different interactive skills, but they were the first generation of “latchkey” kids in the workforce.  They had little direction on how to dress, what fork to use, or whom to be loyal to.

Each generation is different and our differences give each of us something special to offer.  The Silent Generation:  foundation and tradition; The Boomers:  amassed education; The X Generation:  technology literacy.

Age comes to us without effort.  We have earned it by just being a member of the human race.  It does not transform us, accommodate us, or adjust to us.  It merely allows each of us to see ourselves and others more clearly and realize that we all have something to give.  We all can learn from the previous, present and future generations.  The key is to never stop learning and to nurture acceptance!

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August 13th, 2019 10:36 AM

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How many times have we used this phrase, “it is what it is.”  But do we truly accept what this says?  There have been so many changes in the Four Corners area this past year, some exciting and some disappointing but in everything, acceptance of what we cannot control is the key.  Being able to adjust and go forward is the challenge.

There is new construction here everywhere:  new home communities, commercial and warehouse development, retail and restaurant establishments, gas stations and storage facilities.  New schools and parks are springing up, as well as additional medical facilities. There have been changes in demographics, flow of traffic, and crowds at attractions and theme parks.  Growth is exploding!

Closer to home, there have been changes in our own neighborhoods with losing family or friends and adjusting to the new life styles that aging ultimately brings. We have seen many people move on and now have new faces in our community, along with new talents and experiences to share. 

As they say in life, “nothing ever stays the same; change is inevitable.” Having resided in this area for 20 years, we have seen tremendous change!  But we have also accepted the fact that “it is what it is.”  Exciting times are ahead with new developments and adventures.  We must accept what is.

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