#50for50 part 2

It all started a couple of years ago when my sis Manda sent me a card saying we will wear flip flops together again.

Flipflops

Flipflops in Florida

So part of my #50for50, 50 things to make me happy in my 50th year, had to include seeing her. Now Manda lives in Canada so we don’t get to see each other too often, last time was nearly 2 years ago when she came over for my son’s wedding. It was our time to cross the water. I started looking at prices to fly to Ottawa for the summer and the prices were ridiculous, but in searching, as the internet does, it saw we were looking at flights and so I kept getting notification of flights to Orlando at much cheaper prices. When I told Manda about this she said OK we’ll meet you in the States then, where shall we go?
During a conversation with my friend, Jackie, who I knew had had good holidays in Florida, she said we should look at Anna Maria Island, their tag line being – another day in paradise.

Another day in paradise

The pictures looked amazing, she sent me a couple of links, and although the cottage she suggested through Owner’s Direct was not available in the dates that we could do another one by the same owners was, I sent the link to Manda and got a text back saying ‘It has a hammock, I’m there’ so we booked.

It has a hammock, I'm there!

It has a hammock, I’m there!

We planned and booked, and flew out on May Bank Holiday Monday.  I woke up every morning and looked out with a big smile on my face and said ‘It’s sunny!’  We wondered how long it would take for me to get fed up of saying that, I think the sun shining in the morning will always make me happy so maybe quite some time.  We enjoyed our breakfast outside every morning. Breakfast in Florida

We didn’t do much during the week, we walked to the beach, all of about 50 yards,My walk to the beachWe swam in the sea, which was as warm as a bath, with many comments such as ‘Withernsea was never like this!’

Pam swimming in the seaWe swam in the pool, regularly, in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening too.  Florida Pool AreaWe enjoyed the many flowers and different plants, bougainvillea being my favourite.

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

When Manda had googled about the area she said, it says that all there is to do is to watch the sunsets and shop in the little artisan shops, and could I manage this (she knows I didn’t get the shopping gene), but we managed! We both treat ourselves to a gorgeous pair of earrings as a lovely reminder of the holiday.

Florida Earrings

And we watched the sunsets.One of many sunset picsFlorida sunset Pam

 

 

And while everyone was watching the sunset over the sea, we turned around and the moon and clouds were amazing (and yes they really were this colour, but with even more pink in too that doesn’t show so well).  Florida sunset clouds

This is my kind of happy!  After reading lots about happiness and running a local happiness group I know that what makes one person happy might not do the same for another person.  It might not be for everyone, but it certainly was another day in paradise for me & my sis. (oh and by the way the boys came too!)

Pam and the boys in Florida