There's No Place Like Home Except When You Travel! Forget Routine!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097
When I packed for the trip with my mother I envisioned the daily routine I was accustomed to but with different scenery. I thought there'd be plenty of time for posting to my blog and facebook, for keeping up with LinkedIn and all those other sites, for responding to emails, texts, phone calls, using my hoop and still have time to enjoy my family, friends AND the other scenery.
The daily routine happened not so much. A different routine took its place and it turns out, that's okay!
The Office Manager and Leslie greeted me at the Asheville Regional Airport last night when I returned from the whirlwind trip. The Office Manager spotted me through the airport's sliding glass doors long before Leslie did. I couldn't hear Sienna but Leslie tells me that this little dog started squealing and whimpering and wiggling the second she saw me. I could tell that the other passengers exiting the airport caught a whiff of the joy that only a little dog can exhibit.
This time of year in the mountains of Western North Carolina shows daily changes. Just a week and a half ago it was early spring here. As the plane approached the runway it looked to me like the trees were twice as full of leaves and the ground cover was a gazillion times greener. While it was wonderful to be away it is good to be home.
One reason I wasn't as inspired to post a lot online while I was gone is because I forgot the USB cable for my camera and wasn't able to utilize the photos of the trip. There's a lot to catch up on now. I'll get busy with all of the photos and get them ready to share over the next week.
On the last day in St Pete, my brother Marlon planned a day long boating trip for me, my brother Mitchell, and my groovy sister-in-law, Marsha. It was the most perfect of Florida days...81 degrees, calm water, light breeze and little boat traffic. We traveled all over the bays of St Pete and Tampa. We even ventured a little out into the Gulf. The day reminded me of when we were all younger and my Dad who was an off the scale boating enthusiast would take Mom and us four kids out boating in Miami and the Keys.
On our way back to the Marina, Marlon took us by The Pier, a famous landmark in St Pete. Sadly, The Pier is slated for demolition because of an aging and unsafe foundation. It will be closed for good as of next week to be replaced by another bayfront attraction. In fact, it is the subject of great debate in St. Pete. The city council is its questionable wisdom approved some sort of futuristic design that the locals have dubbed "The Lens" and have been actively campaigning against. It's my understanding that enough signatures have been collected to force the issue onto a ballot. Go Grassroot campaigns and power to the people. We'll see.
In the meantime, enjoy a photo of The Pier as it has looked since 1973. (I can't believe I caught it when all flags were flying in the breeze in the perfect direction!).
St Pete Pier copyright 2013 Mona Gersky
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Comments (13)

Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Mona,

Good to have you back in the Rain. I hope it was a really good trip. get ready for some rain headed your way.

Have a good day relaxing in Dillsboro.

Best, Clint McKie

May 20, 2013 09:51 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Mona.... welcome home and glad to hear your trip was  safe and fun.....back to work, now.

May 20, 2013 10:49 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Good morning Mona and welcome back. There's nothing wrong with spicing up your routine or turning it upside-down every once in a while .. it makes life much more interesting, doesn't it? Glad to hear you had such a great time. Looking forward to reading all about your trip and seeing the pics (let me guess, 1000+ ;-)

May 20, 2013 11:03 PM
Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

Welcome home and tails wagging!  Glad you had a nice trip and it is so hard to get back to routine.  I contend you need a couple of days extra time off after a return from out of town to just catch your breath, do laundry and stick your toe back into the reality of everyday life. 

May 20, 2013 11:18 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Mona, and welcome BACK, we missed you here in the rain.  What a great picture of the pier, thanks for sharing.

May 20, 2013 11:48 PM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Clint, I just heard a clap of thunder...uh oh.

Barbara, it was great.  Having lived in St Pete for many years, it was fun to travel to something familiar but then different at the same time.

Andrea, you guessed it...a ton of photos.  You knew that because that's exactly what you would do.

Connie, we have so much going on right now that I'm sort of having routine shoved down my throat! But that's okay.

Will, I missed your little thumbnail and sweet comments.  Thanks.

May 21, 2013 05:36 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I can't wait for you to catch blogging and share all the photos I know you took. :)  Get some rest. 

Oh and it made me just laugh out loud to imagine Glen greeting me at the airport. 

May 21, 2013 11:58 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Mona, That is a classic photo and one you should cherish. I know it feels good toe be home.

May 21, 2013 12:56 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional
Welcome Mona, Glad you got away and had a wonderful time. That Pier is just too smart to destroy. I hope they replace it with something comparable. Welcome back !
May 21, 2013 03:52 PM
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Good Morning Mona and great photo....  I have been away from Active Rain for a while but want you to know that your reaching out to me on LinkedIn, Facebook and sending a note really meant a great deal. I would like to feel that my Active Rain associates are friends ... and I felt that way hearing from you! Glad you had a good trip and welcome home...

May 21, 2013 10:44 PM
Allen Lomax
Steed Talker Realty is with two hours of Tryon International Equestrian Center and we offer the best properties in th... - Sylva, NC
WNC Mountain Homes & Horse Farms Specialists

Welcome home!  When you've had a chance to catch your breath, we need to get together and continue our conversation about keys, board requirements, and MLS providers. 

May 22, 2013 01:33 AM
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker


Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! Isn't it great to be back home though? I love my routine, I love to travel too, of course.

May 23, 2013 08:42 AM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Tammy, I've just barely scratched the surface of the photos I took.  I'm so happy to be busy at work but sure would like to get to those photos too.

Debbie, it really does feel good.  It seems that while I was gone the mountains exploded in greenery.

William, that Pier would also look good in San Diego!  So sad that it is coming down but hopefully it will be replaced by something equally cool.

Hi Gay, so good to hear from you.  I've also been absent from the Rain a bit over the last month or so.  There's just not enough time in the day to do everything I want to!

Thanks Allen.  Maybe with there being a summer break from school, you'll have a chance to come chat with us.  June 6 is an important date for you to save for the BOR meeting.

Patty,  I really do like my routine and am ready to embrace it.

May 23, 2013 01:39 PM