February 4, 2011 vs February 4, 2023 - times have changed

Real Estate Agent with Wayne M Martin

Below is my post for February 4, 2011:

It is Saturday morning and all is well in Southwest Florida. While the rest of the country is experiencing cold weather and large amounts of snow, some both, Florida is enjoyng a stint of the best weather in the last few months. This time of year is considered our "snowbird season." It is a time when our neighbors from the north come and spend the winter with us. This year we are off to a slow start since the weather to the north of us is hampering the travel plans of many "snowbirds." We are settled into the new year and life is moving along. Time for a reflective affirmation of the day: "Commit to focus only on those things you can truly influence for just 90 days." Enjoy the day!

What has changed? Well for one, I am now a northern neighbor to Florida living in downtown Chicago experiencing the cold weather and luckily not large amounts of snow. And yes, I do have plans for a Florida trip in March. I am now a "snowbird". Oh, the times have changed. The things you do for family!

As for the affirmation, it still has merit. Enjoy your day.

Comments (11)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Wayne- I'm laughing at your post because it reminded me of my neighbor and friend in FL. She used to complain about all of the snowbirds and how bad the traffic was until I reminder her that she and her husband left FL on Memorial Day weekend for their other home in NJ and did not return to FL until October!!!  

Feb 04, 2023 04:37 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Snowbirds are also welcomed in Phoenix Wayne!  Stay warm up there in Chicago!

Feb 04, 2023 04:56 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Wayne - change is in the air.  And in evidence in other places as well.  

Feb 04, 2023 05:27 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I look forward to knowing that you are warm in Florida in a short period of time!  Love the positive thought! 

Feb 04, 2023 07:44 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Hi Wayne Martin 🌴🌝!   Almost 3:00 AM here in Central Orlando, Florida.  Loved your post -  put a big smile on my face, - took a wonderful walk down Memory Lane, went to YouTube and played Bob Dylan and 'The Times They Are A Changing'....  And during that walk I did think about life. For instance:  you moved from Florida to Chicago and I moved from Chicago to Florida. Still, we can discuss even 'weather and times gone by.  Have a just wonderful life in the Chicago we both love and I will do the same in our Florida ----- places we now make new memories and where wonderful memories we've  stored

Feb 04, 2023 11:49 PM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Good Morning from this snowbird, My family in New Hampshire is enjoying minus 46 degrees with the windchill and we have blossoms on our tomatoes here in Hernando County. Today it will be in the 40's up north. Tee shirt weather! Wherever you are are-embrace the day!

Feb 05, 2023 03:46 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Being a snowbird is not a bad thing at all.  If I lived in a cold-weather state I would definitely want to fly away when it started snowing, haha.

Feb 05, 2023 04:58 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It's funny that many east coasters make Florida their destination for snowy months and many west coasters make Arizona/Texas/Utah their destination...  I'm not sure where I'd go if I were to become a snowbird!

Feb 05, 2023 05:08 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

We dodged the bad weather here in Minot ND Wayne Martin as it was a great weekend with temps in the 30's and 40's. The melting has been wonderful.

Feb 06, 2023 08:04 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It is funny how life works out and changes over time.  It looks like you can enjoy life wherever you make your home. I bet a trip to Florida is looking very inviting right about now.

Feb 06, 2023 08:48 AM
Bill Dean
Haggerty Team St. Louis, Mo. - Fenton, MO
William Dean - Broker, Salesperson

Well Wayne, I had not realized you were formerly in Florida and wow that had to be a real weather-culture shock moving to the windy city!!

Mar 13, 2023 08:33 PM