Wednesday, October 17, 2007

October in Florida is STILL hot!

I keep waiting for the weather to cool off, and about the only place that is cooler right now is the swimming pool, because the owner of our little piece of Paradise here, doesn't intend to heat it. So I spend more time in the hot tub than I do swimming in the pool, which isn't that great for my aerobics training. Now I've taken up rowing. We have a gym and there was a rowing machine sitting there unused. It took me a while to learn how to work it so that I'd have the most resistance, and now I'm up to a big fifteen minutes of rowing. Last time I rowed, the screen said I was 13 boats behind! Have to start somewhere! ha ha. I have a friend who rows for an hour. He has legs of steel. I'm only hoping this rowing will take some weight off. I could easily be about 60 pounds lighter and not notice the difference except in how I'd look!

So how is YOUR October going? Getting ready for Halloween? I sold my pumpkin vest on eBay. Someone else will be wearing it this Halloween. I am more interested in seeing what other people are wearing than in wearing something cute myself.

We have a contest here with a big cash prize for the most interesting and entertaining costume. Two years ago, four people entered the contest with this idea: They had a gurney with a patient sitting on it. A lady in a patient's gown, her legs spread with her knees bent.

Along side her, walking with the gurney, were a doctor and a nurse. As the gurney arrived at the judge's stand, a big head popped up between the lady's legs, it was a guy wearing a baby bonnet, with a rattle in his hand and he was yowling just like a baby cries. Naturally, the crowd went crazy with laughter and glee. The judges couldn't resist, and they won the first prize, which I believe at that time was $500.

Last year it was a thousand dollars. Can't remember who won, because I don't think there will ever be a "costume" to match the newborn baby joke. You have fun now! Promise? See you in November. I've been really busy!!

Take care.


Tuesday, October 2, 2007


October is a delightful month, leaves falling from the trees, cooler breezes making the days perfect for long walks and meandering conversations. We made it through September without any storms, much less any hurricanes! So that's lovely for our insurance rates.

I have been very busy trying to pack boxes, throw out unworn and unused belongings, attending to charity bags for Goodwill, all in the hopes that someone will buy my little one bedroom condo here in Paradise, so I can move up north and be with my love. Property is not moving well right now. Greenspan told everyone that he thinks prices will drop lower, so you'd have to be a moron to buy then, wouldn't you? Of course the exception is our gem of a place where I live. Unique, one of a kind, fabulous tropical retreat. We'll see.

Meanwhile I've been writing columns and articles and creating my very own web site. The time goes by quickly. I am so looking forward to being in the cold, in the snow, having a large dog to drag me around, going to New York, seeing Broadway shows. Exciting.

I hope you all have a wonderful fall, and a happy time in your lives. Being happy is a state of mind, that's for sure. Wake up happy and stay happy. Sometimes it takes a little work, not to mention the occasional Martini! ha ha...

OK, that's all for now, because I have so much to do!

But I'll be back!

Love ya, Jiva





Ziegfeld Girls & Marilyn Miller 1929


I like to watch them both at the same time.

What time is it? I think it's NOW. (translated: Eastern Daylight Time)

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