Our friends, Doug and Charki, live in St Petersburg. Charki is a firm believer in the power of positive thinking. She suggested I picture our new home firmly in my mind and simply walk toward it as if it already exists.
So that’s what I’ve been doing. What she DIDN’T tell me is how fast the thinking could make things magically appear!
Two weeks ago they invited us to come ride bikes around the city. Charki had learned there might be a unit coming on the market that could be in our price range. Why not hop on bikes and check the area out?
It was a misty day, but still fine for bike riding. My goodness, the sedentary lifestyle I’ve adopted has taken its toll! I was sore for days following our six-mile ride.
First stop, Whispering Waters, the building Charki had mentioned. Only three stories tall but with nice screened porches and in a good location.
Then we proceeded into the heart of the city. Charki wanted to check out Saturday Morning Market and buy gifts for friends. The market happens weekly, October through May. It’s a combination of farmers market, food vendors, and crafters. She found two pretty necklaces.
Beside the market, I noticed a tall building I’d identified on realtor.com. There was an available unit on the 9th floor. I said, “Hey, how about if I go in the lobby and see what’s what with the apartment?”
So we peddled over, locked up the bikes and entered the lobby.
I approached the young man behind the desk, Jordan, and asked him about the unit for sale. He offered to have a realtor there in fifteen minutes. “No, thanks,” I said,”we are already working with someone.”
He said, “How about if I call the owners and ask if Juan, our maintenance man, can show it to you right now.”
And he did! Sadly the view was of a roof loaded with air-conditioners. Not pretty.
On the car ride home I called our darling realtor, Judy, and she said, “I’ll meet you there tomorrow. There are several other units for sale.”
Back we went on Sunday. Up up up to the 29th floor where I proceeded to fall in love.
On a clear day, looking left you can see all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. At least that’s what we’ve been told. We’ve never been there on a clear day. Florida in summer means rain rain rain. Looking right is the Tampa Bay. Below is a pool, putting green, weight room (I don’t intend to ever go there…shudder) and several other big rooms for giving large parties, if you so desire.
We sat in one of those rooms and stunned our realtor by making an offer. It was accepted. We close on July 12th.
There are things here I will miss a lot, in particular, several close friends we’ve been lucky enough to make. I’ve already arranged a standing date to drive out here and share lunch with them once a month. And I’ll continue to come to the ‘burbs for book club.
Meanwhile, I’ve learned there are classes in creative writing just a fifteen-minute walk from our front door. The library is a ten-minute stroll. Perhaps I’ll eventually peddle my purses at the Saturday Morning Market!
The Power of Positive thinking worked again! YAY! Now, back to cleaning closets and purging our stuff