I arrived in Florida to warm humid weather. I find getting prepared for the trip to Florida stressful and time consuming.this year was no better, maybe even a little worse.A fellow snowbird friend of mine told me that before she migrates south ,every time she arranges something in preparation for her time away it is double doing.This is so true. I phone The Toronto Star to stop delivery of the paper and then I phone the Miami Herald to commence delivery. I stop mail delivery in Toronto and start mail delivery in Florida. I call Rogers to put services on seasonal suspension and then I phone Atlantic Broadband to reinstate services.I notify friends and family inToronto that I am leaving and I alert friends and family in Florida that I am arriving.The list goes on and on. And of course each action doesn’t take just one email or phone call to be resolved. The newspaper was still being delivered when I left Toronto and call foreword didn’t work even though I followed directions precisely how to activate it. All other stuff works well except the ink cartridge for my computer dried up and had to be replaced.Although I flew down with my son, my daughter in law and two granddaughters I had to make my own way to the airport because they used Park and Fly and had to take two extra carseats for Florida, a double horizontal stroller a ton of luggage, two kids, stuffed snoopy, purple baby and purple huggy. Many of my family members inherited my love of purple. I had a nice driver take me to the airport.It was a coincidence , that when we pulled up to the the drop off area my son was there getting his family organized. When he saw me he went to pick up my case. The driver thought he was trying to steal my luggage and was getting ready to punch him.After I explained that he was my son and the driver decided that it probably wasn’t necessary to punch him, we left to go through the horrendous rigameroll of checking in. Spaces were narrow and it was difficult manoeuvring the double stroller. Four year old Ella started crying because she didn’t like the way her hair looked in the picture for her boarding pass. She wanted to retake the photo.The plane was only two weeks old and the tv monitors didn’t work. It was a small plane but I think they stuffed in as many passengers as a jumbo jet holds. The aisles were narrow and the seats minuscule. I do not like to fly. My ears hurt from kids crying, dogs barking and the plane landing. Did i mention that i don’t like to fly?Things were fine when we arrived at my Florida condo except for a mystery of a wet closet carpet. A week or so before I left Toronto Sandra, the person who checks my condo called to say there was a leak in my closet, because the carpet was wet. She removed every thing from my closet and informed the office.They sent security three times and each time security couldn’t find a leak. They said something must have spilled on the carpet. Sandra was adamant that nothing had spilled. Meanwhile a small area of the carpet is still an oily damp. I am sopping up the moisture with paper towels and newspaper. and i sprayed to get rid of any possible mould or mildew. I plan to get the carpets cleaned and possibly replace the carpeting in the closet.We spent a lovely day at the Miami Childrens museum. We inadvertently picked a good day to go because no intermission was being charged thanks to HBO who was promoting Sesame Street . We attended a taping to be aired January 16. Fun and interesting. The kids loved meeting the characters and partaking in everything the museum has to offer. A slight problem Maya likes to take off and run as fast as her two and a half year old legs can carry her. she expects us to chase after her. The adults were exhausted when we arrived home. The kids weren’t.The weather was great we had fun sunning and swimming at the beach and at the pool. i have to admit the stress and commotion of getting to Florida was worth it, except maybe for the flying.