I was walking my dogs around the block recently when I saw one of our neighbors moving things from his car into his house. I waved and asked if he was coming back from being gone over the summer. Quite honestly, our neighborhood is a mix of year-rounders and snowbirds, and we rarely see most of our neighbors enough to know which is which. Add a pandemic, and our quiet neighborhood has been quieter than usual.
He affirmed that he was indeed returning after being gone for the summer, I welcomed him back, and then continued on my walk, but with a little spring in my fresh eyes, and infuse the winter months with vitality.
- Know where you are going and how to get there. Download The Villages® app to your phone for GPS, entertainment schedules, etc.
- Don’t complain about long waits for eating, golf, and clubs since during off-season, it is not a problem.
- Use your turn signals, watch out for bicyclists, and master roundabouts.
- Get to know your FROG neighbors.
- Don’t overindulge and then head home in your golf cart or car at night.
- Visit www.districtgov.org to educate yourself on pool rules, what’s happening, how this place is governed and functions, and to access valuable resources to make your stay a good one. Check out Talk of the Villages at www.talkofthevillages.com for items for sale, forums, business reviews, and more.
- Tip generously, and be kind to servers. Be a good guest at the rec centers and in general.
- Get to know us and what we offer snowbirds at The VHA. If you need durable medical equipment while here, contact The VHA’s Helping Hands for a loan. Consider taking our Golf Cart Safety Clinic, and attend our New Resident Night (once it is up and running again). The more you know about The Villages® lifestyle, the better.
If you are a FROG, consider these tips for Snowbird Season: Be friendly, neighborly, and patient. Choose to enjoy the hustle and bustle, and remember, this season, too, shall pass.