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It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood...Staying connected with neighbors.

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

 Since our kids were born we have moved quite a few times because of my husband’s job. We were never comfortable buying a home because we never knew when we were going to have to relocate. With our last move about a year ago we were finally confident that we would be able to settle here in Central Florida, so we bought our first home.
 I love our house, it is perfect for us and I could not be happier. The thing that surprises me is how much I love our neighborhood. It is something that I never knew I was missing; it completely snuck up on me after we moved here. People are friendly and neighborly. They actually care about the place we all share. It sort of makes me feel like I am living in the Twilight Zone.
 We have a website that is exclusively for the members of our neighborhood, it is hosted by a site called Nextdoor. I cannot begin to explain what an amazing tool this website is. It connects all of us who live here. I can honestly say that I communicate with my neighborhood every day. My husband reached out to see if anyone was interested in starting a community garden here, and now it has been approved by the HOA and we’re breaking ground this winter.
 We all know how important it is to be connected with those who live in our community. With the way that people keep to themselves these days however, it is really hard for most of us to get to know our neighbors. This website makes it easy, it’s wonderful. We discuss security issues here. We alert each other of any sort of crime or problems. People post things that they would like to sell, community events, lost and found pets. Someone even posted that a neighbor had left two pairs of goggles at the pool the other day and they were returned. Awesome!
 So basically, I am just writing about this to encourage you to look into it. Your neighborhood may have one of these sites and you may not even know about it. If it doesn’t, it’s easy to get one up and running. Wouldn’t you love to know about a break-in down the street the same day that it happens? This idea is genius!
 The way in which our world is changing depresses me greatly sometimes. When I was a kid I spent my summers playing in the woods all day with a gang of neighborhood kids. It was safe back then. No way would that be safe for my kids today, and it breaks my heart. Things like this though, the fact that technology is connecting my community and helping us to reach out to one another, it gives me a lot of hope. Take a little time and look into it. We all deserve to have beautiful days in our neighborhood.


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1. Stay In

2. Read Books

3. Let it go to Voice Mail

4. Write a Letter

5. Dance

6. Invest in Mood Lighting

7. Have Dinner with Friends 

8. Take Walks

9. Bake

10. Breathe Deeply

11. Enjoy your Morning Coffee

12. Play Board Games

13. Hug your Pillows

14. Adopt a New Ritual

15. Look Around

16. Give a Gift

17. Happy Cry

18. Smile at Strangers

19. Cuddle

20. Savor Small Portions

21. Stretch

22. Take Pictures

23. Use Profanity Freely

24. Give Hugs

25. Listen Carefully

26. Beautify your Space

27. Share your Favorite Movie 

28. Laugh Generously

29. Accept Gifts Gratefully 

30. Give Thanks