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Since coming to Florida ten years ago wanting to get away from the snow and cold up north my husband and I have had acquaintances but had found it very difficult to make friends. He and I were always close and were friends first before we had a relationship and then marriage. When he passed I truly lost my best friend. Now 17 months later I moved into a smaller house in a gated community and I am lost. Most people here are couples and I have no friends here. I do everything alone. I sometimes just stay in the house because i am so tired of going places alone. I have a daughter here but I can't expect her to go and do everything with me. She has her own life. She also lives an hour away and works during the week so it is hard to see each other other than every other weekend. 

Anyone live in the villages area in Florida that would like to have coffee or get together and meet at Brownwood or Spanish Springs? 

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Yes, I totally get it. The Island of Misfit appropriate. I am 15 years into the widow deal. I have found that I have to pull myself up by my bootstraps and just go do things solo. No children or family in the immediate area and I retired early. I have a few local acquaintances but they are couples. I am fortunate enough to live in a country setting, where I can hop in the car with my 9 month old puppy and cruise around the state forest areas. I have Sirius satellite radio in my car. So for me, the combination of my furry best friend, great tunes, and the beauty of Nature takes mind off "things" that upset me. I have a few safe pit stops to use the bathroom and say hello to the owners or bartenders. I'll read the local newspaper or watch a little TV. I don't stay long. If I am not motivated or the weather is rough, I watch comedy movies as a distraction. Or put on music and do something in the house. Winter is coming so my road trips will be not as frequent. My dog is a godsend. She doesn't speak English but we communicate just fine. :)


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