Saturday, October 22, 2016

Orlando Magic - Sister Visit

(Auburndale, FL) Hi 77  Lo 66 -- Basketball season is close to starting and we went to Amway Center in Orlando to see an open practice by the Orlando Magic NBA team. It was a good opportunity to check out the arena and parking before going to real games when the season starts. There wasn't a lot of people and we had a great time watching the team scrimmage.  (Click on the pictures to enlarge.)

View from our assigned seats right behind one of the baskets. We couldn't see the actual baskets so we moved over to another area where we had a better angle.

Ahh, this was much better.

This guy wore head gear with a basket. He threw balls in the audience and they threw them back he'd try to catch them in the basket. It was so fun to watch.

The Magic Dancers did their thing.

The view from higher up in the stands.

The traffic was bad going and coming back.

It's fun to see what people use to get around in Florida. These two vehicles are interesting. A combination of motorcycle and car.

It was a fun time and we're looking forward to going to a couple games this winter.

The full moon was closer to the earth then the rest of the year this week. This was our view.

We went to visit my sister Doris and her hubby Herm in Okeechobee on Friday. They're snowbirds and just arrived and will be here the rest of the winter.

Doris and Herm.

Herm's a painter and this summer sis and I put together a section of the room for him to paint. I couldn't post this photo earlier because she wanted to surprise him. He loves it!

Meet Carly, their new puppy. She's very energetic and was all over the place. She's part German Shepherd, and very cute.

Sis lives near Lake Okeechobee lake so we went up to the levee for a walk and to look at the lake,

An RV park on the other side or the levee.

Doris and Herm joined us for dinner at Cowboys  Restaurant before we left for home. This is the view from our outdoor table on  Taylor Creek.

We have a great travel program in our park, with trips that go all over the world. This group is cruising to South America for 10 days. We'll be going on some trips in the next few years. They have trips planned to Alaska, Scotland, Africa, and many others in the next couple years.

I'll leave you with this photo of a Blue Heron in our back yard. He stands on this small concrete platform a few times a day. He's just one of many that we see every day.

See you next week.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Games - Crocheting

(Auburndale, FL) Hi 84 Lo 71 --  I hope the mid 90's are done and over. The humidity has dropped and it's great getting out and doing something without cooking to death. People are slowly filling up the park and we're meeting new residents everyday.

I'm still going to shuffleboard twice a week and to hand and foot card games on Wednesdays. The doctor appointments are still going on but not nearly as often. Knee is doing fine and blood tests are over till middle of November.

I'm spending almost every waking moment getting crochet critters done for the craft bazaar which is November 5. We have 34 tables signed up to sell crafts and it's going to be at same time as the community garage sale. It's not a lot of work setting up, just work to get items made. I'll be more prepared next year. I can't wait to see what sells and what doesn't. We did get the utility shed cleaned out and organized. It has everything from the RV basement.

I saw an owl in the yard the other day, big brown one, but by the time I got my camera he saw me and flew off. That's the first time seeing a real owl besides on the internet. What a beauty.

Not much to report but thought I'd still get a blog out. We'll have more to report next Friday.

This weeks crochet items.


Friday, October 7, 2016

Excitement from Hurricane Matthew

(Auburndale, FL) Hi  83 Lo 78 -- The "trending topic" has been hurricane Matthew. We were trying to decide to stay or go and how bad was it going to be in this area.  The closer it got the more it didn't look like it was going to be an issue, so we pulled everything in that could fly away or become missiles and crawled in for the day.

We have been enjoying watching the ISS flying over the hurricane. If you'd like to see the location it goes over at anytime this site is a great one to check. They have special showings on TV too when they go over the storm. (Click on pictures to enlarge).

 The day before the storm. Notice the Sandhill Cranes to the right.

Calm before the storm.

Lots of rainbows all day long. There was a lot of sunshine while it was raining.

Our neighbor put his boat in the canal to keep it more protected.

This was our only worry. With high winds we were hoping the tree would fall to the left rather than on the house.

We were glad to get up this morning and see no damage. There was only about 2 inches of rain so far and the wind didn't get any more then 41 mph. The storm stayed 20 miles off the coast, which made a lot of difference.

I'm sure living in Florida this won't be the last hurricane we'll go through. It makes life interesting for sure.

See you next Friday

Friday, September 30, 2016

Nice Quiet Week

(Auburndale, FL) Hi 85  Lo 75 --  We're had hard storms the past few days in the afternoon. It's loud and shakes the windows. That's Florida, but I don't remember the storms being this intense. Once it cools down there's seldom storms in the winter.

It's been a fairly quiet week. I've been going to followup doctors appointments but mainly to check that everything is going well.  I had Lasik eye surgery and now both eyes are set for distance. I'll still wear glasses for reading and computer instead of switching back and forth. I'm told there won't be anymore problems with eyes in seeing, at least cataracts. I'm excited to get that behind me. The knee is doing well. I can almost get up and down from a chair and do steps. It's uncomfortable but no stabbing pain. Dr said it would be a year to get back to normal, it's now 9 months. I had a massage this week and will keep going back to keep the muscles from tightening up. (mainly from crocheting).

The craft bazaar is one month away. It's coming together nicely and we're getting good feedback from those that's done it a few times. The snowbirds are starting to arrive and we're seeing more people at the Wednesday meetings. There's more "to do" lists going up all the time. It's going to be a very active winter.

The only pictures this week is what I've crocheted. There's been lots of activity on the canal and lake but nothing new from what I've already posted.

Palm trees with hammock.

Little reindeer

I'm having so much fun trying to figure out what to make next. I'm getting ready for the Craft Bazzar then will start taking orders for what people would like me to make. It's getting easier.
See you next Friday

Friday, September 23, 2016

NC Visitor - Jim's Birthday - More Upgrades

(Auburndale, FL) Hi 91 Lo 77 --  It's suppose to be the beginning of fall, but it's a long way from cooling down here in Florida.

We had a guest from North Carolina this week. Gary from our home town of Cary, NC, before going fulltime had a meeting in Tampa and we were right on the way, so he stopped in for an overnight visit with us. We caught up on everything going on in NC and he caught up with us on what we've been up to the last few months. Thanks Gary for the visit. (Click on the pictures to enlarge).

Jim's birthday was Thursday, so we planned everything around his special dinner. He usually goes to Texas Roadhouse but he found  a place called Manny's Chophouse which has several local restaurants in this area. We decided to try it and he loves it.  Now we have new places to go for our birthdays. Mine will be for lobster at Boston Lobster Feast and steak at Manny's Chophouse for Jim that's in our area.

Jim with his Ribeye steak

I had Atlantic Cod on bed of rice with sweet potato.

We told the waitress it was a birthday celebration and she brings out a brownie and ice cream dessert. Not just a small one.

and he ate the WHOLE thing!

We made another upgrade to the living room. There were drapes covering the sliding doors to the Florida room. They were in bad shape and we liked the blinds on the main windows so we called the same company and had vertical blinds installed. It's quite a change and just being able to open them a little makes a big difference. The drapes were either closed or open, no in-between.



We're learning the open Fla room is of no use at all during the summer. It's still over 100 even with the vinyl windows taken out, plus there's lots of little bugs that collect on the sides of the room. We're not sure what they are, but once winter gets here they say they disappear.

A couple of young Sandhill cranes took a bath in the retention pond. There's always something that's fun to watch.

I finished a beagle dog. I'm still working hard for the November 5 craft bazaar.

See you next Friday

Friday, September 16, 2016

Movie Sully - St. Petersburg

(Auburndale, FL) Hi 84  Lo 77 -- We still have not sold the RV andTruck, but the dealer told us it would be October or later before any sale. We're just hanging in there.

It's been a while since we've been to a movie so we went to see Sully, starring Tom Hanks. I saw a documentary and the movie was a continuation and more detailed. It's wonderful and a great family movie to see. We recommend it.

This week we went to see Brian Wilson in concert in St. Petersburg. Jim bought the tickets several months ago and he's a big Beach Boys fan so he was looking forward to it. Wilson had a 11-piece band with him, including one other original Beach Boy, Al Jardine. It was really a great evening. We left early enough to take in an exhibit at Florida CraftArt called Mind over Matter.  It's an exhibit of art works made of natural materials and everyday objects. The exhibits were very out of the ordinary and showed a lot of imagination. It was well worth it, and the great part is it's FREE.  (Click on the pictures to enlarge) Here's a little of what we saw.

There were cards telling about the materials used, and the price if it's for sale. Most of them were over $1,000.

This one is made from linen.

This is made with crochet thread and words of poems are crocheted into the fine threads.

Jim is checking all the items that are in this "face".

This one is tiny coil weaved around reeds.

This is made of the pages from books cut into tiny slivers.

This is a close up.

Our favorite was this sculpture made of wood pencils,

I took this shot from above showing the ends of the pencils. Amazing!

We liked it, but not enough to pay $8,500 for it. Yikes!

Overview of the room.

Several pictures made with embroidery floss. They were around 8x10 in size.

Circles made with, among other things, little tiny pieces of maps.

Another area of the Craftart store. 

Another favorite, cut up colored paper.

We also had a pre-concert buffet at a beautiful dining room just off the lobby of the concert hall. It was right on the bay and gorgeous watching the sailboats come in and out.

The appetizers. Shrimp, macaroni, and some little fried thingy, I have no idea what it was but it sure was good.

Then we made our way to our seats in the theater. We were in the front of the balcony, very good seats. The theater is spectacular looking!

The concert was awesome! Brian Wilson is in his '70's, so he wasn't very active and his voice isn't what it once was. Another singer took over for the beautiful fasetto harmonies. But it was great hearing all those great Beach Boys hits.

I had Lasik surgery on the left eye to make it for distance instead of closeup to match the right eye. What a huge difference. I'll be using drop for a week but the sight is so much better and now all I need is readers for computer work and reading. If you're interested I put the surgery on Jim took it from the video in the waiting room on his phone. It came out great.  Click here.

We've had a great week. See you next Friday.