Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving with Family - Geocaching

(Havelock, NC)  Hi 71  Lo 56 -- Tuesday we left for North Carolina to spend Thanksgiving with Jim's family. The holiday traffic was on I-95. It was the first time in years that we traveled more than one day in the same vehicle. We stopped at a Red Roof Inn in Santee, SC and took advantage of a discount we found online. It was a quiet night so we were rested for the rest of the trip the next day We stopped to see Jim's mom in Morehead city and took her out for a Chinese dinner, then went on to Jim's sister's house in Havelock where we'll spend the weekend.

A total of 22 friends and family members showed up for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. Several people brought food so we had plenty to feed everyone. Everyone had a great time visiting. (Click on the pictures to enlarge them.)

This old carving knife and sharpener belonged to Jim's grandfather. We don't know how long before that it's been in the family, but it's a quality blade.

Lots of food

Some of Jim's family: Sis Robin, cousin Bobby, sis Sharon, Roger and his wife (Jim's cousin) Lisa, and Jim's mom Alberta

After we all stuffed ourselves and everyone left, we visited with Jimmy and Sharon and watched football. Today (Friday), today we went to breakfast then Sharon and I went Geocaching. Geocaching is like high-tech treasure hunting. There's caches all over the world, and we have 60 within ten miles of us. We found 5 of the 8 we searched for. When we got to Morehead City we got into very heavy traffic, then we remembered it's BLACK FRIDAY. We found a couple of caches near busy stores, but we gave up trying to maneuver around so went back to Sharon's.

Note:  Geocaching can get tricky now days. One of the caches was located under a light pole in a movie theater parking lot. No one was around and the cashier came out wondering what we were doing, and we had to explain to her what we were up to. People are very wary about people searching around areas, so be careful if you try geocaching in public areas.

We're here until Sunday. See you in a week or so.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Visiting - Gearing Up For Road Trip

(Avon Park, FL) Hi  82 Lo 70 -- The week has been fairly quiet. On Monday we met with Terri and Mike for lunch at El Pirata Mexican restaurant in Arcadia, about an hour south of us. We last saw them in April at the RV-Dreams Rally in NC, so we spent the afternoon catching up. They're work camping at a State Park east of Ft. Myers, so we'll get together again during the winter. (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)


We haven't been doing much lately. We play cards three nights a week, and I'm crocheting most of the time. It's great for passing time and I like creating things. I'm really "hooked".  :)  So far most of what I've made I've sold. Word of mouth really works, and it's been fun and challenging at times getting some of the critters done. I decided to make some business cards. 

Wednesday we had our first potluck dinner for the season. We were surprised at the large number who attended, since it's still early in the season. The food was good and we met several new couples staying in the park this year. It's going to be a fun year and it's good to see our winter friends starting to arrive. 

There's not much else to report. We'll be leaving by car for Morehead City, NC on Tuesday to spend Thanksgiving with Jim's family. I'm ready to have wheels moving, even if it's just the car. This will be the first time Jim and I have traveled in the same vehicle in over six years. I hope we survive it. :)  We're hoping the temperature stays at least in the 60's, but we'll be ready for colder weather. 

We'll post an update during the week from North Carolina. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Doctor and Dentist Appointments

(Avon Park, FL) Hi 82 Lo 73 -- We've been playing cards and our regular everyday routines this week. along with lots of TV and internet, I'm crocheting and Jim is doing a daily long walks. We're relaxing and enjoying the Florida warmth.

The one thing we always do during while here in Florida for the winter is doctor appointments. You don't just go to one, there's always follow ups, and follow ups to the follow ups. We now have several between now and January. It's great making appointments before the snowbirds come down, you get in quickly for everything you need. I now have a standing monthly massage set up. Tuesday was my eye appointment, which was a follow up to my cataract surgery last March. I had one eye done for close up and the other for distance, and I've had trouble from the start getting my brain to adjust my eyesight. I found out that I have a film behind the new lenses, which is very common with cataract surgery. I'll have that taken care of first, then I'll have lasik surgery done on the close up eye to match it to my other eye for distance. That will all be done in December, and won't cost me any additional money (thank goodness).

I've had a tooth ache off and on for some time. It was waking me up at night and hurting on and off during the day. Thursday I went to our dentist to have it checked out. Turns out I had two cavities, and one was under a crown. It was bad enough to interfere with the root nerve. Technology has come a long way since my last crown several years ago. They now can make a crown right in the office, in less than an hour. It takes 14 minutes to make the custom-fitted crown, then they put it in a kiln for 15 minutes to harden. It needs to cool for another 15 to 20 minutes or so, then it's placed over the tooth and bonded. That's handy for the RV'ers that don't stay in one place long enough to wait for a crown to be made and sent back to the main office.

This is the machine that makes the crown. The little square porcelain it's made from is in the middle circle. (Click on the pictures to enlarge them.)

Two tiny diamond drills chip away the unwanted areas while water sprays to keep it cool.

When the drill bits get dull the whole thing turns red and they stop it to replace the bits. Then it continues and finishes the job.

I wish I could have gotten better pictures but it was difficult to photograph through the water spray. The whole thing is like a big 3D printer. I was there for a total of five hours. (This included a cleaning.) I came home and took some Motrin and relaxed the rest of the night.

I've added a website to see all the critters I've made. Click here.

That's all for now. See you in about a week.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Record Heat - Trip to Okeechobee

(Avon Park, FL) Hi 89  Lo 76 -- The temperatures are setting record highs for this time of year. It's been around 90 with high humidity for the last week or so. We're doing fine with it, the AC is doing it's job and we're very comfortable.

Monday we went to see the movie Steve Jobs. It's based on the authorized biography of Steve Jobs, but Jim said they were a little loose with the facts in some parts. The acting was superb. Overall we recommend the movie if you're interested in one of the greatest visionaries of our lifetime.

Monday night was our first cards night. It was great seeing our regular cards group and we had a great time catching up. It was also our first opportunity to see the renovations they made in the clubhouse. The flooring, ceiling, painted walls, and stage are all new. They did a great job.

Behind the curtain on the rear of the stage is the large screen TV and Bingo board.

Tuesday we had cable internet installed here at our site. The cable was run underground to our site, then then through our large slide to our entertainment center. We now have fast, stable, and UNLIMITED internet, and can watch all the Netflix or Amazon movies we want. It's going to be a very nice winter here in the park!

Wednesday we went to Okeechobee to visit my sister. She and her hubby Herm are down for the winter months. They've done a lot of work on their park model home. They took us to one of their favorite eating places, The Original Tiki Bar Restaurant, right on the intracoastal waterway in Ft. Pierce.

We bought a bag of fish food to feed the fish from the dock. Hundreds of fish, mostly catfish, would fight over each grain of food. It was fun to watch.  (Click on the photos to enlarge.)

Thursday was laundry day, and I crocheted. We went to play cards again with the group that evening.

Today (Friday) we went to see the new James Bond movie Spectre. Jim has a tradition of seeing every new Bond movie on its opening day. He's seen every one in a theater all the way back to the first one in 1962 (when he was 12 years old). Needless to say, he'a a big Bond fan. He gives this one a big thumbs up! (I enjoyed it too.)

We've been here almost two weeks already, and the time is flying. Thank you for reading and keeping up with us.

See you in a few days.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Settled In For the Winter

(Avon Park, FL)  Hi 87  Lo 68 -- It took a few days to get things organized and settled in here at Adelaide Shores RV Resort. There's a lot of small stuff that I do inside when we're here for the winter, like remove the rubber matting between glassware and the pans that I put in so they don't rub against each other when we travel. We called Hurricane Mobile Washing to wash and wax the RV. The owner is a local guy who is also the coach of the Sebring High School football team. We call on them every year we're here and they always do a great job for us, and at a decent price. Two guys worked for over four hours on the RV, and they also washed our two vehicles and power washed the older part of our cement pad. (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)

We picked up our steps from storage. They were filthy from sitting out in the weather all summer. After about half a bottle of clorox and some scrubbing they look good as new.

Everything now is all clean and shiny!

The final thing on our Winter set up list was installing the sunscreen on our awning. The afternoon sun sets on door side and the screen really helps keep us cool both inside and out.

The park is pretty empty, and very quite. Each day we've been here one or two snowbirds have arrived. Many more will start coming in this week after the first of the month, peaking just after Thanksgiving.

The park re-paved all the interior roads this past summer, and they're very nice.

The clubhouse opens today (Nov 1), so the season has officially started.

Here's my latest crocheted critter, a little Halloween bear.

Now I'll start on some Christmas things. It's going to be a busy and fun winter.

See you in a few days.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Crochet Sales - Moved To Our Winter Site

(Avon Park, FL) Hi 82 Lo 73 -- Our stay at Mayport Naval Station came to an end, so it was time to make our final move of the summer to our winter site at Adelaide Shores RV Resort in Avon Park. I took a few final photos before we left yesterday (Monday) morning. (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)

A small sailboat leaving for a day on the high seas.

A final view of our site.

Our favorite bench, where we sat for many hours.

It's a rare experience to see a submarine come in or out of Mayport, but on our final morning we were lucky to see one leaving...

... And a while later another one coming in. So awesome!

I took some of my crocheted critters over to the craft show at the clubhouse on Saturday morning. There was one other lady there selling jewelry. It was a slow day, but I made a few sales.

Saturday and Sunday the Blue Angels performed at an air show on Jacksonville Beach. We've seen lots of air shows during our military years so we didn't care to go to the show site and suffer through the crowds and parking. But we love sitting on the beach, so we did go down to the beach here on base to watch Saturday's show. They were too far away to get any good photos, but it was fun watching them zoom around the skies through our binoculars. We got a closer look at them when they were making their wide turns to return to the show area, and also when they came back to the base to land.

On Sunday two of our North Carolina friends, Hank and Selene, came to town to visit their daughter who lives in this area. They stayed at Hanna State Park just outside the base. We brought them on base to show them around, then went out to dinner at a Chinese buffet. It was a great visit, and we hope to see them again sometime this winter.

We had a smooth travel day to Avon Park. It will take us a few days to get completely set up for the winter. Not many snowbirds are here yet, but starting next week they'll start arriving.

Our new pad.

No one around, yet.

 We'll be posting less often while we're here, so if you want to be alerted when we post just put your email address in the "Follow by Email" space at the right of this page.

See you in a few days.

Friday, October 23, 2015

More Movies - More Beach Time

(Mayport Naval Station, FL)  Hi 78 Lo 70 -- We've been doing nothing but sitting on the beach and watching the river traffic, and going to a couple more movies. 

The winds finally died down, and we had to clean a lot of caked up salt off our windows so we could see the ship traffic on the river. That's the downside to being on the coast. We have had no rain so far and it's been very warm temps. We're enjoying the views. (Click on the pictures to enlarge them.)

Right in front of us is the buoy that the Naval station uses to secure the end of the long gate into the ship harbor when it's open. The little boat had some sailors who were undergoing training in how to operate the gate. They were at it for a couple of hours. How hard can it be to detach a cable from a hook? :)  

This is low tide at the beach. You can walk way out along the jetty.

There always seems to be heavy surf in this area.

There is an air show at Jacksonville Beach this weekend. Some small WWII era planes were practicing overhead the last couple of days.

The Blue Angels will also be performing this weekend. They did a practice show today, and we saw them flying around but didn't get any photos of them.

Yesterday we watched a Navy tug tow the Cruiser USS Gettysburgh, on its way to Norfolk Navy Base, VA for some major upgrade work.

This sailor was running on the rocks as if it was flat land. Never lost a step on the jagged rocks.

Wednesday we went to see Maze Runner: Scorch Trials. It was the second movie in the Maze Runner series, and it was very good and action-filled.

Today we went to see Bridge of Spies, the new Tom Hanks movie directed by Steven Spielberg. It's a terrific cold war spy story, based on true events. It's one of the best movies of the year. Jim especially loved it as he's a big spy movie buff.

After the movie we went to our favorite seafood place, Safe Harbor Seafood in Mayport, for an early dinner. It's primarily a fresh seafood market, but they also serve excellent fried seafood meals. I had the shrimp basket, and Jim had the shrimp and oyster combo basket. We both also had a cup of clam chowder, which was as good as we've ever had. We're both stuffed!

Monday we roll out for our final move of our summer traveling season. Next time we post we'll be in our winter site at Adelaide Shores RV Resort in Avon Park. See you then!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Movie Day - Beach Time - Ships - Windy Days

(Mayport Naval Station, FL)  Hi 70 Lo 66 -- We've been enjoying our down time. No deadlines, commitments, or appointments. 

Last Wednesday we went to see the movie Pawn Sacrafice. It's a wonderful movie about the chess player Bobbie Fischer, his match with Boris Spassky back in the early 70's and his downward spiral into mental illness. It was very good. We love this time of the year for movies. The studios usually release their best "grown up" movies in the fall, many of them Oscar-worthy. 

We've been getting in some great beach time lately. On Friday we took a drive to Huguenot Memorial State Park, which is across the St. John's river from us. Here's a view of its sandy dunes from our RV.

On the way we had lunch at Singleton's Seafood Restaurant just outside the base in Mayport. (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)

Shrimp boats on the St. John's River. 

The St. John's Ferry is about a quarter mile from Singleton's. It cost $6.00 each way for the short 10-minute trip, but it saved us about 20 miles of driving.

It's interesting that the ferry ride is part of Highway A1A.  

We've been to Huguenot Memorial State Park before, but the road onto the beach was closed at the time. This time it was open, so we were able to drive right onto the beach. 

Here's the view of our RV park from across river.

Here's a closer view. Our RV is the large one in the middle of the picture.

Some of the views on the beach. 

Jim is reading while enjoying the warm sunshine.

There were very few people on the beach, and we enjoyed a nice couple of hours. And it's really neat to drive right onto a beach. 

We continue to enjoy watching the ship traffic. This is the destroyer USS Roosevelt.

This rather small submarine, flying the flag of Canada, left after a visit. 
Saturday night a cold front came through and it turned very windy, with gusts up to 30-35 mph. We've been rocking a lot ever since. It's been so bad we've even had a touch of motion sickness. :( 

The waves are huge crashing against the rocks on the jetty. 

Jim went for a walk on the (windy) beach today and took a couple of photos. The ocean looks angry!

The winds are great for parasailing.

See you in a few days.