Saturday, July 22, 2017

A Week in Okeechobee

Okeechobee, FL  Hi 92  Lo 80

This week has been with my sister, Doris in Okeechobee. She's here from Missouri and spends a few weeks in the summer in Okeechobee. We both wanted to get our kitchen cupboards painted.  I helped paint hers and we'll do ours next week. The best way to show what we did is the after and before. They didn't look as yellow till we painted them white. She has the little line which we refreshed with a wood pen. They looked great when we were done.  (Click on the pictures to enlarge).

We were so sore the next couple days that we did nothing. We've been doing a lot of experimental cooking which has been fun. She likes cooking more than I do so I did dishes and she made the meals. It's been enjoyable to say the least.

It's been to hot to get out during the day but in the evening  and between rain showers and storms I've been practicing with the drone. It's been awhile, but I had fun with it.

There's baby alligators here, in fact we saw five of them with mamma and dad closeby.
This is either mom or dad.

There's tiny eyes to the right of the great blue heron. The little ones are probably less then a foot long.

A couple views of the empty boat docks. There's only a few people in the park. The boats are all under the carports. The water is very low in the canals.

This time of year there's storms everyday. This is one of them over Lake Okeechobee .

We're going back to our place today (Saturday) for a full week of activities. See you next Saturday.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Son and Grandson Visit - Marco Island - Gold Cup Soccer

Auburndale, FL  (Hi 87 Lo 77)

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Our son Rick and grandson Jack came for a few days visit the main reason was for the Gold Cup Soccer game in Tampa, but while they were here there were a few other things to do. (Click on the pictures to enlarge).

Jack and Rick

Tuesday we went to Marco Island which is three hours southwest from us. We can't get on the residential beach we love without someone that lives there to let us on. A friend that was in school with Rick lives there and we try to visit once in awhile. Tennille was gracious enough to take a day to be with us.

Rick, Jack Jim, Dee and Tennille

Walking on the beach is a long way from the water.

All setup

Water rustling

Lots of shells of all kinds.

There's mounds of shells and it goes deep. If you get there early enough you can pick up some really nice shells.

Wednesday we took a drive to Saddle Creek to see alligators. It's to the west of us in Lakeland. There's a lot of little ponds and there's suppose to have a lot of alligators, but we only saw one. It's too hot so they're hiding or under water.  We left early afternoon for Tampa to see the Gold Cup Soccer game in Tampa. We drove around Tampa and to the islands surrounding Tampa. One was gated but another island was open. The homes are like those on Marco Island big and beautiful.

 It rains everyday and we got into rain going into the stadium.

Raymond James Stadium

The fist game was Panama and Nicaragua. We stayed under the top deck to stay dry. There weren't a lot of people so we sat there the rest of the evening. When the USA and Martinque played at 8:00 it  quit raining. Neither of us were fond of soccer but being there in person makes a big difference. We may be going to more games. The games are teams from around the world.

USA in blue stripped shirts.

Other things filling time. The boys wanted to ride the scooter.

We also had some threatening clouds with storms and then a full rainbow.

The boys took an Airboat ride in Kissimmee.  They had a great time.

The driver of airboat, he's looking very comfortable.

We had to say goodbye Thursday afternoon but not before we had a shrimp dinner. We brought shrimp back from NC and made that up. Jack's favorite meal is shrimp so we got him filled up.

Jack learning to de-vein and clean shrimp.

You can tell by the smile he's a happy boy with his shrimp.

Speaking of food. Rick loves chicken and dumplings. He's saying hurry up with the picture I want to eat. We had that earlier in the week.

After a full meal.

We've had a wonderful with the boys.

Now a week with my sister in Okeechobee.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Drum Corps International

This is a special blog about the Drum Corps International (DCI) competition in the Camping World stadium in  Orlando on July 8, 20107. There were four states across the nation that had competitions at the same time. The championship will be in Indianapolis starting August 10.  Jim and I were in band and so were our kids so we're very interested in the DCI. There's so many changes from when we saw them last time. They've added voice, (singing and talking), lots of electronics, and props. We had a half hour rain delay which made it start later then the 8:30pm time. (Click on the pictures to enlarge).

The first Corp was Heat Wave, Cape Coral, FL

Spirit of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Jersey Surf, Camden County, NJ

Colts, Dubuque, IA

Boston Crusaders, Boston, MA

The Cadets, Allentown, PA
Notice the arrangement of the cross

And the fish.

The Corps have a theme, each one quite different. The Cadets had theme from the Catholic called Mass. They made the fish and the cross and I missed the word guilty as part of the third routine. It was very well done. They also had pews (left corner) that they marched around and knelt etc. It was quite impressive while paying horns or drums.

Then the whole band changed into white uniforms.

One of my favorite Corps is the Cavaliers, Rosemont, IL

Carolina Crown, Ft. Mill, SC
were the last to perform. They also did an encore with Liberty Singers.

We had a great time watching the judges running around with the corps changing positions and hopefully a judge won't get hit. It has happened many times. We'll probably go next year. They're fun to watch. At the very end while the encore was being played the scores from all the judges were calculated. There's five judges: one for the major conducting the corp, flags/guns, drums/percussion, and the corp as a whole.

8th place  50.6  Heatwave
7th place  57.570  Jersey
6th place  65.35  Spirit
5th place  67.65 Colts
4th place  77.0 Crusaders
3rd place  78.45  Cadets
2nd place  79.85  Cavaliers
1st place  81.9  Carolina Crown

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Movie - July 4th Party - Lightning with Fireworks

Auburndale, FL   Hi 96  Lo 75

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We started the week with a movie  Despicable ME3. It's not as good as the previous movies but still a great family fun movie. We both love the Minions.

July 4th we had a celebration at the clubhouse. We didn't know so many people were still in the park with a total of 136 people eating hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, beans and Klondike Bar for dessert. It was a great time and a few people played Cornhole after the meal. There were a couple tables playing cards. It was a great time and everyone seemed to enjoy it.  (Click on pictures to enlarge).

Jim is in the bottom right.

Our entertainment was Ken on the keyboard. He did a great job.

Playing Stars and Stripes forever.

Lake Juliana has many areas with fireworks around the lake. We noticed that last year. So we sat in the Florida room and watched all around the lake. This year a storm in the west added to the fireworks which made it so much more interesting.

The latest crochet kitties playing with a ball of thread. 

A couple other gals decided to go to the home show in Plant City today. We figured it would be a nice showing of home improvements. It wasn't anything we thought it would be. Only three booths with bathrooms and cupboards. The rest were essential oils, solar, lots of craft items, and a few antique items. We barely stayed an hour so we left for some lunch. We decided on Cracker Barrel and had the campfire meal. They have beef and chicken and it's really good.

The storms are rolling in from all directions this afternoon and we'll be heading out for the DCI (Drum Corps International) in Orlando this evening. I hope the storms are all over by the time we leave.

It's too hot to get out so we're not doing many outside activities. Next week we'll have our son Rick and grandson Jack with us. We'll have a busy week.