Saturday, May 28, 2016

Movie - Trip to Illinois

(Scott AFB, IL) Hi 71 Lo 68 -- It's been a calm week, we're still getting settled with doctors in the area and dentist. We love our new dentist and neither of us have ever had the xrays that we had with this one. It's very comprehensive. I have to go back to get a cleaning but need to take antibiotics first because of the new replacement. I'll schedule it for later in the summer. The medical doctor and dentist are a block apart.

We both wanted to see the movie Money Monsters with George Cloney and Julia Roberts. It's a thumbs up with action and suspense. It's worth it.

We left Wednesday for Illinois to be with the kids and grandkids. The weather was great for both days and only ran into heavy rain near Paducah, KY. We arrived at the Scott AFB lodge by 3:30 central time which gave us time to go see our grandson play basketball. He's come a long way in a year.

Friday we took the kids to Culver and then went to the movie Alice through the Looking Glass. It was a good movie, but we'd advise to see it on DVD.

We visited with the family, went to eat and had a bonfire in the driveway for enjoyable evening with friends and family. Julie and Mike came up to visit us from Godfrey, IL.

Frank, Kendall, Angie, Abby, Kyle, and Dee

Mike, Dee and Julie

Frank, Angie and Jim

We're on the way to Chicago for our step granddaughters wedding.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Hurricane Expo - Getting Familiar with Area

(Auburndale FL) Hi 89  Lo 76 --  On June 1, it's the start of hurricane season. We went to a hurricane expo downtown Auburndale on Saturday. It wasn't as good as we thought it would be, but we did pick up some information about where to go in case of emergency or a shelter that's near us. There were three news station weather personalities and the NWS representative answering questions.

We've heard a lot about Bocce ball and a guy at the park had a class on how to play and keep score. We played a game in thick grass so someone had to stand where the little ball was thrown so you know where to throw the bigger ball. To learn about the game click here. We may play again at some point.

We wanted to get familiar with Auburndale, so we went downtown to eat and check out the library.   It's a small town and we had a good time running around checking it out. We have a doctor and dentist in town now so we're settling in nicely

I'm getting a schedule in place, with Tuesday and Friday playing shuffleboard, Wednesday is the morning meeting and womens cards at noon.  Thursday is crafts/crochet. We're getting together a bazaar with handmade items to sell in November. It's a great way of making money to get our supplies to make more items.  We'll have several meetings with a few of us to get that setup.

My latest project is getting my ducks in a row.

We've added a sofa to the living room. It has a recliner on both ends. Jim wanted to check it out, within a few minutes he was out cold.

We're starting to have showers in the afternoons. Our canal is filling with water and a family of ducks were taking a bath one afternoon.

We decided to go to a movie today but we both got busy and wasn't watching the time. When we checked the time the movie had already started and we're 35 minutes away. Another sign of old age creeping in.

We still needed to get a few things and we wanted to try out a pizza place in town. It was packed and we waited 45 minutes for the pizza. We'll go back an earlier time next time we go. We'll try see the movie tomorrow.

We're going up north to be with the kids this next week. I'll post again with our travels next Friday.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Trip to North Carolina for Mother's Day - Update on Knee

(Auburndale, FL) Hi  88  Lo 69 -- The weather was good for our trip to Morehead City, NC to visit Jim's mom on Mother's Day. We spent time with family and friends all weekend. We ate the whole time, and when I say ate, this is southern cooking and it's great. (I gained the five pounds I lost while in the hospital).  I made some six inch cinnamon rolls that were really good. Jim's sister Sharon and her boyfriend Jimmie are  fantastic cooks, but neither of them like to bake. I like baking but not cooking, so we made a good team. (Click on pictures to enlarge.)

Jim, Jim's sisters Sharon and Robin, Sharon's boyfriend,  Jimmie, Jim's brother Johnny, and his mom Alberta. We're eating some great pizza from Gino's East in Chicago that our son Rick had shipped to us.

One of the reasons we all gathered  was for family pictures.

Family: Sharon Robin, Johnny, Jim, mother Alberta

Mother's day was great. Alberta enjoyed having her kids around and we took her to the famous Sanitary Seafood Restaurant on the Morehead City waterfront. It brought back memories for Jim. He worked there two summers when he was a teenager. The views from our table were great, watching the boats come and go. They can dock at the restaurant for meals.

Alberta's father and her three brothers were shrimpers. I crocheted a small boat with little shrimp in it. I even named it Alpha Grey, which was her mother's name and the name of her father's boat many years ago. She loved it!

After the big meal we sat back and rested.

Alberta, Johnny and Robin

We left on Monday morning to get back to Florida. The trip was long with lots of truck traffic on I-95. But we didn't hit any slowdowns. We stayed the night in Hardeeville, SC and got home by 3:00pm on Tuesday. It didn't take long to get un-packed and relaxing in our recliners

I've been having a lot of pain in my knee. I had knee replacement surgery January 18 so I know it's not healed yet. But I can't stand up or sit down or get a good nights sleep without shooting pain. The doctor took another x-ray and saw a calcium deposit on the tendon next to the knee cap. That's where the pain was coming from. He showed me the xray from 2014, 2015 and now. The area was just getting bigger. He suggested a cortisone shot. In moments the pain was gone and I can almost walk normal. It's holding and I hope there won't be anymore trouble.  To read about calcium deposits on joints click here.

We checked on our RV and truck at Ridge Quality Motors. They've had a lot of lookers and some low ball offers. This is the slowest time of the year for selling an RV, but we're in no real hurry.

I'm back to playing shuffle board. The past couple years I haven't played in Avon Park, They played too early in the morning for my taste. Here they start at 10, which is great. There were 12 of us playing on Friday. They only play on Tuesdays and Fridays. The group is great and I did pretty well.

The next blog will be next Friday .

Friday, May 6, 2016

Visit from RV'ers - NC Trip

(Morehead City, NC) Hi   72  Lo  50    --  We're still getting the house setup the way we like it. Jim found some bedroom night stands on Craigslist so we did a day trip to Tampa to pick them up. Now our bedroom is finished.

Saturday evening we had a Anna and Steve a fulltime RV'ing couple come from Cocoa Beach where they're staying come to visit us. They are from NC and we met when we first went fulltime. It was great catching up on what they are planning for the summer months. Thanks for coming by Anna and Steve.

Wednesday our trip to Morehead City NC started with hard rain and storms. We waited till they passed and headed out. It felt so different not going in the RV. We did a seven and half hour day to Santee SC on Wednesday. We stayed in the town when we came Thanksgiving weekend. I-95 didn't have the traffic like that weekend, but it's still a rough road. We hit rain on and off but nothing major. We traveled five and half hours on Thursday. We were in and out of rain, but we were in Swansboro we hit heavy rain and hail. It was so bad we parked on the side of the road till it passed. A couple more miles down the road and it wasn't even wet.

We're with family and I'll write more next Friday.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Cleaning - Our Exit from Fulltiming

(Auburndale, FL) Hi 91 Lo 63

We've been cleaning most of the week. Living beside a lake brings in new kind of dirt and little bitty bugs. The mosquitoes don't seem to bite, but there's times they're all over the windows. The windows were the first to be cleaned. Jim does a wonderful job. When I do it there's always a film and he has to re-clean them.

I cleaned the Florida room. I couldn't reach the ceiling so that will have to be done later. This winter we'll repaint it. The room still needs some work, but we'll get it done, no hurry.

We went to our first wine and cheese get together.  It's not a tasting session like at the last park, you bring your own drink. It's basically a social time, but we learned more about the area and the park.

We've been in our new house for a month. We didn't have an exit plan, but we did know we wanted to live in Florida.  Here's my take on the changes from full time RV'ing  versus living in a stationary home.

I miss some things with the RV'ing like the change in scenery and the excitement of what is the next park going to be like. I miss exploring the areas we stay in each night. I miss talking to people about where they've been and where they're going.  I miss the scenery we go by in our travels. I miss turning on the light by just reaching for it. I miss how close the bathroom is or sink and refrigerator,    I miss catching up with friends that come to the same park.

What I DON'T miss is getting ready to go to the next destination and find a flat tire. I don't miss when something breaks down who to call and how long will it take to get it fixed. I don't miss the heavy traffic in pouring rain and missing your exit. I hate the tornadoes that get you up at 3 in the morning and you're not sure where to go. We had to escape tornadoes every year while on the road. I don't miss getting to a park and not feeling safe or the owner isn't pleasant so you want to move and your tired. I don't miss the parks that say we have WIFI, but it's at another location not in your site, or the WIFI is so poor it's hard to do anything.

Overall, I'm fine that we settled down. We'll be taking trips by car and staying in motels again, like we used to do. If we want to go to Colorado, our second favorite state, we'll fly out or drive in the car and stay at a military base. It's not like we're grounded, but it was nice to have our own bathroom and stop along the road whenever we wanted. It's just a different way to go somewhere. We weren't sure of the "exit" point of our travels, but we knew after being in 48 states that we'd live in Florida.

We watch the lake activities a lot and a bird suns himself several times a day. (Click on picture to enlarge).

In between activities at the clubhouse I've been crocheting. My latest is a bear made of embroidery floss, an ice cream cone kitty and another mouse book marker made with crochet thread.

See you next Friday.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Movie - visitors - More Upgrades`

(Auburndale FL) Hi 83 Lo 69 --  We've had a couple visitors to see the place and visit this week. Rob from the (chatroom)  came in from the Deltona area. We met several years ago and he's is a full time RV'er. He still works, so his company pays for RV parking, he has the best of both worlds. Thanks for stopping Rob, hope you come often while in the area. (Click on pictures to enlarge.)

Or friends from Adelaide Shores RV Resort were in the Lakeland area and stopped in to see our place. We had a wonderful visit catching up on what's going on in Adelaide. Most of the people have left, they stay year around. Thanks for stopping in Barb and Dick. If anyone is in the area please stop in, we're very close to I-4 from Daytona to Tampa area.

We went to see the movie The Jungle Book. Our opinion is it's a great movie and should be up for animation awards at the end of the year. The boy is the only thing live in the movie and he did a wonderful job. He also looks a lot like our grandson, we just wanted to hug him.

We're still working on different upgrades and projects to the house. We have a tall palm tree in the front yard that needed tender loving care. There were "palms" that looked like they were dead but they're actually called flowering.

The gentleman took a ladder off the truck, put on a safety belt, attached the saw and up he went.

It was only a few minutes it was all cut and smoothed out. He cleaned up all the trimmings and on his way. We need to have it done a couple times a year.

We're going every Wednesday to the clubhouse meetings. We learn what's going on for the week and the updates One thing they do here is big trips. There's one going to Greece and Africa next year. It's something to look forward to in the next few years. I went for the first time to play Dominos. It's different then Mexican Train. It's call chicken. It's easier and a lot of fun.

There's less people  then there were three weeks ago.  We're called "rounders". We're here year around.

The highlight of the week is getting our front room blinds installed. We ordered them two weeks ago. This is the living room windows before the install.

This is after the install with more natural light and now we can shut them all down when the afternoon sun comes in which brings a lot of heat or leave a few open. It's quite a change and we love it.

It's been great weather so we've been sitting in the Florida room with a nice breeze. We have internet, TV cable line and our special beverage. No bugs and no sunburn. It can't get any better. There's boats, planes landing and birds to watch.

This picture doesn't do it justice, but that's a pretty sunset behind the trees. In the winter we'll have great views of sunsets in the previous picture, just over the lake.

I did my first longer walk today since the knee surgery. It's one tenth mile to the clubhouse and the docks. There's a nice place to sit and  a cleaning station for fish. We'll be making good use of that in the coming months. I also got out the three wheeled bike, it needs some air in the tires, but that's minor.  I think I can ride it without too much knee pain.

This is our clubhouse with shuffleboard and pool.

The dock area view from the clubhouse.

Panarama of the lake. It's two miles long and one mile wide.

A few of the other views from the dock.

The dock in the background is in front of our place.

We're still upgrading and changing things, but we have time. See  you next Friday.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Keeping Busy - Activities - Movie

(Auburndale, FL) Hi 80 Lo 69 --  I've been working on a puzzle this week. There was no room in the RV to put up a table and I miss working with them. It took four days to get it done. This one isn't like a normal puzzle, It's something new. The front of the box has a picture, but the puzzle is totally a different view and nothing to go by to put it together. The challenge is great. It's 1000 pieces. Click here to learn more.

All laid out

All put together, (click to enlarge to see front of box and what the puzzle looks like).

We're going to the clubhouse for a few games and the Wednesday morning meetings. We played Knock Bingo which is quite different from the regular bingo. There's four in a group and a deck of cards. A paper plate and cup is in the center. You play with three nickels, three dimes, three quarters and three dollar bills for each person. Each player gets 13 cards which you lay out in suits. A card caller calls out a card and if you have it, you put it on the plate. When you get to one card you knock, when you use them all you win. The money is collected from the cup on each round for the winnings, (first game is two nickels, second game is two nickels, and work thru all the money). It took a couple hours and fun for a once a month game.

One of the RV'ing couples is in Kissimmee area so we met at Logan's Steakhouse to meet up with them for lunch. Dick is (Reno) in the chatroom.  Thank you two for meeting with us, see you this winter.

Jim, Dee, Judy and Dick

We were in the area of Celebration and have never been there so we took a drive thru the area. We were thinking it would be a lot like The Villages, but it's not. The homes are huge and close together. There's several condos and apartment buildings. We loved driving thru there. Some look like Georgia colonial homes.

It's been  a long time since we've seen a movie. We wanted to see The Boss with Melissa McCarthy. It wasn't nearly as good as The Spy, but still had a few laughs. It would be better to see it on DVD.

I'm back to crocheting. I went to crochet/knit group meeting and a few of us have decided to make the Thursday meetings to include crafts of all different types. It will be great to get something going for the summer and extend to the snowbirds this winter. I now need to make a lot of critters to catch up. We're also going to have a bazaar in November to sell what we make. It's going to be a great summer.

My latest critter. An alligator, fitting for this area.

 See you next Friday.