Friday, June 24, 2016

Knee Update - Hurricanes - New AirConditioner

(Auburndale, FL) Hi  94  Lo 80 - I'm excited to say my knee is hurting less. I'm getting up and down from chairs a little easier, but still not pain free. I'm going to the pool which is helping quite a bit. For those that's been trying to get me there, ok ok, you're right. lol  I think in another couple months it will be a lot better and mostly pain free till there's storms around.

We've been gearing up for hurricanes in the area. We're 40 miles inland, but if we have another year like 2004, we'll be getting them in this area. We signed up for helping the community with transportation to shelters, or anything else that needs attention. The park will be told to evacuate if a  CAT 4 hurricane is coming in. We'll get more details next month about shelters and activations of evacuations. There's already been four hurricanes in the Atlantic. We still need to get our "to go bags" ready.

We got our new air-conditioner installed this week. The temperature was a little lower and so was the humidity, but it still was 95 in the house during the time of install. They came at 8:30 and were done by 3:00. (click on the pictures to enlarge).

The old unit, we don't think it's ever been serviced. That's a bee hive to the left.

Springer Bros, was the company we chose. The owner came out first to talk over what we needed.

Two young guys were under the house, put down a new platform 

then put up an umbrella to work under 

taking out the old ducts,

and putting in the new

Then the new air conditioner, which is a lot bigger than the old one, was finally installed. They measured for a shroud that will be in the back of the unit in a week or so. Until then they made a temporary shroud out of scrap metal.

While the guys were under the house they found a baby corn snake. It looks a little like a (poisonous) Coral Snake, but Jim learned a saying when growing up in South Florida, "Red on yellow, kill a fellow; red on black, good for Jack". This one has red on black bands, so the only thing it will kill when it grows up is mice and other little critters. (The guys let it go and didn't kill it.) I wonder it it's mama is still somewhere under the house.

The thermostat has a touch screen and is connected to the internet. So it has local weather info, plus we can operate it from our smart phones if we're gone. Technology has come a long way since 1987 when the house was built.

We're happy with the cooling and it's a quieter. Now we're set for the rest of the summer, and many summers to come. 

I've been crocheting curtains for the guest bathroom and also putting together a very pretty puzzle. I couldn't see the pieces very well so we bought a new lamp. That's going to be real handy for crocheting too. 

Our son Frank and Angie and the grand boys will arrive tomorrow evening. We're getting everything ready for them and looking forward to a great time next week. See you next Friday. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Rodeo - Visit - Chocolate King - Beatles

(Auburndale, FL) Hi  93  Lo 76 --  If you like heat, this is the place to be. The temperatures have been in the mid 90's and the humidity is usually 70% or higher. My kind of place. I'm very happy with the temperatures. Jim walks most days, usually around 9am, and I still play shuffleboard two days a week from 10 till 12:30.  We've had rain almost every day. Lots of water comes down the gutters. It rains hard for about 10 minutes, sometimes with the sun shining brightly, then it's gone. Sometimes there's lots of lightning with the rain. (Click on the pictures to enlarge).

When it's not raining we have seen some people fishing along the canal. These guys have a trolling motor on a home made raft. They didn't fall in while I was watching and they were all over the lake. I'd call that good balance .

And canoes are popular.

We went to a rodeo in Kissimmee. It's hometown boys trying to ride the bulls and the horses. It was a fun night for locals. I'm spoiled with the championship rodeos. I'd rather see one of the pro rodeos, but it was still fun.

A few of the pictures from the rodeo with the guys being bucked off in a second or two. Only three held on for the eight second count.


The kids ran to get close to  little calves with a ribbon on their tail. The first one to get a ribbon won a prize.

It was a fun night.

Lee and Rosemary visited us from Adelaide Shores, our former park. They spent the afternoon with us and caught us up to date on what's going on in Avon Park, FL. It was great seeing them. We'll see them again soon.

Lee and Rosemary

We get Groupon offers by email everyday and love getting discounted tickets for places and events around the area. One was for a tour at Chocolate King in Kissimmee. It was half price so we took off one afternoon for the tour. There were several people on the tour since it's so close to Disney. They gave details on the history of chocolate and how it's made. At several stops on the tour we got a sample what it tastes like at that stage of production, the cocoa bean, the chocolate water, and the final product. It was very interesting and their chocolate is excellent.

Dresses made from chocolate bar wrappers.

A castle made from chocolate.

The scenery with running river of liquid chocolate.

The machines the make the chocolate from bean to bar.

A few items made with chocolate.

You can order your own personalized chocolate bar, which we did.

Then it comes to the front for pickup. It takes 5-7 minutes to "cool".

The tour was worth the Groupon price of $8 each, but I don't think we'd pay the full $16.95 price..

We also got a Groupon for a "Classic Albums Live" concert in Lakeland. A Beatles tribute band recreated the album "Revolver" note for note. The audience was our age with a few young people. The first half of the show was the "Revolver" album, and the second half was some other Beatles hits. It was a very good show, but we both thought the show we saw last year in Orlando of the Beatles album "Abbey Road" was better. This was our first time attending the Lakeland Center. It's a nice place and they have lots of great events throughout the year. Plus it's only 20 minutes from our house.

We will keep you updated on what we do. Next week our son and family will be here. We're looking forward to that. See you next Friday.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Tropical Storm Colin - Birthday - Visitors

(Auburndale, FL)  Hi 89  Lo 76 --  We had rains and wind from tropical storm Colin. We've only been in our house a couple months and already had our first storm. It wasn't any worse then some of the storms we've been in over the years in the RV. We couldn't hear the rain in the living room. It was fun watching the waves on the lake and how  fast the wind direction changes. We'll be fine here rather then on the coasts.

 We planned to play dominoes Tuesday afternoon but it was cancelled so I spent the time crocheting. I had an order for six little kitty play toys. I put catnip in them so hopefully they will bring joy to the cats. (Click on the pictures to enlarge).

Since I'm talking about crafts, we brought back tubs of stuff that our son was storing for us and one of the items was mom's collection of little glass chickens and wooden horses.

My birthday dinner was at Boston Lobster Feast in Kissimmee, FL. I've been going to Red Lobster for 13 years but this year we saw a coupon for this restaurant and decided to go there. It's a buffet and I could have as many lobsters as I wanted so I ate three of them, plus crab legs and shrimp which is also a favorite. Jim could get his oysters so we were both happy. What a great meal! We would highly suggest this restaurant if you like seafood. Click here for more info.

Jim bought me a fishing rod and tackle box for my birthday. I guess I'll be getting some fresh fish if it quits raining .

Lessie and Ed are back in Florida and they came for a visit on Wednesday. They are RV'ing friends that went fulltime a little over a year ago. It's always great seeing them when we can. Thank you for coming to see us.

We've had tiny tree frogs on our windowsill (outside) when it rains real hard

The clouds from the afternoon storms are starting to be daily. The temperature is climbing and the humidity is high. It's Florida in the summer. We don't mind, it's still home to us.

It was a nice humid morning but I went to shuffleboard this morning at 10. There were 8 of us which made a  couple good teams. Tonight we're going to the rodeo. We found a groupon and it's great being close to all the activities.

See you next Friday.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Ellice's Wedding - Trip to Chicago

(Auburndale, FL) Hi   94  Lo 78 --  We made it back home on Wednesday evening from Chicago and St. Louis area. We're continuing the blog and this week is one reason we are keeping it updated. It's the special times and we look back frequently to where we went and what happened. This blog will be about the wedding of our step granddaugher, Ellice.

We had a great trip and no bad weather. We went to O'Fallon, IL first to be with grandkids, Kyle and Kendall and our son Frank and his wife Angie. Then to Chicago and back to Frank's.   (Click on the pictures to enlarge).

Kyle and Kendall

Frank and Angie with Jim at the bonfire one evening visiting with them.

There's a mini golf course in town with racing cars that the kids wanted to do.

The last night there we had a bbq with great food and visiting with everyone.
Abby (Kyle's girlfiend), Sherry (Angie's mom) and Kendall. I didn't get the other side with Kim and Jimmyy (Angie's brother and his wife). ooops  It was great visiting with the kids and friends.

In  Chicago we went to Rick's for our step granddaughter's wedding. It was a perfect outdoor wedding and the weather was warm with no rain.

First time we've been dressed up in seven years. No reason  while fulltime in an RV.

Ellice with Jack (step brother) and Joey, brother

Rick (our son) and Ellice

Jim, Rick, Jack at the reception

Kyle, Laura (Ellice's mother) and Kendall

Jack, Kyle and Kendall

Rick was teaching Jack to slow dance.

There was a photo booth so we took our turns posing.

We had a breakfast with our family and the a few of the wedding party before we left Chicago


Jack put several straws together and tried to drink from a glass, it got past the first straw, but no further.

We stayed in the same motel going up north and coming back to Florida in Carterville, GA. We got to Atlanta around 3:30 going north so we went I-285 and 9:30 coming south but we took I-75 straight through downtown. It was better going through downtown, but both ways took an extra hour. All you need is patience and watch for the trucks coming in your lane.

While we were in O'Fallon we stayed at Scott Air Force base lodging. Here's the pictures of the rooms. It's two rooms put together for a suite. They're building a new lodge and should be done end of 2017. A great place to stay while with the kids.

It took us half hour to put everything away then go get some dinner at our favorite place in Polk City, FL. We came back and crashed the rest of the night. We're now back to the normal lifestyle of activities in the park. We'll settle into a routine and wait for Frank and family to come for a visit the end of the month.

See you next week.