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.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Day Trip to See Friends - Labor Day Potluck - Clubhouse Kitchen

(Auburndale, FL) Hi 90  Lo 78 --   We wanted to get a couple of our RV friends together so when we heard that Rob was going to be in the area we made plans to go to St. Petersburg with Rob and get together with Anna. Rob and Anna had never met in person but both have been in the for several years. It was a great afternoon. (Click on the pictures to enlarge).

Anna, Dee and Rob

Selfie with Jim included

 The clubhouse kitchen has been going through a remodeling phase. It was suppose to take two weeks, but as we know that's not always the case. It's been close to six weeks. We had our potluck party over labor day and had to work around not having all our supplies for the kitchen which were stored in the storage area stacked up. The potluck went off without too many problems and everyone seemed to love the hamburgers and hotdogs.

Planning committee Monday morning before setup.

Food ticket takers

The guys grilling. Allen, Jim and Art

Food table, lots of different items.

After everyone was seated. There were 110 people. That's about half of what will be here this winter.

Servers, Mary Lu, Marie, Diane and Donna

Tuesday we put everything back in the kitchen. They finally got it done. All new cupboards, two new sinks and a new refrigerator.

We sorted everything out first and threw out all the old stuff that wasn't worth keeping.

Washing everything was another job then putting it away.

It took most of the day and with both days being so busy we were all ready for a rest. It's been a great week and a lot of people involved to get everything done. Thanks to everyone.

If I wasn't busy with the clubhouse I'm still crocheting for the bazaar that's coming up November 5. One of the gals gave me a yarn turkey and I wanted to see if I could make it in thread. Here's the result.

I also made owls with Christmas hats for earrings. I think I'll make reindeer earrings.

Just a couple more pictures from the hurricane Hermine. This is looking down the retention pond and canal to the left from the back side of the house. The water doesn't get any higher then this even in 2004 with 3 hurricanes that came through.

That's it for this week, see you next Friday!