Saturday, November 11, 2017

Wine Tasting - Rving Friends - Concert - Luncheon - Game - Veterans Luncheon

Auburndale, FL  (Hi  80   Lo 67)

The days are finally flying by which means I'm staying busy. We started out the week going to Lakeridge Winery in Clermont for a wine tasting with our neighbors. The tour was short and the tasting was excellent.  We bought a couple bottles of sweet wine. Great place to visit. (Click on the pictures to enlarge).









Sunday,  Lessie and Ed came for a visit. They're friends from our RV'ing days. We try to meet up whenever they're in our area. Rob and Sheryl were in Kissimmee so we went to visit with them.
Jim, Dee, Ed, Lessie, Rob and Sheryl.  We had a wonderful visit with everyone.


Monday  I went to line dancing and Jim had an eye appointment. It's time for him to have his second cataract removed, so he'll be dealing with all appointments that go with getting that done. I had an HOA meeting Monday night.

Tuesday my sister came up from Okeechobee for a massage I got her for her birthday. She needs a TV stand so we went to Rooms to Go to shop for one. She found it and was thrilled, she's been looking for a while. She left for home before the sun started going down. That evening Jim and I headed to Orlando to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing arts to see Lindsay Buckingham and Christine MacVie perform. They're from the group Fleetwood Mac, and they made an album together. It was wonderful. They sang songs from their new album plus several Fleetwood Mac songs. The opening act was a group from California named Wilderado. They were good too, and we hope they make it to the big time.

Views around the Center. 


  In the bathroom of the concert hall is this sink. I thought the heart shape from the soap was a neat touch. 


Lindsay Buckingham and Christine MacVie




Wednesday was the weekly morning meeting with coffee and donuts. There's more and more people from the north coming down and the place is filling up. After the meeting a few of us ladies got together for lunch in downtown Lakeland at Garden Bistro. It was a great lunch and the visiting was even better. The restaurant is on Mirror lake. 




 It's beside the Hollis Gardens, which are quite lovely. 


A nice little sitting area to meditate.

 Kathy set up the luncheon. 

Friday was the first basketball game home game for the Lakeland Magic. We went to the preseason game but this was the first of 24 regular season games. The section for premium season ticket holders, with meals provided, was full of people. 

This gal was on a unicycle. She placed bowls on her leg, then flipped them in the air onto her head, sometimes up to five at a time. I would say she had 20 of them by the time she was done. Impressive.

This guy was in front of us and never once watched the game. He was face timing with a gal the whole game. Not that we were looking over his shoulder or anything. :)
Saturday we had a Veterans Appreciation Luncheon at the clubhouse. There were quite a few in attendance, and it very well organized.



Artie is 96 and served in World War II. Marty to the right was MC for the event.  

Jim at the salad table. 

Pictures of the military guys that served. 

Military vets in line for sandwiches. 

It's been a hectic week and another one is on tap for next week.  We are going to a community theater to see a play tonight but will report that for next week.

I'll leave you with a picture of Ali the alligator. He's been in the canal a couple times this week. He's a baby, and we haven't seen mom around but I'm sure she's close by to watch her young one.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Basketball - Priorities - Crochet Critters

Auburndale, FL  (Hi 84  Lo 71)

We went to our first preseason basketball game on Monday. It was for season ticket holders only and there were very few people attending. We got to sit in different seats to see what would be good for next year if we decide to get tickets again.

This is this years seats.












This would be good for next year.


We were very impressed on how well the Lakeland Magic played against the Memphis Hustlers. The Lakeland team won, we're off to a great start.

Our docks are all messed up from the hurricane, so we now have another boat that's been put in the canal. The problem is the canal is in bad shape this year and the boat looks like it's about to sink. The owner did move it now it's beside another guys boat. The Sandhill cranes look like they're checking it out.


















We're going into the winter months with snowbirds arriving and lots of activities happening. It's time to prioritize. We have basketball games going on at the same time we have events and activities at the clubhouse like HOA meetings. I also want to play shuffleboard, line dancing, hand and foot (cards). I have to figure out what's more important.

When I'm home and not doing anything I've started some orders I got from the craft fair and making some "critters" to sell next year.

I made a momma unicorn in yarn and baby in thread.


Owl











A bat



Dogs


Mice with catnip for cat toys.











This is what is left to sell.  I sell most critter for $2 each. I mail them for usually $2.45 in a small envelope. If you see anything I've made Let me know. Here's a website with everything I've done,  (click here)  Take a picture of your dog or cat and send me an email.


While we've been out, Jim saw great reviews on this place, Strawberry Hut in Plant City. It has terrific Cuban sandwiches. We agree, if you're in the area  look this place up. There's no inside seating, but a pick up and go place. It does have a few picnic tables outside if the weather is good.

The sunset, which was a lot prettier in person. The sun was a lot brighter then it shows.


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Movie - Line Dancing - Basketball - Decorating - First Ever

Auburndale, FL (Hi 80 Lo 60)

The rest and relaxing after the bazaar last weekend meant it was time for another movie.  We went to see The Foreigner. We give it two thumbs up. It's not for little kids but it was suspenseful. (Click on pictures to enlarge).


Monday morning I went to the first line dancing class for beginners. I had to be very careful with the knee but besides being tired I made it through the first class. It's a good work out. The first three dances were, The Slide, Wobble, and Cupid. In my opinion, the wobble is for teens, check out what it's suppose to look like HERE. 

Wednesday was the gals luncheon at Cheddar Scratch in Lakeland. This place has really good food. They had three servers so we got our meal fast and hot. I didn't get a picture, I forgot this time. There were 22 of us. The snowbirds are starting to come down so the luncheon will be bigger in the winter months.

Tthe Lakeland Magic basketball games are about to start up on November 10 for their first game ever. We went to practice with our neighbors Allen and Trish. We bought season tickets and we sat in our seats to watch the guys practice. There's 24 games and will go till March. In March, Jim will work at the baseball stadium again this year.  We love our seat location.



Halloween is coming up and our Halloween party is tonight. We decorated the clubhouse and got it ready.
















The outside is also decorated.




Jim went to see the Florida Symphony in Tampa. Needing only one ticket he got a seat in the second row. It was really close. 



They played the 1812 Overture, with bells and cannons, and he said it was really loud. It took a while to get his hearing back, just like at a rock concert. He loves the symphony and tries to go to several concerts a year. But he said he'll sit a little farther back from now on.

We seem to do a lot of first ever sports. We went to the first ever Carolina Hurricanes NHL hockey game in North Caroline, and I worked the stadium in-seat food service. Before that, we went to the first Nascar race in Indy in 1994.  Now we're going to the first game of the G League Lakeland Magic basketball team. (The G League is the development league of the NBA.) It will be interesting to see how the team progresses, just like watching the Carolina Hurricanes progress thru the years. 

We have another busy week coming up. I have a feeling this is going to be a fast winter. See you next week.