Saturday, March 24, 2018

Flea Market - Movie - Avon Park, Park Model Fire

Auburndale, FL  (Hi 70  Lo 44)

A few of us got together and went to Webster to the flea market. It's big and is only open on Monday till 2pm. It has two parts, the selling of items and used. There's also a section that has bulk which items are in big bundles to buy and resell. We got there at 8:00 and some of the vendors were still setting up. A quick rain storm went thru but we were under cover. (Click on the pictures to enlarge).

There's little sheds beside the covered area. The vendors have their items inside and just close and lock at night.

Lots of dresses.

Donna, Mary Lou, and Linda

Our lunch was strawberries on a biscuit.

This tree is so neat. There's four trunks altogether.

I didn't take a picture, but another section was for used items and a lot of tables were guns, lots of guns of all types. All you need is a Florida license (or ID) and cash, and you're on the way. No one was doing any documentation. Even a few AR15's were for sale. I'm not getting into the politics, I'm just saying it's possible to buy weapons with no mental health or any checks. This may be true for all or some of the other flea markets. It's a lot different then the gun shows or stores.

I played darts on Monday night. Tuesday night was a going away party for Alice, a friend in the park. Wednesday was the morning meeting and after the meeting we had a doctor and a couple nurses come in to talk about strokes and heart attacks. It was quite informative and very well done in layman's terms. Women have different symptoms then the men and they covered it all. I'm glad I stayed.  The afternoon I played hand and foot card game.

Thursday we saw the movie A Wrinkle in Time. We both enjoyed it. It's a fantasy type movie with Oprah. There's a lot of computer generated graphics, but still really good. Two thumbs up.

In the evenings and during the day when there's nothing happening, I'm still crocheting. A neighbor wants dinosaurs. I'm making three of them for her, two are done.

One thing that happens all year long when the wind is in the Southeast, we get blind mosquitoes. They love light colors, so the houses that are white or light colored you see them most. They fly in your face and get in the house when you open the door. They don't bite and they die quickly if they get in a car or house. This is what they look like when they land on anything white.

Friday was a very active day. I went to Avon Park for my monthly massage and meet with crocheting friends. We met at Barb's place in her park model, all 18 gals. It was a morning of laughing and catching up with friends. We lived in the park for six winters. In fact we moved two years ago today.
Here's a few of the gals that met up this morning.

A couple days ago a fire destroyed a park model. I didn't know the people that just bought it and was remodeling it. They were all done and had a party to celebrate on Sat, later in the week a fire started and took everything. The fire department is across the street from the park but couldn't get there in time to put it out. The lady got out with the help of a neighbor. It's still under investigation, but talk has been it was an electrical problem in a lamp. Everyone could have a fire, but in a park model it can wipe it out in just a few minutes, just like an RV.  I feel so bad for them. You can smell the smoke of  the remains. The house next door has buckled siding, that's how hot it was.

I had my massage late afternoon then went home in time to go to the basketball game. Tomorrow night is the last game of the season, then if we go to the playoffs we'll start next week. We're one game out of the finals. They won tonight so we still have a chance tomorrow night.
One of the entertainers is the guy on stilts. He's very good walking around dancing.

We found out if we went to the other end of the arena we could watch the players go to the locker room so I got a couple pictures of the players tonight.

This picture is from the house across the lake. This time of year it looks like it might be on fire. The sun shines on their windows giving a very bright fire looking sight.

Spring has sprung. Have fun this week see you next week.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Schoolmate - Animal Races - Clubhouse Activities

Auburndale, FL (Hi 78  Lo 49)

The chatroom is still active at night beginning about 8:30pm. Please join us if you can.

It was a very chilly morning but warmed up fast today. Now we should be out of the cold and headed toward the heat of summer.

We had a great with with visitors from Iowa. My school mate Melba and her husband Ed stopped by to see us. We see them every year while they're in Florida. They came here on Saturday and we went to Kissimmee to see them on Wednesday.  (Click on the pictures to enlarge).

We went to their timeshare to see what it's like. We've considered doing a timeshare but haven't seen where you can stay. This one is 5000 Avenue of the Stars.  Here's a few of the pictures of the complex of several buildings. It's 60 degrees with winds that are very chilly. We were in jackets, the people by the pool had to be snowbirds.

Statues at the entrance.

Fun by the pool.

Pond between the buildings.

An Egret was walking on top of the bushes looking for lizards.

The games at the clubhouse were fun this week. The snowbirds are still here so there was lots of money being won at Knockers bingo. I played darts on Monday and had a bulls eye finally. The general meeting was Tuesday night and that's the last for this season. We'll have another in November to start the new season. 

Friday was another fun night with animal races. I went two years ago but didn't know many people and didn't understand what was going on so I left. This time I stayed and got familiar with the game. There's six wooden animals and a person moves with roll of dice  along a taped area. The bet from the people in the audience is 50 cents per animal. You can vote for one or all. It's so much fun and a lot of laughs.

One of the animals is a wabbit. Cindy is dressed as a rabbit.

with a tail.

There's lines on the floor and with a roll of dice you move up a square the dice says for that number of animal. Whoever gets to the other end first wins. The one that bets on that number gets the money of that animal. It's usually $2.50 but can be more.

The stables where the animals wait.

The line was to place your bet. The best way is to bet on all six. Someone is going to win.

The animals ready to play.

Good crowd.

There they go!

This one was behind so he walked backwards.

One race was all dogs. This one pulled ahead.

There's also one race with horses. You bid to "buy" a horse the pot can be $200 or more. That's a good amount of money IF that one wins.

That's the activities for this week. The rest of the time was crocheting slippers. I'm trying out new patterns for women and men with several different sizes. I'm also hoping to make saddle shoes. These are two I made. The dark blue is size 6, the light blue "tennis shoe" is 9 1/2.

I also made a shih tzu for a gal.

The pelicans came back with all the rest of the birds that seem to be caretakers. It gets really noisy when they all come to the canal.

It's been a fun week and a busy one. See you next week.

Announcement:  If you're traveling to Washington state this summer, we have an RV'er friend Steve and Maria, that has bought a recreation place. Ocean Shore Boathouse.  Please stop by and have some fun.