Saturday, October 20, 2018

Quiet Week

Auburndale, FL  (Hi  90  Lo  72)

This week was fairly quiet. I'm still keeping up with hurricane damage in the panhandle. My sister came down to Florida from Missouri and said it was difficult getting a hotel room because people have evacuated north. She got to talk to a few of the people and it's scary what happened.

I played a lot of card games this week, the usual Wednesday morning "coffee" to see what's going on for the week and the community has a lot of the snowbirds coming back. It's going to fill up fast now that it's colder up north. The Canadians will start arriving in November. Houses are selling and those renting out their places are also starting to come in for three or more months.  My massage was this week, so all the muscles are working. I've tried to have a massage once a month since 1999. I think that's keeping me healthy.

Our house was washed on Friday so that's shining and nice for another six months. It gets moldy here in Florida because of the humidity and heat. It really looks good in the back porch again. It won't be too long we'll be able to sit out there.

There's been a couple evenings that the temperature was under 90 and before the mosquitoes come out  I saw a couple people fishing and sitting on the dock. We have beautiful sunsets here.

I have the flyers ready to put up around town for the Craft Bazaar in a couple weeks. It's getting closer and I'm getting calls from new vendors.

Another week in paradise.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Chicago Marathon and Hurricane Michael

Auburndale, FL  (Hi 89  Lo 66)

I try to cover what's going on around us plus our own lives in the blog. It's also a great way years from now to look back to different big events. This week there's been two exceptional events.

Our youngest son, Rick,  has been training for the Chicago Marathon for several weeks and on Sunday he was one of the 45,000 people in the run. There was an app online that anyone could follow him and any runner from a tracker on their shoes so we knew where he was and how well he was doing. It was in the 60's and rain for part of the route. (Click on the pictures to enlarge).
His view before the race.

On the route, picture taken by his girlfriend.




















This is what I was watching online.








































The pictures were taken by the marathon group.



























































Over the finish line. His time started later then the front runners, his time was just over four hours. He was in the "second" wave, there were four waves.

Great looking medal.

A map showing the route.












He looks great for just running 26 miles.

We're so proud of him. It's his second time running it. The first time was several years ago. He said he was sore the next day but plans on a half marathon in a couple weeks. Congrats Rick, good job.

Now for the second big event, hurricane Michael. It started a week or so ago in the Caribbean. It was going to be a "watched" storm but the weather people didn't think it would amount to much and may not form into a storm. That changed quickly over three days it was a major hurricane. The closer it got to Florida the more intense it became. We held our breath that it wasn't going to turn east more then it did. We didn't get any wind or rain from the main storm, but did get light rain and wind from the outer bands. It headed to Mexico Beach, Fl further north into the panhandle


It went from 145 winds (Cat 4) to 150, just 7 mph less then Cat 5
in a very short time.







I stayed with the weather channel and most of the main TV stations along with social media to follow the storm. I worked as a ham radio operator at the NWS (National Weather Service) thru Fran 1996 in North Carolina, so I knew what was going on behind the scenes. It was amazing to see a hurricane in the DAYLIGHT hours. For some reason they love to land at night when you can't see anything. The devastation is enormous in the panhandle. The third biggest hurricane to hit USA and the most intensive in that area of Florida. Amazing. I think the most impressive I've seen so far on TV, is the train that was knocked to it's side.




There's a lot of videos on social media and I'm sure there will be even more as the days go by.



Jim found a great website of the largest hurricanes that's hit the USA. It's a great site if you're interested in past storms. https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/outreach/history/    Another great website is on youtube.com This will be a very long cleanup.

The normal things around here is nice sunsets,

We've been having a lot of vegetation in the canal that's beginning to take over the area. A loud boat was coming around the corner and it was an air boat checking it out. I hope they can do something about it.

There's a big blue heron statue in our neighbors yard and a real one that comes to visit quite frequently. Can you tell them apart?

We're hoping no more hurricanes for the year. We're vulnerable in Florida, but we love it. Until next week, stay safe.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Craft Bazaar - Games

Auburndale, FL  (Hi 90  Lo 74)

This is one of those weeks there's very little to report. It's the first week of October just a month before our craft bazaar at the clubhouse. I have between 25 and 30 tables of vendors and it's going well so far. I've put together everything I have for sale and will do a couple more items before November 3.  (Click on the pictures to enlarge).
 

These pictures are made with little beads. Linda did these for me. They're called Diamond Paintings.







There's a car around town with lots of dog statues over it. It was parked in a parking lot and I talked to the guy that owns it. He has tape to hold them on. He loves dogs and  his way of showing dogs are his life. Ya think?  I love it.



The normal games, dominoes, and games on the computer is my way to pass time. One of these days it will get cooler so I can get some outside things done. The lake has a lot of growth on it like most of the lakes around the area.

I loved one morning watching all the different birds. Why can't we get along like these birds? There's ducks, Ibis, and a little blue heron.

The sunset was gorgeous one of the nights this week. 



I hope everyone has a great week thank you for reading.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Jim's Birthday - Movie

Auburndale, FL (Hi  94  Lo  75)

It's still hot daily, temperatures have been in the 90's all but one day this month and that temp was 89. We still have at least another month before it cools to the 80's. There's a few things we want to get done outside, but it has to wait.

Saturday was Jim's birthday. He waited all day to get his steak.  We went to Texas Roadhouse this time for his 20 oz ribeye.  He ate the whole thing.  He's picked that restaurant for his yearly steak dinner.




















We haven't been to a movie in quite awhile and we both wanted to see Peppermint, with my favorite actress Jennifer Garner. It's violent, but very good movie. We give it two thumbs up but not for little ones.


















This is one of those weeks that nothing but the normal activities are going on. We're seeing a few of the northerners coming back and a few more people are fishing early mornings and evenings, before the mosquitoes come take you away.  This guy was fishing in our canal.

The canal was pretty clear at the beginning of the week, but by the end of the week it's looking bad again. It's hard for a boat to get in it until we get some wind and rain.















While I was coming home from darts, the moon was just above the street lights. I thought it was a cool picture.

It wasn't a lot going on this week. See you next week.


                     

Friday, September 21, 2018

Ladies Luncheon - Birthdays - More Eating

Auburndale, FL  (Hi 94  Lo 75)

The third week of the month is always busy. A group of us play a domino type game called spinners. We have snacks and do lots of laughing. It's one of my highlights of the month. I can't wait till next month.

The third Wednesday we have community ladies luncheon. It changes locations monthly, where ever they can take 30 plus people at one time. There's a new restaurant called Ford's Garage in Lakeland right off  I 4 that was chosen for this month. It's built like a garage and the food is great. There were 32 of us and filled up with many more while we were there, so it's going to be a popular place. (Click on the pictures to enlarge.)
A Ford display outside.

Sandi, Linda and Donna going in the door.

This Ford was above our table and the wheels were turning.

It's really hard getting everyone facing the same way, but this is a group picture.

Of course I have to post the BBQ I had. They even brand the name on the bun.

This week was also birthday week for a couple gals,
Joyce and Cindy

Charlotte, Kathy and Donna



They were cutting the cake like a married couple.
Cindy and Joyce

Besides the luncheon we got a few gals together and went to Lavendar 'N Lace Tea restaurant. We wanted to just have some fun before the crowds hit and we can't get reservations.

The area outside is so pretty, lots of plants.







Inside the restaurant.

Our group, Joyce, Shirley, Donna, Cindy, Peggy, Mary Lou, Linda, Sandi



I had quiche, very good. There's several types of sandwiches and salads.

A store next door has all kinds of tea sets.









We had a storm come up just as we got home. It's been a very busy week. It won't be long the northerners will be strolling in. There's lots of houses for sale this year and several for rent. They sell fast so if you're interested come on down.
Favorite sunset this week.

Tomorrow is Jim's birthday, I'll have a post on that next week.