Saturday, August 11, 2018

Craft Fair - Pre Arrangement - Okeechobee - NASA Launch

Auburndale, FL  (Hi 90  Lo 73)

I went with another gal to Winter Haven for a craft fair that is every first Saturday of the month. We went last fall and the place was packed with vendors. This time there were barely enough to be worth going. I did ask one vendor to come to ours in November. It's too hot to be in an outside park selling all day.

Monday we did something we've been thinking about for years. We did pre-arrangements for our funeral. It took a couple hours to get all the paperwork done, but now no one else has to wonder what to do if one or both of us die. It's all pre arranged, I'm a big believer to have it all planned out and it's less of a burden on everyone when you're under stress of losing a loved one.

Wednesday I went to Okeechobee with my sister, Doris. We drove to Sebring which is half way.  It's fun being with her in the summer and back and forth in the winter months. She has a dog named Carley that is two years old so she keeps us busy. She's part German Shepard and Border Collie.


One thing for sure I'm eating well. A great salmon dish and taco salad.


Friday night/Saturday morning we wanted to see the  Delta Heavy IV launch from NASA go up at 3:33am. We both woke up at the same time and got the details on NASA TV. It was on hold at four minutes then it was on go and held again at one minute, fifty-five seconds. They scrubbed it for an anomaly. Now it's suppose to go up 3:32 Sunday morning.  I doubt if I get up again.

We're going to Port St. Lucie today. I haven't taken a lot of pictures this week but have been on the go. Here's a storm in a sunset.

This photo was taken from a plane. I stole it from facebook. It's the fires over Califorina with sunset in the background. 
See you next week with more from Okeechobee. 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Darci Lynn - Movies - Rays Game - Projects

Auburndale, FL   (Hi  92  Lo 75)

Have you ever gone to a show or concert that was really good and fun?  That's what we did on Saturday night. Darci Lynn is the ventriloquist that won America's Got Talent last year. She was also on Little Big Shots. She's 13 and learned to work with puppets in ONE month. She's outstanding and can work the audience very well. If you get a chance to see her think about going, it's well worth it.
Dr. Phillips Center, Orlando (Click on the pictures to enlarge).

Our seats from the balcony.

Darci and friends

The band that was with Darci was also on the America's Got Talent named Pelican212. They're a family of 10 kids and seven of them are playing together. They're very talented and can play and sing quite well. They opened for Darci then did a couple songs with Darci and the puppets.

We had dinner at Millers Ale House before the show and I had planned on Fish tacos, but the special was a whole lobster. What a surprise!  We were almost to the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando when we had a downpour of rain and lightning. The roads were flooding but we took it slow and easy and made it there ok  just before the show started. It's always good to leave early when traveling on I 4 toward Orlando or Tampa.

There's a few movies that are out that we wanted to see. The first movie we saw was Equalizer 2. We loved the first one and  I liked the first one better and Jim likes the second one better. This time there were several people in the theater which the first in a long time, we're usually alone.

The second movie we wanted to see, Mission Impossible Fallout so we headed to the theater on Monday. That's an excellent action movie with Tom Cruise. We both loved it and it's got twists and turns not expected. It's definitely a two thumbs up.











Jim went to the Rays game the same day Trump came to Tampa on Tuesday. He didn't have a real bad time going to St. Petersburg, but roads were closed in several locations which made traffic stopped in the area. That's always a bad time when you're trying to get somewhere.

He had great seats, but one thing that's neat about the games is they have a big water tank that has sting rays in it. Here's a few pictures.
From his seat

Looking toward his seat.

One of several stingrays.

Wednesday was really busy. We have weekly meetings in the morning for coffee and donuts. This week we took a CPR class updating what we did years ago. We also learned about the new AED's, (automatic electronic defibrillator) that we knew nothing about. The class was an hour long and we learned a lot. Now we have CPR cards just in case we'd ever need them. After that was over the management brought us lunch. BBQ sandwiches, baked beans, potato chips, and blueberry cobbler.  The gals hand and foot card game was right after I was done eating. That lasted till 3:30.  I then went to a friends house for an hour, home ate dinner and collapsed in a chair. Wednesday's are always busy but I usually have a couple hours between activities. Is it age? That made me tired!

It's been a great week and the lake activities have been about the same. I haven't seen the Sandhill cranes but the family of turtles have been out sunning themselves. We're still having rain and storms everyday.

This weeks crocheting projects. Hippo, two types of fish in bowls and seahorse.





Saturday, July 28, 2018

Sister Visiting - Basketball

Auburndale, Fl  (Hi 91  Lo  75)

This week started out with a visit from my sister, Doris. She's back in Florida from Missouri for five weeks and stopped on her way to her place in Okeechobee. Doris has a dog named Carley, part Border Collie and German Shepherd. (Click on the pictures to enlarge).


Walking the dog and dodging rain and storms was part of the visit. It rains/storms everyday. Jim also walked Carley, in the rain. Doris left on Wednesday morning. I'll be going to her place in a couple weeks.



 I crocheted most of the time if I wasn't playing games. I also made a fish in a bowl that's trending for crafts.

Friday evening we went to a meet and greet with Mary from the Lakeland Magic basketball team. Lakeland Magic is the G-league of the Orlando Magic basketball team. Mary takes care of season ticket holders and we bought them again this year. She's going to help get us extra tickets when the kids come to visit. We stayed a few minutes talking to her then went to Andrea's restaurant for dinner. We were home in time to see Jim's Cardinal baseball game on TV.
Mary and Jim

Jim, Mary, Dee

Group of tickets holders for Lakeland Magic.

Shelly Wilkes is the president of the Lakeland Magic team.

It's great seeing so many women in the higher ranks of sports.

A lake across I 4 had a great view of balloons going in the air. Tammy that lives in the RV park took this picture.








Saturday, July 21, 2018

Luncheons - Day Trips - Up in the Air

Auburndale, FL (Hi  90  Lo  75)

Just a reminder that we have a chatroom open to anyone that wants to spend some time chatting with others about anything. Click here.  We start about 9:00 pm  and run to 11:30 pm eastern time.

It's been a great week with something to  almost everyday. Saturday and Sunday I basically cleaned house and crocheted. Thanks to people on Facebook I've been given some great ideas to crochet and I'm making several things that have been suggested. I did get Minnie Mouse made for a granddaughter of one of the residents. Now to make another Minnie and a full set of both this week.

(Click on the pictures to enlarge).

Everyone likes to eat out and this week was a good time with visiting and eating.  On Monday we went to our favorite seafood place Harborside in Winter Haven. We went with another couple for lunch, Sandi and Dan.

The monthly luncheon for the residents of Lake Juliana Landings went to Olive Garden in Lakeland. There were 24 of the gals that attended.


Kathy had a great looking Margarita but she wouldn't share.

The restaurant is on Lake Shipp with a great view of all the boats and activity on the lake.

Thursday I went with Linda to Winter Garden to take her dogs to a vet for some teeth cleaning.
Linda with Baxter and Zoe

While we were in the area we went to Disney Springs for the balloon ride in the air. It's a tethered balloon that goes 400 feet up in the air. You sign papers to say you're not holding the company responsible if anything happens. It's windy and it moves around a bit, but it's worth it.



The anchor and pulley.

The box to the right is the pulley machine and the "captain" behind it.

Views from above


















You can see Animal Kingdom and several other Disney attractions. The captain tells you all the areas that's around and since it was a clear day you could see miles out.

When we came down we walked around the area, it was totally empty of people and nothing was open. It was only 10am. We spent the rest of the day at Old Time Pottery. We picked up the dogs just before rush hour and the evening storms.





Friday we went to Sebring for my massage. I really like the gal that works there, so we took a day trip to have dinner at our favorite place, The Blue Lagoon,  and then back home. This week was great getting out and about.

Other things happening this week was a family of turtles on the bank of the canal. There's about seven of them.

Sandhill cranes have been around most of the week. They do a cute dance every once in awhile.

In closing a couple pictures of sunsets. Donna is watching the sun go down.