Saturday, July 14, 2018

Special Visitors - Andy's Memorial

Auburndale, FL  (Hi 94  Lo 74)

We had special visitors, Jessica and Tyler,  on Sunday and Monday from North Carolina. I worked for their parents before we went fulltime in an RV. It was one  of two best jobs I ever worked and I was very close to the younger children. We still stay in contact and I see them when we go to Raleigh. (Click pictures to enlarge).
Jessica and Tyler

They were on vacation and we're between Tampa and Orlando where they wanted to spend some time. It made sense to be a bed and breakfast for them. Tyler is traveling the country in his car and told us all about his travels and showed pictures. We showed him our pictures of travels that he wants to still do. We had a very enjoyable time and hope they stop again when in Florida.

They brought a gorgeous orchid. I hope I don't let it die, I know NOT to move it once it's settled in a spot that it will grow.

Friday was Jim's cousin's memorial, Andy Simpkins. We went to the National Cemetery in Titusville for the memorial. Then back to the son's house for get together and some lunch. The whole experience was outstanding. It's an option for us when the time comes. Here's a few pictures.

The Marines open the flag while another Marine plays taps. Then they refold the flag and present it to the family member. It's emotional. I took a full video if anyone is interested. Click here.

The rest of the week was normal routine. Darts, hand and foot card games and trying to stay cool. I finished the dinosaurs with the eggs and they're ready for the craft fair.

 A couple sunsets this week that were gorgeous.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

July 4th - Movie - Shopping

Auburndale, FL (Hi 90  Lo 75)

It's been a quiet week this week except for July 4th celebrations. We had linner (lunch and dinner) at the clubhouse with over 100 people. When meals are free people you've never seen come out of their houses. We had several new people that no one knew. That's always fun to see where they live and when did they moved to the community.  (Click on the pictures to enlarge).
Tables are all setup.

The guys and "supervisors" grilling hot dogs and hamburgers.

The servers all ready to go.

The condiment table.

And everyone eating.

We had potato salad and baked beans with Eskimo pies for dessert. The music was by Ken Scribner. Thank you Art and Lou and all the volunteers for putting on a great celebration. After dinner there was a cornhole tournament which was a big hit. There's a few more pictures on the LJL website,

There were lots of fireworks around the lake about 9:00 and ended by 9:45. There were at least 11 areas shooting them off. I didn't get pictures this year, just too far away to get them and we didn't go outside because of the mosquitoes. The neighbors across the canal had some fireworks going off, it looked like their place was on fire for awhile.

The lake was full of people this week. Boats of all sizes and some were pulling rubber rafts all over the lake. Several skidoo's were also riding around. There was a lot of activity next to us.

There wasn't any sightings of the alligators, guess they stayed at the other end of the lake in the weeds.

There was a lot of free time this week, so we decided to see Incredibles 2 movie. I don't remember the first one but it didn't matter. It's been 14 years since the last one and we both loved it.

We were the only ones in the theater till five minutes before it started then there were seven of us. We love movies during the week in the early afternoon.

Three of us decided to go to the Christmas Tree Shop in Altamonte Springs this week. A couple of us were there a few weeks ago and I wanted to go again. I'm starting Christmas shopping and it's the best place to start. We had a great time spending the whole day eating lunch then shopping. The Total Wine store is in the same area so we spent some money and time there too. The traffic wasn't real bad coming home, at least we made it before dark. I'll go again the end of the month with my sister. The best way to describe the store is a Bed Bath and Beyond on steroids.

There's all kinds of stuff, not Christmas stuff, it's half the price of the BB&B.

Our tiny frogs are out in force. When we go out or come back at night they're on the side of the house. This little guy was on the wall before it got dark and they are showing up on the windows early evening.

Our rains are everyday and it's hot and humid which will last everyday till October. It's Florida.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Shrimp Boil - Helping Neighbor

Auburndale, FL  (Hi 85  Lo 74)

Sunday, we went to a shrimp boil at the St. Albans church. I helped in the kitchen to get 22 pounds of shrimp cooked, potatoes, corn and hush puppies prepared. There were three of us and I got to know the gals and how things are arranged in the kitchen. That's always good to know.  I forgot to get very many pictures especially of the food. (Click on the pictures to enlarge).

The mayor of Auburndale was there to celebrate the 120th year of the church. It was quite a celebration and history of the church. We had a good time and had a lot of food left over.

Monday Jim went to the Tampa Bay Rays baseball game in St. Petersburg. I went to darts. Not much goes on for Mondays.

The golfcart is put in the front of the carport and a post was in the way to get in and out, so Skip took out the post to give us more room. We love it.

A couple days this week Sandi and I  helped Linda after having major dental work.  She had four hours of work on Tuesday then finished it on Friday. The pills she took put her in lala land. She remembers very little. We had to be sure she didn't fall and get her ice, food and anything needed. I took out the dogs and helped with them. She has two Yorkie's that are so well behaved. There's no way you can't fall in love with them.
Linda with ice pack.

Zoe and Baxter.

Jim had a dentist appointment for cleaning and I had my yearly eye appointment. I'm doing fine after cataract surgery. I don't need glasses changed and all is well for another year. That's good to know.

There's a lot of activity across the canal being the July 4th weekend. There's little kids learning the jetski. It's fun watching them, just hope the alligator doesn't come in from the other side of the lake.

It's been the regular week with heat and afternoon rains. See you next week.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

HOT but it's Florida - Luncheon - Crocheted Items

Auburndale, FL  (Hi 90  Lo 78)

This week was a quiet week, but we're gearing up on what trips and what we'll be doing for the rest of the summer. There's no cooler air on the places we need to go so once we figure out which direction we go first, we'll be heading out. We'd like to go to North Carolina to see Jim's family and to Raleigh to see our friends. We'd like to go to Illinois but not sure if we want to do two separate trips or do it all at once. The fun is the planning.

Once a month Jim has veterans breakfast, still about 20 people going and they have a good time at a local restaurant, R Place. that's a neat name. On Sunday my time with some gals around the park playing a dice game called Spinners. More people are leaving for the summer so there's less people to find to play games or do something. Monday is darts, only three of us this week. Wednesday was our monthly gals luncheon. There were 20 of us this time.  It's a good time to meet people you  don't see everyday.

Tuesday and Friday's I still play shuffleboard. I took a box fan and it keeps us cooler then we would without it. Sometimes there's a breeze off the lake which is really nice.

Wednesday afternoons and Thursday evenings I play Hand and Foot a card game. I'm trying to stay busy along with crocheting when nothing else is going on.

My sister in law wanted a crocheted copy of her dog. This looks just like it.

I saw this pattern on facebook and loved it. I'll be doing four dinosaurs with eggs.


Large Giraffe

Little Giraffe with whale.

Mini keyring backpacks. There's a strap on the back to put a belt thru. Coins, lipstick, lip chap, little stuff that you want with you fits. Even meds if you put in a med bottle.

The afternoon storms are everyday. They're usually quick and dump a lot of rain in about 10 minutes time. See you next week.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Day Trip Tarpon Springs - Tribute Band, Queen - Golfcart Pad

Auburndale, FL (Hi 90  L  73)

Thank you all our readers. We love getting comments and letting us know the blog is worth writing even if we're no longer traveling.

Our day trip this week was to Tarpon Springs. We've thought about going for years while we were here in the winters. We bought tickets for the boat tour to Anclote Island ahead of time. We got there early enough that we got a great parking place where we took a boat ride. Tarpon Springs is where sponges are brought in from the Gulf. There's a story about the area. (Click on the pictures to enlarge)

We walked around all morning. There's tons of shops with sponges and homemade soaps. After a few shops we noticed they all have about the same things, but one surprising thing was the cheaper prices then you'd find most of the time in touristy shops. There's a t-shit place with a great selection that every shirt is $5. The summer dresses were even cheaper then expected. We had lunch at Hellas restaurant. It's the most popular and the environment is fun.

Looking up and down the road from the boat launch with several other views.

Sponges being off loaded from the boats.

Jim watching the sorting of different sizes of sponges.

This bike is outside a record shop.

Some things in the stores of interest. This is so cute made with shells. I wish I could think up ideas.

The highlight was the boat cruise out to the lighthouse. We took the Odyssey tour.

Everyone watches for dolphins. We happened to see a family of dolphins with a baby. The baby was coming toward the boat and mamma came after it. Our boat sat still with no motor running while we took pictures and videos. What an experience. They tend to be around more with low tide, something to remember when we go out again.

We docked at Anclote island on the biggest key. We had 30 minutes to roam around in the "hot" water of the sand bar and island. The lighthouse was a couple miles down the beach. They will reopen it later this summer, for people to climb to the top. We'll go back when we can do that. This is views from the beach area.

Jim is wading in water, but you can't tell it. The water is so clear.

On the way back we got to see spoonbill birds. I knew they were in Florida but never saw one. This is the first.

There's also a winery where I got a few bottles.  You could taste as many as you wanted for free.

We had a good time and we're planning on going back, just have to set a date.

Thursday night we went to see Queen a Tribute band at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland. They did music from A Night at the Opera album. The second half was a few of the top hits. We weren't allowed any pictures this one is from the website.

They were very good and almost did the exact sound as the original. It was an enjoyable night.

Friday we had our golfcart pad put in. It's hot and I felt sorry for the guys working. They started early but it's hot even at 7am. The humidity and heat with no breeze is no fun being outside and it's only June.

A look from the end of the house toward the road.

Now we have a golfcart pad. It will take a couple days to dry.

A few other pictures from this week.

A cloud with a halo before a big storm.

A family of Moore Hens were in our retention pond.