Saturday, May 8, 2021

Shuttle Done - Puzzle - Iceland Volcano - Grandson

 Auburndale, Fl  (Hi 87  Lo 62)


Last week there was a lot going on, this week was totally quiet. 

I finished the shuttle this week. It's something I'd do again or more, but it's on the pricey side. They have a new R2D2 to do, but I'll pass for now. The good thing about the Lego sets you can resell for higher price than what you paid for them. They only make a few and if it's a popular item the price goes up immediately when it's no longer available. 

If you're interested in the Lego shuttle here's a great review on all the moving parts that it does. It's amazing watching the parts come together so well.  This is the video someone posted. 
Now that I need more to do then just the crocheting, I'm now working on the Mandalorian puzzle. One of our friends had it and it's so neat. I'll be working on it awhile. 
The other thing I'm still doing it watching and in a chatroom daily with the Iceland Volcano group. There's three different live cams on the volcano. It's very interesting. It's also neat to put on the TV and watching it. 
I'm getting things ready for the graduation trip up north. It's still quite cool, so more jeans and jackets are in order. Maybe it will be warmer by the time we leave. It's going to be a very busy month. 

Our grandson, Kendall, graduates from high school later this month.  It was last volleyball game this week. He's quite a sports fan. He played football, basketball and found a true love in volleyball.  His parents will be empty nesters by August when Kendall starts college and Kyle (older grandson) will be married. 
                                                         Frank, Kendall, Angie
                                 Kendall, in the middle, on senior night for the last volleyball game. 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Graduation - Man Overboard - Launch - Volunteer Appreciation - Iceland Volcano

 Auburndale, FL (Hi 88  Lo 70)

I have a lot to report so I'll get right to it.  On the 25th our grandson graduated from Illinois State University. We're going up for the graduation party later this month, but we couldn't go to the graduation due to COVID restrictions. It was great getting a lot of pictures from our son and wife.  Congrats KYLE WALTER!  A job well done. He majored in Marketing and Business. (Click on the pictures to enlarge).

                                            Dad Frank, Kyle, Mom Angie
Sunday we were watching TV and I heard some loud voices in the canal. A guy was in the water hanging on to his boat with another young guy trying to move the boat to the side so he could get out of the water. Jim checked on him and he got his foot tangled in the boat someway and overboard he went. That's the first time we've seen that happen. The water was over his head and he was tall, so we were surprised to know it was that deep. He sat on the bank for quite awhile before going back in the lake and went home. We felt so bad for him. I forgot to take pictures. 

Thursday night was another launch about midnight. Since we stay up that late we thought we'd check it out since the sky was really clear and we're glad we did. It was super!  

                                               I took a video to the first stage separating, then it continued for another                                                 few minutes. I was getting bit by mosquitoes so stopped the video. 

Friday, Hospice had a volunteer appreciation day for everyone working in Auburndale or Lakeland. We had 40 people come and we got to see each other for the first time in over a year because of Covid shutting things down. I work in another section and not with patients so I've been working all along. It won't be long everyone will be able to help out with visiting and sitting with patients. We had a great BBQ meal and prizes were given out. It was a great time in a nearby park. 

                                            The lady in blue top was awarded a certificate and flowers for 25 years of                                                 service. 
                                            I don't remember names, but these are the volunteer coordinators from                                                     Lakeland and  Auburndale. 
                                            Our BBQ meal with beans, coleslaw and banana pudding. 

                                            Everyone in attendance. 

Since March, 19 I've been watching a volcano in Iceland. It's become famous with several video cameras setup around the area. One of the volcanos (at the beginning there were five) ate a camera so they set one up further away. It's quite a procedure to get them mounted. It's like watching a live lava lamp.  Volcano     2nd view    Here's a sunset pic with the lava. 

                                            Northern lights with the volcano, outstanding photos. 

                                            The white lights are people walking to the volcano, thousands daily. 
  If you google Iceland volcano you can see videos, news and lots of other info. I'm addicted. 

An update on the LEGO shuttle. Last week I had started bag 10. Now I'm on bag 15.

AND I have the one order ready for a gal. I still have six Nativities to make.
We went out today to Brandon, FL for lunch with Lessie and Ed to Mr and Mrs Crab. It was delicious and we had a great visit. The traffic was horrible. This is the time of year it should get better, but it isn't.
                                            Sausage in some hot sauce, Louisiana style
                                            Food everywhere (Lessie and I had Dungeness Crabs)
Decorations on the wall, with a lobster. 

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Catching up - Shuttle Update

 Auburndale, FL  (Hi 88  Lo 72)

We're starting rainy season.  We had about three inches of rain beginning of the week. It won't be long now that we'll get high humidity and rain daily. It's great temperatures at the moment. 

I crocheted most of the week. I did get a chicken and rooster made. 

 Wednesday was my quick massage then the chiropractor. My neck has moved a lot more since I've gone to every other week instead of once a month. Thursday was the house cleaning lady. I don't have back pains anymore since she's taken over the sweeper and mopping. I'm spoiled. I'm just glad to have her. 

Last week I started a LEGO space shuttle. Click here to see where I ended last week. This week I made it to bag 10 out of 17. I have times where I think it's right and I get a few steps ahead and it doesn't fit. I have to go back and find what happened. I can only work an hour and half and feel like my brain is fried. I left off with bag 5 last week. Here's the views. (Click on photos to enlarge).  

                                            These parts move up and down. 

I just don't do much except work on projects. I'll go back to puzzles in a couple weeks. It won't be long we'll be on our two and half week vacation. 

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Last Time for Strawberry Shortcake - Shuttle Updates

 Auburndale, FL (Hi 86  Lo 69)

We had a fun week and it went fast. I love having a time crunch to get things done, it really helps to pass the days. I guess I wasn't busy enough while working, or it's because I'm having more fun. I just know it's great!

Monday and Friday are all the same. I work at hospice and Friday nights we have zoom with friends. 

Wednesday we met with Lessie and Ed for lunch at the Cuban restaurant in Plant City. I didn't take pictures but it's the same as this picture. We went for strawberry shortcake after our sandwiches. The website said they were closed for shortcakes on April 11, but so happy they extended it to the 14th and we had our last dessert for the season. 

We had a great day visiting and spending time with friends. They're still around so we'll see what else we get into at a later date.  

I started building the Lego space shuttle on Monday. Our son Rick has one too so we're doing it together. He's done a lot of Lego items and knows the secrets on what all the instructions are saying. I have to say I'm totally hooked on making Lego projects. I'll be watching for more. 
Here's the progress for the whole week.

The first picture is the puzzle I gave up on and put it back in the box. This goes to Lessie, maybe she'll have better luck with it.  I made room for the shuttle project. 

There's 17 bags of pieces totaling 2530. There's little bitty pieces in another separate little bags.  I use a dish for the smaller pieces that are in separate bags. 
The first section is the Hubble Telescope with a stand for it. 

The stand for the shuttle. 
The first several pages and package five of the shuttle itself.  I can only do an hour and half. It fries your brain finding the pieces then trying to fit them where they belong and there's no room for error or you end up having something NOT fit later on. (Which can be near the beginning)
I'll do a week progress report till it's done. 

Our resident gator has been with us all week.