Saturday, December 9, 2017

Doo Wop Christmas Show - Movie

Auburndale, FL  (Hi 82  Lo 55)

It was a quieter week but we still had some fun. Saturday we took a bus trip with the community travel to Show Palace in Hudson, FL.  It was called a Doo Wop Christmas. No pictures were allowed.  They had a wonderful buffet and the musical was well done.  The singers blended well and it was a good time. Doo Wop was songs from the 50's, I personally hadn't heard of a lot of them.  The bus seats were quite close and we're both tall so it was uncomfortable but at least it wasn't much over an hour travel.

We did buy a drink that was in the "leg" from Christmas Story show. Now it's in the window with lights in it.

This week I'm back to normal events at the Clubhouse.  The HOA (Home Owners Association) meetings are twice a month unless there's a special meeting to solve a problem. Line dancing, card playing hand and foot, crafts which no one has been coming so not going to have crafts that till January. Then we'll see what happens. I may forego crafts totally, just no interest. Jim had his second eye check for cataract surgery on the 18th. Shuffleboard is also twice a week.

We decided to see a movie on Friday  "Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri". There's Oscar buzz with this one and we agree. It's a great movie and would recommend it highly. Two thumbs up.

We're still going to basketball games an average of five times a month.

If you're bored or stressed out. Jim found something on that's great to watch. Click here.  Marble races.

We're all ready for Christmas so we can sit back and watch others. See you next week.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Decorating - Universal - Avon Park Visit

Auburndale, FL (Hi 81  Lo 62)

Saturday, Sunday and Monday we decorated our house inside and out. We did a lot of climbing on ladders and rearranging lights plus back and forth to the store for more lights. It's all done. Click on the pictures to enlarge.

Our Florida room.

Our kitchen area. 

Living room.

We'll add more next year I'm sure, but it's been fun decorating this year.

Monday we went to Universal in Orlando with some RV'ing friends of ours. It's always fun to get together.
Dee, Jim, Anna, Ed and Gail

We got to Universal about 9:30. The first thing out of the garage, I fell on the moving walkway. Luckily I didn't fall on my knee only the hip and it didn't break. I was stiff and sore the rest of the day, all five miles of walking and riding rides. The walking wasn't as bad as the sitting. (A followup I was really sore the next day but it's getting better and quite black and blue).

We had a wonderful time seeing as much as we could but the reason we went was to see Harry Potter. Here's a few pictures of the day but to really enjoy it, you need to go. It's just like the movie. The rides are spectacular.  We also went thru a simulated ride of the Minions which was wonderful but no pictures allowed. If you do plan on going to Universal go right after Thanksgiving day and before Christmas. There's very few people around and NO lines.

Butterbeer is a must. It's a great drink and very sweet. The wand was Anna's.

I love the owls but didn't get one.

Anna is trying to find a wand then got one. There's 53 types of wands to chose from.

Gail and Ed

Everyone talks about the fire breathing dragon. It didn't work while we were there. An employee said it quit working late morning. I guess we'll have to go back.

The next park was the other half of Harry Potter, into Hogsmeade. The train ride to the other park  has a few surprises.

See, no one in line.

The view when you get off the train.

The entry to the castle.

We stayed to watch the light show. The time was 6:00 during the winter months. The whole park closes at 7. This is before the light show.

Then when the lights came on. The show was seven minutes long.

There was so much more. Now it's time to get your tickets and get to Universal.

Wednesday Jim went to eye doctor to get ready for cateract surgery. It was a four hour appointment,  but he went from room to room for different tests so it wasn't a bad wait. There will be one more day of tests then the surgery and followup. It will all be over by the new year.

Friday I went to Avon park to meet with  the crochet group. A lot of the gals are back from the North. It was wonderful seeing everyone. I learned a new stitch in crochet called broomstick stitch.  I had lunch with Barb then on to a massage with Dana that used to be my massage therapist the six years we were in the park. It was great being with her again. I'm hoping to get there once a month till April.  It's like "going home".

A few of the gals.

Another week and now it's December!  See you next week.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Decorating Community - Orlando Magic - Thanksgiving

Auburndale, FL (Hi 77  Lo 56)

The community project was putting up lights on Sunday. There were several that came to help. The problem with homes and the community is where to plug in lights. A lot of extension cords were placed around the area. (Click on the pictures to enlarge).

They found an electric outlet.

It was windy so this one never made it.

Cindy wants to get on the good side of Santa. Think she'll make the good list?

How many people does it take to put together a bear?

When one light goes out, they all go out. This strand was a fuse.

The odd part and common in Florida? The tree guys were cutting the palm trees.

When the lights were all connected it looks like this.

One section was out but they got it later. I just forgot a picture of the whole fence lit up.

People watching all the lights come on.

The office.

Monday was the Orlando Magic basketball game. We were in the rafters with a great view of the whole court.

Cool half time.

On Thanksgiving we went to Okeechobee to my sisters for dinner.
Doris and Herm

We had a great meal and visiting.

Doris and Carley.

Now it's our turn, We're decorating our place this weekend. We had basketball game in Lakeland both Friday and Saturday night.  In the meantime, my next "critter" was a horse that someone ordered.

Lots going on next week, see you then.