Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Good morning 😃 ... it's GOING to be a better one than yesterday! 

Firstly, Mark put the ice maker back together ... and it worked! Yay 😊 

Sue and Wayne will be home tonight! They've had about 11 days on the road and I expect will be pleased to get home. 

Pat picked Anita and me up for the luncheon at Pisces Rising. Poor Anita's little ShihTzu was attacked by Tim & Meredith's white lab. Lucy was on a leash ... John was talking with Tim when the lab came out of the garage and grabbed Lucy by the neck and shook her. Well it was off to the vet for emergency surgery! You can't be too careful. Lucy is expected to be okay ... Meredith & Tim felt awful of course and are paying the vet bill. 

Lunch was fun! We ate inside as it was too hot on the deck. There were 3 new members I hadn't met having been away over summer. Dawn was off today and joined the festivities. (We decided tonight would be Mexican Dominoes!)

Randy called to say Scott was on the 429 so would be joining the game tonight! 👍🏻

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Good morning and a very Happy Birthday to Diane! 

Hope to see her and Kris this weekend when they're at The Villages. She's happy to have power and a working phone line again! That Hurricane Irma damage lingers on. 

Meanwhile, more Hurricane cleanup around here. Our spa developed a "rattle" after power resumed. Insurance would cover repair if a technician verified the issue was caused by a power surge. 

Well, it's drained now ... but no evidence of the rattle's source! Hmmm ... hate to refill it and the rattle happen again. (It did ... 😳) Perhaps it's a bearing "going" but it'll run for now.  Next job ... 

Sue and Wayne arrived in Perry Georgia tonight after a day's drive with heavy traffic through Atlanta. It's usually smooth driving the rest of their drive!

The Hurricanes are stacking up this season. Here's an awesome pic of "little" Jose, barely a CAT 1

This afternoon, Mark took the lawnmower apart to fix a problem with fuel and starting. He has to buy a part tomorrow. Meanwhile, he has the generator apart to change the oil and put in a new filter. We are waiting for the filter to arrive, hopefully before the next hurricane. Oh oh. 

The next job was googling how to fix our whirlpool icemaker.

Hopefully, all the ice and frost will melt (in the sink overnight) and it will work again, like magic tomorrow! But, that's tomorrow. Handy Doodie had a busy day! (The assistant had a busy day too!) 😜

OMG ... at bedtime Mark discovered the guest bath toilet leaking ... WTH? Tomorrow! 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

Good morning. Where is our sunshine? Never mind, maybe it will be a bit cooler today without it. Although we have been OK, so Florida still has tremendous humidity after the hurricane. Did you know that hurricane Maria is on track to become another big storm system. At this point, no one knows where it will go, but it will impact the coastline of the United States somewhere. 

It was great to hear that national save the sea turtles foundation's boat in the Keys was unharmed in Hurricane Irma! 

Fabulous news! This is a working research boat. 🐢 

Haha ... this is for K's grandson Kyle ... he thinks it's easier to have five months of winter than a hurricane. Ha! 

Sue and Wayne have enjoyed our weekend in Nashville and should be starting on their trip to Florida today. They plan to be home Wednesday night or Thursday. 

Dawn is back to work today but will be off on Wednesday and can attend our ladies luncheon at Pisces Rising. 👍🏻 i'm sure it will be a fun day and then there's always the beautiful view of Lake Dora!

Definitely ROBBIE !!!

We are off to Home Depot this morning to pick up paint for our door and baseboard project. Actually, all the white woodwork in the house is going to be redone. It's time for refreshing. 

Hahaha snort bwahahaha ... YUP. 

Riley and Parker returned the cake plate today with homemade pumpkin spice cookies! 

Sweet ... such nice neighbors!

Mark cooked a pot roast for tonight's dinner and it is smelling delicious. I took Robbie and BeeZee for a long golf cart ride before feeding them. (He's been asking for dinner earlier everyday!)

Tonight is the beginning of dancing with the stars. So, that's it. Ta Ta. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Good early morning y'all. Why am I awake so early? 

Just as I was going back to bed at 6, Mark was getting up. Ha ha. What a crazy household. 

Eventually we were all in sync and accomplished a bit. About 2:30 we decided on a boat cruise to check on the hurricane damage about Lake Eustis. 

Robbie sat with Mark most of the afternoon ... despite a cigar that reeked of camel dung. Heehee. 

Damage about the lake was sporadic. Several homes looked okay then we'd see one with roof damage, screen cages ripped off and trees toppled. Along our neighborhood lakefront two massive trees were down! Really huge ... one with a 10' root ball.  Terrifying. 

Back in our canal, Mark tied a couple of big branches to our pontoon and towed them out of the channel. (Mz B was so excited!) 

There are more branches to be moved but our dogs were getting hot ... so off to home and A/C. 

Randy and Dawn arrived about 430 for cocktails before we all went to Stavros Pizza for dinner. The waiter knows us and is always very delighted when we come in. 

So that was our evening. The Emmys are on TV and that's what we're watching. Tata. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Good afternoon. Anytime I start my blog in the afternoon, you know it's been a crazy hectic day so far. 

First off, Mark decided today was the day to regain his sanity by walking in the woods. He enjoyed it, but found that many trees were down across the trails. I held the fort by being home for the insurance adjuster. Tony arrived promptly, even a little before I'd finished breakfast. He was very nice, explained quite a few things and was gone within an hour. In about 10 days I should hear from the insurance company. Hopefully, the two hurricanes that are forming in the Atlantic don't come anywhere near Florida this time. We've had enough, so has Texas. Ha. 

Hey! My happy hunting trail is blocked. Ha!  Love your new "Kenora" hat! 💕

If you've been on Facebook, you will know that Georgia Boys Fishcamp's resident bird, Fred, has been feeding there for 10 years. He sure was hungry waiting for them to get back to normal after hurricane Irma. 

Fred's happy again! 🐟 We hope business is back to normal quickly. 

Sue and Wayne are going to the Opry tonight in Nashville. They are going to see Wynonna, Crystal Gayle and Patty Lovelace. 

Guess who? Wynonna ... 🙄

So tonight we headed to Randy and Dawn's for a pizza party. Obviously we had a great time. Dawn had scratch off lotto tickets for us and Mark bought us all lotto tickets. In all, I was the only one who won, two dollars on one ticket and four dollars on another. Yowsa! Of course, like any great gamblers, we will put it back into more tickets. Ha

The banana Jeanie's cake that we imported 2250 miles was finally eaten and enjoyed tonight with Randy and Dawn. Originally, we wanted to bring it to Randy for his big birthday this year. It was rather hilarious as it was big and taking up a lot of space in the RV freezer. When we got home and put it in the house freezer, hurricane Irma hit ... which meant keeping the ruddy cake in our home freezer while the power was out. Ha ha. (Sue wondered why we weren't saving the cake until Randy's birthday next month.) It was time, it was time. 😂

So that was our day. 😍

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Seriously, why is my mind running through the names and dates of hurricanes at 1:50 a.m. PTSD? I do have a few fun memories of past storms. Hurricane Floyd hit the Keys, Sanibel & Captiva Islands in 1987. I was walking the beach on Captiva a week later with Klaus Moeller when we found a cockatiel bird, sitting on a stone, injured and surrounded by ants. Beach Bum was a cool guy ... I had him for 11 years. There wasn't a bird cage door he couldn't open. Haha. 

Mark finished raking the back yard tree debris so we're ready for our lawn service next week. (He finished the job before I got up at 8 o'clock.) 

This afternoon we went to Walmart and stopped in to see Dawn. She was off today ... we continued on with our shopping. The shelves were still empty of fresh items ... no meats, few veggies, no eggs; strange huh. You'd think 5 days later there'd be plenty. Oh well, we did get a couple of tomatoes and some lettuce. 

You can see Mark and Robbie are both exhausted after the cleanup. Haha. 

Dawn phoned to invite us for pizzas tomorrow night! Sweet! 

Sue and Wayne have decided to spend extra time in Nashville and booked in at Yogi's til Monday. 

Two years ago this week we were traveling to meet Sue and Wayne in Nashville after Olivia & Derek's Mississippi wedding. (We never made it ... lost an axle on our 5th wheel; long (Ka-Ching) story.) 😟

So this afternoon Mark began assembling his hunting equipment as archery season opens next weekend.  I had a triple chocolate cake to bake for Riley and Parker with special request peanut butter frosting. With the peanut butter frosting I know Mark won't be sneaking any before I deliver it. Ha! 

Boy we sure felt the heat today! No breeze ... 85% humidity ... TV time.  Guess what's on tonight ... 👽

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Good afternoon. Mark has just left for his chiropractor appointment. Tree branch cutting and hauling has done him in. We still have half the backyard to tidy but it certainly is getting "back to normal." I had five loads of laundry to catch up on. Clothes went in the hamper pretty quickly after working outside in 90° sunshine. We have the air conditioning cranking today drying the house out. 

Several months ago we buried a St. Joseph statue upside down in the backyard of the abandoned house across the street. The place has been empty since our neighbor Jack passed away about 2008. His daughter who lives in New York State refused to sell it for all these years ... doesn't maintain the house and never comes to use it. Anyway, it was listed for sale today! Yay St. Joseph ... finish your work! 😇

Our friend Nancy stopped in to return our cooler and ice packs. We were so excited to tell her that the property across the street is listed for sale. She thought the price was not too bad at 200,000 and that perhaps the neighborhood should buy it for a community party and pool area plus space for dock rental. I'm sure that's just a pipe dream as most of the people in our neighborhood already live on the water and have pools. But hey, it's not a bad idea. 

Sue and Wayne are rolling along on their way home to Florida. They will stop in Nashville for a night or two. Fortunately they seem to have had very good weather but mentioned there's a lot of truck traffic on the roads. 

Ohio River barges ... a beautiful area. 

Pam is a proud mom today. Her son Daniel was on TV ... 

👍🏻 We're pretty proud too! There's a lot of talent in our families. Here's the link:

A small thunderstorm moved through tonight. I hope everyone's roofs stay watertight. Ta Ta.