Saturday, May 26, 2018

Saturday May 26, 2018

Good morning ☀️ sunshine! It’s time to make the old dwarf crepe myrtle go bye-bye and plant a gorgeous grafted Gardenia and 2 Pinwheel Jasmines in its place. This location is directly in front of my living room window and near enough to the front porch for fragrance. 

The middle pic shows the old crepe myrtle; it just wouldn’t take; 10 years old. 

Gardenia on left ... Jasmine on the right. 😊

Then, the huge Bougainvillea will be hauled out and replaced with triple Fox Tail Palms. They’ll be in front of the side living room window. Sweet.

The old Bougie was hit by a hard frost last January, the first in 15 years. It did crazy growth after that, but no blooms! Mark was just tired of pruning the thorny thing. πŸ˜•

Mark hauling the triple Foxtails to the site ... and on the left, er ... right? it’s planted. 😍 

While all this landscaping was happening, I did my plants with Tiger Bloom, laundry, vacuuming and dusting. After that, I took the Scotties for their ride on The Caddy. It’s been a gorgeous day at 84F ... and we’ve enjoyed it. 

Sue and Wayne are in Wisconsin Dells where it’s too hot for adventures away from the rig. Tomorrow they’re going to Duluth, and cooler air. πŸ‘πŸ» They walked to the casino for dinner tonight. 

After our dinner, we took the doggies to check the pool at Marky-Mark’s. Mark cleaned the filter while I checked the chemicals. All’s well til we get more rain. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018

Oh it’s a bright sunny start to our day! Plans for our Friday include planting two beautiful Jasmine bushes to replace our old Bougainvillea. 

After we thought about the new proposed plantings, Mark and I took a drive to the Yard Stop. We decided on a big Gardenia bush and a triple Foxtail palm 🌴 . Our plan is to remove the dwarf crepe myrtle that isn’t doing well and replace it with the big gardenia bush and 2 Jasmine pinwheel bushes. (The fragrance will be nice on the front porch!) 

The big ol’ Bougainvillea (I love it, Mark doesn’t like pruning it) is being hauled out and replaced with the foxtail palms! It’ll look awesome, for sure! 

Michael W shared a joke ...


Mark’s school friend from Auburn moved nearby a month ago. Tonight Larry came for happy hour then we took him to Fish Camp for a fish fry dinner. (The restaurant was full!) We had a nice dinner and the guys tossed around names of classmates they remembered. Back home we had my Triple Chocolate cake for dessert. It was a fun night. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Good morning. We were up and about our chores by 830. It’s going to feel pretty hot today as the humidity is up, complements of 10 days of rain. Never mind, we are all delighted to see the sun shining again.

After breakfast, Mark went across the street to put a tarp over a portion of the roof. More rain is forecast for the weekend, not necessarily our area, but best to be ready.

BeeZee is flapping her head after being at the vet. 🀨 Dr Wilson said they were a bit red but nothing else ... we all thought allergies. Maybe not. Anyway, Mark will look in there and we have Panalog. 

Pat is hosting game day! 🎲 It’ll be a B L A S T ... she’s crazy fun. 

πŸ˜‚ This wasn’t the selfie I took! 🀣

OMG we 8 girls played a crazy game which name escapes me (right now πŸ€ͺ.) At 5 o’clock we all left for home. Plenty of fun! Nancy invited Mark and me over drinks. We fed the kids then went over. It was more laughs and fun. We all shared “work” stories and talked how things have changed and are changing. 

Well, I see we have a 90% chance of a tropical cyclone developing which could affect our long weekend weather. Well, we don’t have many plans, just to go by boat to Fish Camp tomorrow for dinner with Mark’s school friend Larry. 

Sue and Wayne are staying with friends in Illinois tonight. It’s a huge farm ... nice and quiet. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Good (sunny) afternoon. Today was a big day for the doggies. They both went to the vet for routine check ups and ended up both getting a Cytopoint Allergy shot.  It’s just seasonal allergies ... it’s that time of year. So $256 later all is well. They are due for vaccines in December so that will be the next big whack to the budget. πŸΎπŸ’•

Waiting for Dr. Wilson. πŸ˜ƒ

It was a very busy morning at our house catching up on odds and ends of paperwork. Many phone calls were made. πŸ™„

This afternoon we 4 cruised the ‘hood on The Caddy checking out the 2 new roofs ... Ruthann’s and also Anita’s. We all still holding out hope that Morgan and Morgan will rassle a settlement for us. It was the same storm, same hail and wind! 

Today is Darlene’s birthday! Happy birthday πŸŽ‚ and best wishes for a good year! 🎁 

Tonight Tampa Bay Lightning ⚡️needs luck πŸ€ against Washington in the Stanley Cup finale! GO BOLTS! ⚡️

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Good morning. Well last night was fun TV with America choosing Maddie Poppe as American Idol. She has such a unique voice ... loved “Landslide” (Fleetwood Mac) ... Maddie has a voice I’ll look forward to hearing more of!

Dancing with the Stars (all athletes in a 4 week challenge) was won by Adam Rippon  ... Olympic gold skater. 

Mark and I were switching between hockey and American Idol ... we have another chance to see Tampa Bay Lightning as they lost last night. The Stanley Cup continues. 

So far it’s been a beautiful day with a lovely breeze. Mark wiped up the golf cart for us and I took the dogs for a long ride. Rain is predicted again in the next few days, so we shall enjoy our sunshine while we can. 

Tonight, Rose and Jim are picking us up to go to Mexico Del Sol in downtown Eustis. Randy and Dawn are meeting us there for 530. She works tomorrow, so this is a wonderful chance to get out with them for date night before she’s back to the drag. 😍

Mark has made a trip to Home Depot today to pick up parts to fix a toilet. It needs a new flush kit, I guess. It’s amazing the things he fixes that saves us money. 😘 

We met downtown for Mexican food which was delicious. I had a chimichanga totally stuffed full of shredded beef. πŸ˜‹Mark enjoyed a pulled pork fajita which filled him up! Everyone ate well and drinks were 2 for 1. OlΓ©. 

The Ks safely arrived at a beautiful looking RV park ...

so they’re spending the night in Indiana. πŸ‘πŸ» 

Tomorrow the doggies are going to the vet for their annual checkups ... it’ll be a pricey visit. πŸΎπŸ’•πŸΎπŸ’•

That was our day ... and not 1 drop of rain! 😎

Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

Good morning. Yes, we have more rain in our forecast today. This is quite the weather pattern we are socked under. Mark is walking the dogs and then plans to take a load to the dump. For fun today I thought we would take the dogs and drive to Clermont to check out where our annual RV rally will take place this year.

Rick M sent us an interesting story from WW2 which I’d like to share as it was written. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Good day eh! We both continue to sleep well on our Zinus mattress. (I’m amazed being that one of us was usually up during the night watching TV before we switched.) πŸ’€πŸ‘πŸ»

Sue and Wayne arrived in Nashville last night (483 miles driven) and met up with friends at a nice lakefront RV park on I-40. It was hot when they arrived. Plans are to stay there tonight too. 

Randy and Dawn were at a Hideaway friend’s wedding yesterday. We were happy to hear Randy was feeling much better after a week of being under the weather. It was bad. Tonight we’re going to Stavros with them and will catchup on news. 

Karen and Pete, friends from GRW’s VIP club have  moved to Eustis. They’re driving to Lakeland today on business. We asked them to meet us at Stavros if they’re back by 6. They haven’t been to Stavros yet! If they come they also know Randy and Dawn from a campout with us last January. (I am sure glad we’re not RVing this week as it has been weather strictly for duckies!)

Mark worked a few hours across the street and took down another piece of nasty fence. πŸ‘πŸ» It’s looking better every day. By the way, it seems the kitchen cabinets may have been holding up part of the ceiling. Ha ha. 

To good thing Mark was not under it when this happened. He says he may have pooped his pants. πŸ’© 

Randy and Dawn arrived about 530 for happy hour. At 6:30 we went to Stavros for dinner. We had just ordered when Pete and Karen arrived! We had so much fun ... they are staying at Southern Pawn’s right near us until their home is built. We’ll definitely see them again. 

Back home now, it’s time for American Idol final.