Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Good morning ☀️ ... the front door is open ... it’s a great day here in Central Florida. 

There’s a little cussin’ in the closet while Mark hangs wire shelving in the renovated closet. Ha. I think he’d rather build an elevator! It only took a couple of hours ... then he happily put his hunting stuff in and closed the door! $100 ✅

The roofing company Randy & Dawn recommended came by today and gave us an estimate ... $8160 ... and yeah, we need one. Tom suggested we make a claim on Owens-Corning as our 25 year shingles are blistering! Since we have 6 good roof vents, he said it’s not just excessive Florida heat. 15 years into the shingles life we don’t expect much reimbursement, but everything helps. 😳 Instead of Ho Ho Ho it’s oh oh oh. πŸ™„

Mark had a good chiropractor appointment today! He’s had enough improvement that therapy is finished; just an adjustment every 3 weeks now. πŸ‘πŸ» While he was busy there I made 2 pearl necklaces for our granddaughters Christmas gifts. ✅

I talked to Rick Moir this afternoon. Good news there as plans have been approved for their new coach house. Rick was ordering rebar for the project when we talked. They won’t be going anywhere travel wise this winter but certainly will be heading south next winter. He’s having pain with his knee and may try stem cell injection for relief. If that doesn’t work, he’s going to need knee replacement. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Where does the time go? It’s nearly Thanksgiving? 

I think it’s going to be a primarily home bound day. Mark and I will make a trip to Home Depot for shelving material for the closet project, but otherwise, nothing is planned. 

Speaking of Mark, he and Lew left for the forest before I was awake. That’s right, I slept till 7 AM. Woo hoo yay for me! (They saw a buck and a doe today ... but went for lunch at Burger King for hamburgers.) Randy will have a heyday with this! The GLITTER PALACE. 🀣

Afterward, Mark and I went to the Yard Stop shopping for a fishtail palm tree. I had one years ago in my first Florida home and loved. Apparently the one I had was valued around $500, based on today’s prices. I guess we will be looking at reed palms instead. 😱 After  that, we went to our favorite store of late, the Home Depot, and bought shelving for the closet project. We are going to be so organized. Yay. πŸ™„ (from Mark.)

Sue took this nice Florida sunset from the RV park. 😱

Randy and Dawn have been busy today with granddaughter MaKenna, and saw the movie “Wonder” at theVillages. πŸ‘πŸ»

Us? We had a comfort dinner, drink wine and watch TV this evening. Perfect. 

Our friend Jim had a Cortizone shot a few days ago and we are hoping he is feeling much better. ❤️ 

Tonight we watched Dancing with the Stars. It was a good 25th season and we’re pleased the right star won! Congratulations to Jordan Fisher and Lindsay!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

Hey it’s 4:30 ... I just finished painting two closets. Oh boy, there was a lot of fiddly work. They look great! The huge closet 12’ long is used for Christmas trees and hunting storage. Mark donated his (bulky) shelves in favor of installing new shelves, easier access being the goal. 

While I was painting, Mark took another load of donations to our humane society shop. They were busy there with a truckload being unloaded! Afterward he did our grocery shopping. The stores were busy ahead of Thanksgiving. 

Sue and Wayne just arrived at The Oaks where we stayed 2 years ago with ours and the Moir’s rig. Nice place! Tonight we’re meeting them for dinner at Oakwoods in Fruitland Park. 

Back home from a delicious dinner. It was crowded! We were lucky to get a table quickly. We hadn’t seen Sue and Wayne since August in Canada so had lots to catch up on. It was fun. 

Ta Ta. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Good afternoon. Mark and I were up early to meet Randy and Dawn at Mary’s Kountry Kitchen for breakfast at 9:30. Since Dawn works today we had to make it an early one. The place is rustic, with good food. I enjoyed my veggie omelette! 

Back home, Mark finished the woodwork painting and we began looking at another closet renovation. The “Christmas closet” is half hunting stuff. Although it functions, it’s quite a muddle. We decided we must empty it, then paint and install shelves in half, the other half will be left with no shelves. (I slide both Christmas trees in for storing.) 

Sue and Wayne are having a good time at River Ranch. They rented a golf cart and it looks like everyone is having fun. 

Shorty Hotpants and Julius with Wayne on the golf cart. Fun!

Last night, Sue & Wayne went to the Saloon dancing, then to the Smokehouse for breakfast this morning. Living large! Glad they’re enjoying it. 

Mark spent the afternoon researching the root cause of Robbie’s itchies while I was doing paperwork. He found info about yeast causing skin irritations and came up with a plan. He washed Robs with 2 cups vinegar in 2 gallons of water. (It made me crave fish ‘n chips!) πŸ˜‚ Then we went shopping for a grain free dog food made of cool proteins. We settled on chicken (not cool) and turkey (cool) with peas. Surprisingly, Robbie seems calmer tonight with almost no scratching. Miracle? We sure hope so! I made an appointment for a shot at the vet’s tomorrow but hope we can delay or cancel it. 🀞 

Do you watch Blacklist? Dawn & Randy told us about the music at the season finale ... Sound of Silence by Disturbed. It was excellent ... you’ll find it on You Tube. Ta Ta TIL morning. 😴 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Good morning. Well that was quite the crazy circus! Mark left early this morning to go hunting with Lew and Ben. Of course I was up shortly after he left the house in the wee hours, but went back to bed at 6:30. At 8:30 I took the alarm off the back door and briefly looked outside, nothing there, and opened the door. BeeZee and Robbie flew out, gravel flying, after something! But what? 

I quit feeding the squirrels three weeks ago because they were too numerous and brought a big black snake around! That was enough for me. No more feeding the squirrels. So, back to my story!

We did have one crazy squirrel that instead of escaping out the fence near where the feeder was, he, or she, would race across the pebble patio through the fence 20 feet away. What the hell? Mark said that was a stupid squirrel with a death wish!

So, back to the story. The Scotties cornered something by the patio gate, that something escaped them and ran 15 feet to the palm tree 🌴 INSIDE the pebble patio (rather than safety outside the fence) and scrambled up the tree. By this time I saw clearly that it was a squirrel. I called out “you better not fall from there!”  The squirrel looked at me and tried to climb the sleek boot of the tree! OMG 😲 the darn idiot fell 15’ onto the stones! Both BeeZee and Robbie were so shocked 😳 at the writhing squirrel that they didn’t grab it ... so the squirrel took off for the  fence, across the 15’ of patio (same path again) and jumped for another palm tree outside the fenced patio BUT which leans wickedly over said patio. You guessed it, the squirrel fell back onto the pebbles again! Ha ha ha ... the dogs were having such fun. The squirrel righted himself, leapt over the fence and raced for the safety of another tree! Sheesh! It’s time for DSO after that. πŸ˜‚ 

That squirrel has balls. 🀣

The circus continued inside too!  Rocky (the wild mockingbird) began running back ‘n forth on the windowsill ... tap tap tap. I got the freeze dried mealworms and fed him.  Now may I drink my DSO?

Mark arrived home from hunting having seen a small buck. We decided it was a great day for pontooning. On the Dora Canal we saw more than 100 great white egrets, Ibis, Storks and great blue herons. It was awful to see the devastation to Tavares docks and seaplane base. The base is open but boat docking scarce. The docks suffered total destruction. 

Robbie loves bird watching ... his head was on a swivel, 🀣

Piers but no docks! 

Cruising and a cigar ... plus Robbie on bird watch. πŸΎπŸ’•

Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Good afternoon. It’s been a day of tying up loose ends. Our first errand was a package to the post office. Yes, we sold something on eBay, the first since we have been back home. Our second adventure was to deliver payment to our friend Pat who is treasurer for our neighborhood. Randy and Dawn are joining us for our annual neighborhood Christmas party, this year at the Elks. It’s always a lovely evening with dinner and entertainment. We’re really glad they are joining us, it will make it extra fun. After golfing for a year with our neighborhood group, Randy knows many of the guys and of course Dawn knows many of the gals from attending luncheons, game day and YaYa’s as her schedule permits. Our third errand this morning was to pick up a closing package for Sue and Wayne. They have officially sold the property they owned at the end of our street. 

This afternoon, Mark went hunting about 230. Lew was supposed to be going with him, but I believe he has a sore back. Anyway, the weather is gorgeous so Mark has gone for some peace and quiet. 

Robbie and BeeZee had a golf cart ride with me and are now happily chewing on rawhides. Mark installed a voltage gauge to the golf cart so we can go a little further without worry of running out of battery. I’m hoping to get new batteries for the cart fairly soon, and refurbish it a little. The Scotties and I certainly do enjoy riding around the neighborhood. Wheeee. πŸ˜ƒ

Now I’m doing jewelry repairs and putting aside another batch of boxed items for donation to the Humane Society store. πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸΎπŸ’•

It was a beautiful evening so Robbie and BZ sat out back with me for happy hour, party of one? 

It’s going to be a quiet Thanksgiving feast next Thursday with just 8 of us ... unlike the past couple of years. 

Mark arrived home at 6:30. The “dog hunters” were making quite a racket, no sight of any wildlife today. 

Ta Ta TIL morning 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Good afternoon y’all. We were up and out early for semiannual dental cleanings at 9:30. All was well so we’re good til May! πŸ˜ƒ  Afterward, we did a little shopping ... 

Dinner fun at 1884 with Dawn & Ray. ❤️ They had a wedding gift certificate that was expiring soon. ✅ Dinner was good ... we’ll have to go there again. 

Sad sad news from Bonnie and Roger in Oklahoma. Dear Percy passed away yesterday after living a wonderful active life to age 16.  Mark and I knew Percy well having dog sat a few times and from his visits to Florida. He was a dear fellow. Bonnie posted a loving tribute ... 

RIP dear Percy man.