Thursday, January 29, 2009
I was on the phone to my daughter Kari this morning as she was preparing to leave for her meeting at her work's home office about two hours away from where she lives. She was combing her house for the phone. She wanted to plug it in because by the time she came home from her meeting, it would be dead and they'd have no phone tonight. She looked all over and could not find it. Finally she muttered "those kids.........."
Then she burst out laughing and exclaimed "oh, I'm talking on it!"
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I've been working on more bags; have finished a red and blue floral one that I'm going to use as a purse, and am starting on a yellow floral one. Yesterday I thought: wow, I like this yellow one, I think I'll keep it, too, and use it when I get home. A yellow floral bag? In February or March? In Minnesota? Oh, I guess not. It isn't spring there, is it? I forgot because it's been plenty warm and quite humid here. I am covered in some bug bites, and I don't think those pesky no-seeums are around in Minnesota in January, are they? I just forgot.
As we were leaving a Christian bookstore yesterday, I was marveling about the sandals and crop pants and short sleeved T-shirt I was wearing. No boots, coats, hats, scarves, mittens, and layers here! I keep forgetting where I am!
Another thing I keep forgetting is that my mom is gone. Every day I think of something I need to call her about. I see something I want to tell her about or show her. I find something I know she'd love and I want to buy it for her. It's just a fleeting thought and then reality comes back and my eyes tear up and I remember. I remember that I don't have a mom or dad. I remember that I'm an orphan. And then I think that I would rather forget.
Monday, January 26, 2009
....and I also call this one Three Birds!
And this is Bev and Dick on the left, Glenn and Carole on the right. We went to dinner at Applebee's to celebrate Bev's and Ernie's birthdays. And I didn't even get a picture of the birthday boy! The new $9.99 steak special at Applebee's is an excellent deal. Try it soon!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Tuesday night is the highlight of the week, with a big potluck dinner offered. The place is packed and the food tables are loaded. There are usually a large number of salads, lots of casserole type dishes, quite a few meats in crockpots, different types of chicken, ground beef, brats and hot dogs, etc, and a whole table at the end filled with cookies, cakes, pies, rolls, ice cream, cream puffs, and all types and flavors of high fructose corn syrups!
Wednesday afternoon is usually craft time. Either the women meet and all work on one craft, or like me, they bring their current project and work on it. The needles, fingers, and tongues are flying! Wednesday night is cheap hamburger at the VFW, and last week when we went on our cheap date, the place was filled with the campers from here. I counted ten table full!
Thursday night is Bingo, but lately I've only seen card players, not Bingo. Oh, Monday is called poker night, but it's usually just tables of about six, playing all kinds of card game. In fact, the tables are full every night with card players.
Friday night is hot dog night at the gazebo. Bring your own dogs and buns, and the rest is provided. The rest usually being french fries or tater tots, catsup, mustard, and chili.
Every day the rec center is filled with people on their computers. Some working, some playing games, and some trying to figure out how to turn the darn thing on! There is usually someone around to help that last group!
We've also had special events like last Sunday's Penguin Appreciation Day. We have a lot of fun and meet a lot of people. Some of these folks become lasting friends, like Glenn and Carole who we met two years ago and have kept in touch with ever since. We visited them in their home town, and are now spending this month and part of next with them down here. And we convinced old friends who lived across the street from us 30 years ago to come down too! So we're having a good time and keeping busy.
Then add to this schedule at least 4 trips to the quilt shop or fabric stores, grocery shopping, church, sight seeing, etc, and you can see that we have very little time to spare! Busy, busy, busy!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Yes, it's like daughter, like mother, or whatever. Bet you all didn't know you were hanging out with such high society people! Our family really knows how to party, don't you think?
Sunday, January 18, 2009
And we had lunch at this cafe, which I highly recommend to anyone visiting Havana, Florida. Ernie and I split a Cuban pork sandwich and each had a cup of the most delicious mushroom soup I've ever eaten. Yummy! The cafe had a lot of interesting pictures on the walls. The one I liked best was a watercolor of Bob Dylan, a fellow Minnesotan. We had a safe trip home and stopped for Mexican food for dinner. We haven't planned the next adventure yet, but I'm sure we'll find something to do this week.
Friday, January 16, 2009
And another thing. What is this weather doing anyhow? It's been down in the upper twenties here at night......yes, below freezing in Florida. Then back home in Minnesota it's been way below freezing.....like forty degrees below zero! And the temperature this morning in Seldovia, Alaska where son Chris lives, is 50 degrees. Yes, you heard me right!.. FIFTY degrees ABOVE zero!
Hope to get some pictures tomorrow so maybe I can write an interesting post for a change! Please stick with me! I'll be back.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Anyhow, he drove like a bat out of hades! In a 55 zone he went 70, and in the 65 zone he went 80! Remember that he is driving with one arm. He couldn't signal because he couldn't use his left hand or arm. He hit the warning strip along the edge of the road a few times, and it scared the living daylights out of me. Reminded me of the bus driver we had in Italy who was on the cell phone with one hand, gesturing with his other hand as he talked a mile a minute, and somehow navigated the narrow winding road with his knees!
These pictures are from the cave. It wasn't very colorful, but was interesting.
It was 65 degrees in the cave, much warmer than the caves in Minnesota. We found out that the temperature of a cave is the average year round temperature of the area where it is located. So it stands to reason that a Minnesota cave would be cooler than a Florida cave!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
down the road from our site, to the swing. They had a real fun time and were very well behaved.