Saturday, January 31, 2015

Bocce Saturday

Dave and I spent the entire day working/playing bocce ball!  Dave's first match was at 10:30...5-6 matches later, he got 4th out of 38 players.  I started keeping score at 10:30 and finished around 6:00 tonight.  Somewhere in there I played two matches.  I won the first one, and lost the second one.  It was a really fun day.  We had a bunch of people out watching and had some new people participating in the tournament!

 The crowd!
Me keeping score.
Dave and John playing for 3rd place.

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Friday, January 30, 2015


Oh, darn.  I forgot to get my camera out of the car so I haven't downloaded my pix from today.  We went to the Legion today.  We met Sudi there, as well as Bev & Mel.  It was a lovely day to sit out by the water.  By the time we left, though, it had clouded over and it was a little chilly out.

When we got home, the UPS man had been here delivering my new shoes, and the stapler I ordered for the HOA to use in putting our phone directories together.  Yay!  Hopefully the directories will be delivered to all of the residents in the next couple of days!!  That's another project done for the season!

Cards were good tonight!  Ann, Doreen and I beat Penny, Lulu and Jule by about 8,000 points.  It was so bad we didn't even have to count!  Tomorrow is our bocce ball tournament - that should be fun!

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Happy Thursday

Gotta love Thursdays!  That's our day off!  We usually don't have any planned activities for Thursdays.  Plus, I've always said that even dolphins take Thursdays off!

My high school friend, Karen, came in this afternoon.  It's so good to see her.  She and I hung out a lot in high school.  We took her down to Sculley's for dinner.  It was nice enough to sit outside on the water.  Before we went to dinner, we went to the Largo Nature Preserve - lots of wildlife today.  There were these 4 cormorants all sitting in a row!

Then we went over by our church and took a picture of the osprey up on the cross on the steeple!  He's (or she) is HUGE!!  This cross is a long ways up in the air!
We have had a good evening and tomorrow's another day.  We're going to the Legion for lunch!  

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Eeek - it's Wednesday, not Friday

I've been so confused today.  Even though we went to coffee this morning, for some reason I've thought today was Friday.  NOT!  My brother looked at me so funny when I mentioned that it was wonder.  It's funny because tonight at cards, Sandy thought it was Monday!  We really fit into this senior lifestyle - we can't remember what day it is!!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

B & B

I didn't bowl very well today...not too bad, but not what I wanted.  I had a 153, a 136 and a 104.  The last game I had 6 splits out of 9 frames...kind of hard to get a good score going when spares are relatively impossible and definitely improbable to pick up.  I was glad I broke 100 that last game.  After bowling 17 of us went to The Clubhouse on Bryan Dairy and Starky for lunch.  I love that place because they have breakfast all day and their pancakes are wonderful!

Dave and I both took little naps this after, plus we got our meds ready for the next month.  Then we framed 8 8x10's, 2 20x30's, 1 11x14, and 4 5x7's of pictures I had taken.  They turned out really pretty.  I had them printed at Walmart and they did a great job!

Tonight was bingo and I didn't win again...:(.  I just knew I was going to win tonight,  but no such luck.  The last game I needed I16 for 6 numbers before someone else yelled "bingo."  Grrrr....

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Back Home

We made it back this afternoon.  We had a wonderful trip, even though it was a short trip!  We went to Ft Lauderdale on Friday and found out immediately that Tom & Jami were packing up their house so they can put it up for sale.  You know what that means!  Dave worked really, really hard helping them pack things and putting everything into a pod that they had rented.  They probably got 95% of the work done this weekend.  Now after another day or two, their realtor can come in and stage the house for them.  They are finally going to get a bigger home - yay!  We hate it that our grandson and granddaughter are in the same room...they're going to try to get either a 4 or 5 bedroom home in their same neighborhood so the kids won't have to change schools.

On Saturday evening, we went to see The Lion King with a touring company from Broadway.  It was absolutely wonderful.  The costumes alone were worth the price of admission.


Today on our way home, we saw 17 sand hill cranes and were even able to get some decent pictures of some!  They've been illusive before - I've never gotten so close to them.

Pretty cool birds!

I played cards tonight, but Ann and I lost.  Just couldn't get the cards!  Tomorrow is B & B - the start of a busy week!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Another Beautiful Day

We had another beautiful day today - it got up to 83 degrees.  In fact, this evening, I kicked the a/c on just for a bit to take the humidity out of the air and to cool our house down for us to sleep.  I didn't do much today.  I worked on the computer for much of the day, ordering prints to frame for our home down here and ordering some new shoes for me.  I also found some pictures for the cover page of the phone directory and sent those to Tammy for her approval.  A lot of my prints are already ready to pick up at Walmart.  The only ones who are not done are the larger prints.  Hopefully they will be done when we return from Ft Lauderdale.

We'll leave in the morning to see Jami and the kids.  We're going to see The Lion King and I can hardly wait to see what they've done with the costumes.  I've seen the ones at Disney World, so it'll be fun to see these.  Hope they are just as awesome!

Tonight Bob called me.  He had Vicki on his cell phone.  Allison was working on our family tree and needed to know some info.  Unfortunately, if I had been in O-town, I could have taken the Allison family clear back to  the 1600's...but I can't remember all of that info off the top of my head!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Beautiful day

It was a gorgeous day today.  We went to coffee this morning and then we took off for John's Pass.  Since it was so beautiful and we didn't get to shuffle today (because League Shuffling was here) we wanted to be near the water.  We went to Scully's again and were able to sit on the rail again so we could look out over the water.  The waitress was telling us that we probably wouldn't see any dolphins today because they don't usually show up except in less-than-perfect weather.  Little did she know!  Within a few minutes of her telling us that, we saw 2 go by.  Then in a little bit, we saw another pair of them.  Before we left there was another pair that were showing off for a jet ski!  The girls on the jet ski kind of corralled the dolphins and they just hung around and played!

We came home in time to meet with Tammy to work on the park's phone directory and then we went for a bike ride.  Perfect day!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Good day

It was another beautiful day today.  We went bowling this morning - I did really well.  I had a 125, a 146 and a 156!  Dave didn't do so well, but he had fun and won one of the poker hands so it wasn't a total loss!  At bingo tonight, I was oh so close but no wins!  Maybe next week!  I did get home in time to watch the last minute of the ISU-K State BB game and we won!!  Yay!

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Monday, January 19, 2015


We both slept in this morning - that is different.  One of us would always sleep in if given the chance, but Dave never sleeps in!  So today was just a lazy day.  We didn't do much was just one of those days.  We both did a lot of reading and nothing much else.  I guess we needed an off day.  I did finish the February newsletter and got it to the office for printing, so the day wasn't a total loss!

I played cards tonight and even got home early from that.  Maybe tomorrow will be more eventful!

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Good day

We went to early church this morning.  Then after church and after changing clothes, we took off for the State Fair grounds in Tampa for the SuperRV Show.  We looked at a whole bunch of motor homes, 5th wheel campers, and even pull behind campers.  It was a good day for walking around the fairgrounds and going in and out of campers because it wasn't too hot.  We found a couple that we really liked, but since we're not ready to do anything at this point, it was just window shopping.  I must say they had some really, really good deals at the show.

After a short nap, we watched the Seahawks beat Green Bay and now I'm watching New England decimate Indianapolis.  Tom Brady is just too good.  Dave fell asleep about 30 minutes ago, and I will be heading for bed soon.  This game isn't even any fun.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015


We had to get up early this morning.  We had a craft show and bake sale this morning starting at 8:00, so that meant we had to be up there to set up at 7:30.  It was a good day for the park because we sold about $400 worth of baked goods.  All of us crafters made some money too...not a lot, but it was worth our time.  We closed up a little after noon and within a few minutes of coming home I had everything put away.

This evening we went with Bob & Ann, Gary & Barb to the Post Corner for piza.  Now we're sitting here watching my Cyclones play Kansas at Hilton Coliseum.  I tell you, Ames is rocking tonight!  So far we're ahead and hopefully will keep it up!  Our Indian Hills' guys are really playing hard!  It's good having them on the court!

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Fun Friday

Yay - I finally got out of the house today!  We went to the Legion today - it was a beautiful day on the water!  We had to wear light jackets just because the wind was blowing, but if it hadn't been blowing, it would have been perfect out there.  That was my first outing in a week!  It felt mighty good to get out!

Tonight I went up and played cards, too.  We didn't win, but at least we got pretty good cards and I got to play cards - yay yay yay!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

I'm Better

Yay - I finally feel like I'm back amongst the living!  I did take a nap today, but not because I was tired.  It was drizzling outside and cold, so I got bored and decided to read for a while.  That was the end of me.  I didn't wake up until 6:30!  I have a feeling I'll have trouble sleeping tonight!  I hope not, but if I do, I won't be surprised.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015


I finally got out of the house today.  I went to coffee and to the annual meeting this morning.  It was good to get out, but I got really tired just doing that!  I came home and took another nap.

Tonight I watched my Cyclones...unfortunately we couldn't pull this one out.  We came back from 24 points down to lose by 2 on a shot w/4.7 seconds left in the game.  Shoot!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

And another sick day

I had a bit of a relapse this morning.  I thought I was getting along pretty well, but after my shower and getting dressed, I suddenly got exhausted and just went back to sleep until about 2:00 or so.  I'm hoping I have a bit more energy tomorrow!  Sorry, no bowling and no bingo for this girl!  I did go outside and sat in the lanai this afternoon.  That felt good - just to get out of the house for a bit!

Dave and I are watching The Tourist with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp tonight.  At least it's better than Pawn Stars!!

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Soggy Monday

I felt a little better this morning.  I even took a shower and got dressed!  I didn't go back to bed until about 12:30.  Dave called about 1:00 to let me know he was headed back - he went to Sarasota today to see Roberta.  I really wanted to go, but I knew I shouldn't expose her to this flu.  Her daughter-in-law is there with her for a couple of days.  After Dave called and woke me up, I couldn't go back to sleep, so I've been up most of the day today.  I'm watching the football game now, so I'll probably be up for a while yet.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sleepy Day

I'll be glad when I get over this flu.  I got up about 8:30 this morning and ate a bit of breakfast.  Then I went back to bed at 10:30 and woke up at 5:30 this evening!  One thing they told me was to get plenty of rest - well, I am!

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sick Saturday

I went to bed last night at 8:30 and got out of bed at 10:00 this morning.  My cough is much worse today and I'm running a fever.  So Dave took me to the Wellness Clinic at Walgreens.  Guess what I have...I have the flu!  They now use a cotton swab to get some mucus out of your nose area.  Then they put the paper into a solution where it tells them I tested positive for the flu.  I started taking my Tamiflu meds this afternoon.  This evening I was just sitting here waiting for the Iowa State basketball game to start when I vomited.  Yuck - I sure hope I'm done with that part of the flu.

Dave is snoring so loud - he's sound asleep in his chair!

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Friday, January 9, 2015


This morning we, along with Ron & Marcia, Bob & Ann, and Gary & Barb went to Tampa Downs to watch the horse races.  It was a good way to spend a cold day in paradise.  The horses didn't seem to mind that it was cold out!  They only had 9 races today and we stayed for them all.  Unfortunately, I've got either the beginning of sinus infection or bronchitis and as the day wore on, I got to feeling sicker.  We bet all 9 races and I came home with only $2.50 gone out of my original $20!  Pretty good!

Now I'm exhausted.  I took a spoonful of cough medicine and two Tylenols and now I'm going to bed!  I guess I'm already a pumpkin!

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cold day!

What a cold, cold day!  Yes, Howard, I still had on my shorts, but I must say that I was really cold!  I even got out my flannels for tonight!

I went to the office today to work on updating the directory.  I've got all of my changes made, so now I'm waiting for the changes that the new board will make.  Then after I got all of that typed up, I switched to balancing checkbooks.  Since we've been down here, I haven't been as diligent as usual.  So, it took me a while to get that chore done.

Dave and I went to Jam's Market today - got some wonderful tomatoes, a cauliflower, and some delicious strawberries.  Then we went to Five Guys for lunch.  We hadn't been there yet this year - it was worth waiting for!

Big plans for tomorrow!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015


This turned out to be a beautiful day!  We had coffee this morning and then played 4 games of shuffleboard - two this morning and two this afternoon.  I only played 3 games, but I won all 3 of them, so I had a good day on the courts!

Then this evening at cards my good luck continued because my partners and I won by over 7,000 points!

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

B & B

Overall I had a pretty good day!  I had a turkey at bowling - which means 3 strikes in a row.  Because of my turkey, I had a 175 game!  My bbest game of the season so far!  We had 17 people bowling today and then we went to a really cool restaurant.  It is called Quaker Steak & Lube.  It's in a remodeled gas station and has lots of car stuff in it.  They have a buffet for lunch every day and Tuesdays are Taco Tuesdays.  The buffet  costs $9.99 but it was all you can eat and it was good!  Besides tacos they also had some stir fry and salad, plus soup and dessert.  Fun place!

Then tonight at bingo I won $39!  Felt pretty good about that, too!  Plus, it was another beautiful day and the moon is absolutely gorgeous tonight!

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Monday, January 5, 2015


Today wasn't quite as beautiful as the previous couple of days, but nice nonetheless.  Dave painted the accent wall in the lanai - it's pretty cool!  The paint took away the antiseptic look of too much white out there.  Now I'm wondering if we should have painted the wall  going into our mobile, too.  I guess it'll be all right for a while.  We'll probably have to paint the whole mobile in a year or two and then we can make it a warmer color!

Other than that, we took a couple of bike rides but nothing else much.  Didn't have very good cards tonight, so that was a bust also!  Tomorrow's another day!

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Sunday, January 4, 2015


It was another beautiful day in the neighborhood.  We went to 9:30 church and then we took off for the beach.  Dave and Rich were fishing and Bill was watching.  Actually Dave & Rich didn't catch a thing.  Darn fish just weren't biting!  The rest of us - Sandy, Della, Roger & Sue, Lulu & Bob, Nancy & Ricky, Donna, Kenny & Gabby all sat on the beach and had a great time.  We saw several dolphins.  There was even a baby out there just a jumping and playing!

We came home about 2:00 because we had massages at 4:00 - both of us.  Wow!  I feel really, really relaxed tonight.  In fact, I'm wondering why I don't just go to bed!

Bob & Ann & Barb & Gary got back today.  It's good to have them back in the 'hood!

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Super Saturday...almost!

We had a great day today.  It was 84 degrees, but a nice breeze blowing, so it didn't feel so hot.  We went down to John's Pass to ride the Hubbard Dolphin boat, but while we were standing at the railing, we saw multiple pods of dolphins.  So, we decided not to spend the $$ since we'd seen dolphins for free.  Instead we went to Scully's to eat lunch.  That was really cool because we got to sit on the rail right by the water!  Good food!

On the way to John's Pass, we saw two sand hill cranes and Dave pulled into St Petersburg College's campus so I could get a picture of them.  

 Tonight I was watching my Cyclones play basketball and that's why I said it was almost a super Saturday.  We got beat and we shouldn't have.  We only made 1 3-pointer and we average 9 a game.  George Niang was held to 3 field goals and he averages around 18 pts a game.  It was like everyone was just off their game tonight.  Oh well, one good thing about basketball - they play 30+ games in a season and it's still early!

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Friday, January 2, 2015


Today started out a little foggy, but turned out to be a beautiful day.  We went to the Legion with Ron & Marcia.  It was a beautiful day to sit out by the water.  Bobbi & Alan, Chris & Wolfy, and Rich & Sandy were at the table to our right.  A couple from Waterloo sat at the table to our left.  They live close to Bryan from what we could gather.  They're snowbirds who are at the Legion almost every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  They like to cruise and in fact, they said they cruise about 90 days a year.

The rest of the day was spent being retired!  Bike rides and naps!  Best part of being retired!

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Thursday, January 1, 2015


We to the clubhouse last night for a New Year's Eve bash.  About two  hours into it, Ron had a problem, so I went with Marcia to the ER.  Ron seemed to be feeling pretty good, so around 11:30 I called Dave to come get me.  We were at a stop light when the clock struck midnight.  When we got back to the park, part of the party was breaking up, so we stood in the street watching fireworks all around the park!  Then we finally went home and called it a night.  That's why I didn't blog last night!

This morning, I went to the clubhouse to help set up for the New Year's brunch that we Red Hatters put on every year.  I set out 68 place settings and most of them were filled!  Good job, ladies!

This evening, we've been watching football all evening!  Fun way to start the new year!

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