Saturday, April 30, 2016


Next year I'm going to discourage Dave from wanting to come back to Iowa in April.  We had yet another day where it drizzled all it got up to a whopping 47 degrees!  On top of that, Dave left for Bryan's mid-morning and didn't come home until about 5:00,  Talk about being bored!!  I made chili soup and spiced oyster crackers, sorted out paperwork, read, and played on the computer.  I need to get outside!!

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Friday, April 29, 2016


Dave surprised me today and took me to see Kaylee at the Wild Carrot in Waverly.  She works there during breakfast and lunch shifts then she's off for the day.  (She has already taught a couple of kick-boxing classes starting at 5:30 in the morning)!  She said that Clayton had surprised her and caught an early flight home from Hungary on Weds.  He had a good year playing basketball there, plus he really liked the country.

This afternoon, Dave cleaned out his storage shed and organized the hall closet which had been home to a lot of his tools.  Now they're downstairs in the storage area where they should be!

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Gray Day

This is the 3rd day in a row of GRAY!  It is gray and drizzly today...not quite as cold (49 degrees), but damp and miserable!  Nevertheless, we got several things done today.  We went to the chiropractor (YAY) and then stopped at Vision 4 Less to get my prescription sunglasses put back together.  When  that chore was finished, we went to Mediacom to get some help with out TV & Internet.  We also ate at Carlos O'Kelly's to get our Mexican food fix!  Then we came home to work on the internet and on the TV.  We had a technician coming later this afternoon, but in the meantime, the help desk was able to help me get Dave's computer working.  We got the TV working, too, but not correctly, so the technician got us hooked up.  He reprogrammed our TiVo and our remote and now we're in business!  We even got to watch the Cubs game this afternoon.

Everything is pretty much put away and we're back to normal!  Last night we went out to Bryan's where Erin had fixed supper for us...that was, we got to play with Aidan!  We also got to see the camper.  It's too cold to want to camp, but we're going to like it!

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Saturday, April 23, 2016


We're packing and are pretty much ready to go.  We still have our motel suitcases and the cooler, but mostly the car is packed.  We ate up some leftovers today and tomorrow we're going for our Post Corner pizza with Sudi and Howard.  The refrigerator is almost empty...just some hard-boiled eggs to take with us on the trip and some milk for cereal the next couple of days.

We're both tired tonight so I'm sure we'll be going to bed at 10:00!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Last Legion Lunch

Our last Legion lunch was today.  It was beautiful there.  Not crowded either!  There were plenty of dolphins too!

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Thursday, April 21, 2016


Had a leisurely day today.  We ended up going to John's Pass to see if we could see any dolphins...we had several sightings!  I'm going to miss these critters!

This evening we had dance class.  We worked on the Cuban Shuffle, the Cotton Eyed Joe, and the Two Step Line Dance...Fun evening.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fun Day

We had a fun day.  After coffee, we went to Sawgrass Lake Park again and we had a great time taking pictures!  We not only saw the baby gators (only 3 today), but we also found the baby anhingas!!!!

They were about 80 feet away from us, through the trees, but we both got good shots of them!  They look so soft!  I also got a picture of one of the yellow butterflies that are thick there.

The only thing we didn't see was a spoonbill...we haven't seen one this season...maybe this fall!

Oh, I also won at cards!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Yesterday was one of those days!  We were supposed to have 10 windows replaced starting at 8 AM.  So we were ready and waiting.  They got here at 8:30, but they only had 6 of our windows...we won't get the other 4 until next fall...grrrrrr!  That wasn't all - yesterday was also tax deadline day.  We didn't hear anything from our tax guy until about 6:00 our time.  He apologized that he didn't get them had to file an extension but also had to send a check in for an estimated amount.  Post offices are closed around here, of course.  Hopefully it got postmarked in time.  Oh well, again nothing we can do about it.

Today we finished covering the windows that didn't get replaced.  Dave had taken all of the mini blinds down, so we were wide open for every one to see in!  I also finished the May newsletter and sent it to the office.

I played cards last night (lost again) and played bingo tonight (didn't bingo)...bummer!

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Sunday, April 17, 2016


Beautiful day today - went to church and then to lunch/breakfast with Sudi & Howard!  Had a good visit but won't see them until the end of September now.  I'll definitely miss them!

Dave started doing some things to get ready for heading north.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016


We had breakfast up at the clubhouse this morning - last time this season.  There weren't many people there as several of our group have gone home already.  We were decadent because after breakfast we took naps!  I'm hoping that since I took a nap in the morning I'll be able to sleep tonight.  This afternoon we went to Hammerhead and later we sorted out the cupboards to see what all we have to use up or take home.  That's a good project done!

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Friday, April 15, 2016


Funny day here -couldn't decide if it was going to rain or not.  So it would rain for a few minutes, then stop, then rain for a few minutes more, repeat, repeat.  Then it was so muggy it wasn't very comfortable.  We had kind of a lazy day until 4:00 when we went to "happy hour".  We sat out with them until about 6:00 and then I went to play cards.  We lost again...surprise!  

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Thursday, April 14, 2016


Yesterday was Dave's 65th birthday!  He's finally officially an "old" dude!  He wanted pot roast for his birthday dinner, so we put a roast, potatoes, onions, and carrots in Jami's crockpot and waited for the family to all get home.  Jami bought a birthday cake and we were able to celebrate Dave's birthday in style.

This morning, we got up and came home.  We've done most of the touristy things in Ft Lauderdale so we came home a day early.  It's good to be home!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016


We had quite a fun day today.  Dave wanted to go to the Everglades and ride on an airboat today, so we did!  We had two alligators circling our boat - I could have reached out and touched one of them!  I'm smarter than that, though, so I didn't.  Afterwards we went to Aruba's for lunch and then to Jami's.  Kelly had another VB game tonight and she had the game winning serve!

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Monday, April 11, 2016


Yesterday we went to church and found out that Tullian was no longer the minister at Coral Ridge.  The new guy was very good, though.  After we got home last night we looked up Tullian on the web.  Seems he's been a bad boy with some extra-curricular fact, more than one.  I feel bad for him - I don't condone his having affairs...but since he's Billy Graham's grandson, he has to feel like he let his family down and he may never be able to get over it.  Just my thoughts.

After church we went to Bru's room with the family and then Jami and the kids came over here and we spent the afternoon at either the pool or the beach.  It was gorgeous out!

Today Dave and I went out for breakfast at Lester's and then we went to Jami's.  Jami was working from home so we just went outside and sat around the pool.  This afternoon we went to Kelly's volleyball game.  She did a good job!  Then it was tenderloin night at the Mahon house.  The kids love them!

Finally got hold of Ann.  They got home about 3:00 today.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

At Jami's

We're here visiting for the week.  It was gorgeous here today - 84.  In fact, just a few minutes ago it was still 79 and no humidity!

Sounds like we have a full schedule for the week.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Yesterday & Today

We were pretty boring - After coffee, we cleaned house and did laundry!  I won at cards!

Today we went to the Legion for tacos (which we'll do again some time!)  It was gorgeous sitting outside today!  This evening, I went up to the clubhouse for line dancing.  I was able to dance for most of the hour - hopefully tomorrow my knee will feel okay!

Just finished watching American Idol - wow!  I was surprised with the result.  I thought La'Porsha was the best, but Trent is awesome!

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Today was our last day of bowling for the season and I'm glad.  That's one more thing off the list!  We had our little banquet with 18 people in attendance!  Only 2 bowlers were absent but Sandy was seeing both of them so that's good!

Tonight at bingo, I won $18.50 which is good.  I've only got one more week of bingo before we go back to Waterloo.  We'll be in Ft Lauderdale for next week's bingo time.  It's been fun this year!

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Tarpon Springs

We went to Tarpon Springs to meet Dave's cousins today.  We had a blast!  We met at the Hellas Bakery where they had a head start on us!  Then we got on the boat to go out to the island.  What a wonderful trip today!  We saw a family of dolphins -  dad, mom, and baby...and they entertained us for about 20 minutes!  It was really cool.  The baby was very playful.  At the island, we found tons of shells...too bad we didn't keep any of them.  After the boat ride, we came back to Hellas for lunch.  Great day - lots of pictures, too.

Cards tonight - we won by 500 points...close game!

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Good service at church this morning and then we drive to Sarasota to pick up a sweatshirt I'd ordered for Ann from Roberta.  We only stayed a few minutes because Roberta's grandchildren were on their way there.  So we came home, ate lunch, and then Dave went up on the roof to do some patching so we wouldn't have any leaks while we're gone this summer.

This evening we went to Barb & Gary's for supper.  Then we had massages at 7:00 PM!

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Oops forgot to post this last night!

Saturday, April 2, 2016


We had a big rain today...we wondered if it would ever stop, but it did.  While it was raining, we 3-hole punched 25 of the new Holiday Ranch cookbooks.  Then this afternoon, we went to Walmart to get 3-ring binders for them.  We've got them all put together...yay!  We've even sold our first one!!

I didn't sleep very well last night, so I'm sitting here yawning already.  We watched the OU-Villanova game (speaking of yawners!)  That was really bad.  Still can't believe OU got beat that bad!

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Great Friday

We had a great day today!  We got up early and went to Sawgrass Lake Park to try to find some Roseate Spoonbills and other birds.  We didn't find any spoonies, but we had a great visit any way.  We saw swallowtail kites, alligators, beautiful flowers, and even some moorhen babies!  We were there a couple of hours!  Then we went to the Legion where we had hundreds of dolphin sightings!  I'm not exaggerating, either.  The whole time we were there we saw dolphins - constantly.

This afternoon we took naps and I elected not to play cards tonight.  I just wanted to stay home.

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