Monday, June 26, 2017


Beautiful day here today!  We got our house mostly cleaned today before we went shopping.  We went to the bank, to Sam's Club for gas, then into Sam's Club to return some mugs we bought that didn't keep drinks cold for even 4 hours - they said they would keep them cold for 24 hours.  No questions asked even though we didn't have our receipt.  Our membership card tracks all purchases.  Then we were off to Walmart and to Fareway.  Brought the groceries home - all before our chiropractor  appointment at 2:00!  Whew!

Now we're watching the Cubs...another nail biter.  We're ahead 5-3 in the 9th - 2 outs, runners at 1st and 2nd and Bryce Harper up to bat.  OMGosh!  Nervous!!  Now bases are loaded.  Come on Cubs!  Wild pitch - now 5-4, runners on 2nd & 3rd.  Whew!  Cubs win!!

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Sunday, June 25, 2017


It is so cold here today!  The high was only 67 and the wind was blowing pretty hard, so it didn't begin to feel like 67!  We went to church and then to Newton's for breakfast and Dave had to go to the car to get our jackets...only 4 people were brave enough to eat outside...and we weren't two of them!

Dave went to be with Bryan today and I stayed here, under a blanket!!

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Saturday, June 24, 2017


We got a little more sun today!!  We had a ball game at 10:45 and then another at 4:00 today, so we got plenty of sun!  The Trojans won their first game, but lost the 2nd game 1-0.  It was quite a pitcher's dual.  Tied at the end of regulation and the other team won in the 2nd OT inning.  Allison pitched the first game.  We got behind early on a couple of errors, but came back and won 11-4!

It's been a fun weekend.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Sun & Softball!

Fun day in the sun in Iowa City.  Allison pitched the first game, which we won in 3 innings 12-0.  She had a couple of good hits, too.  That was against Tipton.  Then  the second game was against Woodward=Granger and we won it 24-4 in 5 innings!  Allison as the DH in it and again had a couple of really good hits!

Tomorrow's another softball day in Iowa City!

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Thursday, June 22, 2017


Rain again  off and on today.  Sure looks like rain again tonight.  It's 82 at 8:00 - and very sticky!  Today I tried to do some stamping, but I think it's safe to say that I got more ink on my hands than I did on the paper!  Unfortunately it's Blackberry Bliss ink, so it's very noticeable.  I'm going to try again, but if it doesn't go better, I'm afraid I'll be getting rid of a bunch of Stampin' Up stuff.  :(

Dave went to Bryan's again.  He's having fun out there.  This evening we went to Waverly to the Pour House to listen to the Vette Band.  Clayton, his brother Ryan, and his dad Brett played at the Butler Co. Fair today and then they had a 2 hour gig tonight.  They're really pretty darn good!  Clayton has a very good voice for country music.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017


We had a wet day today.  The day started out rainy and ended up rainy, but in between it was lovely!  Dave went out to the farm to work on Bryan's workshop and he took a bunch of wood to Waverly for Linda and Al's fire pit.  I, meanwhile, was on chat for 3 hours trying to get our printer working with my laptop. After 3 hours and 3 technicians, it finally works!  I guess it just took a woman tech to get it done right!

Tonight we had salads for supper, along with ice cream and the rest of our raspberries.  Guess we'll have to pick some more this weekend!

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017


I had a very frustrating day!  For some reason my printer isn't working and I've tried to reload it 3 times...failed 3x!  Tomorrow I will call HP and see if they can help me re-install it.  It's not even showing up on my computer.  It was working, but just this week the electricity has gone out 2-3 times because of it's MIA!

Dave went to the farm (Bryan's) and while he was there he picked some black raspberries.  So tonight we had ice cream and berries.  Yum!!

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Monday, June 19, 2017


What a beautiful day we had here...70s and no humidity...AND sunshine!  Dave went out to Bryan's and loaded some wood to take to Linda and Al for their fire ring.  We'll deliver it there probably Weds.  Then Thursday night we're going to Waverly to listen to Clayton, his brother, and his dad play at a bar there.  Should be fun.  Clayton is the main singer and he's pretty good.  Maybe we'll even get to see Blaise!

I had a pedicure today and a massage!  Fun day for me.  Aidan went to "school" today.  This was his first day at day care.  Hope he got along okay!

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

God's Day

After a light breakfast and getting ready, we went to church  where we had another good sermon.  This one was from our Assoc. Pastor.  She started a 5 week series from the Psalms today.

We then went to lunch at the Screaming Eagle.  It was good, but I really wanted bacon and eggs and they don't serve breakfast.  This afternoon was for resting (and napping in Dave's case), and watching the Cubs.

Tonight he started watching some weird, science fiction movie and I zoned out on my computer...wasn't for me!

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Fun Day

Today we went to The Wild Carrot for lunch.  It was especially nice because Kaylee was our server and Linda (her mom) came to have lunch with us!  We sat and gabbed for a long time.  It was great to see Kaylee cause we hadn't seen her since last August!  We were hoping that Blaise would be with Linda, but he was at his other grandma's today.

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Friday, June 16, 2017


Now it's really Friday!  Tomorrow Bryan leaves for Germany for a week.  Ann's in Africa.  What are we doing?  Nothing!!

I did get my hair cut this afternoon and tried to get a pedicure, but the wait was a bit longer than I wanted.  Dave and I went out to Carlos O'Kelly's this evening.  Then we watched the Cubs game and now it's lightning again.  I know we needed rain, but I'm ready for a sunshine kind  of day!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017


Nope...wrong again.  It's only Thursday.  I've made this mistake numerous times today!!  I guess I'm a slow learner!

We had another hot, humid day...90 again, but felt hotter.  Tonight we had rain, lightning, thunder, and even hail.  We were at Bryan's for supper and drove home in rain, but at least the hail was done.  The sky was so pretty, but very ominous looking.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017


This was a Wild Weather Day!  When I got up I noticed that it had rained.  Then mid morning, it poured...then it hailed...then more heavy rain!  Finally this afternoon, we even had some sunshine.  All of this with 88 degrees!

Dave worked at Bryan's most of the day.  I dusted and vacuumed!  Then this evening we had our annual meeting downstairs.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tired Tuesday

I caught up on some much needed sleep today.  Unfortunately I've been awaking around 6:15 AM and that's just not acceptable!  I finally got up about 7:15, but I took an hour nap this afternoon!  Dave escaped to Bryan's for a few hours - that is his relaxation!

Tonight I went to a PEO meeting.  I enjoyed it very much.  The ladies all seemed nice, so I've decided to transfer to this chapter.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

We're home!!

Dave drove 425 miles today, pulling the camper.  The funny thing was, when we got home, he got in the SRX and drove to the grocery store too.  I guess he wasn't tired of driving!!  We made it home in 8.5 hours today.  It took us 9 hours to get there, but 30 minutes less to get home!  Lots of traffic on I80 - the Hot Rod Power Tour was driving from Newton to Davenport so we met LOTS of cool old cars!!  Unfortunately, I think every 18 wheeler in America was on the road today too.  So it wasn't a stress-free drive!

Thank you, Lord, for getting us home safely.  The laundry is done and the sheets and towels are folded and ready to go back to the camper for the next trip!

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

More family

Today was a long day with a lot of family!!  We celebrated 99 years of life for my father-in-law's only living sister, Dave's Aunt Charlotte.  There were about 45 of us and everyone had a great time, visiting and eating, and looking at pictures of past get-togethers.  After the late lunch in Lafayette, we all came back to the campgrounds and gathered again for pizza and more visiting.  I've got a ton of pictures to go through before I can put them on FB for the family to see.  Hopefully I'll get that done tomorrow.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Fun Day

It was another hot day in Indiana and more cousins arrived.  Now there were 14 of us here at the park.  So 7 cousins and 7 spouses.  I think I heard that 12 of 17 cousins are to be here tomorrow for Aunt Charlotte's 99th birthday party!!

It poured tonight so we elected to stay in our camper instead of underneath a canopy.  We're much warmer and dryer!!

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Thursday, June 8, 2017


Enjoyed another beautiful Indiana day today!  We cooked lunch on the grill - we were by ourselves for lunch today.  Then we headed for Logansport to help the rest of the family power wash the outside of Roberta's house.  After the guys got done power washing a side, then the ladies washed the windows.  We made a pretty good team!  Then supper for 9 around a small table!  Fun family times!

Now we're home in our camper and getting ready for bed.  Tomorrow's another busy day!

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Fun times!

We're having a great time in Indiana.  The time here has me all mixed up, though.  It's an hour ahead of us in Iowa...just like Eastern time.  So at 9:00 it's still daylight!!  It's a bit easier to sleep in though!

On Monday when we got here, there was only time to eat our pizza and hang out by the river for a short time before retiring for the night.  Yesterday we had to pick up some groceries and then we went to Pat & Milt's for supper.  Yum!  Today Dave went in to Don & Bev's for a couple of hours.  When he got home, he took a nap and then we had to make sandwiches because Don, Bev, Nancy, Charlie, and we were going fishing.  What a beautiful place!  It's a private quarry that 4 young guys bought for half a million dollars and it is a beauty.  The water is very clear and blue!  Everyone fished but me - I sat in the sun and read a book!  Every once in a while, I'd just stop and admire the scenery.  It was 10 before we got home!

Tomorrow Don & Bev, Suzy & Greg, Pat & Milt and Dave & I are going to Roberta's in the afternoon to wash the outside of her house (the guys).  We ladies will then wash the outside of her windows.  She's fixing dinner for us all, so that'll be fun.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

We made it!

We left at 9 this morning and made it here at 6 this evening - 9 hours of bumpy highway, lots of highway construction, and wind!  It really wasn't horrible, it's just that I don't drive the truck with the camper, so I get really, really bored!

We made it safely though, even stopped long enough to pick up a pizza in Logansport...yay for cell phones!!  Good pizza...lots like the old George's...good and greasy!!

Sounds like our week is planned!

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Hot Sunday!!

Another hot day here - over 90 again.  It wasn't so humid today at least!  We went to church and then out to lunch at Village Inn.  We had a $10 gift card and our bill came to $10.19...we weren't even trying!  Then we had some shopping to do, so we headed to Walmart and got all that done.

This afternoon we got things ready for the camper.  Dave took all of that outside.  Now we don't have much left to load.  Just the last minute things. We will take off for Indiana by mid morning.  Tonight we went to Bryan's for a cookout.  Aidan was going 100 miles an hour!  He's starting to say some words finally.  His latest is pizza!!

We got home in time to see the Cubs sweep the Cardinals!

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Slave driver!!

I've decided that Dave is a slave driver and I'm the slave he's driving!  This morning when I got up, he'd cleaned out another closet of totes and had them on the couch and the chairs in the living room.  Guess who got to go through them and condense them down.  More purging!!

Since I was on a roll, I thought I'd work some in my sewing area.  I have two plastic sets of drawers under my design table.  I should say, had two.  I now have 1!!  I was then able to get my doll buggy and doll cradle under the table where the one set of drawers vacated!  Now I don't have to worry about getting rid of either the cradle or the buggy, at least for a while.  They're hidden from sight!

After Dave and I ate lunch out on the balcony, he went to  Bryan's for a work day!  He loves that!!  I worked on some more applique and watched the Cubs!

It was hot here today - got up to 92!  In fact it's still 81 at 9:34 PM!  Pretty hot for this early in June!

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Friday, June 2, 2017

More purging!

Dave decided to clean out our storage area down in the basement, so he brought stuff up here for me to help him.  Among the stuff he brought up were about 35 trays of Aunt Helen's slides along with her old slide projector.  He also brought my slide projector and 1 carousel of slides.  My carousel was a slide presentation for the Lupus Foundation made many years ago.  Aunt Helen's slides were all mixed up and dated back to 1958 or so.  I went thru every slide by hand...the projector wouldn't work.  I threw out all of them except about 75 slides of us way back when.  I'm going to find someone to put them on a CD for me to save.  My projector works fine, so we put all of the saved slides into my carousel and looked at them.  What a riot!  I sure don't remember Aunt Helen being at our house for so many big events in my life!  Anyway, that project is done and out of here!  Yay!

Consequently, I didn't get much appliqueing done today.  Maybe I'll get more done tomorrow.

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Last night when I got ready to blog, Windows 10 was having issues and I couldn't get in.  Thus, no blog. 

We had a glorious day yesterday - 80s with a nice little breeze.  We had the condo open and ate both lunch and dinner on the balcony!  Finally about 9:00 we turned the air on so it wouldn't be so hot to sleep!  I think today is supposed to be another beautiful day!

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Beautiful day!

Today was a spectacular day!  Dave and I ate out on the balcony and I had doors and windows open all day!  Dave washed, waxed, and detailed the pickup and I did more appliqueing!  Then I watched the Cubs lose...again!  I think they're in their June Swoon in May.  It's very frustrating.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Not a slug today!

I would say that I wasn't a slug today...I was more like a sloth!  I actually did some sewing again.  More appliqueing.  This project will take many days of work!  When my thread breaks or comes out of the needle, it takes a long time for me to re-thread the needle!  You can imagine!  I even had Dave thread it once today.

I had the patio doors open again today.  It wasn't a very sunny day so unfortunately it didn't get above 70.  Dave went out to  Bryan's for several hours and then tonight he had a board meeting.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

As far back as I can remember, my family went to the cemetery to decorate graves.  It was a social time as many of our neighbors and friends were there too.  We always had fresh flowers - peonies, irises, bridal wreath and Dad brought a ton of water along with a bunch of juice cans and wire to use as stakes so the cans of water/flowers wouldn't blow or tip over.  I have very fond memories of this day.

As far as today goes, though, I was pretty much a slug!  I put two pictures into frames and uploaded more pictures onto my computer.  Plus I took a nap!  Pretty much a slug!!

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

We're back!

We had a fun 5 nights and 4 days in Ottumwa and Fairfield.  We got to Ottumwa in time to eat supper with Bob, Ann, Gary, and the Recovery Room for tenderloins!  Thursday Dave went to a funeral in the morning, came and picked me up so we could have a Canteen for lunch and then we met Bob & Ann to go decorate graves in Batavia and Libertyville.  Batavia was beautifully mowed, but no one mowed Fell.  Except one of my cousins mowed around all of the Allison graves so that was nice.  It still hadn't been mowed on Friday at 4:00!  We then went to Fairfield for supper and a FHS Varsity softball game where Allison was the DH for both games!  The Trojans won both games!Friday saw us going to Craig & Sue's for 2.5 hours and also getting our fix at Graham's. Then we headed to Fairfield to see if we could find FHS hats or sweatshirts...couldn't find a thing.  At least we both have plenty of orange and black!  Friday night was a JV doubleheader and they lost both games, but Allison hit the ball really well.  Saturday we were back in O-town for a doubleheader.  Allison played very well, but they only won the 2nd game.  It was fun, though, because this time there were 3 cousins on the field...Cam Cooksey as an umpire, Allison, and McKenna Allison.

After the games, we took off for Cantril to do some shopping.  It was PACKED to the gills with people!  We didn't eat lunch, instead we waited until we returned to Ottumwa and had another Canteen and an ice cream cone at Graham's.  Can't beat those 2 places!

Today we went to FPC (our old church) and enjoyed visiting with old friends and worshiping with them!  We even went out to lunch with the "Bunch for Lunch" group.  Then we packed up and headed home!!

We are both tired, but it was a fun them.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Gray again

At least it wasn't raining today - just cold and gray until afternoon late.  I hope it warms up.  We're going camping in O-town starting tomorrow until Sunday afternoon.  I don't remember what kind of wifi we have down there, so in case we can't get wife this may be my last post for a while.

Dave worked on getting the camper ready while I worked here getting stuff out to pack.  I also did laundry and put the desktop computer together and arranged most efficiently.  I had to have Dave's help to hide the cords, though.

Tonight we watched the Cubs and Dancing With The Stars.  Fun finale!!  Good game too!

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Monday, May 22, 2017


Dave worked on the camper and mowed Bryan's yard today.  He was out there 9 hours.  I had a good day.  I had a massage...yay!  That's always a highlight!  Plus the sun was shining for several hours today.  It was nice enough that I opened the patio doors and let God's air in!  I also vacuumed and then I decided I was either going to stamp or sew.  Sewing won today.  I started machine appliqueing some little quilts I did a long time ago.  That was fun for a change!

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Sunday, May 21, 2017


Thank goodness for church.  It got us outside, otherwise I would have just stayed indoors again today.  I'm starting to get a little depressed.  I need the sun to shine!

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Another gray day!

We had another cold, drizzly, rainy, gray day here.  We aren't going to be back in the 70's until Tuesday or so.  I'm not happy with this.  So I've been looking at my pictures of the warmth and beauty of Florida.  In fact I ordered 2 prints to hang up in our dining room today.  Will be glad when they get here. 

Dave ran errands while I dusted. 

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Friday, May 19, 2017


Holy Cow, it's cold here!  It got all the way up to 45 today!  It's actually 49 tonight.  It was gray and rainy with that cold.  I wore jeans and a coat today!  Dave and I both had doctor's appointments today.  I had an xray of my foot.  I don't have a broken bone - just arthritis.  I do, however, have a bone spur on my heel.  Then my blood work was good too!  Dave didn't have any blood work or anything, just a follow up!

For lunch we went to LJ's.  I had a BLT and Dave had a Black n'Bleu burger.  Declicious...and the best French fries ever!  Then  we picked up meds and groceries and finally got home.  Silly Dave went back out to get a haircut and to pick up a new ice maker for the fridge.  The new water valve didn't fix the leaking so now he'll install a new one.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017


Paul Bunyan (aka Dave) was at work this morning, cutting down the tree branch that was lodged on our balcony.  I liked it there; it was like a privacy hedge.  Unfortunately it had to go.  He and our maintenance man got busy cleaning up.  Dave has a chain saw instead of an axe, though!  We were really lucky as the tree this branch came off of is about 40+ feet high.  If the whole tree had toppled, it would have surely wiped out our balcony as well as those around us. 

I cleaned out some more drawers today.  I'm going to try to do some stamping tomorrow to see if my tremors are too bad.  I hope not because I've got lots of $$ invested in this hobby! 

My new computer arrived today.  Desktop towers are so much smaller than they used to be!   I'm excited to get that hooked up and those cords controlled again!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017


We got some  big storms today.  We've got a big tree outside our patio and a big branch came out of it, it the lady next door's windows, and ended up giving us a privacy shade!  Unfortunately, it'll have to get cut up and taken out tomorrow.  Marilyn (next door) has some shutter damage and one of her screens is torn.  We lost our flag pole, but it got returned to us this evening.  It poured with the wind!  I usually sit here by the patio doors, but I decided I didn't like the way the wind was blowing, so I got up and moved away from the windows just as the tree came flying on our balcony!  Whew!

I cleaned out some drawers today - threw away some makeup, etc.  I feel good about my productivity.  Plus, Dave took the ugly sconces off the walls in the dining room - yay!

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Do you know  what happens when you order a computer from Dell...from India?  Well, I'll tell you.  Even though we talked about the shipping address being Waterloo and that I haven't lived in Ottumwa for 2 years, guess where the computer went? Ottumwa!  So I call.  Yesterday when  I  ordered the computer, the supervisor called me and checked on the shipping address.  He asked if the shipping address was O'town and again I changed the address.  But they still shipped it to the wrong place...grrrrr.  I had one day shipping yesterday, but now it may be up to 8 days before I get it now...again, grrrr.  Patience, grasshopper!

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Monday, May 15, 2017


I've had kind of a slow day.  It was hot and muggy here today, with a strong Easterly wind.  The pollen was hard on me, so the door/windows stayed closed today with the a/c on!  I started out by calling Dell about my desktop computer.  For some reason we couldn't get it to boot when we got home.  It still doesn't!  Since it's Windows Vista and Windows no longer supports it, neither does Dell.  Now I have to call the Geek Squad or someone to get everything off my hard drive.  Then I'll ditch it.  I've got a new tower coming soon.

After lunch we both took naps.  That's it!  Nothing exciting today!

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

Such a fun day!  We went to church for a wonderful, uplifting sermon.  Then we were going to go to Morg's for breakfast...closed for Mother's Day.  So we chose to go toVillage Inn for lunch...big line!  Newton's...big line!  IHOP...huge line.  Decided we'd try Carlos O'Kelley' there just before the big crowd came!!

This afternoon Dave took a nap while I put together a puzzle.  Bryan and Erin invited us out for supper.  So we got to spend the evening with Aidan!

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Today was all about...

Blaise, my great great nephew.  He turns 3 tomorrow, but we celebrated today.  He was so excited.  When we got there, he told me it was his birthday and that he got presents and an ice cream cake.  Then he took me around and showed me the dinosaurs that were hanging up.  He told me what kind of dinosaurs they were - like a stegosaurus, a t-rex, etc.  That kid knows one dinosaur from another one!  We got him 3 dinosaurs and he loved them.  It was a beautiful day so we sat outside and just enjoyed the weather, the company, and watching Blaise! 

Since our camper was stored out at Kyle's, we picked it up today.  Dave's going to work on it tomorrow...don't know for sure what he's doing. 

We had a hummingbird visit this evening.  I had the balcony doors open and he just hovered there, seeming to look in! 

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Perfect Day

It was an absolutely gorgeous day today...about 78 with abundant sunshine.  It was perfect sitting outside eating lunch.  Too bad we don't have a hammock.  It would have been nice to take a nap outside today - before the flies get back!

Dave worked at Bryan's today and I worked on covering a cushion today.  One of our recliners is getting some age on it and I needed a cushion on the seat.  It was either that or get a new recliner...the cushion was much cheaper.

I've started reading the Harry Potter series of books.  Unfortunately now I want to see the movies.  The wizardry is so fascinating that I want to see how they handled it in the films.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017


Another gorgeous day in the 'loo.  We even got to eat outside again today.  I had some shopping to do at Joann's so I went out on my own.  While I was out, I got my hair cut too.  I was starting to get a little shaggy.

Dave worked with some of the guys around here.  They are installing LED lights in the hallways.  Slowly!

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Rainy Day

Woke up today to fog and drizzle, which turned to rain later.  It was, therefore, a lazy day!  Really good day for a nap!

We went out to Lowe's to buy a new light for the kitchen.  Got an LED light that makes the kitchen so much brighter.  It has been really, really dark!  Dave got it installed and now we can actually see in there. 

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Beautifull Day Again

We had another 75 degree day here.  I had the patio door open this evening until about 8:00.

We went to Iowa City today for my annual appointment with my neurologist.  All was well.  He said I didn't have Parkinson's.  Yay!  We talked about medical marijuana.  I still am on the fence with this form of medicine.

Dave went out to Bryan's this afternoon - he loves going out there. 

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Productive Day

I got a lot done today, and so did Dave.  He did his shopping, including a new water valve for the ice maker.  He then got the ice maker repaired and we've got ice!!  Yay!  The ice maker was broken all last year, so this will be nice.  He got his last mess of mushrooms tonight, too!

As for me, I filed all the paperwork left over from Florida.  I filed the duplicate check copies and cleaned up the desk.  Then I vacuumed 2 rooms and moved furniture in the living room.  When Dave came back, he helped me, but I'd already moved both chairs and a table all by myself!

We didn't get to eat outside today.  It was very windy.  We went out at noon, but it was sprinkling so we came back in.  We probably only got 20 sprinkles all together but it was enough that we didn't want to eat outside. 

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Super Sunday

It was gorgeous here today.  At 6:30 tonight it was still 72 outside!  We went to church this morning where we were treated to a wonderful sermon about God's acceptance of everyone!  Also when we entered the church, there were quilts everywhere.  The quilts were blessed today, before they are given away to those who need their comfort. 

After church we went to Morg's Diner for breakfast/lunch.  Wonderful place to eat.  Someday I'm going to go there for lunch instead of just breakfast!  Even the owner remembered us and told us we usually sit at the counter.  We were lucky today.  No waiting line and we got a booth! 

This afternoon, I read and then took a nap while Dave worked on putting new lights on his truck.  He had it torn apart yesterday and got it finished today.  Then he was in a panic because he couldn't find his insurance card which came while we were in Florida.  So I found it for him and put out that fire. 

This evening we ate our supper, such as it was, outside because it was so nice!  I fried a batch of mushrooms for Dave and I had a plate of tortilla chips and cheese.  Now we're watching the Cubs get swept by the Yankees.  The Yankees are really good this year, so far anyway!

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Beautiful day

We had another beautiful day here.  It was a bit chillier than yesterday, but we were able to eat both lunch and supper out on the balcony.  I hope this nice weather continues!

Dave had a fun day.  He found 31 morel mushrooms - he was so happy.  He came home and shared them with the upstairs neighbors and has enough for 2 more meals! 

As for me, I puttered around here.  I didn't do anything special - just worked on putting things away and looking for things.  When you live in two different places, you can't remember where things are from one place to the next!!

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Beautiful here

We had a gorgeous day here.  We even ate lunch out on the balcony! 

After our 3 day excursion through wind and rain, we needed to relax!  We went to Carlos O'Kelly's last night with Bryan, Erin, and Aidan.  Aidan ate a whole child's pizza!!  I couldn't believe it.  He's still not talking, but he's going to be seeing a speech pathologist for an evaluation soon.  Hope he/she is able to help A.  He seemed really glad to see us! 

Both Dave and I slept really, really well until I woke up at 2:00ish coughing...which woke Dave too.  I took some cough syrup and slept in my chair until 6:15 when Dave got up.  Then I went back to bed for a while.  Today we went to the chiropractor so I'm hoping that will help get rid of my cough.  Other than that, we worked on getting the stuff we brought back from Florida put away.  We're about to get done!

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Thursday, May 4, 2017


We're home safe and sound.  We're exhausted and going to bed early.  Will write more tomorrow night.  Thank you Lord for safe travels.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

We're Ready

Or about ready, anyway.  I've still got to put out the dryer sheets and we've got the last load of clothes in the dryer...then we're ready.  Oh, we've still got to pack the cooler.  I  sure wish I could blink us home like Jeannie did in "I Dream of Jeannie".

We were far enough along that we went to Sawgrass Lake Park this morning.  One last time to see the baby anhingas and the baby alligators.  The anhingas had really grown.  Unfortunately I didn't get my memory card out of my camera before we packed it! 

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Super Sunday

After a wonderful church service, we met Sudi and Howard at Europa for breakfast/brunch.  It was good to see them again.  We're going to miss them until we see them again in the fall.  Good friends, good food, good visit!!

I cleaned house this afternoon. We washed sheets, etc. and I even got a bit of a nap.  Dave's got the lanai furniture in the house and we put the insulated boards in the windows and all of the awnings but the front one down.  It's really going to be good sleeping tonight - it'll be really dark in the bedroom. We're getting there!

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

HOT, WINDY Saturday

Batten down the hatches - it was definitely windy today.  It's probably a good thing it was windy, though, because it was a hot one!  Dave took the car to Dimmitt Cadillac to have the oil changed and while he was there, they suggested we get new tires.  We had planned to get tires when we get back to Iowa, but we decided that it was pretty silly to drive 1400 miles on tires that need replaced.  So, he priced tires at Dimmitt and at Goodyear and Goodyear won out.  Our SRX now has new "shoes"!

We went to Woody's for lunch.  Pat & Milt are in Florida for a couple of weeks so we met them there.  Other than it being very windy,  it was a nice lunch.  It's always good to see Dave's family.  We'll see them again around the 10th of Indiana.

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Friday, April 28, 2017


Dave took the car to Dimmitt Cadillac to have the oil changed first thing this morning.  Then since it's our last Friday here for the season, we decided to go to The Legion.  It was a hot one there today.  Thank goodness we were able to have the umbrellas up today.  We sat with Bobbi, Alan, Chris and Wolfy.  Sandy and Rich came a little later. 

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Thursday, April 27, 2017


Dave had a doctor's appointment this morning.  While he was gone, I went to the pool for the first time this season.  I'm not much of a pool person, but I had the pool all to myself this morning!  I thought the water was way too cold!

When Dave got home, we ran to Walmart for a couple of things and we picked up lunch at Subway.  You see, old Mother Hubbard's cupboard is pretty bare!  We've got some noodles, a can of chili beans, some canned chicken, and a can of green beans left...but we packed them yesterday.  This weekend we're going to have to unpack them!  All of the stuff in our freezer is gone except for some ice we've got dessert!  Tonight we used our one large potato to make hash browns and we used our last eggs to make scrambled eggs for supper.  That was good! 

I had a pedicure today.  I was past-due needing it.  Something that makes me ponder is when I have my brows waxed, I always start coughing.  What do you suppose causes that?  Unfortunately tonight I'm still coughing and feel like my bronchitis is back.  I just used my inhaler and I'm going to take some cough syrup before I go to bed.  If I still feel like this in the morning, I'll go visit my doctor for some more antibiotics.  Yuck! 

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Today is likely our last Wednesday morning coffee until this fall.  :(  It's sad, but we're ready to go back to Iowa for a few months.  We need some Aidan/Bryan time. 

Dave and I both had dental cleaning this morning.  Then Dave suggested that we go to the water to eat lunch.  I suggested Columbia, and that was where he was thinking.  It was a beautiful day to eat outside. 

This afternoon we started packing some of our food stuff. 

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017


We're back home in Clearwater...and now the busy begins.  I think we're going to leave on Tuesday if the weather up north cooperates.  So we've got a week to get in our dentist appointments, pack, clean, etc.  Sounds like fun!!

Monday, April 24, 2017


Everyone of the family went back  to work/school today, so we were on our own.  We started our day at Lester's Diner for breakfast/lunch.  Mmmm good!  Eggs, bacon, hash browns, pancakes...great food.  Then we drove down A1A to see the pretty beaches.  It was so calm today that there wasn't even a breaker in sight.  Beautiful sights!

After a short nap, we went to Jami's for Dave's final daddy-do jobs and dinner.  It's always sad to say goodbye to Jami and her family.  :(  We'll see them again in November!

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sat & Sun

We've had a couple of good but busy days and nights.  Yesterday we were at Jami's all day.  Dave and Jami did daddy-do things while the kids entertained me.  We came home about 8:00.  Not home, but back to our timeshare.  Then today didn't start until about noon, but it was more of the same.  Dave & Jami working, Megan & Danny in the pool (even though it was pouring down rain!), Kelly was working on community service hours, and Grandma was reading!  Since today was Tom's birthday, we went to Joe's Crab Shack for dinner.  Fun times!

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Saturday, April 22, 2017


It was a beautiful day for a drive across the state of Florida.  It was hot and windy, though, so didn't see much wildlife.  We saw a pair of Sandhill Cranes and their 2 colts and numerous vultures...but that's it.  It was so windy that even the grackles were having a hard time staying upright!  They walked around with their tails out at an angle for balance.

Our first evening ritual here is to go to Sweet Tomatoes for supper.  Tom & Jami's friend, Monsignor Tom joined us too.  It's always good to see him.

Our timeshare is beautiful and very quiet.  We're in an end unit which cuts down on hall noise!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fun Day

Since it was Thursday, I got to sleep in this morning...until 7:15.  But the most fun is that I don't have to get dressed for the day until 10 or so!  I love that! 

We had a Red Hat lunch The Legion for Taco Thursday.  Their tacos are good...they're not really Mexican tasting, but good anyway.  You get 3 of them with a helping of yellow rice for $7.00.  It was a gorgeous day to sit out by the water and enjoy good conversation with a dozen ladies sporting red hats and purple and red clothing! 

This afternoon, I took a little nap and finished a reverse order!  Then this evening, we're packing to go to Ft Lauderdale.  We'll leave in the morning and be back home on Tuesday.  It'll be good to see Jami and the kids one more time before we leave for the summer.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Whew it's hot!

It was a hot, sticky one here today.  I'm pretty sure the feels like temperature was at least 90.  It didn't stop us, though.  We just powered through!

We went up to the clubhouse to help move out some "stuff" first thing.  After we got that all cleaned up, we went shopping at Bealls and ran some errands.  I wonder when Bealls is going to get their shorts/summer clothes in!  Seems to me that it's time.  I'm also wondering why Dept 222 clothes are so see-through.  I love some of their clothes, but I'm not going to wear a camisole or something to that effect under the shirts just to keep them from being so see-through.  Therefore, I didn't buy any of their brand.  Too bad for them.

This afternoon was even more purging at the clubhouse.  We threw out "stuff" that had expiration dates of 2012!!  Why would people keep that stuff so long?

Bingo tonight was rather chaotic.  I won $14, but I'm having trouble with everyone talking constantly and the caller yelling into the microphone!  I have to come home to unwind before it's bedtime!  Grrr..........

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Manic Monday

First of all, what in the heck is happening to our Cubs?  Where is this team that was together in the pre-season?  That's my first maniacal thought.  My second maniacal thought is why did I ever go to play cards tonight.  I could swear there was a full moon or something.  If I were a drinking person, I'd be hitting the bottle pretty darn hard about now.  There were 10 of us and I played at the same table with Chris, Debbie, and Millie.  We only got 3 games took forever!  Way too much down time for me - talking, trying to figure out what to play, etc.  Grrr...........  I love playing cards, but not like that.  I'm pretty much wound up tighter than a drum.  Hope I calm down before bedtime.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday

Fabulous service this morning at church!!  Then we joined about 35 friends at Sand Key for Easter dinner and communing with nature.  It was hot, but breezy, so it was good sitting out!  Great day, great food, and great friends!

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday before Easter

It was another gorgeous day here and must have been a nice one in Iowa too.  Kyle put a video on facebook showing Blaise jumping in puddles in shorts no less. 

We didn't do much today.   Dave took a long nap, but I didn't take one at all.  I actually slept really well last night.  This evening we had our last massages of the season.  The next ones we have will be in Waterloo.  When we got home, Dave helped me make up a hash brown casserole to take to the beach tomorrow for Easter on the Beach.  We'll go to regular church and use the oven's time bake feature to cook the potatoes while we're gone.  Then when church is over, we'll come home, change clothes and head to Sand Key for fun in the sun with our friends and neighbors!

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PS:  That darn baby giraffe finally got here this morning.  He's a cutie!

Friday, April 14, 2017


Another beautiful day here!  We decided we'd better go to Sawgrass to see the anhinga chicks before they fledged and left their nests.  We had a great day seeing them.  The biggest ones numbered 4.  As you can see they're big, but their wings are just little bitty.  I think it'll be a little while before they can fly.  When they get ready, they want to be good, because there's usually a rather large alligator under their nest. 

The nest on the other side has 3 much smaller chicks...anyway that's what I counted.  We can't see them as well.

Fun Friday.  My team even won at cards tonight - by 7,000 points!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dave's birthday

Dave did his thing with the lawn crew at church today...from about 6:30 until 10:30.  Then we got ready for the rest of his special day.  After we did a little shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond, we headed out to John's Pass to meet Sudi & Howard for lunch.  We sat outside near the water and we got entertained!  There was a manatee and numerous dolphins, and LOTS of boats!  Plus then entertainment at Gators was really good...but a bit loud! 

We came home and took short naps, then picked up Don & Pat to go to Maundy Thursday services at church.  It was a very beautiful, solemn service with communion.  They had a 45 member choir and a 17 member orchestra, plus 2 pastors.  True meaning of the Holy Season.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Small group today at coffee, but a few more came for the meeting a bit later.  This was our last meeting of the season.  The Board doesn't meet from May until November (maybe October...I guess I'd better find that out!)

I felt better today.  My cough is back tonight, but it's time for some more of that wonderful cough syrup. 

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017


I went to the doctor today - I have bronchitis.  So I have prednisone, a z-pack, and cough syrup with, fun, fun.  I plan to be better even tomorrow.  Hope that works!

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Monday, April 10, 2017


My goodness...what a beautiful day we had today...and what a beautiful evening, too.  The moon is just gorgeous!  I'm watching the Cubs game which is being played in Chicago.  The fans are freezing.  They can see their breath!!  I'm not ready to go home yet.

I feel a little better today but still have that darn noisy cough.  Wish it would go away.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017


Church was good as usual.  Jeremy did the sermon today.  I like it better when Jack preaches, though.  We went to JDs for breakfast after church...yum.  This cold or allergies or whatever is starting to get me down, so I went to bed for a couple of hours.  I am not so tired now, but I may have to go to the doctor to get some medicine.  Maybe I'll feel all better in the morning. 

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Saturday, April 8, 2017


We took the day off.  Dave got up late.  Unfortunately I was up at 3:30.  I kept coughing and I didn't want to waken Dave.  So I came out to my chair where he wouldn't hear my cough so badly.  I tried to go back to bed around 7:30, but it didn't work.  Instead I took an hour nap this afternoon.  I've still got my cough so I'm afraid I'll be in my chair again tonight.

Bob's made it to Dyersburg, TN.  Said it took an extra hour from Montgomery to Birmingham.  I'd like to find a way around that area.  Wonder if I can??

Now we're watching the Cubs!

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Man, was it ever windy again today!  We went to Sawgrass to see if we could see the baby anhingas.  Mommas (or papas??) were on the nests and holding on for dear life!  I didn't get to check our pictures yet - too busy! 

After that, we went to the Legion for lunch.  We made sure that we could get at a table with Bobbi and her family.  There were even whitecaps on the intercoastal!

Then we went to John's Pass to see Dave's cousin, Mark.  Today is his birthday and they're leaving for Georgia tonight so it was fun to spend some time with them.  After Bob & Ann got home from golfing, we spent some time with them.  Ann and I played cards, then we told them goodbye.  They leave in the morning. 

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

W & Th

Yesterday and today were both slow days.  Most of the activities are done for the year, except for bingo and 7s from Hell.  We will have another breakfast and Easter on the Beach, but that's it.  People are packing up to go home.  Bob's and Gary's leave Saturday morning, as does Toni across the street.  Others are leaving next week.  It'll be pretty quiet around here...a ghost park!

Dave and I are having allergy issues, and mine has turned into a big deep cough.  Last night I went to bed early, only to be awakened by a thunderstorm and lots of rain.  We needed it, big time.  Tonight I'm watching baseball - the Blue Jays at Tampa Bay.  The Rays are about to lose.  I got to watch a Cub win this afternoon, though.  Yay!

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Outing to the Zoo

Dave suggested we go to Tampa to the Lowry Park Zoo.  So after he did his exercises and we had our breakfast, we took off for the zoo.  It was a hot one, but we enjoyed our outing.  Here are a couple of my favorite pictures from today.

We took a lot of pictures and got some good ones!  There were lots of little screaming kids there today and I don't think the animals liked the screaming very well.  Some of them appeared to be agitated.

Tonight I was the big winner at bingo!  Yay!  I hadn't won for 7 weeks so I really needed to win!

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Monday, April 3, 2017


We had a leisurely morning around here.  Neither of us got up until close to 8.  Dave suggested we go to the Celery Fields and then to see Roberta before she heads back up North.  It was certainly hot at the Celery Fields - our car said it was 90.  They said that Clearwater set a new record high today at 91.  We saw very few birds, but we did see baby limpkins and that was a treat! 

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Sunday, April 2, 2017


Church was good this morning.  We had communion after a good sermon.  Then we went to the water to eat.  We ended up at The Hut...Scully's waterfront pub/grill.  It was nice, but the chairs are too low to see the water.  Until they get high tables and high chairs, we'll not be eating there.  Our waiter said they were working on that.  It was good food, though!

Now I'm watching the Cubs game.  I'm so glad that Cubs baseball is back! 

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Fools Day!

I didn't sleep much last night.  Bob fell over his footstool and hit the concrete...with his face!  I was outside when he did it, so I went running over, barefoot and all.  He broke his glasses and scraped his face up pretty good, but he was able to get his glasses fixed today so he's feeling better.  Thank you, Lord!

Dave and I went to Sawgrass today.  We saw lots of critters and had a beautiful day.  We picked up Subways on the way home and ate on the lanai.  Then it was nap-thirty!! 

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Friday, March 31, 2017


Today was a day of R&R and I needed it.  Even Dave took it easy today. I didn't even play cards tonight.  Anita drew the short stick but she had gone home last time, so I changed with her.  I'll play again on Monday.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017


It was a sad day today.  We had to say goodbye to Vicki, Allison, and Al - they had to go back to reality this afternoon.  It's been so nice having them here. 

This afternoon we had a surprise visit from Sudi and Chris.  It was really nice to see them.

Tonight we played Jack's cards up at the clubhouse.  Fun game and no card experience needed.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Company's Coming

We had our house looking really good this morning, 'cause company's coming!  After coffee this morning, Dave's cousins, Nancy, Joe, and Mark, along with their spouses, came over to see us and to see Roberta who was here with her friends Merle and Velma.  We had a house full of people!  Fun times!

The cousins didn't stay long.  Merle, Velma, Roberta and Dave & I went to Cheddars for lunch.  That place has really good food!  Then we came home and both took short naps before leaving again for supper.  Vicki had invited us to go to Post Corner with the family for their last evening meal in Florida.  It was a gorgeous sunset tonight!

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Tuesdays are B&B days and today was no exception.  It was our last day of bowling for the season - until November 7th when we start up again.  I finished as 3rd high women's bowler...I got better as the season progressed.  Dave unfortunately ended as low men's bowler.  Bless his heart - he still likes to bowl.  Me, not as much!

After lunch we had time for a short nap and then at 4:30 we left for Spectrum Field for the last half of  B&B - baseball.  Since Vicki, Al, and Allison are here we went to see the Phillies and the Blue Jays.  It was a rough night for the Phillies.  Neither team was spectacular, but the Phillies were awful tonight - no pitching and no hits to speak of.  Oh well, it was a fun night to sit outside at a ballgame!

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Monday, March 27, 2017


This was a bit of a catch-up day.  We've been going pretty hard for about two weeks, so today was a day that we could catch up on some of things that we've been neglecting.  Tonight I played cards while Dave did his exercises and watched tv.  We had a chance to go to Whiskey Joe's with the family, but Dave was tired and wanted to stay home. 

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Sunday, March 26, 2017


Our busy-ness continues.  Today we went to church and then this afternoon and evening we spent with Dave's family at their condo on the beach.  It was a fun evening.  Four first cousins and their spouses, two of the next generation, one of the second generation, and 3 couples who went to school together!  We watched a pretty sunset and had a good meal.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Friday & Saturday

Whew!  What a whirlwind!  The last two days have been busy, busy, busy!  Yesterday I went with the family to Sawgrass where we walked and walked around the boardwalk.  We saw small alligators, one big one, a pileated woodpecker, and 4 nests - 3 anhinga nests and 1 cormorant nest.  All had mommas sitting on eggs.  Should be fun to get pictures of babies this year because 3 of the nests are in plain sight.  The 4th nest is hidden in the trees.

After lunch I went to the clubhouse to help get ready for the pool party.  We entertained 70+ people with burgers and hot dogs at that.  Then clean up afterwards and 7s from Hell after that!

Today started a bit slower, but this afternoon we had massages.  Then at 5:00 we had our annual potato bake.  Another 70+ people were at that!  Delicious food!!  I was exhausted from my massage but Ann wanted to play dominoes so I taught them how to play the game Maury and Roberta played.  I just got home!

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Thursday, March 23, 2017


I'm so excited!  My niece and her family are coming for a week.  Their plane should land in about 5 minutes at St Pete/Clearwater.  Bob & Ann just left to pick them up.  I feel like I haven't seen them forever!  I hope we get to enjoy them while they're here. 

Today was a typical Thursday.  Dave went to work at church and I slept in!!  Then tonight we went to play trivia at Fat Cat's.  We didn't do so well tonight.  The trivia tonight had things like vexiollogy, dreys, and ludology, as well as organs of the body.  We were really bad on the 3rd round.  The final question was, what philosopher, mathematician said "I think, therefore I am."  We came up with 4 different answers, but none of them was the right answer...needless to say, we sucked tonight!!  It was still fun, though.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017


We had a bit of a quiet day today.  I worked on the newsletter and the April calendar and got them done.  I'll send them to be printed first thing tomorrow morning.  I also got the tax papers finished and Dave mailed them off.  Then I was able to get the bowling spreadsheet finished and sent off to Chris.  Whew!  It's almost like having a job!

This evening we had two places to be, but we chose to go to a housewarming party at Sudi & Howard's.  What a fun evening.  Talked to some very interesting people whose names completely escaped me already.  One was a neurologist and one sold water purifiers.  Another one married very well, but is now widowed.  Fun times!

Plus, we Skyped with Bryan and Aidan!!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tourney is Over!

The fun shuffleboard tournament is over!  Bob & his partner Coreen won the doubles tournament.  Yay,  Bob!

I didn't go bowling this morning.  I've been having problems with Word and this morning I got on the chat line with Microsoft to see what was happening.  Since I have a subscription to Office 365, they reinstalled it and now everything seems better.  I was still on chat with them when it was time to leave, so I told Dave to just go without me. 

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Monday, March 20, 2017


My shuffleboard days for 2016 are over!  Today was the start of  the doubles tournament.  Sue and I are partners and we got beat our first match and then went to the consolation round.  We lost our first match there, which means we are done for the season.  I plan to help out by keeping score tomorrow as the doubles tournament continues...after bowling!

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Sunday, March 19, 2017


Church this morning was very inspirational...Pastor Jack had a great message!  After church, we came home, changed clothes, and then went to the clubhouse for lunch.  Mmmm, good!  If you want a wonderful sandwich for $3.50 (crab salad, tuna salad, chicken salad, or egg salad) and/or a bowl of either corn chowder, clam chowder, or chili) for $3.50, come to the clubhouse either Monday or Tuesday from 11:30 to 1:00 and join us.  We also have cakes/pies for dessert and soft drinks - all for $1.50!!  These items are made by Marv/Betty/John/Nancy who are from Vermont and have been chefs/bakers for colleges back east for years.  Wonderful cooks. 

After lunch, it was time for some more shuffleboard.  I ended up playing another 5 games today.  I took 4th in the consolation round.  Piece of the 14 games I've played in the last 2 days, I've shot 112 frames!  That's a bunch!!  After shuffleboard, it was home for ice packs and a nap, followed by an evening of wonderful basketball! 

I start doubles tomorrow at 10:00. 

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Saturday, March 18, 2017


Yesterday was Saturday to me, all day!  I thought we were going to church this morning and shuffling this afternoon!  Dave told me that it was only Friday and I adjusted.  Yesterday I worked on taxes all day.  I still need two K-1s and then I have everything.  Both companies were supposed to send me copies by email yesterday afternoon...I didn't get either one...grrrr.  I guess I'll call again on Monday. 

Last night we had a wedding in the rec hall.  I went to the reception.  Dave was helping Della pack for her move to Sarasota/Bradenton. 

Today Dave went with Gilles and Della to her new condo to unpack the truck.  I, however, had to shuffle in our shuffleboard tournament.  We started the singles portion of the double elimination tourney at 10:00.  I played three matches of three games each...that's nine games in six hours.  My hip is on ice right now!  I lost my first match to Gary, but beat Ann and beat Pat.  Now tomorrow I play Coreen and she'd pretty good too, so I'll probably end up playing 3 games again.  A match is best 2 out of 3 games.  I'd like to advance, but we'll see.

Tonight my Cyclones play Purdue, but not until 9:40 our time so I'll be up late again. 

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Thursday, March 16, 2017


Well, it's way past our bedtime, but we had to stay up to watch our Cyclones!!  WTG, guys!  That was a little too close for comfort!

Our day was pretty relaxing up until the last half of the game!  We hung out here, working on taxes, etc.  Then we went to Fat Cat to play trivia.  We did pretty well on the first round and very well on the beer round...but we sucked on the 3rd round.  Basically we guessed on a bunch of them.  We then had help on the bonus question, but we still finished 13th.  Oh week's beer round is "organs of the body" - we might do better on that!

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017


I bowled pretty well today - not great, but I wasn't disappointed.  I can't say the same for bingo.  I'm getting tired of not winning.

At bingo tonight, I had too many duties.  I counted the money, divided up the money, handed out the money, and wrote down the results.  Hopefully Sandy and her family will get back tomorrow - they're snowed in back east somewhere. 

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Monday, March 13, 2017


We have the correct kitchen counter now - yay!!  Here's what came the first time and the second photo is what it is supposed to be!  So now we have the right one!

While I'm showing pictures, I thought you should see some of my hibiscus.  They have been beautiful this year!  Enjoy!!


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Sunday, March 12, 2017


We have had a lazy day.  Jami and the kids went home about 2:00 and since then we've just hung out.  We just got off of Skype with Bryan and Aidan.  They also have a foster baby that's only about 2 weeks old.  Aidan was in the bathtub...I think that's the easiest way to corral him!!  He was just chattering tonight.  He said a couple of words...but mostly just jibberish.  He told us Bryan's shirt was blue, but then so was the bathtub!!  Bryan says he tells you he's two, but he wouldn't do it for us.  He did say peek-a-boo, though! 

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Saturday, March 11, 2017


Had a fun day at Busch Gardens!  Now I'm tired and ready for bed!  Jami and the kids aren't home yet.  I'm sure they closed down the park!  We got home in time to see most of the second half of the Cyclone vs West Virginia game.  We won and we're Big 12 Champs the last 3 out of 4 years! 

Tomorrow will be a big day - it's Selection Sunday so the Cyclones (along with 63 other teams) will know where they're "dancing".  We're going to Whiskey Joe's for lunch and then seeing the kids off.

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Friday, March 10, 2017


I went to the doctor today.  They think I have a UTI so they gave me amoxicillin - fun.  But it already seems to be working.  My side ache is only about 1/3 of what it had been.  Yay!

This evening, Jami and two of the kids came this evening.  We're going to Busch Gardens tomorrow.  It's supposed to be hot and humid.  We may have to ride one of the water rides to cool down!

Tonight after supper I watched the Cyclones win their semi-final game at the Big 12 Tournament. 

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Thursday, March 9, 2017


I slept in this morning!  Boy, did I!  I woke up at 9:51!!  Dave had called at 9:38 telling me he was on his way home.  I had just gotten out to get my breakfast when he drove in!

We ran some errands today, but other than that we didn't do much.  Dave cleaned up his shed and the lanai - they both needed it! 

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017


After coffee this morning, we had our monthly HOA meeting.  Generally, it was pretty calm, which is a really good thing!

This evening we met Sudi & Howard at The Pub for an early dinner.  We had a wonderful time catching up with them.  It had been way too long! 

After dinner, we stopped in a "beach access" area and watched the sun set.  What a beautiful sight.  Thank you, God!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

My birthday

I had really high hopes for today!  When Dave woke me up and told me "HB", I told him I thought you were supposed to do just what you wanted to do on your birthday.  He told me I had to go bowling and had to get out of bed...grrrrr!  Anyway, I decided to make the best of the day.  I had high game and high series at bowling (among the women).  I had a 166 game and a 408 series.  Good start to my day.  Maybe I'll win at bingo too!

Lunch was at PJ's.  Not my favorite place, but I had veggie alfredo and it was very good.  After we got home, the guy from the cabinet place came and told us he wrote down the wrong number and the correct name for the countertop laminate.  Unfortunately the guy who made the countertop just went by the number.  The good news - they'll be replacing our countertop!! 

Bingo - not so good.  I didn't win, but Dave bought a cake and delivered it during the break.  It was delicious and everyone enjoyed it.

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Monday, March 6, 2017


I started my day off at 6:15...I don't know why I got up so early.  I had a board meeting at 8:30, but I certainly don't need 2 hours to get ready! 

While I was gone, the plumber came and got us all hooked up.  So now we have a working kitchen again!  Yay!  The only thing wrong is still the countertop.  I really, really don't like it.  It's got way too much "yellow" tones in the browns.  I know it's not what I thought I was getting.  Dave went to Traditions Cabinets today and got a sample of what the countertop was supposed to be.  It's the same #, but it's certainly a different color.  So he called Dave at Traditions and asked him to come look at it.  It'd sure be nice if they'd replace it.  Oh dear!

I found out today that one of the coaches who came to the reunion last fall passed away yesterday.  He had a sudden heart attack on the golf course and died.  RIP Tuck!  He will be missed.  He made a positive impact on so many guys, not just at ISU, but also at Ohio State and Wooster.  He was one of the good guys!

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Sunday, March 5, 2017


Pastor Jeremy preached today.  He does a good job, but he's not Pastor Jack.  In Jeremy's defense, he was just ordained about 2 years ago this time of year.  He keeps getting better and more relaxed.  He just talks so fast!

We came home from church and put our kitchen together.  We've actually got extra cupboard space!  Tomorrow the plumber comes and then we can rid the second bathroom of our camper's dish-washing station!  We can hardly wait!

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Saturday, March 4, 2017


Every Saturday morning, we shuffle at 10:00.  Today was no exception.  It started out a bit cool, but by the middle of the first game I was able to shed my jacket.  I won my first game, lost my second game, and won my third game.  I felt like I played really well today. 

When I got home, the guy had been here installing the countertop.  It's not what I thought I ordered, but I like it.  I'd just like to see the sample that I chose...just for comparison purposes. 

Now the only thing left to do this year is to get the plumber here to install the sink.  Then we'll finally have a working kitchen!

This evening, we had pasta night at the clubhouse.  It was very well attended and it was all really good.  We made a cherry dump cake in the crockpot.  It was very good...would have been better with ice cream!!

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Friday, March 3, 2017


Dave worked with Bob & Gary ALL DAY today and, therefore, I got bored.  I rode around the park two different times today.  I worked on tax paperwork and I even took a nap.

Tomorrow we'll be working around here after I finish shuffling.  The countertop is to be installed in the morning.  I can hardly wait - I can't remember what it's going to look like!!

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Thursday, March 2, 2017


Jami flew into Tampa last night, so we went over there to pick her up.  On the way back, I missed my turn and ended up taking the wrong way home...grrr!  But at least we got here!  We then stayed up quite late visiting.

This morning, we all got up early because our contractors were going to be here at 8:30...NOT!  They showed up at 9:15, did 10 minutes of work to fix our problem and left.  Jami and Linda down the street went to the license bureau to get Linda's car registered in Jami's name.  Once that was over, we all went to Whiskey Joe's for lunch.  What a beautiful day it was to sit out on the water!

Jami went home about 1:30 so Dave helped Gary and Bob and then we  opted out of trivia.

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Jami's here!! 

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017


We had a visit from the cabinet guru today.  It seems that our bottom cabinets need to be moved 1/2" to the left.  We asked for 34" for the refrigerator opening and got only 33 1/2...we need 34!!  So the contractor will return tomorrow to do that work.  Grrr....

I bowled this morning while Dave worked on construction stuff.  I didn't bowl too badly, but Bob beat me 2-3 games!  Grrr....

Tonight at bingo, you guessed it...I didn't win.  Grrr...

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Sunday, February 26, 2017


Today's sermon was wonderful.  Again Pastor Jack talked from Hebrews 12:1.  After church Dave and I went to The Pub for lunch.  We wanted to sit outside near the water.  It was a beautiful day to do that!

We both took naps this afternoon!  Then at 4:00 we had massages.  It was a great day!

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Saturday, February 25, 2017


This was a gorgeous day!  I started out shuffling three games...I won 2 of my games so I was pretty happy.  I came home to Dave touching up ceiling paint in the kitchen.  So more construction!  Then we switched ranges with Ann & Bob.  On Monday they're taking the refrigerator too.  Gary & Barb took our microwave.  I guess you could say we kept everything in the family!

This evening we met Suzy and Greg at Woody's in Ellenton.  After drinks and dinner we said goodbye to them.  They're going back to Indiana on Monday.  :(  We'll miss them!

Came home to find out that Iowa State won this evening!  They beat #9 Baylor.  Go Cyclones!!

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Friday, February 24, 2017


Today was a good day and a not-so-good day.  First the good:  Our contractor came this morning and installed our new microwave.  Once he got done with that, Dave and I went to find a light for over the sink.  Dave installed that!  So now we can cook and we can see to wash dishes...but there's no sink so no dishes!  Dave has set up a little camp sink area in the bathtub and that's how the dishes are being done.  I got busy vacuuming out the upper cabinets and putting down shelf liner.  Then when I got done with that, I started filling the upper cabinets.  I can't do the bottom cabinets yet, because we're waiting for the countertop guy to come.  Grrr...

Now for the not-so-good:  Bryan and Erin lost the baby they were carrying.  The doctor said she'd lost it before they came south on their trip.  Please keep them in your prayers.  They were so excited.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017


So today the contractors came back and finished their job.  Unfortunately the guy who was to make the countertop is on vacation.  Now we wait again!  We decided to just put the old one back on there just so we have a counter.  The first picture is the back wall (complete with our new LED light!)  The second picture is where the sink goes.  They are so pretty!

They were gone by 11:00 so Dave and I went to Peter's for lunch and then to Sears Outlet to look at appliances.  We were able to get a refrigerator, a range, and a microwave in stainless steel...and they'll be delivered Monday.  Actually we've already got the microwave and it's going to be installed tomorrow.  One of the contractors who put in the cabinets is coming tomorrow to do that...yay!

We were both beat when we got home from trivia tonight. 

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017


We had a pretty productive day!  I went to coffee this morning while Dave waited for the cabinet guys to get here.  By the time I got home from coffee, they were here and unloading cabinets.  By noon they had the upper cabinets up and were working on the bottom cabinets. 

I left at noon to go with the Red Hatters to Safety Harbor for lunch at Crispers.  We had a good lunch - there were 13 of us!  Safety Harbor is a quaint little town with cute little shops all the way up main street.  They have a long pier, too.  I'd like to go there with my camera some day.

It rained much of the day and evening - thank God.  We really needed the rain!  It poured on us as we were starting to cross the Bayside Bridge.  When we got home and I'd delivered the other 4 ladies, I was shocked that all of the cabinets were up and the knobs were on.  There's not a lot left for them to do tomorrow - mainly trim at the top (crown molding). 

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017


B&B were both awful today.  I bowled horrible - Bob beat me every game...not by much, but he beat me anyway.  Lunch was wonderful.  We went to Abe's on Missouri.  Great food!  Great menu!  Loved it!

Bingo was just as bad.  I didn't win.  One lady won 6 times!!  At least my tablemate won! 

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Monday, February 20, 2017

We're Ready

Dave got Ken B to help him put up the new LED light in the kitchen.  It looks really nice, and VERY bright!  There won't be a problem seeing things while we're working at the counter now.  That was the last thing that had to be done before Wednesday when the cabinet installer comes.  I've even swept the floor!

Today was Can-Am Day at Holiday Ranch.  We had around 54 people attend a pot luck/cookout.  Everyone dressed in their country's colors and a good time was had by all. 

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Sunday, February 19, 2017


Here's a pictorial of the progress of our kitchen.  Dave's done so much work!  I'm sure glad he likes doing stuff like this.  This is day 2 where he removed the doors and the top cabinets.  Isn't the wall paper just beautiful?

 Day 3 the bottom cabinets were removed too.
 Day 4, he patched walls and let it dry for 24 hours.
The guys also put down extra flooring so the cabinets would be level!
 Today Dave painted the walls.  Yay!  No more gross wallpaper!!

Church was fantastic this morning.  The music was inspiring and so was the sermon.  Pastor Jack preached on Hebrews 12:1.  He's going to do part 2 next Sunday.

We ate leftovers on the lanai after Dave painted the walls.  Then tonight we went to Post Corner with Bob, Ann, Gary, Barb, Keith & Barb, Keith's daughter and her husband, Sue & Doug from O-town, and friends of theirs from Tennessee, and Keith's cousin and her daughter.  Whew!  We didn't get our pizza (Dave & I) until way after everyone else got theirs, so ours was free!  Clearwater Beach was jumping.  Lots of traffic.  Post Corner had a line waiting to get in for supper.  Very busy!

On a different note, my dad was born 109 years ago today.  I miss him!

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Saturday, February 18, 2017


Breakfast this morning at the clubhouse - everything was delicious as usual!  Then we played shuffleboard starting at 10:00.  I lost one and won one, then I kept score on the 3rd game instead of playing.  Something I noticed today - mostly it's us Iowans who keep score.  There are some people who play all 3 games each week, never keeping score.  We Iowans are the first ones to volunteer to let others play in our place.  Way to go, guys!

It started sprinkling on us as I walked home from shuffleboard.  Ron & Bob came over to put down the flooring where the cabinets will be, so that part's now done.  Tomorrow afternoon, Dave will paint the walls where he  patched them.  Then we'll be ready for the cabinets on Wednesday.  Somewhere in there, though, he's got to get some help to install a new light in the kitchen because ours quit working the first day of demo!

We watched the Cyclones tonight - good job!

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Dave put some mud up on the walls where needed today.  Next step will be paint! 

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Next day of Demo!

Demo today included taking out the sink and the bottom cabinets.  Now we're getting somewhere!  Unfortunately the bottom cabinets aren't worth much so they're getting thrown in the trash!  I'm glad that the top cabinets were salvageable. 

Bingo got moved to tonight and that didn't bode well for me.  I didn't win anything.  Bummer!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Day 2

Today was day 2 of demolition.  I don't know if you watch any HGTV shows like I do.  Their demolition crews use sledge hammers, etc.  Not here.  We have someone who wants our cabinets, so the guys very carefully took the cabinets off the walls.  Now tomorrow Dave will work on the bottom cabinets.  Then it'll be time for the floor.

I had a board meeting with the regional director of ELS.  I came away very encouraged.  Played cards tonight and won by around 500 points.  It was a very close game all the way through.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentines Day!

This Valentines Day I got flowers!  Dave gets up way early to do his stretching.  While he's doing that he takes pictures of the various flowers around our place.  So this morning he sent me pix of flowers from next door!  Best kind of flowers!  They will never wilt!

We bowled this morning.  There were14 of us.  No one had any really high scores.  I think 170 was the highest.  It was fun though.  For lunch we went to Acropol.  When we got home, Dave started taking doors off the existing cabinets because our new cabinets will be installed starting Weds of next week.  Yuk!  I hate messes!  I'll be glad when they're here and everything is put back together.

Tonight was our Valentines party at the clubhouse.  We didn't have many people attend this year.  Several people signed up but didn't come.  Too bad!

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Monday, February 13, 2017


We've had company...and now it's quiet around here.  Bryan, Erin, and Aidan came from Disney World on Friday afternoon and then Jami, Megan, and Danny came over Friday night.  We were pretty packed in here but we made it thru the weekend just fine.  We all went to Sawgrass Lake Park on Saturday afternoon.  Aidan rode with me on my scooter for about 3/4 of the time.  The rest of the time he ran around on the boardwalk.  He was fascinated with the alligators.  Today before we took them to the airport, he and I rode around the park.  He kept pointing and saying "What's that?"  He is vocalizing a bunch more and he said a few words while he was here.  I can't wait to hear him cut loose and talk. 

Megan and Danny love my camera (the red one with the small zoom lens) and they both love taking pictures.  Kelly does too.  Kelly's got a good eye for a good picture and Megan's also developing that skill.  Danny took some good ones, too.  I have over 250 pix to go thru and edit!!

Tomorrow we go back to a "normal" routine!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017


I had a first today - my first HOA meeting as a board member.  It went very well.  The home owners were very respectful and the meeting took place without a hitch. 

Dave and I hadn't seen the "big" water for over 2 weeks, so we went to John's Pass for lunch.  We saw 3 dolphins and enjoyed a beautiful hour or so watching the calm water.  After that we drove to the orange place and got an ice cream cone, plus a bag of honey bell oranges!  They are so good!

Had an enjoyable evening playing cards tonight.  We won without even having to count. 

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Bowling wasn't too bad today - not great, but passable!  We only had 12 of us, so it went fast.  Lunch was at The Dugout.  It's always good!  We got bad news at lunch today.  One of the guys in the park was found dead this morning.  His wife is in Ohio, so she's coming home tomorrow morning. 

Bingo was a little better.  I won $32!  Yay!  I didn't win last week, so that was a good night.

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Monday, February 6, 2017


I attended my first official board meeting this morning.  There's lots of "business" that goes on in these meetings.  I enjoyed it.  Now we have our first official HOA meeting on Wednesday.  That will be different.

I have been cold all day today and that's so unlike me!  I'll be really mad at my brother if he gave me his cold!

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Sunday, February 5, 2017


I am NOT a Patriots fan, but I have to say that was pretty awesome!  I don't know what happened to Atlanta.  I would have loved to have seen them win but it wasn't to be! 

We had a fun Super Bowl party and Lady Gaga rocked the clubhouse!  She was awesome!  Church was wonderful today.  Did you know that Jesus was from South Israel and said, "y'all"?  Me either, but Pastor Jack had us rolling in the aisles today with Jesus' southern accent!

Speaking of southern accents, 13 of us went to see "Doublewide, Texas" this afternoon.  It was at West Coast Players theater.  It was hilarious!! 

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday means...

Saturday means shuffleboard and it was certainly a beautiful day for it.  Too bad I didn't play well.  Actually I played well my first game, but still ended up getting beat.  The second game was awful!  I kept score the 3rd game.  Sometimes I like that better!

This afternoon Dave took a nap while I played some of my games.  Then I went in to read and fell asleep.  I missed the Cyclone basketball game...bummer.  We beat KU in Lawrence in overtime!  Way to go, Cyclones!

I also got notes out to a bunch of my "guys" about a Florida get-together in October. 

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Friday, February 3, 2017


We didn't go any where to enjoy the sun today.  We just hung around here.  I had a bunch of  typing to do - we're re-doing the directory and I get to type it!!  I got done with everything I had today, but I'm probably only halfway done. 

We're also getting ready for the kids to come.  We've got Bryan and Erin's "honeymoon" suite ready for them, complete with a bed for Aidan! 

Tonight 17 of us played cards.  I switched off with another lady.  She played 2 hands and I played 2 hands.  Still lost! 

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Thursday, February 2, 2017


I guess I forgot to blog last night.  I didn't do much yesterday.  In fact, I ached all over so after  coffee, I came home and went back to bed.  I finally got up around 2:30 and felt much better.  Went to cards and that's it.

Today was a big day.  Six of us from Holiday Ranch went to training about Florida 723 - laws which cover mobile home owners.  It was a very informative meeting with a couple of good speakers and a couple of not-so-good speakers!  Tonight the Iowegians played trivia again.  We didn't do so well tonight.  The questions this evening were really hard!  The beer round was Tom Hanks' movies.  We didn't fare well at all. 

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Bowling started out pretty bad...I had a 103 and a 105.  I started the third game much better, though, and ended up with a 155.  I also won both cribbage and poker that game!!  I didn't have such good luck at bingo.  I was close, but didn't win.  Maybe next time!

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Monday, January 30, 2017


Yay - Bob & Ann are back from Dallas AND the day was warmer!!  I'm tired of winter so it was wonderful having the sun shine on us today!  I worked on the new phone book today.  It's going to take me a while to do it.  We didn't do a new phone book last year, so there are LOTS of changes! 

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Sunday, January 29, 2017


I love Sundays!  We had a good church service this morning!!  We've been "studying" The Apostle's Creed and today was about forgiveness of sins.  I've still got some work to do on that one. 

This afternoon, we went to Post Corner to meet some of the Girls of 66 - Sudi, Pam, Mary Ann, Sally, Nancy, and Becky and of course, Howard, Rod, and Jim.  We were there for over 1.5 hours - it was a fun lunch!  Good catching up with classmates!

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Busy Saturday

I got up early this morning because we had a lot to accomplish!  I had to make a crockpot full of chili and a dessert for tonight's annual Soup & Sandwich Dinner.  I got the chili done and cooking, plus a 9x13 graham cracker crust before I took my shower.  Then around noon I made the pudding for my banana pie in a big dish.  Oops, I forgot the bananas!  So Dave sliced bananas and I pushed them down in the pudding.  It worked, but had I not forgotten them, I would have put at least 1 more banana in it.  Oh well.  Sometimes Mom made it with just vanilla pudding, so I guess I could have also.

We had 55 or so people at dinner.  We had 19 soups to sample along with PB&J, ham/pickle, tuna salad, and egg salad sandwiches and numerous desserts!  Wonderful!!

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Friday, January 27, 2017


Our adventure for today was to go to a new park on Walsingham....McGough Park.  Beautiful place, but we walked over 2 miles.  We went out to the intercoastal and back!  My hip is going to hurt tonight!!

They have birds in captivity that have been imprinted or hurt.  Beautiful birds of prey!  Kestrels, owls, hawks, an eagle, and 4 little bitty screech owls.  I hope our pictures turn out good!

On the way home we stopped at the orange shipping place and had an ice cream orange/vanilla twist, made out of fresh orange juice.  OMGosh!  It was yummy!  Dave said we'd be going back there!!

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Thursday, January 26, 2017


We went to Sarasota today to see what birds we could see.  The only different one we saw was an American Bittern.  We'd never seen one of them.  Plus, we watched a limpkin catch a snail and have escargot for lunch!!

Speaking of lunch, we ate at Chipotle - we'd never eaten at one of them before.  It was delicious.  I've been wanting to go to Moe's and Chipotle was a lot like it.  After that we went to see Roberta.  Fun day!

Tonight Heckarts and us played trivia at Fat Cats.  We got 26 out of 30 right, but missed the bonus question - bummer!  It was fun, though.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

T & W

I got to watching the Iowa State basketball game and simply forgot that I didn't blog!  The first half of the game was awesome - the last half not so much!  It was a W though!

Bowling was okay.  Chuck and Coreen came to watch and Chuck's a pretty good teacher.  He changed up some things I was doing and I started hitting the pocket much better.  Thanks, Chuck!  Bingo was okay - I only lost $3.50!!!  haha  Ann had a great night.  In fact, I told her I was going to throw her in the pool if she won any more!

Today after coffee, we went to Tampa to take Bob & Ann to the airport.  They're flying to Dallas to watch Cheyenne show her horse.  On our way back we stopped at Whiskey Joe's for lunch.  Great place to eat with a beautiful view.  Unfortunately I fell over an umbrella stand that was in the middle of the aisle and ended up pretty stiff and sore.  I think I'm okay, but we'll see what tomorrow brings!  Needless to say, our meals were on the house!  They brought me an ice bag and got all my info, just in case I sue them! 

We also ordered the cabinets for our mobile home.  We have to wait about 3 weeks to get them, but we're excited to get that project out of the way!

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Monday, January 23, 2017


Decent day here today.  It was very windy and this afternoon, it got kind of chilly!  Dave and I went kitchen cabinet shopping today.  We were both unhappy with Home Depot - I think they're always rude in there.  I liked the stock cabinets at Lowe's but you have to design your own layout with stock cabinets.  We went to Cabinet Traditions also.  We liked them - they are extremely helpful.  They came out this afternoon, measured, and called us to tell us they had a workup for us already.  So, tomorrow afternoon, we'll see how bad it's going to hurt our pocketbook if we go with them!

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Sunday, January 22, 2017


Good church service today.  Pastor Jack preached about the church and related it to the results of the election and the hate that election generated.  I hope I can forget about the election and listen instead to God's voice in me.  I'll pray for our country and for our leaders.  If we pray for Trump to fail, we pray for the US to fail.  Good sermon...hard to listen to, but good!

I worked this afternoon on the February newsletter.  I've got it done and ready for the printer.  Yay!!

We waited all evening for the storm that they predicted all day.  We had about 1/2" of rain, but no big lightning.  Glad for that!

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Saturday, January 21, 2017


I didn't go to bed until 5:30 this morning and got up at 7:30...not good.  I took an hour nap this afternoon, but I'm still really tired.

My hip hurt really bad today, so I only shuffled one game and I got clobbered on that one.  I think it's odd that shuffling hurts my hip even worse than bowling does.  I should get it xrayed so I know what I'm dealing with.  I'll do that one of these days.

Floyd Gourley and Kathy stopped by for a bit this morning.  It was good to see them.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

We're Home

We had a wonderful 3 days at Disney World.  We visited Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom - all 5 of the parks!  We were in Magic Kingdom to get our iconic  picture in front of the "castle" and to watch the street parade...which was wonderful. 

 Then we went to Epcot - love this park.  So many foods, drinks, music, and beauty.

On Wednesday we went to Hollywood Studios and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Of course, part of it was Star Wars and we both love that series of movies.  There were rebel soldiers walking in the street - even Darth Vader and a Sith Lord! 

 We also got to watch an Indiana Jones stunt man doing a typical scene!  It was great !

Last night we went to Animal Kingdom.  Unfortunately it was dark when we took our Safari so we didn't get pictures.  We saw hippos, rhinos, giraffes - even a lion and 2 lionesses!  Awesome.

That's the way to go to Disney World...just the two of us - no children!  We could do what we wanted and rest when we needed to instead of running around here and there!

While we were on our Safari, back in Waterloo, Bryan and Erin got married.  I couldn't get Skype to work on my phone, so we didn't get to "attend". 

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