Monday, March 23, 2015

A Visitor Last Night

The RV Park is starting to empty for the summer. Each day now for the past week there has been at least one RV leaving. Yesterday evening my best buddy Gary left and headed North. He is planning on stopping in Nashville for a few days to visit a cousin before returning home to the cold of Michigan.

We are not really looking forward to our return trip back to Michigan this year. Been watching the weather there and it’s still getting down in the 20’s at night! Come on already! Enough with the winter temps.

Our weather here has been getting up in the low 90’s this past week, and down in the upper 60’s low 70’s at night. These temperatures allow us to keep our windows open all night now, enjoying the fresh humid air. By around 2PM the AC has to be turned on to keep our home comfortable. Plus our Pug just can’t take the heat when it’s in the 90’s.

We had a visitor come visit us sometime in the wee hours of the night! While walking Kybee around our site first thing in the morning, I noticed some ground dug up. 20150322_095212 20150322_095228 Seems we had a visit from one of the many Armadillo that are native to this area. I guess he was just checking to see if we had any grubs or bugs to feed him. :-)

We have turned in our reservation request for next year. Planning on arriving on December 15th, a week earlier than this year. But as the saying goes, our plans for our travels are always “written in jell-o” as we never know if something may arise to change our plans.

We also have planned on taking a different route home. We will only be on I-75 to just South of the Georgia border where we will pick up I-10. We will travel through Alabama, Tennessee, Indiana, a very small portion of Ohio, getting back on I-75 just South of Toledo. We look forward to missing Atlanta, GA. Cincinnati, OH. and Dayton, OH. Hopefully we will miss all the “Snowbird” traffic heading North.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Yesterday was a perfect Florida day weather wise. The temperature hit the 90’s. Even with the breeze we had to turn on the AC. Our Pug, Kybee, just can’t take that kind of heat and spent most of the day in the trailer. 20150310_140938 As our patio faces West, it was a little too warm to sit outside and enjoy the weather. Greg, our neighbor behind us invited us over to join them on their patio. Denny and Kathy also joined in, and we had a small “happy hour” just “shooting the breeze”. :-)

As I was looking to my left at Wilma, I noticed something moving in the grass. My suspicion was correct as I hurriedly walked over to see what it was. A 4 foot Black Snake Everyone came over to check out the snake, keeping their distance from him. He is poisonless but can still bite.  20150310_161500 The photo above you can see how close he was to our patio. He was going to go up the Orchard tree until he saw me approaching him to get these photo’s. 20150310_161547-001 He knew I spotted him and left the tree, but not before he coiled up a bit and checked me out. He didn't like my presence After the above photo, I backed away from taking any more photo’s and he went on his way. We kept an eye on him as he left because at first we thought he was going to head for our friends Denny and Kathy’s trailer next door. And Denny really hates snakes! :-)

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Black and White

Every year, Russ, puts on an event to help the local charities. He calls it the “Black and White” function. You are encouraged to wear something that has black and white in it. It’s a big hit and every year more and more join in the help him make the event a success.

Jack and Russ Those attending bring “finger food” and a gift to be auctioned off. All proceeds go to a local charity here in Arcadia.

20150028_Wilma, Cheryl, keeping the food supplied There was more food brought than what could be consumed. Another showing how generous everyone is.

This is our third year here at the park, and each year the amount of donated gifts keep growing.Donated gifts to be auctionedThis year there was also two kinds of “Punch”. Jim Beam mix or Bourbon mix would be everyone’s choice. 20150228_Gary, Fred, GregGary, Greg and myself were ready to help with the serving of the punch. It didn’t take long for the three punch bowls to be emptied. This is Russ’s idea of helping to loosen up the wallets of those bidding on items. ;)

Russ always does a great job as the MC always first thanking everyone for their generosity in supplying the gifts and attending with their bids. He continues with thanking all those who pitch in to help him with this event as one person could not accomplish it. He always seems to lighten things up then by telling a joke, and reminding everyone that every cent received will go to the local charity and anyone wishing to go with him the following day are welcomed.

As no one knows who donated what, or what the gifts are, you actually bid on an unknown gift by site only. Russ takes a gift, one at a time, and the bidding begins. Russ as the Auctioneer Sometimes he looks in a package and makes comments on “how this would be great for a gal”. But never gives out any ideas as to what the gift is. Even some of his comments are all in fun when they don’t pertain to the “clue” he may give us.

Another very successful “Black and White” was accomplished this year. Everyone had a wonderful time. Almost everyone left with a gift they won, and everyone had smiles on their faces.

Russ surpassed the donation amount that was raised last year. This year a little over $2300.00 was raised!

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Water/Cell Phones

I always used to have a “holster” to carry my cell phone. But on our way to Florida this year I had an idea to carry the phone in my pocket. The reason is that I knew I would be changing from jeans to shorts and back to jeans in a day as the temperatures changed. Much less hassle.

The other day the temps went up to the mid 80’s and I just knew it was a pool day. So in changing into my trunks, by habit, the cell phone went into my left hand pocket without a thought about it.

At pool side, Wilma was already in enjoying the refreshing pool water. I kicked off the Crocks and headed for the pool. Walked right in without a thought. After about a half hour Wilma mentioned that I would have to phone someone later. Then it hit home. I said to her with a straight face, no expression, “I have my phone in my pocket”. I guess the way I said it so calmly Wilma didn’t believe me. (I guess she just knew I wasn’t that absent minded.) Then I reached below the water, into my pocket brought up the ruined phone.

That ended my swim for the day, as I exited the pool and got ready to head for the Verizon store.

Thankfully I had the “insurance” on the phone! So I just made a claim, and authorized a deductable payment ($149.00) for a new phone. Much better than the retail price of around $625.00 for a new phone. I should have the new phone in hand within three days.

Thank goodness Wilma has a tablet. I can still get on the internet and take care of business! I’m still having withdrawal not having my “smart phone” on me. Worse than what it would feel like walking around with only one shoe on!

So, even though it was a $149.00 mistake putting the phone in my pocket, the insurance came in handy this time. Yes…..I’m going back to my holster when I get my new phone!

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.