Monday, January 30, 2017

Couldn't Have Happened At A Better Time

Our old Mr. Coffee gave up the ghost yesterday morning. But it didn't give it up until it had made us a full 12 cup pot of delicious coffee.

We didn't notice it had given up the ghost until our second cup. That's when we noticed the coffee just wasn't as hot as the first. Checking the hot plate on the coffee maker it was confirmed that it gave up the ghost.

The weather outside was cool, only in the low 50's with passing rain showers every once in a while. A perfect day to go shopping for a new coffee maker and some other groceries we needed.

Off to Walmart we went and for under $20 we are now the proud owners of a new Mr. Coffee.
It was almost a coincidence since just a few days ago our best friends Gary and Cheryl lost their coffee maker. He also went to Walmart and purchased the same Mr. Coffee model we did.

Wilma said that it even made better coffee than the old one. Saying the coffee doesn't taste burnt.

So I guess you could say, "Couldn't have happened at a better time".

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The "Black And White" Event

Each year for the past several years, Russ, has organized a charitable event here at the RV park to help the local needy. He named the event "The Black And White". He encourages everyone to dress in something black and white, but it's not mandatory.

Bring a wrapped gift to donate, unless it's something you created yourself, then it should not be wrapped.
Assorted Gifts to be raffled off.

For the past month he has been advertising that the "3 Amigo's" would be serving the punch.
The "3 Amigo's" with Russ.
Your choice of Punch

This year along with the free "spiked" punch he also supplied two Taco's to everyone.
Add what you like to your Taco's


After everyone had completed eating their Taco's, Russ would explain how the "Auction" worked for those new folks that had never attended before.
Russ has every one's attention.

The home made items from Afghans to leaded glass, to paintings drew in the highest bids. People realized how much work it was to produce those items and all of them were of exceptional quality. 

Russ would hold up a gift and start the bidding. It was hilarious to see folks bidding against each other for something that neither knew what it was. It was the personality of Russ that could get you to do that. 


We purchased and wrapped a coffee maker. It made us feel great to see the reaction of the lady that won that gift. She said that she really needed a new coffee maker as her old one just died that morning! Wow! God works in mysterious ways doesn't he.

The past couple years the event raised around $2000.00 for the needy. Last night Russ announced that we had raised $4100.00 for the needy. Everyone had a wonderful time. 

As one of the "3 Amigo's" I am already looking forward to next year's Black And White event.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Thursday Afternoon Jam Session

Every Thursday afternoon musicians from around the RV Park meet in the Club House to practice and play their instruments. Terry first started this a few years back and it has progressed into what is now called a Jam Session. Every Thursday musicians from 3 other neighboring parks join in and Terry welcomes them and encourages them to get the word out. We “non musicians” are there to listen, enjoy and encourage them with our applause.

Meet Terry from Canada singing a slow song “Wish I Was 18 Again”. Kind of a fitting song to sing in a 55 and over RV Park in Florida don't you think?


That being a fairly slow song, we also have musicians who "pick it up" a little like Richard. He plays the guitar and harmonica at the same time. Here is Richard singing "Diana"



As you can see below in the 2 photo's we had a pretty good gathering of musicians. 


They pass the mic around and each musician plays a song of his choice. It may take 10, 15 seconds before the rest join in and play along. I don't know how they seem to do it as each musician has his or hers individual style, but it works.

This gent travels 45 minutes one way to attend. He is the only one that plays a flute and most of the time Betty joins in with her instrument. Have a listen with the link below.


Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Craft Show, Ice Cream And Rain

We had a busy fun filled day yesterday. First stop was to Punta Gorda Craft show. Like most Craft shows it was booth after booth of costume jewelry and women's clothing.

Didn't take too long and we had seen enough and left. We needed to do a little grocery shopping so we stopped at a Winn Dixie grocery store. But before we did our shopping, we just had to stop for a sugar free ice cream as Zoet's

The Owner delivering our Cheesecake Ice Cream.

Mmmm Good Cheesecake Ice Cream.

After our ice cream we walked a couple doors down to the Winn-Dixie grocery store. Picked up a few items, and back home we headed.

Today [Saturday] we had our coffee under the awning again. There is supposed to be thunder storms all day today as the cold front moves in. 

Our neighbor Dave has a beautiful flowering bush between his place and ours. 
It's always in full bloom every Winter. Even though there are very few leaves, the flowers are beautiful. Then there is George, our park manager.
Say Hi to George.
George being from Scotland has his accent, and cuts up with everyone every chance he can. His wife Hilary is from England. I love to hear her accent when I visit the office.

Shortly after taking the photo of George, our storms started to get closer. I noticed to the north with the darkening skies, a double rainbow. The sun was at my back might be the reason for the rainbows.
Storm Clouds with a Double Rainbow.

Looks like today will be a "cleaning day" inside the 5th. wheel, maybe a nap, we will see with no plans made for today.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Coffee Under The Awning

Wilma and I usually have our morning coffee outside under the awning watching the sun come up. This morning was slightly different. The sky had a dark cloud approaching from the North. As we watched it you could hear the rain hitting the ground across the street as it headed our way.

Looking North as the Rain fell.

Didn't take long and we had puddles around our cement patio. It wasn't windy so we just sat under the awning watching the rain fall enjoying our cup of coffee. 

Puddles under the front of the 5th. wheel.

Twenty minutes later the sun was poking through the clouds. Temperatures began to rise along with the humidity. The puddles that were formed were gone, soaked up in the sandy ground.

Sunrise after a rain.

Temps were in the low 70's all night last night. Now at 2pm as I sit in the 5th. wheel with the air conditioning running typing this blog, it's 80 outside with high humidity. Gotta love this January weather!

This evening there are 8 of us that are going to the Punta Gorda Moose Lodge for dinner. It's "Taco Night". Just about every kind of Mexican dish you could want will be featured. You go through a line with your dish and ask the server to place just what items you want to eat on your dish. They always give you a generous portion so you just can't go away hungry. The price can't be beat either. For the two of us, with our plates full, usually comes to around $10. Wow what a deal! 

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Recovery

Wilma is finally, after almost 8 weeks, starting to feel like herself again. Her appetite is back, energy level is almost 100% and she is sleeping much better.

It has been a struggle for her these past 7 weeks with Shingles, and we both are so happy she is feeling much better.


We thank all those who have kept her in their prayers for a speedy recovery.

Now, on to enjoying life as best we can here in Sunny Florida.



Until next time, be safe and God Bless.