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Nov 4, 2018 - IRONMAN!!!

I had the privilege of seeing Gette and Rose this weekend up in Haines City in order to cheer Rosemary on while she did the Ironman Triathlon! (I had stayed in this area last December while I was cat sitting and Mom came to visit for a week.) There were thousands of participants that made the move to this city. It was originally supposed to be held in Panama City Beach but Hurricane Michael put an end to that idea! Haines City hosts half Ironman competitions, so they know how to take care of things. Cindy rode up with me on Friday so that...

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Dec 23, 2017 - Last outing around Davenport

I was wondering what to do today so I googled "kayaking creeks near me" to find Catfish Creek Preserve State Park on Firetower Road in Haines City. Haines City is a big town, and this was way out in no man's land. I passed by the hiking trails part of the park, then the fire tower, and found myself at a big compound for Future Farmers of America! There was nothing going on and I didn't find anyone to be sure I could be there, so I parked, ate lunch, and explored. Catfish Creek is how the website described it - a narrow creek with...

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Dec 8, 2014 - It can't be December....

It just can't be December already......Christmas is only 17 days away???? The weather here has been very nice except for the rain showers. We haven't had to use the air conditioners or heat pumps hardly at all. Today it is cloudy and showering every once in a while.....enough to keep Jackie from walking, and he isn't happy about that. When I last posted, I was waiting to hear from the insurance company about our roof repairs. Well they called and sent a registered letter saying we would NOT be covered. We're not happy about it, but we have...

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Nov 20, 2014 - Stressful day

Our overnight temp was still a little cool for me. But it warmed up nicely by noon so I'm not complaining. We got up about 7:30 and had breakfast over with by the time the insurance inspector called to say he was on his way. We hurriedly made the bed and straightened up the house. I even had time to get a load of clothes in the washer. Ray, (the inspector) arrived and started taking pictures from the ground first. Then he climbed up on the roof and took more pictures. When he came inside, he gave us some news we didn't expect to hear. He...

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Nov 19, 2014 - where to begin.....

The days are flying by so fast.....I can't keep up..... The weather has been picture perfect until this week. Monday was rainy all day but still warm. Yesterday was rainy in the morning and very chilly. I think the high temp was 53 degrees, but it felt lots cooler than that. Last night it got down to 39 degrees and the heat pumps ran all night. Today it has only gotten to 56 for a high. We are having another of our two-day winters. That's okay....I can stand it for two days. The fridge is working again along with the ice-maker. I'm happy...

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Nov 7, 2014 - catching up

I know I'm behind again, so I'll be posting catch-ups two days at a time. Thursday was kind of busy. Lot's of time out of the house. We shuffled that morning and Jackie walked after we played. I picked up Sheila and Ms Jessie (aka "The Mayor") and we drove over to Winter Haven. We started at the card shop. They have multiple rooms of all kinds of greeting cards at much cheaper prices than at any other store. Each room is a theme room with the appropriate cards in it. One room for wedding and anniversary cards and party decorations for that...

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Nov 5, 2014 - A better day today.

Today was a much better day than yesterday. I woke up at 7:15 and Jackie was gone on his walk so I just stayed in bed and enjoyed the peaceful morning. I'm learning to love those quiet moments before anyone is out honking car horns and slamming doors and walking their barking dogs. I finally got up at 8:00am and started my day. That's when I realized how sore I was all over. Every joint in my body ached. I guess it was from all the unusual activity I had yesterday emptying the fridge and cleaning it top to bottom and then lifting and...

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Nov 4, 2014 - Warm Monday

Monday was much warmer. The high temperature was 73 and the winds had calmed down a lot from Sunday. We had the windows open all day and it was very nice. We got up and had breakfast and went to shuffle. I lost 2 games and won only one. But it was fun anyway. After shuffle Jackie went to walk his 10 miles and I started the laundry. After we finished drying the clothes, Jackie made a run to Walmart and we settled in for the night. We watched some basketball on TV and enjoyed the evening......Life is good!!! Today was totally...

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Nov 2, 2014 - Cool weekend

Brrrr....our first 2 day winter of the season. That's what I like about the winter here. It usually only lasts 2 days at a time. Yesterday morning it was mid 40's and the high was 59. But Jackie walked in shorts and a light jacket. I did spot one woman walking in long pants though. The worst part was the wind. It blew about 20 mph all day with some gusts much higher. Jackie got up about 6:00 and put the small awnings up on the west side. I brought the big awning in before I went to bed. Jackie made a run to the store to get what I needed to...

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Oct 31, 2014 - Happy Halloween!!!

Today started out early again. I was wide awake at 5:00 and got up at 5:45. Back home that would be 4:45. I don't know what has happened to me. I'm up before daylight and ready to go to bed at 9:00 every night, and I'm cooking all the time. Sounds serious doesn't it...... Jackie had already left the house when I got up. He is back in the walking groove again. He missed several days while we were at the lake and on the trip down here, so now he's getting back to his routine. I sat here and watched it get light enough to see the street and...

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Oct 30, 2014 - We are at home!!

We slept until 6:30 yesterday morning, There were no trucks or RV's parked close to us so it was pretty quiet except for an occasional car door slamming. The usual sounds of Camp Wally World. After breakfast we got on the road again. Jackie decided to drive the first leg of the day, so I settled into the passenger seat and away we went. About 45 minutes into the trip I heard the refrigerator beeping. I went back and checked it and the doors were both closed. But when I checked the mode it informed me that we were out of LP gas. Now we had...

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Mar 15, 2014 - Catching up.....

Only two more weeks until we head back home. I can't believe the time has passed so fast. I guess the old saying "Time flies when you are having fun" is true!!! The weather has been almost perfect....I'm going to miss it so much!!! I see that the weather is going to be snowy again in Branson tomorrow!!!! Please warm up before we get there. We have been doing our usual things here. I have won again at bingo finally. I won $80.00 two weeks ago and $42.00 last week. We went shopping in Lakeland and got Jackie 2 new pairs of walking shoes. I am...

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