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Jan 20, 2021 - on the road to freedom

According to the news, exactly one year ago today the first person was diagnosed with COVID in the United States. Today was the day my sister who works in the medical field got her first vaccine shot and her daughter who works at a nursing school received her second dose. And we drove to the Brevard County Health Department and got our first shot sitting in our car in the parking lot. Because I still can't believe that it finally happened, that we were among the lucky ones, it still hasn't sunk in that we are halfway to freedom and normal...

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Jan 13, 2021 - lifted spirits

I was feeling somewhat down after we got back from our Everglades adventure. The weather is cool limiting outside activities and of course; inside activities are out of the question in COVID times. Then friends from home stopped by for a short visit and lifted my spirits immediately. We took them on a nature walk with Betty, our local nature guru, and as always she pointed things out that we would have never noticed ourselves. We came to an ever so slightly elevated area where trees that normally do not grow here naturally were. She said...

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Jan 1, 2021 - Happy New Year

2020 is in the rear view mirror. To listen to the media, you would think that we can all rush out and resume our normal lives. If only this were so. Brevard County, the spot where we are spending the winter, has begun to distribute the vaccine. They started with medical workers as everyone has in the rest of the country, but the next priority group in Florida is people over 65. Although we may benefit from being in this category, it feels wrong to favor us over people whose jobs required them to be in regular contact with others such as...

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Dec 25, 2020 - What day is it?

The other day we had an argument about how many days there were before Christmas. The only reason I won is that Ken bought me an Advent calendar and I've been opening the little flaps daily to retrieve a tiny piece of candy, just the right size for someone allergic to chocolate. As retirees we often lose track of time, because every day is the same and that's only more so in these days of COVID. This Christmas may not have the time spent with family, tree filled with ornaments from our travels, unrestrained light display outside, candles,...

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Dec 12, 2020 - Black Point

A huge swathe of the Florida coast around the NASA space installation is wild and undeveloped. Today it is designated as a national seashore and protected wildlife area, but we understand that as NASA struggled to develop rockets that would reliably leave the earth early in the space program, it was clear that homes, business and resorts should not be built anywhere near the space center for safety sake. While they were protecting the people they ended up protecting the wildlife and nature. The first time we came to TGO we kept hearing...

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Dec 11, 2020 - getting in the holiday mood

Our campground has clearly gotten the Christmas spirit. The areas where people have homes as compared to a simple concrete pad, are more likely to have elaborate tableaus, but we are amazed and delighted by the creativity and ingenuity of our fellow campers. Some neighborhoods organize themselves and the unity of their lights and ornaments made the displays even more impressive. One long street featured luminaria and residents collected canned goods and cash for needy people before we could ride past their homes. Another street was big on...

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Dec 6, 2020 - back again

We're back at The Great Outdoors after our little side trip to Lake Okeechobee. Normally, when you get back from a trip, you need to unpack, but when you travel in your house, there's nothing to unpack, because it's already hanging in your closet. Ken backed into our lot, plugged in the electric cord, pushed four buttons to make the slides come out and it felt as if we had never left. We noticed that a number of campers as well as the people who live here in homes have begun decorating for Christmas. After fifty years of marriage, we have...

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Nov 28, 2020 - in the dark

Unless someone drives by towing a trailer with a bubba truck, it's pretty quiet around here. People who spend a length of time here often acquire an electric golf card and buzz around so silently, it's easy to inadvertently walk in front of one. But the other night we were watching "The Crown," the scene where Diana meets Camilla and learns about the man she is about to marry and our concentration was broken by loud screams. We rushed outside and it took a while to determine where they were coming from. The screeches were so loud they...

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Nov 26, 2020 - what day is it?

These days it is hard to tell one day from another. It certainly doesn't feel like Thanksgiving. Since the early 1970's, Thanksgiving was my holiday. The family came to our house bringing side dishes and I cooked up a storm starting to prepare for it all beginning a week ahead of time striving to cook everything from scratch as my mother had before me. Well, there's no family here. After Thanksgiving when I was finishing boiling the turkey carcass for soup, I headed outside to begin putting up Christmas decorations if it was a mild day....

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Nov 23, 2020 - The Great Outdoors

The first time we came to The Great Outdoors, the resort where we are spending the winter, we did not fully understand where we were even though we ended up spending six weeks and buying a lot here. The first things that caught our eye were features that are common to many geezer resorts in FL: huge swimming pool, golf course, restaurant, tennis and pickle ball courts, bingo, card games, movies, exercise classes, music performances. The name of our resort seemed a bit pretentious, in keeping with the massive entrance gate and the lodge...

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Nov 16, 2020 - taking the census

We usually don't come to The Great Outdoors until after the holidays. In 2020 "usually" is not a relevant word. We wondered how many other people are here this time of year, how many other COVID refugees are here escaping the high disease counts in the north. It is very quiet where we are camped. The site on one side of us is up for sale; our neighbor is moving to a much nicer one down the road. Our other neighbor is from Canada. Unless the vaccine works some miracles, they won't be here at all this year. Lots of Canadians normally come for...

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Nov 13, 2020 - blast off

The area code in Titusville is 321 - apropos when you remember that our space program began here. After some hard times when the government cut back on the space program and little was happening here, private investments have stimulated the growth of a new phase in space exploration. Eleon Musk plans to launch 8,000 satellites that will cover the globe so that everyone everywhere can have access to the internet. So far his network has begun to serve the northern US and Canada and enthusiastic beta users are writing encouraging reviews. All...

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