Saturday, October 21, 2017

A Day in The Sun

They say that the unofficial start of Fall in Florida is the day that the daytime temperature drops below 80 degrees.  There are Halloween decorations here and there.  There are piles of pumpkins at the markets.  But it is not Fall, in spite of the Autumnal Equinox and the recent harvest moon.

There has been a great deal of beach erosion since I have been coming to this area.  These kids were enjoying their own little pool though.

I don't suppose brown palm leaves count as call color.

Things are pretty green and tropical looking in town.

Last evening the occupants of the five houses on my immediate corner got together for beer, wine, and snacks.  We sat outside, talking and laughing (trying not to be too rowdy) until eleven p.m.
The temperature did not fall below 80 but there was a most pleasant breeze stirring and we were all happy to have spent another day in our little bit of paradise.

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Well, at least these are not tick bites although I never did see what it was that had a feast on my leg.
There are four welts on my leg and two on my big toe.  The whitish areas are just reflection.  I have to conclude that I need to slather on sunscreen and then spray myself with insect repellent before any move to go outside.  I bought some Skeeter Screen at the health food store.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Another Trip

I left my new car behind and flew to Florida.  I was wanting to see for myself what damage vixen Hurricane Irma brought to Venice.  There are still piles of fallen trees and other brush along many streets just waiting for pickup from the county.  There a number of fences down and some of the street signs were crumpled and bent. People who were here say it was scary but it could have been so much worse.

My place has a little bit of water damage -- a spot on the ceiling and the front door frame.  I have a can of Killz Premium ready to apply.  The screen door is a little askew, but I am not having much luck getting anyone to attend to that.  Eventually I will probably just have it replaced. Area handymen are out straight.

Outside, my bougainvillea was sheared off but it is already sending out new shoots.  It's a survivor (aka weed).  The frangipani I thought was uprooted was really not uprooted.  It just was bent over and is blooming away as it reclines on the lawn.

I can't move it.  My neighbors tried to pull it upright but they couldn't move it either.  Good luck finding someone to tend to this in the near future, I suppose.  I think I will take some cuttings and try to root them and just replace this tree entirely as it has gotten quite large.  YouTube shows how it's done.

Other than the aforementioned water stains, things look good inside.

I have yet to take a stroll around the park to check out how others fared, but my immediate neighbors all look to be in good shape.

My heart is definitely going out to those affected by the brunt of hurricanes this season and for those who can only watch as their homes go up in a flash of flames and smoke.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Road Trip

My friend Donna had a family wedding shower to attend in Rochester, NY.  Her nephew is getting married in November.  She didn't want to drive that distance by herself and no one in her immediate family could take the trip with her.  I have relatives in Rochester.  I said I would go with her.  I said I would even drive my new car.

It wasn't a long trip, but I am happy that we did it together.  We left on Friday morning and arrived at my cousin's house at dinner time.  We took him out to dinner and then sat and talked until bed time.  He graciously put us both up for the night.  On Saturday, we took Donna to the hotel where the shower was to be held and he and I went to visit his mom and his sister.

My aunt is the last one of my parents' generation left.  She is starting to show signs of memory loss, but she knew me right away -- OlgaPolga! I am so happy to see you!"

I wrote about my bittersweet visits here.

Afterwards I went to lunch with my cousin John.  He is caretaker, financial and otherwise, for both mother and sister.  It is a hard, draining responsibility.  My heart goes out to him so often.

After the shower was over, Donna and I headed back to Vermont.  It was an uncomplicated drive.  We stopped in Saratoga to get something to eat and were not home until midnight, but we conversed the whole time, examining the complexities of family dynamics.  I was certainly tired on Sunday and even took a nap (quite unintentionally, just zonked out).  Even so, I was glad I went and I feel that Donna and I are even closer friends because of that time together.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

New Wheels

I did it.  I looked at a number of different cars but I wanted the Ford C-Max Energi.

I ended up getting a 2017 "used" one.  It was the dealer courtesy vehicle with 2000 miles on it.  Dealers were really pushing leasing and that is what I ended up doing.  There was a nearly $8000 rebate, plus more for the used status.  And the car is loaded -- all the bells and whistles.

I gave my Toyota Prius (2010 with 112,900 miles, but still runs really well) to my daughter.
So we're both happy.

Little road trip coming up.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Card Making

Once a month or so a bunch of us get together at my friend Donna's house to make cards.  She has a large, dedicated craft room with a table that accommodates the nine or ten of us who gather to chat, laugh, eat, and make a few cards.  We range in age from 18 to 97.

I took my grandson to one of these gatherings once and he whispered to me that he would be sent to time out for the type of shenanigans that were on display.  Some of these women could be stand up comedians.  The get togethers can be rowdy, even a little raunchy.

It's fun and we do make some nice cards.  This weeks selection:

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Oktober Fest?

I saw an ad for a nearby "Oktober Fest."  It's being held this weekend, September 22 to 24.  Am I missing something.

Am I missing something?  This confused me.


We had a fairly chilly and wet summer.  Now that autumn is officially here the weather prediction is for record breaking heat over the next couple of days.  They are reminding us that the lake temperature is still swimmable.  I have been enjoying the nice weather but I still am somewhat unsettled by all the extremes and tragic weather events elsewhere.


I have been wishing I could get a new car.  Actually, I have only ever had a brand new car twice in my life and they were the two worst cars I ever had.  The Saab I bought was an out and out lemon.  So I am really looking for a new to me car.  Anyway, I was looking at some cars on line, reading an AARP article about good cars for those of a certain age.  I had never even heard of the Ford C-Max, so I made an inquiry about it.  I am now the best friend of every single car dealership in northern Vermont (at least until they figure out I will not be buying a car from each of them).

I hate car shopping.


Maybe it is just me but I think that if Kim Jong Un is calling you mentally deranged it's time to take a good hard look in the mirror.  Two arrested development world leaders cannot be a good thing.


Oh, well.  I head that the world was going to end this weekend any way.  In preparation I polished off a container of Ben and Jerry's ice cream (actually frozen yogurt).  I really try to avoid dairy so this was waiting for a visit from my grandkids, but what the heck.  I couldn't let it just go to waste.  But if the world doesn't end it will go to waist.


I don't understand the artificially colored versus naturally colored Trim cereal.  Why is anyone eating Trix at all?  Really, sometimes I think there is no hope for this country.