Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Fairy Festival

There's always something to look at around here. On Sunday afternoon I went to the Fairy Festival at Historic Spanish Pointe in Osprey, Florida.

Sure, it's kind of an event geared toward children aged four to eight. But I liked it just as much.

I guess this is the throne for a fairy queen.

These houses were at the entrance.

There were many houses assembled by children of various ages. There was opportunity to vote for favorites, but I declined because I don't understand why everything has to be a competition.

The entrance to fairy forest:

I spotted some fairies among the trees:

I spotted a mermaid as well.

Off the beaten path of the fairy festival I noticed that there were several places that seemed like they could easily lend themselves to natural homes for real fairies:

Antique little girl?

Monday, February 18, 2019


I happened by the Airing of the Quilts at a local park while out for a bike ride.

The theme was "modern."

There was a good breeze so the quilts did get an airing.

It was a bit of extra fun to add to a bike ride -- a walk in the park and a quilt viewing.

Thursday, February 14, 2019


I have been enjoying a "vacation." My good friend Diane was here for a week and it was so much fun to have someone to play with. She has made her way to see friends in Clearwater now so my life will slowly return to normal.

Happy Valentines Day

Friday, February 1, 2019


I never thought I would live in a mobil home, and I certainly never thought I would live in a gated retirement community (I'll rant about that another time), but I really do like my Florida place. I am very comfortable here.

The thing is, it is 12 years old and therefore "very dated." Here's a picture from my kitchen:

For years I watched HGTV shows where a house without stainless appliances got nothing but turned up noses. But maybe white is coming back now? The light cabinets -- so ten+ years ago -- what were people thinking?

BTW, I bought this refrigerator last year to replace a much larger one that had an ice maker. You probably think I should actually live in a cave but I use very little ice and all I could think about was the system growing mold while waiting for me to call for an ice cube.

My condo in VT was built in the early 80's. The appliance were all replaced just before I moved in and they are stainless steel. I don't get the big whoop. Wiping finger prints off them is a constant chore.

And the agitator-less washing machine. Good grief ,I hate that thing. It runs forever and tangles the clothes like it thinks it was a rope twisting machine in a former life. The 12 year old model I have here does a much better job cleaning my clothes and without all the wrinkles to contend with.

Not everything new is an improvement.

OR I am turning into my parents.

I probably wouldn't be able to sell my Florida place if home buyers on TV are any indication so it's a good thing I don't plan to do so.