Saturday, November 18, 2017

Community Play - Utility - Movie - Christmas Lights - Community Sale

Auburndale, Fl  (Hi 78  Lo 55)

Saturday night we went to Haines City to see the play "Old Ringers" that sounded fun. It was a couple senior citizens that needed money because the social security supplement was dwindling. They decided to start up a phone sex line. It was hilarious and very well done. (Click on the pictures to enlarge).

There's only 7 rows of chairs in the room. This was the setup. We were in the second row.

The women that did the phone sex.

This is the whole cast. They did a great job. It was hard getting pictures we were so close. I didn't want to bother other people behind us.

The weeks are starting to fall in place on activities.
Sunday we went to another basketball game. There was hardly anyone there, so we moved to the seats close to the  floor.

Monday was line dancing in the morning. I also had blood drawn for the six month check for doctor appointment next Monday. That evening I played darts. A Christmas present hopefully will be my own darts. I'm really hooked on that game.

Tuesday was shuffleboard in the morning then the monthly massage and chiropractor appointment. That night Jim went to the basketball game and I had an HOA meeting. It's the first one of the season so lots of people were there. The biggest topic is the bulk cable and if everyone would participate we would have $50 discount on the cable bill. Our contract is up at the end of the year so we discussed a proposal to Spectrum. (This is mainly for my info at a later date).  Jim enjoyed the game and Lakeland Magic won both games this week.

Wednesday was the weekly meeting. It's a time that we hear all the things going on in the park and all the repairs from the hurricane. I played hand and foot card game all afternoon. Jim and a neighbor, Allen were working on our utility shed. It needed shelves so they put up a bunch of shelves and a cabinet.

The start of the shelves.

It's all done.

Thursday was the craft class. There's been one or two people come, but there should be a lot more in January when all the snowbirds come back. We're still making mats for the military.

Friday was shuffleboard and after that was over we went to a movie Murder on the Orient Express. I wasn't fond of this one. I don't like mysteries and it was very slow moving. It's got excellent sceneries so that was a plus. Jim loved it, but he likes mysteries and "talky" movies.

We went Christmas light shopping and got quite a bit of stuff to decorate the outside. I think we're set for a couple years in having lights around the place.

This morning we were up early to get ready for the community garage sales. I went with one of the gals in the golf cart to see what people had for sale.  We took our stuff to another neighbor and sold a lot of it. There weren't as many people as we thought it would be having a sale, but one buyer makes it worth it. Next year we'll have the craft fair at the same time.  After we looked around our area we went to a couple craft fairs. They weren't as big as last year but I did see a few that was at our craft fair so gave them the date for next year. It showed be a nice one again.

I did find a collection of lighthouses at the garage sale.

In the evenings I'm crocheting dogs.

Copy of friends dog.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Wine Tasting - Rving Friends - Concert - Luncheon - Game - Veterans Luncheon

Auburndale, FL  (Hi  80   Lo 67)

The days are finally flying by which means I'm staying busy. We started out the week going to Lakeridge Winery in Clermont for a wine tasting with our neighbors. The tour was short and the tasting was excellent.  We bought a couple bottles of sweet wine. Great place to visit. (Click on the pictures to enlarge).

Sunday,  Lessie and Ed came for a visit. They're friends from our RV'ing days. We try to meet up whenever they're in our area. Rob and Sheryl were in Kissimmee so we went to visit with them.
Jim, Dee, Ed, Lessie, Rob and Sheryl.  We had a wonderful visit with everyone.

Monday  I went to line dancing and Jim had an eye appointment. It's time for him to have his second cataract removed, so he'll be dealing with all appointments that go with getting that done. I had an HOA meeting Monday night.

Tuesday my sister came up from Okeechobee for a massage I got her for her birthday. She needs a TV stand so we went to Rooms to Go to shop for one. She found it and was thrilled, she's been looking for a while. She left for home before the sun started going down. That evening Jim and I headed to Orlando to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing arts to see Lindsay Buckingham and Christine MacVie perform. They're from the group Fleetwood Mac, and they made an album together. It was wonderful. They sang songs from their new album plus several Fleetwood Mac songs. The opening act was a group from California named Wilderado. They were good too, and we hope they make it to the big time.

Views around the Center. 

  In the bathroom of the concert hall is this sink. I thought the heart shape from the soap was a neat touch. 

Lindsay Buckingham and Christine MacVie

Wednesday was the weekly morning meeting with coffee and donuts. There's more and more people from the north coming down and the place is filling up. After the meeting a few of us ladies got together for lunch in downtown Lakeland at Garden Bistro. It was a great lunch and the visiting was even better. The restaurant is on Mirror lake. 

 It's beside the Hollis Gardens, which are quite lovely. 

A nice little sitting area to meditate.

 Kathy set up the luncheon. 

Friday was the first basketball game home game for the Lakeland Magic. We went to the preseason game but this was the first of 24 regular season games. The section for premium season ticket holders, with meals provided, was full of people. 

This gal was on a unicycle. She placed bowls on her leg, then flipped them in the air onto her head, sometimes up to five at a time. I would say she had 20 of them by the time she was done. Impressive.

This guy was in front of us and never once watched the game. He was face timing with a gal the whole game. Not that we were looking over his shoulder or anything. :)
Saturday we had a Veterans Appreciation Luncheon at the clubhouse. There were quite a few in attendance, and it very well organized.

Artie is 96 and served in World War II. Marty to the right was MC for the event.  

Jim at the salad table. 

Pictures of the military guys that served. 

Military vets in line for sandwiches. 

It's been a hectic week and another one is on tap for next week.  We are going to a community theater to see a play tonight but will report that for next week.

I'll leave you with a picture of Ali the alligator. He's been in the canal a couple times this week. He's a baby, and we haven't seen mom around but I'm sure she's close by to watch her young one.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Basketball - Priorities - Crochet Critters

Auburndale, FL  (Hi 84  Lo 71)

We went to our first preseason basketball game on Monday. It was for season ticket holders only and there were very few people attending. We got to sit in different seats to see what would be good for next year if we decide to get tickets again.

This is this years seats.

This would be good for next year.

We were very impressed on how well the Lakeland Magic played against the Memphis Hustlers. The Lakeland team won, we're off to a great start.

Our docks are all messed up from the hurricane, so we now have another boat that's been put in the canal. The problem is the canal is in bad shape this year and the boat looks like it's about to sink. The owner did move it now it's beside another guys boat. The Sandhill cranes look like they're checking it out.

We're going into the winter months with snowbirds arriving and lots of activities happening. It's time to prioritize. We have basketball games going on at the same time we have events and activities at the clubhouse like HOA meetings. I also want to play shuffleboard, line dancing, hand and foot (cards). I have to figure out what's more important.

When I'm home and not doing anything I've started some orders I got from the craft fair and making some "critters" to sell next year.

I made a momma unicorn in yarn and baby in thread.


A bat


Mice with catnip for cat toys.

This is what is left to sell.  I sell most critter for $2 each. I mail them for usually $2.45 in a small envelope. If you see anything I've made Let me know. Here's a website with everything I've done,  (click here)  Take a picture of your dog or cat and send me an email.

While we've been out, Jim saw great reviews on this place, Strawberry Hut in Plant City. It has terrific Cuban sandwiches. We agree, if you're in the area  look this place up. There's no inside seating, but a pick up and go place. It does have a few picnic tables outside if the weather is good.

The sunset, which was a lot prettier in person. The sun was a lot brighter then it shows.