Saturday, October 14, 2017

New Basketball Court - Movie - Okeechobee - New Sport

Auburndale, FL   (Hi  88  Lo  75)

Lakeland Center (RP Funding Center)  had an open house last weekend to sell seats for the G league of the Orlando Magic team. I'll be learning names and a little about each player before our first game in November. There's an average of three or four games a month till April. We're looking forward to going to the games. It's close, so we'll be home at a decent hour after every game. (Click on pictures to enlarge.)

The circle is where our season seats are located.

Big screen TV.

Jim's friends Allen and Ted came with us.

Our movie this week was BladeRunner 2049. We saw the original movie on TV the night before we went to get an idea for the new one. We both really liked it. It's set in the future and there's aspects of it that bring questions to mind. Two thumbs up. 

My sister, Doris and her hubby Herm, are back in Okeechobee for the winter so we went down to see them. They had a little damage from hurricane Irma so came early this year. The park has some damage and the lake has risen quite high.  The boat dock is impossible to get to.

Damage to the house next door to my sisters. They're pulling it out next week, it was totalled. 

Some other places with damage.

On the way back home we stopped to see our RV'ing friends Jessica and Harry. They just bought a home in Avon Park, where we parked our RV for five years. It was great catching up with them and their plans for future.

I took up a new sport this week. Darts!  I've seen it on TV a few times but never played or watched it in person. I did pretty good for the first time, so now it's a weekly thing to do. I've also signed up for line dancing to do this winter. 

There's lots of games we play around the park. Once a month we play knockers bingo. It's played with cards in groups of four people. It's fun and you have a chance to win money with each game.

This flag is next door to the clubhouse. It's so neat. All bats and balls.

The craft fair is next Saturday!  I'm starting to get real nervous. I put the final details together this week and will get a lot of help next Friday to get the clubhouse setup with 40 tables. I'm still making little dogs and things to sell, mainly to stay busy. I made a couple Scottish Terriers this week.

Next weeks blog will be after the craft fair, Sunday.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta from the Air

This is a special blog about the Albuquerque balloon fiesta in New Mexico. It's still on my bucket list to go,  but I found a website that carries the morning launches and a different view if you were actually there. This is from TV station in Albuquerque. They run the video all day and start back live about 9am each morning Eastern time. They do well with the coverage, but lots of commercial time which they black out and have a screen saying commercial. It's neat to be able to take screen shots on the computer, or to watch it again during the day. Here's a few of the screen shots from the KOB helicopter.

The really good pilots fly over the Rio Grand River. They barely touch the water and when there's fog all you see is the balloon, not the basket.

After the fog lifts.

The stage coach doesn't go up very often. It takes 30 people to get it off the ground. It's the biggest in the fiesta.

A new one this year, the motorcycle.

I loved this one, the astronaut and the moon.

There's a race that started yesterday with the gas balloons. They fly east for as long as possible. They have a tracking website that's been fun to follow. They can go as far as the east coast.

As of Sunday, 10/08/17 this is the location.

I'll add pictures as the week continues.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Movie - HOA Induction

Auburndale, FL (Hi 90  Lo 78)

The movie of the week was American Made. It's the story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in 1980's in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair.  We give it two thumbs up, it's very well done and the best part, I'm a big fan of Tom Cruise.

The winter events will be starting up in November so we our first board meeting of the year was held this week. Sandi and I were inducted into the board and will now be part of what happens to the community.  I was on the HOA in North Carolina so it's nothing new.

We've wanted to get a flag for our house for quite sometime and finally put that up this week. Our neighbor has one to so we're calling it the corner for flags.

I mention the Craft Bazaar a lot, but everyday I'm doing something for it. We started the craft classes back up on Thursday afternoons. We're talking over things on what to do for the bazaar and also making mats for the military like we did all last winter. I'm also making bags to sell to help with postage to send the mats overseas. It's something ongoing and gives everyone in the park a chance to join in for a good cause.

Friday night we had a park dinner with food brought in from a nearby Chinese place called Green Tea. Kathy was chairman and her hubby Chuck was the helper. We had 85 attend and had a lot of food left, so we got to do a takeout afterwards.

The men served everyone.

The whole group.

A BIG alligator has been roaming around at the end of the canal this week. It caught something in the water and flipped and rolled, then laid quiet and lurking. They're fascinating to watch.

See ya next week.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Luncheon - Flower Arranging - Great BBQ Place - Movie

Auburndale, FL (Hi 90   Lo 75)

This week was the monthly gals luncheon from our community. We went to Hallback's Bar and Grill by the airport in Lakeland. I didn't even know we had an airport. It used to have Allegiance come in but they didn't get enough support so it's just corporate jets and private planes that come and go. Our view from our table.

The food wasn't as good as we expected and they weren't prepared to handle our big group even though our leader called them in advance. It's hard finding someplace to have that many people, but  we go some place different every month that I've been with this group.

Every month or so or on special holidays we have differnt flower decorations for the clubhouse. Jo is in charge and she's back at the park now so we met with her at the clubhouse to get the red, white and blue changed out from July to the fall colors and decorations. Jo has been trained for flower arrangements and does a wonderful job.

Jo to the left. I didn't realize the flowers we covering her. The other two ladies were helping with sorting the types of flowers she wanted.

It took a couple hours and the results were so pretty.

Linda is decorating the fireplace mantel.

While we were traveling we loved finding the hole in the wall type places to eat. We heard about Peebles BBQ ever since we arrived in the area. They're only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday and closed July and August. We had to go out today and it was on the way so we stopped.

I have to say, it measures up to our standards. It's really good BBQ and we now have a great place to go for lunches/dinners. It's really close too.

We also saw a movie this week. The American Assassin. It's a good movie, better then expected. We both give it a thumbs up. It's not for kids, but good plot and action.

We've noticed the sun is slowly moving south. The sun used to go down more to the north (right side in picture) now it's directly west. It will continue south when winter gets here. It's really pretty at times through the trees.

It's three weeks before the craft bazaar. I needed to get the display of what I have made and get it setup. I still need to do snowflakes  and a couple dog ornaments also need price tags. I'm almost ready. Now to get the word out by newspaper and online.

My latest is a couple goats. The mom and dad.

Follow along, it's going to be a busy next few weeks, then the snowbirds will start arriving.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Birthday Parties

Auburndale, FL  (Hi 90   Lo 75)

The last update from hurricane Irma. All of our county has electric back. There's still flooding from a couple rivers in the low lands, but that's cresting this weekend and will slowly retreat. The stores have been stocked and it looks like everything is back to normal except the roof repairs and the sidings on some homes. There will be trees limbs picked up later but overall it's coming together and people are back to work. I wish I could say the same for the islands.

This was a week of birthday parties. We had a couple gals in the park that had a birthday, Cindy and Joyce.

Cindy, Joyce, with Sandy and Kathy

The food was great!

We had a good time with laughing and making talking about getting the world better.

Jim's birthday was Friday. We went to Manny's restaurant for his steak dinner. 

He's a big Cardinal baseball fan so I found a shirt with all kinds of Cardinal stuff on it.

I've called all the vendors for the craft bazaar. All but three are participating. That's a total of 38 tables, two more then last year.  The hurricane is causing conflict with some of them, they are trying to repair their homes. We're going to have a great turnout. I got the flyer done that will be passed out to restaurants and hobby stores.

A couple more "critters" I've made is snails.

It's still hot but fall is here, maybe if we're lucky it will drop out of the 90's so I can get back to doing things outside and shuffleboard.

See you next week.