Saturday, December 16, 2017

Bok Tower - Spook Hill - Movie

Auburndale, FL  (Hi 75  Lo 52)

We've wanted to go to Bok Tower for several years while we're in Florida. My sister had a group from Okeechobee that do day trips once a month in the winter. They had a trip planned for Bok Tower on Monday so we tagged along.

Lake Wales is home to Bok Tower Gardens, which stands on the highest point in the state of Florida. The historic Bok Singing Tower is 205 feet tall. Built in 1929 by Edward W. Bok, the tower was constructed of pink and gray marble from Georgia and coquina stone from St. Augustine.  More info click here.   (Click on the pictures to enlarge.) 

We went to the Pinewood Estate first. It's decorated for Christmas and is gorgeous. 

We loved the big wooden doorways.

The outdoor gardens.

This is the wrong time of year for the gardens to be in full bloom. But it's still pretty.

Views from the grounds around the tower.

And the view of the tower thru trees.

The Carillon music is once an hour and a concert a couple time a day. We stayed for the concert and was impressed. The man that plays the Carillon was taught in Germany. The bells range from 16 pounds to 11+ tons.

The keys are played with his whole hand or pressed with the fist.

We stayed a few hours, had lunch at the cafe then went by Spook Hill on the way home. Spook hill is a white line on the road when you come up to it you feel you're going up hill but when the car is in neutral it feels like it's going uphill while going backwards. Optical illusion at it's best.

No one has been coming to crafts on Thursday,  so I've cancelled them till January. We decided to see the movie "Just Getting Started".  The reviews weren't good but we wanted to see it because Morgan Freeman was in it. We both give it a thumbs down, better to see it on TV and not pay money.
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It's been a cold few days, so we haven't been getting out a lot. I have an order for crochet Winnie the Pooh and family. I got Pooh done, and thought it turned out really cute.

The canal is now cleaned, took a whole day to do it, but this is the vehicle that scooped out the debris and weeds.

I sat in the Florida room a few hours watching the pelicans and birds. It was noisy and fun to watch while they flapped the water to get attention of the fish, or that's what we thing they were doing. Lots of bird life on the lake.

 See you next week.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Doo Wop Christmas Show - Movie

Auburndale, FL  (Hi 82  Lo 55)

It was a quieter week but we still had some fun. Saturday we took a bus trip with the community travel to Show Palace in Hudson, FL.  It was called a Doo Wop Christmas. No pictures were allowed.  They had a wonderful buffet and the musical was well done.  The singers blended well and it was a good time. Doo Wop was songs from the 50's, I personally hadn't heard of a lot of them.  The bus seats were quite close and we're both tall so it was uncomfortable but at least it wasn't much over an hour travel.

We did buy a drink that was in the "leg" from Christmas Story show. Now it's in the window with lights in it.

This week I'm back to normal events at the Clubhouse.  The HOA (Home Owners Association) meetings are twice a month unless there's a special meeting to solve a problem. Line dancing, card playing hand and foot, crafts which no one has been coming so not going to have crafts that till January. Then we'll see what happens. I may forego crafts totally, just no interest. Jim had his second eye check for cataract surgery on the 18th. Shuffleboard is also twice a week.

We decided to see a movie on Friday  "Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri". There's Oscar buzz with this one and we agree. It's a great movie and would recommend it highly. Two thumbs up.

We're still going to basketball games an average of five times a month.

If you're bored or stressed out. Jim found something on that's great to watch. Click here.  Marble races.

We're all ready for Christmas so we can sit back and watch others. See you next week.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Decorating - Universal - Avon Park Visit

Auburndale, FL (Hi 81  Lo 62)

Saturday, Sunday and Monday we decorated our house inside and out. We did a lot of climbing on ladders and rearranging lights plus back and forth to the store for more lights. It's all done. Click on the pictures to enlarge.

Our Florida room.

Our kitchen area. 

Living room.

We'll add more next year I'm sure, but it's been fun decorating this year.

Monday we went to Universal in Orlando with some RV'ing friends of ours. It's always fun to get together.
Dee, Jim, Anna, Ed and Gail

We got to Universal about 9:30. The first thing out of the garage, I fell on the moving walkway. Luckily I didn't fall on my knee only the hip and it didn't break. I was stiff and sore the rest of the day, all five miles of walking and riding rides. The walking wasn't as bad as the sitting. (A followup I was really sore the next day but it's getting better and quite black and blue).

We had a wonderful time seeing as much as we could but the reason we went was to see Harry Potter. Here's a few pictures of the day but to really enjoy it, you need to go. It's just like the movie. The rides are spectacular.  We also went thru a simulated ride of the Minions which was wonderful but no pictures allowed. If you do plan on going to Universal go right after Thanksgiving day and before Christmas. There's very few people around and NO lines.

Butterbeer is a must. It's a great drink and very sweet. The wand was Anna's.

I love the owls but didn't get one.

Anna is trying to find a wand then got one. There's 53 types of wands to chose from.

Gail and Ed

Everyone talks about the fire breathing dragon. It didn't work while we were there. An employee said it quit working late morning. I guess we'll have to go back.

The next park was the other half of Harry Potter, into Hogsmeade. The train ride to the other park  has a few surprises.

See, no one in line.

The view when you get off the train.

The entry to the castle.

We stayed to watch the light show. The time was 6:00 during the winter months. The whole park closes at 7. This is before the light show.

Then when the lights came on. The show was seven minutes long.

There was so much more. Now it's time to get your tickets and get to Universal.

Wednesday Jim went to eye doctor to get ready for cateract surgery. It was a four hour appointment,  but he went from room to room for different tests so it wasn't a bad wait. There will be one more day of tests then the surgery and followup. It will all be over by the new year.

Friday I went to Avon park to meet with  the crochet group. A lot of the gals are back from the North. It was wonderful seeing everyone. I learned a new stitch in crochet called broomstick stitch.  I had lunch with Barb then on to a massage with Dana that used to be my massage therapist the six years we were in the park. It was great being with her again. I'm hoping to get there once a month till April.  It's like "going home".

A few of the gals.

Another week and now it's December!  See you next week.