Thursday, July 17, 2014

It's Beach Time

We have spent the past week in bliss (aka our time share on Ft. Myers Beach).  We've kept ourselves busy visiting with our friends from when we lived here, soaking up some sun, and reuniting with our fellow time share pals. 

We arrived last Sat. and the unit had been updated with new tables, chairs and lots of lovely extras.  We were able to get in a couple of hours earlier than usual and it was a delight to get unpacked and moved in.  What we did not expect was the marching band on the beach welcoming

 The view from our lanai.  It is always interesting for us to consolidate our lives to live for 3 wks. in our unit which is under 400sq.ft.  Thoreau would be so proud of us, "Simplify, simplify, simplify!"
The usual afternoon showers have not resumed this week.  We've had rain off and on during our week but that has not stopped us from having such a good week. 

SAT.  moved in, unpacked and headed to Matanza's for our early dinner.  Glasses of wine on the beach.
SUN.  morning walk (me), reading on the pool front patio, swim, rain drops, read on the lanai...
MON.  pretty much like Sun. except we worked in a trip to the small outlet mall.  Coldwater Creek is closing and I almost felt like I was robbing them with the little I paid for the amount of clothes I left with.
TUES.  morning walk (me), did a bit of laundry, read by the pool and had our wonderful neighbors from when we lived here over for dinner.  We are so fond of them and we had such fun living across the street from them.
WED.  morning walk (me), got ready to meet my friend, Lynda, who lives here half the year at Owl and the Pussycat stamp art store for demo day and lunch.  What a wonderful way to take a break from the beach and with such a delightful lady.
THURS.  (today)morning walk, load of laundry, met Janet D (owner of Scrapbooks Etc. scrapbook company), Sonia (my bff from eons ago and who I swear never ages) and Barb (my roomie for years when we worked for Scrapbooks N Stickers here in Ft. Myers on the convention circuit).  Laughs a minute and it is like not a day had passed since we met the last time.  I call this our Yearly Reunion.

Tomorrow is Fri and our friends, Steve and DeeDee arrive from St. Louis.  They have not used their unit in about 8 years and I think they are going to be delightfully surprised at how lovely the units are now.  It is their anniversary so we'll head out for an early dinner to celebrate
Photos to follow

I'll leave you with the technicolor sunset we had last night.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Happy 4th. of July

This year we broke a long standing tradition and, because of the heat, skipped the community picnic.  Instead, Kristen and I took the kids to the new Splash Park that opened recently here in Tarpon Springs.  The kids LOVED it.

Poor Landon played a bit too hard and hit his head on one of the fountains.  He recovered but didn't feel much like playing for a while.  Unlike their brother, Colvin and Leighton went to town at the park.

Back to Nana and Papa's house for some pool swimming and lunch then home for nap time.  Leighton and her mama had on matching 4th. of July shirts and both looked tres chic. 

The kids are heading to a town south of us with two of their family friends and their parents for fireworks later and E and will head to Capt. Jacks to watch from the second floor deck.  We hope you all have a safe and happy 4th.  Happy Birthday United States! 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Colvin's over night with Nana and Papa

All 3 of the Grands came over to swim with us Thursday morning and then their Mama took Landon and Leighton back home after lunch.  Colvin and I took our neighborhood walk collecting "specimens" for Papa to identify.  We watched party of the movie "How to Tame Your Dragon" before dinner and part after.

Here is Colvin in the fedora I bought for each of the boys.

 He brought over the black lamb he requested we bring him from New Zealand and asked for a tail...never noticed it didn't have one so out came my embroidery thread.

We had a lovely day today with a trip to the farmer's market in Dunedin where Papa taught Colvin the finer points of picking out fresh veggies.  Colvin picked out some to take home to his Mama ( 3 Ruskin beefsteak tomatoes, 5 ears of sweet corn and 3 plums).

Papa left in the car and, having just missed the Jolly Trolley back north, we waited on a bench in the shade til it came along.  Colvin seemed to enjoy riding the Trolley so we'll have to do this again.

I can not tell you how much E and I have been enjoying getting to spend time with each of our grand sons on a one by one basis.  We see a lot of all 3 together as they come to swim at least once a week during the summer and we are at their house 3 x a week to take Leighton to school during the school year.  We have developed different traditions with each of the boys as we will when we cycle Leighton into the rotation when she turns 31/2.

When is Landon's next turn?  Well, not til we get back from the beach.  We leave the 12th. of July.  Tom, our beloved house/cat sitter will be in residence with our dear Susie as his back up.  The first week we go solo, catching up with our friends from when we lived in Ft. Myers and our family who still live there.  The second week is our St. Louis friends' reunion week and our Grands will be down that week too and our 3rd. we spend with our dear friends, Bill and Jo.  So looking forward to our beach vacation.

Meanwhile, E has recovered well from his stint with pneumonia but he had to return to the dermatologist for more surgery on his back to remove more of the melanoma.  He goes next week for a procedure on his nose.  I keep telling him that if these drs keep whittling away on him, he'll be a shadow of himself. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Catch Up Sat.

We've been so busy lately, I have not had time to post.  Between a day watching all 3 Grands (beach day) week before last, walking a 5k with our friend, Jerry, last Sat. to having the kids again 3 days last week with the boys' b'day party thrown in for good measure, along with a bit of dehydration thrown in for good measure, we've both been too busy to spit (as the saying goes).

I finally found the Banner paper with Landon's picture in it along with one of my daughter, grandsons, granddaughter and myself all seen from the back (not very flattering of me but oh well).

I found a few more beach pics from our time at the beach with the Grands.

 Watermelon time

The boys celebrated their birthday a bit early on June 7th at Future Flipz gymnastics in Clearwater where the kids have all taken classes.  The company did a great job and the kids all loved it.

While our limo service days for Leighton are over for this school year, we'll still be seeing the Grands often for swim time here and outings.  I am hosting a crop here next Sat. for the Women Who Do Lunch bunch and we're having a garage sale with Kristen the following Sat.  Before we know it, we'll be heading south for our three weeks at the beach.  Our ever faithful house sitter, Tom, has once agreed to stay here with our cats.  E has been assembling his recipes and even has his swim trunks packed already.  Meanwhile, stop by the blog from time to time.  Your visits are appreciated.