February 2020 blogs and notes

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02.01.2020- Tripping back to Three-Flags RVP
Last night Carla checked the phones and they were predicting rain all night and most of tomorrow. Today is our day to travel back to Wildwood, FL at Three Flags, and the phones were right. It wasn’t a heavy downpour just a constant heavier drizzle. The roads were shrouded in a rain mist plus the rain itself. Visibility was barely one-tenth-mile. You know the type of weather when your windows are constantly fogging up and same with the outside mirrors. On the positive side it was just over a two-hour drive, about sixty-five miles. Eventually we did arrive in Wildwood. Three- Flags is like a second home; we know it well and know we’ll have no surprises once we get there. Carla just reminded me, Mass is at 4 PM. I can’t recall the last time we traveled on a Saturday. Saturdays present a whole new level of stress, especially when traveling to new campgrounds and cities. Wildwood, as I’ve mentioned before, is like a second home, we’ve been here so many times. We don’t have the stress of locating a NEW Church and even more stressful finding a new campground and getting set up on a Saturday.

02.02.2020-Ground-Hod Day.
It was another one of those do-nothing days, with the exception of the evening movie. It be only fitting to view the movie “Ground-Hog Day.”

02.04.2020-Tues.-off to Lazydays
Today was one of those things to do days. We had a 7:30 appt. at Lazydays for the coach, just small items, but they must be attended too. At 2:10 an appt. with Dr. Thomas for a cortisone shot to, hopefully, ease off this arthritic pain I’ve been dealing with since before Thanksgiving. The shot, as expected, was painful, only hope it works. Still no “Blogs” yet since all we’re doing is watching grass grow until we hit the road again.

Another busy day but all was done by noon. NO side effects from the shot yesterday and my right wrist feels very good. For the first time in two-weeks I had a great nights sleep. First thing this day was off to Goodwill to pick up another hang-around-the-house shirt. It is difficult for me to give up an item I rely on for long periods of time. I do keep a close eye on my grey and white sweat-shirt I’ve had since my teenage years. After Goodwill it was off to Walmart to beef-up our pantry. Later we’ll watch the voting in the Senate.

Today is another one of those “watch the grass grow” days. We did have a very fierce rain storm come through last night. Sounded like a dozen base drums all beating at once for about two-hours. We took a few minutes to go visit Ann Cunningham just down the street from us, just to say hi. She had some investment literature telling of a future cell phone that would dwarf 5G. Imagine, 5G being replaced even before everyone has a chance to experience it. I haven’t mentioned it but yesterday I gave up on this “arthritic pain” I’ve been enduring since last November and we drove over to the local Urgent Care in the area. The Nurse Practitioner listened attentively to my array of symptoms and ordered 4-vials of blood work for Saturday. We’ll see what comes back. Thirty-days to go before we can leave Florida, I’m anxious.

2.09.2020-Sunday-Wash Day
And your saying why do I want to hear about doing a wash. Not much, but aside from doing Sudoku, calling Dennis and watching a little TV there’s not much more to talk about. Yesterday was Mass, of course, at St Vincent Du Paul Church. They have a major constructions project to the church going on and everyone was curious about what they were seeing in the former church business building, no longer there. Prior to the homily Father John explained That what the parishioners saw on the ground were all the walls and supporting structures that will be used to erect the building to be constructed. A Crane will come in in a couple of weeks, allowing the cement to cure a bit, and it will lift each section into place then secure each section to itself and to the ground for support.  It should be awesome to watch it take form in the next 3-4 weeks. Sadly we’ll be gone but will check it out next yer when we return again. Yesterday and today have been almost live-able as far as my arthritis pain goes. As I may have mentioned the blood work has ruled out Rheumatoid Arthritis or RA should I might have misspelled the word. Right now I have no sensation in my left wrist which is why I’m enjoying this typing session but not so good for my left shoulder or right arm, but I’ll take anything I can get in hopes that this condition might be clearing up a bit. My trustworthy writing assistant, Scoots, her spelling is not much better than mine, so I give thank for Spell-Check.

Scoots is sitting on our travel sheet but I think we’ll be at Sumter Oaks RVP in Bushnell, FL. Our scheduled date to leave Florida is march 10th plus-or-minus a day, so the 30-day count-down will begin tomorrow.

2.14.2020-Valentines’ Day
Yes, I remembered. Even Scoots remembered.

I know this isn’t one of my better pictures, but at 1 AM and without glasses I did think it was much sharper than this. I did not think Scoots heard me slip away last night, but she did. It’s protocol now, that when I sit at the table to write or work on the computer, she feels she’s of assistance. I did not realize that my auto focus was not set, and sadly I missed a Hallmark moment. In about 15-minutes we’ll be leaving to go to the Harbor Light Restaurant  about 16 miles from here; Ann will be with us.

Harbor Lights Restaurant
To say the least the food was quite good, service was fast and very cordial. There’s more to be said about the restaurant-go to the blog of 2.14

02.15.2020- St. Lawrence Church

The parishioners in charge of the construction were both smart and frugal. The size of the church reflect the Catholic community it services. At our 4 pm mass the church was filled to capacity. 

02.17.2020-Uneventful weekend
The weekend was just that, uneventful. Today, Monday, however, Carla has made plans for us to visit Giraffe Ranch on Wednesday. More on that trip later. Today at the campground is a perfect Florida Winter day. Temps around 75 with no humidity- bright and sunny.

02.20,2020- Giraffe Ranch
We awoke this morning with great optimism, our first filed trip of the 2020 Travel Year. The weatherman appears to be on our side, low humidity and mid to high eighties. 

We will visit the Giraffe Ranch which is owned and managed by Les Salisbury and wife Elena Sheppa.

02.21.2020-Friday-Is this Florida or New England?
Left the windows open last night but closed them by 4 am. It only got colder from there. No one is wearing shorts today. It’s sweatshirts, hoodies and hands in pockets.

Today we plan to spend part of our day with Dwight from New Port Richie, FL.

02.25.2020-Michael’s Birthday.
NO, not my Michael but Abby’s Michael. Not knowing this would be his birthday we were not able to prepare for it, but there’s always next year.

02.26.2020-Ash Wednesday.
We did prepare for Ash Wednesday very seriously. We finished off the open bag of Hershey Chocolates remaining in the fridge. We also feasted on “Fat Tuesday” with an awesome pork meal with salad. Ash Wednesday was Mass ans ashes in the morning then we enjoyed the day fasting and abstaining from eating between meals all day. I did wake up last night for Scoots, just after midnight, and treated myself to some Oreo’s before going back to bed.

02.29.2020-Happy Leap Year Day

Today was a moving day. We left Bushnell, FL and traveled thirty-minutes back to Wildwood, FL in Three Flags RVP. Our site is just about right where we were on our previous visit.

Carla contacted Ann, a resident of the park, and told her we were back. Below is a file picture of our last meet with our former Director Cindy Lango, she’s the young lady in the white blouse.

Once Ann left us we gave Cindy a call in reply to a text she sent us. All is doing well with her family. She’s another very close friend to both Carla and I. I often relate to Abby as our surrogate Grand-Daughter, Cindy would definitely qualify as our surrogate Daughter. When she was in our employ she had daughter Kate who attended our Greenacres, FL Child Care Center. I think she was about six or seven and she’s the youngster you see on the right-side of the picture. Cindy told us she is expecting in September 2020. Needless to  say, both Cindy, Paul (husband next to Cindy) and Kate are our virtual extended family.  

We’ll be in Three Flags RVP for only eight-days. Our next trip will be to Clearbrook RVP for another seven days.

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