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Friday, March 3, 2017

February Recap

I have good intentions, really I do.  However, it just doesn't seem like I have been able to find the time to post more than once a month.  So, please be prepared for a long, picture heavy post as the February recap.

I think I have told you in the past that I volunteer here in the Village every Wednesday at the Gift Shop in the Village Square - well, that is how the month of February started.  I can tell you that volunteering on Wednesday mornings is really good for me in getting some paperwork caught up because, for the most part, we are not busy in the shop.  However, since I am the only one there, I can't leave the front desk.  Anyway, on the 1st I was able to get my monthly menu's written - so that's a good thing.

I came home and proceeded to hang a new "wreath" on the front door.

Being the bad blogger that I am, I didn't take pictures while I made this.  But it was really easy.  I had purchased the basket at a garage sale last fall and I picked up the flowers and picks at Hobby Lobby the last time Dan and I were in Valdosta (first part of January).  Anyway, I just cut the flowers stems off the main stem - - put some florist foam in the bottom and stuck the flowers in.  Then I added the "Kiss" and "Hugs" picks and the hearts.
Easy-Peasy!


I was waiting for a new flag to hang - which came in on the 3rd.  After hanging the flag we were all ready for Valentine's Day.

I think I have also told you that I was elected to the Executive Committee as Secretary.  We meet every first Thursday of the month and the Membership Council Meeting is the third Thursday of the month.  So, the 2nd I was at the Executive Council meeting at 2:00 o'clock.

Friday morning Dan had a Doctor's appointment in Lake City with his cardiologist.  We get to his appointment - and sit for a little while in the waiting room, we were called back where his blood pressure, temperature, weight, etc. was taken.  But before he was taken to an exam room we were informed that the doctor had been called to the hospital for an emergency and would probably be gone about an hour and had four people waiting for him.  We could either wait or reschedule.  Well, that was a no brainer and we will be traveling back to Lake City on Monday, March 6th.  Since we were already in Lake City we decided to check out a new to us grocery store that a lot of people had told us about - Harvey's.  The store was very nice, clean and laid out well.  The deals were AWESOME!  We picked up several different types of meat and put them in the freezer when we got home.  It isn't something we will do every week, but when we have to go to Lake City for other things (like Dan's doctor), we will probably make a stop and see if we need anything.

Saturday was Market Day here and after a quick stroll through (not many vendors although the weather was perfect) we stopped at the CafĂ© for breakfast.  Then came home to start some work.

Now, I need to back up just a little.  We have been wanting to build a pergola in the back yard over the patio, but the block patio that was in the yard was in really poor shape.  So, before the first of the year (probably around October/November?) we had all the block taken up and stacked in the yard.  And there they stayed - finally, we were ready to start working on putting the patio back together.  So, we order some clay - a huge truck load of clay.  Well, we knew that there was no way we could manually spread all that dirt, so our friend Bud came to the rescue.  He drove down with his 1954 tractor and did the initial spreading for us.



 Starting the spreading process.
(Stacked block in the background.)








So, now we had the initial spreading done it was time to "fine tune" it.

So, of course I don't have pictures of the beginning of the manual leveling of the project, but we started next to the back porch and started leveling and laying the block in a pattern.  Dan got about 1/3 of the walkway done in a little over a week.  The Bud came back and helped him.  And this is what we had at the end of two days.


 Dan working on leveling the other half.


 Almost half done





See the darker block above?  Well, that was the day after Bud left and I got out and helped Dan.  I laid those block.  Dan would level the dirt and I would lay the block.





Almost finished!




Finished!

(or so I thought!)







We are going to go back and lay one more pattern of block on the far side.  It will make the patio just a little wider and give us a little more room.  We are also going to drop down a little and put one row of block on the left side of the picture above for the wood rack (if we have enough block left).  I don't like it on the patio and this would give a visual break between the wood rack and the grill.
That

is on the agenda for this month, but have some other things that are taking priority right now.  (Explain more later)

On Monday, February 6th, Dan made a HUGE decision.

A couple of years ago Dan bought a new truck - I don't have a picture for some reason - but he LOVED his truck.  He said it was exactly what he wanted.  While it was a F150 it had a larger engine, had the trailer towing package on it, and was able to pull our travel trailer we had with no issues.  However, since we sold the travel trailer it was really overkill for just tooling about here.  So, he started thinking about selling.  First, we looked at trading his truck and my car for a new vehicle (either an Explorer or a Highlander).  We even tried to get a deal together on two different Explorer's and one Highlander - we just couldn't agree on the price.  So, we didn't do anything.  Then, on the 6th, Dan made a decision.  He sold his truck outright to the Ford dealership in Live Oak and bought him a "new" truck.



1981 Ford 100 Ranger




It's actually a full size truck (as maybe you can tell from his tool box in the bed) but a Ranger.  Anyway, so far (fingers crossed), he LOVES it.  However, we all know how Dan can quickly change his mind.  I'm hoping he doesn't.

There are a few things that need to be worked on - the A/C doesn't work (but the man he bought it from gave him all the parts to fix it) and there is a slow transmission fluid leak that needs to be addressed at some point.  I'm not sure if he got the stuff to fix it too or not, but he got a lot of parts as part of the deal.  Just have to find a repair shop that can work on something this old.
Anyway, it's fun tooling around in this oldie but goodie!

The next couple of weeks was a "regular" schedule meaning Yoga on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and volunteering on Wednesday's.  I worked around here on a couple of projects - such as the kitchen cabinets.




  Before the top of the cabinets did not have anything on them - just plain. 
Naked.
Looks unfinished doesn't it.

During the fall I put a couple of soup tureens and pitchers up there, but I can't find a picture.



 At Christmas I put up some snowman cookie jars.  But, it still looked plain and naked.

 I decided that "plain" just wasn't my style.  So, one day I decided to change things up a bit and this is what I got.




(Okay, excuse the dishes in the sink and the top of the coffee pot propped open, but I took these this morning and I had just washed the breakfast dishes.)












My favorite
We saw something somewhat similar on Fixer Upper and decided to make one ourselves.  We still need to get the saw tooth hangers to put on the back, so for now it is just propped against the wall, but I LOVE it!



 The pretty basket on the far right a friend gave to me after I admired it.  It's one of my favorite things too!





 I made the pig pictured above on the left for my dad for Christmas one year - probably around 1975.  Every time I look at it I think of him and it makes me smile.



A close up of the sign.  I love the way the lettering picks up the color in the valance.

One of the things that I like best about the decorating of the cabinets - I didn't spend a dime!  I had everything that I used - I just had to look around and reuse some things in a different way. 
Love it!!!

Thursday the 16th was a busy, busy day.  Yoga at 8:30 - I had a doctor's appointment at 11:30 - Membership Council Meeting at 1:30 - and friends for dinner at 6.  Dan has been wanting me to fix Southwest Taco Pie and have people over so I finally got it together and did.  I fixed two pies and a Blackberry Cobbler for dessert.  Yummy!!!

Friday, the 17th was the President's Council Dinner.

Saturday afternoon Dan's nephew from Michigan arrived for the night before leaving on Sunday for Lakeland.  He is going to stay in Lakeland for the next six weeks - getting away from the weather in Michigan (even though they had had a very mild winter).


Monday, the 20th, Dan has fasting labs.  Tuesday, after Yoga, I had a hair appointment.  Wednesday - volunteer.  Thursday - Yoga in the morning and then our Artist Series was at 7:00.

Even though there was a performance here in the Village, it was not something we thought we would like, but there was a show in Madison that was much more interesting to us.  Since it was in Madison, we meet Carol and Neil, along with Neil's sister JoAnne, at Denny's for dinner before the show. Denny's is by  the Interstate and about half way between us and Madison.  We got there around 5:30 and we still did not have our meal at 6:15.  The show started at 7, so after asking the waitress if they had started our meals yet and being told no, we said just cancel the orders and we went to McDonald's, picked up a couple of Quarter Pounders (buy one, get one for a penny), ate in the parking lot and arrived before the curtain went up.  Now, to give a little explanation - there was a very large group that had arrived at Denny's just before us and that is the reason for the very slow service.



The program was the Chinese Acrobats and there were FABULOUS!!!!  There were a couple of things that they performed that took your breath away!  Anyway, a great show and I'm glad we went.

Friday morning Dan had a doctor's appointment here in the Village.  He has been having some issues with his knee - so the doctor put him on some medication and it seems to be helping.  We drove into Live Oak to pick up his meds at Walgreens and ate at the local Bar-B-Que place having their special of ribs.  They were okay, but we still like the restaurant down in Mayo better for ribs.



Then on Monday the 27th, Dan's niece and her husband, also from Michigan, arrived for the night after spending the month of February in Naples.  We had a nice visit - I fixed Chicken Enchilada Soup in the crock pot, which was very good - and then they left on Tuesday morning.

Which meant I didn't make it to Yoga class on Tuesday, but I had a meeting at 2:00 to plan the River Wood Subdivision Dinner which will be held on the 16th of March.  Instead of trying to squeeze a dinner in at Christmas time, we postpone the event until March when people aren't so stressed with trying to fit everything in.  Dan had an appointment to get his knee x-rayed while I was at my meeting.

There were a few other things that happened during the month

Like rearranging the entry table.




This was the entry table in September


And this was it in December


 This is it today.




The orchids are a late Valentine's Day present from Dan.




This is a basket that I made earlier in the month.
Yep, I made this basket - I'm pretty proud of it especially since it is the very first one I have EVER done!




Just a little close up



 and another





I'm much happier with the way it looks now.

Well, I think that I have caught you up on the month of February.

Some things are already in the works for March. 

Maybe, Just MAYBE, I'll get a post done next week.

Carol

Saturday, January 28, 2017

January Recap

Were has the month gone?  It seems like it was just yesterday that I was thinking about Christmas and now Valentine's day is just around the corner.  I was doing fairly well posting until I got sick with a cold.  Then I got better and oops - there it is again.  Anyway, I am on the up swing, I think - so let's see if we can recap the month.

I started going to Yoga the first of January.  I go twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday).  It might not be aerobic exercise, but I have really enjoyed going and I think it is good for balance.  I also volunteer at one of the gift shops at the Village Square on Wednesday mornings.  Also, I am now the Secretary on the Executive Committee for the Village - so that means I have meetings the Thursday of every month for the Executive Committee and a Membership wide meeting the third Thursday of every month.  Then I have to transcribe the notes from each meeting and put a recap in our local newspaper.  Now add on top of all this we both are having a lot of doctor's appointments.  Seems like we don't have time for anything else - but we do.

Monday I sat down and got the bills paid for the first of the month and made a menu plan for the month.  (I just do so much better if I have a plan).  We decided that we would only buy groceries for two weeks and made two trips every month instead of one big trip.

Tuesday was Yoga first thing in the morning and then I started on some cleaning out projects.  I know that you are suppose to wait for Spring Cleaning, but the weather has been pretty good and it was a really good time to get some things done.

The first Wednesday of the month we had dinner at Bud and Joyce's along with Neil and Carol and Dan and Kathryn.  It was a nice time with some good friends.  Thursday I started the day with blood work then Yoga at the community center.  Then, after lunch, it was off to the first Executive Committee meeting of the year.

Friday we went to the grocery store in Perry after a quick stop at Sonic for lunch.  

All during the week Dan had been working on the yard.  One of our friends came over with a tractor that had a root rake on the front.  He mostly worked on the back yard to get all the old roots and plants out.  When he left, the roots were gone but we had a mess.  So, another friend came over with his tractor that has a box blade on the front.  A couple of hours later and we have a flatter yard but still a lot of trash. 

The next step was to get some dirt/clay mixture delivered to give a good base for the patio stones to go back in.  We really wanted this to come directly off the back porch with just a very small step down.  So, we are working on the walkway from the back porch to the patio area.  Then we'll tackle the patio area.  Down the road we are planning on building a pergola here (hopefully later this spring - before it gets too hot).

In the meantime, I worked on raking the yard and getting all the trash that has accumulated in the yard out.  It took two days but I was able to get the front and back yards done.  (I still need to do the side yard, but I hope to get that done in the next week or so.)

Tuesday, the 10th, after Yoga I had a hair appointment.  Wednesday was working at the shop.  Thursday we had dinner at our friend's Carol and Neil before heading down to the Village Church for a program that is part of the Artist Series.  This month was the Annie Moses Band.  Carol and her sister had seem the band in November up in Shipsawana and loved them, so we were really looking forward to seeing them.  However, neither Carol and Neil nor Dan and I were impressed with the show they presented here.  Oh well,  we'll just know not to go next year.

Friday the 13th I had an appointment for my bone density test (was this an omen?)  Anyway, I started with the first bout of "the" cold over the weekend.  I was down the entire weekend, but was feeling better by Wednesday and was able to work my shift at the shop.  Thursday was the Membership Council meeting.  Friday we were suppose to go to Madison to another show (Ragtime and Boogie-Woogie at North Florida Community College) with dinner at Denny's before but Dan was not feeling well and I was starting to feel bad again.  So, no show or dinner.  I was suppose to take Mom to a quilt show in Trenton, but by Saturday morning I was quite sick AGAIN!  I called her because I was determined to take her, but she insisted that I stay home.  So after another weekend in bed I finally started feeling better by Tuesday just in time for Jessie's appointment with the vet.  (She is doing great!)

Wednesday was work at the shop and then Thursday we were in Lake City for Dan's appointment for his electrocardiogram. The last couple of days of the week we experienced beautiful weather - so we opened up the house hoping to air out all the germs and help us get over this junk!  I also got the results of my bone density test and have to see the doctor to see what our next step will be as the test was not good at all.  


This weekend we have just been trying to get over this cold.  The weather has turned cold and we are enjoying sitting in the family room in front of the fire.  Next week I have a doctor's appointment in Gainesville - so it all starts again.

Hopefully, in the next few days we will be both be over this cold and we will be done with doctor's appointments (although Dan has three doctor's appointments in February and I have one.  Oh the joys of getting older, but it is better than the alternative!)

Hope you had a good month - and have stayed well!  Talk to you later!!!!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Christmas Day

Well, I didn't quite make this post as soon as I thought.  Everything was going well until I decided to catch another cold.  This thing is everywhere in the Village, but I was hoping that I wouldn't catch it.  Nope, not to be.  Anyway, I am feeling some better today and thought I should get this post knocked out so I can start posting about the new year.

So,  Saturday morning we were up and ready to get things packed and get the car loaded.  We decided to take my car instead of the Dan's truck because it gets better gas mileage and it would give Jessie more room since we could put our luggage (which consisted of two overnight bags) and all the gifts in the trunk and Jessie would have the entire back seat for herself.  Plus we wouldn't have to worry about someone seeing the presents in the back seat and breaking into the truck if we made a pit stop.

We split up driving down - Dan drove first and then I took over after leaving the interstate heading for Lakeland.  We stopped at the hotel and checked in as we had to drive right by it on the way and it made things so much easier when we came back home Christmas Eve night.

We arrived at the kids house around 4 and visited with everyone.  Crystal was there as well as the Donnie and Emily. 

Melissa had dinner catered but we weren't going to eat until they got home from church.  I helped Melissa get the girls ready for church, but Dan and I stayed at the house and did not attend.



 Getting ready to "twirl"



 Twirling!
Such pretty girls.

Donnie, Crystal, and Emily went to Olive Garden to pick everything up (of course, they screwed up the order, but Melissa would have to deal with that later, as they closed at 7:30).  There was plenty of food - three different types of pasta, three different meats and sauces, salad, and three different types of cheesecakes.   Justin's parents and sister with her family came over after church and we all sat down and had a great meal together.  The kids ate on the back porch (three older kids and Lorelai and Ada) and the adults ate inside.

After eating Justin's family left and Dan and I got ready to go to the hotel.

First we watched the girls open their Christmas Eve present - new pajamas and a new movie to watch.

Here's my adorable Ada-Bear 
While Lorelai loved the PJ's she wouldn't wear the tutu or
let me take her picture.

Dan and I had to leave Jessie at the kids house and then we headed to the hotel.  I slept okay (but I had brought my pillow from home).  We were up pretty early (6ish) and headed out the door around 6:30.  We got to the house before the girls were up.


Hard and fast asleep!
So sweet.
Melissa went in and woke the girls up after everyone got to her house - Dan and I, her Dad - Donnie, and her half sister - Emily. Her sister - Crystal - was staying with them in "Nana's" room.



After taking a few minutes to wake up in there mommy's lap the girls were ready to see what Santa had brought them.













New bikes for both the girls!
Then it was time for the stockings!





The girls "only" received a few things from Santa - their bikes, three wrapped presents, and their stockings.  Everything else came from their parents, grandparents, or Aunts.
(Everything under the tree is only from our "side" of the family - they went to Justin's parents house later in the day)

Now I could add a hundred pictures (yes, I think I really took that many), but I won't.  I'll just add a few.





Ada decided she needed to take a break and eat.
















After everything was opened the kids got dressed and went to Justin's parents house.  Before they left I took a picture of the living room.  It was twice this when they came home.  LOL!


After they left I wondered where Dan had disappeared to.

This is where I found him.



After his little nap we left the kids house and went over to Dan's oldest daughter's house.  We visited with her family for a little while and then we went back to the kids house.  We were suppose to have Chinese and game night - well, we had the Chinese but Dan was tired and so we didn't stay for the game night - I think Melissa was a little upset with us -but Dan had not slept well the night before and we had to drive home the next day.

Anyway, we went back to the hotel and tried to relax a little - I think Dan slept a little better Christmas night, but I didn't sleep that well.  Such is the life of staying in a hotel.  (I don't remember ever having trouble sleeping when I was younger, but I don't do well in any bed but my own.  Guess that's one of the reasons we like to have a camper - doesn't matter where you are you still have your own bed.)

The morning of the 26th we met Dana and her family as well as Cara and her son at a local breakfast place, ate and visited for a while.  Then we went to Melissa's to pick up Jessie and tell everyone goodbye.  After a quick trip back to Dana's to pick up a Fitbit we were on the road for home.

We had an awesome Christmas (Dan and I had opened our gifts at home before leaving for Lakeland on Christmas Eve day).

I tried to limit the number of pictures I shared today - as I said I could have downloaded 100's of pictures, but I think you see how much fun the girls had and that we all had an awesome time.

Hope you enjoyed a little of our family Christmas.

Later in the week I'll try and get you caught up on the last week of December and the first couple of weeks of January!