February 2008


We made the run down to Truman Annex to view the sunset. HammockRay setup my hammock so I could just relax while we waited for the sun to set. Sparky sat with me so I could ensure he stayed away from the nettles (little stickers) that he seems drawn to. I had just given him a bath so he would be all fresh for the ride home and didn’t want to be picking out these things from his hair.

 

It was nice to visit with the beach crowd for one last time. Promises were made to catch up with one another again next winter.

 

We had a busy day on Monday the day prior to my departure.

 

I just had to take this picture of … well I am not sure.. this sculpture is at the entrance to Truman Annex.

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I had lunch with Joyce and Liz. I took them both to Forgery’s for Lettuce Wraps. They loved them! Really enjoyed the girl time sitting at the outside café watching the tourists pass by sipping ice tea and eating with our fingers. We picked up Liz at her condo and I loved it! It is small but great. Sure could see me living there when we are too old to drive the motorhome down.

 

mikemarie.jpgMike and Marie stopped by to visit for a few. We had met them over on dry camping and it was their first year here in Key West. Marie isn’t convinced this is all that great a place to be without air-conditioning. They are now in full hook-ups and she is much happier. Not sure if we will see them again here in Key West or not. Good news for Ray that they will be heading this way in May for a short stay at Lunga Park. Ray had bought a pair of shorts at the flea market that were obviously mismarked because they were too small and Mike offered to exchange them and we will pick them up in May when they visit the area.

 

 

glena.jpgMade the last visit to Game Night at the RV office; Glena Harris was sad I was leaving but looks forward to seeing me next winter. This is our third year here in Key West and she always greats me/us like long lost friends.

We played Tonk with Denny and Cheryl. dennycheryl.jpg

 

 

 

We decided at the last moment to have dinner out with John and Joyce. joycejohn.jpgDon’t they look great?

I have become close with Joyce and will really miss her. It had become a habit to head to her “house” first thing in the morning for real coffee and some girl chat. Great thing is I like her husband John as well. He and Ray seemed to hit it off well which was nice. We had our last supper together at the Mexican Restaurant on Stock Island. Food was ok, company was better. Joyce and I both had tears in our eyes when I gave her that last hug goodbye.

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This morning started off with the wakeup call from the Roosters in the campground. Sun was shinning and all was well. I really hate to leave.

 

We headed downtown for lunch at the Paradise Café and to get me a sandwich for the ride home. We hadn’t been home long when the power went out. Seems the gods knew I didn’t want to leave! Switched to fridge over to LPG and all was well. Off to the airport.

 

When Ray dropped me off I was so distracted that I forgot my lunch! Went inside and found that the power was off there as well. Happy Happy Joy Joy. They switched to backup power and booted the system back up. All checked in. Ray calls, do I want my sandwich. Yep! Only 10 mins from the campground. I head outside for the wait to clear security. Ray zooms up for a last kiss and the passing of the lunch bag. This is significant because I ended up really needing this sandwich. Out to the plane. Sitting on the tarmac …… delayed because of a thunderstorm in Ft. Lauderdale… no air-conditioning… close quarters… take off.. Flying around in circles because the conditions are too hazardous for us to land…. Oh no.. low on fuel…. Diverted to pick up more fuel… phone call to ensure I could get on a different flight home… insured that the flight was delayed and I would be able to catch a flight home…sitting on the tarmac with the door open….. no air-conditioning….no offer of beverages… close quarters…take off… land in Ft. Lauderdale… airport is packed! People sitting on the floor! My outgoing flight is still delayed.. short wait… don’t leave the area…incoming flight is in! We leave 10 minutes later. Load the plane. LUCKY me had no one sitting in the middle seat!! Ah.. my lunch. Thanks Ray!

 

Finally got home at 10:30 four hours later than planned. Metro ride home was packed with Washing Capitals fans. Norm arrived as I disembarked the train. All is well and I am home safe and sound.

Been busy this last week.  maryann.jpgMaryAnn assisted me, insert did the work, in cutting down and finishing off the edges of our bathroom rug. I had to fold under about a third of the original length so it would fit the bathroom floor. Thanks MaryAnn! I took a picture so you all can visualize just how small our bathroom in the motorhome really is.

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We visited the flea market on Saturday so Ray could get some more T-Shirts. I did manage to get two pairs of wild shorts while we were there. On the way home we stopped at the Square Grouper for lunch on mile marker 22.5. It was really a pleasant experience. Cloth table cloths and silverware! The menu was quite eclectic and tasty. This will surely become a favorite stop for lunch next year.

 

We visited The Blue Hole nature conservation area on No Name Key.
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The top 12 inches of water is fresh water and under that is a layer of saltwater. This is quite an anomaly. We saw an orange iguana, they turn orange in mating season, and that was a first for me. IguanaA few birds but nothing that hasn’t been previously identified. Ray purchased a Florida bird book for me last week at the Eco Center and I have really enjoyed finding birds we see/have seen. Who would of thought I would become a “birdie”.

 

 

Saturday we were invited over to Joyce and John’s house for dinner. They were great hosts and we really enjoyed the food and company.

Today we took a drive down to Bahia Honda , pronounced “By a Honda”, State park at mile marker 37. The beaches there were white sand and beautiful. Totally different than the beach at Truman Annex which is rocky and uneven. The channel between the old and new Bahia Honda bridges is one of the deepest natural channels in the Florida Keys. The park is unique because it has extensive sandy beaches and deep waters close enough offshore to provide exceptional swimming and snorkeling. The clear water and easy access made us wish we had a Kayak, something we will have to correct in the future. We spoke with the Park Ranger and found out the time limits, two weeks, for camping at the park. We felt the cost wasn’t bad at 31.00 per night for water and electric. Reservations can be made 11 months out. This will be a must do after I retire. The campground sites are right on the water and it was so peaceful and scenic.

 

Time is running out and I soon will have to return to work. We are going to Truman Annex this evening to enjoy the unobstructed view of the sunset, say goodbye to our friends, and hold hands in the warm tropic breeze one more time.

Not much going on here.  We made a run out to the flea market this morning so I could get another sundress for me and another pair of sunglasses for Ray. 

 I did manage to finally make it over to visit with MaryAnn and Fred they had been away visiting their new grandbaby.   Lucky them.    It was a nice visit.  She is going to help me cut down the rug for my TINY bathroom on Monday. 

Sunset

Ray finally felt well enough to go out for a bit last night.  We went to the Sunset lounge to listen to the entertainment.  We went early to get a good seat and to allow me a chance to get yet another sunset picture.  We were not all that impressed with “Yankee Jack”.  A lot of other people here seemed to like him.  Guess we are just not into risky comments/jokes in an open forum.  We went with Mike and Marie whom we had met while in the dry camping area.  Denny and Cheryl showed up a tad later and filled the table.  Some of the folks we had met last year came in later and pulled up some chairs and made for a lively group.   Ray pooped out at 9pm.  I was surprised he lasted that long.

beachSpent most of today just chilling here at the rig.  Finally went for a short trip downtown for a Starbucks. <G>  Drove over to the public beach and sat in the shade enjoying the breeze.

Back home to take more meds and to fire up the BBQ.  Hopefully he will feel up to making the trip to Dry Tortugas in a few days.

One would think that with no time clock ticking I wouldn’t have any excuse to not write more often…but it really does seem that time goes by so fast.

I am sure I have told you all before how much I enjoy eating an El Siboney here in Key West.  My favorite meal is #31 – Grilled Garlic Chicken.  Last time we were in Lucy asked the waitress what seasoning was utilized.  The replay was Mojo sauce.  One sweep through Publix, the grocery, netted us a bottle to try on our own.    After finally convincing Ray to get rid of the old grill and purchase that new Weber he has been looking at for two years.  It was christened with Mojo soaked chicken!  Egads, no steak???  Ray even let Mike do the cooking.  We had a great dinner as a send off for Lucy and Mike’s trip back home.

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Saturday the 9th we again participated in the 5K run/walk here at Sigsbee.  Ray came in first in his age group with a time of 41:23. He was fourth over all in the walkers.  I completed with people still behind me. <G>

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While Lucy was here we attended a craft class for making dycomic<SP> glass necklaces last Monday.  They came out great.  Ray and I convinced the couple next to us to also make some.  Ray tried to make a VT one for Ted. 

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11th – Still hot here and getting muggy.  I have moved out of the bedroom so I can get more air movement at night.  Sparky was laid out on the couch last night and looked so cute I had to add this picture.

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12th – I stopped by yesterday to see what the “guys” were working on in the wood working group.  Gave me a grand idea of making charging stations for the boys sometime in the future.  Rained last night!!  I haven’t seen rain like this since I left Thailand.  Only have seen one awning fatality caused by the monsoon like rains and wind. 

 

 

13th – We moved into Full Hook-ups today!!  Woo Hoo the land of air-conditioning!   This afternoon it rained so hard that the windshield on the motorhome leaked!  I tried to take a picture of the storm blowing in but it really doesn’t show on film that well.

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Ray didn’t sleep well last night and woke up crabby.  He slept all day.  Finally got him to admit he wasn’t well.  Took him to the urgent care and it was closed. 

 

14th – Ray didn’t get up again this morning.  Still feeling bad.  Took him to the doctor this afternoon.  Yep, confirmed.  He is sick.  Infected prostate.  He is on meds and resting.  I called and canceled our plans for a romantic night out.  I will sleep on the couch again instead. <G>  Good news is I was here to insure he went to the doctors and got all checked out.  Hopefully he will feel better tomorrow.   

 

Now that we are in full hook-ups the weather has cooled.  So we haven’t had the air conditioner on yet.  Still enjoying the cool breeze blowing through the windows.

What a great time we are having so far. It is so much fun meeting new people and reacquainting ourselves with old acquaintances.

Mike and Lucy in the sunWe all got together to have a picnic on the beach to enjoy some of the wonderful weather we are having here. Sparky seemed to enjoy just letting the ocean breeze blow through is hair. Ray of course had to get in the water as Mike and Lucy just enjoyed the Florida sun.

Sparky at the beach

Ray enjoying the water

We spent Friday Night down on Mallory Square so we could share the festive environment with Mike and Lucy. Last year when they visited it rained three of the four days they were here so this year we are trying to take in as many outdoor activities as we can.  As always we enjoyed the street performers and the crafters.  We stayed until the sun set and moved on downtown.  As always the sunset was beautiful!

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Street performer

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We had dinner at the Hogs Breath Saloon. I got one of the three Military Veterans biker guys at the bar to take our picture. There were three of them. I walked up to the biggest one there, a Marine, and asked him which one of them did not serve in the Marines?? I needed someone to take a picture and I wasn’t sure if I could trust a Marine with a technical thing like a camera. One of them piped in that he is in the Navy. Well the game was on and we all had fun teasing back and forth. “Nuke” was a good sport and took our picture. It turned out that “Nuke” was stationed in Hampton Roads and is a member of the Military Veterans group there and is the state president of this organization. I asked if they supported the VA hospital in Hampton and yes, they do! He promised he would pop in and check on Tim. What a small world!

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Yesterday we played cards and just hung around the campsite. Ray got mad, again, because Lucy and I were winning and “gloating” enjoying the win. We finished the evening with a trip down to Sunset Lounge here on Sigsbee. There was a live performance by Captain Jack. The place was packed so we didn’t last too long.

Today, Superbowl Sunday, we originally had plans to go to the RV office for a BIG party but have sense made plans with the neighbors to have a small party of our own. Of course this is after I figured out how to fix his Dish Network setup. We should have a great time. I don’t really care who wins, but intend to enjoy the steaks and company nevertheless.