Thursday, November 13, 2014

Happy Thursday

Sitting in the office this morning in the warm sunshine.  It's fun watching the golfers and all of the golf carts.  Sometimes we get lucky and see some local cranes!  It's very appropriate because the main road into Quail Meadow is named Crane Creek Road!

Momma crane and three offspring - sorry about the screen!  

Cranes and palm trees - still sorry about the screen!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


A beautiful day for a drive - so we took our very favorite route - Hutchinson Island!  We stopped and admired the ocean at Jensen Beach, another favorite.  The surf was really pounding with the full force of nature.  The red flags were flying, so the public was not allowed in the water - but there were many many beach sitters enjoying the sun and sand.  One young woman spoke to the Lifeguard and got permission to try surfing - she seemed to be somewhat of an expert - so she was the only person in the water.  It was fun to watch her.  I love this place!

Over the bridge at the end of the Island in Fort Pierce is the Captain's Galley - perfect for lunch!  And then we drove home past the Manatee Center, another favorite!  What a gorgeous day.

Found it 11/12/2014You found  KB ParkVisit Log
We can't compete with the cuteness of the previous finders but we did find the cache and sign the log book. Thanks DanVero for placing and maintaining these caches in the area. We ran out of time today but the others give us another reason to drive over here and enjoy the scenery. 
Found it 11/12/2014You found COCONUTS!Visit Log
We just drove down here from Traverse City in Michigan to escape winter and enjoy the sun. We love our Lake Michigan, no sharks, no salt, but we'd rather wade and swim in the water instead of walking or skating on it. As soon as we got settled into our Palm City condo we came over to Hutchinson to enjoy the views. This cache is one of the reasons we became addicted to this activity. Truly, were it not for Geocaching, we would never have known that this beach access existed. We were the only ones in the parking lot today as we signed the log and replaced the container as found. Also, this is the first time we've see this neat and inexpensive method of keeping the contents dry. TFTC 
Found it 11/12/2014You found  PSL – to Jensen Beach – It’s Just “BEACHIE”Visit Log
We scooted out of Michigan last week just ahead of winter and moved into our Palm City condo. After unpacking and getting settled, we had to come over and make sure there is still an ocean out there. This is our favorite viewing park and lo and behold, just to add to our pleasure, there is a new cache here. We invited some friends to come down but they just sent us this message;

It’s Winter in Michigan
And the gentle breezes blow.
Seventy miles an hour,
At thirty-five below.

Oh how I love Michigan
When the snow’s up to your butt.
You take a breath of winter air
And your nose gets frozen shut.

Yes, weather here is wonderful,
So I guess I’ll hang around.
I could never leave Michigan
‘Cause I’m frozen to the ground!

After waiting out two cars of muggles, we signed the log, took the pic and replaced as found. TFTC
Mrs. Bend with the bison tube
Found it 11/12/2014You found  Where The Sidewalk EndsVisit Log
The Basswood Bend snowbirds have just escaped the ice and snow of northern Michigan and landed in Palm City for the winter. A glance at the iPad showed that this cache was just across the green from our condo. As part of a morning walk, the cache was grabbed, log signed, and replaced as found. Thanks gettinlate for gettin me off my rump and out for a stroll this morning. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dr. Vickers and the Veterans Day Parade

When I was a child, it was called Armistice Day:
Armistice Day (which coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, public holidays) is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compi├Ęgne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. While this official date to mark the end of the war reflects the ceasefire on the Western Front, hostilities continued in other regions, especially across the former Russian Empire and in parts of the old Ottoman Empire.
My parents always referred to November 11 as Armistice Day - and I still think of it that way, although the name Veterans Day has been in use for decades!  Old habits die hard.

This morning in Stuart they had the annual Veterans Day Parade.  It lines up right near the hospital and doctors offices - a crazy traffic situation.  I had my first appointment at 10 a.m. with my new Florida nephrologist, Dr. Jean Vickers.  It was so interesting, because the parade was forming less than a block away, right outside our window!  It was really funny when she was trying to check my pulse with the persistent loud drumbeat coming at us - we just had to giggle.  Dr. Vickers is young, funny, peppy, knowledgeable, interesting, helpful and compassionate.  She spent an hour talking to me, and I was very impressed.  I'm having a paracentesis next Monday, and doing a holter monitor thingy starting Friday morning.  I also have a couple of new prescriptions.  Hooray for the medical profession!

Friday, November 07, 2014


The nicest motel so far.  Comfort Inn and Suites - every room is a suite.  It's a very lovely place.  It was full, but actually very quiet and peaceful, just what we needed!

Found it 11/07/2014You found  Don't feed the bisons Visit Log
We are a couple of snowbirds on our way south for the winter. We made the mistake of hitting Atlanta during rush hour and, although we vowed to cross the line into the Sunshine State by evening, we were running out of both daylight and energy by the time we reached Ocala. We actually landed the last double at the motel where we stopped. This morning we launched our Florida stay with this find. Thanks for starting us off with a smiley. 

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Dalton, Georgia

We've stayed at this Comfort Inn before.  It is in a beautiful setting.  Nice view out of our window.

The blue dot is the back of my iPhone!

Dalton is a city in Whitfield CountyGeorgia, United States. It is the county seat of Whitfield County[3] and the principal city of the Dalton, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Murray and Whitfield counties. The MSA received national attention throughout the "Great Recession" as having one of the highest unemployment rates in the United States. The rate remains at 11.9% as of January 2013. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 33,128, with the total metropolitan area having a population of 142,227.[4] Dalton is located just off Interstate 75 in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northwest Georgia and is the second largest city in northwest Georgia, after Rome. Dalton is home to many of the nation's floorcovering manufacturers. Dalton has many historic houses, landmarks and a rich Civil War history. Dalton is home to the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center which showcases the Georgia Athletic Coaches' Hall of Fame and holds events year round.
Dalton, Georgia, was named for Gen. Tristram Dalton of Massachusetts

Found it 11/06/2014You found  NWGTCC Visit Log
A couple of Wolverines on our way to our Florida condo for the winter spent the night in the motel down the hill. I needed to stretch my legs and saw there was a cache only 2 tenths of a mile away. A look at the climb or hike changed my mind so we drove up to find it on the way to dinner. Signed the log, managed to get it back in the container and returned it to its hiding spot. TFTC 
Found it 11/06/2014You found  SEWER WATER II Visit Log
A couple of Snowbirds fleeing the cold stopped for lunch on the trip south. After a fine meal, we checked for nearby caches and saw one within 100 feet of the car. Can't pass that up. Made the find, signed the log and replaced in its cool hiding spot. TFTC 

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

At Last

Sunday, November 02, 2014

The Gods Are Angry

Something we have done in our lives has really angered the gods.

 Our first clue was the low ball sale of our property.  That was followed by the delay of a whole year waiting for ground to be broken for our new condo.

I guess the next major occurrence was the failure of our dryer, resulting in six weeks of not being able to do laundry at home for reasons too numerous to mention.  The dryer failure was closely followed by the breakdown of the dishwasher.  This resulted in 2 weeks of paper plates and washing dishes by hand.  Then we were presented with a huge dishwasher repair bill, which if we had been informed of the amount, we would have just bought a new dishwasher.  That's enough proof of angry gods.

  But wait.  The day before yesterday, the garbage disposer backed up.  Dick had to go under the sink, take the pipes apart and clear everything out.  At least it was a quick fix, and no repair bill, but still...

This morning at 2:30, our furnace quit working.  We have sold our house, and the movers are coming tomorrow - what exquisite timing.  Fortunately Team Bob is available on short notice on Sunday.  The repairman is here now.  The new motor plus service call is $709.  I can't even believe it!  Knock me over with a feather.

 Yesterday I said that we are finally on top of everything.  Pride goeth before a fall.  So somehow we have angered the gods mightily - and I haven't even brought up the bad medical diagnosis and the broken down tractor.  So, we're very sorry for whatever we did, angry gods.  Enough already?

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Game Day

As far as packing for our Big Move, we finally feel like we're on top of things.  We have done everything possible that we can think of to do - the car is all packed for Florida, and we're in good shape in the house.

 From here on in, we are depending on the folks from Bayside Moving, and our housekeepers Danielle and Brook to tie up all of the loose ends, and clean up an empty house.  From here on until the house is clean, Dick and I are just putzing.


Johnson, Darboh Break Out; U-M 'D' Wears Down IU for Homecoming Win

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Drake Johnson ran for 122 yards and two TDs, Amarah Darboh caught nine passes for 107 yards and a score, and the U-M defense kept Indiana to just 24 yards passing while forcing two fumbles in a 34-10 homecoming win.

Meanwhile, in NYC:

In NY with Tom and Deanna Leist Aliano seeing October in the Chair

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

Halloween in Palm City :)

We love our nieces - here's another great email:

I wonder if your packing is done. I wonder how you are feeling!  I hope that by now you are more happy that condo construction is under way than sad about leaving your home of so many years.  The Doug Steiger families and John Lichtenberg clan have such special memories from Basswood Bend.  Thank you for sharing it with us for so many years.  

I think that your departure date is November 1.  Safe travels to you!  Enjoy sunshine and being close to Laurie, Chip, and Dylan.  We'll see you in the summer.
With love,
Thank you Barb, Sharon and Susan :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Reflections upon packing everything we own:

1. We have toted many, many bags of trash out of the house.  It's mostly things that have outlived their usefulness, are expired, really old, or just not worth keeping.

2.  We have toted many, many bags of recycling out of the house as well.  The recycling bags fill up every day - it's so astonishing and incredible - our version of shock and awe.

3.  We have donated over a thousand dollars worth of items to the Women's Resource Center and to Goodwill over the past few weeks.  Clothing, sports equipment, bicycles, helmets, household items, dishes, coffee mugs, and so on and so on!  Whew!  But it does ease the guilt of getting rid of things.

4.  I have learned that I have too many things that are precious to me.  There are some things that I just cannot part with - most especially old letters, my fat lady sculpture, and a teddy bear.

5.  Even though I have gradually been getting rid of old clothes for months now, I still have way, way too many clothes.  It's very hard to choose what goes into storage, what goes to Florida, what I will wear on the road south.  I change my mind every day.

6.  Adam, Barb and Chris have really helped us clear things out.  Adam has really helped Dick with the barns, and with storing some things for us.  Barb has accepted some historic family items from Mother Gen and some other things as well.  Sharon took GenFest items and some pantry things that I'm not allowed to eat!  They've all been so helpful.

7. I'm so glad that we have hired a moving company to take all of our things to storage.  I'm not so sure what we would have done otherwise.

8. We have too much china, too much crystal, and too many everyday dishes.


This week we have been working with the vendors for our yet-to-be-built condo. We have seen Deb at Floor Covering Brokers, Erica at Kitchen Choreography, and Beth at Nature's Edge.  We have pretty much finalized all  wood floors, tile, carpeting, counter tops, cabinets, sinks and tubs.

Next project is to select appliances -  refrigerator, stove, micro hood, dishwasher, washer and dryer.  Whew.  We have met with Rebecca at Sears, and with Dave at Max's.  We are leaning strongly toward Max's.  We really like the Frigidaire Gallery series of appliances with the brushed stainless steel (no fingerprints!).

After today, we'll be in T.C. for five more days only.  Our countdown has begun.  I feel like Robert Frost - "And miles to go before I sleep."