Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WHAT IS GOING ON IN FLORIDA….

On my patch…

of grass  or sand in Melbourne FL…not much has been going on…made these last week to send out to family in the north…

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When I spent a couple nights at the campground last week..they had a light show in the main park…

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They have over 3 million lights and put up all kinds of displays…I took the pic below because the red was so brilliant I thought it might show up with my little camera …but as you can see didn’t work…looks more like faded pink…

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And what would a Florida Christmas be with out alligators and flamingos …look at the cute guys …but not so cute when you run across a big old grand daddy while kayaking…that would be me…lol…

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And then there are these cute birdies…I love flamingos always have…but this is one bird that I have yet to meet in person…I think I will have to further south for that event…someday…I know it is a lousy pic but take my word for it they were cute…

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Below is a pic my son posted on FB…the cookies are in the tins above each stocking…with the tag hanging with names on them and a little gift tucked inside the tag…tins above each family members Christmas stocking that I crochet for them…it started years ago when my kids were little ..I made stockings for them …then later when they got married I made for spouses and later grandkids…now it is a tradition …I make each one their own tin of cookies…because I think there might be one or two that gets more  cookies  than the others…so I fixed that problem Winking smile..My peanut butter blossoms are the best ever…I have a little secret on how I make them…

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And that is about all that is going on…have appointment next Mon. with doc about my back…I have noticed that in the last 6-8 weeks that I have been sick with the kidney stone and not doing much of anything …the pain is better..still have the numbness in legs and feet..but I think over all …things are better….so I want to avoid any shots in the spine and hope to go for exercise and physical thearpy…I will definitely be changing my life style…but I will wait and see what doc says…anyway thanks for looking and come back soon…blessings to all .. G&M

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ORION….& OTHER STUFF…

What I saw….

Well by now everyone knows about the the Orion launch that went on last week…even so I just thought I would b log about it ….for my GGG grand children to read about…that is if this is still around…So I got up at 0 dark thirty to watch this epic event….so at day break this is what was on the TV…

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And shortly there after this was what was on the screen….everyone was booing and hissing how could this nut in a boat be doing this…

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And then along came the wind…boo boo boo… again…

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And then along came a fuel valve delay…and so it was the end of the first day ….

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And this was….

the picture the next morning…lift off…”At dawn..there is a dawn of a new era of space exploration” that was the voice from NASA that we heard …men back to the moon …to the red planet …and beyond…space will never be the same again!…

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And there it goes….up and away…about 4 hrs. late it splashed down in the Pacific ocean…it did its job and now on to the next faze …it is being shipped across the country and should be here on Friday..this week…Dec 12…that sounds like maybe it is coming buy semi truck …

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The rocket pushing Orion upward is is the Delta 4 ..at this point in time the biggest rocket in the world…pretty cool…usually when they have these launches I can see the rocket from the back yard…but it was so cloudy I could not see a thing…but I sure did hear the noise…rattles the windows…

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This is a pic looking down as it lifted upward…they really showed some awesome pictures…

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And the rest of the story….

I hope I got all the facts right …on this event..thing about these space launches …my mother was here with my grandparents  and seen the launch of the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962…and my brother and I were here to watch the last launch of the the Shuttle… we went up to Cape Canaveral to watch…that was awesome also…This is so much more real and exciting living here on the east coast of central Florida…”The Space Coast” it is really a big deal here…and I love it..living history…and on my little patch of green grass on the planet Earth…it is a little cool here…and a little rainy last couple days…but a lot of sunshine coming up with temps at night 40s & 50s…day 60s & 70s…but I am not complaining…been taking dad to do his errands and some household things…doing some Christmas stuff…getting things ready to send out…All for now thanks for looking and come back soon…blessings G&M

Saturday, December 6, 2014

FINALLY MADE IT ! …

Yes I ….

finally made it to a campground…Wickham Park…here in Melbourne…below I had to pull into my site forward…because of where hook ups were placed….just a short patio set up only here Friday to Sunday morning…

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Here I the front with a couple Christmas decorations…I got them at Dollar Tree….on the way over….

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Close up of the Santa hat…my mirror is not dirty just discolored from the hot Florida sun..one of these days I will tape everything off and spray them white again…I think he is cute…

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A few more decorations I put up yesterday…lol crazy looking tree…the Nativity set is one that my daughter painted for me a few years ago…SIL cut the out for her…she has made several of these for gifts and selling at her craft shows….(click to enlarge)…

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A few more decorations….My daughter also painted these Santa ornaments..She doesn’t make these any longer…she is now into painting the Santa faces on sea shells, driftwood and other things found at the beach…sometimes she will sculpt cheeks and nose on them…and then paint the face…really beautiful and different…

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And the rest of the story….

Well there is the good and the bad…so first is the good….as of last evening all the symptoms of the kidney stone is gone…HALLELUJAH….so this to has passed…lol…also on the bad news side of things …Doctor called me with MRI report…I guess there is significant damage to the lower spine…slipped disk, bulging disk, chronic fractured first lumbar vertebra..and spinal stenosis ..not what I wanted to hear…doc wants me to see another  doctor about treatment…she is making the arrangements…more on the good news as the first part of post Maggie and I are parked at a site in Wickham CG…I am going to rest, take it easy and do some sewing …if I see or do anything interesting here I will do more posting about it…MM and Harley dog and a friend of hers is also here…so could call it a mini mine GTG…well all for now thanks for looking and come back soon …blessings to all G&M

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A POST….

Well it is….

Wednesday Dec. 3rd and I am hard put to find something to b log about…the only thing going on around here is health issues….and not sure that makes for a good blog post….I am still dealing with the kidney stone issue,..it could be in my bladder…as there I pain , burning and all that discomfort in my bladder..keeps me awake at night…going to see the doc about this again today…I expect that he will want to “go get it” as he said last week…ugh…is all I can say…I finally found a personal care physician as they now say instead of family doctor…I found my old nurse practicener (sp) that I saw in 2011 –12  anyway it turns out she is in with a doctor that a nurse in kidney doc office told me about…she thought also that the pain in my legs and feet and other problems with them …might be coming from my lower back…damage from when I was in auto accident in 03…had MRI for that yesterday…so we will see what happens…I don’t always feel that sick …but I don’t feel good either…don’t feel like doing much…I have not even been going over to the church the last 2 Tues…. I want to try and spend at least 2 days a week at Wickham CG…but that has not happened either…I also hope to go and visit other friends staying at other camp grounds in Florida…this would help my mental health greatly…

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I did muster up a couple pic’s of Maggie this summer lounging on the front porch in PA…

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Well I guess that will be all for now…thanks for looking and come back soon ..blessings to all G&M

Thursday, November 27, 2014

DAY OF THANKS…

Happy Thanksgiving to all family and friends…I miss being away from everyone…have a great day and be safe….

Donna & Maggie too….

Friday, November 21, 2014

A FROG GARDEN….

Not much ….

Going on around here…except health issues…I was wondering the other day ..if this is what one is to expect when you got old and retire….does not make me very happy…so far I have not been able to do “my retirement thing”…and I don’t want to be old and sick and not be able to do it… dad and all this makes me stressed and that in its self is not healthy either .…any way posting some pics  of my frog garden…I made the big green frog below…many years ago…

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One reason for the frog pics…is I got a  new phone and wanted to see how the camera worked on it..it has to be better than my old phone..that has been dropped one to many times…cute ceramic toad stool/mushroom I got at a yard sale last summer in PA ..for a whole 25 cents…

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The bird house I put in the garden is one that I use to make to sell..it is just like the one at my house in PA that I posted about with the little birdies nesting in it….also added a few sea shells that I have found at the beach…I found out it is not easy finding frogs…that don’t cost an arm and leg…not even at my fav hunting grounds,..yard sales!! They are not cheap…must be more collectors than I know…

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The frog garden got started because my dad doesn’t want me to do any planting or landscaping…so when a neighbor offered me some starts off her succulents …I took  and potted them then and there…year before last they almost bit the dust…no water…so I made sure dad would water them this summer and they did much better….I planted them in pots so they can be moved around and they don’t bother anyone…the one below is sitting in an old small wrought iron chair…

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This is the best I could do …trying to show the length of the FG…don’t mind the much need paint on the Florida room …the FG looks better than this pic…

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And the rest of the story….

I guess the phone camera is ok…much better than old one…Like I said about health issues…not at all happy…tired of dealing with these kidney stones…now looks like I have bladder infection….it has been a little on the cold side for Central Florida..along the coast…had to ware long pants …lol…me I like T-shirt and shorts weather…I want to do some GTG..but with KS…I cant go very far…will warm up for awhile so maybe I can go over to Wickham CG and spend a couple days with MM and Harley dog…The phone I got is a Galaxy ..it is new but not the newest model 5s or the note 6 by Samsung…I had to get older model because had to buy it out right…cause price and  I did not want to change my plan with Verizon ….as I have unlimited data..and do not want to give that up… to get the good deals I would have to change plans no thanks…and now that I have a new great working 4G phone…I want it even more..had a whole lot of trouble with internet connections with old phone….now now!! Well have to get ready for a doctor visit so will leave it for now…blessings to all …G&M

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

COLLETON STATE PARK…

Another stop on the way…

back to Florida after leaving Liz & Thistle…we headed on to Colleton St Park SC  to visit with Miss Mermaid  (aka Cynthia) & Harley ….this is another first for me…new to me state park…

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Colleton St. Park campground is on the Edisto river in Walterboro SC…..The Edisto river is a canoe and kayak trail…it is one of the longest free flowing blackwater rivers in the country…

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one area in the campground where you can launch your kayak or canoe…the river here looks like it is not moving much…but I can see movement when I am standing there…but it looks to be a slow float down the river at this point…

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Here is a map posted at the campground for the river trail.…I think this would be a great river to kayak on…the campground is a nice one…and might be some place to have a GTG…the paddle on the river would be more than just one day excursion …just a thought…

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Maggie and I hiked a couple of the trials…This part of one trail was a swamp so there were several wood board walks…

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Another trail we were looking for a geocaches on this one…and we found it….we did not see any wild life …and I am glad (I think)..because I was talking to the ranger about another cache and and he told me to be carful because snakes were on the move…(mating season ?)..he had just that morning moved a copperhead from the road way by the station….!!! He said I don’t mean to scare you…well I said you just did!! So that was the end of the hiking..and geocaching ,,,

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Anyway we did find one and here it is…it was in one of those Keebler trees Winking smile …I did figure out where the other one was…but was to afraid to go after it…

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They also have a very nice recreation building..it is a first come first serve …but you can reserve it also…thinking about the one at Hillsbourgh that we made good use of that rainy week we had the last GTG there…

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A pic of Maggie once when we walked the loop…our site is the one on the right…you can see the rig…

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Below is a pic of MM site…she stops here on here way to camping on the  beach …coming from her work camping job for the summer…

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One of the snarly roots along the river bank…I like to see if I  can pick any animals or things out of these and…I think I see a frog sitting there…you see it? It’s like seeing  things in the clouds…

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And there are tons of cypress trees and knees…love looking at these also…they must harvest the knees somewhere because they sell them… I have seen them at flea markets for sale ..my DD paints old time father Christmas on them when she can find them to buy..

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Below a Keebler tree…where elves and fairies live…remember ? Not where the geocache was found..

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And the rest of the story…

This park was built by the Works Progress Administrations (WPA) ..a program similar to the CCC…The WPA did a great deal of work in the National Parks through out the US…but I could not use my newly purchased old people pass…if I remember right it was because this park is now a state park ?..any way I think it is a nice camp ground and would make a potential GTG destination …Not sure when this will get posted…I took my lap top with me when I went to some yard sales this morning (10/8/14) and post about Booker T Washington National Monument …(a trip Liz and I took…and that has been awhile ago..) I stopped at Panera Bread got a bagel and did some work using their internet and posted on both my blogs…have not been able to do any camping or traveling…due to many reasons…so working on getting  organized with all my personal belongs ..which is not a lot …but a lot when there is no place to put any of it…very frustrating…so decided to sort thru it all..including all my craft/art stuff and store what I am not going to use for awhile in totes and stack them in the Florida room…and try and work around them…Yesterday 10/10/14 and all this week I will be at the church working on setting up the bazar…this group of ladies make nice high quality items…after this is all done…hope to get out and about with the RV ..even if just to take day trips…MM should be landing at Wickham CG ..so might be able to spend time over there…anyway again not sure when this will get posted..so maybe I will be adding to it again! Well it is now Wed 11/12/14 and I am at Panera Bread again so will post this now…thanks for looking and come back soon ..blessings to all G&M