Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2014-11-25 #2 November Chapter 57 Rally

We left for the Escapees Florida Sun Gators Chapter 57 Rally on Wednesday the 8th. The only activity for the early birds was a wonderful dinner at Plaza Mexico Restaurant in Port Charlotte.

On Thursday, the 9th, after registration, we gathered in the activity center to Meet and Greet, and eat hot dogs. Some did the preparation work. IMG_5308 IMG_5311.  Others stood around to cook. IMG_5312 IMG_5313.  There were many discussions during the Greet part. IMG_5314 IMG_5315 IMG_5316 IMG_5317 IMG_5318 IMG_5320 IMG_5321 IMG_5322 IMG_5324.  Then there was the eating part.  IMG_5328 IMG_5330 IMG_5332.


On Friday, the 10th, we began the day with muffins provided by SkyMed followed by their seminar. IMG_5333 IMG_5334 IMG_5335.  Then I noticed Sue in deep concentration trying to make her new camera do what she wanted it to. IMG_5336.  We had our business meeting. IMG_5339.  Chick Thompson gave us a VCR (Volunteer Club (Escapees) Representative) report. IMG_5340. We had adoptions of those attending their first Florida rally.  These adoptive parents and children make for great friendships. IMG_5341 IMG_5343 IMG_5344 IMG_5346 IMG_5347.  In the afternoon, our friends Gary & Mary Olson joined us for our happy hour and potluck dinner. They are from Lost Wages as he describes Las Vegas.  They are one of the couples we toured alaska with in 2011. IMG_5349.


On November 11th, at the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month, we celebrated Veteran’s Day with a very nice ceremony at the Harbor Lakes RV Park activity center. We joined with the Park’s US and Canadian residents. Two of the Canadians attended the ceremony in their Dress Military Uniforms. IMG_5354 IMG_5355 IMG_5356 IMG_5360 IMG_5363.  Several of us went to Sharky’s in Venice, FL for lunch. We walked the pier enjoying the sites and each others company. IMG_5371 IMG_5372 IMG_5375 IMG_5377 IMG_5378 IMG_5379. My lunch was shrimp and scallops, etc. served over pasta. IMG_5389. I downloaded Don Chandler’s Facebook picture of our table because it was better than mine of Sue, Frank & Maureen, and Marilyn and I. Facebook-20141125-111144.


Saturday, the 12th, we started the morning with breakfast in a bag.  An omelet is created by breaking eggs, meat and veggies into a freezer bag that is boiled in large pots.  Guys have to sit around to watch the pots boil. IMG_5366.  Everyone prepares their own breakfast, drops it in the pot, and times it to come out in about 13 minutes. IMG_5367 IMG_5368 IMG_5369.  Sunshine Susie is going to travel this year with Shrek. IMG_5365


I made one other improvement to our house in early November. I installed a new kitchen faucet to replace the one that could not be tightened. We like it much better than the original. IMG_5304.


Type at you later.

2014-11-25 From Escapees Sumter Oaks RV Park, Site 27

Long time no write. We have been very busy since we arrived at Sumter Oaks on the 13th of October. Here is a picture of our house on site number 27. IMG_5303.  Our time here has required several trips to doctors for yearly checkups. I started on 10/17 with labs at the VA in Brooksville followed on the 20th with my VA physical.   Next up were eye exams on 10 /24 for new glasses on 10/24 in Bushnell, followed by dental cleanings on 10/30 in Eustis.  We picked up our new glasses on 11/7.  Next up on the 11/3 we had our yearly physicals (civilian doctor) in Bushnell, and set up flu shots (mine with the VA and Marilyn’s in Bushnell), and shingles vaccines at CVS.  On 11/18 I had my yearly sleep doctor visit plus met the doctor who will do my colonoscopy scheduled for 12/1.  Marilyn had her yearly mammogram on the18th (combined they were all in Eustis/Tavares).  We are almost done with doctors for this year, barring any health problems that show up later.


The time has not been all doctors. We have had some fun too.  We have been twice to visit Marilyn’s cousin Paul & his wife Peg in Lakeland.  First visit was on 10/21, and then on 11/14 we were all joined by Paul’s son Allan. IMG_20141114_155901_798 IMG_20141114_160011_727.  We visited our great friends Pete & Mitzi Hull in the Villages on 11/7.


Early in October I received an Email from Busch Gardens offering me a free pass on their half hour safari any time during my birthday month (October) because I had purchased one of their 2 year passes. So we made a trip to Busch on 10/22.  The Busch safari tour starts here. DSC08291.  The tour is in the back of a truck among wild animals. DSC08300 DSC08307 DSC08311. We wondered which way he went?  DSC08308-001.  Why did the Zebra cross the road?  DSC08304-001.  This Stork is one ugly bird. DSC08301-001.  We saw unusual animals. This one had 8 legs and very unusual coloring. DSC08295-001.  At the end of our safari, Marilyn got to feed some lettuce to a Giraffe. DSC08325 DSC08328. We had a fun day.


We went to the Escapees Florida Sun Gators Chapter 57 rally, and have been out to dinner several times with friends. I think I will do a separate blog with nrally pictures.


One final item. Yesterday UPS delivered our new Night Therapy Elite 13 MyGel Prestige Memory Foam Mattress.  It came in a box.  IMG_5391. The Jeep was stuffed with the old one. IMG_5392 IMG_5394.


Drive safe, and I will type at you later.