It's about time.

I'm sure there are many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your children. Buying a home and paying all the bills that are related to being homeowners and parents.
Our family has grown up and started families of their own. We're now retired and don't need a big home with all its work and expenses. We've downsized our belongings, sold our house, and upgraded our trailer.
Now it's time to follow our dreams.

What about you? Wouldn't you say, "It's about time".

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Where’d Summer Go?

Our Location today is Sugar Loaf Key, Florida, USA.

As reported at the end of yesterday’s post our friends and family back home were experiencing more snowfall at the same time we were experiencing heavy rain showers. For us it actually stopped for a short while but then throughout the night we were awaken by the heavy pounding of the rain on our roof. Kathy was starting to get concerned that we’d need our kayak through the night. 

When we woke around 8:00 this morning it felt strange not to have heard the roosters crowing but with the heavy cloud cover it nearly looked like dusk. We did take our time to have breakfast and do our morning computer reading. Looking online at the forecast it wasn’t that appealing after yesterday’s warm summerlike weather today’s high would only reach 70 F (21 C) with 17 mph north winds. 

By 10:00 we were ready to head out to run some errands. Stepping outside our toneau cover on the rear of the truck was beginning to sag from the weight of all the water that had gathered on it. Simple solution to empty it was drive forward than hit the brakes. All Gone! We drove to the Back 40 of the campground where all the tent campers are located. Most of the cars and tree branches were covered with items that were soaking wet from last night’s rain. 

We drove over to the Big Pine Flea Market but when we got there I had to drop Kathy as close to the gate as possible because their parking lot looked like a battle zone with huge puddles of standing water everywhere. I looked to see if I could locate any more LED light fixtures for our trailer with no luck. Because the temperature wasn’t hot today we looked to see if there might be something else that might catch our eyes. Leaving empty handed we followed the maze of dry ground back to the truck. 
This shirt says it all.
Instead of driving around looking for someplace to eat lunch today we simply drove straight over to the No Name Pub where the waitress was surprised that without looking at the menu we knew what we wanted. There were other people that were more regular than ourselves when they were addressing the manager, bartender and wait staff on a first name basis. Our Hawaiian Pizza was perfect and we were comfortable when we left. 

Our next stop was the Winn Dixie where again I had to drop Kathy off near the front door because of the large water puddles in the parking lot. That’s the same place the parking lot had been flooded three weeks ago from a heavy rain shower that the Forecasters said didn’t happen. 
Inside the No Name Pub. That's all money on the ceiling and walls. 
While Kathy started the grocery shopping inside I was filling our water containers outside at the dispensing machine. Unlike our last two years where Kathy suffered from drinking the unprocessed water. Last year we were still boiling unprocessed water for our coffee and tea and Kathy had infections. Since we have only been drinking the processed water from the dispensing machines this year Kathy has not had a single Kidney infection. 
Delicious Hawaiian Pizza.
After we headed home and got everything put away I set up the grill outside to cook up a couple of pounds of bacon. No we weren’t going to have it for a meal. Kathy dries the grease off of it after it’s been grilled & crispy than keeps it in a sealed container in the fridge. Whenever she wants to make a sandwich or add bacon to a dish she simply adds it from the fridge. 
Returning the shopping cart.
Had to skirt this large puddle.
Even though tonight is Saturday night after being rained out last night and with the cold winds blowing tonight the Pub surprisingly had no live entertainment. Sitting here writing this blog post the wind is actually shaking the trailer. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

What should you give a man who has everything?


A woman to show him how to work it all.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Higgs Beach, Key West.

Our Location today is Sugar Loaf Key, Florida, USA.

Since our last couple of days were so interesting (NOT!) doing necessary chores around the trailer last night we made plans. We checked the weather reports and saw that rain was on its way to the Keys. Also since we’ve seen about all we can at this time we thought we’d take a trip to the beach in Key West. We had passed by it on our trolley tour when there on Tuesday but didn’t get a chance to check it out up close. 

We were in no hurry to leave early and with the Roosters again waking me up at 4:18 this morning and continuing their calling for the next hour I had no problem sleeping until 8:00. After breakfast we did sit at the computers for our morning reading and to verify the weather status before getting ready to go. Kathy packed us a picnic style lunch while I retrieved the chairs and sun umbrella for shade. I then raided the outside fridge of cold drinks that when packed in the cooler also helped to keep our lunch fresh. 

After taking Highway 1 all the way to Key West I change directions when we came to the junction of Highway A1A which took us eastward towards the Atlantic side of the Island. We took our time checking the first beach and then the second that was our planned destination for the day. At this point I just kept on driving following the route the tour trolley had taken on Tuesday. I had an Ulterior Motive! 
Kathy pictured inside Smoothie Shuttle getting our smoothies to go.
Knowing for certain this was to be our last trip to the keys for a few years I wanted to make a stop. Within two blocks of turning north on Duval Street we arrived. Nearly three weeks ago Kathy and I had stopped at the Smoothie Shuttland enjoyed the most refreshing smoothies we’d ever had. Since we’d be sitting in the sun I figured we needed something to keep ourselves cooled down. Due to limited street parking Kathy went in to get us each one coming out just seconds after I found a parking spot.
Back to the Clarence S. Higgs Memorial Beach we found plenty of off road parking. After adjusting the windows to be slightly ajar and installing the windshield heat guard we decided to just walk over and check out where the best place to set up at would be. First we wondered out onto the pier to get a better view of our surroundings. Then Kathy suggested we’d probably be eating supper at the Salute On The Beach a small restaurant located in front of the beach. When we started reading their outdoor menu the lunch menu was more appealing than the dinner one. Guess where we had lunch. For a small place with an open side to the beach it was totally busy with reasonably priced good food. 

Look over the pier.
Is that better.
It was nearly 1:00 by the time we set up our chairs and umbrella where we thought we could relax read and people watch. You probably guessed that we’re not the type to hang around beaches but “When in Rome”. It was interesting to see other people with the same idea while others displayed a need to entertain others. By 2:30 the wind started picking up and it looked like we might get the rain that was promised for this evening. We packed up the umbrella and found the abandoned shade of a tree for Kathy to sit under. We stayed another hour watching the goings on before heading for home. 

Carnival Cruise Line leaving Key West.
Packing up for home.
This is a guided tour.
After getting the truck cleaned out and everything put away we sat down to enjoy a picnic in our trailer. Going online we found out the campground’s WiFi is down so we’ll just cautiously use our own. Those thunderstorms forecasted for this evening became a reality. After hearing some music playing at the Pub and we were about to investigate when the rain really started coming down. Maybe tomorrow will be a dryer day. 
They served everyone in the restaurant.
Old Jake is a retired service dog.
Just heard from our friend Vera that everything is covered in white again back home and Tuesday we are slowly working our way in that direction. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Change of Plans.

Our Location today is Sugar Loaf Key, Florida, USA.

Once again we managed to sleep soundly until nearly 8:00 this morning. We were in the process of making breakfast when the power in the trailer again went out. Being a little frustrated at what had happened power-wise on our site this week the first thing I checked for was a fault reading on our EMS. Since there was no display what-so-ever I looked towards the pedestal that we were plugged into to verify it was still connected. When I saw neighbors outside jestering that they also had no power we just went back to eating the part of our breakfast that was ready. Minutes later our power returned and our AC started cooling the trailer once again while the kettle finished boiling water our coffees. 

Once we’d finished breakfast we chose to get caught up on our E-mail and Blog reading. Having first noted the outside temperature when we first got up I double checked as soon as I sat at my computer to see that the temperature had already reached its maximum for the day but felt much warmer. With the high heat Kathy passed on going for a bicycle ride so we worked together on researching our return trip home. We had our return all planned in Jello before heading south this past winter but a few things have changed so we’ll be changing some of our return route. 

After lunch Kathy started the Crock Pot to make her version of Honey Garlic Chicken Wings for our supper. When she makes them for any kind of get-together there’s nothing but the empty container to bring home. She also did some vacuuming while I went outside to continue sorting my hardware that I store in the truck into the new organizers. There is still a few small bins that have to be sorted but at least I’m now rid of the organizer that caused the problem in the first place. 

We totally enjoyed our supper of the Honey Garlic Wings with a Sweet Potato for our side. For dessert we walked over to the camp store and bought an ice cream treat. We notice on our way that at least half the campground is now empty as the Snowbirds are slowly heading north. Sandy was on duty in the office and she asked about our power going out this morning. She then informed us that the outage had effected half the Keys all the way up to Marathon Key. It was a relief for us to know that it wasn’t just our site.     
Who says chickens don't grow on trees?
Kathy and I would like to welcome our newest blog follower msucheermom. Unfortunately there is no blog information at this time but if that changes I’ll pass along a Shout Out so we can see what she is up to. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

How do you make a baby poisonous snake cry?


Take away his rattle.