Jul 19, 2019

It was a fun time

Almost ready to go. It was very cool last night. I wore long sleeves, a shawl and a scarf. It was chilly moving along in the golf cart. Maybe we should have taken the car.

There was a live band who were playing light jazz.  They were very good and we were one of the few who applauded.  Why do people ignore the band?

Thank you all for your lovely anniversary wishes.  Our plan is to live each day to the fullest.  That means doing as much as we can together including travel. We had each drawn up a list of ‘where to next’ destinations and we compared notes over the salad course.  So many of our choices overlap.  Living life to the fullest includes Colin indulging in his passions of music and of course photography.  At the moment my interests are sitting with my feet up and reading, some gardening and walking.  I need to just relax for a while.  I am known to change my interests often.  I do wish that I could distance myself from the computer but then how would I get things done and know what is happening in the world.

We found out that these are the second set of new owners of this restaurant since the original owners left a few years ago.  The original set were great and we dined there often.  I heard that the first set of new owners were not so great but these current owners are and the menu is extensive.  Tuesday is pasta night @ $13.00 per plate vs $21.00 and up.  However the wine menu is off the charts with the bottles starting at $38.00.   Per the glass is not much better with prices starting at $11.00 per 6oz glass and $15.00 – $17.00 per 9 oz glass.  I feel the urge to move to Portugal coming over me  😆

We had the lobster pasta special and every bite was right on.  The best thing is that as residents of the park we get 15% off the food.

We were surprised with a complimentary chocolate torte “Happy Anniversary”  dessert.   Oh my, so very rich and decadent and I want to have another.

This has been our RV travel card since 2012 or 2013.  We have run out of cards and needed a new one.  The print company controlled the set up and printing of this card.

Colin is just not ready to remove the girls from our card so here they are.  However after six hours of searching, he actually found the original photo in our 2012 files and did some photoshop.  The card is not so dark and I changed the wording.  I quite like it.

Which do you like better?


Jul 18, 2019

Celebrating 32 years of marriage!

Hard to believe we have been married this long.  It doesn’t seem that long ago that we tied the knot.  We really did not start to celebrate until very late afternoon today.  Well I am enjoying a glass if wine but now at 5:45PM Colin is busy with clients. We are getting our first good weather in a long time and he is busy coordinating jobs.  Colin had a meeting with a client this morning and then did some errands.  Meanwhile I started doing some yard work with our landscaper.  More on that in one of the next posts.

Colin surprised me this afternoon with a lovely bouquet of roses.  They have a lovely aroma.

We are going out for a lovely meal at the Italian restaurant that is here in the park.  That way we can enjoy some wine and not have to worry about driving.  We will use the golf cart.  It has been an unusually cool day with rain storm after rain storm interspersed with downpours and the odd 15 minutes of blue sky and sunshine.

We are long past giving gifts and cards but I just wanted to this year.

In my opinion ( his opinion is yet to be decided ) Colin needed a dressier jacket to go see clients in ( like the rainy windy day we had today ).

I also decided that he needed a second jacket for travel or just outdoor whatever.  Both jackets are windproof and water repellent with sealed seams.  Plus I got both on sale and saved $100.00.

So we are off to dinner……..




Jul 17, 2019


Last Thursday I saw my doctor about a few issues and it has taken me until now to feel comfortable to talk about it.

I have to say that I was shocked to hear that this growth on my finger on my left hand was likely due to osteoarthritis.  That lump seems to have developed while we were in Europe. It is larger in real life than on the photo.  Perhaps I never noticed it before.  It only hurts if I squeeze it.  That finger is stiff to bend.

This finger on my right hand has been crooked with no pain for many years.

My doctor suggested that I wasn’t taking enough supplements and wants me to take 2000IU ( I was only taking in 1200IU per day ) of Vitamin D which is needed to help the body absorb calcium.  In addition to my normal calcium intake I am to make sure that I take in 1200mg of elemental  calcium. Elemental means calcium taken from food.  So I Googled elemental calcium and discovered that I am not taking in enough through the foods that I eat.  I might as well admit that I have been remiss since last fall in taking in any vitamins whatsoever, nothing, nada.  So it really is my own fault that I have come to this.  Bottom line, I was too lazy to pull out the 8 – 12 vitamins/supplements that we each need on a daily basis.  We have been doing this systematically  for years and years but I just stopped last September.  Often I would pull them out but neither of us would take them.  No other reason than laziness.

Colin recalled that our friend Jocelyn ( for the story of how we knew this couple from our Acapulco days way back, click here ) who we visited a year and a bit ago in Bucerias had trouble playing his guitar.  His fingers did not want to cooperate and now he is doing great.  He eventually discovered Genacol Bone and Joint and Colin was able to find that online today.  Have any of you tried this?  I Googled the product and read all the customer testimonials and it seems like the right thing for me to try.

We have not been out for a restaurant meal since June 19th and I felt the need to get out.  So last Sunday we headed to the local Greek restaurant.

The food was so good that I neglected to take a photo until more than halfway through the meal.   Everything including the Greek house wine was excellent.

Honestly the salad was so much better back in Athens and the wine prices were at least 4/5ths  less.  I think that it is difficult for local restaurants to have the tomatoes at the correct ripeness to serve so many people day after day.  Also an English cucumber was used opposed to field cucumbers back in Greece.  It still was a fabulous meal and we will be going back.



Jul 15, 2019

Something to smile about

Thanks to a long time blog reader, Greytlady,  I have something special to share with you.  Truly appreciated and you are a great lady for sending this to me.  The following photo was taken by a 19 year old.  All sixteen of these doxies are his.

If you click here, it will take you to a link where at the bottom of the page you will be able to read a bit about how this photo came to be as well as the names of all sixteen dachshunds.  Such a sweet story and well done pups.  A very remarkable photo.  Once you click on the link, there is a next button at the top of the page to click next.  There are four photos in the series.

Mother Nature treated us after a brief shower late this afternoon.

It is a double rainbow with the top one barely visible.


Jul 14, 2019

Garage sale

About three or four times per summer our park has a garage sale and yesterday was one of those days.  It is well attended by many outside the park.  Between the thirty condo buildings (  between 2 – 4 units per building ) and 570 RV sites, there are a lot of golf carts and bicycles going up and down the streets looking for treasures.

Our first stop was just around the corner from us where Colin picked up two brand new ( with the tags still attached ) life jackets for $10.00 each.  I forgot to get a photo of them and they have been put away.  We now have six!

All kinds of things for sale, large displays in some yards and smaller ones in other sites.

This was my big purchase. A very full bag of beads which will be a fun thing to hand out during our Carnival fireworks cruise next February.  The fellow told me to make an offer.  I got them all for only $5.00.

This next purchase took some thought and discussion.  Did we need these and would they be right for the location?

We already had two chairs in this corner but they were getting sun damaged.  These look good here.  There were six of these chairs supposedly purchased new at Rona last summer for $40.00 each.  We paid $16.66 each and they do look brand new.  Between all three of our purchases we are still $2.00 ahead of what I got for what I sold last weekend.

Colin wanted a little corner for our propane fire pit which is what we created with two of the chairs.

The fire pit corner looks close to the table, chairs and umbrella but it works.  Note the piece of fencing we put up.

The neighbours had a hedge between us but it died two years ago, so they pulled it out. They prefer to grow weeds which we don’t want to see.

The entire yard is a mess of weeds which go to seed and blow into our yard. I spent an hour pulling our weeds yesterday.  So the fencing which is something we already had is a temporary fix to avoid the ugliness of their yard.  I have no idea why the park is allowing this.

Later in the day I saw an online ad offering two free patio chairs and stools.  They were just two miles away so we went to take a look.  Pieces of wood had been placed to create a base as the webbed slats were falling apart.  However both the cushions which had been covered with some sort of material were rather digusting.  I had hoped to salvage the cushions and recover them but they were too gross.

You may recall that I have two similar footstools on the Isla but they are getting very rusty even with repainting and are looking tired.  The stool on the left in this photo belongs to the two chairs we are going to get rid of.  You can see the sun damage ( white color ) on the top.  They are usable stools but small.  The ones I picked up yesterday afternoon are rather large.  The ones on the Isla are perfect.

So now I have to come up with a cushion of some sort. The size is 14 – 16″ deep by 21 – 22″ wide. The blanket works for now but I really want a pillow or a cushion or ?  I spent a lot of time online today and could not find anything suitable that was in my price range.

A pair of these stools are sitting in my Amazon.com cart. I found them this past April. However they are $80.00 USD. If I could come with something for half that price to top my free stools, I would be happy.

Does anyone have any suggestions?  I do love to sit with my feet up.





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