Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Glad to be in Florida

When we were living in northern, Illinois for so many years, the ability to be in Florida in winter was something that other people got to do.  And those other people were usually "older."  Life has swung full circle and now we are the "older people" staying in Florida while family and friends in Illinois endure a genuine blizzard with winds nearing 50mph, temperatures plummeting to near zero and snow accumulating to as much as 19 inches.  Yikes!
For the past two weeks or so I've twice been replacing the one last part on our slide room mechanism that will get everything back in perfect working order.  Yesterday I ordered what I hope is the real final part to solve the issues that keep cropping up.  Here are a couple of photos of some of the stuff I've been working on.  I get good advice from my Foretravel friends and I am not paying $110/hour to a tech who, frankly, can't do what I am doing any better than I am doing it.  But his body doesn't hurt as much as mine does at the end of the day. I have to crawl into a storage bay and work on my back and reach overhead to do the work.  Whine, whine.
Here are a couple of photos of the parts I am dealing with.  I won’t get into details as I don’t want to put you to sleep.
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Here is a photo of where we are parked in the Salt Springs Recreation Area.
From time to time while walking around the campground we can hear sounds coming from the many amateur musicians  that play guitar, dulcimer, harmonica and banjo – and possibly other instruments.
pickin' 006  Last night I went to The Barn, the activities building, to hear the “Salt Springs Pickers.”  I really did not know what to expect.  Some of it was really good and some was pretty bad.  I liked the picking much more than the singing.  Some of the tunes played are probably from the late 18th and early 19th centuries and included: The Bed By The Window;  Too Old To Die, and a 20th Century song called Double Wide Trailer.

I have always loved banjo music and to hear a banjo/guitar combination with the complex blending of notes was really a treat.

I took the above picture with my little point and shoot pocket-size Canon camera. My favorite camera has developed a problem with the zoom feature so I sent it off to Canon today. Amazingly, the repair facility is in Elk Grove Village, IL where Mother Nature is busy creating all sorts of photo ops as I type.
Tomorrow I am going into Ocala to get tested for hearing aids.  I think it is important to add some of the trappings of a senior citizen. Huh?
Stay tuned.


  1. Hi George, nice post today. Ellie and I have visited the “The Barn” a few times this winter and have even been there for the “pickin” night. Good luck with your Hearing Aids, I will be interested to learn what you did.


  2. HEARING AIDS, GEORGE? Sorry, guess I shouldn't shout. :)

  3. If you plan to come to the dusty west be sure to get extra microphone filters for your hearing aids. I never change mine anywhere else but here I'll be sitting by the fire and suddenly loose my ability to hear as the filters plug up.

  4. I knew there we advantages to getting older, and staying relatively warm us definitely one of them.

    I have been resisting hearing aids for awhile, but keep thinking about them.

  5. Just saying we are retired makes me feel a little older but its worth it to be the one going to all the warmer destinations. :)

  6. Huh??? Whad ya say?? SPEAK UP!!