Friday, February 25, 2011

We are still alive and kicking

It has been a while since I’ve done a post, so I thought it would be a good idea to bring you up to date.

Last week I was in Chicago visiting my daughter and son-in-law and their first born son, Luke.

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Baby Luke, Brad and Jennifer make a nice family.

And, while I was in the Windy City, Sandy had a close friend spend 4 days with her in Salt Springs.  Kate Stratman (on left)  and Sandy are kayaking in Blue Springs, where there are lots of manatees and other wildlife.

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And below is a photo of our son, Jamison, holding Oscar.  Jamison, Jane and Oscar live in New York.  We plan to visit them this summer.


The weather is definitely getting warmer here in central Florida with afternoon highs reaching the 80s on occasion.  Warm temperatures have brought out the Red Bud and other flowering trees and shrubs.

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While we were out walking yesterday we bumped into new friends Greg and Holly, who live in Wisconsin and are camp hosts and volunteers here at the park. 

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In addition to being a great couple these two are dedicated to their job.  They go way above and beyond the few hours they are required to put in.

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They have personally taken it upon themselves to clean up an overgrown and neglected area of the campground into a pleasant place to be.

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This is the “after” photo of an area at least two acres in size that fronts along a canal.  It has been transformed into a beautiful and inviting part of the campground. Greg and Holly have done this all on their own time.  Sandy has been rewarding them with cookies and scones. 

The other night while watching TV in the living room the picture suddenly disappeared.  No warning.  After several attempts to revive it, we determined that it was dead.

Replacing a TV in a motorhome is not a slam dunk. The old TV fit nicely inside of a custom cabinet.  I could have found a small TV to fit inside, but it would have required more woodworking skills and tools than I have.  So we decided the best approach is to hang a flat panel TV over the opening.  The TV and the wall mount are on order and should both arrive on Monday.  I hope to have it installed by Tuesday.

During today’s walk we came across this white egret who is a good buddy to local fisherman who toss him some of the fish that are too small to keep.  We, sadly, did not have anything for him.

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Originally, we had planned to leave from here on April 1, but Sandy is getting some dental work done that is going to take longer than anticipated.

Stay tuned.


  1. Hi George. I am happy that all appears to be going well for you and all of your family members. I enjoyed seeing pictures of your family, particularly the youngest members. The park looks great too, especially down by the canal. We had watched the progress during our two visits this winter but had no idea that one couple was doing all of this work. Thanks for the great update!


  2. I wondered what happened to you two! :)

  3. Glad to see you back, missed your blogs. Oscar and Luke are just adorable!! What is it about cute baby boys...

  4. It was great to see photos of things blooming. The desert hasn't started to bloom yet and I love to see the signs of spring. :)