Thursday, February 29, 2024

Power and Plants

 I was on the phone with our daughter in New Jersey who, after an onslaught of wind and plunging temps, is without power and therefore heat. Kindness made me avoid revealing that I was sitting on our porch in my jammies.

Afterwards, it seemed like a good idea to check our thermostat at home in Massachusetts. She Who Must Not Be Named had been interrupting our day yesterday with ominous alerts of high winds in our area back there, too.




So that’s not good.



I texted a friend who lives in the same complex back home and she said they’d been without power briefly, but all was good.

Hopefully, we’re just having an internet snafu and the heat is still chugging along.      Hopefully.  . . .



On a happier note, here are some sights from yesterday’s stroll around our condo area here in Florida’s version of winter:






The hibiscus is moderately happy, producing about one
flower per bush.








It’s still surprising to me to see poinsettias (although a little scraggly) in the ground instead of a pot.

















And here’s a plant that always reminds me of my mother – she always had one
growing near a window.






And it’s good to see the fish in our ponds are busy making circles in the sandy bottoms to plant their eggs.   Spring!



Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Retail Robbery

       My Guy was off sitting behind an easel at an art workshop, so I took myself out for some retail therapy. There was little on the agenda other than a poke around in the stores at a neighboring town but I ended up at the same discount store I shop in by our condo.

Monday, February 26, 2024

Looking over my shoulder

 I faced the unfaceable and stuffed my Temple of Carbs into a bathing suit for the first time this year. I was off to the small pool in our complex to read and maybe catch some conversation.

          Unlike everyone else, I dodged the sun and planted myself safely under the shade of an umbrella and opened my book, but after a while, the chatter in the pool drew me in.

          While we stood in the water, swishing with our hands, one woman there mentioned that when she returned North, she’d be going back to her job in an assisted living facility. I knew one of my friends there at the pool had sold their house in Georgia and moved with her husband to such a place. Both facilities were the ‘staged’ sort, where you might begin in the independent living portion but when the need arose, you would then move on to the next level of care.

          My friend spoke about the changes she’d likely see there when they returned to Georgia from Florida – people needing more help in the common dining room than before, others who they might not see again at all.

          One thing I like about being here is that most of the people I see are in my age range and out and about, which means that paradoxically, with few opportunities for comparison, I tend to forget how old I am.   

          I don’t think I’d like living in a place where the ongoing frailties of others would serve as a graphic reminder to me of what’s ahead.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Changing the Bed

 


         When I was teaching, Sundays meant fitting in those last weekend events while still trying to finish up those papers I needed to grade to hand back on Monday.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Once more into the breach

 

 


         They’re at it again. A month ago, after our credit card was compromised, we spent hours and days running the unforgiving obstacle course of contacting all the entities that are paid by it.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Hunting and Gathering

With My Guy off at an art workshop, I decided to go to downtown Venice, aka “the island” for a little shopping.

 Ever since 1960, when the West Coast Inland Waterway was created, the original city center has been an island, accessible only by crossing one of three bridges.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

How to Entertain 101

 

          My Guy and I had a great evening of dinner and Mahjong at some friends’ house the other night, but I have to say that another set friends have truly found the true key to effortless entertaining.