Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Planting Time

It will soon be time to plant my new caladium bulbs.  I picked out the area under my little palm tree as a perfect spot for the Florida Sweetheart bulbs.  I removed the mulch.  

I use eucalyptus mulch instead of cyprus mulch because the eucalyptus trees grow 3 times faster than the cyprus trees & are just as plentiful. Eucalyptus mulch is available at  Lowe's and I hope you will consider using it!

Anyway, here's what the spot looks like now.

  I'll be adding some of Miracle-Gro Garden Soil to the mostly sand that's there now.
Then someday when all of the caladiums are in bloom, I will take an "after" picture & post it here to share with you.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Caladium Festival

Going to the Caladium Festival in Lake Placid is something I look forward to doing every year.  The sign states that Lake Placid is: "America's Most Interesting Town" because they were awarded that title by Readers Digest for 2013.

Lake Placid is the Caladium capital in Florida.  I'm a newcomer to the Caladium fancy.  Mine is probably one of very few houses here in the Village that doesn't have Caladiums growing in abundance.  I have one large pot but that will soon be changing.  Instead of buying a pot of caladiums, I got 2 bags of bulbs.

One bag is labeled: "Florida Sweetheart" and the other one is"Mixed".  Wondering what that will turn out to be? I'll be busy planting them this week.

Ginny & Doris went with me to the Festival.
Here's what the "Florida Sweetheart" bulbs will grow up to be!
and here's a sample of some of those in the "mixed" bag!
Gorgeous aren't they?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Homosassa Springs

We had a delightful time in Homosassa Springs.  What made it really special for me was that I got to meet  Michelle's mom, Mary.  A delightful lady who's the same age as myself so we had lots in common and tons to talk about.  This is Mary who lives in Floral City. So happy to have a new friend.
Little did I know that the was a special island in the middle of the Homosassa River.  It's called Monkey Island.  You can see all about it by clicking HERE.

Another interesting place was the  Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park.

I guess you can tell I had a really good time & Andy had a great 54th birthday!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Happy Birthday Andy

Happy Birthday to my son, Andy on his 54th birthday. Thanks for my wonderful w/e in Homasassa. You look so cute in your new Angry Birds hat.  Hope you like it!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Fun time!

The doctor came as planned. She did a physical exam and asked about 100 questions.  She opened my refrigerator door to see if she could find all 5 food groups inside.  She made 1 suggestion; I should go to the Dentist at least once every 6 months.  She thanked me for my time and left.  End of story!

Andy's 54th birthday is on Sunday.  He & Debbie are going to Hommasassa Springs for the w/e & INVITED ME & DAHLI TO GO ALONG!  Yippee!  We'll be staying at Bella Oasis   It is pet friendly hotel.  Andy is taking the little boat so he can snorckle but we'll also have a pontoon boat that belongs to his friends, to get around on.  We'll be there on Friday, Saturday & Sunday nite.  I'm at the farm right now and we'll leave early tomorrow morning. Should be fun!

I've got to call Melanie Cook and let her know that I'll be in her neck of the woods for 3 days.  I'm hoping to talk her into coming to visit me in Homasassa for a boat ride and some friends time.  Wouldn't that be fun? Yes!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

House Call

OK, I admit that I am a Senior who is not in perfect health and who has what you might call a few medical issues.  But, my issues are well controlled by my Primary Physician, my Cardiologist & my Pulmonologist.  So I was rather surprised when I got this letter from Humana several months ago.

The letter starts off by announcing that Humana is:

"Offering me a No Cost In-home Health and Well-Being Assessment" (WHAT'S THIS ?? I'm wondering! Humana cares about my well-being? No Cost? I think that means FREE, doesn't it? I better read more!)

The letter goes on to say & I'm quoting here.
"At Humana, we want to help you improve your health and well-being,  As part of our care managemnent programs, we offer a no cost in-home Health & Well-Being Assessment conducted by CenseoHealth.  The DOCTOR  who performs your assessment will:
* take your temperature
* check your blood pressure & pulse
* monitor your breathing
* & get a brief medical history
Your primary doctor will receive the results."

If you look at the at the above list, there's really nothing there that a Nurse couldn't do.  When's the last time a DOCTOR took your pulse or blood pressure?  In fact, I thought Doctor's didn't know how to do vitals & figured that's why we had nurses.   There goes job security for nurses.

Anyway, several months went by so I set the letter aside and forgot about it until a few day ago when a Humana rep called to schedule an appointment.  A Dr. Barren will be visiting me on Wednesday, July 17th @ 1 o'clock. (OMG! Could it be true?  are house calls coming back?  Maybe!!

I'll let you know if I think there's something of value here or is Humana wasting our Medicare money?

Friday, July 12, 2013


Went out the other morning and much to my surprise I see a flower coming out the top of my pot of caladiums.  What's going on with that I wondered so I called Robbins Nursery and they told me to just cut off any flowers that might come up.  Apparently, if you get one you're gonna get a bunch so that's what I'll do.

Great news from Melanie. She's coming to visit me here in Lake Bonnet Village.  She's coming on Wednesday, July 31st so she will play card Bingo with us on Wednesday evening.  Can't wait for her visit!  It's not easy task for her to be able to come.  She has to make arrangements for someone to check in on her Mom and her puppy has to go to a Pet Resort.  So glad all her arrangements worked out.

Don't you just love having something to look forward to?

Thursday, July 4, 2013

4th of July

Happy 4th of July to all my friends & neighbors.  Hope yours is a safe & happy holiday.  Here at Lake Bonnet Village, we will have a hot dog buffet.  Everyone will bring a dish to pass or a dessert to share!!

Our resident-artistic-genius will present a skit today.  Can't wait to see it and I plan to take a video IF all goes as planned & my camera cooperates.

Last but not least, we will play card Bingo with gag gifts instead of money.  We did this last year & it was a blast.  Some of the gag gifts were so funny & really clever ie. a roll of gift-wrapped toilet tissue.

Hoping the rain holds off and the fireworks are on.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Butterfly Wishes!

This card is my special wish for you today! Hope you like it as much as I do!
Source: My Butterfly Lady

Happy & safe 4th of July.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Rain . . . rain . . . rain . . .

Grrr! Florida weather has been awful all June and it's continuing into July.  Storms all day & night long.  Yes it could always be worse because we could be having hurricanes.  I know that but this also is pretty awful.  Forget going to the pool.  Forget the sunglasses.  Raincoats and umbrellas are the dress code.  We may get some relief by the 4th of July.

Since we're having this perfect weather for ducks, we actually do have some very special visitors.  As we were having coffee one afternoon at Joyce's,  two little ducks waddled up.  They are nothing like anything we've ever seen so out come the bird books. Turns out our new little visitors are black bellied whistling ducks.
The picture and the following information comes from All About Birds.

The Black-bellied Whistling-Duck reaches the United States only in the very southern parts. Its long neck, long legs, black belly, and white wing patch make it a distinctive-looking waterfowl.

The whistling-ducks were formerly known as tree-ducks, but only a few, such as the Black-bellied Whistling-Duck actually perch or nest in trees. They look most like ducks, but their lack of sexual dimorphism (male & female look-alike) & , relatively long-term pair bonds, and lack of complex pair-forming behavior more resembles geese and swans.

Pretty neat, huh?  We're hoping they nest and stay around for a while.