Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Merry Christmas

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
Hope yours is filled with good food, good gifts & loving family & friends!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 21st.
I'm busy getting ready for Thanksgiving Day dinner at the farm. The baked apples are in the oven and the house smells wonderful.  The cucumbers are sliced and in the refrigerator.  I'll add the sour cream on Thursday morning before dinner. I have a Sara Lee pumpkin pie waiting for the oven to empty.  So exciting.  I hope to get an early start for my trip to the farm tomorrow. They say it's one of the busiest days to travel so wish me luck. I call cardBingo tonight and I'll pack after I get home. Busy, busy, busy! Don't you just love it? I sure do!  Gotta go but before I do, I gotta say . . .

Monday, November 13, 2017

Caribbean Cruise

1.   While on a Caribbean cruise, I take the elevator to get to my room. Accidently pressing the wrong button, the elevator doors closes and then opens and I find myself in the bowels of the ship !

2.   Being the curious type, I leave the elevator and start to walk down the hallway and soon come to an area that smells so wonderful that it's easy to see that I've found one of the ship's kitchen.  

3.   Now worried, I turn around to go back to the elevator when I suddenly see one of the server's from the dining room who smiles at me and points me toward the elevator.

4.   A little relieved and laughing to myself I realize that I just had one of the best tours of them all - a cruise ships kitchen! 

Friday, November 10, 2017

My Week in Review

I'm sitting here trying to remember where the heck did the week GO? Time goes too fast! I'm trying to figure out how to slow it down!

Monday- Can't remember what I did during the morning but I know I went to the pool in the afternoon and  in the evening I went to Bingo and won the final cover-all and got 20 bucks!

Tuesday- Pool with Nancy in the afternoon. Called Card Bingo in the evening. Had 24 players.

Wednesday- Donna & I went to Lowe's so I could pick out some plants for my new garden. Gene, my neighbor planted my new plants for me. They are so pretty! Think I made a good choice. They are easy to care for and do well in full sun. Here's a pix!
The plants are called Ixora. Very popular here in FL

Thursday- Went grocery shopping in the morning & got my flu shot at Walmart. Today was BURGER NITE at the Community Hall. You get a huge burger, chips and a beverage for $5 bucks.
Such a bargain.

Friday- That's today! Had a really bad night. I felt like I had the FLU. Can this really happen? Well, yes it can cause it's happened to me. (Annie stopped by to bring me a piece of pie and guess what? she had a bad reaction to the senior flu shot too!)

Saturday- Tomorrow is Mah-Jongg at Jean's followed by 4 o'clock Mass. Not sure if we're going out to eat or not.

So that's my life this week. My arm still hurts like he** but the headache and weakness are gone. Time to get dressed and enjoy the day!!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Happy 100th . . .

We left beautiful "Seas the Day" on Marco Island yesterday morning and got back to Lake Bonnet Village and Doris's 100th Birthday party.

Doris is 100 years young.  
Joyce is 91.
These 2 gals are truly a blessing to know.

No rocking chairs for this dynamic duo.  Doris walks every morning pushing her walker along with her puppy, Maggie on the leash by her side.  If you happen to be out, she'll stop and talk and spend some time.  There must have been at least 100 people at her party yesterday and everyone got a hug and a "thanks" for coming.  She was in her glory & loved every minute of her birthday party.

Joyce is the gal that always babysat Dahli for me.  She's our resident dog lover and always welcomes our puppies into our home.  Joyce also has coffee hour every day at the 3 o'clock.  

Just a little glimpse into life at Lake Bonnet Village.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Burrowing Owls . . .

Here I am on this beautiful Marco Island and am learning about these precious little creatures that are my neighbors right here next to this house we are renting. Hope you enjoy learning about them as much as I am!!

Burrowing owls

Curious Residents of Florida
Florida’s burrowing owls Athene cunicularia floridana dig their burrows in vacant lots and open spaces, and are year round residents. The local population breeds between February and July, but some do rear young outside of these months. Special permits are required for removal or relocation of burrows.
Burrowing owls can be of special benefit in urban settings since they consume insects, including roaches and mole crickets. They also eat amphibians and rodents. 

Burrowing Owl Facts
~ Native to Florida
~ Return to same burrow each year
~ Only species of owl to nest underground
Burrows are up to 3 ft deep and 5-12 ft long ~ Once partners are chosen, they mate for life

~ About 9 inches tall (the size of a water bottle) ~ Diurnal and nocturnal (hunts day and night) 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Toni's Adventure

The Sleepless Night

1.   Not being able to sleep this one night during halloween, I twisted and turned in bed and turning toward the hallway I see a shadow on the wall outside the bedroom.

2.   Rising from my bed I decided to walk to the kitchen and check to see if Matt is there getting coffee ready for the morning .

3.   This is when I spotted the shadow again but this time it was moving really fast across the wall! 

4.   I was afraid that if I didn't figure out who/what it was then little Veda would wake up and be frightened but guess what? Veda was not in her bed. I heard a giggle & instantly realized my shadow was little Veda. We stood there and giggled together cause we love happy endings.

Sunday, October 29, 2017


Yesterday was a really sad day! Time to take Katie, Kelly & Lizzie to the airport & back to Cleveland  for school 0n Monday.  After dropping them off at Fort Meyer's, Matt & I were off to the Seminole Casino in Immokalee.  Matt won at the BlackJack table but I lost as usual.  Coming home was a real trip. An unpleasant one in pouring rain. Yuck!

Today was windy but better weather-wise but it sure seems strange not having the girls here. We went grocery shopping this morning and while the guys were fishing, I spent most of the afternoon playing with Veda. We had barbecue chicken, Stove Top stuffing & corn on the cob for dinner. Dee-lish. Matt's a good cook.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Marco Island

A little behind with my posting here so I'll play catch-up today.

Tuesday, Oct.24th
Matt, Lizzie, Katie & me  left my house on Tuesday, stopped at Fort Meyer's to pick up Kelly, Jackie & the baby's and arrived on Marco Island around 4 o'clock.  The house looked pretty good from the outside and really knocked us out when we got inside. It is totally gorgeous. The ceilings are 12 feet tall and the furnishings are straight out of Southern Living magazine.
Jackie & the babies got the Master Suite. Matt & I got the twin beds. Katie & Lizzie got the Queen bed and Kelly got the den with the sofa bed.

Wednesday, Oct.25th
Grocery shopping and getting ourselves organized.

Thursday, Oct.26th
Our first day at the beach. There were some really big waves that wanted to knock me over when I walked along the beach. Loved it.  In the evening, it was dinner at Fin's Bistro to celebrate Kelly's birthday. Chris drove down from Ocala/ Dunnellon to join us for dinner and stay till Saturday.

Friday, Oct. 27th.
Steve, the babies father & Jackie's hubby arrived today. The girls went to the beach with Chris. Matt went fishing & Jackie, the babies & I chilled out at the pool. Katie, Kelly & Lizzie are scheduled to fly home tomorrow but they seem to be changing those plans. Hope they decide to stay until Saturday.

Phew! I think I'm caught up! Gotta add some pictures!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Happy Birthday

Today is my granddaughter Kelly's birthday. 

Happy Birthday sweetie! 

Love you very much!!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sunday . . .

Yesterday was Mah Jongg at Jean's at noon then 4 o'clock Mass and shopping at Walmart.  After checking out, I stopped at the Pharmacy for the senior flu shot and the clerk asks me for my Part D card. I thought that was strange cause I would have thought the flu shot was Part B. No she says and she's sorry because I don't have coverage for shots.  So when I got home I called my Part D carrier and guess what? The flu shot is covered under Part B not D.  Kind of upset after that fiasco.

The Cleveland kids arrived safely at the farm yesterday evening.  They will be at my house tomorrow around noon.  Can't wait to see the grands again.  Hopefully, we will have some pool time in the afternoon and then my car will get packed. On Tuesday, we'll be on our way to Marco Island.  I love these family vacations.

I know this is a bunch of dribble but it's my life and that's pretty much all I've got!!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Getting ready!

The Cleveland kids will arrive at the farm tomorrow and stay until Sunday. Then on Monday, they will be coming down to get ME and off to Marco Island we will go.

Yesterday was getting all the beds ready for company.

Today is cleaning the golf cart which is a total mess right now.

This afternoon is new tires for the Bessie & a trip to the recycle bin.

Sounds pretty routine but very exciting for me.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bessie came back home today!

The conversation around here is usually centered around "before Irma" and "after Irma".  Our county was the worst after the Keys so getting things back to normal will take a while. No damage to my house but Bessie (my car) was damaged when someone's roof landed on her and then danced around long enough to do quite a bit of damage. She's been in the body shoppe since last Monday and finally got to come home today.  Sooooooooo glad! 

Sunday, October 15, 2017


Saw this entry on Facebook from my cousin Patti this morning and it seems like the perfect vehicle to get me back in the game.  So here goes . . . 

I wish more people did these...It's fun to learn little things about my friends.

Giving this a try...
1. Favorite smell. Lavender
2. Last time you cried earlier today
3. Favorite pizza? Pizza Hut
4. Favorite flower? Daisy
5. Did you go to college? U of Akron
6. Untie your shoes when taking them off? no
7. Roller coasters? Hell no
8. Favorite ice cream? Moose Tracks
9. Favorite pass time? Criminal Case game
10. What drives you crazy? gossip
11. What are you listening to? Browns (yuck)
12. Favorite Color? Pink
13. Tattoos? Nope
14. Piercing? Ears
15. Color of hair? Brown & Grey
16. Color of eyes? Blue
17. Favorite food to eat? Anything sweet
18. Favorite drink? Sweet Tea
20. Night owl or morning person? Night
21. Favorite day of the week? Tuesday
22. Do you have a nickname? Margie
23. Pictures on your wall? Yes

Come on, add a bit of fun to your day. Copy and paste into your status and change my answers to yours.

Now I plan to visit some friends. Have to find Toni and Kathy's new addys. Later . . .