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Published: February 4th 2018
Two days of festivities. Are you keeping up with us? Fun for All and All For Fun.
Tropical Palms (our winter home park) sponsored an Appreciation Day for all of its “long-termer’s”. That’s what we are called because of the length of the stay we do here. It used to include those who stayed here three months or more...not sure what they have as a cut off time now. Floridians call us “Snowbirds”. We just call ourselves lucky!
The day began with an early morning breakfast at 8:00 AM. For some of us ( me, me, me) that is truly EARLY morning. Others rise at the crack of dawn and think nothing of it. We managed to saunter down our roadway to the meeting hall to partake in the offering. There was a huge group of people who gathered....many new faces of folks we have yet to meet. Cory enjoys a good, hearty breakfast....me; I’m not a breakfast person. Never have been. Growing up, my favorite breakfast consisted of a glass of chocolate Quick....made from a tasty powder in a box ..... when mixed with milk created a yummy chocolate drink. Sluuurp. Today’s breakfast included bacon or sausage, pancakes
and a fruit cup as well as OJ and coffee. No chocolate Quick, though....Rats! The price was right: free. We appreciate the effort put forth. Cory volunteered his service by helping to deliver some of the food from the kitchen to the serving table. Other volunteers helped to make it all come together. Lulu didn’t even bother crawling out of her comfy nest. She doesn’t poke her head out until the sun is high in the sky. Her first meal begins with lunch. She just looks blankly at you if you offer her an omelet...she has no clue what it is....not part of her vocabulary.
Following the breakfast, they had our weekly coffee meeting to bring all of us up to date on the happenings in the park. Carla, the manager, was the speaker this time. She reviewed all the parks’ changes and renovations that had occurred and/or will occur, since last year. It’s good to see these positive actions happening for this aging park. It’s a great park but hasn’t had many updates....until now.
The Appreciation Day continued with a cookout around the pool. This area could accommodate the large number of people more comfortably than the
meeting hall. Hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad and beans comprised the menu. As a special treat, following the meal, entertainment was provided by “The Dukes”. They are a duo who appear weekly at Old Town. They really bring the crowds. They are fabulous! They sing all the great ‘50’s & ‘60’s tunes that we all know and love. They sound just like the original artists.
Now I know you are saying it was surely a “A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight”......NOT! It was freezing cold outside! Everyone was bundled up like Eskimos. This may be Florida....but so far, this year, the temperatures, more often than not, have not met its expectations. Brrrrrr. The outside accommodations were not conducive for a warm and festive evening, let alone “A Hot Time”. The feet stomping by a few brave dancing souls might have helped them but before the music really even got going, the majority of the crowd had fled to the warmth of their motor homes or cottages. But the band played on....Lulu and I listened to it from the confines of our toasty RV. She does poorly in the cold.....no place (no body) to put on a warm
Sam, George, Carole, Stan. Lois
Cory, Carolyn, Bill, Sandy, Sandy
coat or mittens. And, of course, she couldn’t dance anyway...no legs, remember. Cory braved the cold and returned to the pool area to enjoy the music in person. At least one of us maintained a presence at this chilly party. A small group of dedicated and hearty folks provided an audience for these wonderful musicians. In the end, we appreciated the effort put forth to appreciate all of us.
A regular event on our bucket list is to go to the Snowbird Extravaganza held in Lakeland, Florida. It is a big show sponsored by several Canadian businesses and companies. They exhibit a variety of products and services. There are various entertainment venues, also. We enjoy meandering through the two exhibit halls and collecting all the freebies offered. They do give out some pretty nice trinkets....better than any of the other shows we have attended. Sam’s scooter gets laiden down like an iron horse transporting our loaded, weighty bags of goodies. This year, we went on the second day of this event.....crowds were much less which made it nicer and easier to get around. Mark that down as a notation for next year! All this walking and looking built up
our appetites. Of course it did! Sandy remembered a luncheon restaurant recommended to us last year. We had wanted to check it out. Now was our chance. Google helped us to recall its name and location. Always remember: Google is our friend! Our daughter, Lory, has told us that from the day it was invented.
Cory guided us in the black mobile to The Whistle Stop Cafe in Plant City. A unique and interesting little restaurant. It used to be an old drugstore. Open from 11:00 - 3:00 only. Food was tasty...a luncheon menu. Wish I had tried their Cherry Smash (cherry syrup and seltzer) drink.....next time. They had live music from a piano player. As I made my investigative rounds, I asked to take his picture. Oh, yes - please do it...he was honored. He loved the photo I took and had me forward it to his niece so she could make a copy of it for him. Said he always wanted a photo of himself playing the piano. Now he had one. Happy to accommodate. Oh, if only Lulu had joined us....you know where she would have been! Perched on his piano like a brilliant and glowing
candelabra. What a picture it would have been. Julian was the name of this gracious pianist. A very talented musician. His music making made this quaint restaurant ever so much more festive. What a little music can do to enhance your surroundings. Gee....I wish I could sing. That’s a wish that will never come true. Please...please......stop applauding! At least, I know Lulu isn’t part of your critical group....no hands to applause.
On Thursdays, our life at our RV park has a daily routine consisting of two things: Cory plays golf with a group of men from Tropical Palms while I clean inside the RV and wash clothes. What’s wrong with this picture? Lulu sings 🎶🎶🎶“Cinderella, Cinderella - All I hear is Cinderella”🎶🎶🎶 as I do my mundane chores. Of course, she dreams of a glass slipper but what good would it do her?.....no feet! Actually, I’m content to get these tasks done. It doesn’t take an Army to do it all. One good thing living in an RV....it’s not the size of our house in Shongo....more like a real mini home...and cleans up easily and quickly. Our washer and dryer are located behind a folding door in our bedroom
Tropical Palms Friends at the Show
Sam, Stan, Cory, Sandy, Eddie & Linda
so I don’t have far to go to load them, use them, fold the clothes and put them away...everything is done in one room! All I do is just pivot around at the end of the bed and viola....the job is done! Easy, peasy. So, you don’t have to feel sorry for me.....🎶🎶🎶Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina” 🎶🎶🎶...Boy, I wish I could sing!
Our day ended with a tasty meal at the Guenter Cafe: surf and turf! I wish you could have joined us but we only had one lobster and one steak. Next time, we’ll plan better and buy in quantity. Here’s your rain check. Life is Good!
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