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Published: January 13th 2020
Wherever we go, it always seems to turn into an adventure. This past Tuesday started out as usual. Every Tuesday, many of the long termer’s here at a Tropical Palms attend a “Big Coffee” meeting. Nicki Jo, our wonderful activity director, brings everyone up to date about current and future activities at the park. Communication is the best way to keep everything moving along smoothly. She is our great communicator. She offers a positive question & answer period. I have taken on the roll of Martha Stewart (well, on a much limited basis, of course, plus I haven’t been in jail) and offer a few helpful hints to make life, etc. a tad easier. I don my Sandy’s Snipets (I know the spelling is wrong but it was all I could fit in) headband and do my “show & tell”. Did you know if you add an apple to your bag of potatoes, no eyes will grow on your potatoes .....unless you store them for months! Then it won’t matter...you will have rotten potatoes and have to toss them out.....eyes or not!
Our daily coffee clutch in the lobby doesn’t draw the crowd that the “Big Coffee” does but it’s
growing. More and more of our friends are quickly arriving here at the park. The couches are filling up fast. 🎼🎼Hail, Hail, the gangs all here🎼🎼. John was relaxing on the couch when I snapped his picture!
Following the “Big Coffee” meeting, injured Sandy (Foreman) had to return to the medical center she has been going to for her various fractures. This day she received the results of the MRI of her right shoulder. Noooooo. Yep....she has tears in two of the tendons that make up her rotator cuff. Surgery required. Rats! The rotator cuff is made up of 4 tendons that attach to the various “shoulder” bones. Four muscles are attached these 4 tendons. One of her tears are of the supraspinatus tendon and the other tear is of the infraspinatus tendon (see diagram). She returns in 2 weeks to meet her orthopedic surgeon and discuss the plan of action, surgical date, what is involved and what is to be expected. Lulu has washed her small nursing uniform (a neck collar....you know why....no body) and stands ready to be called to duty. While we were there, Sandy had them change her arm (for her hand fracture) cast to
make it more comfortable. She stayed with her blue color for her cast. Still no autographs, folks.
Next on our agenda of this day was to go to a movie. We like the Cinemark Theater at the end of International Drive. They have the comfy, recliner loungers.....so relaxing you could fall asleep in them. Fortunately, the movies are so loud and entertaining.....you just recline back and munch your popcorn. We saw the movie “Bombshell.” It was good. Amazing how the starring women were made up to look exactly like the actual women this movie was about. Dinner was at Denny’s. We don’t do lobster every night!
On a couple nights, Cory rented the Redbox movies “Judy” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”. I fell asleep in “Judy” so that tells you something. The actress, Renee Zellweger, did an excellent impersonation of Judy Garland. The other movie won awards but none from us.
All the Olive Garden ads on TV make us drool for some of their delicacies. Made for a perfect lunch! The “all you can eat” offer sounds so tempting....but once the first round is finished....so are we! Those warm breadsticks do not help the
cause! All of it is, oh, so good! We waddle out just like we do at the “trough”. We should have walked but we rode around Sherwood Forest RV Park. It is just down the highway from our park. We are always glad we are at TP....their park seems old and unkempt in areas. Some folks like it better than TP....just like here: they have their friends and have always stayed there. Across their roadway are their cottages. Unless you drive through it, you can’t believe what a huge area it covers. It just goes on and on and on. Check it our sometime if you haven’t been there before. Be sure your vehicle has plenty of gas.
Thursday, Cory, Sam & Dave went to the famous Mecum Auction. The highlight of the auction this year was the Mustang car that Steve McQueen drove in the movie, Bullit. It sold for $3,470,000. Yikes! Every year, I tell Cory to buy an MGA....every year, he doesn’t. Lulu wants it to be her car even though she can’t drive it....you know why. While in college and after, Cory had 3 MGA’s: red ‘56, white ’59, blue ‘62. We eloped in the
white one! What a ride and adventure that was! Remember that doozy of a big blog? Definitely one of my mega, mega blogs.....yawn!
Friday, we treated ourselves to one of our favorite dining spots: Bar Harbor. I always get their lobster or lobster roll. Something made me decide to try another of my favorites: calamari. Whaaaat! Wrong decision! They cooked them in some sort of sweet sauce....nope! That’s not how to do it, guys. I like them fried and then dip them in marinara sauce on the side. I discreetly, and with much envy, watched as Sandy devoured her yummy lobster roll. Live and learn. Next time, no more switching around. I shall stay true to myself!
Friday evening was Karaoke night at Tropical Palms. Our favorite DJ, Dennis, was playing. He used to come here and work his rockin’ music but has been on a hiatus for awhile......but now he’s back! Hooray, Hooray! Everyone was so glad to see him and his lovely wife, Darla. Judy is our favorite karaoke singer. She has the voice of an angel. If she were on the TV show, American Idol, she would win! And we could get her autograph. Lulu
didn’t miss this night out. She rolled herself done the roadway. She loves Dennis and was thrilled to see him again. She flung herself into his strong arms. I saw tears of happiness form in her eyes. Oh, such a joyful evening. It was her special time.....plus she was so glad to be over her typhoid fever! Times are a’changing. A younger generation now joins in on all the Tropical Palms festivities. They keep “the good times rolling” and festive while our generation remembers we were once them.
Yesterday, we had a special treat. Former Tropical Palms friends came by. I know most of you remember Linda and Larry Ping and Larry’s brother, Darin. They were heading into Disney to spend the night and enjoy this magical place. It was so wonderful to see them again. We miss them! They live in Bradenton now. We hope to see them again before we have to head back north.
Today was a lazy day. No adventures to share. We all need a rest period at some point. Hope you took advantage of it, also. Sam & Sandy came over. Fortunately, they don’t have far to come.....they live next door! The
guys watched some football while Sandy and I gabbed about nothing. At halftime, Cory went to Domino’s for a pizza and garlic knots. We had “pizza on the patio”. The knots were good, too. Lulu got her fill. She’s so happy to have her appetite back.
Tomorrow is Monday. Can you remember what that means? Think about it......No....not wash day! It’s Webster Day....the huge flea market in Webster, Florida. We are heading our in the early (for Cory & me) morning to go to it. Meet us at 8:00 AM if you want to to join this merry group. Sam has his scooter all charged up and ready to go. Another adventure.....where will it take us? Be ready to do some walking...this giant flea market covers a big area.
See you in the morning!
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