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Published: April 25th 2020
Bored yet? Don’t worry, we have a few treats for you to keep you entertained. So settle in for a pleasurable time. Remember: we’re all in this together. Let’s start out with the biggie.
Sandy Foreman had her 22nd birthday last Thursday. Happy Birthday, Sandy. She told us it was her 22nd....are we to question it? Nope! Not us....And you can’t either! In times past, we usually celebrated her special day by going somewhere extra nice for her birthday. She loves The Cheesecake Factory. Not in the cards this year. What to do under present circumstances with all the coronavirus restrictions? Hmmmmm — let’s think this out. We’re putting on our thinking caps....put yours on, too. No restaurants allowing dine in. Okay......let’s dine OUT! Easy peasy. Cory loaded up the car with our table and chairs. I packed up a tablecloth and silverware. Lulu packed up herself. No way was she missing out on a birthday party. They don’t call her the “party girl” for nothing. The birthday girl and Sam buckled themselves in and we were off. But to where? Right down the road.....the yellow brick one? Nope. This is not Kansas, Toto. We took the main road to
Cracker Barrel. We always can find a delicious meal here. Cory set up our table and chairs in their parking lot. Outside dining at it’s finest. We sat under the shade of a couple trees. Wasn’t it pleasant? Having all of you there really made it jubilant ....a birthday flash mob! Cory and Sandy went inside and placed the dinner orders. That took awhile because some of you had so many special requlests. Fussfaces! Sam and I set the table with the dinnerware we brought. Lulu put on her partial waitress uniform....she doesn’t need a full one.....you know why.....no body. Of course, we all abided by the mask wearing regulation....except for Lulu. Her respirations are so shallow, she really can’t breath on anyone. And, obviously, the main reason for no mask on her: she insists her lovely face must be seen by all at all times....such narcissism. She would never voluntarily wear a burka! Pretty girl! Pretty face!
Quickly, our orders were ready and we wasted no time delving in to the goodness. Yum! Lick and slurp. How was yours? It felt like a picnic, didn’t it? Fresh air, sunshine and a natural environment made the perfect setting. Of
course, there was construction going on in the field adjacent to Cracker Barrel but such is life.....it was something new to see. A few cars passed us by.....we probably should have asked them to join us but our seating was limited.....all of you took up all the extra chairs we had. I always say “When you have more than you need, build a bigger table.” But, we only brought the one this time. No one else was in the parking lot but we managed to fill most of it up thanks to you. 🎼🎼Happy Birthday to yooou, Dear Sandy🎼🎼. What a chorus we made....they must have heard us back at Tropical Palms. Not the Mormon Tabernacle but we were adequate. To make it work the way you want it to, you do what you have to do under the circumstances. This was the true meaning of Dining Out when you can’t dine in! And we did it. We dined OUT-Side! The festivities didn’t stop here in the parking lot. The wonderful Cracker Barrel store was open for business. Masks on, Sandy & I became their main shopping customers. Sales galore! Clothing 50%-70% off! Many trinkets sale-priced the same! A shoppers
paradise— especially since we haven’t shopped for anything but toilet paper in months! Laden down with goodies, we skipped back to our waiting car. The party was over ....it had been fun.
New activity on the home front continues. Today provided all sorts of action to survey. The sounding of hammering, banging, sawing and drilling drew us over to Carolyn and Bill’s abode. What major construction is going on here? Did Carolyn have enough cooking and throw their refrigerator out?? We need answers as we observe their Norcold refrigerator standing broken and apart under their canopy. Carolyn said “it died.” Just like that....it stopped working. That’s happens. Fortunately, with good friends, they removed this refrigeration unit out through their RV door. Let me tell you if you aren’t familiar with such a process....that’s one big, difficult job! We had our Norcold removed and replaced with a residential refrigerator last May in Red Bay. They had to do ours through the big window (removing it) behind our sleeper couch. As I snapped blog pictures, my eyes were drawn to the best one of all: legs, long bare legs in the open side hole of their RV. Who’s did they belong
to? The question of the day? This investigative reporter had to find out. Carolyn allowed me to go inside their RV. There, inside a big, tall, open box was the owner of the legs! With drill in hand, John Zimmerman exposed himself. With expert carpentry skills, he was preparing the area for Carolyn and Bill’s new residential refrigerator. Hi John! On their roof was Dave. He was closing off a vent used by the old refrigerator. Ahoy up ‘yonder. That was enough for Bill. He grabbed his seat and took in nourishment as he supervised his crew. John joined him. Remember what I have mentioned before....about this park; about this family we all belong. Friends helping friends. You can’t find a better place with better people! Bless them all.
More friends left the fold today. Elaine and John and their sweet pup, Jesse, began their journey home to Rhode Island. A few friends gathered and wished them a safe trip. They’ll be back but not for many months. Until then, stay well and travel safely, friends.
Out with the old and in with the new! That’s the good fortune of our friends, Dede and Sonny. Today was delivery
day for their new 5th wheel home. Exciting. Their good neighbor made sure their site was glistening clean for the arrival of their new unit. Friends helping friends again.....Congratulations!
“May your troubles be less,
May your blessings be more,
May nothing but happiness come through your door.”
A quick stop to see the little alligator that resides in the drain pipe under the road. He was heading there as I snapped it’s picture. Gotcha! Our trek takes us in and out and all around the park. But, your’ve been there before....on our recent tour around Tropical Palms. One area of the park makes us think we are in the Rainforest. It has to be at least 20’ cooler in that area as Cory speeds past in our golf cart. Refreshing but a little ominous.
Our jaunt around the neighborhood ended with a pleasant surprise. Our friend, Richard (Karen’s husband), was outside doing his exercises on their cottage steps. Hello, Richard! His great smile brightened the day as he remarked what a beautiful day it was. So right he was! It does seem like we live in paradise....even though it gets mighty hot here....90’ expected today....gasp!
That’s all, folks! For today, anyway. Hope you are all staying healthy and making the best of the current situation. As they often asked Tonto...who was that masked man? Perhaps the same as been asked about you, Kemosabe, as you are wearing your mask.
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