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Published: March 26th 2022
Remember how we mentioned in our last blog, we were heading to Marco Island to visit our daughter and son-in-law? Well, we did! True to our word. It was a pretty good haul driving down there. Big road trip! Do we all realize what a long state Florida is? Check it on a map. I wonder what Juan Ponce De León thought when he landed in Florida. Did he say “Boy, this is a long piece of land?” If he did, he was right!
Our GPS took us right to our destination….with back up directions from Kim. They have been staying in a wonderful condo unit right on the waterway on Marco Island. Actually, we found out that 80% of all housing on Marco Island is on a water way…..like living in Venice, Italy! Beautiful. Of course, Kim and Jim wasted no time in escorting us around to their new surroundings. They were in walking distance of some very quaint and entertaining venues. Jim drove us to special places they like to go to on their daily walks……much further than what we wanted to try out. Thank you, Jim, for the limo service. We ended up at the J.W.Marriott. We
sat at a pleasant outdoor eatery close to their beach. So much to see and do in this area. I got hooked on looking for their special, adorable burrowing owls. They are carefully watched over and protected. Spying the small, white PVC pipes strung together with a thin wire was the sign that an owl might be present. It was an “Ooooo & Awwww” moment when they were seen. I missed a lot of the gorgeous scenery spending more time scanning the territory for these owls. Jim escorted all around the island and then took us into Naples. We saw the cluster of Tin Roof shops to the elegant stores along their “Rodeo Blvd.” Everything we saw was so new and fascinating. Back at their condo, we were fully entertained by the various boats that sailed past on their way out to the Gulf of Mexico. Party boats, Tour boats, Rich peoples’ fancy boats, small boats and a boat that took daily excursions back and forth to Key West. Some boats slowed down right in the waters in front of their condo units……they were watching for dolphins. We could sit on a bench along their walkway and “Oooooo & Awww”
as these dolphins jumped and played right in front of us. No need to go to Sea World. We had the show right directly in front of us. While watching the dolphins, I spied a rather frightful looking creature clinging to one of the dock posts. It was a large iguana….not one you would want to hold in your arms. Yikes!
Our agenda for the next day was filled with more exciting activities. We were some of the first few people getting into the Bargain Basket Thrift Store. Whoa……not like our thrift store (we call it “The Mall”) back home. Obviously, the donations offered here are from wealthy, well-to-do homes. It was all quite glitzy……but the prices were awesome! Huge paintings and pictures: $1-$5. Beautiful chandeliers and hanging lights: $6.00. Gorgeous candles with candleholders: $1.00. So much….so cheap! And we don’t have a house to put any of it in! Living in a RV saves money….you eventually run out of room for any EXTRAS. Rats! I can only look and drool now. Rats! And I spew a lot of drool!
From land to water….that was our next excursion. Kim and Jim arranged for us to ride on a
Party Pedal Boat to tour the local waterway. The pedal part didn’t click in until we boarded the boat. We were each assigned a bicycle seat so we could pedal to help the boat move along. Really? Well, just for a short period of time….mostly the boat’s motor did the job….Thank God! We felt like we were back in Physical Therapy for our knees. There was a group celebrating a birthday onboard as well as other tourists enjoying this sailing experience. It was a fun time. We ended the day at one of Marco Island’s famous points of interest: The Snook Inn. It is a famous, festive restaurant on the waterway. We lucked out and got seated quickly. Actually, this place was within walking distance from their condo but Jim drove us. We had a delightful time during our brief visit. Kim and Jim went out of their way to make it all wonderful. Thank you….we love you!
Coming home from our visit, we thought we had been shot. Are we dead?? Fortunately, we weren’t. As Cory drove our car, we were shaken to the gills by a sharp, loud bang hitting the car window. Yikes! We scanned the
windshield for a bullet hole…nothing. Quickly, I saw that dreaded, shiny splinter in the glass on my passenger side window. Maybe it will stay small and be an easy fix. NOPE! The further Cory drove, the bigger the splinter crack grew…..finally encompassing the entire length of the window. Rats! No matter, once back to our RV, Cory called our insurance and Safelite came to our place and replaced our fractured window. Easy Peasy. At least it gave me another nugget of info to share in this blog.
We’ll, one nugget that I’m sharing with you will be limited in most details. What? What am I talking about? Inquiring minds want to know. Okay, Okay. I spent one night again in the Celebration hospital. I bet they refer to me as one of their “regulars” by now. I had a small, elective, non-threatening gyn procedure done. Nothing serious but rather personal… nothing I want to do a “Show & Tell” for you here in the blog…..even though I have shared a lot of other intimate details with you. Not this time. I left the hospital in good shape and am fine! I think I’m getting addicted to the anesthesia. I
love getting it! Cory hangs his head each time the anesthesiologist comes to see me in the pre-op area and I start saying that I want drugs and alot of them. I only speak the truth! This time, when they started to wheel me out to the operative suite, I asked why I didn’t get anything to make me feel calm. The anesthesiologist said he thought I was calm…..I said I was….but still wanted the stuff (Versed). He grabbed my IV and gave me some so I was humming happy tunes all the way down the hallway. ??Happy Days are Here Again! ?????. I remember seeing the bank of LED lights on the massive lamp above. I felt someone slap my arm out onto the arm board. I felt the soft plastic mask go over my face. Then I was out…..nothing from that point on until I woke up in the recovery room. Woweee! As you can see from the picture Cory took of me(it’s a beaut…….huh?), I was a bit groggy after getting tons of drugs but they did their job and I finally became fully awake and alert. Back to reality!
We have a good routine here
at Tropical Palms. Each morning starts out on such a fun and happy note. The coffee group gathering continues under our canopy. Jim just had his birthday. We celebrated it with coffee, Krispy Kremes and cake. Dave was seen with a new hairstyle. He looks like Guy Fieri’s brother. Joe was our sweet leprechaun on St. Patty’s day.
Soon, our Knapp finally will be arriving for their Spring vacation. It will be so good to them again. So many months have passed since we have been together. On the date that they have to head back home, Kim and Jim are relocating back up here to their timeshare at Cypress Harbor (where we have ours)…..near Sea World. It will be great having more family time again. We aren’t sure when we are heading back to NY. Sometime in May. That’s as close as we have pinned it down thus far. We are getting so lazy and blasé.
No more nuggets to share at this time. Stay tuned for the next go around soon.
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