Our lives now include living at one of the nicest senior communities in the USA. Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, CA. We will still travel in the RV but not full time.

Archive for February, 2013

Chocoloskee and the Everglades (Russ and Shadow go to the Doctors)

The Academy Awards are on the TV.  I love to watch them, but it is also a good time to do a little work.  So many wonderful movies to see.  Le Mis is doing ok so far.  Looks like the James Bond tribute is starting!.  I snuck all the  James Bond books out of my dad’s bedside table back in the 60’s.  This is where I learned about sex.  Dad did not know that until 10 years ago.

This has been a remarkable place to camp-everyone is a fisherman, we are right on an island, Chocoloskee, south of  Marcos Island-part of the 10,000 Islands.  The sunsets are the best, guys are fishing from kayaks  and off the docks here.  People gather nightly under a pergola and drink and laugh together.  Many of them have been coming here for their winters for several years.  Sharks are caught right out in front of us, alligators are right beside the highway into Naples.   It is 80 degrees or better and the humidity is so thick that the floors feel wet each morning.  I can not hold on to the fact that it is winter everywhere else, I actually find myself confused about the time of year, being in shorts and tank tops.

So Russ tweaked his back and it just got worse, my foot still has not healed, and Shadow tore a toenail.  Yet, in 24 hours, the man parked next to us is a podiatrist from the Netherlands and gave me some ideas about my foot, the couple I visited with on the docks that evening, are from Louisiana and often come to the area due to a chiropractor in Naples and Russ is improving under this group, Shadow was in terrible pain and we had to find one of those weekend emergency pet clinics.  Now, in case I did not mention it, we are really out here in the wild lands.  Naples and civilization are an hour away and Miami is 3.  So I have been driving and taking care of my husband and pet and I  still can not walk without the wooden shoe. But people show up and we get to the best help so one just keeps being thankful and enjoying the beauty of the life.

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Birthday lunch, Aqua, in Naples

Russ and I are in Fort Myers, Florida on the Gulf Coast.  Did you know that they call this the west coast and the Atlantic side the east coast.  So when I was exercising and visiting with all the ladies in the pool, and said we were from the West Coast, they looked at me very funny.  Am getting the lingo.

My 65th birthday, brought in lots of family phone calls-the coolest thing was the first three were my in-laws, Russ’s sister, Todd my brother in law, Rita my sister in law.  Then Kassi and the cutest was from my Dad.  Dad called me and said Happy Anniversary.  I reminded him it was my birthday-and he said well “someone” had told him to call me.  Poor Dad-no short term memory now.  But it was a really sweet phone call even if he does not remember it.

At any rate we saved my birthday lunch for Naples, such a cute and expensive place, kind of like Sausalito.  Dolfins were leaping off the pier and I could not get a photo-they were too fast and would not pose.

The pool at this site is great and a whole bunch work out-so I have joined them, nice people!  They all come down from Ohio, Ontario, Quebec, New York and New Jersey, Tennessee, and so on.  Usually they repeat and stay one to 3 months to be out of the winters.  Many of them have formed friendships with the people who return like they do.

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