Sunset on Pensacola Beach

Monday, April 28, 2014

Lots to do!

My gosh, it has been a long time since I've written. Lots has been happening.  We are expecting lots of rain in the next two days and further north of us there are tornadoes. Thank goodness they don't think any of the severe weather will be in Gulf Breeze.  So if I start with the present it go backwards a couple weeks I can let you in on a little bit of what has been happening with the Kaiser.   Mom fell last Thursday and must've hit her head because we needed to call an ambulance once we recognize she was having memory problems. Matter of fact, the memory problems caused her not to remember the last three years of her life. It only lasted for about five hours and then slowly started returning to normal. Thank goodness.

The pool has been warming up and is up to 80°. So I have been swimming for the last five days. It does take a little bravery on my part to first walk into the water but very quickly I get used to it and enjoy it.
We can pretty much determine which plants in our yard are dead from the ice storm and the ones that are going to come back to life. So we have been removing the dead ones and spending money at Lowe's to replace them. I love walking around the flowers at Lowes.  I always have enjoyed going in Johnson's in Portage to look at flowers during the spring time but here it's fun because so many of  the flowers are very different than Indiana flowers.    When ICU plant I might like to get, I can Google it on my iPhone on the spot and see if it looks like it would grow well in this climate. So many flowers die once it gets 40 to 30° and this winter we did have two days that went down to 19°.  Yes, I know that's nothing compared to 10 below zero for over a month at a time. And yes, I know I am getting spoiled.   After all, isn't that why I moved here?

Ron sent us a 3 foot hibiscus tree.  I love their big, bright flowers!

Sunset here are worth driving down to the sound to see!

My shopping buddy

Oh, and guess who is back?   THE BLUE ANGELS!!  They practice every Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 8:30. The other day I was in the pool and they had just flown back from Texas and they went directly over our house in formation.  And I mean directly over. I could not believe how low they were. The next day in the paper it said they had gone all away down the beaches of Pensacola Beach Santa Rosa Island to say to their home crowd "WE'RE HOME!"  The Pensacola Naval base is their home base and where their families are located. Pensacola takes a great deal of pride in the Blue Angels.

Some final thought before I head to bed.
1.  We had to break down and turn on the air conditioning. 80° isn't that warm but the humidity is beginning to be bothersome.
2.  I got the iPhone 5c and love it. It was free through one of their programs. I do like the pictures from its camera.
3.  Kathy and Terry Cox are coming next week for a day to visit and I can't wait. Will be going down to Fort Pickens, to historic Pensacola, one of the beach restaurants, and more. Oh yes and Joe Patties.
4.  Nothing look sadder than a pug getting a bath.

That's it for now!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April wind and showers

I haven't been here for awhile and I really don't have lots of pictures but here is the latest.

We were walking on the Pensacola Beach Pier on a windy, cloudy day and the waves were coming in fast and furious.  Pictures just never seem to do the power of the gulf justice.

Surfers love this weather.

We lost some plants in the ice storm so we will be slowly replacing them.   I bought these at Lowes.  One of my favorite past times is perusing all the flowers and plants in the Lowes garden section.

I bought two of these for in the back yard.

Our house was build in 2006 lived in for a few years and then the owner lost the house to the bank.   It sat empty for 3 years (maybe?) and then we purchased it.   The carpeting was the original put in by the contractor - low grade in other words.  There were stains on it before we moved in and the dirt tracks have become more noticeable with my busy family in and out.  So, it was time.  I prices several stores for carpeting and actually thought I would be using Lowes but Mom and I had purchased a rattan chair from Gene's Carpet and Flooring in Gulf Breeze so I stopped there to check.  I found the carpet that I wanted and upgraded the padding, free installation, free moving furniture, and free pulling out and throwing away old carpet.   Once I was down to two pieces to choose from I brought them home and studied them in the dark hallway and by the sunny windows.   Decision made!
          So new carpeting is being put in next Friday!

I actually wanted the ceramic tile but Mom has fallen a few times and I prefer her to fall on soft carpeting rather than on hard tile.

That's it for now - I need to pay some bills and get some coupons ready for the grocery store later.  It is a bit gloomy today so it is a good day to do these jobs.   Happy Spring to all!