Friday - February 23

We had the best intention this morning of going to 8:15 Mass.....we got there and very few cars or people (about 10).   Checked the bulletin and they have daily mass at 8:15, EXCEPT on Fridays when it's 11 AM.    So we said a few prayers and left hoping God knows we tried.   Stopped at Williams Hardware for a few things and then on home.
 
Got some things done on Flo (inside) and Mark had some outside chores.    We left around 10:40 for Sue and Jerry's and spent a fun afternoon visiting, Mark fixed Sue's printer, had a delicious lunch on the patio, and then we all had fun in the pool with our noodles or rafts drinking wine!
 
After lunch, Sue and I (and the guys) enjoyed our birthday treats - chocolate eclairs
Tomorrow is Sue's birthday!
 
Said our good byes to these dear friends, stopped at the Forum shops for a few things at Bed, Bath and Beyond and Home Depot and back to Flo.
 
Sweet Pea called Grandpa yesterday and did facetime


 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday-Thursday, February 20-22

I am officially in a new decade and what fun entering the '70's".     Here's how it all came about...
 
Tuesday....I am 70 (born at 7:05 AM weighing 7 lbs. 2 oz. on 2/20/1948).    
 A big Happy Birthday to my brother Bob born same day 6 years earlier.  
 
 Today was beach day so we left Flo around 9ish and took off (we and thousands of others) on this pretty warm day.    Traffic was horrendous and arrived at Fort Myers Beach to meet Doris and Rich around 11:15.    We girls walked the beach for a bit and then had lunch on Pincher's patio with Rich and Mark.   It was delicious (along with 2 for 1 margaritas).   We walked to Santini Plaza so Marilyn could get some souvenir playing cards and then left the island around 2:30 to get ahead of the traffic (not)!!!
 
Rich, Doris, Pat, Marilyn
 
Stopped at Wal Mart and then a leisurely trip to Parrot Key for the Gatlin (Darryl and Andrea) dinner show.    There were 14 of us (family and friends) and along with a great meal, the show, as always was so much fun and entertaining.   4 of us gals were celebrating birthdays and called upon stage to dance with Darryl.    Oh my......and then my friends had a birthday cake which was shared with our group!
 
Rich, Marilyn, Pat, Doris, Mark
 
It was a memorable, happy day with phone calls, e-mails, texts, cards, etc.  
I am so blessed!!!
 
Wednesday -   after breakfast, we took Marilyn to the airport (sure enjoyed her visit) for her flight back to Chicago.  
 
Bye bye Marilyn.....one final pic with big brother
 
  Mark and I ran some errands and back to Flo.    Kathy, Paul, Barb and Roger came around 3 to meet Flo and we enjoyed yummy snacks (thanks to my friends) and drinks.    At 5:30 we left for downtown and had dinner at Bella Vita.   This is a new place open 5 weeks and had been given rave reviews both by folks we talked to and online.    Part of the meal was ok and some really good entrees, but probably not going back anytime soon.
 
Still being together with these dear friends was so fun as we won't be together till October.
 
Paul, Kathy, Roger, Barb
 
Thursday - another pretty day.   Did a load of laundry and after lunch at Gretchen's Country Kitchen
 (food truck - shared a tenderloin)
 
Mark ordering our tenderloin
 
 I took off and ran several errands followed by a haircut by Jewel.    Of all the haircuts I've gotten all over the country, Jewel is my very favorite - not only a very sweet gal, but she does a great job!
 
Tonight we are having leftovers and so good to be home!
 
Nerd Day at this little guy's school
 
 
 
 

Monday - February 19

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PATRICK

Our favorite son-in-law is celebrating today! 
 
Another pretty day but breezy.   Marilyn and I were off to downtown with a stop at Bennett's for donuts
 (wanted her to have this experience)!  


Maple and bacon is a winner!
 
Then to get a mani/pedi for her and mani for myself at Profiles.
Nothing like a little pampering...

 
Mark ran some errands and we all met back on Flo.    Enjoyed a nice leisurely afternoon - nap, bike ride, and catching up on computer, I-pad, texts, etc.    We sat outside and enjoyed
this lovely day and had a good chat with Patrick!
 
It sure got cloudy later in the afternoon with the threat of rain.
 
But by the time we went to "Meet 'n Greet", the sun was shining and we enjoyed our margaritas and then some great BBQ from
Big Papa's in Naples (food truck).    Mark and Marilyn had the chicken dinner with 2 sides and I had a BBQ sundae.  
 
Layers of baked beans, cole slaw and pulled pork topped off with homemade pickles!
What a delicious combination along with a yummy margarita.
 
Marilyn and I went for a walk - what a beautiful evening!    Been a good day!
 
Tomorrow is my birthday and so.....a big day planned with a trip to Fort Myers Beach and spend time with Doris and Rich followed by dinner show at Parrot Key to enjoy Gatlin with family and friends.
 
Back to the blog on Wednesday...
 
 
 

Sunday - February 18

I haven't talked about the weather lately, but it has been gorgeous day after day - lots of sunshine and mid-upper 80's.    Love it!     Wish we could share it with folks back home and around the country where snow is still falling and just darn cold!
 
We went to 6:45 AM mass, then to Bennett's for donuts...
 
Today I tried the maple/bacon and oh my....
it's a toss-up between Jupiter Donuts in Stuart or
Bennett's in Fort Myers - both places are sooo yummy!
 
Onto Publix for a few items and then home to really organize the car and truck.    We are finally in good shape - just a few piddly things to work on in Flo, but feeling good!
 
Mark's sister Marilyn flew in this afternoon from IL.    Another sister, Doris and Rich from IL who are visiting Fort Myers for 2 weeks picked her up at the airport and they came to our park.    So fun to all be together.   We walked around the park, sat on the patio with drinks and praline pecans and then drove downtown for dinner at Ford's Garage.     Always good food and continued catching up about families, all the snow and awful winter weather back home, etc., etc.
 
Rich, Doris, Marilyn, Pat, Mark
 
Marilyn is our first overnight guest on Flo....
 
Liam and Connor won their hockey game this morning 7-6.    Connor scored 2 goals and Liam had 3  including the winning goal with 1 second on the clock!!!!
 
Ryan is in London this week for a bit of pleasure but mostly business!
 
Have a fun, healthy week!

Thursday-Saturday - February 15-17

Today we delivered Daisy and Toad to their new home in Englewood!     We sold them to first couple who came to look and we hope Scott and Kathy will enjoy Daisy as much as we have
 these past 12 years and Toad (almost 4 years).
 
 Miss Daisy
 
I had a few tears as we said good bye, but we have many wonderful memories of traveling around the country with Oregon the only state we did not get to with Daisy!
 
It's been a whirlwind past few days.....
 
Thursday - finished the emptying out of Daisy and getting Flo all set up.    Picked up a rental car which I (we) will drive for the 6 weeks we are in Fort Myers.    In the afternoon we took Daisy to storage in Cape Coral and around 5, boating friends, Paula and Glenn, Fred and Jeanne came to see Flo, have drinks and then we had dinner at Capone's in downtown.
 
 
Paula, Jeanne, Glen, Fred
 
Friday - we met Steve,  at 8:15 in Cape Coral to give some directions for detailing Daisy.    Then we were off to Venice - did a little shopping downtown including a stop at Angelo's Italian Market which is where Steve (the detailer) told us his uncle worked.    What a neat place with wine, cheeses, meats, gourmet foods and pastries.    And it's one of the top Italian restaurants in Venice!!!
 
Arrived at Carol and Bob's home around 10:40 and Mark and Barbara were just ahead of us.    We all boated in Racine on E-12 many years ago.    Fun catching up as Mark, Barbara and we are no longer there.    So we got the Racine scoop from Bob and Carol and reminisced from long ago.   We ate lunch at CafĂ© Venice which was wonderful (new place for us).    We left shortly after as we wanted to check on how Daisy "cleaned up".    We were very happy - Daisy was pristine and glowing!
 
Carol, Bob, Mark, Mark, Pat, Barbara
 
Back to Flo and got ready for next guests (Sue and Jerry, Ruth and Gerry).     We gals are all Monday Night Friends and Ruth and Gerry have been in Fort Myers this past week.    So fun to be together and after drinks on Flo, we enjoyed dinner at The Hut, about 5 miles away (another new place and very good).    Said our good byes.....we'll see Sue and Jerry next week, but not till May
for Ruth and Gerry.
 
Ruth, Pat, Gerry, Mark, Jerry, Sue
 
Saturday - this was the big day to say good bye to Daisy....
 
Scott and Kathy with their new home!
 
We spent 4.5 hours going over everything inside and outside.    Back to Flo at 5:15, gathered the laundry and tackled that job.    Had leftovers for supper (boxes and cartons were starting to accumulate) and now winding down.     This has been a productive but busy, exhausting week.  
 
Mark's shingles rash is starting to fade but still sore in his mid section.
 
And so that's the latest from 2 tired nomads!!!
Nighty night!