Saturday, December 31, 2011

Out & About

 Yesterday we needed to do more walking.  So first it was to Port Richey Waterfront Park which is a nice short walk.
 As we walked out on the pier we saw this large metal ball. Maybe a New Years eve dropping ball?  I saw what may be a bird on top.  
 So I zoomed in to get a closeup and sure enough it looked like a hawk or osprey keeping close watch. I could also see lights on the ball,so yes it is for New Years eve.
 We walked out on the short pier to see if we could spot a manatee or two.  No luck in seeing the manatee. From the park we went to the mall to get some added walking in.
By the time we did our walking it was time to eat. We went to Cracker Barrel to eat and use the gift certificate the Mark and Sherry gave us.  We had a nice evening meal.  This meal was to celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary.  It was a day early,but we will be busy today and yesterday was a better time.
We hope every one has a great day.

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Same

When we looked out at our bird feeder yesterday morning we saw the colorful scene.  The photo is not very sharp because I took it through the window screen.
Yesterday was more of the same.  We did our walking in the J B Starkey Park. Then it was to Walmart for some groceries. I don't know how,but it seems like we buy more groceries then we eat. I may have to set a trap to see what is taking the groceries. It was another cool 47° this morning.  I know you fella's up north tell me how cold it is,but I"m not up north. It's suppose to be warm here in Florida.
 We have no plans for today. Nancy wasn't feeling good last night and still not much better this morning.  We'll just wait and let it happen.
Hope everyone has a great day.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Different Walking Places

Yesterday was a gray overcast day with a real cool wind blowing all day long. We did get a that lasted a short time. The weather forcast was for severe thunder storms that never happened.
While Nancy was geting ready for the day,I took the time to grill some steaks with bell peppers and onions. Nancy was wanting the $10.00 pasta special that Pizza Hut has on tuesdays. So the steaks went in the frig,which we will have today.  We went walking in three different places.  First it was around the park here then to the New Port Richey River Front Park,from there we did some mall walking. On the way home is when we picked up the pasta meal.  Actualy this makes us two meals,because its enough to feed four. The rest of the evening we spent in the usual way. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


 The bike has nothing to do with what we did yesterday. I thought since I like to take photos I will just put some on from time to time.  If you're like me I like blogs with pictures on them
 Here is the trail from the parking lot to the bike trail out in the J B Starkey Park where we did our walking yesterday. We walked the trail 1/2 mile farther yesterday.  We ended up walking 6 miles and my legs can tell it this morning. Nancy and I really have to push it at times to do our walking.
The spanish moss has caused some tree's to die out.  With rain moving in the morning,we may not get to walk.  We will just have to wait and see.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Let me first say a Merry Christmas to all of you and thank you for reading my blog. I have picked up many different readers through the years and a few have let me know. At times the blog gets stale,but it is what we do.  So thanks very much for sticking by. 
 Yesterday we were back down to the John Chesnut Park to do our walking and also to try out my new camcorder/camera combo.
 Its the Sony DCR SX85.  It will take a little time for me(the old guy) to know about it. 
 The sun was out nice and bright. Just like the yellow flowers.
 Every time we hear a woodpecker we try to find it.
We even saw one rabbit this time.  We didn't see any alligators this trip down.  As always Nancy and I don't have any plans for the day we just let the day come to us.
Again we hope you have a wonderful day with all of your loved ones.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Running around again

Yesterday we were out again doing more shopping. Nancy was buying herself some things she wanted in the Bon Worth store and instead of hanging on her side I just stayed in the car. Everything went much better that way,because she was through in a very short time and we were on our way again.  It was to Kmart for a few things and mostly to look around. By that time we were getting hungry so it was a stop at the Chili's restaurant where we used the gift certificate that Jeremy and Allison gave us for Christmas.  That was all of the gift certificates we had. We had another from Nancy's sister Callie that we used a week ago. Then it was to Walmart for a couple of grocery items. You just can't get out without going to Walmart.  After getting back home it was the reading,tv and computer time/
This was the third day in a roll that we have been out late doing the stores thing.  

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Walk in the Park

 Since it wasn't very hot and a breeze was blowing thru the day we decided yesterday was a good time to go back to the Starkey Park.  This is a good place to walk if the sun is not very hot.
 Thats right,you have to pay to visit this and all Pasco county parks. They were free up until last year,when the county leaders decided that it would give them a little more money to play with. Its puzzling how our politicians and government can think up ways to get and save money and still are always short of money? 
 This time of year the clubs and organizations have huge painted signs and Christmas cards through out the park.
We enjoyed our walk again as usual.  We are still trying to get in the habit of walking each day.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mall Walking

Yesterday after I got ready I went to do some Christmas shopping. I went by myself as Nancy was still making herself beautiful.
First sop was Harbor Freight where I bought a few things that was half price with coupons. Next was to walmart for some presents for that special person.
From there it was to Walgreens for a few items that were on sale and of course use coupons.  After getting back home picking up Nancy we went to the mall to do a little walking. Thenit was to Walmart for some groceries.  After our dinner I watch a couple of college games while Nancy was reading and on the computer. 
It was just a nice slow day.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Good Weekend

We took a quick trip to Valdosta,Georgia to visit with Allison,Jeremy and the kids to take their Christmas presents and spend a little time with them.
The presents were set under--
the tree to be opened later.
We got to meet Moses the newest member of the family.  At 14 weeks old was a good and playful dog.
Allison and Jeremy were as amazed at the presents.
As Hannah and---
Sunday we all went to church.  All four of the grand & great grandchildren were in the program. They all did good with their singing.
 After church we went to the favorite local "Smok'n Pig bbq restaurant. Jeremy paid for everyones meal.
We had a great weekend but I have to say that Nancy and I were beat when we got home.  We are not used to driving that many miles in a short time.  It was worth it though.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


After the last few days of doing Christmas shopping and Nancy putting all the things in different packages.   We will be going up to Valdosta,Georgia to spend the weekend with Allison,Jeremy and the kids.  We will be leaving this morning as soon as we get ready.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Down by Tarpon Lake

Yesterday we were back at the John Chesnut Park in Pinellas County.  Of course this is another of our favorite parks(aren't they all).  There is alway a nice breeze blowing in off of Tarpon Lake. Also we usually see some kind of animals here.
 As soon as we got out of the car we saw this small gator about four foot long. It looks like the same one that was in the same place the last time we were here.
                                          Oh my belly.
It looks like this squirrel has had too much to eat.  Really though we have seen a bunch of these fat squirrels and I think it must be time for the little ones to be born.
 Here a couple dunking their heads under water from time to time eating.
The park has several boardwalks along the trails and benches that you can sit to rest or just listen to the birds or creatures thst are around.  We had a nice day and a good feeling that we are trying hard to get back into our walking habit.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Not a Jungle

We did our walking at the James Grey Preserve yesterday.  This is one of our many favorite walking places. While its not a jungle,it sure looks like one. The walking trail is along the river and back through a lagoon.  This would be a good place to shoot one of those jungle movies.
I will let the photos speak for you.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Yesterday we went to the library in New Port Richey town to try and get our cards. We were there thursday but didn't have anything showing that our stated address is indeed where we live. They said they would sent each of us a letter and when we get the letter to bring it in. It was supose to show up in the mail monday but didn't come so we went to check on it. Well the reason we didn't get the letter they hadn't mailed it yet. So now it is the old waiting game. On the way to the library I stopped into Harbor Freight to get a couple of things.
 We then went to the park at the end of Green Key Road.
This is a nice small park out beside the gulf.  Uou can take the boardwalk out for a better view of the gulf waters.  When you get to the end there is an elevated platform to look and there is always a good breeze coming in off the water.  From there it was to the mall to get a little more walking.  Then it was to Walmart as always to buy a few things.  It was a nice lazy good walking day for us.
Yesterday we went to the library in New Port Richey town to try and get our cards. We were there thursday but didn't have anything showing that our stated address is indeed where we live. They said they would sent each of us a letter and when we get the letter to bring it in. It was supose to show up in the mail monday but didn't come so we went to check on it. Well the reason we didn't get the letter they hadn't mailed it yet.

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Yeah thats about the way its been going around here. Can't say that there is not any excitement because when you reach a certain age its exciting just to have another day and being able to get out of bed each day.  Even with all of the bones in your body aching a little. It was a nice weekend for us.  Nancy reading her books and I watching a full day of college basketball games.  Seeing the top two ranked teams being knocked off saturday. So now we have a new number one and two.
I hope your day is a good one. 

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Cool,Maybe Cold

Nancy and I were real slow getting ready yesterday. We just kept finding small things that we wanted to get done before we went out to face the day.  It was finally in the late afternoon before we went out.  We started to walk around the park and it was getting darker as we were going. We felt a couple of rain drops so we came back to the house. A good thing,by that time it came a rain and started getting colder by the minute. It was 74° and a couple of hours later it was down to 60°.  When the temps get low we have good hot soup for dinner and yesterday evening it sure was soup weather.
This morning when we woke up the temp was 42° so it is safe to say it will be a stay inside day today.  We are such wimps.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Pearl Harbor Day

Yes there's some of us that still remembers and never will forget this day.
The parades and all the things that use to happen on this day seem to be gone as we get older. So please remember all the veterans.
We finally got out to walk. It seems as though we are not doing the walking regular like we use to and we can tell it in our bones when we walk.

We went to JB Starkey Park yesterday to do our walking. It has been a year since we have walked in this park.  Boy we are going to have to walk more.
Our body needs the walking.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Neck Hurting

I did get the windshield curtains finished and they look good.  I was going to put them up in the motorhome but Nancy said not to because they would get dusty and the sun may draw out the color.
That is about all I did over the weekend because for some reason I've had a bad neck ache for a couple of days. I'm really kind not with it.  I hope it will clear up in a few days.  

Friday, December 02, 2011

Oh Me

Yeah thats what I thought. Waking up yesterday morning and finding that we had no hot water again. So the first thing was to get out in the cold morning air and looking at the breaker outside. Taking the volt meter sure enough no power to the water heater. Taking the front off the breaker box and closer checking I found that the wires and contacts where the breaker connects were all one big mess. Over maybe 40-50 years of use it was time for a new breaker box. The good news is Orchid Lake Park had to call the electrician and bear the cost of all this. The repairman came out and had to put new and larger gauge wiring plus the new box and main breaker. So I guess it all worked out to be a good thing.
I went to Kmart to get sun blocking curtains that were on sale. I bought these for the motorhome. These will be for the windshield. By turning them side ways and putting gromets in they will be good and the right size to fit.  It will take four single curtains, the same as the old ones. I finished one of them,hung it up and it looks much better. So three more to go and I will have new windshield curtains for about 1/4 the cost of having to order them. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Things are going slow around here. We've not been out to walk in a few days.
I was having problems with the 20amp breaker in the box outside. This breaker goes to the water heater so you can see how that would be a problem.
I thought I had repaired it in that the contacts were not making contact. I squeezed the contacts in but after a day the same thing happened. They have just been to hot and wouldn't hold back in. So yesterday I went to Home Depot for a new breaked and put it in.
Monday we went to Walmart to get our medicines to refill. As usual they for some reason can't get it ready until the next day. In all of our travels we can get the refills in 20 or 30 minutes. But here it always takes longer. I have no idea why?
I'm still enjoying watching the college bastball games in the evening.    

Monday, November 28, 2011


Well,lets see what we did this long weekend.
Friday-We did go out to Walmart to get a few things even though it was "Black Friday".  By the time we got there the bargin hunters we gone. The store just had the normal crowd. You know,not very many people until you get to the check out.  I never could understand how when you are going in the store there is no one checking out but by the time you are ready to check out it seems like everyone else is there at the same time.
Saturday-Was a typical saturday of watching college ballgames.
Sunday-Was church day.  After chuch we went to Caposey's for dinner. Caposey's is a small family restaurant that is very friendly with good food a fast service. Most of the customers are regulars.
After dinner we came home and relaxed the rest of the day.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday

Yesterday we had a very nice day. Took our time getting ready as usual. I went to Sweetbay and bought a paper to see all the sale ads all the stores were having today.  There were a few that looked good but I really don't feel like standing in line and shopping at midnight.
Around 3:00 we went to Barnhills for dinner. It was crowded but not to the point that we couldn't move around easy. There was plenty of turkey,ham and all the sides that you could want.  All the food was very good.  We came back home for a little tv and computer time,just relaxing the evening away.
Did you get out early enough today or last night to buy that perfect thing that you wanted?   We may just stay in today and avoid the crowds,who knows?    

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope each and everyone of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving,with your family or with whomever you are with this day. As you get older you always think back at the times you've had with family and its never the same. Times and things change. The children have their own family now and have moved someplace else. So we have to adjust to the change.
Yesterday we were in a few furniture store looking at the chair that may be suitable for the motorhome. We saw a couple and may check them out again to see if the have a "Black Friday"sale going on.  We will not be getting up early to look though,I tried that a few years ago,but not anymore.
We will go out for our dinner today. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hot Day

Sunday was a church day. The pastor didn't preach they had a service chaplin as a guest speaker. He had a very good message. After church we came straight home where I enjoyed a college basketball game or two.
Yesterday we went to the James Gray Preserve to do our walking. It was a beautiful day,but it sure was hot. Almost too hot for us to walk.
We're always looking for wild animals but all we saw were these three turtles on a log out in the river. They have posted of the wild life such as deer,wild boar.  We haven't seen any of these here.

We like to walk here it is shaded with trees and part of the walk is a boardwalk. Half of the trail is by the river then from the river you go around a lagoon. A good trail were your can get 4 miles of walking wasy.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Hanging Around

Yeah ,we did go to Sams friday. We sampled a few things,but it was so crowded that we left. From there we ended up at the Port Richey River Front Park where we did some walking.  After the walking we went to Golden Corral to eat. Nancy said it was ok but I didn't think to much of it.  The last few times I've been to Golden Corral the food hasn't been as good as it used to be.
After eating we went to the mall to do a little more walking. From there it was To Walmart to get a few things. Then it was time to come home a rest the evening away.
Of course saturday was a day of watching college ballgames.

Friday, November 18, 2011


Yesterday it was just walking here in the park. The main thing though is that we walked.  Sometimes at our age it does take an extra effort to get out and walk.  Thank you people who visit my blog and leave a comment. It gets hard at times to keep writing, especially when you are not a writer. I admire the people that have blogs and the words come so easy for them. But that me,just a plain old Joe. It is easy when we are on the road going from place to place and have the photos.
Today we will go to Sams Club to see whats going on. I got an email from them that this weekend they will have the holiday tastings. So I hope Nancy will enjoy her lunch at Sams. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Yes,we did it yesterday. We went down to the John Chesnut Park and did some walking,boy are we out of shape.
 The first thing we saw was this small gator. It looked like about 4 feet long.
Then it was this heron. It was a nice day with the breeze coming off of the lake.
Then we saw this doe with her fawn. We never get tired of looking at deer. The fawn was always behind the mother or a tree. They learn so quick.
Then this bird drying its wings.