NEWSLETTER TO OUR GRANDCHILDREN
March 9, 2014

FLORIDA VS. THE NORTHEAST

 We are sure you are getting tired of all the very cold weather you have been having this winter.  You sure have had a lot of snow, ice, and bitter temperatures.  The fact that you are young, we understand that you still have some fun playing in the snow.  And we remember that there is really something extraordinarily beautiful about a fresh coating of pure white snow.  However, now that we are older, we are not at all interested in the not-so-fun things that are related to snow – shoveling, slipping, spinning tires on icy roads, turning up the heat and bundling up.

Here in Florida, sure, we do have some cold days.  Most days however are very sunny and warm.  We mostly are able to wear shorts and t-shirts.  We have been working a lot in the yard.  We have some very pretty flowers in pots that are on the deck that surrounds our pool.  The water in the pool is still too cold for us to go swimming – 68 degrees this morning.  But by the middle of April we should be able to get back in.

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WHAT HAVE WE BEEN DOING FOR FUN???

 For our Christmas present to each other we went on a 5-day cruise.  We sailed on the Carnival Ecstasy to the Bahamas Dec. 2nd-7th..  We had a great time.  Weather was beautiful every day.  We got to eat, dance, eat, walk, eat, gamble and go to comedy and musical shows.

Grandpa Jim purchased a used (new to him) motorcycle.  It is a beautiful 2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 900.   And Grandpa keeps it bright and shiny.  Grandpa gave me a really neat helmet for Valentine’s Day. It is black and has hand-painted purple butterflies on it.   We enjoy going for short rides.

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We also started taking ballroom dancing lessons in December and we are still going strong.  We go every Tuesday and Thursday night.  We have learned the basics of Cha Cha, Mambo, Fox Trot, Tango, and are currently taking East Coast Swing (jitterbug) and Milanga.  In January we went to the Frog Leg Festival in a neighboring town.  In February we took a day trip to the Blue Springs State Park to see over a hundred manatees.    We also went to a Rodeo that is supposed to be the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi.

 

  SOME OTHER THINGS WE DO???

 Grandpa Jim does an amazing job of cutting, clipping and trimming all of the bushes and shrubs we have in our yard.  And as if that is not enough, we have also been doing the same on the property across the street from our house.  There is an empty house that actually has three pieces of property full of overgrown bushes and shrubs.  It was a beautiful house in it’s day, but it is falling in such a terrible state of decay.  There is a tremendous overgrowth of all the trees and shrubs that line the road.  And of course, that is our “view” and so we decided to try to “tidy it up.”  It is starting to look so much better.  We saw a bobcat there about one week ago.  We also have several turtles that we often see in the canal that runs on the edge of that property.

Our temps had recently been cool.  I know, Florida cool.  For us that means 40’s, 50’s and 60’s at night.  Well, that weather has almost left us.  So we just planted some seeds for peppers, onions, and tomatoes in some small cups.  We are able to move them inside if it gets to cold.  Within a few weeks we should see the little plants popping through and then within another couple of weeks we should be able to transplant them to the garden.  We also planted a bunch of sunflower seeds.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that at least half of them make it.

We have Date Night every Friday.  We have a small sports bar, Sandy’s Grille, just a few miles from our house where we go for the Fish Dinner Special.  Two big pieces of wonderful Alaskan Pollack, French fries, cole slaw and a big glass of draft Bud Light.  Yummy!!!

We walk with some of our snowbird friends on evenings when we are not dancing.  We walk about 3 miles along the Indian River.  Our town has a sidewalk there that is lighted, and this section has six restaurants that have live music that we enjoy along the way.  And of course, we enjoy many  have laughs along the way while we are having conversation with our friends solving all of the world’s problems.

FAMILY & FRIENDS VISITING

 One of the fun things about living in Florida is that friends and family like to visit us to escape the Northeast cold winters.  We have had visits from friends that live in Albany, NY – Hudson, NY – Scotia, NY – Pennsylvania near the NY border.  We are also excited that we will be having a visit from Craig, Kerry, David and John in early April.  My son, Eric is trying to visit us sometime in March if his schedule permits.  My sister Kris and her husband Dave may be visiting sometime in April or May.   We have a guest room available – just let us know when we can “pencil you in!”

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IN MEMORY OF FLASH, THE WONDER CAT!

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We are saddened by the loss of our wonderful kitty, Flash.  She went out one day and we did not see her again.  We searched for her for three weeks.  Then our neighbors found her body in their front bushes.  We retrieved her body and buried her in the garden at the back of our house.  We do not believe that she was injured by a vehicle or by any of the wild animals that we have living in our neighborhood.  She may have been bitten by a poisonous snake or had eaten something that was not good.  I guess we will never know.  We are just happy that we were able to give her a good burial.

 

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WE THINK ABOUT YOU

 The one thing that is bad about us living in Florida is that we are not close in distance to you.  So visiting you or having you visit us is more of a challenge.  We do think about you all the time.  We wonder how you are doing in your life.  How is school?  We wonder how your activities are progressing – sports, scouts, class projects or college studies.  We envision you having fun with your friends.  We think about you when you are having challenges – both the good ones or the bad ones.

Grandpa Jim and I were reminiscing about some of the cartoons we used to watch when we were younger.  And then we got to thinking, do you have favorite characters that you like?  We think that the types of cartoons today are much different than the ones that you have seen.  Is that a true statement?  Have you ever seen Rocky the Squirrel and Bullwinkle the Moose, Daffy Duck, Sherman and Peabody?  We did not realize that when we were watching those shows that we would be able to remember them when we got older.  We have so many happy memories.

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We really enjoy being part of your life.  Please write to us if you can.  We would love to get a letter in the mail from you.  Or you can give us a call – my cell phone number is 518-572-0165 and Grandpa Jim’s number is 607-237-9088.  There pretty much is not a bad time to call.  However we do go dancing or walking from 6:00 to 8:30pm.  We sure hope your weather starts to warm up and you can enjoy being outside playing.  Keep doing great in school.  Enjoy all your other activities.  We love you!!!!!  Sending lots of hugs!!!  Have a great St. Patrick’s Day – don’t forget to wear GREEN!!!

  ST. PATRICK’S DAY FUN!

Q: Where can you always find gold?

A: In the dictionary!

Q: What kind of bow can’t be tied?

A: A rainbow!

Q: Why do frogs like St. Patrick’s Day?

A: Because they’re always wearing green!

Q: What do you call a fake stone in Ireland?

A: A Sham-rock!

Q: Why did St. Patrick drive all the snakes out of Ireland?

A: Because he couldn’t afford the airfare!

Q: What do you get if you cross poison ivy with a four leaf clover?

A: A rash of good luck!

Q: What do you call a leprechaun who goes to jail?

A: A lepre-con!

Q: What position does a leprechaun play on a baseball team?

A: Shortstop!

Q: What job does a leprechaun have at a restaurant?

A:  A short-order cook!

Q: Why can’t you borrow money from a leprechaun?

A: Because they’re always a little short!

Q: What happens when a leprechaun falls into a river?

A: He gets wet!

Q: Do leprechauns get angry when you make fun of them?

A: Yes, but only a little!

Q: Why would you never iron a four-leaf clover?

A: Because you shouldn’t press your luck!

Q: When is an Irish potato not an Irish potato?

A: When he is a French fry!

Q: Why did the leprechaun cross the road?

A: To get to the pot of gold!

Q: Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day?

A: Because real rocks are too heavy!

Q: What did the Irish ghost say to the other Irish ghost?

A: Top O’ the moaning to you!

 

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