Wesley Chapel, Florida (high 82, low 64)
Yesterday was a beautiful warm and sunny day. I think it was the first really nice day since we’ve been back.
We started our day by heading over to Lowe’s to pick up a propane fire pit.
Our neighbors bought one of these and once we saw how nice it was and the warmth it provided, we were sold. We had resisted getting a propane fire pit, because we like a real fire, but after the night before when our nice fire went out after about 3 minutes, we decided it would be nice to have a fire where we could turn it off and on.
It was $99 at Lowes. It has a small footprint so that it won’t take up too much room in the motor home. The only thing we don’t like about it, is that it won’t connect to a small throw away propane tank, which means we’ll have to carry a big one with us, or buy an adapter.
After Lowes, we stopped at a Publix grocery store to see if we could find their special annual Busch Gardens passes that they sold last year. We found one for 2013 for $85, but since it expires in a few weeks, we didn’t think it was a bargain. We’re hoping to find them again this year. Busch Gardens has a lot of entertainment, including some evening shows, so we thought it would be a good deal if we could get the pass.
Our next stop was to go to a nice little flea market in Zephyrhills. It caters to snowbirds and only operates during the winter months, and only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There is a guy there that sells nice sunglasses, and we both needed a new pair. Fortunately, he was there again, right in the same spot. After we got our sunglasses, we picked up some limes, onions and green peppers and then headed home.
When we got home we found the park had been doing some major tree trimming, so there were branches everywhere. It wasn’t long before they had it all cleaned up thought.
We decided to sit outside and read for a while. Baxter got to come out and enjoy the sunshine in his cage. He seems to recognize his red harness and as soon as he sees it,he waits for me to put it on him now, as compared to when I first started putting it on him when he fought me tooth and nail. (literally) He got to meet Murphy the dog yesterday. Murphy wasn’t too sure he liked that big fluffy thing, but Baxter didn’t seem to be afraid.
Once it started getting dark, we took Baxter inside, and stole a picnic table from a nearby site. With the help of some neighbors, we traded our ugly green faded picnic table in for a newly painted redwood colored one. We sat outside and enjoyed our new campfire and had happy hour. We saw three deer. One was a fawn, one appeared to be an older fawn and the mother. A while later a good size buck came by. We haven’t seen the otters or foxes yet since we’ve been back.
A little later Stephanie and Barry came over and we chatted with them for a while. By this time, it was starting to feel a little chilly, so the fire pit felt pretty nice.
By the time we went back inside, we realized we were late for “happy hour.” The kitties get canned food every evening and it’s become known as “happy hour” because they get real happy when they hear us opening the cans. They appeared a little ticked off that we were so late coming back inside, and were impatiently dancing a jig and pacing the floor. That wasn’t the worse part though, because when we got inside, we realized we forgot to pick up some more canned food at the store. Uh-oh…… Fortunately, we found a few cans of some of their least favorite stuff, which saved the day. Otherwise, one of us would have been running to the grocery store!
Today, we’re going to the grocery store……for sure.