Friday, January 30, 2015



Wesley Chapel, Florida (high 70, low 41)


We have done absolutely nothing fun or blog worthy since our visit to Three Sisters Springs a few weeks ago.  If you missed my blog post of that gorgeous place, check it out HERE.  It’s an incredibly beautiful place with the crystal clear blue water. Three Sisters Springs may be the prettiest of all the amazing Florida springs.   If you want to see manatee in Florida, this is the place!

Al appears to be on he mend (knock on wood).  The  itchy rash has improved after we changed laundry detergent. Some of what we thought was poison ivy in Georgia, may well have been the detergent allergy.  He was never allergic to detergent before. I don’t know if he changed or the detergent changed.

We saw two terrific movies last week, and we highly recommend them both.   We saw American Sniper, and The Imitation Game. I was not much into history in school, but have learned to appreciate it as I get older.  The Imitation Game was a fascinating story.

from Wikepedia:

The Imitation Game is a 2014 historical thriller film about British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing who was a key figure in cracking Nazi Germany's naval Enigma code which helped the Allies win the Second World War, only to later be criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality.



We’re extremely anxious to get back to the Keys. Al goes back to the surgeon  February 9th,  and we’ll find out if he thinks it’s okay to head south.    He will have to continue therapy in the Keys, and luckily there is one in Key West which is under our health plan.  We’re figuring he will schedule his PT mid afternoon, so that when he’s finished, we can go right to happy hour on Mallory Square.   :)

Mallory Square, Key West

The doctor has been extremely conservative with Al’s therapy, since this is his third surgery on the right shoulder. It probably won’t be able to be repaired again.  Al is still required to wear the sling 24/7, so that limits what he can do with his right arm.  It helps keep him out of trouble.  :)

Almost every time we make a camping reservation, something comes up and we have to cancel.  We’ve paid more cancellation fees.  We got a little over eager, and reserved two nights at a campground in the Everglades for Feb 17 and 18th. It’s about a 400 mile drive to the Keys, so we usually stay in the Everglades a night or two.   The sites fill up quickly, so I grabbed two days while I could.  Of course that was before he had his last doctor visit and the doctor wasn’t too sure about those dates.   I knew when I made those reservations that I was likely jinxing us, but I did it anyway.

The good news is that the people who are renting our Keys lot want to extend their stay and are flexible with their departure date, so that they can stay until February 23.  As long as we’re not able to use the site, it’s nice that we’re collecting rent.   We’re still hoping to leave the 17th, but it will depend on the doctor.

In the meantime, we’re dreaming about the balmy sea breezes, crystal clear water and the island lifestyle.

I can almost smell these frangi pangi.



  1. Will be sure nice for you to get back to the Keys and your boat, good luck.

  2. Glad to hear things are looking good for Al. I know what you mean about making reservations on a wing and a prayer. I have my fingers crossed about how many we'll have to cancel. Isn't it $17 each?? Hope everything works out so you can get to that lot you own and enjoy it yourself. Nice for your renters though that's for sure.

  3. Hope all goes well with Al and that you will be able to make it to the Keys.

    It seems that people change as they get older or its the products and the chemicals that change but either way I hope that you have his rash figured out.

  4. We loved our time in the Keys this winter and can't wait to come back sometime! Beautiful frangipani! My favorite flower! Nice to hear your hubby is doing well.

  5. Glad to hear that Al's finally on the mend but it would be nice if the doctor would okay your departure. He must figure that since you're both retired that you don't have a life.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. No, Rick, the doctor is aware we're wanting to go to the Keys, but he is trying to keep Al from another surgery, so we're okay with that. He trusts the PT guy here and wants to make sure it doesn't get re-injured.

  6. That's why we get Marcia's appointments done asap when we get back each winter. One doctor wants to see her in March again before we take off....sigh...but we told him we were leaving no mater what. Thing is, it is nothing serious he is monitoring, sometimes you just wonder how much of this is just $$$$$. --Dave (

  7. Glad to hear Al is doing well. I hate it when we lose money having to cancel but I would hate it more having to cancel the trip because we could not get a site.

  8. Who'd a thunk that laundry detergent could be the source of Al's rash. Good you found out, his shoulder is enough of a challenge without itching.

    Boy do we know about changes of plans! Looks like my eye surgery will happen on 11 Feb, so we can cautiously look at some travels in the Spring.

  9. Glad you found the source of Al's rash. Hope you make it down to the Keys before the temps start climbing.


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