My sister, Barb and Alan (her co-conspirator) will be moving in across the street from me. The closing is set for mid-May; but they still torture themselves hunkering down in tornado alley during the summer months. Why? I have no idea! While they were down here searching for a place Alan made his way through my fix-it list. Big shout out and thanks to Alan!
Wednesday morning coffee was uneventful for the most part. Shortly after Barb’s arrival at the Creek and immersion by conga line, she was reminded of a Bob Greene book. Once Upon a Town demonstrates the fellowship and camaraderie of a small railroad stop town during WWII. She ordered two copies to donate to the Creek’s book nook. Before I could place them in the book nook, one of the copies was scooped up. I may be going out a limb by saying that anyone who visits the Creek loves it here. The small town feeling of familiarity is very real. Maybe the Spanish moss dripping from the mature Live Oak trees dotting the rolling hills is so hypnotic that everyone who visits wants to live here.
After coffee, I had to rush off for my first official doctor’s appointment since I moved. Barb and Alan were officially “interviewed” by board members to confirm that they are suitable residents for the population at the Creek. Before heading back to Illinois, Barb wanted to return to the thrift shop across the main street. Sixty percent off week; she couldn’t resist. As it turned out she scored a cute set of Correll ware for her new digs. I have them stored until her closing and I get the key! There are other items that will be moved into her place when I get that key. Just a few items she purchased during her thrift shop hops. The girl loves a bargain and knows how to find them.
Thursday was my first field trip! Dali Disney exhibit at the Dali museum in St.Petersburg. It definitely made my list of firsts! During the bus ride I sat with a new face from Phase II. Once inside the museum I teamed up with two familiar faces and two new ones. Lunch stop was mid-way between Dali and the Creek; the five of us rushed off the bus to the nearest eatery. That’s where I was when first hearing of the death of Prince; of course that was another first.
Friday I tackled a project I had been putting off only because I kept thinking about the best way to approach the problem. It was a DIY project I conceived of and constructed as a gift for someone several years ago. A lot of thought and planning went into the project. The recipient refused the gift! So I kept it. It’s a “hall tree” and I emphasised the “tree” aspect. Topping it with a perfectly sized miniature bird house and a bird! The base never quite worked out as well as it did in my head. A planter/pot filled with stones and shells held the “tree.” The last time I move it, it toppled over and it was time to re-pot it. The perfect spot for it is on the screened lanai just off my kitchen between the two steps down and the screen/wall. Not a big space; but the pot needed to be bigger – that took time to find. There are some L-shaped brackets at the very bottom of the “tree” that I wanted to secure from the outside/bottom of the pot and then fill with heavier rocks.
Securing the brackets, although well thought out, took waaaaaaaay longer than anticipated. The right tool – and this was a perfect opportunity for an old tool and die maker – would have made the job so much easier. I plugged away with what I had until my arthritic hand was drained of strength. I took a break. My goal was to finish the project in time to shower and run out to pick up som type of snack to share at 4:00 o’clock happy hour and the club house. I finished. I needed a bag of rocks to provide a heavier, more secure base. I managed to clean up the mess, shower, run to Publix for snack and Home Depot for rocks. I never arrive at happy hour at 4 (I think it’s too early) but I was earlier than usual! Another first! The attendance was sparse; so many of the regular partipants are now back to their summer homes.
Saturday, I did just about nothing other than whatever I could do to allow my hands to recover from Friday’s project.
Sunday was the first International Dinner event at the Creek clubhouse. Tables representing England, Italy, Germany and Belgium were decorated accordingly and cuisine from each country was served. Everyone was entitled to vote on best presentation and food. Belgium waffles and chocolate – not the only items served – are tough competition. Even though Germany served beer, Italy offered Sangria and England had wine, waffles and chocolate won.
I anticipate a fairly quiet week upcoming.