The Gardenia I planted, and call “Momma,” because it is to commemorate my mom’s 90th birthday is still green and healthy looking. Tomorrow will mark ten days in its selected spot. Can I get a thumbs up?!! Believe me, that is a milestone for my planting prowess. I have even remembered to water it daily – so far.
The coonti plants I boldly planted are holding their own and looking good! They are pretty independent.
Another day or so, the final coat of stain on my artsy fartsy table top should be dry enough to move from the lanai to the Florida room. I’ve been busy exploring my green thumb and artistic expression. I even hung three previous works of “art” this week. They had been resting along the baseboard since I moved here. Suddenly I had a flash of vision and realized that there was a good spot for them.
Three outings/field trips in six days! I don’t even need signed permission slips!
Shopping is not one of my favorite things to do. Although I have discovered that I am fairly accomplished shopping on-line. And no lines to check out.
Last week, the field trip destination was to downtown Sarasota’s famed St. Armand’s Circle. * I was searching for some firsts for my list; so I signed up. The bus was comfortable (with a toilet); I sat and conversed with the lady who lives across the street from me but I hadn’t really spoken to her much yet even though her sister lives next door to me.
Conversation was good. We ended up walking the circle together. Two things were readily noticable. The shops were $$$$, even the clearance racks were mostly out of price range for us. Each time we waited on the curb to cross the street, traffic came to a stop! No traffic lights, just a well conditioned group of drivers who actually stop to allow – encourage – people to walk through the cross walks! It was almost eery. Every time we crossed! We were both impressed.
One of the best shops sells hammocks and swings…not sure why I didn’t take a business card from there. The two of us easily could have spent the allotted time slowly swinging to and fro – the foot rest on the double swing made the experience almost heavenly. I would like to say that I’m going to purchase a single swing and put it in the Florida room – but with the frame it would take up a lot of space. Although I could probably position it in a corner. ..
Another amazing shop is called Tube Dude.** Customized works of art for outdoors mostly but no real reason why they couldn’t be indoor pieces other than the fact that most of the displays where on the large side. It may be difficult to explain so I encourage you to visit their website at the link below. Think stick figures. Human and animal. Now imagine them larger than life-size. Add three-dimensional, brightly colored, maybe three-inch wide plastic tubing to the figures. Make the facial expression – expressive. The flamingo was over six feet tall. The guy holding a mailbox taller still. Some dogs were big, some were small. Cats with attitude. Each piece is unique. They limit the number of pieces sold in every zip code! I would be the first to own one in my zip code. Fun and interesting, but I have other priorities right now.
There is also an art gallery in St. Armands’. They display a limited number of artists’ works; and bring one of the artists in on a rotating schedule. Nice pieces, not exactly my style. However, they finance the works. With a “small” deposit and a payment plan, art lovers can walk out the door with their purchase. They even have a couple of small salons to replicate home art style lighting. My assignment during lunch (from the sales man) was to persuade my neighbor to come back and purchase the piece she casually admired. We got the full treatment. When I told Mr. Sales that my friend (she’s skinny) was getting hypoglycemic and we really needed to get lunch – I thought for a second he was going to give her a free lunch at his favorite eatery on the corner.
Needless to say, no free lunch. Nor did I brow beat her into returning to the gallery. In fact, we carefully plotted the rest of the visit to avoid passing by the gallery again!
Monday, after pool time, I was ready to be picked up by the only other two Red Hatters in the Creek. Not that I am an official member, but I made inquiries and found the two of them. The designated driver has had facial surgery because of cancer; no reconstruction was performed so the left side of her face is disfigured, including the fact that her orbital floor(the bone under her eye) appears to be missing. That’s her good eye. The other eye has macular degeneration which affects her central vision. She is also dependent on a wheel chair and has an aid. We got to the lunch spot and home without incident. Except that her aid had to leave (she drove her own car) before we were ready to go. That left me and the other gal to help her into the car and fold up the chair. We did perfectly fine. The food was so so, and I don’t think I will go back there on my own.
Yesterday, was a step up as far as lunch spots go. Once again, I was up for a first. Spinners*** is on the top, (12th floor) of the Grand Plaza Florida at St. Pete Beach and Resort in St. Petersburg. Fortunately, I was able to carpool with two couples, the mother of one of the women and me. The driver had recently purchased a seven seat vehicle. A cross between an SUV and an old-fashioned station wagon. Very comfortable, again pleasant conversation with new people. The ride was just over thirty minutes.
Spinners, as you may have guessed revolves as diners eat. Every view is spectacular. We even saw a school of sting rays swimming not too far from humans. Our vantage point was similar to a control tower but with no way to communicate to those below. As far as we could tell, the two species never came close enough for stinging encounters. I have previously experienced rotating restaurants in Chicago, Seattle and Fort Lauderdale – but at night. It was refreshing to see the daylight views.
This morning was weekly coffee at the Creek; I sold the last of tickets for the Memorial Day event at the clubhouse. Ticket sales have exceeded all expectations based on the fact that half of the residents are snow birds. A quick trip to the BC Mart with a shopping list from my sister, soon to be living across the street. Scored unbreakable glasses, large enough to stick a hand in for washing.
After the excitement of the week so far, I took a short nap. Tomorrow, my first visit with my “new” oncologist. Fished out my medical records from Miami. Hard copies. I was unable to copy them to a thumb drive; even though that is supposed to be a huge advantage of electronic medical records. Stop me now!