Fun Here, Fun There, Fun Together 4/9/15

FUN HERE

Another busy week here in Florida.  Ted and I are beginning to think we’ll have to go back to work full-time just to take a vacation!  But . . . it’s all fun stuff – which work isn’t!

Fun in Florida is an unexpected afternoon with Matthew . . .

Fun in Florida is an unexpected weekday afternoon with Matthew . . .

. . . just two buddies going kayaking.  The HIGHLIGHT was when they came back into our canal and a full-grown MANATEE surfaced right beside Matthew!

. . . just two buddies going kayaking. The HIGHLIGHT was when they came back into our canal and a full-grown MANATEE surfaced right beside Matthew!  Wish Ted had been quick with the camera, but it was wrapped up in a plastic bag.

Fun here is adding a few more finishing touches to our bedroom . . . like the art over the bed, another chair . . .

Fun here is adding a few more finishing touches to our bedroom . . . like the art over the bed, another chair . . .

. . . and the perfect words for Ted and I . . .

. . . and the perfect words for Ted and I.

Amber found this while out shopping for another client.  She told me, "When I saw it, I immediately thought, 'that's my Ted and Brenda'!"

Amber found this while out shopping for another client. She told me, “When I saw it, I immediately thought, ‘That’s my Ted and Brenda’!”  Love it!

Meet Cindy.  I'd been looking for a turtle to hang at the top of the stairs and found this one at the Turtle Fest in Flagler Beach this weekend.  There were 4-5 that looked basically the same - except this one had the "mole" on one of the old fence boards from which it was made.  Hence - Cindy, as in Cindy Crawford.

Meet Cindy. I’ve been looking for a turtle to hang at the top of the stairs and found this one at the Turtle Fest in Flagler Beach this weekend. There were 4-5 that looked basically the same – except this one had a “mole” on one of the old fence boards from which it was made. Hence – Cindy, as in Cindy Crawford.

Love her "swimming" on up to the second level.

Love her “swimming” on up to the second level.

FUN THERE

Well, this is this morning on Mackinac, and as you can tell, it's still pretty chilly.  That's the Huron backing away from the dock on its 8:30 trip back to St. Ignace.  (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

This morning on Mackinac, and as you can tell, it’s still pretty chilly. That’s the Huron backing away from the dock on its 8:30 trip back to St. Ignace. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

A little cold weather didn't stop the Grand Hotel and the Easter Bunny from holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt!

A little cold weather didn’t stop the Grand Hotel and the Easter Bunny from holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Hoban Lane on Sunday.

Tragedy averted at the Mackinac Island airport this week.  The pilot of this plane failed to lower his landing gear as he came in to land, and it was a hard bounce when plane met runway.  Miraculously, he walked away unhurt, but his plane took quite a beating on the bottom and the prop was damaged.

Tragedy averted at the Mackinac Island airport this week. The pilot of this plane failed to lower his landing gear as he came in, and it was a hard bounce when plane met runway. Miraculously, he walked away unhurt, but his plane took quite a beating on the bottom and the prop was damaged.

"So.  Where is everybody?" (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

“So. Where is everybody?” (Photo: Clark Bloswick)

FUN TOGETHER!

Brian Bailey (General Manager of the Chippewa and Lilac Tree Hotels on Mackinac), his wife Jeri-Lynn and daughters Mary and Nora popped over to visit us Monday.  They were spending Spring Break in Orlando, and we had a great afternoon visiting.  After dinner they headed back for a day at Universal Studios on Tuesday.

Three beautiful ladies - Mary, Jeri-Lynn, and Nora. The girls said the water was still pretty cold - but at 85, they warmed up fast out of the water.

Three beautiful ladies – Mary, Jeri-Lynn, and Nora. The girls said the water was still pretty cold – but at 85, they warmed up fast when they got out.

Sweet little Nora loved splashing around.

Sweet little Nora loved splashing around . . .

. . . while Mary and Bear bonded.

. . . while Mary and Bear bonded.

What a treat to get to see this great family before we hit the island in June.  (In case you're wondering, Ted had just gotten home from working at Ft. Matanzas when the Baileys arrived.)

What a treat to get to see this great family before we hit the island in June. (In case you’re wondering, Ted had just gotten home from working at Ft. Matanzas when the Baileys arrived.)

CATS OF THE WEEK

April is "Adopt a Black Pet"Week, and any black dog or cat could be adopted for only $10.  This is Mr. Kiki - a 7-year-old male.

April is “Adopt a Black Pet” Month, and any black dog or cat can be adopted for only $10 from the Flagler Humane Society. This is Mr. Kiki – a 7-year-old male.

Little 6-month-old Summer, who was VERY skittish.  She needs a lot of loving so she won't be so afraid of people.

Little 6-month-old Summer, who was VERY skittish. She needs a lot of loving so she won’t be so afraid of people.

This sweet three-year-old female, named Joy, wouldn't come out of her corner.   Another kitty needing lots of patient loving.

This beautiful three-year-old female, named Joy, wouldn’t come out of her corner. Another kitty needing lots of patient loving.  Love her “mittens”!

Little 5-year-old Thelma has very distinctive face markings.

I had to get a few kittles who weren’t black for this mix.  Little 5-year-old Thelma has very distinctive face markings.  A beautiful Calico.

Rainbow!  A one-year-old female love-bug!

Rainbow! A one-year-old female love-bug!

This is Peabody, a three-year-old male with the sweetest expressions!

This is Peabody, a three-year-old male with the sweetest expressions!

Personal Note:  I finished my two days training as a volunteer in the Emergency Room at Florida Hospital Flagler, and I’m ready to start a “real” shift next week.  I’ll be working every Thursday morning from 8-12.  We mostly stock and re-stock in each of the 30 rooms of the ER, and I’m learning all about hospital supplies – including everything from sheets, pads, and gowns to tubing, 4×4’s, blood pressure cuffs, footies, specimen cups, and tape rolls. I can also warm up a blanket in no time flat, courtesy of the blanket oven!  This morning when I arrived there were only two beds in use, and 4 hours later all 30 were full. 

I’m meeting so many nice folks who’ve come to Florida from all over the U.S. to spend their retirement years.  Florida is a real melting pot, and I love the diversity of the backgrounds here.

I’m so happy with the two choices I’ve made on where to volunteer.  I always come home feeling better than when I left, and whether it’s people or animals, there’s nearly always something you can do to help a person or a critter feel a little better.  When you accomplish that, the people smile, and the critters purr or settle their heads in your lap for an ear scratch.

What a great way to spend a few hours!

 

15 thoughts on “Fun Here, Fun There, Fun Together 4/9/15

  1. Brenda YOUR the best!! Love that you can volunteer at the hospital although I don’t know that I can do that since I REALLY don’t like (other peoples) blood. Not that you will be involved in that part but you never know since you will be in the ER. Now the pet center would be easier for me. I love animals!!.
    On a side note…I sure wish I was kayaking with Ted and Matthew right now! My daughter gave us a 2 day kayak rental for Christmas (locally here) on the river and I can’t wait for it to get warm enough to do it!!
    P.S. LOVE the turtle 😉

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  2. Your home is lovely and I really like the decor. You sure have been busy, but thrilled you love all that you are doing. Sounds like you’ve pick the perfect places to volunteer. Continue to enjoy your new home and area!

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  3. Your blog brought a tear to my eye. Little kitty “Joy” looks just like my cat “Tommy” from years ago. Same white mittens and white markings on chest and face. It was really weird seeing that pic. Brought back memories. I love your kitty photos. The two “jobs” you are volunteering for are perfect for you, or I should say, you are perfect for them. You are a very giving person.

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  4. I get back so much more than I give, Pam. Funny thing about that kitty – she looks just like one of the cats we once had also – her name was Whiskers.

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  5. Your adventures and stories get better and better. I am so glad things have turned put so well for you and Ted. Love your house and it is fun to see the interior unfold. And as you have found out, being close to family is so important and fun. I would have freaked out if a manatee came close to me when I was in the water!!

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  6. Thelma is so pretty. I love cats with unusual markings that other people might overlook. It’s funny that some people put so much stock in what an animal looks like. I’ve learned over the years that it’s more about personality and what you and the pet can give back each other. I always thought I’d adopt a little orange tabby or a gray tiger. But we ended up getting neither both times we adopted. Oreo was a tuxedo cat and Katarina is a little gray powder puff of a cat. Had Evan not bonded with Oreo and had Jamie not spotted Katarina…we would have missed out on some AMAZING pets! ❤ 🙂 Thanks for sharing your week with us!

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  7. Another excellent post! I think the turtle is great, and I love how you decided on her name. Seems I know a lot of turtle collectors, and they all have a connection to Mackinac. Hmmm. . . . .

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  8. Good week I’d say Mrs. B! Great pictures, stories and such. You know when I first started flying and then learned complex aircraft which have retractable landing gear; my instructor told me a joke that you’ll always know when you forget to lower the landing gear……….it takes an awful lot of throttle and power to taxi into the ramp…….that being said as long as the frame isn’t too banged up that Mooney will fly again. Replace the runway rash belly pans, pull the motor to be rebuilt and replace the prop. Definitely expensive but can be done. Lucky no one was hurt though. 21 more days in the sand box……but whose counting! Love all the volunteering you and Ted are doing. I’m looking to join up with the Civil Air Patrol once I get back home and settled as well as applying to join the volunteer fire department up the road from our home. Our home has a San Antonio address, but we live in the county rural service area not protected by the San Antonio Fire Department. So we have a volunteer station a few minutes from our home I’d like to get involved with. You could say I’m inspired by you and Ted actively volunteering.

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    • Jason, I didn’t mention in the post that if his wing had gone off the runway into the snow/grass, he may have flipped. Right where he landed, that side area is culvert-shaped, and officials said it was good his wing didn’t clip it.

      You will love volunteering. Good for the body and soul.

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  9. Brenda, you always find something worth while to do with you time. If you run out of ideas, rent the documentary “Alive Inside” about the use of music (which I know you love) in nursing homes especially with the memory impaired. It was inspirational.

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    • Mary, if it’s the video I’m thinking of, I’ve seen it several times, and I always cry watching it. I will check it out though.

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