Making My Home A Haven is important to me. Sharing homemaking skills. Recipes and food. Bible Studies. This is a treasure chest of goodies. So take a seat. Have a glass of tea and enjoy. You will learn all about who I am.
Danny Ate Dinner at the kitchen table where I was working. This made my week.
I don’t remember the last time Danny ATE at the table. (Except when we were in Dade city. his computer was there.)
Danny hasn’t eaten with me in years.
I grew up with family who always ate together. It was the highlight of our day.
Bobby would never have thought about not eating at the table with me.
It’s a rainy day here on Rolling Meadows Ranch. Danny is at Lake Kissimmee State Park working late field. I can’t wait until he actually pulls out of the park tonight. He will officially be on vacation. He really NEEDS TO MOW but I am HOPING HE BLOWS IT OFF THIS TIME. We need to leave here by 9 AM to catch the first Amtrak coming out of Sebring. It should be in Avon Park shortly after 11:25 AM. We don’t want to miss even one of them. This was an unexpected 2 week vacation. One that won’t happen again for MONTHS. Covid 19 and the flu will be hitting harder, here, shortly. So will all of the colds. Neither of can handle being sick again. I have never really recovered getting sick in January and February. I still have virtually, no sense of smell or taste.
It’s been a relaxing day so far but it will be a busy one tonight as I get ready for our trip. Two Weeks. That’s unheard of for BOTH of US.
On March 16, 1990, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
I am also looking forward to delivery. I am missing eating at a restaurant but until it is safe again, DELIVERY is my favorite word. We don’t get delivery in OUR NECK OF THE WOODS AND ROLLING MEADOWS RANCH. As much as I love to cook, On my vacation, I want to eat all of the foods I normally can’t. (These also include the NON -Keto TYPES.) I want Mexican And SUSHI. Lots of it. Danny wants BBQ. We both love Pazzano’s and they deliver there.
We both want fried chicken.
What am I most wanting to do?
We NEED to VIDEO TAPE THE TRAINS AND THE DEPOTS. We are both excited about that. I OBVIOUSLY WANT TO EAT…LOTS.
I WANT GREAT AC. WE BOTH WANT THE EXTREMELY GOOD INTERNET WE SHOULD GET THERE. THE DATA DHOULD BE GREAT ON ALL OF OUR PHONES.
We both look forward to drinks out on the porch. Relaxing mornings and long quiet evenings.
BUT, WHAT DO I REALLY WANT? NEED? TIME WITH DANNY. QUALITY TIME .
I WANT ROMANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I WANT TO CUDDLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Danny just texted. There are still 2 cars WITHOUT THEIR HANDTAGS in DAY USE. It’s closing time. I need to get off of here. Love and Hugs,
Don’t wait for the “right” time to start. We can always make an excuse : the holidays are coming up, I have a shower or party coming up, I’m too stressed right now etc. the list can go on and on and on!!! Start now – and see your life improve in ways you never imagined. Prioritize your H E A L T H !!
It matters that you START. Baby steps are OKAY if that is what is needed.
What A Wonderful Day In Our Neck Of The Woods/Day 17
I thought I was going to have a bad day today because this is my best friends first birthday in Heaven. Yet, I spent part of last night talking her her kids and my God Children. That helped.
The Turkeys were here for hours today. That was unusual because they normally just past through quite rapidly. The first 2 sets of photos were just a few minutes apart. The latter photos were over a long period of time.
I never tire of watching them.
There was deer in the yard today. I didn’t see any babies. She wasn’t here very long.
The deer photos below are from either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Momma and the babies.
The huge pile that as sitting IN OUR DRIVEWAY was finally smoothed out.
Can’t Forget Baby Girl.
I worked on the floor some more. I had not really washed the floor well in a while.
I now have one less box in the den. I finally put the bookcase in the kitchen. The book shelves are full. Pictures later.
It’s getting late and I don’t know if all of the photos will post. Stopping now. More to come.
Getting Past The Arguments/ Day 16 Of My Health And Wellness Challenge
I am having a hard time getting past the constant arguments from the past few days. Danny can just shrug them off and continue with whatever he is doing. I have never been able to do that. Oh, I will try and act like I am ok but I am a long way from OKAY! Not in the mood to write more right now but wanted to keep my promise to write something everyday.
Having A Positive Mindset Is Helping / Vacation News
Ever since I accepted Neisha Loves It’s September challenge, my mood over all has been better. More positive. Less negative. I am working really hard on it. It’s been easier getting up and getting things done. I am not as ready to tear into Danny when he says or does something that bothers me. I still comment on it more than I should. I am trying to level out my tone. Saying that : Danny and I just had a huge BLOW UP. Over what was a simple misunderstanding. HUGE. I was doing really well until he made a comment on how I speak. I don’t always use the right words. Once I said dumpsters meaning trash cans. I am really not even sure if in this case,it was me who was wrong. It doesn’t matter. I kept quiet until he made fun of me for whatever it is I said Or he thought I said. I am not sure I will ever be able to sit still when I am made fun of for my speech. He made fun of me and I EXPLODED. Until a few years ago, I had never really argued or got upset with anyone. If I did, I was calm about it. Unless someone did something to Bobby or another child. The Momma Bear will always fight back.
What’s really bad, is after this happens, I feel stupid for saying whatever it is I said. In this case: Both phrases are used interchangeably. I looked it up. Yet, I still feel as if I did something wrong. (I am not talking about my blowing up, because that was wrong).
It’s hard for me to come back after we ARGUE/FIGHT. I usually apologize even if I don’t feel like I said Or said anything wrong. I try and take full responsibility for my part. It’s really hard to do when I don’t feel as if I did anything wrong. I can’t just shake it off. Danny already has.
I am so Excited about out upcoming VACATION. We haven’t more than a few days in a long time. A REAL VACATION and doing it with masks social distancing.
A WIN! WIN!
I spend most of the last 2 weeks searching places to stay near Avon Park and Sebring, Florida. Both towns are a short distance from the park and where we live. Yet, A world away. No work radios for one. No running to the park whenever someone needs something. No mail run to the park. Until Friday, I didn’t know if Danny would get the time off. Yet, I was excited and looked for rentals anyway. WOW! Have prices gone up. Not because we are entering SNOWBIRD season but because of COVID 19 and the additional cost of cleaning and supplies. Added cleaning time. We both get that as I am sure all of you do also. I understand the charges. If we were using Danny’s money for the trip, we would be staying home. It cost me an additional $500 hundred dollars than back in March when I was looking before. And March was SNOWBIRD SEASON. The problem is: Danny hasn’t received any more pay for all the extra cleaning he has to do EVERY DAY/ ALL DAY LONG. No extra help for any of them. Again, I know, everyone of you is facing the same thing. Groceries and toiletries have doubled and tripled. So what did I do. I found the perfect SPOT. The ideal RENTAL. The only thing better was if it could have been within a few feet of the railroad tracks. LOL The rental was ONLY $90.00 a night. (Before all of the other charges) It is within a mile of tracks. It overlooks a LAKE. It has a huge porch. From what everyone reported: Great AC with lots of fans. (Danny can bring his electric heater). I intend to set it lower than at home. They claim it has LIGHTENING FAST HIGH SPEED INTERNET. 200 mbps
Anything over 10 is good for us. With Frontier we get close to 1 Mbps. Sometimes a little over. Often under.
With Viasat we get anywhere from it not working everytime it looks like rain…..to maybe 50 Mbps a few times a month. Paying a fortune for bad service. It goes out almost every day except in the winter.
January yard of the month
Special to Highlands Sun
Jan 16, 2020
The following was copied and pasted from the Highlands Sun.
“The Avon Park Founders Garden Club presented the Yard of the Month Award to, from left to right: Laura, Bill and Enrique Clay. Not pictured is Miguel Clay. The yard is at 600 S. Lake Blvd.COURTESY PHOTO
AVON PARK — Once upon a time there was a little house that dreamed of becoming a fairy tale cottage. The little house was purchased by Bill and Laura Clay a year and a half ago. Today that little house is the cottage it was meant to be.
When the Avon Park Founders Garden Club looks for a yard to present with an award, it is not only the landscape that is looked at, but the whole effect of the house and yard. The yard at 600 S. Lake Blvd., across from Lake Tulane, is enclosed with a white picket fence. Bordering the outside of the fence is blooming blue plumbago. The inside of the fence is ringed with Asiatic Jasmine. Dwarf azaleas run across the patio in front of the house. An old bicycle is painted white and leans against a tree in the front yard.
Other plants in the yard include tibichina, oleander, bird of Paradise, camillia, Royal Poinciana, Christmas palm, hibiscus, viburnum, white Mexican petunia, coleus, milkweed, desert rose and cactus. A variety of fruit trees are also in the yard — pink banana, Indian banana, pear, kumquat, limequat, papaya and lichi nut.
While Robbins Nursery was involved in planning the landscape, Bill and his sons Enrique and Miguel do the maintenance and additional planting. What makes this house a charming fairy tale cottage is the addition of “gingerbread” doors on the front.
The Avon Park Founders Garden Club presented the January Yard of the Month Award to the Clay family. Now the little house will live happily ever after.”
NOW I NEED TO FIND THE PHOTO BEFORE THE RESTORATION BEGAN. I saw it when looking for the rental. NOW I CAN’T FIND IT. LOL
Really excited. We are going to Avon Park mainly to see the old depot that is now a museum.
“The museum was formerly the Seaboard Coastline Depot that opened in 1926. In 1981 it became a museum. In 1986 a 1948 California zephyr dining car was added. Luncheons are served for groups of 15-40 people. The building is in good condition. Outside is stuccoed, a pinkish color with white trimming. The building was built for separation of the whites and coloreds.”
There is a platform right next to the museum and the tracks. Really close.
I really wanted to stay at the Historical Jacaranda Hotel but WIth Covid 19 it wasn’t a great idea. Many of the services aren’t being done right now. The restaurant is closed. I would want to sit in some of the main areas and I wouldn’t feel comfortable now. The rooms are nice. I was going to take the larger suite but it doesn’t have a refrigerator, microwave or table and chairs. Not feasible for a 2 week stay.
The Suites are on the 3rd floor with balconies. I really wanted that. We could have listened to the train whistles .
Right across the street is the Depot Restaurant.
THE FOOD PART OF OUR VACATION First off : DELIVERY is EVERYTHING We don’t get delivery .
I am on the lookout for SUSHI.
I saw that PIZZANOS Delivers all over Avon Park. We have one in Lake Wales that use to deliver to our front gate or to the RANGER STATION. They aren’t doing that now. Danny and I love Pizzanos. Especially their huge salads.
I was so sick Saturday. In bed or on the couch most of it.
This morning I felt almost human again. I was upbeat and ready to tackle a number of things. Like catch up on the Summit going on this weekend by Dr. Ken D Berry And His wife Nurse Neisha Salas Berry. It All ABout THE PROPER HUMAN DIET. It’s amazing how a simple challenge that Neisha Loves It started has given me a POSITIVE ATTITUDE. MOST OF THE TIME. That’s better than a bad attitude most of the time.
Baby Girl had to be with me all day.
I got the dishes in the dishwasher and ran it. Then I promptly filled it back up again by cleaning out the refrig. Mostly Danny’s uneaten food.
I upload all of Danny’s Train Videos to my Sarah’s Attic Of Treasures Account On Youtube. Then I started loading my favorite songs . LOL I have so many. Once I started I couldn’t stop, Especially when It came to Elvis.