Friday, March 23, 2018

Pirate Training?

Now that the inside of the cabin is done, we've been relaxing and enjoying life while daydreaming about projects for the outside. We've been having unusual frosts, so that has delayed any landscaping. So why not take up some new hobbies like pirating, since in colonial times pirates had their bases all along the coast not far from here.

How do I look?

I couldn't find a parrot, so a rooster will have to do and I can see better with dark glasses than with a patch on my eye.

When I finish my training, should my new moniker be "Jolly Roger"?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Log Cabin is Done!

We've just finished the last major project on the inside of the cabin--the fireplace and the brick under the stairs. Here's the before picture.

And here is the after:

The same brick look is also under the stairs.
Look forward now to the things we'll be doing outside on our 30 acres.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

January Report

We survived the 25 degree freezes with ice in the horse feeding buckets and lots of frost on the ground. In a month or two we'll see how the plants survived.

Since it was too cold to be doing building projects for us Floridians, we did lots of activities with grandkids and helping boys in the ward develop their Eagle Scout proposals. I did get a picture of David at his district wrestling meet where it won 3rd place in his weight division. He might have done better but grandma has been feeding him such great food on Sunday dinners that he was one pound overweight for his usual division so was the lightest wrestler in a far heavier class.

With all this cold weather, we ended the month hunting manatees with the visiting Kannas's. We found hundreds of them at Blue Springs south of town.

January Cabin Final Touches

We're getting close to finishing all the  final touches on the inside of our log cabin. We hope all will be done in February. This month we upgraded the switch plates on the electrical outlets, added some signage...

and replaced burned out light bulbs in the 20 foot high ceiling so the butterfly mobile is more visible. (Don't tell Wendy, our grandparent safety monitor, that I did it myself.)

Friday, January 5, 2018

Surviving the freeze Florida style

We had a hard freeze the last two evening (that means 30 degrees). No snow of course. Here is how we survived Florida style--roasting wieners, playing games outside and playing with the roosters.

Monday, January 1, 2018

The power of cabbage and black-eyed peas

I'm sure you know that in order to be rich in the coming year, you have to eat cabbage and black-eyed peas as soon as the New Year starts.  Some think that is just a foolish Southern superstition, but I'm a believer now. Right at midnight Caroly had delicious fried cabbage with ham and a pot of black-eyed peas for us to eat. I had another bowl of both in the morning for good luck.This afternoon Sage was looking though the books in our library to find one to  take home to read to her children, You'll see below the surprise stash of money that she found inside one of them!

I'm now a billionaire several times over--at least in Hungarian Pengös from after the Second World War!! We collected them when we lived in Hungary in 1990 after the Berlin Wall fell. We had forgotten where we had stashed them for safe keeping.

The moral of the story. When you wish for riches by eating cabbage and black-eyed peas at New Years, be sure to specify what kind of money you want to get, The Pengös are worthless except as a souvenir of the power of post war inflation. They use the more stable Forint now. But technically I'm still a Pengö billionaire due to the power of cabbage and black-eyed peas. Click on the picture to take a closer look if you don't believe me.

Surprise for Grandma

Grandma was sure she could quietly become 75 with no one noticing. Grandpa remembered to serve breakfast in bed (farmers omelette, toast, yogurt, and orange juice) and give her a mushy card and a small cake to make sure she thought that someone remembered. But at six that night there was a knock at the door and half of our grandkids rushed in with a surprise hug, a helium birthday balloon, flowers, lots of fried chicken and lemonade and a cake covered with horses. Grandpa had kept the birthday surprise a secret for a week. She didn't suspect a thing. The pictures should tell the story.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Merry Christmas!!

Grandma thought for sure that since we had no children or grandchildren visiting for Christmas that Santa would pass over our house. But to grandma's surprise HE DIDNT FORGET US!!
However, grandma forgot to put out milk and cookies for Santa and carrots for Rudolph. So Santa stopped by after we had opened the presents for an energizing snack on the way back to the North Pole. Rudolph was disappointed that grandma still forgot to put out the carrots!! Shame, shame!!
Christmas afternoon we joined Sage, David, Jessica, Stephen, Victoria, and Mary for our traditional picnic fun on our beautiful Florida beach in honor of those northerners who insist that they prefer "change of seasons" in the frozen, snow-bound northland rather than the pleasant Christmas weather in Florida.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Getting ready for Christmas

Prince David invited us to a madrigal dinner and concert to get us in the holiday mood.

We've even had beautiful sunsets to get us in the mood.

So our house is all decorated and ready for Christmas.

December Home Improvement

Each month we try to finish one more project on our log cabin. This month we installed lights and fans on the porches.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

November Fun with Grandkids

Cross country meets:

Toe fishing and bungee cord walking

Fossil hunting

Beach and water fun

Sport fun

Developing survival skills by drawing, building houses, cracking coconuts for food, looking for information electronically

Relaxing in hammocks or sitting around talking

Of course we had lots of good food to keep the troops happy!! (I didn't get a picture of the 20 or so boxes of breakfast cereal and the several gallons of milk that was a key to their happiness.)