February 4 – A Week of Cool Temperatures

This past week has seen morning temperatures in the low 40os … until yesterday, not climbing to more than the low to mid 60os.  However, our family and friends back home have shown ZERO sympathy.  Wonder why?

The best news of the week was the arrival of Joe and Jeanne Warwick, great friends with whom we RV-traveled to Alaska in 2011 and with whom we have maintained a wonderful and growing friendship.

A Friday night performance of Phil Dirt & the Dozers with their reprieve of songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s

Over the past year, Debbie has been hard at work knitting baby blankets and hats.  Many of these have been donated to Project Linus.  However, she had still accumulated nearly two dozen blankets and roughly an equal number of baby hats.  Her solution … procure a table at last week's Sun N Fun flea market

The weather was rainy and the "crowd" of lookers and buyers fairly sparce for the first couple of hours.  Eventually, more people arrived and some began to stop … mostly to talk. 

Then, her first sale and biggest grin of the day! 

Meanwhile, Debbie's exercise and line and belly dancing schedule kept most of her mornigs busy.

I got in a couple of rounds of golf, shooting an 84 on Friday, my lowest score in years!   I purcahsed another piece of rosewood

and went back to the woodshop

where I turned it into a rough bowl.

Noitce the crack in the upper edge

Well, the crack began to split and the upper half of my efforts were now KAPUT!  For a couple of nights I considered whether to throw in the towel on this piece of wood or find some way to salvage it.  Stay tuned …

I have continued to sail with the RC Sailing group … borroiwng both the No. 8 (yellow hull) SOL boat

and the No. 956 (red hull) Dragon Fly boat …

fininshing anywhere between 2nd and 8th in fleets ranging from 5 to 11 boats.  It really is great fun!

Yesterday was the park's annual Homecoming, featuering "floats" (decorated golf carts), representing many of the major activity groups; Sun N Fun's answer to the Tournament of Roses parade!   This year's theme was "Game Boards". 

In lieu of an overflight, the parade was appropraitedly led by a small group of World War II and Korean War veterans

While some entries were relatively simple,

others went "all out", often with golf carts and people elaborately decked out!



Trivial Pursuit



Battleship (Sailing Group)




And, despite the hundred or more people in the parade, an unofficial estimate of the park residents watching had to be at least 1,000 strong!

At the end of the parade route, a free lunch was available to participants and specators, alike (beer and wine available for just $3.00).

I also went on a weekly photo field trip, this one an evening visit to the Ringling Bridge (which connects Sarasota to Bird Key, St. Armands and Lido Key.

A waarm-up has begun, although heavy fog this morning.  This evening we finally had a susnset pretty enough to photograph!

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