Wednesday, November 23, 2011

'11/#55 I'm Trying,REALLY!

Good grief, where does the time go? 2 weeks without a blog! We have been busy but somehow there doesn't seem to be that much to write about. With park activities, friends & family, plus the holidays coming it just seems to be a never ending list of minuscule chores to be done. Well let's see if I can bring everyone up to date.

The first bit of excitement was our annual physicals. Whoop-de-do! I always look forward to the yearly poke-n-prod & swab-n-stick. After conditional bills of health(wait for lab results & lose some weight) we couldn't wait for the retiree luncheon. There were about 20 of us "postal survivors" that got together to catch up on recent escapades & coworkers still at the PO. Plans were made to get together after the holidays which works out great for us since we will be heading out of FL a little earl er this year. Over the weekend one of our friends from the PO came to visit us at the RV park. He had recently bought a classic Airstream & wanted to take it somewhere & show it off. We had a blast talking RV's with him & he had a great time showing it off to all our friends in the park. That was enough for that week.

The following week was just as busy. First there was lunch with the Red Hats Ladies & Romeos. Everyone knows what the Red Hats are....well the Romeos are men's answer to the Red Hats. ROMEO stands for "Retired Old Men Enjoying Ourselves". We usually wind up at Wing House or Mugs-n-Jugs just because we can. Hot wings, cold beer, & pretty girls. Us old guys can figure out what to do with at least 2 out of 3 of these. That night we went out to dinner wit hour good friends from IN to celebrate Mary's 50th birthday. No, I am not in trouble for telling her age. To her it is just a number & she is proud of it. The next day Jessie & Jim took us out for birthday breakfast.It was nice to sit down with them & just talk. Let's see that brings us to Friday which means we met up with Victor & Melissa for lunch. Again it was nice to catch up with friends.

Saturday was the first Thanksgiving dinner. Well it was actually a pre-Thanksgiving dinner. The residents in the park like to have a pre dinner the Saturday before the holiday because so many of them leave to be with friends & family. This way we can have it both ways, with family & with our neighbors. After eating too much, as is tradition, we come to Sunday & off to dinner again with friends for my birthday. Lots of good food & yet I am looking forward to a simple meal at home for a few days. After all the real holiday hasn't arrived yet.

Well my palate for simple foods is going to bed now in our home in Largo FL because.....

Home is where we park it,
Frank & Mary

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from both of us!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

'11/#54 We're Baaack!!!

I can't believe it's been almost 2 weeks since my last blog. I knew time was going to fly by but this is ridiculous. It's not like nothing's been going on. In fact so much has been happening I can't seem to find the time. Well lets see if I can catch up.

We rolled into Largo on Saturday the 29th & tried to get all hooked up. What should have taken an hour managed to take almost 4 hours. We backed in in 1 shot, everything worked fine, & there were no mechanical or utility snags, so what happened? Well you can't sneak in with a 40 foot trailer so everyone knew we had arrived. That meant that we were overwhelmed with greetings, hand shakes, & hugs. Finally we were hooked up, had dinner, & called it a night. I'm not sure what happened the rest of the week but the rig still hasn't been washed & we haven't set up our outside living area.

The new regime is taking over in the trailer park. President Norma & vice-president Mary are jumping in with both feet & like good husbands John & I are being supportive. We show up & help whenever asked & are helping to make the park a better place to winter. Mary's enthusiasm can sometimes get the better of her & I will tag along until I can't stand it any more. I am again the Bingo caller this year while Mary is dedicating herself to getting a new Bingo machine for the park. I know some of her fund raising ideas but I am sure there are more that I don't want to know about.

During this time we managed to track down most of the kids & grand kids. Talk about getting welcomed home. It was better than any hero's welcome. The grand kids are already asking when we are coming to their school so that is something else we have to fit in our busy schedule. We have birthdays coming up, then Thanksgiving, & Christmas so we will be busy then next 2 months.

We have a friend coming to visit this weekend & Friday is the first Bingo of the season. Hopefully I will get more done around here & find the time to blog about it from our home here in Largo FL because....

Home is where we park it,
Frank & Mary