Posts Tagged ‘16 January’

17
Jan

Happy in Florida

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

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Monday, 16 January 2012

Not so daily, anymore, is it? I have taken a break from the daily writing for the KRuMB that has lasted, quite by accident for nearly a year.  It was unintentional, and although the “freedom” has been kind of nice, the void is too great.  I miss it.  So, here I am… no guarantees right now … no solid daily commitment …let’s see how it goes. In fact, let’s see if I even remember how to attach a photo to my written words!

Currently, I am in Florida visiting my mama. We are doing our best this week, to honor my grandmother’s memory and celebrate her birthday. Gammy would have been 100 years old tomorrow. We’ve gone shopping, took a trip in the RV to see a broadway-quality show, played card games, had a few political debates, and just generally enjoyed one another’s company. My week here is passing very quickly.

As a proper resident of central Florida, my mama has decorated one of the bathrooms in her lovely home in Mickey Mouse style.  Wallpaper border, shower curtain and other accessories all display the Mouse and I, of course, love it.  For years, one of the things that has amused me greatly is a framed postcard on the wall, that depicts Mickey and Minnie at the park, and carries the printed words, “We’re happy in Florida.”  It always makes me grin because it seems to me to be a little less “we’re vacationing in FL and wanted you to know” and a little more, “we’ve retired to Florida and aren’t ever coming home!”  And, in fact, that’s very true about my mother—she really is happy in Florida and it shows!

My photo is of Mama and John at the restaurant where we had dinner tonight.  I think they are pretty cute.

~MB

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19
Jan

On Games and a Pink Camellia

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Camellia

16 January 2011

My visit with my mama in Florida is going beautifully. Mama is a bit disappointed by the weather her happy new-home-state is serving up for me, however!  The average temperature since I’ve been here is somewhere in the fifties! That’s cold for Florida. It’s been down in the forties at night. And, although I’m not truly cold at that temperature, it doesn’t lend itself for much in the way of outdoor activities, walking between stores in outdoor shopping arenas, theme parks and the like. So, we’ve spent lots of time at the kitchen table playing games of various types. Today, I learned how to play Tri-ominoes, the other day it was Flinch. And, Mama has a book that is taking much of our time, as well. I neglected to record its name, but it’s a glossy, spiral bound book of photos. Now, think of your childhood experiences with Highlights Magazine, or any number of restaurant placemats, and remember those “Find the Differences” puzzles? Two mostly identical drawings of say … a landscape. But, when you look real close you’ll see that the tree has an extra branch in one of the pictures? Or the house has smaller windows. Or the chimney is in a different spot. Now, update that childish concept to include sharp, colorful, beautiful photographs where the second photo has been “photoshopped” to have those differences. Extra tree limbs and chimneys are just the beginning. Now, the sidewalk can be a little wider, or the color of the shutters can be green instead of blue. Or, the clouds can be slightly different. Getting the idea?

This silly book is addictive! You can’t help but turn the page and see if you can find the number of differences they tell you there are. Four, five, six … even seven!  And how quickly can you find them? And, how lovely is the photograph? Quaint village landscapes, intricate piles of jewelry, or library shelves, or a family enjoying a picnic … I was hooked. So much so, that when Mama asked if I wanted her to buy me my own of these books, I had to say “no!” I’d never get any work done!

I didn’t take a new photo today, so I’m sharing my favorite close-up I took as we walked through the enchanted gardens at Bok Tower. This lovely pink thing is one of hundreds of camellia blossoms on just one bush!

~MB

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16
Jan

Fuzzy’s Salad

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

fuzzys When Fuzzy’s Taco Shop opened near us we, my wife and I, were very happy as it afforded us opportunity to support a home-grown, local establishment that has become a true success story. We always prefer the little guys (Fuzzy’s, No Frills Grill) over the big guys (Chili’s, Olive Garden). What I didn’t know is that Fuzzy’s was going to become the de facto for us. I eat at Fuzzy’s now far more frequently than No Frills Grill. In fact, it’s not unusual for me to go to NFG for a beer or two, then leave and go to Fuzzy’s for dinner, then back to NFG for the rest of the evening.

I have been doing Fuzzy’s now for so long that I’m now in the experimentation phase. I know what I like there, and I like it a lot; but they have a large enough menu that there must be more things that I like. Right?

Here’s a monstrous salad that I recently had there. Quite tasty, really and when coupled with a margarita for the wife and a Shiner for me it’s a good meal.

Cheers.

 

~KR (Written on 16 January 2011)

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