Wednesday, December 13, 2017


My latest orthopedic doctor appointment ended up being right in the middle of a snowstorm. We made it though and I am now able to bear total weight (easier said than done) with my walking boot on. I get to do this, along with more exercises, for two more weeks. Then if my x-rays are okay we will be free to leave! We have already made reservations to fly out of New Smyrna (we had just booked our tickets the day I fell) and will drive down to Florida again. So hopefully all goes well these next two weeks and we'll head to warmer weather. Meanwhile Dave had to snow blow the driveway, a rare occurrence, and he even took his 1970s snowmobile out for a quick blast.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

It's Here!

Should WE be? This is definitely a new horizon for us...

Friday, December 8, 2017

Let It Snow

We are ready for snow. We woke to a coating this morning and more is expected tomorrow with even more on Tuesday. Dave has 2 snowblowers ready to go and is even working on an old (aka classic) snowmobile if the white stuff really accumulates.

His motorcycle scrapping project is now complete for the year and over 3/4 of his parts bikes are gone. Dave even got to go to a friend's family's farm and see their 14 goats that they use for milk and milk soap. Perhaps we should get some for the empty bike enclosures!

Meanwhile my ankle continues to heal and I am bearing 25 percent weight with a walking boot and walker. I can see the difference in the range of motion with the exercises I do twice a day. Hopefully I will have more news after my next doctor's appointment on Tuesday, which is ironic because of all days, it is going to snow. The office has a covered entrance but getting in and out of the house will be challenging in my transport wheelchair. Dave will need to shovel a little path straight to the car, just like we used to for the dogs to do their business. ;-)  It's all about adapting.

Monday, November 27, 2017


Our backyard is a haven for all sorts of critters. This fall we've been noticing a rarity...a partial albino chipmunk! It almost looks like a tiny guinea pig. It better move fast to keep out of sight of the hawks though.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Inlet Visit

Yesterday we took a ride down to the Ponce Inlet Park since it was a gorgeous day out. It was quite a rough trip in the wheelchair on the wood walkway out to the jetty, but well worth it. We came across this large land tortoise munching away on plants in the sand dunes.

We always enjoy the view back to the lighthouse and the surf was up with many surfers catching rides on the waves.

Now our sad and emotional goodbyes have been said and we are on the road again heading north. We sure hope the snow that's predicted in western NY doesn't affect us. We'll certainly have "tropical depression" going from palm trees and 75 degrees to bare trees and 30s. I sure hope I am healing fast!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Goodbye Beachside

We're moving our entourage a bit inland today since prices beachside increase 25 percent on the weekend. It's too bad we couldn't take advantage of the beach with all the wind, but the sunrises were great over the ocean and it's funny having the pelicans flying by at eye level on the 4th floor. When we walk out of the room, we have a spectacular view over the Halifax River towards Port Orange.

It's been convenient for visiting my mother in the memory care facility, but unfortunately her condition is failing rapidly. It will be very sad when we leave her in a couple of days.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Here Fishy Fishy

Yesterday we visited the huge Bass Pro Shop across from the newly renovated Daytona Speedway. The indoor fish tank, that looks like it's outside, was awesome!