TOUR AMERICA, 2021: PARADISE OAKS RV RESORT, BUSHNELL, FLORIDA

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March 5, 2021

Temperature 78 Degrees

When Did Furniture Get So Expensive

Yet another beautiful day in Paradise.  A bit cool at 42 degrees when we first awoke but as soon as the sun came up things began to warm up quickly.

First thing this morning we recieved a verbal summary of yesterday’s house inspection.  There were several really minor areas of concern but nothing major.  We contacted our realator about what was shared with us and he assured us each item would be addressed and corrected.  So the house is still a go.

Time to go furniture shopping.  We had already decided what we wanted to purchase and what our budget would be.  With our list in hand we headed to

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In the past we had found that their prices were reasonable and their customer service was top notch.

Through the double doors we went into acres of furniture.  We had been here earlier in the week and already had a really good idea of what we wanted.

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This will be our living room set minus the coffee table.

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We’ll add these chair side tables to our living room set.

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This will be our bedroom set.  We also got a new mattress.

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We were also able to purchase our washer and dryer.

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Then came the time of reckoning.  Can you tell by the smile on Lisa’s face that her commission was going to be substantial!  We haven’t purchased furniture in over 30 years so we were a bit shocked by the fact that one needed a second mortgage to pay for it.  Nah, not really.  We were pleased that we were able to purchase all that we wanted and it was all within our budget.

When will it be delivered?  Probably in June when we are back home for a couple of weeks before going back up to UF in Jacksonville.  We’re getting there.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  We’re one more step closer to being happy home owners.  So much to do and so little time.  We must have been off our rockers to start all this at this point in time.  But that’s us, seize the moment.

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog.  We always appreciate your company, your comments, and your suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and her two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.

See you on down the road!

TOUR AMERICA, 2021: PARADISE OAKS RV RESORT, BUSHNELL, FLORIDA

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March 4, 2021

Temperature 79 Degrees

When is a Fish Restaurant Not a Fish Restaurant?

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This is a local restaurant that everyone here in the park raves about.  Oh, you just have to try it out everyone said.  The food is fantastic.  And the location is perfect.  So we decided to give it a try.

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It is located on Lake Panasoffkee and on a bright sunny day it is an awesome setting.

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It has a really great outside eating area with tables nicely spaced out.

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The menu listed all kinds of delicious fish meals and sandwich’s.  Only one problem, we were told when we sat down We;re out of all but one kind of fish.  What?  According to our server it was a busy weekend (ok that was four days ago) and so we are out of just about everything.  That also included draft beer.  Our first impression was not a favorable one.  But we pushed ahead.  We should have quit while we were ahead.

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I started off with a basket of gator bites – at this point I’ve eaten just about all of them.  I just couldn’t get Ms Barbara to go for them!

I was able to order a basket of cat fish fillets and my other half ordered chicken fingers.  Of course I had to go get our meals.  Our server sort of forgot about us.  Did I say we’re not too thrilled with this restaurant.  I will say, though, the food was excellent.  It’s just too bad that the service and just about everything else about this restaurant is oh so bad.  So glad others thought that it was the best of the best but it sure wasn’t for us.  And this was on a slow day.  I wonder what service is like when they get busy?  You probably have to both order and cook your own meal!  Ah well, it was a day out.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  We had a great day inspite of our under-whelming restaurant experience.  Hey, you can’t win them all.  Have a restful night one and all.

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog.  We always appreciate your company, your comments, and your suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and her two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.

See you on down the road!

TOUR AMERICA, 2021: PARADISE OAKS RV RESORT, BUSHNELL, FLORIDA

Awful Weather

March 3, 2021

Temperature 68 Degrees

Getting Caught Up

I guess it is time to get caught up.  Life has been a whirlwind the last several days and it just all sort of crashed in on me.  But, I”m back on top now.  No small thanks to my sweetheart who pulled me through all of it.  So, let me fill you in on what’s been happening in our lives.

Good News Monday

I had a morning appointment with my urologist to go over the results of the scans I had taken last week.  It was all good news.  The cancer is localized in and around the prostate and has not gone further.  I believe for the first time in weeks both my wife and I finally started to breath again.  Yes, it is the most agressive kind but we now know it is possible to beat it.

I can tell you one thing, I sure do have a whole new appreciation for everyone suffering during this pandemic.  The unknowns that they must be dealing with.  Will I be in my home next week?  Where will our next meal come from?  I wonder when I can get back to work?  The unknown can and will just eat you up and bring you down.

Later in the day Ms Barbara received her second vaccine shot.  By the next day her arm was a bit warm and she had a big bump but other than that she was – and is – doing OK.  My turn is coming up next week for my second vaccine shot.

Terrible Tuesday

What a difference a day makes.  We both woke up under the weather Tuesday morning.  We weren’t quite sure what happened but, thankfully, we were both feeling better by that afternoon.  The unfortunate thing is we were supposed to visit with Harry and Janet and had to cancel.

The weather was also a bit weird.  One minute we had sunshine.  The next minute it was raining.  This pattern continued throughout the day.  But the worse was yet to come the following morning.

Weird and Wonderful Wednesday.

Today started with a boom, a very, very, very loud boom and a flash of lightening that turned night into day.  This was at 5:15 in the morning.  The Facebook page for the park came alive in a big way.  A tree in the back had been split in two.  The cable service in the back of the park was gone.  As was a couple of TV’s in one individual’s rig.  Car alarms were going off.  Dogs were running for cover.  What a way to wake a person up.

In time things settled down.  It continued to rain until about 8am but then just like that it stopped and the day turned absolutely beautiful.  Clear blue skies and abundant sunshine for the rest of the day.

Time now for us to get on the road since Ms. Barbara had an appointment for blood work.  This took all of about 15 minutes and finally she could have breakfast.

Once we finished with breakfast we were back on the road and headed to our new house.  We wanted to take some measurements so we could make some decisions regarding exactly what furniture we wanted to purchase.

This is the first time we were able to just sit and enjoy our new home.  We were able to dream about the day when we move in.  What it will be like to come home after traveling here and there.  I believe I’m finally warning up to the idea.  Time will tell.

So that is what we’ve been doing on The Road of Retirement.  We continue to plan and dream about our days on the road.  We may not be doing much traveling this year but we’ll get back to it in due time.  Life may not be what we were expecting right now but we really have no reason to complain.

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog.  We always appreciate your company, your comments, and your suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and her two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.

See you on down the road!

TOUR AMERICA, 2021: PARADISE OAKS RV RESORT, BUSHNELL, FLORIDA

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February 28, 2021

Temperature 90 Degrees

Sunday Worship At Our Home Church in Colts Neck, New Jersey

Forms, Forms, and Even More Forms

Furniture Shopping

Route Planning

What a beautiful day we awoke to.  Clear blue skies, abundant sunshine and comfortable temperatures.  A quick cup of coffee and a double chocolate muffin and we were ready for worship.

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Scott began with the Call to Worship

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Special music was provided by the Youth Choir.

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Scott is continuing to focus on Pslam 23.  Once again, he read a contemporary version of the Psalm, this time from the Good News Bible.  We then sang a version of the Psalm.  Finally, a member of the congregation read it again from the King James Version of the Bible.

Today he emphasized the role of the shepherd.  He spoke of how the shepherd’s role is to guard and protect the sheep, to see that they are guided to abundant pastures, and to see that they are able to rest free from fear of predators.

He then spoke of Jesus as our shepherd.  He went on to say that if we put our faith in Him he will guide and protect us, and enable us to know an inner peace that passes all understanding.  He went on to say that the world hasn’t really changed, it is as frightening and demanding as ever; but, when our faith is in the right person, the person of Christ we can live with hope and certainty no matter what is going on around us.

A great message for the start of a new week.

What else have we been doing since Friday?

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We/ve been filling out reams of forms.  I dare say we/ve probably filled out enough to wall paper the whole of our new house.  And just when you think you’ve filled out the last one, someone sends another one.  Unbeliveable.

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We spent Saturday furniture shopping.  Here, there, and everywhere.  First, on the internet then to the stores.  We have, we believe, a good idea of what we want.  We’ll make a final decision on our living and bedroom furniture the end of this week.

Finally, my favorite task.

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Route Planning.

We’ll leave here the last Sunday in March and make a brief trip to Fort Myers for some work on Elvira.

The we’ll move up the East Coast as far as Ives Run State Park in PA.  Then it will be back down to Jacksonville.  We’ll  be there approximately three months while I undergo Proton treatment for my prostate cancer.

We’ll go home for a month (it sounds so weird saying that) and then we’ll be gone for the months of October and November.  Finally, we’ll go back home for December for a brief period and then we’ll be off again.

Like I’ve been saying, we’re not about to sit around for very long.  Three to four months at home will be more than enough time for us.

So, that is what we have been up to on The Road of Retirement.  We’re taking it one day at a time getting done what we have to get done.  Life is good and you’ll not find us complaining about a thing.  Hope your life is the same.

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog.  We always appreciate your company, your comments, and your suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and her two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.

See you on down the road!