TURTLE HOUSE AT ELVIRA’S ROOST, MT OLIVE SHORES, POLK CITY, FLORIDA

Never Say Never

January 24, 2022

Temperature 61 Degrees

Not me, Not Now, Not Never

That’s what I said for months on end.

I will never get COVID. Not me, not now, not never.

But you know what they say about people who say never.

Short, sweet and to the point.

Sunday I tested positive for COVID. I was absolutely shocked. I had a normal temperature. A slight cough. OK, the day before I had a slight fever and I had no energy. But that was all. You could have knocked me over with a feather.

Where did I get it from? I believe I contracted it from the crew that installed the windows. They were the only ones I was in close contact with for the past month.

So Ms. Barbara’s surgery had to be rescheduled for March 15th. With several weeks of rehab afterwards we’ll have to alter the start of our summer travel plans a bit. However, that’s not a big one. Surgery first and then we’ll go from there.

So life continues on The Road of Retirement. Life is never dull in these parts. But life is still good and we are blessed beyond measure. We’ll get this behind us and solider on.

Thanks again for stopping by today  We always appreciate your company, and your comments and suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before.

TURTLE HOUSE AT ELVIRA’S ROOST, MT OLIVE SHORES, POLK CITY, FLORIDA

February 21, 2022

Temperature 75 degrees

I Can See Clearly Now – New Window Install Finished

So the crew returned on Thursday to finish our window install.

They had the three front windows to finish. By the way, how do you like the new green look? All the walls in this house were a shade of blue. Knowing that I had to repaint this room we went with green. It’s different than blue that’s for sure.

The biggest issue they had with the front was removing the awning and then getting it back up.

They also had the three windows on the east side of the house to install. Believe me, it is quite a process installing the windows. I’m glad I didn’t decided to do it myself.

The two on-site supervisors diligently monitored the progress of the project from start to finish!

Our new windows are installed and today they passed county inspection. We are completely satisfied with the quality of the windows and the professionalism of the install crew. We would recommend them to anyone who needed new windows.

Time now to turn our attention to Ms. Barbara’s surgery which is scheduled for Tuesday of next week. To date everything is a go but that of course can change in a second. She had to go for a blood test yesterday because the doctor was concerned about one value that didn’t appear in the normal range on a previous test. We’re just waiting now for the updated results and the doctor’s decision as to go or no go.

One sad note to report today. Just a short time ago Barb’s sister Carol passed away. Unfortunately, today her husband Robert, Barb’s brother-in-law passed away. He died of complications from COVID.

Thanks again for stopping by today  We always appreciate your company, and your comments and suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before.

TURTLE HOUSE AT ELVIRA’S ROOST, MT OLIVE SHORES, POLK CITY, FLORIDA

January 19, 2022

Temperature 74 Degrees

I Can See Clearly Now – New Windows

There were two things we deemed absolute must upgrades for our home.

The first was a water softener system for the whole house. We had used a portable one in each of our rigs while we were full timing and considered it an essential item. Thus, when we moved in we decided to immediately install such a system at the house. After all though there are many things to like about Florida, hard water is not one of them. Yet, hard water is a daily reality for all residents of this state. Moreover, hard water is relentless causing all kinds of plumbing and possible health issues. So, upgrade number one was the water softener system which was installed our first month here.

The second major upgrade we deemed necessary would be replacing our old single pane, hard to open, and inefficient windows. However, making the decision to do so and actually getting it done proved a bit of a challenge. We eventually found and contracted with a company we felt comfortable with and we received an install date. But, like so many things in 2021 supply shortages created a delay that pushed the install date off till January of 2022. Until, specially today and tomorrow.

They said they would be here at 8:30 am and as promised at that hour they rolled into the driveway.

They began with our back bedroom window and in due time – after taking off a good deal of siding – they had the old window out and the opening prepped for the new window.

A question now for one and all and it is this: What is faster than a senior citizen with two wobbly knees and able to jump through an open window in a single bound? If you answered Proton you are correct. The window was out, I was standing on the outside, he ran from the living room into the bedroom, saw me outside, and launched himself out the window into my arms! The two window installers just stood there with open mouths. Ah yes, where I am Proton believes he needs to be. Oh, less I forget he also repeated his performance later at the front window.

Back to the new windows. They are double panned, low E glass windows filled with argon and double glazed. We believe they are going to be a big help during the heat of the summer. If and when we are ever home!

Installing the new window. The team we had really knew their stuff.

The new window in and everything else back in place. Looks good to me.

So, one done and nine more to go. They were also able to install the two large living room windows on the west side of the house as well as the kitchen window before their day was over.

So far I feel very comfortable with their work. They’re meticulous, professional, and hard workers. Their attention to detail is evident in a lot of little ways. For instance, they install a J channel above and down the sides of each window. And what impressed me is that in the corners where each section meets, rather than a simple block joint they take the time to miter each corner. A simple detail but an important one as far as I’m concerned.

So, we have four windows installed and six more to go. They’ll all be installed tomorrow.

So life continues on The Road of Retirement. This will be our last major house upgrade for this year. After this is complete we’ll turn our attention to Ms. Barbara’s surgery and getting ready to travel this summer.

Thanks again for stopping by today  We always appreciate your company, and your comments and suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before.

TURTLE HOUSE AT ELVIRA’S ROOST, MT OLIVE SHORES, POLK CITY, FLORIDA

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Monday Memories

January 17, 2022

Temperature 69

World’s Largest Toy Museum Complex – Final Post

Ready for some more toys?  This will be the last blog with pictures from the Toy Museum.  We’re almost finished with building one and and will be moving into building two tonight.  So let’s get going.

We begin with the Christmas Carol.  Someone put a lot of effort into this.  Take a look.  Scene one is where Bob wishes Scrooge a Merry Christmas and receives the expected Humbug in reply.

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The visit from the ghost of Jacob Marley.

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The first ghost takes Scrooge back to his boyhood and a ball he once attended.  Here he sees how everyone is so happy and his heart is very sad.

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The second ghost takes Scrooge to the home of Bob Cratchit.  He discovers them preparing for a merry Christmas despite their poverty.

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The third ghost takes Scrooge to the future where he overhears some business men discussing his death with apparent joy.

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Scrooge awakens a changed man and orders the prized turkey to be sent to the Cratchit home.

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Scrooge on the street on Christmas Day wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

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Time to go there is so much more to see.

Time now for the circus.  This is a real labor of love designed, planned and built over a 14 year time span by Mr. Charles Russel.

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Time to move to Building Number Two and

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Outside the entrance.

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The Lobby

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Here we have a Carnival.

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Moving on, remember the song Happy Trails to You

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Here are some more lyrics for you:  Born on a mountain top in Tennessee
Greenest state in the land of the free
Raised in the woods so he knew ev’ry tree
Kilt him a be ‘are when he was only three

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Do you recognize the name Orvon Grover?  I’ll give you a hint.  He was nicknamed The Singing Cowboy.  He was an American singer, songwriter, actor, musician and rodeo performer who gained fame largely by singing in a crooning style on radio, in films, and on television for more than three decades beginning in the early 1930s.

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How about this line A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty, ‘Hi Yo Silver!’

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Then there was the guy with the magic ray gun.  First sold in 1934 the Buck Rogers rocket gun was the first ray gun ever produced.  Manufacturers went on to produce multiple versions during the decades long popularity of the show

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Do you remember who lived in Doodyville?  Buffalo Bob Smith and Howdy Doody!

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Here is an easy one The Force Be With You.

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Does this sound familiar:  I’m Givin’ Her All She’s Got, Captain!  This is my all time favorite TV program.

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We just have to include this young girl.

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Then we have this adorable rag doll.  Raggedy Ann and her rag brother Andy are the world’s best known and adorable rag dolls.  More than just rag dolls they were characters possessing attributes and outlooks reflecting trustworthiness, kindness and spunk.

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Time for the bears!

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Boyd Bears to be exact.  I remember going to the Gettysburg factory store when it was still open.  What a fascinating place it was.

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Boyd figurines.

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More Bears.

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A game of checkers anyone?

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There were also airplanes of every shape and form.

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What would a toy museum be without a model railroad.

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One small section.

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What a background.

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So our visit to the Toy Museum has come to an end.  Oh no, this is not all that is there.  Trust me you owe it to yourself to someday visit it first hand.  Put it on your bucket list and make it a point to get there.  You’ll love it!

Our day on The Road of Retirement has come to an end.  Seams caulked.  Blog updated.  A drastic drop in temperature.  A full and interesting day all around.  I’ll take it.

Thanks for coming along again.  We always appreciate your company and your comments.  Catch you tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s two human soul mates.  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 not been before

See you on down the road!