Friday Meanderings

Blue Dice

There is a direct correlation between how active I’m in the community and the quantity and quality of my blog posts.  Seems every day there’s a meeting, a volunteer session, or I need to update one of the community websites.  So I apologize for the lack of posts.  I’m still here, just out and about. 

Terry is even more involved than me.  I’m not up for physical labor–he’s out there moving concrete patio tables and marking lines on the road.  Me, I’ll stick with my computer work!

So what exactly is going on this month???

Black Diamond is having an Invitational Car Show tomorrow.  We’ll be there in the AM.

In the PM we’ll be at the Blues & BBQ in Old Homosassa.  The last two years have been cold or rainy at this outdoor event.  This year we are having unseasonably warm weather.  I’ll go for shorts and tanks over sweat pants and gloves anyday!

Cool Corporate Cats, the 18th Annual Blues and BBQ festival in Old Homosassa

The Stone Crab Jam is in Crystal River Saturday evening.  We hear that this is the best festival of the year in Crystal River. 

Next weekend is the Homosassa Arts, Crafts, and Seafood Festival. At the Festival we have “Shades of Gray” entertaining us from 11:30 to 1:30 then Cat Valentine from 2:00 to 5:00 on Saturday. On Sunday Rick Standard will perform from noon until 2 and then “Under the Willow” takes over.  All of our crafts and arts booths are FULL.  We have mermaid t-shirts and posters for sale.  And all that yummy food. Don’t even think about going anywhere else!  Unless, of course, it’s over to the Shed where my favorite band “Sarasota Slim” is performing both days. 

When you come to the Festival stop by the Old Homosassa Heritage Council booth and get a t-shirt and a raffle ticket. Money goes to restore the water tower.  

Also, the Learning Center is having a raffle for the original art work by Gil Watson for the t-shirts and posters.  $5.00!  I’m volunteering at the Learning Center now.  So this one is personal to me, also.  Hmmmm, now I’m thinking I should be suggesting that you NOT get those raffle tickets.  Cause I want to win that painting.

mermaid

And one final note, the next crime watch meeting in Old Homosassa is November 23rd.  Mark your calendar! This is a really informative meeting.  If you live in Old Homosassa, you should be there!

Have a great weekend!

Kathy

Friday Meanderings

Maggie

Terry, Maggie and I went kayaking.  

Maggie

Just a typical kayak outing.  

Seriously, how lucky am I to be able to go out my back door and set out on my kayak?  Like I always say, I’m living in Perfect.

But, anyhow,

Maggie

We were just doing an easy little cruise out to Mason Creek and we saw this bobber.  

Up and down it went.

And we started following it.

Took a while because every time we got close, that bobber darted away.

Then we surrounded that bobber, and Terry pulled it up!

Kayaking

catfish

And pulled that hook out,

kayaking

And set that catfish free!

Maggie was VERY excited!

kayaking

There’s gotta be more!

So what are you doing this weekend?  There are lots of activities since the weather is WONDERFUL!

We are headed to Three Sisters Springs for the annual open house.  It’s FREE!  Just go to Kings Bay Plaza and get on the bus.  The earlier the better.  Lots of informational displays.  A band.  Booths.  Free!

And then we’re going to OctoberFest at the Watson’s Gallery in Old Homosassa.  Starts at 4 pm.  $15 each.  Bring your own German Beer to go with the German Feast to ensue.  Cat Valentine will be entertaining!  If you are going, RSVP please!

Stuff to put on your calendar:

Blues and BBQ is the first Saturday of November.  If you like music, BE THERE!  Get your tickets at the Museum Cafe.

AND OF COURSE!

November 14 – 15, The Homosassa Arts, Crafts, and Seafood Festival.  So much going on.  So much fun.  (So many people) We have entertainment this year.  Shades of Gray and Cat Valentine on Saturday.  I’m not in charge of Sunday, but someone fun will be there!

Oh, you should be there, too! Because we know that you are FUN!

Oh, and by the way, just in case you didn’t remember…

It’s Darin and Kathryn’s wedding.  ONE MORE WEEK FROM TODAY!  All the family is arriving as I type.  Well, except my son and my sweet little four year old granddaughter Piper who were on an Alligiant flight out of Fargo to Orlando that got cancelled.  Gosh. Darn.  Trying to bite my tongue and not use really bad words.Kathryn and Darin

Have a great weekend!

Kathy

Friday Meanderings

wedding party

Yesterday was a particularly busy day.  If Terry hadn’t bought me a bottle of wine which I didn’t even know about, this post would not be here!

First off, I want to say how disappointed I am in the Citrus County Historical Society.  They put a newsletter out every quarter that is supposed include all of the heritage councils in the county. Since I’m the corresponding secretary for the Old Homosassa Heritage Council, I’m responsible for writing the article and submitting the copy and the photos.  Which I did before the deadline.

Just got the newsletter this afternoon and the Old Homosassa Heritage Council was completely omitted.  Every other council in Citrus County was included.  We are a new group and want to get our name and mission out to the county so this was very discouraging.

Ok, so I’m moving on.  Because I can’t let that stuff bring me down….

Besides 10,000 other things we did yesterday, we attended the political fundraiser for Sam Himmel, Citrus County’s School Superintendent.  And we hear that there were 600 tickets sold but it looked like a whole lot more attended….

Here’s the line for the BBQ

Sam Himmel

and a bunch of tables

tables

On Monday we were invited to attend and because we already had a full agenda for the week, our first thought was, ah, no thanks. But then we started thinking about it and Sam Himmel has been a great superintendent. We’ve been reading about her in the Chronicle for the past 8 years that she’s been in office and have read nothing but good.  

So we decided to support Sam Himmel because it was the right thing to do.

Sam Himmel

In Sam Himmel’s talk during the fundraiser, we learned in her 8 years in office, the Citrus County School System has been “A” rated for 7 of those years.  Pretty good considering 70% of the children in the county get free or reduced-price lunches. Yes, we have a whole lot of people living below the poverty line. 

It was a good event.  And it was held at M & B Dairy in Lecanto.  A HUGE operation that I didn’t even know existed.  And yes, they actually are a working dairy!

dairy cows

And after all of that we attended the Homosassa River Alliance Meeting.  

Because we are in every group ever created in Old Homosassa.  

Okay.  Just kidding.  I’m sure there’s some organizations here that we really don’t want to belong to.  We are only in those good groups that give back to the community.

And I would not even be posting now except my wonderful husband bought me a that bottle of wine that I didn’t know about.  

So what’s going on this weekend?

The Scarecrow Festival is on Saturday at Heritage Village in Crystal River.

We won’t be there.  We’re headed to Tampa to watch 5 of the grandkids play basketball.  

And it’s our anniversary.  So we are celebrating.

This is my favorite picture of our wedding.  Which we had in our living room in our “starter” home back in 1992 when we started all over.  With our best friends, three of our adorable children, my mom, sister Ellen and niece Michelle (with the big hair.)  Just a little fun fact, Yvonne, second from the left officiated our wedding and many years later officiated Alan’s wedding (he’s the happy kid with the tie) and Jessica’s wedding.  Jessica even wore Yvonne’s original wedding dress when she married Andrew in 2013. Other than my mom who passed away, we’re all still hanging together.

wedding party

Our life is so good.  

I should recreate this picture!  Oh yeah, this is going to happen!

And speaking of weddings, that cute kid in the red shirt in the above picture is getting married in two weeks!

Our last kid is getting married!  DArin and Kathryn