Friday Meanderings

So it’s been a long week with a lotta stuff since I posted last Friday.

Old Homosassa Community Day!!!!!

I’m gonna put a shout out here.  This is my baby. I’m the organizer.  Which is way over my head. But it’s broken up into manageable pieces.  Like the Heritage Council does the yard sale.  And there are a lot of volunteers that help out.  Some don’t even belong to the club.  They show up Friday morning to organize and price.  Then they come back on Saturday morning to run the sale.  Back again on Monday to help one of local groups that serve the homeless, the Sanctuary, load their truck and trailer with stuff that didn’t sell. Amazing.  The Heritage Council made over $2000.

The American Legion Post 166 ran the pork roast.  “Homosassa Goes Hog Wild”.  They had enough pork for 300 meals.  25 butts.  Had 5 left at the end of the day–and sold them.  Good planning!  I heard a rumor that they made a similar profit as the Heritage Council.

The “Arts and Farmers Market” was Gil and Wendy Watson’s idea but the Homosassa Civic Club did the processing.  This was my big deal.  Terry and I hit SO MANY EVENTS to pass out applications and spread the word.  Actually had 30 booths set up.  (My goal was 20) Registration opened to the vendors at 6 am.  Terry and I were there before that and the Watsons were there before us!  And artists actually showed up at 6 am.  Hey guys.  It’s dark at 6 am. Christine and Rhonda that run the arts and crafts at the Seafood Festival came shortly after Terry and I. Our team was registering, running to spots to show the artists and crafters, and then helping them park.

Chuck Andrews, local musician and entertainer, volunteered to run the entertainment.  So cool.

Started out with the Homosassa Ukers making their first public performance. We actually had just about every chair filled. I told everyone I met along the street that we were performing at 11:30.  But I’m guessing that the pic and article in the Chronicle about us the day before the event might have helped. We are famous!  Which is really funny because at least four of us are absolute beginners that were doing a very good job of faking it.

Okay. You already saw this pic but I totally love it and the Chronicle actually put a photo I took in the paper!

Some of us dressed like pirates because we were singing sailor songs.

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And our leader was definitely a drunken sailor.

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That’s Torrey Dean, leader of the Homosassa Ukers.

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Some of us stayed in costume all day. Only the cool ones, of course.

Elvis

Elvis came back from the grave! This was truly so much fun!

JoJo Jones
JoJo Jones. So GREAT!

The weather was a bit of a problem.  Rain was predicted but held off until the afternoon.The wind came through and blew a few canopies over.  We had to close up the music early because of the storms.  But it was still a good day.  Had a good turn out. Lot’s of dogs showed up. Next year I think I’ll add a pet parade!

And the rest of the week?

Besides spending way too much time at the Old Homsoassa Learning Center……

Had a big storm.  Not normal for April.  Lost the top of one of our beautiful Live Oaks.

Marian MacRae signed the contract to get the water tower PAINTED!!!!!!  Woo Hoo!

Old Homosassa Heritage Council

Went to the Homosassa River Alliance annual picnic.  Last year this was a bit of a confrontational event. (ha, that’s an understatement) But the by-laws have been changed. And Terry is now on the board.  After we went to the picnic we hit county commisioner Ron Kitchen’s town hall meeting. I’ve been to many of these meetings and they are usually packed.  There were about 2 dozen people there.  AND I KNEW JUST ABOUT ALL OF THEM. Because most of them came from the Homosassa River Alliance annual picnic!

And now I’m writing this.

But wait….  I have DOGS!

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Ruby came by when her Mom was dropping off stuff for the yard sale. She said to me “Stranger Danger”
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Chi-Chi poochie pie. Okay. I have no idea what this cuties’ name is! But I really like this PHOTO!
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Happy dog enjoying life!

 

Molly and Chico. You don’t see Chico? He’s there.
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Chico needs his own snap!

A good week for Dogs in the Hood!

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Shrimpapalooza!

OMG!

SO MUCH FUN!

Of course, we started out at the Old Mill Tavern for breakfast–biscuits, gravy, hashbrowns, and bloody Mary’s.  The only day of the year that Old Mill does breakfast.  Could be because the Shrimpapalooza parade only starts from the Old Mill one day a year!

The idea of gravy on biscuits made out of fat laden sausage kind of turns my stomach. My biscuits are sans gravy! But my bloody Mary has shrimp, olives and celery! YUM!

This is our cart for the parade.

KInd of embarrassing.

Looks like Terry is over there trying to get the Messina’s to let him ride with them!

How about this group????
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That guy had tights on.  See through tights.  There were a LOT of snaps circulated on FB!

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This was about 9 am on Saturday.  Wondering when they started drinking to get him into those tights?  (and should I mention that it was really cold???)

Tim Dorsey, famous Florida author, was the grand marshall.  That’s Laurel and me.  Three famous people in Old Homosassa!

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After the parade I bought a book from him at the festival.

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Mr. Dorsey suggested I buy this one because Old Homosassa is in it.  And it is!  I’ve slowly been reading it.  Cool.

On to other things.

Old Homosassa Community Day.

This is the “Homosassa Ukers”.  We are performing at 11:30 AM at community day.  I’m supposed to be in the photo but I couldn’t get the camera timer to work.  Kinda sad because this is such a fun shot.  Tells a story. Story that a lot of senior citizens from the Woodstock era are still a wee bit insane.

Okay.  Don’t you want to be there?????

Now I’m gonna close with with some pics.

The African Iris are blooming like crazy.

My first rose for the season!  Almost exactly 6 weeks after I trimmed the roses on Valentine’s Day.

And the last bestest photo of all!

PUPPY OF THE WEEK!

Kimber!  Adorable boxer puppy that is guarding the offices of the Homosassa Special Water District!  So Smart.  Already knows to sit on command and shake hands!  (very spoiled and well loved poochie!)

Hope you have a super weekend!

Kathy

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Ohhhh.

It’s Friday.

And let me tell you why I don’t always get a post up in time to actually publish it on Friday.  (Although you know I have a lot to meander about!)

I’m at the Old Homosassa Learning Center almost the entire day on Wednesday and Thursday.

Thursday is the hardest because it starts with an hour and half of yoga, then a mad dash home for a shower and lunch.  Back by 12:15 for Sew Cool! Workshop. Followed by two hours of volunteering with the after-school program.

Not complaining. That’s what I want my retirement to be.

But sometimes I just don’t want to sit down.  Have a glass of wine.  And fall asleep.  Oh wait, that’s what I’m doing now!

The kids at the Learning Center were particularly trying this week. Probably cause they were excited that…..

Next week is Spring Break.  Did you hear all of our volunteers go WHOOP!

Sad. But. True.!

Three volunteers plus our after-school coordinator.  Three days a week. And we are all wiped out by the end of those two hours.

Yes. I need a wee vacation.

And let’s continue talk about happy news!

Shrimpapalooza!  Saturday!  Parade! Beads!

SO MUCH FUN!

So many other things going on.  This is Banjo Camp weekend.  I’ve gone three years.  Decided not to go this year.  A little sad.

It’s also “Mermaid weekend”.  That’s when all my mermaid friends get together in Cedar Key for the art show.  (Yes these are real mermaids. From Weeki Wachee! Not my imagination!) Thought I’d go up on Sunday but right now I’m leaning towards sleeping in then having a Bloody Mary!

But I’m staying home so I can go to the Shrimpapalooza on Saturday.

If you lived here.  You. Would. Too.

Tim Dorsey. Famous Florida Writer. Is. The. Grand. Marshall. of the parade.  Which is mostly golf carts and local people!  WOO-HOO!

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OH NO! It’s a Shrimp Boil!

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Wow! Those are some cute kids!
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Hey, that’s Kathy Beck! She must be famous!

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And there’s a festival afterwards!

We’ll be at the Old Mill Tavern for Biscuits, gravy, and Bloody Mary’s at 8 am.  Parade starts at 10 am.

See you there!