Friday Meanderings

Big stuff going on the Nature Coast!

This Saturday is the last open house for this season at Three Sisters Springs.  Park at King’s Plaza and jump on the free bus to the park.   Or you can do as Terry and I do–park at the plaza directly across the street from the Three Sisters Springs driveway and walk the 1/2 mile back.  I don’t know the name of that shopping center but there is a Sherwin Williams on the one end.

Well worth the visit.  Might not be manatees there because it’s supposed to be 80 degrees!  Zowie!  Hot for February!

Manatees at the January open house.

But the really BIG event is the “Cocktail Hour for the Tower” at the Homosassa Civic Center.  This will be a huge fund raiser for the painting of the Old Homosassa Water Tower.  Put on by the Old Homosassa Heritage Council, there will be a gourmet dinner, dessert bar, music by Chuck Andrews, a Chinese raffle, and a silent auction.  We originally hoped to sell 50 tickets–the group has sold 68!  Tickets are SOLD OUT!

Yes.  That water tower will be painted this year.  And then we can move on to the museum!

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And to our next big event.

The 2nd Annual Old Homosassa Community Day!

April 7th, 2018

This year the American Legion 166 is holding a pig roast.  HOMOSASSA GOES HOG WILD!  Proceeds going to their building fund.

The ukulele group will be performing on the stage.  We are called the Homosassa Ukers now.  Funny? No?  (Well we thought it was funny.) There will also be open mic–anyone can get up on stage and sing, dance, model, whatever.

Watson’s Art Gallery is putting together an Art and Farmers Market.  Only $20 a booth.

There will be a HUGE yard sale in the Homosassa Civic Center–all proceeds going to paint that tower!

Non-profit community groups will also have booths set up with info.

ALL ON ONE DAY AND IN ONE AREA.

I’m sure I’ll be writing a lot more about that in the coming weeks.

Have a great weekend!

Kathy

 

 

Damn Squirrel!

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It’s a constant battle against the squirrels here.

It's Spring!

Maggie used to keep them under control but now she just sleeps all day.  She’s 18.  No more squirrel chasing for her!

In the Garden
Here’s Maggie, protecting the gardens from the squirrels 5 years ago.

Once upon a time I had a vegetable garden.

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Squirrel with orange

In the “squirrel-proof” bird feeders.

Damn Squirrel.

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Damn Squirrel

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Chewing the twinkly lights we have on the trees.

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On the hummingbird feeders.

Damn Squirrel

Squirrel on feeder

Playing a wee banjo.

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I didn’t get enough snaps of the most recent incursion.  This guy was sitting on the downspout and then jumped up into a hole he had chewed in the eaves.  Fortunately there was no attic in this part of the house and Terry was able to get him and his girlfriend out before they started a little family.

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What!

Terry went to Ace and got some cage wire that the guy recommended and covered the screen with that.

But this is a very determined squirrel and promptly got back to work.  He not only chewed through the cage wire but also chewed through the wood.  Terry put up a metal plate.  So the squirrel moved onto another spot that was directly into the attic and chewed right through the wall!

FULL OUT WAR WAS DECLARED!

We even missed the Gasparilla Pirate invasion on Saturday thanks to this little fat rodent.

There is now a rat trap in the attic and another metal plate covering that hole.  BB gun is ready!

Your move squirrel….your move!

Friday Meanderings

It’s cold.

Right?

Cold.

Even here in sunny FLORIDA!

I’m okay with the cold.  I have grandkids in North Dakota which I occasionally visit in Winter.  So I have the clothes.  Snow boots. Warm gloves. Cozy hats.  Puffy coat.

But the grayness. And the wind.  And the rain.

Not so okay with that.

Yesterday we had cold but there was sun.  Last weekend there was NO sun and we had friends visiting.

Our entire life is about living outdoors.  We don’t even have a kitchen table or dining room because we ALWAYS eat on our screened deck.  (YES. EVEN WHEN IT’S 90 DEGREES AND 100% HUMIDITY IN AUGUST BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT WE DO)

Well almost always.  Even with the space heater we have out there when it’s 36 degrees or below, dinner is on the kitchen island!

And it’s been below!

We’ve had a lot of company since the beginning of December.  Which makes us very happy.  But every time someone arrives so does the ugly gray wet cold weather.  (what is with that?) Terry had a fishing charter scheduled to celebrate his birthday with Alan and Andrew and it was about 45 degrees.  Windy.  Rainy.  They went bowling. And Terry bowled 192.  Happy Birthday!

Jes and Andrew came.  Nasty weather showed up too. We went bowling. (Terry did not bowl 192) And we played a lot of board games. Then went to Top Golf in Brandon.  Indoor driving range.  Brilliant!

Terry and Phil came last weekend.  And so did the ugly weather. Yes.  There were a lot of board games. (I even won at Scrabble.  lost at every thing else.)

Terry’s one of my blog followers.  Comments on both of them. Spent a couple days.

(Okay.  Terry and Phil are also my son-in-laws parents and good friends.  So if you are one of my followers–you might not get the same reception!)

We had planned on going on a cocktail cruise when they arrived because it was warm and the water was in.  The boat wouldn’t start.  (Sheesch) Took them on a golf cart ride to the Shed.  It started raining.  (Really?)

The next day was U-G-L-Y and cold.

Took them to the Citrus County Courthouse Museum.  Yeah.  We were really reaching for something to do indoors!

But…..

In case you didn’t know….

“Follow that Dream” with Elvis Presley was filmed right her in Citrus County.  Yes.  Hard to believe.

There’s even a street in Inglis named FOLLOW THAT DREAM!

The courthouse scene from the movie was filmed at the Citrus County Courthouse.  And Elvis is prominently featured throughout the museum.

Did you know that when they were restoring the courtroom they actually went to the movie for reference??????

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And here’s Phil with Elvis!Friday Meanderings

 

And Terry!

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Now.  I gotta say the cold weather was really good for us when we went to Three Sisters Springs that I posted about Monday.  This is such a wonderful experience.  We go whenever we can–with or without company!

It was a super weekend.  (and gotta repeat I won at Scrabble).

Hey,  It’s Friday and Steve Jervee–my favorite weatherman–says that it will be in the 70s!  Yippee!  I live in Florida!

Have a GREAT WEEKEND!

Kathy