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Thursday, January 02, 2020

Chapter 1, Page 2, Book 20

My 17 Days Of  Christmas 

Day 7 - January 1st

The first of our group left here for Ohio today and the rest will leave tomorrow.  I hate to se them go, but I remain for one more week.  I’d like to remain longer, but my airplane ticket says my return date is the 11th and it’s nonrefundable. It’s been wonderful having all of them together.  
After a couple of cooler days in the 60’s and 70’s,our temps have warmed back up into the 80’s and so much better than back home in Ohio no matter what.

We went to the Mantee Park first but were disappointed not to see them.  It turns out that they are still out in the Gulf because it’s warmer than usuall  They usually winter here in the waters from the power plant near by because it is warmer. Still and all it was a beautiful place to visit and I did get several pictures.

We also visited the Citrus  Market and got some fruit and some got an ice cream cone but I got  delicious fruit smoothie.  They had ornge juice to try out and DS#4 and his wife got a strawberry orange blend.  Believe me it is delicious. I didn’t get pictures taken there, but one of the kids did so maybe I can show them later. A palm tree out front had balls of seeds hanging from it, so I got some thanks to one of the grnnd kids and am going to try planting them to see if they will grow

After that we headed for dinner out.  I had plenned to make pork roast and sauerkraut for dinner, but they wanted seafood since we’re here at the Gulf and they have plenty of seafood available. They didn’t have a long table to set us I had lobster with some pineapple slaw and corn on the cob that was wonderful.  

This morning I got to witness a beautiful sunrise while sitting in the lanai here  whilw on my compute.  I don’t think I’d ever get tired of looking out at this view. I have so many pictures it will take me a long time to show them all.

We had a little gathering at home after that so we could say our good byes.  Most are headed out today to go home.  Some are driving and some are flying.  One of my granddaughters flies out in a couple of days for a trip to New Zealand so for her the trip here was just the beginning of a long trip for her. It’s a trip related to school and she’ll be joining some school mates there.  She is very excited.  

Hope you all had a Happy New Year.  For me it’s the best thing to happen in a long time!


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I've spend more time outdoors here than I will the rest of the winter. The weather has been wonderful!

jack69 said...

WOW you guys are squeezing in all the Family time you can. Sounds so good. The pictures of the kids are great. I know they thrill you no end. What a wonderful New Year's time you have had. Thanks for the reports and allowing us to enjoy with you. Love it.
Sherry & jack

betty said...

I'm glad you took a lot of pictures, Ma; so fun to see what you guys are doing and where you are visiting! How fun for your granddaughter who is going to New Zealand! That sounds like a wonderful adventure! And yum with your lobster and pineapple slaw; never heard of pineapple slaw but sounds very tasty!


Chatty Crone said...

You did soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo many things - I know you will hate when it is over. Happy New Year.


i am so happy for you. spending time with family is the best kind of vacation. you have such wonderful memories i know. enjoy the rest of this big trip. out here in blogland we enjoy hearing about every minute. take care and have more fun.

Mevely317 said...

Gorgeous sunrise! I do miss Florida's fresh seafood, but having developed a shellfish allergy, perhaps it's best I'm not tempted. These images are such a testament to time well spent; I'm so happy for you ALL.