Weekending

It was such a beautiful day I just couldn’t stay in doors. I headed over to historic downtown Lakeland to check out the curbside farmers market but on my way I stopped off and got a car wash and by that time I was a little ready for some campfire coffee and beignets. I ordered the “poker”. 3 scrumptious beignets drowned in maple syrup and topped off with crumbled bacon and just a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

Yep! Let’s get this weekend started!

Next, I headed over to the curbside farmers market and noticed that there was a bit of an art festival going on. I checked out a couple of the tents snd picked up a pencil skirt with an interesting print that could be a retro look.

I was heading over to the “aqua organics” produce stand, my favorite place to buy local produce, because their farm is literally 2 miles away from my house and how much more local can you get? On the way I noticed a new boutique popped up and it’s called the “B” so I stopped in to check it out.

It turned out to be quite a cool little place. It has new clothing in the front, and I thought it was just like a little small two room boutique shop, but I found a couple of things I wanted to try on and on the way to the dressing room voila, there’s a huge back area that’s an upscale thrift. Here are a few treasures.

At Scouts I found a cutesy Florida magnet for my new refrigerator.

And vintage Florida boxed matches for my bathroom.

I finally made it to the produce stand and got the most scrumptious fresh produce that you could imagine!

Time to head home and whip up some lunch, and unpack my treasures but first, a stop at Publix to pick up food for the next week.

After a fantastic lunch I just passed out and didn’t wake up till about four! Oh no! I remembered the lady at the car wash telling me that tomorrow is going to be a day full of horrible weather and now I’m feeling all kinds of guilty over those beignets I had for breakfast. Well it is time to go for a bike ride!

Whoa! Great ride!

Did it! Getting faster!

Feeling the pain and also the Strength! Time for a potassium remineralization soaking bath and a little reward!

Grapefruit, champagne sangria! Ahhhhhh!

The end!

These two crazy girls!

After this morning’s bike ride I was really tired so I laid down and obviously took a little nap. When I woke up, the house was so quiet. I wondered where was Ella and her friend Janet at? Had they left to go back to Janet’s house? I opened the door to the room they were in and called out to them asking “guys are you here?” They responded “we’re here!” I asked what are you doing?

There they were seated in the reading nook playing on their iPhones on musically.

So a little later I knock on the door again because it was quite again and I startled 2 young makeup artist in practice.

Okay photo op! Let me see the finish girls!

Look Nana, I put fake eyelashes on for the first time! Oh my goodness how did you do that? Janet💃👯 told me to close my eyes. Oh.

And Janet💃👯 is rocking the red lipstick.

Just a little bit of touchup.

Back to musically and chocolate snacks!

OK just remember to wash your face before you go home and dad sees you:-)

11.3 Miles

Cycling before breakfast this morning trying to go beyond the 10 mile mark. Made it!

A bit overcast, hope it doesn’t rain.

On the trail!

Didn’t cycle last week and I’m feeling it in my knees.

Getting high on earth vibes!

Back on my wheels.

Time for a water break.

Back to the trail

Dealing with my mind. Refusing to listen to my negative internal noise. Breathe and smile.

Hydrated and ready. Here we go!

The return – long pavement ahead,

Holy moly – really engaging in positive self talk now!

That last mile – whee!

I made it!

Middle Child

Tom and I went to purchase a refrigerator this morning at our nearby Lowes. We left Ella home because she didn’t want to go with us and we’d be right back. When we returned, we found Ella playing with the make up that I let her play with and Ta Da!

Wow it looks beautiful Ella! Now go and take that red lipstick off your lips!

Ella: returns with a different shirt and asks “is this better?”

Geez! I’m just gonna put a bag over her head.

Universal Studios Easter-Passover Get-Away!

As spring break comes to an end and Passover and Easter collide onto the calendar, I decided to give myself a gift. A gift of an experience. And that was to take my three granddaughters and spend the holiday weekend at Universal Studios with them. Just me and them.

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Off we went and I have to tell you it was an indulgence that was well worth every penny, not just because of the memories that I made but just because it turned out to be exactly what I wanted, which was to spend time with all three granddaughters. Time is so fleeting you just never know, I mean one day they’re born then they’re in preschool, then kindergarten, then they’re in middle school and they no longer have time for hanging with a grandparent. If you ever wondered whether you can become obsolete, try to spend time with your grandchildren as they enter middle, and high school. Overnight you will learn the meaning of the word “insignificant. Those babies that you cuddled and guarded and protected, and those babies that you subsidized so they would have the very best experiences. Experiences that you did not have and that you could not give to their parents have now moved into their own lives and they just don’t have too much time that they can give to you, not because they don’t love you, just because they’re busy living.

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So this little excursion with the three girls was just my way of squeezing out a little selfish time for myself with them. A little intimate time to sneak into their heads, and explore their thoughts. It was an opportunity to get to know what is going right, and what might not be working for them. A time to encourage them, reset them, and scold them if it is needed. Mostly, at the end of each night, once settled back at the hotel, ready for sleep, we all had a fun time recalling funny things we remembered. They told stories about me that they remembered from when they were toddlers, and two-year-olds growing up. And I told stories about the things they did at that age. We laughed out loud until our eyes watered. Those nights were priceless.  Just moments, stolen from time,  before they become so busy, that it will be impossible to get us all together again like this. Or, that I get so ancient that I won’t be able to keep up with them.

I have to say that all the bicycling I’ve been doing really helped because for three days I walked around Universal Studios for miles and miles and miles strolling, or running after a four-year-old, and all of the souvenirs and goodies that were purchased.

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I must’ve been a real site because I had this boho fanny pack that I put around my waist and I had all kinds of things you need with three girls at Universal Studios like quarters! Here’s an observation, pretty much universal studios is a cashless environment. Everything is available on credit or debit cards. Digital money. So, it makes no sense to me then, to find a feminine product dispensing machine in the woman’s bathroom with the only option to purchase requiring the use of quarters. Why no digital purchasing option? This is Universal Studios the most futuristic and technologically driven environment that I can think of.

Now you can get cash by going to an ATM machine, pay an almost 4 dollar fee to get that cash, which you then have to take to one of the local shops or restaurants and stand in a 30 to 40 minute line, to purchase a ridiculously overpriced item you don’t need, for instance, a soda for nine dollars, and then insist on paying in cash and hope you can talk them into giving you $2 back in quarters, so you can then go back and stand in line again for another 30 minutes, to use the woman’s bathroom, and purchase the feminine products, using your newly scored quarters! Really???? Universal, surely you can do better than that! I’m going to share this with someone at Universal, and mention a feminist sight to them. Especially since a large majority of their visitors are pubescent girls and young women who may not have quarters handy, and need the product. But they all have an atm or credit card. Come on now, Universal, are you going out of your way to make it as inconvenient as possible for your female fans? Switch out those obsolete coin machines, for the kind that can accept credit cards. If parking lots can do it, surely you can make this happen too.

Enough of my rant, back to the things I packed in my fanny pack. So quarters and sanitary products go in the pack, and God knows you need a plastic poncho in case it rains in Florida and you need a comb.

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You are going to get splashed and your hair is gonna look weird, you need a comb! Oh, and because you’re a senior citizen, and you can’t see shit without your glasses, you are going to need to have some lens wipes. When your eyeglasses are splashed and you try to clean them with your clothes or a napkin, they’re going to be cloudy and you will not be able to see. So you need an alcohol wipe to clear them up. While you are at it, through in a couple of band-aids for blisters on your feet. And don’t forget the ibuprofen.

Also, I recently purchased a water-resistant poncho for myself that folds up into its own pouch. It has an elastic hoop and you can attach to your fanny pack. Wait, and around my neck, I had my park pass and my four-year-olds pass. Then my bandolier iPhone crossbody case hung across me too, with my car keys attached. Hey, I was hands-free. I also looked cool, in an eccentric urban clutter kind of way, especially with my Versace Cat Eyeglasses. LOL!

I was hands-free up until the time we left Harry Potter world. After that, we had wand case’s, T-shirt bags, and some kind of round pink fluffy thing that’s scented and purrs when you squeeze it, but Olive just had to have it, and it comes in three sizes. I had to talk her down from getting the great big Beachball size.

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And, yes, I had to carry all that because I wasn’t gonna leave it in the old cheap, who cares if someone takes it, folding umbrella-stroller and chance that there’s honesty in the world.

Back to all my bicycling, I was in great shape because I ran, speed walked, climbed, stood, stooped, jumped and rode rides with that little four-year-old of mine and I wasn’t breathless and my joints didn’t give out on me. yay!

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I also managed to keep up with the 14-year-old and 11-year-old speed walkers and their ever-changing pubescent hormonal emotional reactions.

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Thank God for beer and wine!

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But, like I said, the experience was priceless!

Here are my galleries

Mardi Gras Parade

Harry Potter

Blue Man Group

Dr. Seuss

Random Shots

Back at the Hotel

The End!

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