Entries in Florida (49)

Tuesday
May172011

I'm Still Here

Yep — I’m still around.  A lot happening here at our home, but here are some highlights the last few weeks. 

We took a trip to Marathon Florida the end of April and spent 4 nights on site 22 @ Curry Hammock State Park.  And here is Tom @ the site one evening.  Great view, but you had to be standing up to see it and we were disappointed we could not have a campfire @ our site.  :-(.   What I thought would be fabulous a campground was really just OK.  So it goes.  But the good news is this place isn’t between 80-$100/night like some parks.  

It was too warm to spend much time outside unless it was early morning or after the sun went down.   Tom and I are not beach people.  I avoid the sun a lot - it’s the only way to keep my face from looking older than it already does.  Tough job and I think I’m failing.  So anyway we occupied our time checking out places to eat around Marathon.  We ate breakfast @ the Stuffed Pig a couple of times.  We liked that a lot.. they have a small indoor area and pretty big outdoor area.  We enjoyed cocktails @  a couple of places.  One I cannot even remember the name.  That’s what I get for not sharing info during the trip.  But this one I have some pics.  This is happy hour @ a place called Lazydays which is not affiliated with the RV dealer in Seffner, FL.

Tom had their crab cakes (he says they were excellent) and I had banana bread - way too much - but it was great too.  After eating so much food the previous days I convinced myself it would be better for me.  I felt differently the next morning.  :-(  

Anyway - looking at this pic I thought — good grief gal - fix the hair.  But you see South Florida and having a good hair day is simply not possible.  Not this time of year.  I was also way overdue on my visit with Miss Clariol.  But that’s fixed now.  At least for another month or so.  smile

 

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After we got back home I finished the cornice.  Tom and I decided it was best to hire someone to install it.  We wanted to be sure it would never fall on our heads someday.  :-) Plus I didn’t think I could carry my side up a ladder.

This is Bob Hipps, a certified installer from Fort Lauderdale.  He assured me you could do chin ups from this as the brackets are screwed into the outer concrete walls. He also installed a new traverse rod for the new linen sheers. 

 

 

The next step — add the faux silk panels on each side.  I hope to get that done this week or next. I also need to get back to the Master Bed and Bath project.  Soon.  Very soon.

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As if I don’t have enough to do, I decided to join Barbara Brackman’s Civil War Quilt project.  :-)  This is one quilt block per week for the entire year.  Whoa.. I know.. lots of blocks.  I’ve been reading her blog off and on for months and decided to jump in.  I’ve just been so fascinated with the Civil war since I watched Ken Burn’s documentary a few months ago. 

 

 

Anyway, this project started in January so I’m way behind but I’m working to catch up quickly.  I’ve cut the fabric for the first 17 blocks and finished 10 blocks so far. 

First 17 Blocks ready to piece

 

 

 

 

Here is one of the blocks — Fort Sumter.  

 

 

You can see the rest of them in my Flickr Album.  And be sure to check Barbra’s blog (link above).  She writes really cool stories that inspire each block. 

Til next time …

Sunday
Jan232011

South Bay, FL

This is where I spent my sewing retreat last week - South Bay Campground.  It is owned and operated by Palm Beach County and located on the far west side of the town of the same name  near the Lake Ockeechobee Levee.   We pass this campground every time we make a trip to Ortona.  I drove thru it one summer a few years ago for a looksee and I was impressed.  After a week of staying onsite,  I’m still impressed.  With the campground.  The town of South Bay… not so much.  It’s just very rural, under developed and a few delapidated homes, trailers, etc. There are some gas stations with small food marts, but I did not check them out. 

So here is a little pictorial - click on pics to enlarge.  For $27.95 / day you get …

A paved site with full hookups (yes, including sewer), mix of 30/50 amp, cable TV (lots of stations) and free WiFi.

We had site 158.  

The Wifi was screaming fast the first 2 days, then they had troubles.  It was being worked on for a long time one day.  Back up by the end of the week but not near as fast.  Maybe they are not done with the fixes?  I did not ask.

Weekly discounts available.  Extended stays permitted, but I don’t recall the specifics.   The 30 amp sites back up to the fishing lake and the 50 amp sites line the outside perimeter.   A lot of road noise in the CG, but you can reduce some of it if you get a site in the loop near the levee. 

If you click on the South Bay link above you’ll see a nice aerial view of the CG and how close it is to the levee.  There is a walking path along the levee that goes for miles and miles.

 

 

 

 

Two bath houses with 2 washer and dryers and folding tables in each one.  As well as  2 shower/dressing rooms.  Some wear and tear showing on the floors, counter tops, mirrors etc.  And the washer and dryers are showing some rust, but this building has no A/C so it doesn’t surprise me. Nothing in Florida lasts long w/out A/C. 

 

Recreation center with air conditioned game room (pool table & TV).  Screened-in eating area with outside BBQ grills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right outside the recreation center - shuffleboard, swings, and fenced-in playground area

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful fishing lake surrounded by a lighted pathway.  Paved most of the way - just the North end is still gravel.

 

 

 

 

The closest grocery is in Belle Glade (7 miles).   We did not check it out - we went the other direction for services.  Clewiston is 16 miles west directly off Rt 27 where you’ll find a Super Walmart, McDonalds, Walgreens, Burger King , KFC and several local restaurants. 

We had breakfast at the Clewiston Inn (not that great) and dinner @ The Happy Chef Diner on our last night.  Now that was great.  So great — I took pictures of the food.  I never do that.

Homemade strawberry butter with bread sticks.  Yum Yum. 

 

I had the prime rib, their special that night.  Tom had pork chops.  It was all fabulous, but neither of us could clean our plates.  Not pictured — homemade onion rings and two glasses of wine.  We rolled home.  :-)

South Bay and The Happy Chef — two great places stuck in the middle of nowhere, but we’ll be back.