The ladies here on the circle where we live have a monthly luncheon. I've been able to attend two of those, finding that a good way to get better acquainted. There are 70 lots on our circle, with about sixty-five of them occupied and about 20 ladies come to the luncheons. The collage (above) is made up of pictures taken at our luncheon last Thursday. We dine at a different place every month. This time it was in a different retirement community some miles north of us.
|a good movie with no violence or unsavory language|
Last Friday we enjoyed Movie Night at our church. The seniors ministry hosts this monthly event providing dinner, dessert, popcorn and a movie for only $5 per person. This was our first time to attend. We had a great time!
|old southern charm created with Live Oak trees|
On Saturday we had homemade waffles on the back porch and then drove about 40 miles north of here to historic Micanopy, described by The New York Times as "Florida the way it used to be."
|one of the lovely old homes on the main street|
With a population of just over 600, this historic town oozes with charm and a feeling of the gentle Old South.
|there are many antique shops|
We wandered in and out of the antique shops, noting the amount of old china dishes for sale. One could fully furnish a beautiful tea room with those things (although I don't see as many of those as we did ten years ago). Looking was fun, but I don't buy much these days (and nothing that day except lunch). After disposing of so much with our recent moves in 2013, 2017 and 2019, collecting stuff all over again holds no appeal for me.
|entry gate to one of the properties|
But just looking at everything was pleasant. I felt like we were visiting Country Sampler magazine!
The Cook on Fifth Street (aka my mother) has a fascination with bottle trees and years ago bought one for her outdoor deck. Hers was smaller than this one; but now I have to admit they are pretty neat!
|outside one of the cafe's|
We had our choice of about three eateries for lunch. Due to the heat of the day, we chose to dine indoors. A hearty BLT sandwich was satisfying and carried us through till dinner that night.
|a two-sided horse in downtown Ocala|
On our way home, we stopped at the historic square in downtown Ocala. The size and layout reminded us a lot of a very similar square in Monroe, Wisconsin (another place we visit from time). Lined with eateries and antique shops, we might have stayed longer had the weather not been so warm and we were not hungry.
But I did take this snapshot of a horse statue (above). This is the same horse in both pictures. He's just painted differently on each side. These horses are all over Ocala since it is dubbed The Horse Capital of the World.
Speaking of, recently we heard a very loud aircraft flying over our house, unusually loud and long. It was early morning so we did not rush outside to look, but later we learned it was a Boeing 727 departing our nearby airport with horses in the cargo bay. The story is that twice a year there is a big event here with the buying and selling of horses and then they are transported all over the world, some as far away as Saudi Arabia. One of those events had just culminated and what we heard was 'flying horses'!
|possibly a Blue Heron on our neighbor's roof?|
I mentioned earlier that several nights a week we walk around our circle with neighbors. We don't break any speed records but if we walk in its entirety two times, it's a mile -- a pleasant way to digest dinner.
We meet other walkers who are out with their dogs and Jersey, my most faithful walking partner, always carries doggie treats. Most of the dogs know her for that and so I've met many pups along the way. Some come to us by foot while others are in golf carts with their folks en route to the community dog park.
Last night during our walk we saw a large bird on the roof of one of the houses that back up to the lake. I don't know much about birding, so I snapped this picture for Diane, my blogging friend who also lives in North Central Florida and is my local bird expert. (you can see her blog posts at Lavender Dreams)
She couldn't say for sure since the picture is kind of dark, but thought it might be a Blue Heron. There are a lot of birds that frequent this lake, in particular, in our neighborhood.
|cross stitch and floss tube with Holly and Anita|
I've not said much about my cross stitching in a while, but I've been busy with it as time allows. I'm working on something for July with a sail boat. I intend to share the finished piece when the new month arrives.
For the past month I have not used an embroidery hoop at all to stitch and to my absolute amazement, I love to sew this way! I start stitching in the top left corner of the designs, and have to roll up the excess fabric on the right, which makes it bothersome for this right-hander to work with all that bulk.
My solution has been to stitch the design upside down, which necessitates more concentration (not a bad thing, actually) to get the counting of the stitches right.
|Mount Rainier in Washington State|
photo by Gray Beard
I close this out with a tip of my hat to Gray Beard, my eldest son. Today is his birthday. He took this beautiful picture of Mount Rainier on one of his recent trips.
We lived in Seattle when he was a little boy but due to the clouds and rain, we didn't get to see this mountaintop as much as we would have liked.
So this brings you up-to-date on what's been going on here.
Until next time ...