In 2002 we ran away from Illinois where we were born and raised, and started a new life in SW Florida. This blog is about me (an eccentric old artist), ROM (my Real Old Man), Isabella (our neurotic Standard Poodle) and Emmy (our crazy snake killing Jack Russell Terrier). Oh- and the neighborhood old people. Life is good in Florida!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I Was Almost Famous...

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know I'm over my obsession with Bravo Real Housewives and am now fixated on the Jodi Arias trial. Quite a few of my Twitter friends and I tweet as we watch the trial live while making snarky remarks about Jodi, her lawyer Big Nurmi and her expert  Dr. Testifies For Teeth ( Dr. Samuels).  I've even got ROM hooked on the trial and he swore years ago he'd never watch HLN or Nancy Grace. He developed an aversion to Nancy plus the terms "tot mom" and "bombshell tonight"  when the Casey Anthony trial was being being aired. All I had to do was turn on the Nancy Grace Show and he would leave the room.  That actually came in handy when he was getting on my nerves or I had a candy bar hidden in my desk I wanted to eat without sharing. But back to the "I was almost famous" story...

Earlier today  Ted Rowlands, a CNN correspondent, was looking for someone who watches the Jodi Arias trial from home every day.  He dmed me to ask where I was located and when I told him he said "Darn.. Too far for our Miami guys to get there today. We're doing story on avid trial watchers." Well, slap my ass and call me Zanny the Nanny.  Damn story of my life - in the wrong place at the wrong time. Can you imagine my neighbors if a CNN crew pulled up in front of the house? That would have been the most excitement this old senior community had ever seen! There would have been a traffic jam of golf carts and three wheel bikes on my street. It would have definitely given them something new to talk about at the recreation center morning coffee the next day- CNN from ROH's lanai discussing Dr. Testifies For Teeth and the Mormon Goddess!  Oh well, I didn't want to be on TV anyway. My legs need shaved and my roots are way over due for a touch up.

You can follow Ted Rowlands on Twitter here  

Monday, March 11, 2013

Sharks, Sinkholes, and Tourists...

It seems like there is always something strange and awful going on Florida- people getting their faces eaten off by drug crazed lunatics, alligator attacks, hurricanes, sharks swarming the coastlines and homes being swallowed by sinkholes.

You'd think with all the bad press Florida gets this would be the last place people would want to visit. Instead of avoiding Florida, people are flocking here in record numbers. Our local news reported today that there are traffic jams on both roads to the island as hordes of tourists try to make their way to our area beaches. Over on the east coast of the state, they're reeling sharks in on the beach...

If seeing videos of thousands of sharks swimming along the coastline of Florida doesn't keep people away, I don't know what would. Perhaps using tourists as shark bait and to fill sinkholes would convince people to stay home? We locals are counting the days until Easter when the tourists and snowbirds will begin making their way back home. 



Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A cold weekend of misery and foot licking


The past weekend sucked. It was not just another day in paradise. It was cold, windy and dreary.  In addition to the crappy weather, the pollen level has skyrocketed. If you have allergies, the land of flora is not a good place to be in early spring (yes, I know most of you are deep into winter but in Florida it's early spring) . First thing every morning, I have to wipe off the thick coat of greenish yellow pollen that accumulates on the lanai table. I get through the day with  Benadryl, Zyrtec, an inhaler, eye drops and saline nose spray. I've felt like crap the past few weeks, and know I have a several more weeks of it to endure. I fantasize about sticking dynamite up my sinuses and annihilating the damn things. They're giving me excruciating cluster headaches on the left side of my face and it feels like Jodi Arias is stabbing me in the face, that bitch! To make the weekend even more miserable ROM had a cold and Isabella was intent on chewing her feet off (yes, she has allergies in the spring, too).  The vet told me to give her Benadryl which helps but makes her sleepy. She and I fought over the couch all weekend-

See her rusty red feet stuck up in the air? Her saliva discolors her coat where she licks and chews. Thank gawd my allergies don't make me lick and chew on myself. I'm not limber enough to get my feet high enough to lick them for hours on end. There was a time I was able to put my feet behind my head, but that was long time ago and another story ;) 

But there was one bright spot this weekend. When I went out to clean the table, I was surprised to see an orchid sitting there. When I asked ROM who it was from he said he noticed a splash of color down on the bottom shelf of the potting bench- where I set dead plants until I need their pot. I had sat that orchid down there a couple of years ago. It hadn't bloomed for several years and it's foliage was browning and dying. I forgot all about it. Anyway, ROM dug it out from behind the empty pots and sat it on the lanai table. 




Look at the old girl! She had one last bloom in her. Or maybe she's rejuvenated and will start blooming a couple times of year like she used to do religiously. 




Just goes to show you can't count we old gals out as long as there is some life left in us. We just might rally and surprise you ;)