Friday, May 31, 2013

Declan "Deckie"

An updated photo of my foster, Declan

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Observing Decorating Day

Today we drove up to the Florida National Cemetery near Bushnell. Jerry's dad is buried there and both of us donated our dad's casket flags for them to fly on the appropriate holidays. So, even though my dad is buried in Arkansas, I know his flag is flying in Florida so it's like visiting him in a way.
 

 We start at the flower stand about a mile from the cemetery entrance. Because it's a busy holiday the folks were there but sometimes when we come there is a lock box and they use the honor system for folks to pay for the flowers they take.

The entrance and the entire cemetery is lined with flags that once draped the caskets of deceased vets. It's really a moving sight.





 Jerry at his dad's headstone. Each burial site will/can hold two people. The first to go is engraved on the front of the headstone and the spouse on the back when they pass. When we first started coming the backs were blank but they are starting to fill.
 Each section looks like this - very uniform. The grounds are well maintained. It's a really nice place with an office to help you find graves, restrooms, etc, For someone who visits graves for genealogical purposes, this one is top notch.


We drove out to Bayport after visiting the cemetery and ate at the Bayport Inn & Restaurant. This is a photo of my Fried Fiesta minus the French fries, salad, bread. They do a fantastic job on the scallops.

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Little Mermaid



Mom & I joined my cousins Lee & Erica to watch Sarah perform in The Little Mermaid at the Largo Community Center. Very cute to see kids acting in a play. Much different than the adult community theatre I was involved with. Her neighbor friend Gracie came too - love Gracie's silver boots!

Friday, May 17, 2013

My Old House In Kodiak

Our old house in Kodiak is for sale again. I've received a couple of messages from people telling me it's time to move back home :)


Sorry for the quality of the photo - I borrowed it from the internet.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Vacation Plans


We are planning a visit to the Philadelphia area for this fall. It will be my first time in the area which is extrodinary considering that I have been married to a Philly native for 26 years! Because his parents had retired and moved to Florida by the time we were married, there's never been any trips "back home" for us.

We are going to attend a wedding in New Jersey and I want to visit New Castle Delaware and Philadelphia. I have ancestral connections, on my dad's side, to New Castle (in the 1600's) and I want to see the liberty bell and independence hall. Jerry wants to do some visiting in Pennsylvania so not sure if we will have time for Atlantic city or Valley Forge (or Gettysburg).

I'm excited because this will all be new for me. Anyone else have suggestions on must see places in the area? I ordered visitor's guide but they are both kinda shopping oriented.