Getting my ducks in a row !!

Ducks in a rowBlog messages will be abandoned (or curtailed) for a while. The CARE Garage Sale is approaching so I am sorting “stuff” to donate. So much to do!! Too much “stuff”; such a burden!! It isn’t “junk”; it all has value and I thought “I might need it some day.”

A beautiful morning–and I’d love to work in the yard!! I’m forcing myself to focus on downsizing!! Yesterday afternoon and evening (while watching TV), I sorted–and shredded–lots of old paperwork. This morning: electronics which included Magic Jack, two cell phones, and two WiFi devices (being donated)

There was a time when I had surfaces to display family photos in attractive picture frames. No more; no space!! So the pictures were removed and the frames will go into the CARE Gift Shop. ~~ I have costume jewelry items I never wear so they may go to the Gift Shop.

Just thought you’d like to know.

Hummingbird on my feederLater: One thing accomplished “for the garden.” I checked the Internet for the approximate arrival of the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. Some have been spotted in the Houston area so I’ve decided it isn’t too early to fill my feeders and put them out. (So, at 11 o’clock, I am making nectar.)

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Time and temperature

Hummingbird feeder (2)

Hummingbird feeder (1)Postscript, 2:15 PM: Apology!! I’m not only a “procrastinator,” I’m a “prevaricator.” The yard was drawing me like a magnet; I could not stay away. I pulled weeds; I sprayed weeds; I nipped dead blooms; I watered plants; I hung the Hummingbird feeders.

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Postscript: Seconds ago–at 6:37 PM–I saw the first Hummingbird of the season!!!!!!!!! Obviously, checking the migration was the right thing to do today!!!!! ~~ I didn’t move fast enough to get a picture.

First things first !!

More about the Health Fair later.  Here’s a peek at plants that survived the Winter.  A very good morning!! A bit chilly but–weather permitting–I check the garden each morning. ~~ Most of the birds have departed. They devoured over fifty pounds of bird seed in less than two weeks. I bought “cheap” seed last week and the birds throw it on the ground!!

8:30 time and temperature





Snapdragons (2)

No daffodils

Flowers enjoying the sunshine










Pink Creeping Phlox

1 o'clock time and temperature

4 o'clock time and temperature

Wrapping things up !!

Texas BBQ dinnerYesterday’s activities included Stoke Scan and Bone Density tests. I walked in misting rain to the Club House in the RV Park for these valuable tests at greatly reduced price. Then a free Hearing Test at the Activity Center in the RV Park (limited hearing in my right ear.) ~~ Seminars morning and afternoon. Wonderful Texas BBQ dinner in the evening followed by several speakers. The 50/50 drawing was held; the high bidders for Silent Auction items were announced. My donated picnic table sold for $110.00. The grand total for many Silent Auction items: $2,945.00. The Dessert Auction (on Tuesday) netted $5,300.00.  The dinner was “sold out” at $15.00 each but we haven’t heard how much we netted from that feature.

The dinner crowd (1)

The dinner crowd (2)

The dinner crowd (3)





The dinner crowd (4)

The dinner crowd (5)

Silent Auction Picnic Table





Russ Johnson

Dr. Li "I care"

Dr. Li “I care”






Dusty and Sue

Dusty and Dr Li

Left to right: Dusty, Nurse Practitioner; Russ, Facility Director; Doctor Li; Solita, Health Fair Coordinator

Left to right: Dusty, Nurse Practitioner; Russ, Facility Director; Doctor Li; Solita, Health Fair Coordinator


Perfect end of the day !!

Music ‘n Memories is the name of the event. First we were treated to sentimental songs and music. Second, a candle was lit in memory of a loved one. Third, social time with delicious desserts. ~~ I couldn’t find details during a Google search, but was told: “This is Escapees version of the traditional ‘Texas Cemetery Party’ in which townsfolk gather at the local cemetery to weed, perform general maintenance, and plant new flowers. A cemetery party included a pot luck lunch, during which people shared stories of their deceased loved ones.”

Music couple (1)

Music trio


Lighting a candle (1)

Lighting a candle (2)

Lighting a candle (3)

Lighting a candle (4)

The candles

Close up of candles

Lots of desserts

So many calories

Another Divine Intervention !!

Several months ago, my Epson printer “died.” I tried all kinds of things to resuscitate it–to no avail. Yesterday, I planned to haul it to the large trash receptacle (along with lots of empty boxes). But I couldn’t resist pushing the “on” button one more time. Surprise: The lights came on and it looks like all is okay. Hallelujah!! ~~~~ I’ve been “procrastinating”; I haven’t wanted the expense of a new printer. A power bigger than myself intervened and “healed” my printer. I’m so grateful!!

Epson printer

Printer box

Empty boxes