Camping at Mom’s Place

Casita-scale birthday flower arrangement from Hope

We left Ann’s house after lunch and moved to Mom’s place a mile down the road.

My sister Hope greeted me with a birthday card and a beautiful birthday bouquet just the right size for the camper.  So the removable coffee shelf that Rob built for me has yet another use — flower table!

Mom had visited a friend in the hospital before we got here this morning, then stopped by the furniture store on her way home and bought herself a new mattress.  So Cecil and Ron picked it up for her this afternoon to save delivery charges.

Magnolias high up in the tree

Magnolia closeup taken last year when we were here

 

The magnolias are blooming.  But they are so high up in the tree, it was difficult to get a good photo of them.  So I’ll post a photo taken today, along with a closeup taken last May when we were here for Mom’s birthday.

I kept the dogs in the pen when we first got to Mom’s.  But later this afternoon I relented and let them out.  They headed for the cool dirt underneath the trailer.  Sheba, of course, started digging a cool spot to lie in until I scolded her and put a stop to her project.

There is bare sand covered with fallen leaves underneath the live oak trees, so a hole on the edges of Mom’s property isn’t the disaster it would be elsewhere.  Especially a little hole.  🙂

I’m not digging, Mom. Honest!

Sunny with a leaf hanging from his muzzle

Half a tea ball makes a perfect sink strainer

Parked at Mom’s place

 

I had been looking for a strainer for the camper’s sink, but hadn’t found a store that carried them.  But while we were grocery shopping, I found a mesh tea ball that I thought might work.

I got it home, took the two halves apart, and it just happened to be the perfect size!  No more coffee grounds in the gray water tank now!

 

It’s HOT in Florida!

Mom

Gail and Mike joined us here at Mom’s to help celebrate Mom’s 80th birthday tomorrow.

We have had an absolutely wonderful time here — at least until the intense heat moved in.  Yesterday Gail and I went to Lake City to shop.  The heat drained and exhausted us.  Today was supposed to be in the low 90’s, but when we were in town today, the bank thermometer read 97.  It was almost more than we could handle.

Gail bought a cargo van and started renovating it into a camper van.  She didn’t have time to finish it before the trip, but we are all amazed at what a fantastic job she has done on it so far.  She had installed an air conditioner with a vent through the floor.  But the heat didn’t exhaust properly and it got

Guys picking magnolias for Mom

dangerously hot, so she had to disconnect it.  Needless to say, camping in 97 degree weather with no air conditioner is beyond miserable.

The nights are cooling off enough that they can sleep with fans.  But the heat is taking a toll on all of us.  We have decided not to ever come to Florida between April and November again unless it is an absolute emergency.

Bouquet of wild phlox with magnolia

It was such a joy to see the wild phlox carpeting the sides of the roads here.  I’ve never seen that anywhere else except Florida.  Mike picked a bouquet of them yesterday for Gail.

And the magnolias are blooming.  Such magnificent flowers with a heavenly, sweet scent.  The guys picked some for Mom, as they are too high for her to reach, and she gave us each one to put in our campers.

Tomorrow is her birthday. I’ll try to upload more people pictures tomorrow.  My cell signal is very weak tonight and it’s taking forever.

Gail's van

Interior of Gail's van so far

%d bloggers like this: