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Wish for the New Millennium:
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to make you happy, and enough money to buy gifts!!

 

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Thought for 2018: 

"For travel to be delightful one must have a good place to leave and return to."

- Frederick B. Wilcox 

MAY - is the birthday month... May and August.  Practically everyone I know has a birthday in one or the other.  This month it is Bill, Tim, Diane, Amy,  Ed, and Randy!  So all month long there were little dinners, lunches and parties to celebrate.  May 4th was also the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Gary & Barbara Keller a bunch of us joined them for lunch at Harvey's.  The 4th was also a lovely dinner with my neighbors Lynn and Gary Mormino too, so it was a busy day.  Diane was in town for 10 days and it was great to have a buddy to hang out with... so many of my friends are serious home bodies, and I love to go out and listen to music.  This time we seemed to run into the band Bus Full of Monkeys where ever we went (well two places really) and we heard a Stevie Nicks tribute band (and Tommy said I looked better than Stevie Nicks which was a super compliment).  In addition, we found a nice French Restaurant out on the beach.  Food also figured in Randy's birthday as we went to Grazzi to celebrate with his parents and Valerie Straight.  This month has probably set records for rainfall and as a result my gutter installation was rained out - but earlier in the month I was able to complete the re-plumbing of both the house and the garage.  As I write this I still have a few things on my list before I fly away  - get my hair trimmed (cut off 2 inches) and go to Drag Queen Bingo to benefit the Shakespeare Festival.  perhaps I will come home with another photo


Left to Right: Randy & Valerie  -                           Ed, Randy, Amy & Tim (my cake)   -                    Diane & I   -                      Dave, Frank, Marie, Molly, Steve, Joan, Gary & Barbara  -          Drag Queen Bingo!

April - Another big month on the social calendar... Welders and house painters descended on us the net result being that I am now a woman with girders supporting the back deck and a lovely house with a delightful front yard.  I went to the Blues Fest at Vinoy Park with the gang and Went to see a terrific production of Daddy Long Legs at Free Fall.  Conan & Mike flew down for the shortest visit in history and Marcia reshuffled her guest list for her music party and it was lovely.  I volunteered to work for the Shakespeare in the Park group, went to see a ballet of Peter Pan and attended Main Sail Art Show (not that great this year).  I was given tickets to hear the Shubert at the Palladium and was blown away by my Christmas gift of a ticket to see The Producers at Demons Landing... the Kails even popped by for a little visit. So another great month

March - What a jam-packed month this was!!  Lena and Karin arrived on the 3rd for a whirlwind week's visit.  We went to an Oscar party at Aleth's, Sunset Therapy with Ed and his clan, The Gulfport Market and out to dinner Tuesday, Wednesday we shopped and then met Tim & Randy for dinner at Caddy's, Thursday was boating with the Hunts, Friday was more shopping and a show at the A&W with the gang and Saturday we got VIP treatment at the Gran Prix plus a visit with the Hunts at 3 Daughters.  The weather was nice and the girls got lots of sun.  The following week i went to a concert with Gary & Barb Keller and Joan Stephenson in Clearwater.  My neighbor, Rick, installed irrigation in the front yard and I went to see Romeo & Juliet in Williams Park.  I cancelled the kitchen work with Dan C. and set about a more a la carte approach to the whole project.  I met a new plumber, and a couple of new contractors before going to another Dave Bromberg concert with Doug - but David "phoned it in" this year and I don't think I will go again.  On the 24th we colored eggs at Joan's and then did brunch before Art In Bloom for Palm Sunday.  i managed to locate the cocoons of several monarchs and one emerged on Easter, how special!... but there I am getting ahead of myself.

February - Short & Sweet!  Despite the crappy kitchen I threw a party , a Super Bowl party.  Turn out was good, halftime was a yawn and the game was fabulous!  It made me feel very good about prospects for this as a party house.  The following week Willow Parsons and I went to The Magic Flute.  It is good to have a friend who enjoys opera and she had sung a part in this one in school, so she was a big fan.  Tommy Blat turned 65 and I was invited to the celebration, caught a ride with Doug, Bill & Letty and had a great time.  The next week was filled with meetings:  Dan Christofel and I discussed the coming remodel; Tim & I went to IKEA which was a virgin experience for me; and I met with the neighbors to discuss a local historic designation for our section of the hood.  I will need to be careful about this last one as I can be a bit pushy.  On the weekend it was time to enjoy one of my birthday gifts to the gang to see an Elvis impersonator.  They loved it!  We had a light supper here first and off to the Palladium for the show.  I had bagged great seats and so while I am not an Elvis fan and though he ended the show with a rousing version of Dixie, which I hated, overall it was a lovely evening.  Brennan and I worked on the front yard the next week.  He did the work and I put up the $$.  It was a win-win as I had budgeted $5k for the work and it came in at $2.5K and even so, he made money on it all.  Bees and butterflies are already in profusion so I got it all.  My darling Joan B. was turning 89 the next week and I baked a gluten free vanilla cream cake with ice cream and watermelon lemonade and invited Joan S. Betty and Kathy over - we surprised her!  I think she liked it, I think they all did.  Al Griffin came and replaced the stairs too before the month's end.  Now as I write I am preparing for the arrival of Lena & Karin.

January - We had a good deal of cold weather in January and the first two weeks I had the flu that is going around.  While I hated having the flu the whole illness was made far worse by not having a sofa to nest on during the day... instead I spent my days in a chaise lounge which was definitely not the same.  After a great deal of nagging my new sofa finally arrived and also my bookcase... These additions made everything tolerable for me.  I spent a lot of money on the garage apartment but it is going to be a great place to welcome families as guests and should be complete next month except for the new tile shower which is coming in April.  The new roof went on the last days of the month, it was a mess, but it is done now, so all is well.  I celebrated my 71st with Diane at The Pearl and then went dancing at Ricky t's... lots of fun dancing with a guy named Mario from Philly who was about half my age... I'd had a few and it felt good to be held in his arms.  Susan H and I went junking and found so items that were perfect for the garage.  The Kails came by for a visit and were the first to use my guest room.  And then Mary & Vassilis called to say they were in town and we went out to dinner.  As the month ended I was feeling pretty good about the house and knew I was going to be very happy here.