DALI

My first exposure to an afternoon of Salvatore Dali. My, what an experience it was. Was the man onto LSD even before the CIA started exposing our military to the drug. He was certainly a genius and I understand how he changed the world of art and the media forever. Not sure I understood all of his work, the narrators were important to me, in that their explanations allowed me to see things I never would have discovered on my own. Surrealism is an expression of art that Dali certainly cornered. His genius was sometimes beyond me and I stared in wonder at what he put on canvas. When I left the museum I felt like I had been tripping. Is that a compliment to Dali or a statement that reveals my uneducated eye? However, my ability to really express what I felt looking at his wondrous works of art, is beyond mere words. Tonight is our last night on Treasure Island. Tomorrow we head south to Venice for 3 days and then on home to Punta Gorda. I have found with this journey to this part of FL that i by far prefer Punta Gorda. Venice may change my mind but so far Punta Gorda looks like our Winter home on the boat. Love to all

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HITTING THE ROAD

Stayed in Sarasota one night. Did not like the hotel or for that matter Sarasota, too much traffic and very busy. We did however, go to the Ringling Brothers Circus and Art Museum. Really worth the time, 4 hours walking around, the art collection rivals that of any museum in the world. To read about what the life of the circus people entailed was incredible. They had a miniature setting of the entire village where people and animals lived as well as the actual bib top. Really educational. The films on the Ringling’s, John & Martha were well done and gave you a feel for the couple themselves. We headed north and ended up on Treasure Island, very 50’s. Motels all over and like I said 1950 and old but interesting. Our hotel is right on the gulf so we had to go shelling. Don found the most beautiful completely intact baby conch shell, my most favorite. They have a Tiki Bar right on the beach with great seating, even though it’s freezing we bundled up in sweats and had drinks outside. love being right on the beach. Today we took a ride to Dunedin and checked out a marina, NO NO NO can’t hold a candle to what we have in Punta Gorda. We did have a delightful day in the lovely town of Dunedin and enjoyed lunch in one of the many restaurants. Tonight we went to St. John’s Pass in Madeira Beach. Interesting boardwalk, had a few bears and people watched. Back to the marina, will take our bottle of red and some snacks out, check out the stars shining down on the beach before settling in for the evening. Good night all and God Bless.

ON THE HARD

Watched Don sail away this morning for Oak Creek. I’m here in the dock masters lounge waiting to check into the Waterfront Hotel for the night. Don will be anchoring out tonight and then on to the maintenance marina. I’ll pick him up tomorrow and then we’ll be off to Sarasota for 3 or 4 days. We have some marinas in mind to check out up that way while in the area. However, we did get another month here which takes us through Feb. I’ve done some research on villas in the Venice area which looks promising. Have to check them out and think some more. It’s not easy trying to decide which way to go at this point in life. Some things seems promising here on the west coast of FL, and then I think about all I have back home In SC, you guessed it still not near a decision. Today I’ll walk to town and do some window shopping and who knows might even buy something. They have some very nice shops here in Punta Gorda, but I do want to save money for Sarasota. The weather has warmed up and we are again enjoying FL. More to come after our mini vacation in Sarasota. God Bless and love to all.

SAVED BY TEARS

Well, after looking all over tar nation we got another month here at Lashiley Park Marina. We are good until Feb. 2nd and then I think with most of the high season behind us we may get our year here after all. Yesterday we checked out Casey Cay near Venice, don’t take live a boards and not big enough to fit our size boat. The Cay is quite beautiful, houses over 10,000 sq feet. Amazing considering the size of the island. Some houses had about 200 ft. between them and the water ways. The money people have is astounding, I guess if you have it spend it on a humongous house. NOT ME!!!! But I’m a happy camper. After crying to the dock master about having no where to go he gave us more time here. Now I can relax for awhile. Getting ready to do the boat maintenance which means a trip south to OAK Creek for 3 days. We’ll be staying in Sarasota for the duration and then back to our home in Punta Gorda. Looking forward to seeing that part of Florida on this trip, wish we could have found a marina further north but maybe next year. Better planning which will be on me, Don, wings it and amazingly lands on his feet every time. Makes me a bit nervous. Weather here has been unusually cold for this fat south but our boat is cozy warm and quite comfortable. Hoping for warmer weather while in Sarasota, We have a hotel on the water which looks lovely. January is moving along and before you know it we’ll be heading back to Surfside Beach. Probably sometime in April, depending on how everything goes here in FL. Still enjoying this life style, but do miss by friends in SC. Love to all and stay warm you Northerners.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018

Yes, folks the season is over and we are all recuperating. Nice to have it behind us and getting into this new year. We are till at Lashiley Park Marina, no word yet on our request to stay a year. We will be taking the boat out of the water for maintenance on the 18th and have made reservations in Sarasota for 3 days while the work is being done. There are good museums,theater and shopping in the area which we are looking forward to enjoying. Tampa is only a drive away as well. We love this area and have been to Matalche Island, an artists colony and great way to spend the day. In addition to Boca Grande, fell in love with this little village, looking into real estate, some of the residences have their own little beach on the gulf. There is a marina in the area that may have a year’s lease available if we can’t get into Lashiley. My cousin Domenic is in the area and we have been back and forth on Facebook about getting together. Yesterday coming back from dinner we ran into him on his bike in the parking lot. Totally awesome. The cold front has finally come to FL and we don’t like it one bit.

New Year’s Eve was spent at the Celtic Ray our favorite Irish Pub. Fun crowd and a great DJ. We did finally get to go to Dom’s Restaurant which was highly recommended. It was OK, no great shakes. Hit Marco Island for a party last weekend, that was fun. Got to meet some new people and one couple was from North Myrtle Beach. We exchanged information and plan in getting together when we get back to SC. So far really good. Don’t know yet where we’ll end up next but wherever it will be fun. Wishing the very best to all my friends, signing off with love, hugs and kisses. God Bless

FIVE MORE DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS

Are you behaving? Santa is only a few days from coming down the chimney. We got all kinds of wine and booze at Costco’s yesterday just in case. Not sure what he’s drinking now a days. We are still in Punta Gorda at the Lashley Park Marina. This marina is closer to town and we have the car with us which makes it possible to get around. Punta Gorda does not have the wonderful free bus system that we had at Vero Beach. We booked this marina for a month and so far have been to Sanibel Island, Fort Myers and around locally in lovely Punta Gorda. Sanibel is a lot like Hilton Head in that the landscaping is lush and beautiful and like Hilton Head by the time you see something you are already past it. They charge $5.00 and hour to park for the beach. And people criticize NJ, we don’t call it a parking fee, more honest and it’s a beach fee not nearly the parking fee on Sanibel. NOT IMPRESSED. We found a great Irish Pub “Craic Ray” right in town that we have been going to. The only place I’ve ever had a light imported Irish beer and it is sooooo good. The menu is all Irish and they call a cheesberger a patsie. Very different and very good. The crowd is friendly, we now have a home away from home and loving it. Getting our menu together for Christmas diner. Don is making lasagna and I’m doing stuffed artichokes with an antipasto and prose co to help digest the diner. We haven’t decided on desert yet but found this great Italian restaurant yesterday that makes their own pastries, just need to decide what to purchase. Sitting on a hard chair, we don’t get WI FI on the boat, the only negative about this marina. Have to sit in the dockmaster’s lounge and my butt it getting tired of the seating accommodations. So wishing all a merry and blessed Christmas and happy new year.

PUNTA GORDA

Here we are at Burnt Store Marina, staying for 2 nights. Last night we had dinner at the restaurant here at the marina. Food was quite good and the dessert was about a pint of vanilla bean ice cream. Oh boy did I just love that. Been so long since I’ve indulged in that vice of mine. Today we engaged a real estate agent and looked at three available villa’s in the complex. There are several styles of living here from condos to stand alone s. I prefer the villas, they are just the right size and have a big one car garage, enough room to fit a golf cart as well as your car.
they come furnished or not and the prices are affordable. The amenities are many, golf, tennis, bocci, marina, 2 restaurants and a breakfast cafe. The town of Punta Gorda is about 8 miles away as well as Cape Coral 8 miles in the other direction. Love the little downtown of Punta Gorda, especially fisherman’s wharf. We are checking out marina’s in the downtown area for future trips. Who knows this might be the place. Tomorrow we head up to Sarasota and may take a yeear’s lease at the marina there if we can get in. We are considering so many options at this point. Loving this trip and the west coast. The water is so clean you see dolphins and follow them underwater still in site. Life on the water is wonderful and I am having the time of my life with this terrific captain of mine. God bless, love to all. Did I mention we are between Fort Myers and Sarasota without all the traffic, but close enough for the arts, etc.