OK - That's it, then -- 3/27/12

HOY! After weeks of sorting, weeding out, making piles to go here, or here, and some for there, and packing much of our worldly goods into assorted boxes - we are finally THERE. We are tired and sore from "toting barges and lifting bales," but it's done. We've delivered our stuff to my brother's house in Mobile AL to store while we hit the road in search of 1) adventure and 2) a new home somewhere.... Perhaps I should reverse the order, but maybe not. We sold our Daphne AL condo last month and as of right now, this moment, we're living in our motor home (a few miles from the condo), something we do for months at a time every year anyway! Not only did we pack up our condo, we had to do the pick 'n choose game of what goes into Tergel and what goes into storage. Don't plan to do this ever again!

After tying up loose ends the next coupla days, we'll begin our westward trek on Friday, stopping first in Baton Rouge to spend time with my sister and brother-in-law. We always stop with them coming and going. Sad to say this time we have a memorial service to attend (his beloved Mom passed away last week). Then, we'll continue heading west till we, I guess, stop.

Yikes! Reminiscent of move-in day!

When it looks this bad, it just makes you crazy!

And look at Mickey, for heaven's sake, resting in my egg poacher! And a butterfly on a bread pan. No, No, No, don't put me in a box! Don't close the box! Help!
Hey, Mick - it won't be forever!


My friend Cricket!

I almost forgot to tell about my ring-necked parakeet friend in Tallahassee. Cricket and I fell in love at first sight a few years ago. Even if I haven't seen him in months and months, he knows me as soon as he sees me... and starts "honking his horn" (I wish I could duplicate it for you) and calling, "Comeer!" Over and over and over. We both like pistachio nuts, too.

Kisses for a friend (while I talk to my sister). Crawling up my sweatshirt.

Cricket also likes feet and shoes - he'll honk and assume his macho look (not shown) at my feet, walking on my sox or shoes. This time, he took it a step further and peeked up my pant leg. (typical male?).

His mom, Diane, (don't tell Cricket, but she's my REAL friend in Tallahassee), said he pined for me when we left for our Daphne condo last week. As Arnie says, I'll be back! Sometime....

Meanwhile, we are up to our eyebrows in what feels like alligator do-do, i.e., filling up boxes. We have boxes EVERYWHERE. Our condo is sold and we're soon off to the WEST to find a new home. Good thing we can live in our motor home while we search!

Wish us luck!


M.I.C. – K.E.Y ... M.O.U.S.E. March 6-8, 2012

It's a treat when my brother and sister-in-law, Rus and Anne, come from their home in Boston to Naples FL for the month of March, because that means we can meet them and play at Disney World in Orlando for a couple of days. And we did! We covered Animal Kingdom and Epcot and touched in on the Magic Kingdom for a short time. We could've used another week to REALLY do all we wanted. After our excellent two-hour French dinner in Epcot on Wed evening, we watched the spectacular nightly show on the Lagoon: llumiNations - pyrotechnics, lasers, fire and fountains. Oooh. Aaah. Wow. Pow! We had a terrific time.

Wise Words in a Magic Kingdom parade. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a special spring event brimming with colorful flowers, lush gardens and some favorite Disney characters brought to life in topiary! This beautiful 6' butterfly looks like it could be in the Rose Parade!

Jimmy and me and our "green" friends, Micky & Minnie. Anne and Rus in front of the Chinese Pavilion at Epcot.

Riding in rugged open-sided vehicles on Kilimanjaro Safaris is a great way to see African animals up close on the savanna. Giraffes, lions, antelope, rhinos, warthogs, zebras, elephants and other exotic species roam the land. Above right are Mr. & Mrs. lion; left are Mom & Pop giraffes.

I feel a headache coming on just looking at this guy. Roseate Spoonbills - Mom on the nest, Dad sleeping... er, standing guard. Eggs ready to hatch in three-four days.

Jimmy and Rus checking out the old bike. It may be early March, but by afternoon this pool at our hotel (All Star Sports) was full of people!

Aww, cute! Makes me hungry for spaghetti. Nope, here we are at Bistro de Paris at the French Pavilion in Epcot, where we each enjoyed - truly - a very fine dining experience. Bottom line: We ate well

Thursday morning, Rus and Anne continued on their way to Naples. Jimmy and I returned to Tallahassee for one last visit with friends before heading back to Daphne.

Next up: THE BIG MOVE...!