Archive for September 2017

My first phone videos   Leave a comment

And I learned not to stand on my head! As bad as they may be they are funny and still show the beauty of Mother Nature!

First phone video I ever made—09/09/2017


Second phone video I ever made—09/09/2017


Posted September 29, 2017 by greatmartin in LIFE, Uncategorized

Whatever happened to them?   Leave a comment

avocado and lime tree 2 collage

Before Hurricane Irma came our way Gateway started to chop down many trees—mainly those near or against buildings and/or elevators—and I hated to see them go but as long as they didn’t touch the Avocado tree I wasn’t saying anything.

The Avocado tree made it through Irma without losing a branch or even a leaf so I still don’t understand why it was chopped down a few days after the storm ended. I don’t know if the Lemon tree was cut down before or after Irma but that was one of my favorites.

When I first moved into Gateway there were fruit trees all over the place. I remember picking grapefruits outside my apartment when I lived in building F. After I moved to building D it seemed almost immediately the Avocado tree started to fill up with green bulbs. Just 2-3 years ago we got about 75 beautiful, delicious Avocados and I am sure we would have gotten a new crop this or next year.

The Lime tree blossomed every year and I would check them every day and watch the process of blooms turning into real limes—hey I’m a city boy!—and I would always pick a few and use them on and in different foods, salads, veggies and liquids.

Avocado and Lemon trees collage
(My mistake–it was a lime tree!)


Posted September 27, 2017 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE, Uncategorized

Mother Nature gives/takes a beating and then…   Leave a comment

Birds Sept 24 2017 Collage

Between hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and volcanoes in one month’s time Mother Nature has certainly taken her rage out on us and, at the same time, has had some pretty harsh words hurled at her.

Then one day you walk out and see a scene like this and you are again in awe of her in a good way!

Posted September 26, 2017 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE, Uncategorized

Hurricane? What Hurricane?   Leave a comment  Part 1  Part 2  Part 3


Someday I will learn how to make a video!! Something went wrong with the sound.

In any case I just took pictures walking around Gateway now that Hurricane Irma is gone and, except for one shot, you would never know we had a storm here.

Life is back to normal—whatever that is!

Posted September 25, 2017 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS, Uncategorized

September 10 2017 The Beginning   Leave a comment

Posted September 22, 2017 by greatmartin in LIFE EVENTS, Uncategorized

Hurricane Irma leaves!!   Leave a comment

I don’t believe I didn’t know what ‘the mess’ was!!!


Posted September 21, 2017 by greatmartin in LIFE EVENTS, Uncategorized

Hurericane Irma after photos part 1   Leave a comment

86 degrees at 8:40 PM and no air conditioning–trees uprooted–car totaled–swimming pool room flooded–windows blown out–windows replaced–mmmm–how did that assorted cake picture from the Fresh Market get in there?–flooded parking lot–and read rule number 7 on the pool list and you will know why living here is dangerous everyday!!

Posted September 20, 2017 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS, Uncategorized

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