Archive for June 2020

And it all happens in one day!   1 comment

Gateway June 29 2020

Sad, glad, mad and funny all in one day at Gateway!
1) Sad–Biscuit was an old dog and one of the sweetest you will ever see/meet. She was an unofficial mascot to everyone but she had a good life and was a longtime companion to Richard.
2) Funny–Don’t know if you can read it but due to the epidemic there won’t be the usual 4th of July celebration in/at the Community Room and the BBQ burgers and hot dogs so they are taking your order now to have 1 or the other with ‘accompanying sides’ delivered to ‘your door’!
3) Mad/sad–It finally happened though it was expected way before this and may have happened but now it was announced.  “Someone at the property (Gateway) has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus…” but we aren’t being told who, which seems to me to be the wrong thing to do. We should know who the person is so we can be aware if we had contact with them or not.
4) Glad–just look at that scene and it says it all.
By the way, I haven’t seen any sign of the Sahara Dust we are supposed to be getting–the sun is clear as is the air.

Posted June 29, 2020 by greatmartin in GATEWAY, LIFE, Uncategorized

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!   1 comment

Simply Fresh collage
I came home Thursday AFTER going food shopping to find a big green box of fresh vegetables and fruits as a present from my health insurance company! Of course, I had bought a week of salad fixings when food shopping but being a big veggie and fruit eater I wasn’t concerned about any of it going bad. Now, this may surprise you as it did me later when I thought about it: I GAVE AWAY FOOD!!!
In the box was a recipe sheet, including all the ingredients, for the following:
1) Sweet Onion Broccoli Saute
2) Caesar Salad
3) Coleslaw Salad Kit
4) Vegetable Stir-Fry
5) Honey Dijon Salad
Plus 6) A 3-pound bag of freshly sliced Apples.
According to the recipe sheet each of the first 5 items, in my opinion, either served 4 stingy portions or 2 healthy portions or 1 “You are being a Pig, Martin” portion. (I won’t get into the ‘serving size of 4 ounces’ regarding the apples!)
It takes very little to make me happy and food always puts a smile on my face which I still have 4 days later!!

Posted June 28, 2020 by greatmartin in FOOD, Uncategorized

TV Reviews week of June 21 2020   Leave a comment

Week of June 21 Television reviews

Must See: 1) “Ann” written and performed brilliantly by Holland Taylor in a one-woman show about Ann Richards, former governor of Texas–PBS–Amazon Prime Video–1 hour and 53 minutes
Must See 2)  “Toni Morrison The Pieces I Am” Documentary–PBS–Brilliant writer and claims to make THE best carrot cake ever–how could you not love her?–if you haven’t read all her books or heard her speak you are missing the experience of a lifetime!–2 hours
3) “Athlete A”–Documentary–Netflix–When you hear an adult woman says she was ashamed to be a member of the Olympic team as a child you know some of the pain these young girls, and later as women, felt. This is the story of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar and the cover-up by the USA Gymnastics leaders–1 hour and 43 minutes.
4) “Nobody Knows I’m Here”–Spanish movie–English subtitles–Netflix–starring Jorge Garcia of “Lost”-I’m still waiting for the ‘big moment’ which is given away at the beginning–1 hour and 31 minutes wasted
5) “The Night Clerk”–Movie–Netflixcould/should have been much better–1 hour and 30 minutes
6) “Dave Chappelle Sticks & Stones”–Netflix–1 man show–Gross–not funny–nasty–1 hour 5 minutes
7) “Lost Bullet (Balle Perdue)”–French movie with English subtitles–Netflix–for fast, furious, violent car chases, bullets and fight fans–not me–1 Hour and 33 minutes
8) “Pass Over”–play adapted for the screen by Spike Lee about 2 Black homeless guys–Netflix–loses something major in the translation from stage to film–1 hour and 15 minutes.
9) “The Politician”–series–2nd season–Netflix–worth it just to see Bette Midler and Judith Light as they shine on the screen–Ben Platt sort of flat til the last half hour when he comes through (and sings!)– typical Ryan Murphy production and you get what you expect–7 episodes–4 hours and 39 minutes

Posted June 26, 2020 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, REVIEWS, TELEVISION, Uncategorized

Life Week of June 20 2020 Good and Bad so far   1 comment

Life Good and Bad week of June 20 2020
It is not really easy to keep your cool when everything is a mess but getting angry isn’t the answer!
I had a dentist’s appointment for Monday at 12:10 PM  and I arranged transportation which arrived on time and I got to the office at 12:05 PM only to find it shut. I thought that maybe they were late getting back from lunch but when I called their number I was just told to leave a message. I decided to call their main office and after listening to “We appreciate your call” every 10 SECONDS for 20 MINUTES I decided to call it quits!
Luckily I had asked the driver to wait when we first drove up so he was there when I wanted to go home. I sent emails to the main office and the secondary office never getting an answer. Today I decided to call the office again and I was told the office was closed until the end of July. Now was the time to explode if I ever was going to but I know that’s a waste of time and the lady who was talking to me was very nice and apologizing all over the place. She said I should have been notified wither by email or a call or even a text to tell me the office was closed and did ask me if I wanted to make an appointment for another office but I said no that I would make another one for this one and will call before I go next time!
Previous to that, I had to go to LabCorp to have my blood drawn for my quarterly physical which was to take place today. LabCorp is a nightmare and you wind up having to stand in the hot sun if you don’t have a car until they are ready to unlock the door to let you in!! Due to the COVID-19 virus instead of my doctor’s nurse taking the blood and sending it out they were doing this. When I got there today Michelle said I was not the first to complain and hopefully when I am ready for the next quarter they will have been back to the old way.
In any case, I sat with my doctor this afternoon and he said everything looked excellent that I should keep on doing what I have been doing to get such good numbers! I told him that he is prescribing  I have at least 1 carrot cake a month and he that if that was doing it fine but not to forget it wasn’t helping the numbers on the scale! Spoilsport!
The two pictures taken at The Point is just to show you the rough life I have and the picture of me is just because I had an empty square! Lenny, Lori and Karl say hello!

Posted June 24, 2020 by greatmartin in LIFE, Uncategorized

A Good Day   1 comment

Building D June 2020

It is 5 PM and we had a brief shower but now it is sunny, about 83 degrees and everything has that new look about it.
I took these pictures 2 days ago when it was more cloudy but someone wanted to know if the only way to my apartment was walking upstairs and I explained that I had 3 choices with 1 being walking up the stairs on the north side from the parking lot or on the south side, the canal-side (#s 1,3,4), with the 3rd being using the elevator.
Picture # 6 is from the elevator exit and to get to my apartment I use the walkway with the entrance to my building right under where the #6 is and then the door is to the right.
#2 looking at the 3 story building behind “Wilma:—I named the tree Wilma after it had been stripped bare from the hurricane of the same name and grew back as if nothing happened though the garden crew thin it out every hurricane season which starts June 1–my apartment is on the third floor on the right.
Picture #5 is the view from the walkway directly in front of the entrance door.
Now you aren’t going to ask me if I take one of the stair entrances or the elevator are you? LOL

Posted June 21, 2020 by greatmartin in HOME, Uncategorized

Green Peppers and Cactus   Leave a comment

Peppers and Christmas cactus in June 2020

Mother Nature pulled a quick one on me!! I’ve been boasting about my crazy “Christmas” cactus for some time now as it blooms every month besides Christmas and I thought it was letting me down this month when I spotted the single bloom in the picture!! It is the only bloom and there isn’t a single bud on any of the other ‘branches’–are they called branches?
Now, for the last time for awhile unless Mother Nature pulls another trick, I am talking about my pepper plants! I have 5 plants and each one gave me a single pepper!! I was going to take the seeds from these peppers and start a few more plants but aside from the 5 plants I already have I think either The Dollar Tree or Mother Nature is playing games with me as some of the seeds I planted from the packages I bought a couple of months ago don’t look like the Daisies and Coneflowers blooms they are supposed to be!! They look like more pepper blooms!
Aside from too many pepper plants because I take Warfarin as a blood thinner I have to watch my intake of green color veggies and I already eat a lot of salad greens so if you want pepper seeds–or plants–just tell em and they are yours!

Posted June 20, 2020 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE, Uncategorized

TV Reviews week of June 14, 2020   Leave a comment

TV reviews week of June 14

1) Beecham House PBS Sunday 10 PM–6 episodes–I was really impressed with the settings and cast– looking forward to the next 5 Sundays BUT I just read in the Hollywood Reporter that it has a major cliffhanger but hasn’t been renewed for a 2nd season so watch it at your own risk.
2) Da 5 Bloods–Netflix–Spike Lee’s new movie–at 2 hours and 36 minutes too long–he tries to cover too much–direction is excellent as is the cast but needed/needs more editing.
3) Grantchester–PBS Sunday 9 PM–Season 5 (first 4 seasons available on Prime Video) It is my first time seeing this show and while not ‘a must-see’ it is enjoyable enough for me to see the whole season.
4) The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour and 45 minutes–Something that should have interested me but didn’t–instead of concentrating on the title person, a rule breaker in many ways starting with being a transgender activist, 2/3rds of the film is given to non-interesting people.
5)  *What Happened, Miss Simone?–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour and 42 minutes–if you are familiar with Miss Simone or ever heard her sing “Mississippi, G-d Damn” or you are not familiar with her this is still a MUST SEE! Okay, I am a huge fan of hers, used to have every recording of hers and saw her in person 8 times but was totally unaware of her being brutalized by her policeman husband, who wasn’t/isn’t the least apologetic among other surprises. The fact that I never fail to get a tear in my eye when she sings “I Loves You Porgy” always amazes me.
6) The Woods–Netflix–Series–6 episodes–5 hours and 6 minutes–I know I watched the first episode but I don’t remember it at all nor do I remember if I watched any of the other episodes–can I blame old age? Or it was/is just bad? And/or boring?
Reminder: *MUST SEE “Hamilton” on Disney+ July 3–Hasan Minhaj, a political comedian on Netflix–Money Heist series on Netflix–What Happened, Miss Simone (see #5)

Posted June 19, 2020 by greatmartin in REVIEWS, TELEVISION, Uncategorized

Cafe Vico–June 18, 2020   1 comment

Anyone who knows me knows if I could afford it I would eat out 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (366 in a Leap Year!) in spite of being an excellent cook and it has really been hard since mid -March not to eat out. Considering this is one of the four most favorite things in my life it has been a hard time and then the city took the first step of reopening including restaurants at 50% capacity, all staff wearing masks and tables at least 6 feet apart.


Being a person at very high risk and knowing how many people are sneering at the mask rule I was really hesitant about going out to eat but it was Alan’s birthday and we both like Cafe Vico and I had faith in Marco to follow the rules. (Just look at how empty the two dining-room photos appear and the new, clear vision looking out.) I went in wearing a mask and gloves, leaving wearing a mask and gloves. (No, silly, I took the mask off while eating.)


Though it was an abbreviated lunch menu the food was as excellent as ever. Alan had the  Chicken Francaise and me the grilled steak. I wanted carrot cake for dessert as they usually have a good one but they didn’t have any today and Marco suggested a dessert (Argh!!! I am at THAT age I forgot the name!) that was excellent.


The only employees were the employers Marco and his wife and they don’t need any training in service. Each table had a small bottle of hand cleaner and when serving the garlic rolls instead of a monkey dish for dipping they served single-cup portions.


All in all a typical Cafe Vico experience–a winner! Plus I don’t feel a need to quarantine myself for 14 days!

Dollar Tree, pepper plants or me????   Leave a comment

Plants June 17 2020

A couple of months ago I bought some seed envelopes from Dollar Tree as I do every year. 3 didn’t deliver so I had to get rid of them and now I have 4 growing but I don’t know what is happening! They are supposed to be either daisies or coneflowers and yet all I am getting are small blooms that look like the pepper plant blooms!! Only 1 plant (first picture on top left) seems to have a different leaf and no blooms!
Adding to that my pepper plants are now giving more than one pepper per plant!! Are the peppers taking over my apartment? Will I be turning green? (HERMIT!!! HELP!!!)
I am waiting to see what happens with all the plants by the end of this month. Meanwhile, I can still rely on my 15-year-old Cuban plant to give me a few blossoms every day!

Posted June 17, 2020 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE, PLANTING, PLANTS, Uncategorized

Where I live!   Leave a comment

After the rain 2 (2)

(I took this last night after the heavy rains from right outside my 3rd-floor apartment!)

Gateway Terrace Apartments is where I live and I love it!

The first URL is a drone film of the apartments–scroll down for the video–my building is just on the left across from the yacht in the opening shot and about at the minute mark where you see the 2 red cars is the other side of my building

The second URL gives a lot more information about the buildings, apartments, surroundings, etc., but be sure to scroll all the way down and you will see why a car is almost necessary to live here but I’ve managed the last 16 years without a car!
Sadly the waiting list is long and depends on how many old people can’t live on their own anymore and have to move in with family or to a nursing home or assisted living or rehab or hospice or die.
I ain’t going folks so forget getting my apartment!

Posted June 16, 2020 by greatmartin in HOME, LIFE, Uncategorized

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