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Day birds and night blooms   1 comment

Birds after rain and blooms at night Oct 2019
It doesn’t happen all the time but after a very windy rain overnight the birds come out to have brunch! Maybe it is the wind that stirs up the worms and crabs but they come out in large numbers.
I have always been a night person as it is a whole different world than daytime and night people are a different breed of human being even when it comes to being old but that’s another discussion!
At night when I am sitting at my computer desk no matter where I look I see flowers blooming and they have a different look then when in daytime!
Someone asked–I don’t remember who–asked when I sleep and I answered, usually, 2 to 10 AM or 3-11AM but I don’t ‘wake’/ up until 1 PM when I consider my day starting! I am not a nice guy before then!!

Posted October 14, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, GARDENS, MOTHER NATURE

4 Seasons in Fort Lauderdale   Leave a comment

Autumn October 2019
The old joke goes that we have 4 seasons in South Florida: 1) early bird season (they go cheap, cheap) 2) snow bird season (the Yankees and French Canadians invade us)  3)hurricane/rainy season and 4) hot, humid summer!  The last one is true and lasts 6 months while we have 1-2 weeks of winter usually in January and/or February when temperatures can drop into the 60s and even, a night or two, into the 50s and Spring, with high temperatures in the upper 70s, generally from late March to early May and, last but not least, is Autumn, as you can see in the pictures above, when all the Queen Crepe Myrtle trees lose their leaves, lasting through October and early November!
No, I don’t miss the snow, ice, freezing temperatures of November to March nor the summers in New York city where the temps are usually higher than down here or the times I have to tell Chuck and Terry to come down here when we are cooler (lower 80s) than they are in Memphis (in the 90s)!
By the way I will take the ‘wet’ heat of the southeast versus the ‘dry’ heat of the southwest where you will burn your hand faster and deeper reaching the car door handle to open it!
Excuse me as I have to go out and help them rake the leaves—in the rain!

Posted October 12, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, MOTHER NATURE, SEASONS

No movie?? Okay, then Cabo Blanco & Dairy Queen!!   1 comment

Cabo Blanco and Diary Queen Oct 11 2019
“Gemimi”–no thank you! “Lucy In The Sky”–I am not a fan of Natalie Portman and word of mouth hasn’t been too good. “The Addams Family”? PUHLEEZE! “Jexi”? Sounds like a TV rom/com, maybe Tuesday. Okay, I have found out that if I don’t go to a movie on Friday the world doesn’t come to an end. Allen wasn’t in any particular mood to see a movie so I suggested–sometimes I am brilliant!–that we go have lunch at Cabo Blanco for which I had a groupon for and we hadn’t been there in awhile.
 Cabo Blanco is one of my favorite restaurants and the best of the dozen or so Peruvian restaurants that have opened in the past decade. When we first went I tried all 29 lunch specials they had (no, not at one time!!) and there wasn’t a bad one in the group but there was definitely a standout dish: Camarones Saltados, about 12 sauteed shrimp with onions and tomatoes on a pasta in a dark sauce, which I think is soy based but not sure. I do know it is delicious and the price, $11.99, ridiculously low for such a meticulous made dish plus they serve a freshly made chicken soup and a side of various sauces. They use to serve bread with the latter which they no longer do so I don’t know what the sauces are for because the shrimp sauce is great as is! I have had this dish about 20 times and LOVE it!
Afterwards I was moaning that they don’t have plain vanilla ice cream which is something I like to have after a slightly spicy meal and Allen came up with a brilliant idea of going to Dairy Queen in Wilton Manors for dessert! He had a chocolate and I had a vanilla Blizzard! Now that’s what friends are for!
Trust me, the lunch and dessert was better than any movie I could have seen!

Welcome to October!   1 comment

King Tides Oct 1 2019
I always wanted to live ON the water not IN it but with what is known as King Tides come in I sometimes get the feeling my third floor apartment will soon be a waterfront one!
With the 20-25 MPH winds we have been having these tides are 2 feet above normal high tides and they come in at 10 PM, 5 AM and 11 AM. This afternoon walking from the church parking lot—that’s another story–to my apartment building, at the entrance to Gateway, the water was up to my calves. Slowly the water went down but very shortly it will ‘invade’ again.
Luckily, though it is rainy season, we haven’t been having that much rain this week but, horror of horrors, the temperature went down into the 80s this first day of October!!
What’s coming?????

Fighting the tide

By the way these two were fighting the waves and the tide and just kept spinning around until they got near the railing and used that to get back to the place where they rented the canoes–ending September with a laugh!

Posted October 1, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, MOTHER NATURE

September 2019 Fort Laudedale Diary   Leave a comment

Posted September 30, 2019 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE

Around Gateway   Leave a comment

Gateway September 2019
1) On the left Biscuit 12 years old and on the right Cody 7 months old
2) And the ‘Christmas’ cactus keeps on blooming
3) Working on the roof
4) Out my window
5) A new pepper–for some reason they only grow one at a time
6) Great,Great Grandmother Becky who baby sits with her granddaughter’s child Monday through Friday
7) Rion with his new sun ‘cancer’ hat
8)  When it gets windy we get waves
9) My apartment–3rd floor–right side
10) Another yacht seen from my window
11) Mary racing around on her motorized wheel chair
12) Cloudless sky–freshly mowed lawn–boats docked on both sides of the canal–welcome to Gateway!

Posted September 28, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE

Welcome to lizard land!   1 comment

Lizards everywhere
I don’t know how many lizards we have roaming just around Gateway but I do know I haven’t seen a mosquito, fly or most common bugs because of them. No matter where you walk you will see them running away from you as they aren’t too friendly with humans.
Due to all the encroachment on the Everglades by humans many of the creatures are coming into the city. Also people who buy pets and either don’t know how to take care of them or find they are not as entertaining as thought many will ‘dump’ them anywhere. Most are not native to Florida which causes problems not only for other creatures but for humans.
Each year there is a Boa Constrictor hunt in the Everglades not to mention crocodiles and alligators showing up in gardens, swimming pools and, once in awhile, at the front door.
A favorite ‘pet’ that people usually turn loose are chameleons and they can be pretty large.
We use to have 200-300 beautiful wild parrots that would ‘visit’ every day around 4 PM to a tree outside my kitchen window but the owners cut that tree down and haven’t seen them since. Coincidentally there was an article in the paper and on TV: ” Nearly one-third of the wild birds in the United States and Canada have vanished since 1970, a staggering loss that suggests the very fabric of North America’s ecosystem is unraveling.” NYTimes Sept. 19, 2019 So that might be the answer.
At this point I have only seen lizards and chameleons at Gateway and I hope it stays that way!

Posted September 21, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, MOTHER NATURE, Uncategorized

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