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Dogs, a baby, weather & Mother nature October 2021   Leave a comment


1) Dark clouds are the warning we will be getting our daily rain–for 10 minutes or, maybe, longer!

2) My October Calendar dogs

3) Gateway’s latest charmer–Payton’s baby brother

4) Bette Davis changes her outfits as much as Mother nature changes the weather—and both are right!

5) Jeff, who is legally blind. is in the process of having his guide dog trained–she is a beauty but, I think, a little too big for a studio apartment–hopefully he will be able to move to  a larger bedroom though it might be easier for him to handle a smaller space–right now she is too friendly with all the neighbors so I guess that will be part of her training–it is an interesting process to observe.

6) The purple and white orchids are really a standout on the tree–hope no one picks!October is starting off beautifully and hope it continues that way but until ‘hurricane’ season is over we don’t know.

Posted October 4, 2021 by greatmartin in animals, FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, GATEWAY, MOTHER NATURE

Fred, Grace and Henri   Leave a comment


It is a combination of rainy and hurricane seasons which means hot, humid and wet days.  For a week Fred, first a storm, then a tropical storm and maybe when it gets to Florida a hurricane. It was supposed to hit sometime over the weekend and everyone got prepared. Friday came and a little shower in the morning (well, someone told me as I sleep in the mornings!), Saturday came and went and on Sunday there was talk of another system in the Atlantic and it would be called Grace and possibly head to Florida.

On Monday it seems that Hurricane and/or Tropical storm Fred decided that they didn’t want to stop in Fort Lauderdale and went into the gulf and turned north heading for the northwest coast of Florida and going through Louisiana up through the Carolinas. Instead we were presented with Grace and Henri with the latter going towards Bermuda and then north over water but Grace might be a threat to Fort Lauderdale.

On the 6 PM news Bette Davis shows Grace going south of us and I looked out the window, the sun was shining a group of gliders and canoes was going by so, even though I know the weather here from now until November can change on a dime, I decided to just sit back, relax and maybe, just maybe, plan a walk tomorrow!

Posted August 16, 2021 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

Wind gusts, breezes, temperatures, the canal and, YES! BETTE DAVIS!!   1 comment


1, 2 & 3) Bette Davis (yes, that’s her name!) is our ABC evening weather forecaster and she is great! She smiles, laughs, feels empathy and sympathy and looks great. Okay on another note she is very accurate. We have been having 3 great weeks of what we call ‘tourist weather’–yes it seems that with temperatures in the high 80s it would be warm, even hot and, maybe, uncomfortable but that is far from the case. The dew point and humidity is VERY low, especially for this time of the year, plus we are having ocean wind gusts sometimes going in the high 29 or low30s miles per hour which makes sitting directly in the sun, with that breeze, very comfortable!

4) I will have to take another picture in a month–this is an orchid that blooms every year since Irene put it on what I call our Wilma tree!! When hurricane Wilma in 2005 hit us it almost demolished the tree and though it took a year or two it came back fully. In fact, they have to trim it every hurricane season as it has grown so much.
Back to the orchid–a few years ago Irene put it in the tree and it bloomed beautifully and then the plant disappeared but the following Spring and every Spring since it comes back and blooms beautifully! More pictures to come!

5) It is pretty hard to see but on the left is a guy working/cleaning the yacht and they have a full-time crew cleaning, it seems, 24/7!! One of the guys said since it is so open to the elements you have to keep at it–worse than owning a home!

6) The house across from me is getting ready for Memorial/Decoration Day and their annual BBQ! Those are 2 inflated Uncle Sams!

The rest of the pictures are sights I see looking out my window. This time of the year, with the great weather, people are out on the water on all sorts of crafts plus the big boats coming and going from and to the islands.

Life is good!

Posted May 25, 2021 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE, WEATHER

Another week in Fort Laudersundale!   1 comment

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Bette Davis (#1–and yes that is her name!), our weather forecaster, was right as usual saying we would have a breezy, low humidity, mostly sunny days all week and it has been just like that with temps in the high 80s but that breeze making it feel a lot cooler!

Sadly Fort Lauderdale is on a building craze–more then 80,000 apartments/condos are ready and the building is just starting!! The Yankees are invading us! Every building is trying to take the title of ‘tallest building’.

With more building, more people moving in and more traffic leaving Gateway is becoming less of an option when I can sit at The Point and still feel the city is ‘out there’ not where I am!

Of course walking into my apartment and being greeted by the Cuban plant blossoming keeps the good feeling going!

Medical problems or not it is great to be alive and living here!

Posted May 19, 2021 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE

Welcome to Fort Lizarddale, Florida   2 comments


No matter where you go once you step out your door you will see Lenny Lizard or one of his relatives roaming around Gateway–it is a way of life here and most people don’t pay attention to them.  They do keep us insect free as far as I can tell. I don’t remember the last time I saw a mosquito, fly or ant around. Also, I don’t recall ever seeing one in my apartment unless they come in during the night. 

It is ‘rainy season’ here and hurricane season starts June 1 but so far whatever rain we have gotten comes during late evening or night. Our days, like today, are sunny, bright, warm, lower humidity and a cool breeze making it a pleasant afternoon though many make think a temperature of 82 degrees is hot, it isn’t!

Along with the rainy season comes the arrival of what seems like new birds–though you might not see it there is a bird in back of the trees in the picture next to the weather chart and it has been standing still for a long time!

I never get tired of looking out my window or going down to The Point and just relaxing!

Posted May 15, 2021 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE

I think I will move to Fort Lauderdale!!   Leave a comment

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It was another beautiful week in Fort Lauderdale. We have had some rain–most fell over Miami–but it came at ‘convenient’ times here!

We had the air show this weekend which, after a year, brought the chairs out to The Point along with the various boats there and up the canal. I was able to watch most of it from my window and I certainly HEARD all of it!! And as always whenever I look out my window there is some floating vessel going by! Also, never surprising, a bird to two though this one didn’t look familiar to me.

With the chairs out at The Point we are sort of hoping they will be reopening the pool again soon as the weather has been perfect for swimming and sun-tanning.

Little by little things are returning to normal or a new version of that which remains to be seen.

Movie theatres are opening again and we are hoping the touring Broadway shows will once again be stopping in South Florida.Life is good–even if I have to go to the cardiologist today to arrange to go to the hospital for the procedure to fix my outdated aorta valve!

Posted May 10, 2021 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE

MAY 1, 2021 AT GATEWAY IN FORT LAUDERDALE!   Leave a comment


And, once again, Mother Nature puts on a show, indoors and outdoors, for the first day of a new month, May 2021!

1) Who else could provide red, yellow AND green peppers on the same plant?

!2) And except for flowers who else offers such a variety of dogs, including ‘mutts’??

3) No matter the month or the day or the time of the year my “Christmas” cactus has bloomed!

4) Let’s not forget looking out my window and seeing new people enjoying the water OR

5) A bird just strolling along looking for a worm or two

6) Last, but not least, a little May Day celebration by having Jambalaya at the Quarterdeck!OH YES–A HAPPY 91ST BIRTHDAY TO OUR BOY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE–ALFREDO ROSSI–ENJOY YOUR BIRTHDAY LUNCH & OUTING!!

Sunday April 24 2021 at Gateway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida   Leave a comment


Another day in South Florida–today’s temp is 92 but it will ‘cool’ off starting tomorrow!

If you look at the second picture down on the left you will see the first Queen Crepe Myrtle tree in bloom kicking off the season and though we have very few left they will all be in bloom soon–the only color in Gateway since the new owners took over and took out all the flowering plants, bushes and trees.

The third picture from the left in the second row is Lucy, my neighbor, always looking out for us.

Whether it is spotting canoes through the trees from my apartment window (third picture from the left, second row) or one of the many million-dollar homes across the canal (top row, far right) or people in yachts, motorboats, being dragged over the water and, of course, eventually falling in or just enjoying looking over The Point no matter what is going on in the world it is peaceful here.

Posted April 25, 2021 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, GATEWAY

A Day of winter and then summer hits!   Leave a comment

#s 1 & 6) Except for a couple of Spring-like days (temperatures under 90 degrees) we seem to have gone from late Fall to summer while the calendar has March 20 as the first day of Spring!

Whatever the season the birds know to come to the mall for a ‘snack  #2) under the right chair near the leg and #3 on the AC looking to see what there is to eat!

#4 & 5)  The Holiday plant has decided to bloom–maybe for Earth Day–who cares? The blooms are always welcome!

#7)  A stop at Big Louie’s for spaghetti and meatballs plus garlic-loaded hot rolls for lunch.

LIFE IS GOOD!

Posted April 18, 2021 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

Geraniums, orchids, a lost pepper and lizards!!   Leave a comment

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1) Don’t know how I missed this pepper when I was picking my ‘crop’ the other day!!
2 & 3) I forgot to fix picture 2 which has Lori on the top and her kid Leonard on the bottom while in #3 is Larry the father/husband! They are their every time I go over to John’s apartment!#4) There is a tree right outside my window that every once in awhile pops up with a mysterious orchid no rhyme or reason. Mother Nature at work.And then there are my Geraniums all in full bloom with more blooms ready to open in 4 different colors.
We had a ‘feel like’ temperature yesterday and then the rains came and it dropped down to a ‘low’ of 79 and right now the storm clouds are gathering and the wind is increasing so it should get a little ‘cooler’ shortly! 
Summer in Fort Laudedale!

Posted August 31, 2020 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, MOTHER NATURE

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