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Weather, dogs, the moon,man working on a yacht and a small rant!   1 comment


I had a horrendous day yesterday with the 2 tests–started with my having to get up at 6:30 AM–yes that is 6:30 AM!!–only to get to the hospital to find out the doctor’s office didn’t send the paperwork! Long story short–didn’t have the tests done until 11 AM and they only lasted a total of 30 minutes!

That isn’t the worse part though! I called to get my ride home and was on hold for 32 minutes (with a recording telling me repeatedly how important I was!) until I finally, after speaking to 4 different people, was told my ride would pick me up 45 to 60 minutes! I know you don’t want to hear what I said after that but let’s just say I did apologize to her because I knew it wasn’t her fault but after she put me on a very short hold, but enough to hear how important I was, she came back on the phone and told me that a lyft driver would pick me up in 4 minutes and that my insurance will pay for it!

I got home about 2 PM and spent the rest of the day & evening looking out my window and watching some of the dog walkers who are out every day. The third picture is my next-door neighbors with their 2 grandkids and Lucy their dog. I, also, thought I would point out the doggie clean-up bags management has put up around the property! And then there are my 2 June calendar dogs who greet me every day.

That evening we had that special moon and I took a couple of shots from where I sit and have dinner.
In the very last picture is a reminder that even rich people with yachts have to work on their ‘homes’–in that last picture can you see the guy working on the bow?

Last, but not least, another beautiful week with one exception and that is our afternoon showers that bring very humid evenings!!
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Now I have to brace myself for another test on Monday but I will be sure the doctor’s office has sent the paperwork over on Friday!!)

Posted June 2, 2021 by greatmartin in animals, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE

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

Fake News from the weather channel?!?!   1 comment

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Look at the date and time on the upper left hand corner in the left picture and then the right!It wasn’t this cold during the Ice Age when I was born in Fort Lauderdale!! Now this would qualify as a cold wave in South Florida yesterday or could it be the definition on Fake News?I may have to go to Tennessee, New Hampshire, Maine or Rhode Island to warm up or even better to New Zealand or Australia where it is summer!

Posted January 14, 2021 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

King Tides   1 comment

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King tides are sort of a look into the near future as sea levels rise. Combine closeness to the moon, rainy weather, wind and near-hurricane conditions and we get floods. 

Each year the tides get more severe along with the flooding and traffic becomes completely hazardous as our streets aren’t ready for the water that quickly becomes curb high–where there are curbs!

I love Mother Nature–especially when I am inside and dry!–even when she gets a little nasty like today (and the next couple of days!) yet combines everything to make the area surrounding us look so different.

And, yes, the snowy egrets are back for their snacks!

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Posted September 21, 2020 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

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