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Martin the Farmer!   1 comment

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I know it sounds silly but I feel like a kid playing in the fields of a large farm. Okay, so it is a one-bedroom apartment and all I have are potted plants but I have 7 potted pepper plants and I have 7 peppers from a bud to a grown pepper.I usually pick the peppers after a week but this time I want to see how large they will grow and/or if they will naturally fall off the stem. Will take another picture before I add them to salads, soups and meat dishes!!Want a pepper? Come on and stop by and pick your own! :O)

Posted August 6, 2020 by greatmartin in FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, GARDENS, HOME

Welcome to my life–again!   1 comment

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(Okay, I messed up the numbers but it is too much work to redo the whole collage all over–bear with me! LOL) EVERY Thursday come rain or hurricane or whatever Allen stops by, picks me up and takes me shopping. We, usually start off, at the Dollar Tree on 17th street but they opened a new (1 & 9) about the same distance in the opposite direction and we gave it a try last Thursday. It is huge with a lot more aisle room and a larger refrigerator/freezer area and selection. The next stop is (8) Winn-Dixie which has just remodeled the whole store and either first or last it is (4) CVS to pick up prescriptions which taking  12 meds a day there is usually 1 to pick up each week. I have tried to get them all at once but it just doesn’t seem to work!
In ‘the old days’ we used to go for lunch sometime between the shopping but since the virus rules we did only once but we are talking about hitting The Cheesecake Factory this Thursday as I have gift cards. (Wonder if I will ever get to use the movie gift cards I got for my birthday!)(2,3,6 and 7) are just some shots of around my living-room which reminds me I have to check for peppers!(8) is one of the aristocratic-looking birds we get after a storm while (11) is a shot of Karen Bay off The Point which is always beautiful looking.Then there are (10 & 12) which are my dogs!! The first is on my desk calendar and the last on my wall calendar and I don’t have to walk or feed them!!
At this point, I really should stop taking so many pictures but then I ask myself “Why?”

Posted August 4, 2020 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, HOME

Isaias–hurricane, tropical storm or just a rainy day?   1 comment

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It started last Monday showing the path of a new storm coming directly at Fort Lauderdale. By Friday the path had veered to the west so it looked like we just might get the outer bands of a hurricane. On Saturday it was declared Tropical Storm Isaias and there could be high winds and heavy rain but when to expect all that was constantly being moved.We had somewhat heavy winds and now and then patches of rain but nothing we haven’t seen on a regular day during the rainy season. I believe I may have heard some heavy rain overnight but the parking lot didn’t show that and though we had a few drizzles today we had a lot more brightness if not more sun.
At 4 PM I took the 3 pictures with the smileys and we all know that Larry and Lenny the lizards wouldn’t be out if bad weather was brewing!! There are a family with baby lizards but those little ones are so fast I haven’t been able to get a picture of them—yet!In any case, it is hurricane season and a lot is happening out in the Atlantic Ocean between Africa and the US so don’t know what the next 4 months will bring. Stayed tuned!

Posted August 2, 2020 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

A week in July 2020 in Fort Lauderdale AKA my home!   Leave a comment

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It is 5:30 PM Sunday, July 26, 2020, and it is cooling off–only 87 degrees—which means the rain clouds are starting to move in but right now it is just another beautiful day in Fort Lauderdale ending another great week in South Florida, virus or no virus.

1, 2 & 5) from inside my apartment  3) my ‘neighbor’ Lucy waiting for me to come out knowing it is usually about this time I go down for the mail but it is Sunday and no mail so I will take a walk down to the elevator and back so she can get on with her routine! 4 & 8) new peppers growing.

6 & 10) Lenny the lizard, like Larry his friend, waiting for me to come back from the mailboxes so they can go back to their woodpile  7) looking out from the elevator walkway.

9) Last night watched members of the original cast of “A Chorus Line” getting together to celebrate its 45 anniversary–I am looking forward to 2025 when, hopefully, they will do a revival (and NOT update it too much!) and tour with it, coming to Fort Lauderdale when, hopefully, theatre will have returned to ‘normal’. With as many times as I have seen it and read all the books about it, I was surprised to learn that Michael Bennett (not like him!) allowed the original ‘Richie’ to make up the choreography for “Gimme The Ball”!

11) They finally finished the dumpster project–the residents will still have water up to their ankles when they throw out their garbage but the dumpster wheels will be nice and dry!

12) It has been 50 (!!!!) years since I went to South America and Australia/New Zealand and for souvenirs I framed the money I had left from both trips–top  South America and bottom Australia/New Zealand–wonder if they are worth anything?

And tomorrow I start off a new week going to the dentist!!

Posted July 26, 2020 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE

Virus, weather, retraction   3 comments

Virus and weather bad news day

Let me start with the retraction–I wrote a post about July 4th no one getting shot by a stray bullet and then today the lead story in the news was a 7-year-old swimming in his grandmother’s pool was shot by a stray bullet. He wasn’t killed but the bullet went through his arm. Imagine how the grandmother felt! I don’t know about where you live but in South Florida they celebrate July 4th shooting their guns and pistols. There are usually half a dozen fatalities!
We started off the weekend with a notice on our doors telling us there are more people with the virus at Gateway. No names, no what building there are in, no who they may have interacted with so now people aren’t talking to each other!
The summer rains have finely come. We get dark clouds coming in as an advance warning, then some thunder and lightning followed by about 30 minutes of very heavy rain followed by the sun coming out and the humidity going high. It can happen either in the morning and/or usually around 5 PM. We used to call it tourist rain when it happened around 5 because it got the tourists off the beach into their hotel so they could shower, take a nap and then go out for dinner.  The two pictures on the right were taken at 11 AM!!

Posted July 6, 2020 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, Uncategorized, WEATHER

A quiet July 4th   1 comment

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Maybe because we had a downpour at 4:30 PM and then again around 9 PM that things were fairly quiet. During the day people were out sailing, swimming, canoeing, doing things one would do on a usual weekend day in Fort Lauderdale. The storms, while heavy, were brief and though the beaches were closed there was no stopping the evening fireworks.
I saw the fireworks in Oakland Park and Pompano and downtown by looking out my window but all in all very little noise. What was even more amazing was that after 10 PM not a firework to be seen or heard and for the first time, as far as I know now, not a single person was shot by a stray bullet fired to ‘celebrate’ the 4th of July! WOW! In south Florida that is unbelievable!

Posted July 5, 2020 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE, Uncategorized

At least I like heat & humidity!!   1 comment

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I am hoping it helps–on my July avatar I have ‘WEAR A MASK’!
My July calendar dogs have the right idea–even if they are having miniature cups!!
It is no surprise that June was a hot and humid month in South Florida! If you look at the last picture you will see our low overnight is 85 degrees! And yesterday we broke the record for daytime temperature in Miami while Fort Lauderdale was 2 degrees below. In any case, the last 10 nights in June broke the records for high lows overnight.
The actual temperature very seldom hits 100 degrees but the ‘feels like’, because of the humidity, has been over 100 a few times this year already!!!
So far the Sahara Dust seems to be going around Fort Lauderdale and there hasn’t been much rain which at least holds the humidity down a bit.
Here’s a look at what is ahead this summer!

Posted July 1, 2020 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

“Fiddler on the Roof”–touring company review   Leave a comment

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“Fiddler on the Roof” has always been a rich musical in the story it tells and how it tells it. A couple of months ago I saw a documentary “Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles” and it made the production I saw tonight have even deeper meanings. With all its humor and excellent score, choreography and cast it tackles many subjects that are still affecting the world today such as uprooting families from their homeland.
The score with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick blend in with the book by Joseph Stein all based on the original stories Sholem Aleichem making a moving tale of “Tevye and His Daughters” and their life in the shtetl, a small village, in Russia in the late 19th century.
Family, life and traditions, as the opening song explains, are quickly changing, affecting the people in the village. We follow Tevye’s family as his 5 daughters break away from a life their father is, at times, scared of, but doesn’t allow his wife and kids to see his questioning of what is happening.
The show opens with “Traditions” introducing the star of the show, Yehezkel Lazarov, as Tevye, explaining the role of everyone in the village from the father and mother to the daughters, rabbi, matchmaker even the beggar who has a role to play as a member of the village. From that point on Lazarov is in command of the stage, his presence felt even the few moments he is off stage. He is funny talking to God in “If I Were A Rich Man” and just as tender singing to his wife, Golde, “Do You Love Me?”
Maite Uzal, as Golde, is a match for Lazarov whether singing with him or standing up to him in her sly and practical way.  Three of the 5 daughters, played by Kelly Gabrielle Murphy, Ruthy Froch and Noa Luz Barenblat, singing “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” show us the independent women of tomorrow while their parents singing “Sunrise, Sunset” show their love for their children.
Nick Siccone, as Motel the tailor who wants happiness with one of the daughters makes the joyful “Miracle of Miracles” flood the audience with that joy while Nic Casaula as a suitor for another daughter makes you believe that “Now I Have Everything” as he plans to take her away to start a new life.
Jonathan Von Mering as Lazar Wolf, the butcher,  Carol Beaugard as Yente, the matchmaker, are just a couple of the supporting cast, along with the ensemble, that contributes to a first rate company of a first rate production.
The choreography by Hofesh Shechter, based on the original by Jerome Robbins, as is the direction by Bartlett Sher, along with an 11 piece orchestra conducted by  Michael Gildein, aids every singer, dancer and actor to do their best and they all do.
“Fiddler on the Roof” is one of the best touring productions this season and no matter how many times you have seen it and, especially if you have never seen it, is a must see for all.
Running time is 2 hour and 50 minutes including a 15 minute introduction

Siam Cuisine Restaurant review   Leave a comment

Siam Cuisine Oct 24 2019

First to Dollar Tree then to lunch before going to Winn-Dixie–our Thursday route which we occasionally change with lunch before of after! I had a groupon for the Siam Cuisine where I hadn’t been in awhile so off we went.
My first reaction was they have kept the place up and in good shape only to be told later that it was being torn down and made into a double-decker restaurant!
In any case Allen had the scallops with vegetables ($20.95) and I had the Pad Thai with seafood ($24.95). These were dinner prices as the groupon wasn’t good for lunch prices though it didn’t say that on the agreement. I didn’t argue with the server because I just didn’t feel like being upset before and while eating! :O)
The food was tasty but the plates were wobbling on the table! Obviously not the best dinnerware.
We were served a scoop of vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup which I guess came with the meal–lunch and/or dinner?
With Allen’s cola the check came to $11.30 plus I left $8.70 tip so with what I paid for the groupon ($22) lunch cost us about $20 each. We would have done better with just ordering off the lunch menu.
As I said it has been awhile since I was at Siam Cuisine and it will probably be awhile before I go back again even considering the renovations they will be doing.

Posted October 24, 2019 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, RESTAURANT REVIEWS

Autumn in Fort Lauderdale   Leave a comment

Autumn 2 October 2019
In autumn in Fort Lauderdale the rainy season ends on October 15 but not the hurricane season!
In autumn in Fort Lauderdale the leaves fall one tree at a time!
In autumn in Fort Lauderdale my white geraniums take over!
In autumn the Ibis birds come out for a snack after a rainfall!
Welcome to autumn in Fort Lauderdale where the temperatures sometimes go below 80 degrees!
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Posted October 19, 2019 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, MOTHER NATURE

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