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Before and After! ARGH!!   2 comments

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All the resident’s gardens are gone as are the fruit trees and 3 story white Birds of Paradise plants.
All in the name of uniformity!!
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Posted May 13, 2019 by greatmartin in HOME, LIFE, Uncategorized

Maybe they will keep the mistake!   1 comment

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They have almost finished painting the outsides of the buildings. They haven’t put up the building letters nor the apartment numbers so the poor folks from UPS, Fedex, Prime video and others making deliveries can be standing in the driveways with a puzzled look on their faces but, hopefully, that will be rectified soon–the numbers, letters and puzzled looks!
 
The main thing is all the buildings look the same–drab! We have talked–foolishly as we know they won’t–about suggesting they add some color to the place, like painting a hibiscus flower on one building, a rainbow on another, blue sky on one, etc. Hey we may be old but we still have imaginations!
 
In any case when I came home yesterday I saw the blue stripe on building N (I think) catching my eye immediately and I thought wouldn’t it be great if each building had a different colored stripe?? Heck if they want us all uniform they can do just that by making each resident wear clothes the same color of their stripe!!
 
OKay, the latter is a little far fetched but the stripe is small and eye-catching and all I can do is tell the office to keep it!!

Posted May 1, 2019 by greatmartin in HOME, Uncategorized

Step 5–The Pressure!   2 comments

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Step 1   Gift arrives in big box
Step 2   Take out big, shiny package from box
Step 3    Take food out of package
              a) 32 ounces of Carnegie Deli pastrami
              b) 32 ounce of Carnegie Deli’s famous sour pickles
              c)  9 ounce jar of NY Carnegie Deli Dusseldorf Mustard
              d)  loaf of NY rye bread
Step 4   Put it away quickly
Step 5   THE PRESSURE!

I have to fast for the next 20 hours due to going for quarterly blood work on Thursday and Friday at sundown Passover begins which mean I can’t/won’t eat any after Sundown as a pastrami sandwich on Matzah is NOT a pastrami sandwich having to wait until Saturday, April 27 sundown for that.
 
Either I eat between sunset on this Thursday and sunset on this Friday or spend 8 days hearing the pastrami, pickles, mustard and rye bread calling/torturing me   ARGH!!!
 
Then, adding injury to insult, the following Thursday when I go back to my doctor I will get weighed!!
 
Mmmmm—I wonder if that friend who sent me this gift is really a ‘friend’!? (Oh, I know she is. LOL)
 

Posted April 17, 2019 by greatmartin in FOOD, HOLIDAYS, HOME, Uncategorized

I plant the seeds…..   Leave a comment

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Over the years I have grown Romaine lettuce, peppers and all kinds of vegetables. In some instances, say like I was cutting a tomato, I would just take a few seeds and without thought would just push them into the earth in a flower pot and forget it. That’s what I did with some seeds at the beginning of January and today I have a full grown plant. I will just have to put them in their own pot, put a stake in, put it on the sill of my east window where they will get full sun and just wait for the flowers to come and then wait for the tomatoes!!

Posted January 17, 2019 by greatmartin in HOME, PLANTING, PLANTS, Uncategorized

The New Year started with…   Leave a comment

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with great news! Went to my doctor’s office last Thursday to get blood drawn and today went back to meet with my doctor for the results.

“You’re cholesterol count is that of a 21 year old! I wish mine was as good. What’s your secret?”

“It must be the 4 pound carrot cake John gave me and the big gift of assorted chocolate treats that Chuck and Terry sent!”, I answered with a 21 year’s old smile!

The only thing he wasn’t too happy about, but questioned the lab’s results, was my thyroid number and said he would test it again in April.

I came with a list of questions and/or problems which he dismissed most of with ‘old age’ but still he wants me to see 3 specialists on some of the items I asked about.

Then I was off to have some carrot cake for lunch–told you it was healthy!!

Posted January 9, 2019 by greatmartin in HEALTH, HOME, LIFE, Uncategorized

On the street where I live   1 comment

Inline imageOn the street where I live November 3 2018

Yes, we do have a Fall season in Fort Lauderdale! Look at picture #4 with the sun and clouds–that is NOT a summer sky. Then take a walk down to The Point–pictures 6, 7 and 8–look at the water, not as still or smooth as it was just a month away. The Point, aka Karen Bay, which borders the east of our property harbingers our seasons almost as much as the weather does.

Among other things the docks around the Gateway Terrace apartments fill up with new boats, photo 5, coming from all over the world to spend the next 6-7 months in Fort Lauderdale. Oh, yes, the crows also come our way for the warmth too.

Talking about the warmth, that is the biggest sign that we have left summer and came into autumn as the temperatures have been out of the 90s for two weeks and we even got below 75 one evening!

The new owners are constantly making improvements such as putting an LED light at the top of our building, photos 1 & 2, lighting the whole area up in the front and also lighting up the staircase inside-outside my kitchen door.

Last, but certainly not least, depending upon how you look at it, with cooler weather coming they are blocking up the entries, photo 3, that the many lizards use to hide, make as their homes, and we do have thousands of all kinds of lizards. They do no harm and keep the insect population down but many people are afraid of them for some reason but no one has ever been bitten by a lizard.

Last winter, because of some cold weather, many Iguanas ‘froze’ only to come back to life when it warmed up. Without a place to hide, to keep warm, I hate to see what will happen this winter to the many lizards. Humans can be cruel.

Posted November 3, 2018 by greatmartin in HOME, LIFE, SEASONS, Uncategorized, WEATHER

Blue Apron–2nd week   2 comments

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On Saturday I got my second shipment of food consisting of 3 different complete recipes:

1) Sesame-Orange Beef & Wonton Noodles 2) Tuscan-Spiced Pork Roast 3) Seared Chicken & Tangy BBQ Sauce

All ingredients from protein to vegetables to condiments and spices are included plus precise cooking instructions.

Regarding I improvised first by cooking all the individual vegetables on Sunday, separated them, added the correct spices and condiments so all I had to do was add the protein.

I am going to wait until I am all finished with the Blue Apron orders and then going on to HelloFresh orders and will, eventually, write one post with my negative and positive opinions.

By the way both do offer several different ‘diet’ meals.

Posted August 22, 2018 by greatmartin in FOOD, HOME, Uncategorized

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