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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

Mother Nature! WOW!   1 comment

Day after Dorian left area
That woman never ceases to amaze me! For 4 days she threatened us with hurricane Dorian comingthisclose and then going away. September 2 we had a few dark clouds, some wind, maybe 20 TOTAL minutes of heavy rain scattered during the day and, yes, the King Tides did their thing which they do threat of a hurricane or not.
Then Tuesday came and you would never had known anything was ‘about to happen’ in South Florida! The sun was out, the sky clear with a few wisp of clouds and the birds (Herons? Ibis? Egrets? I never know) came out to grab all the seeds and worms the water had unearthed just for them.
Now we are facing record breaking temperatures 94-96 and not even our regular evening rains in sight!
I LOVE that woman!!!

Posted September 5, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE

Old Age: Fight it, give in to it, adapt to it and/or enjoy it!   Leave a comment

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I don’t exactly remember when I faced the fact that I was old but it was probably around the New Year’s weekend 1999-2000 when I woke up in the hospital after having a congestive heart failure attack. Oh I fought it a bit by saying that I was old(er) but, eventually, I had to drop the (er)!It was at that time that I was introduced to Warfarin, a blood thinner, which lead to my arms (see the first 2 pictures) turning all kinds of colors if I even brushed against something, being lucky if it didn’t bleed and take weeks to heal!
I bought arm guards and wore them for awhile but for some reason I stopped wearing them and all of a sudden last week walking on the walkway from the elevator to my apartment, not paying attention, my swinging right arm hit the corner of the railing and got a gash that was a mess.

I decided to go back to wearing arm guards. I got the white ones first and decided to cut off the finger/palm/hand part–see the left and right corner bottom pictures–which was a mistake as they started to unravel. Now I have the black arm guards and I am wearing them as is!Only problem with the guards are they exert so much pressure on the arms they are now a solid red!! At least they match my legs which because of the  peripheral artery disease and the lack of the veins having too much plaque doesn’t allow the blood in my legs to flow regularly as they should.  These are the extra large guards whereas the white were large. I think my next step is to put bubble wrap around the arms!

One of the, many, great things about old age is that you aren’t to blame for anything–it is all the age!! I have lost 2 pairs of glasses this year–well, not actually me but that old man in me–so I decided to go the way of old people I remember from my childhood–you know, those who always had glasses hanging down the front of them like I do in the bottom left picture and the middle pictures. Now I go crazy looking for my glasses before I remember they are hanging around my neck!

Now I am practicing for either a walker and/or a motorized wheelchair–the latter is the ‘in’ thing with senior citizens here at Gateway!Oh, also, have to learn to quickly ditch the hanging glasses and arm guards–have you ever seen an old person celebrating their 100th birthday or any birthday over 90 years wearing those things?? Except on the news have you seen pictures of old people using walkers?? Heck we may be old but we are still smart and know how to hide things!!

Posted August 25, 2019 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

My July 2019 Diary!   Leave a comment

Posted August 3, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!   Leave a comment

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50 weeks of the year I have to depend on uber, lyft, cabs, TOPS (A county service) or insurance car rides to and from doctors! The other two weeks of the year Allen goes to visit his daughter, and twin grandchildren, so I have his car.
Oh yes! No way can I forget Jacque who lends me her car almost once a week so I can go to a movie and some med appointments.This week Allen went up north and on top of that my neighbor’s wife had to go to Argentina as her 97 year old mother isn’t well and that’s where her family lives. He said I could use the car as long as she is away (and when they go on vacation) and they just got her this new used car.So now I have to decide whether I use one car or alternate the cars but at least Jacque’s car gets a rest from me. And you think you have problems!!PS After Wednesday it is back to no car!

Posted July 28, 2019 by greatmartin in AUTOMOBILE, LIFE

The new ‘uniform’ Gateway Terrace Apartments   2 comments

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The ‘new’ Gateway is almost complete–just missing a few bushes!I give the owners credit for making the inside of the apartments really modern with new kitchen and bathroom cabinets, new hurricane windows, new ceiling fan/light fixture in the ceiling of the bedroom and new lights in the kitchen and bathroom, new blinds though the new air conditioners/fans don’t do as good a job as the old system and they certainly fixed up the hallways.The big problems are on the outside where all individuality has been taken away. No more Christmas/Hanukah lights and contests for the best displays (or even the company putting up lights all around). The biggest downer are the beautiful individual gardens that many residents put their own time and money in to liven up the place with Hibiscus & Rose bushes, many colored orchids,  Banana plants, lemon, grapefruit trees with blossoms, sunflowers, etc., etc.  No plants on the window sills, no decorations of any kind on the doors and/or windows. Our avocado tree from which we got 75 avocados one season is gone.Now you can’t tell one building from another and I don’t know if one has to do with the other but all of a sudden we are ‘losing’ residents to death, rehab and nursing homes more than usual!Don’t get me wrong! I love my apartment and I can look out and see Karen Bay, green trees but from the outside all you can see are bland buildings, one after another and sometimes ‘uniform’ can be very dull!

Posted July 25, 2019 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

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