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Whatever happened to them?   Leave a comment

avocado and lime tree 2 collage

Before Hurricane Irma came our way Gateway started to chop down many trees—mainly those near or against buildings and/or elevators—and I hated to see them go but as long as they didn’t touch the Avocado tree I wasn’t saying anything.

The Avocado tree made it through Irma without losing a branch or even a leaf so I still don’t understand why it was chopped down a few days after the storm ended. I don’t know if the Lemon tree was cut down before or after Irma but that was one of my favorites.

When I first moved into Gateway there were fruit trees all over the place. I remember picking grapefruits outside my apartment when I lived in building F. After I moved to building D it seemed almost immediately the Avocado tree started to fill up with green bulbs. Just 2-3 years ago we got about 75 beautiful, delicious Avocados and I am sure we would have gotten a new crop this or next year.

The Lime tree blossomed every year and I would check them every day and watch the process of blooms turning into real limes—hey I’m a city boy!—and I would always pick a few and use them on and in different foods, salads, veggies and liquids.

Avocado and Lemon trees collage
(My mistake–it was a lime tree!)



Posted September 27, 2017 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE, Uncategorized

Mother Nature gives/takes a beating and then…   Leave a comment

Birds Sept 24 2017 Collage

Between hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and volcanoes in one month’s time Mother Nature has certainly taken her rage out on us and, at the same time, has had some pretty harsh words hurled at her.

Then one day you walk out and see a scene like this and you are again in awe of her in a good way!

Posted September 26, 2017 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE, Uncategorized

July 2017 Diary Part 2 Mother Nature, Gateway changes, carrot cake cookies & me!   Leave a comment

Selfie kid 1 collage
(July 2017 Selfie ‘kid’)

July went by too fast. I had Allen’s car for 10 days, discovered a new type of carrot cake in the form of cookies, a friend gave me a carrot cake (and he sneakeda piece of it first!) and trees are in bloom everywhere.

July 2017 was also the hottest on record for Fort Lauderdale and I love it.

The new owners of Gateway are continuing with their changes but I am waiting to see what they are going to fill all the spots they removed the beautiful Hibiscus, Cuban Butterfly plants, etc., with and when!

Posted August 1, 2017 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS, MOTHER NATURE, Uncategorized

The “Wilma” tree   Leave a comment

Wilma Tree Collage

Posted May 24, 2017 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE


Blooming cactus

I have the craziest Christmas/Easter/ Leap Year cactus!! I don’t remember when I first bought the Christmas cactus plant but probably 7-8 years ago. It was already in bloom when I bought it that Christmas but stopped blooming after the buds dropped. It didn’t bloom the following Christmas and then all of a sudden there were blooms around Easter. Once again it didn’t bloom at Christmas time but all of a sudden 2012 it started to bloom around my Leap Year birthday!

The last 6 years it seems to bloom around Christmas, the end of February and the week before Easter, whatever date it might be.

At first the blooms were all pink and then all a sudden they were a mixture of pink and white. I did cut off a few branches and before I knew it I had 5 pots of cacti plus the big mother plant, which is in the collage above.

For the first time last year the mother plant started to bloom 2 weeks before Christmas, both white and pink blooms, and one by one each of the other 5 potted plants started to bloom, some white and some pink. Since then all the plants have remained in bloom and now a week before my 20th Leap Year birthday February 29 there were buds on all the plants!

Now during the period of November-February 2016-2017 they have been blooming constantly

The blooms are very pretty but I don’t detect any aroma.   January 27 2016   Part 2

Posted February 6, 2017 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE, Uncategorized

WELL AT LEAST IT ISN’T SNOW!   Leave a comment

It started with a few sprinkles on Friday and then all day Saturday it rained while today it has been pouring on and off! Adding insult to injury the temperatures went down into the 60s in the early morning and it has only gone up to the mid 70s today!!

It is not always sunny, hot and humid in South Florida but I must admit today is one the the worst days, weather-wise, in Fort Lauderdale this year but then we have 20 days to go!

Looking out the window I can almost imagine living up north and,instead of rain,snow is coming down.

By the way how do you like my chic pancho from The Dollar Tree store?? LOL

Posted December 11, 2016 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE, WEATHER

Summertime in Fort Lauderdale Part 4   Leave a comment


The calendar may say autumn but the weather hasn’t gotten the message yet though we did go all the way down to a high of 91 degrees yesterday!!

We are now past the hottest part of the year in South Florida. Aside from the heat, humidity and sun feeling like it is cooking you we get very heavy rains at least once a day either early morning or late evening which makes you feel like you are in a sauna! Have I convinced you to NOT come to Florida in August or September? GOOD!!!

Those two months are a delight for people who live here as we don’t fight crazy drivers from the North or tourists causing lines at favorite restaurants. Traffic flows freely, why some of us even walk—in the shade of trees, of course.

To me one of the amazing things about the hot summertime in Fort Lauderdale is what Mother Nature gives to human beings to make life so much better.

We get smooth waters for people to go canoeing (3) or skim the boat over the bay leaving white tails of foam (5). At night she gives us a full moon and sometimes throws in a startling lightening show (8). And then there are flowers of all colors, sizes and shapes not to mention some I have never seen before or even know the name of them (9).

It will cool off later in September—okay, okay. The temperature will be in the high 80s, low 90s and we will keep our fingers crossed that November will bring the end of hurricane season and we will have made it through a 12 year of not seeing Mother Nature’s wrath.

Complain of the heat if you must but know that one person at least is loving it!

Posted September 22, 2016 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE, Uncategorized

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