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Karen Bay at Sunset   Leave a comment

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I was working on part 3 of Restaurants and People–30 more restaurants!!!–and I started thinking between downloading, deleting and making a collage then posting it was going to be a long haul!

I already have in mind, after I finish the movies, I was going to 1) count how many restaurants I went to in a decade and 2) how many have closed! 

Since I eat out at least twice a week (theatre nights add about 16 more dinners) 52 weeks a year for over a decade that is a lot of restaurant dinners, over a thousand, but nowhere that many different restaurants! As an example on theatre nights we usually eat at the Quarterdeck.

While wondering about what all this entailed I looked out the window and knew I had to get down to The Point to take pictures of Mother Nature at work, consequently the new collage attached to this post!


Posted January 12, 2019 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS, MOTHER NATURE, Uncategorized

Cold or warm Mother Nature is here   2 comments

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It can be cold–60 degree high today!–but inside or outside we are always surrounded by nature–I love it!
Photos 1,2 and 12 is my Christmas, Hannakuh, Easter, Passover, Leap Year, Thanksgiving Cactus–never know when it will bloom plus never know what colors it will bloom in!
3, 7 and 10  My forever growing Geraniums that I have had for over 10 years
#4  My pepper plant that flowers but don’t produce peppers which I started from seeds from a pepper I bought for a salad
#9  One of the many “Cuban” plants that I have that I started with a twig from one that was outside the apartments. I am glad I did because the new owners took away all the Cuban plants we had around the properties. (I call them a Cuban plant but am not sure of their name.)
5 & 6  Penta plants
11  You can see the beach hotel and condos from my east window with the trees and clouds and sky provided by Mother Nature.
8  Even cold weather doesn’t keep Squeaky the squirrel from his daily rounds.
And now back to our normal weather starting tomorrow up to the 70s and 80s.

Posted November 28, 2018 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE, Uncategorized

Flowers light my life up!   1 comment

I don’t know when I fell in love with flowers and plants but I do remember as a youngster going to Miami Beach with my family and being in awe of all the wild Bird of Paradise plants and multi-colored flowers. There was also our summer home in New Jersey and I can still smell the peonies in front of the house.
I think, though, that I really got involved with all of it when Johnny and I lived together in Memphis. We had hanging plants all over the townhouse and he was constantly working in the backyard patio garden. I found myself bringing home plants.
It was when I moved to Gateway, here in Fort Lauderdale, that I really went all out after seeing how many residents made their own gardens outside of their ground floor apartments.  I started buying all sorts of plants putting many outside on my walkway. Indoors I not only bought plants I would grow heads of lettuce, stalks of Romaine lettuce, green peppers or I would also break off a stick off the Hibiscus bush outside, stick it in a pot and watch it grow, put out buds and flower.
When we got new owners we also got new rules and no longer do you see any flowering bushes, trees, resident’s gardens or plants out on my walkway.
I do have 28 plants in my apartment from Geraniums to Begonias, Cuban plants, Aloe and Christmas cactus, a miniature pine tree and I just ‘buried’ some tomato seeds in a pot.
Nothing, yes nothing, makes me feel better than seeing flowers in bloom and if you ever want to get me to do something bring me flowers or a plant!

Posted October 25, 2018 by greatmartin in LIFE, MOTHER NATURE, PLANTS, Uncategorized

June is busting out all over!!   Leave a comment

Queen Crepe Myrtles June 2018


Queen Crepe Myrtles     1A

Queen Crepe Myrtles     1B

Posted June 25, 2018 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE, Uncategorized

“My” Tree   Leave a comment

WILMA TREE 4 Collage

In February 2004 the month and year of my 15th Leap Year birthday I moved into this apartment and immediately fell in love with this huge beautiful tree behind my building. That first year I watched seed pods grow, fill up, come apart and disperse. Every day, around 4-5 PM a flock of wild green and red parrots stopped by for about a half hour. That first year I saw a pair of bluebirds and a pair of woodpeckers build their nests, hatch their babies and one day they were all gone.

It was a beautiful sight seeing that tree every morning with my cup of coffee and newspaper helping me start off another day. Whether it was raining, sunny, dark, sunset, sunrise that tree was almost a part of my apartment.

And then Hurricane Wilma came in October 2005 and shredded the tree. I watched it for 4 years to grow back to its former beauty and even fuller than before and for the past 7 years this tree has watched me through a lot. Strange, as only Mother Nature would know, the parrots stopped coming to the tree and though I have seen other birds ‘visit’ I haven’t seen any build nests.

In the past year I have spoken about all the trees that have been taken down on the Gateway property but I was in complete shock when I saw what the hired lawn maintenance company did last week as they ‘trimmed’ the tree. It was a complete hack job and worse than what Hurricane Wilma did.

I hope they let it grow back to its former beauty!

Wilma Tree collage 2

Posted February 22, 2018 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE, Uncategorized

Another tree——-GONE! :O(   Leave a comment

Posted January 29, 2018 by greatmartin in LIFE, MOTHER NATURE, Uncategorized

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

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