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SUMMERTIME 2015 PART 4   Leave a comment


There is no doubting that August in Fort Lauderdale is HOT! HOT! HOT! And let’s not forget the humidity but I love it all. I especially love walking around and just enjoying all that is around me whichever way I turn.

1 & 2 Some residents make gardens out of the property in front of their apartments while others make patios and this is just two of them–all paid for and made by the residents!

3 Say hello to Lenny the Lizard–he (or is it his brother?) greet me every day near the elevator when I reach the ground floor.

4 & 5 Here it is 6 months after I bought the seeds from The Dollar Tree and planted them still blooming and still putting a smile on my face!

6 The hibiscus that was trained into a tree–stunning.

7 to 9 We have a flock of wild parrots that visit every day. Yes they are loud but look at their colors! It always amazes me that they can perch on branches or twigs without bending them a bit and these are heavy birds!

10 One of the old trees in the park near the football filed.

11. Lenny’s friend–do you know HIS name???




Posted September 2, 2015 by greatmartin in LIFE

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FOR THOSE WHO LIKE 4 SEASONS!   Leave a comment

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Click here: The People vs Winter – YouTube  
This is a reminder, to those who still live up north, that summer will soon end.  To those who have escaped the northern winters and yearn to go back home, this is a reminder how it was.  And to those who never lived up north, a reminder of how lucky you are.

Posted October 9, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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MORE BOATS ON THE POINT   Leave a comment


Posted September 1, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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SUMMER AT GATEWAY PART 1   Leave a comment

Walking around the Gateway Terrace apartments, where I live, is a dream come true. Whether turning a corner and seeing a couple of Iguanas bathing themselves in the sun or going down to The Point to see ‘dinner’ boats floating in Karen Bay or yachts docked around the property, not to forget sailboats and catamarans anchored in the bay itself, makes taking a walk an adventure.

I have written about Gateway many times but every day brings new surprises. Gateway compromises 8 acres of 32 buildings containing 265 apartments and near to 300 people, most over 70, quite a few in their 80s and 1 or 2 in their 90s, who for the most part get along.

There are 232 trees, a beautiful swimming pool overlooking Karen Bay, a breezeway to sit and talk where, yes, there is always a breeze! Originally a tomato farm in the 1920s it became a townhouse community for the wealthy to enjoy in the winter and then in 1959 it was converted into affordable housing for the elderly. There are 8 docks that accommodate yachts from all over the world and become part of our community and there over over 1500 feet of seawall.

Posted August 28, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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One of the things you learn living in South Florida during August is that being in an air-conditioned place in the afternoon is the place to be and why not a restaurant? This afternoon Allen and I went to the Quarterdeck where he had Chicken Francis with a baked potato and I had a turkey, lettuce, tomato and onion with mustard on rye and a side of broccoli.

 On Thursday Arnie and I went to the Quarterdeck–they are running a ‘buy 1 get 1 free’ deal–he had a turkey burger while I had the turkey sandwich only for variation I had it on toast!


On Wednesday Allen and I went to the Rendezvous where he had a skirt steak with fries (and, shhhhhhh, 2 French pastries!!) while I did a turkey and cheese on French bread and they put bacon on it which melted into the cheese! (This year we have been going to the Cafe Vico for their excellent 2-4-1 lunches!)


Getting away from food–I do talk about other things!!!–Norman went on vacation to New England for a month and I am plant sitting his Ming tree and I hoping it looks as good when he returns!! (2 years later he once again went to New England on vacation and I took care of a plant for him but it wasn’t a Ming tree–I will have to ask him what happened to that one!)


The last two signs were in a restaurant–I don’t remember which one–and they made me smile so I took pictures of them–love the last one, the one below!  LOL



“To believe your own thought,

to believe what is true for you

in your private heart is true for all men

_____that is genius.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted August 27, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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Among the many things I love in my life, and that makes my life better, two are sunsets and The Point here at Gateway where not only I can see spectacular sunsets but even during the day see great sights. I was down there this afternoon around 2 PM and saw these folks enjoying themselves.


Around 8 PM this evening I took a walk down to The Point and around the property. There was a fantastic sunset and these are just some of the pictures I took in an half hour. Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did taking them.



“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit

of the child into old age, which means

never losing your enthusiasm.”

Aldous Huxley



“Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.”
Richard Paul Evans , The Gift

“If I could lick the sunset, I’ll bet it would taste like Neapolitan ice cream. 
Jarod Kintz ,


“A miracle every day would cease to be miraculous—it would be mundane. Though even a boring sunset is still glorious.
Jarod Kintz


“I’m enjoying two beautiful visions tonight. Watching you stand there against a marvelous background has to be the most intriguing sunset I have ever experienced.”
K.S. Collier

“Raw Living: Picking blackberries, beneath late afternoon sun; a sunset reminiscent of watermelon sangria, as the scent of honeysuckle accosts me and the ducks waddle into the lake. Thanking Mama Nature for her abundance. Loving this candied-sweet southern life.”
Brandi L. Bates

Posted August 21, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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I love old people but I don’t understand them!!  LOL  Gateway had their First Annual Health Fair and Carnival this past week. The previous Sunday they had a monthly ice cream social.

The Friday before that it was movie night and guess what they served? Yes, popcorn but also ice cream, fudge brownies, chocolate syrup, sprinkles and cherries!

The Wednesday before that at the General Assembly meeting they served Dunkin’ Donuts! And at today’s General Assembly meeting once again donuts and muffins!

Should I even get into what was served at the HEALTH Fair? How about hot dogs and hamburgers with sides of relish, sauerkraut and potato salad? Oh yes, popcorn and snow cones. With all the above I am wondering where the health part comes in and why are they serving  this stuff to old, mostly fat, mostly ill people with heart problems?!?!? By the way in case anyone cares I DID NOT partake of any of the foods! (See that halo above my head? NO, I didn’t either!)

Summertime? South Florida? Hot weather? Seniors? TIME TO EAT!!! Anytime a business wants old people to show up all they have to advertise is “Free Food” and the crowds sign up!

  I may have to bring up that in the future we serve fresh fruit but then again do I want 300 angry seniors after me?


“There is a land of the living

and a land of the dead,

and the bridge is love.”

                                                           Thorton Wilder 


You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old. ~George Burns

What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy. ~Voltaire

You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again. ~Bonnie Prudden

The trick is growing up without growing old. ~Casey Stengel

It takes about ten years to get used to how old you are. ~Quoted by Raymond A. Michel in The Leaf

The answer to old age is to keep one’s mind busy and to go on with one’s life as if it were interminable. I always admired Chekhov for building a new house when he was dying of tuberculosis. ~Leon Edel

The older you get the stronger the wind gets – and it’s always in your face. ~Jack Nicklaus

You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind. ~Timothy Leary

It takes a long time to become young. ~Pablo Picasso

The problem with beauty is that it’s like being born rich and getting poorer. ~Joan Collins

I never dared be radical when young
For fear it would make me conservative when old.
~Robert Frost

The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of the blood. ~Logan Pearsall Smith

Our bodies are the burial grounds of dead time. ~T.A. Sachs

Middle age is when your classmates are so gray and wrinkled and bald they don’t recognize you ~Bennett Cerf

I am old enough to see how little I have done in so much time, and how much I have to do in so little. ~Sheila Kaye-Smith

There is always some specific moment when we realize our youth is gone; but years after, we know it was much later. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook , 1960

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age. ~Victor Hugo

Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to. ~Bill Vaughn

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country. ~Kurt Vonnegut

Posted August 20, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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