I have once again, not been keeping up the website as the last entry was back in November 2017. The hole Penny left remains empty. While I am keeping busy, this is not the life I was building towards.
We celebrated Thanksgiving at the Beach 2017 for the first time without Penny. Speaking for myself, I very much missed her presence. Thanksgiving was her week when she could take care of her family. It felt empty without her.
We scattered her ashes at dawn on November 20th in Salvo. We also scattered her ashes in the kitchen of the house we rented as the bag split as I was removing it from the case. I suppose the kitchen was equally an appropriate place. Steven wrote a poem, put his writing in a bottle and threw it into the sea.
It was a good week, but I found myself mostly subdued. Shaun, Jenn, Steven, and Glenn took care of our Thanksgiving feast.
I have spent the past several months getting my new home organized. There remains much to do, but I will get around to it as the sprit moves me. I recently enclosed my patio so I can now use it without having to deal with insects or frogs.
In March, Val and Bill rented a beach house in OBX and I was able to spend the week with them, Doreen, and Jen, Greg, Maddy and her friend. Val arranged for Doreen and I along with Val to make the cookies our Nana and Mom made each year. It was a two day effort, but we had fun and the cookies came out very good. I hope we get to do that again.
The rainy season here has at times filled up the retention pond behind my house bringing all sorts of bird wildlife along with a frog population explosion. I sighted a Sandhill Crane nest on the far side with two eggs. They hatched sometime during my recent vacation, so I do not know if the babies survived or not. The pond has mostly dried up, but several species of birds still forage there for food. I love that aspect of this house; I can just look out my windows and see nature.
I am still not as active in the community as I feel I need to be, but I will get there eventually. I need to learn how to dance as there seems to be monthly events at the Magnolia Center where that skill would come in handy. I usually go to Burger Nite with Anne, Terri and Diana.
One of the nice things about Trilogy is the group trips they organize. Next month, I am going to see the Capone dinner show with a group. In September, we are going to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and also a ice hockey game. In early November we are going to see the Jersey Boys in Orlando.
I had my first house guest (not counting grandchildren) in May when Val came down to spend a week with me. As much as I enjoyed her company, I was most impressed with her courage in making the trip. She was not a fan of flying or heights, but braved all that to come visit me. I took her to the California Grill where we watched the fireworks after dinner. We rode one of the boats over to the Wilderness Lodge as I wanted her to see our favorite Disney resort. We also went to the girl’s school award ceremonies.
We are continuing the tradition of spending Thanksgiving at the Beach. I have rented a house down in Avon. I intend to continue it as long as I am able and family shows up.
Last month, I took a couple of cruises with Jenn and Savannah. I will detail that trip in later posts. Thank you for reading….