Well, we didn’t do much this week s it turned out. On arrival back at Seminole after our weekend trip to Atlanta we discovered that it was HOT!. It was in the high 80s all week until Friday so we put the A/C on and didn’t do much at all. Neil’s plan for a trip up to Myakka State Park was overcome by Connie having some work issues she needed to solve, heat, choir practice, or something else pretty much every day…so we’re planning on trying that one again next week.
We did our usual Bingo on Tuesday night and on Wednesday night we decided that since Neil didn’t want to cook we would check out a place our neighbor recommended to us…Bubba’s Roadhouse and Grill. It’s about 15 miles from here, past where they went to the Bonefish Grill for their anniversary…but the beer was cold, the grilled shrimp and scallops were excellent and the conversation at the bar stimulating. Definitely worth going back to…although we’re not sure it’s worth the extra 30 miles of driving compared to popping to their local hangout Hogbody’s. We’ll work a return visit into a day when we’re over that side of town anyway to save the extra driving.
Neil did the computer club here in the park on Tuesday afternoon…he’s been appointed the ringleader/head helper/guy in charge…gives him something to do while Connie is off at choir practice. Connie went off to Bingo again on Thursday night…it started up in the park this week; and we found out about the Xmas Potluck next weekend so we’ll have to figure out something to take for that.
A couple bike rides, a 2 mile run, a trip to Walmart for groceries and to pick up gifts for the giving tree at St. Therese…and pretty soon what do you know…the week is gone by.
We did get up early Friday morning to go out and see the Geminid Meteor Shower…this is the biggest one of the year. Got up at 0330 and went out watching for awhile…it was the day before peak so we decided to try again last night but went to a different place. The good news is that going at 2300 instead of 0400 means that it’s a lot easier on your sleep cycle…the bad news is that the moon was still up (and almost full) since moonset isn’t until 0300 or so…this means that you can see fewer shooting stars than if it was really dark. Add in the light in the sky from the city to the south and it wasn’t the best but then it wasn’t the worst either. We spotted a couple of dozen last night before the cloud bank rolled and ended our night of shooting star gazing.
Neil felt bad about not having any photos to post…haven’t been to see any birds this week and it was too bright for pictures of the meteors last night…so I went through and picked out a couple of previously unpublished shots from the last 8 months or so.
Red Shouldered Hawk and Great Blue Heron from our last trip to Myakka.
A Great White Heron and a Black Crowned Night Heron from Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
Black Billed Magpie from the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.
And finally a mountain river, gosling, and Osprey sitting on it’s nest from our foray into Canada in June.
We certainly had a great time in all of those places…and hopefully will get back to them again someday.
Today Connie has a work related phone call with her boss…neither of them could work out a good time during the week to chat…so Neil’s gonna go on a bike ride while that happens then cook some chicken for dinner.