Saturday, March 25, 2017

Frank and Karen's Visit

Ted's cousin, Frank, and his wife, Karen, stopped to see us on their trip north back to NH after spending the Winter of 2017 in Key West.

On their first day in Ocala we showed them around our community, "On Top of the World". Second day was breakfast at Red's in Hernando. Red's is the place to go if you are "really hungry" for breakfast or lunch. Red's meals are always memorable. 

View from our table.....nice bird house, but didn't see any residence. 

Projects Around the House

We decided to widen our driveway at our Ocala home. The above and below photos show the before driveway....


Leo's Landscaping took on the project, which with a 2nd project was completed in three busy days!

Our driveway is made of pavers, so the project was like a giant jigsaw puzzle.


Finished driveway project and the final clean up. The driveway was expanded a total of 6 ft.....4 ft on one side and 2 ft on the other. Makes a big difference when shuffling 2 cars plus a golf cart...

Our back screened porch had a concert floor and decided to dress it up with pavers.

Leo's crew took on the challenge.


Again a giant jigsaw puzzle with half pavers...


We love the results!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

"The Lodge at Candler Hills" in On Top of the World Communities

The Grand Opening of our new community center called "The "The Lodge" took place on Thursday March 9th.

Renderings of proposed new club house.....now it is complete!!!



All those who live in the Candler area of On Top of the World Communities in Ocala were invited to the celebration. The line was very long getting in the front door...

There is a wonderful new pool, meeting rooms, conference room with dance floor and conversation area with fireplace.



Refreshments and drinks were served during the open house and everyone enjoyed seeing the new facility.

This causal area around the pool will be one of our favorite hangouts...




There was even a band for dancing.....


As you can see, the event was very well attended.

Friday, March 10, 2017

"Super Diamond" at Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala, FL

Tribute band SUPER DIAMOND performed at Circle Square Cultural Center Friday March 3rd.

The band played all our Neil Diamond favorites. The first half of the show started out slow. You got the feeling they had done the songs one to many times. But the 2nd half was great and made up for the disappointing start.

Super Diamond is a west coast band, who has been performing since the early 2000's

Our friends, Glenda and Don, all dressed up, just before the show began.




Sunday, February 19, 2017

Foster Joseph Baker born Feb 18, 2017

After a long day at the hospital, Colby and Joe welcomed Foster at 8:02 PM.

Congratulations to the Baker Clan on the addition of this handsome fellow!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Gator's Dockside Lunch with Opal and Ken

Opal and Ken, friends from Kingsport, were passing thro Ocala Thursday and we were able to met for lunch.

We all enjoyed catching up on all the happenings in both families. Thanks for calling us for the met up, Ken and Opal!


Saturday, February 11, 2017

"Beginnings" The Ultimate Tribute to Chicago


"Beginnings" had the Circle Square Cultural Center in Ocala, FL rocking Friday night! 

IN THE FALL OF 2002 "BEGINNINGS" WAS BORN OUT OF THE LOVE AND RESPECT FOR THE MUSIC OF ONE OF THE GREATEST AMERICAN ROCK BANDS OF ALL TIME – CHICAGO. 

FORGED TOGETHER BY A GROUP OF PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS, ALL VETERANS OF THE NEW YORK MUSIC SCENE, "BEGINNINGS", LIKE CHICAGO, WAS A LABOR OF LOVE BASED ON MUSICIANSHIP AND PROFESSIONALISM.
"Beginnings" performed a lot of our Chicago favorites including:Saturday in the Park, 25 or 6 to 4,  Make Me Smile and Feelin' Stronger Every Day







Friday, February 10, 2017

St Augustine, FL "Out and About"

We visited San Sebastian Winery and went on their tasting tour....

Beginning of the wine tasting.....


The tasting continues......





We had lunch at Kingfish Grill on the water....

It was a cool overcast day, so there was no one eating out waterside...


Jan had a soft shell crab sandwich....which was different and not sure I would order again...

Seats next to the marina 

The J & S Carousel is a full-size antique carousel located in Davenport Park in St. Augustine, just north of the historic district.

The Bridge of Lions was built in the mid-1920s as a way for automobiles to travel from St. Augustine on the mainland to Anastasia Island




Our camp site at Compass RV Park.....