Gator in the pond?

The day we moved into Silver Girl’s new home, all the neighbors told us there was an alligator in the pond behind our homes.  I’ve been looking for the gator for 4 months.  Never saw him.  Today Benn spotted him in our yard.  Don’t think we’ll be calling animal control.

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Tiny little thing.  The way people talked about it, you’d have thought it was 10 feet long!

We’ve had some landscaping done – not finished yet. He must have wanted to get a look at the new palm trees.

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Silver Girl is all moved in …

Silver Girl is all moved in … too bad Benn & I aren’t.  Movers will be arriving Wednesday.  Until then we’re cleaning, painting (or just trying to figure out what color to paint), putting together furniture, and measuring for blinds.  We’re exhausted!!

SG’s new home

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New bath … love the shower

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New dresser

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New friends … they’re loud in the morning

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Boxes everywhere!

Guest room is full of boxes….

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Living room has beach chairs and more boxes …

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Bingo is ready to be wrapped up for the car ride … no movers for him!

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Must mean Silver Girl’s new home is almost ready.  Closing next week — furniture arrives in time for Thanksgiving.

Man walking on the wall

Tuesday after the visit to the granite yard we had to return the samples of the floor tile and cabinets to the design center.  So of course we have to visit the house again.

More supplies were delivered

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And then the cement truck arrived

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They pour cement into the cement blocks.  A man stands on top of the wall with a hose to load the cement into the walls.

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The inspector will be back tomorrow to check that’s correct.  And of course our neighbor inspector will be watching, too.

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Picking out granite

Monday while we were at Lake Ashton, we picked up samples of our floor tile and cabinets to take to the granite yard.  Then we spent the night in Brandon before our visit to the granite yard.

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There are rows and rows of all different kinds of stone to choose from.

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And men with lifts and trucks to move it.

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This is the one we finally chose.  We need 4 slabs of granite and that’s exactly what they have of it.  Somehow I picked one that was on sale!  Benn can’t believe it!

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More tomorrow …


Visiting the new house

Monday we drove over to Lake Ashton to take a look at what was going on at the the house.  The cement block walls are all up for the outside and there was a county inspector there looking around.  We met one of our new neighbors.  They have been watching out for our house and we thanked them for that.

Front of house – car garage in middle — RV garage of right

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Guest room window

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Master bedroom window

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View from the backyard toward house and screened porch –  we haven’t had a backyard in quite a long time!

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More tomorrow …


New Home for Silver Girl

Silver Girl has loved living at Blue Ribbon Farm.  She’ll miss watching Sophia playing with the ponies.  And she’ll miss the barn kitties lounging under her in the shade and keeping her free from mice.  But she’s looking forward to living with Benn & me.

Yes, we’re moving …  I can’t believe we’re moving from the beach.  But we’ll have room for Silver Girl.

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Winter Warm-up Cruise

When we booked this cruise, we thought that we’d need a winter cruise to warm-up in January.  But it’s been in the 70’s all week.  Oh well, we’ll have to cruise anyway.

We’re cruising on the Oasis of the Seas out of Port Canaveral for 7 nights.  The port is a little over an hour from home so it’s easy to get to and we can pack for a week with our eyes closed.  We’ve been on the Oasis and to all the ports before – Labadee, Falmouth & Cozumel.  The ship is huge.  We’re planning on enjoying all the things to do on-board.  And we booked a really great cabin.

We drove to Port Canaveral on Sunday morning.  There was a huge line to drop off passengers and luggage so we just parked and walked our luggage from the garage. Check-in was quick and soon we were in the suite waiting area.


We were on board quickly and in the suite lounge and Coastal Kitchen for lunch (pictures of that another day).  After lunch our cabin was ready.  What a cabin!  We’ll be spoiled by the end of the cruise.  Two story loft, 2 bathrooms, dining table, living room, bedroom upstairs.  We’re using the closet downstairs just for our shoes!  Yes, spoiled!!

The TV in the bedroom is in the ceiling.