This past week has been too busy. We had annual medical checkups on three days, two of them in Key West (which means two hours (minimum) on the road). I was very proud of myself on Monday when we both aced our checkup. On Wednesday, we had the last board of directors’ meeting of 2017 and the first of 2018 for the Florida Keys Concert Association. All the while, we were reviewing the choices for the house and then mailed off our next deposit (for the upgrades we chose). I practiced my song for the yacht club luau as many times a day as I could. I sang along with YouTube. Then, we went to the luau on Saturday night. I think I did a pretty good job singing “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair” judging by the applause and compliments afterward.
Now, on Sunday, we rest. We start up again tomorrow with more medical appointments all week. That is what it is like getting older. Our social calendar is filled with physician’s names. I am looking forward to my appointments with Arjen Holdinga, Physical Therapist Extraordinaire. He works magic.
We have taken a few walks in the RV park. I finally got the time to transfer some of the pictures from my camera to the computer today, while Andy is watching the Master’s Tournament on TV. They are pictures of all the usual characters on the waterfront.
Those barriers and bubblers at the entrance to the canal are ugly, but they usually do a good job. Here, you can see the sea grass that has collected on the outside of both barriers.
This past week, though, we had some strong south winds that overpowered the barriers and bubblers. This shot is from the end of the canal. You can see a few clear spots above bubblers along the canal. I think it was about half full of grass. The problem with the grass is that it rots and stinks to high heaven.
Fortunately, the wind shifted the next day and blew all the grass back out again.
This great blue heron was on the pier across the canal from us. It stayed there almost the whole time we sat at the waterfront but always had its head behind the piling or its butt facing me. So, it was a chance to add to my collection of bird-butt photos. The feather pattern is beautiful.
The heron took off and I got my best flying-great-blue-heron ever. Too bad the ramp is in the background.
This might be the same great blue heron across the canal on another day. It was getting dark so the focus is not the best.
This smaller heron was standing on the barrier with its back to us. I’m pretty sure it is a juvenile little blue heron. Another bird butt for my collection.
I zoomed in on the shells embedded in the limestone across the canal and did not notice this little crab underneath until I got the photo on the computer. Better focus would have made a better photo, again.
This crab was on our side of the canal earlier in the day.
A small barracuda was hanging in the canal. We thought it was eyeing some minnows nearby, but it did not pay attention to them when they swam close.
This tree always produces the most coconuts in the park.
We always have Bougainvillea and hibiscus in bloom, but there are many more flowers in the spring. I did not capture it with the camera, but these hibiscuses are the deepest, brightest red imaginable.