Monday, March 25, 2019

Florida 2019, Better Than Home if You're Sick Pt.1

Happy Monday everyone!

I am back...finally! Did you miss me? Not too much, hugh??

I was off on vacation and I fully intended to blog everyday of vacation in Florida but I remained sick...yes sick for days after my arrival and, feeling that crappy, the very last thing I wanted to do was blog...sorry!

Let me recap vacation for you all...I will do a part one and part two. The first part was just me and my oldest sister visiting my parents and then then second part will be from Wednesday on (when my little sister arrived with her kids to stay also).

Thursday, March 14th:

This is my "I am here at the Pittsburgh airport waiting to board" photo that I sent to my sister. She was flying out of Harrisburg and her plane left about 1/2 hour after mine.


This is us at the Orlando airport when we were waiting for our shuttle to take us to The Villages. You pay a shuttle and they will drive you right to The Villages to meet your party there. My parents rent a house here every year for the month of March and we all go visit!


This is me and my sister on the shuttle! I am making that face because I have always heard that cool people sit in the back of the bus and she INSISTED on the front seats of the shuttle! HA HA! That is our bus driver with his foot on the step - his name was Jeff and he was hilarious! LOL!


My parents picked us up at the shuttle drop off in Lake Sumter and we had dinner out that night at a restaurant called Redsauce. We also sat in the square and listened to the band for a while before heading home.

Friday, March 15th:

The morning was sunny (I was still SO congested and coughing like crazy) but I went along to the pool! Here are my Mom and sister...Dad did not want to be in the photo.


After a morning at the pool we played nine holes at an executive golf course in The Villages called Hawkes Bay. Here is the selfie. On a side note: I got clubs last year for Christmas but have never played a game of real golf so this was my first! I actually did okay. I had no visor like the other golfers and I got yelled at for my t-shirt but they still allowed me to play. After this game; we ran to Walmart and I got a golf shirt! No more breaking the rules for me! Also, since I was sick; my sister and I rode in the golf cart and Mom and Dad walked.


Saturday, March 16th:

We hung out at the house and ended up doing puzzles as it was rainy most of the day. We got some groceries and I was still sick! My Mucinex was not working AT ALL and I just kept getting more and more congested!!!! My Mom suggested Tussin liquid. We got some and by the next day the congestion started to break up!!! Life saver at that point!!!!

In the evening, we went to a town square and listened to the entertainment.

Sunday, March 17th:

We hung out at the pool a little in the morning and then went to the St. Patty's Day celebration at Lake Sumter. Below are The Village Twirlers...they were awesome! They twirled fire, hoops and ribbons! Amazing!


And below are The Village Cheerleaders! They had a super cute pom pom routine for St. Patty's Day!



Here is our family selfie! This is my Mom and Dad and sister and myself! Everyone dresses up in The Villages for holidays!!! It was so much fun!

This is the entertainment that night. Each night, every one of the town squares (I think there are currently four with a fifth being built now) has a different band playing from 5 - 9PM. Drinks are very CHEAP!! Everyone has A LOT of fun - even if you don't drink like me!! HA! There is always something to do at The Villages!!!! ALWAYS! ALL DAY!

Monday, March 18th:

I was still a little sick...but definitely getting better. My sister and I decided to take a long, slow, walk through the neighborhood while my Mom and Dad played pickle ball.

We found an empty pool to get a cold morning selfie to send to her friends back home...

This shows you how bundled we were - LOL!!!

Everyone at the Villages has a name marker with their names and then names of their pets below that...so cute! I took a photo of this one since Bill and Jan are my parents names - LOL!


After our walk; we took a little golf cart ride to the grocery store for a few things we needed. Everyone there goes EVERYWHERE in their carts! It is so convenient!


That night, we went to the entertainment again! I still can not believe that I did not get any pictures because this night was the BEST!!! I ate dinner out with my sister. My parents were meeting up with the friends The Calfo's so we went out without them to a delicious Thai restaurant called Ruby Thai at Lake Sumter. I was feeling way better that evening and the entertainment was SCOOTER! He is my families favorite!!! If you are ever in The Villages you have to see him! It was so much fun - we danced the ENTIRE NIGHT!!!

Tuesday, March 19th:

Spent the day at the pool and the night at entertainment!

Part 2 to follow...Spoiler alert...more sickness to follow!!! UGH! :-)

 

34 comments:

  1. You've a big smile even though your were sick. More sick to come? Goodness. I hate it when you wait for the vacation and get sick right before. That's what happened the last cruise we had. Took me forever to get well.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. Sorry you had that experience for your cruise!! UGH! It is the worst to be sick and leave for vacation but time spent with family is still awesome...:-) Have a great week Sandee!!!

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  2. Sorry you didn't feel well, but you looked like you were having a great time!

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    1. I always enjoy time with my family...I guess if you have to be sick, it;s better where it is warmer and you don't have to go to work! LOL! I slept in everyday to 9AM too!!! That helped! Hugs - have a great week Sharon!

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  3. You are a real trooper. If I was sick I would want to crawl into bed and sip soup! :-)

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    1. LOL Margaret! At least I did not have to go to work...and it was warm! HA! My Mom is one of those people that thinks you should move around and work the sick out of you! HA HA! Have a great week! Hugs

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  4. Oh, Ann. Ann, Ann, Ann, Ann, Ann. You went to Walmart and bought a golf shirt?

    Why didn't you buy a tennis shirt? That way you could still break the rules and not get yelled at.

    I see that you're only hitting over the water hazard on the sixth hole. One time when I substituted for one of my mother's golf cronies on the Grasshoppers (or Wormburners as I call them), two of the ladies putted across the bridge. Not a good day.

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    1. I wish I would have known about a tennis shirt!!!! LOL! I hit right into the water!!! I had two water balls during the trip but realized that I love golf though!!! HA HA! Have a wonderful week!

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  5. To answer your question... Yes, I missed you!
    Sorry the sickness hit just in time for family fun time, but glad you were able to tough it out.

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    1. Aw Abby - that is so sweet!!! I actually missed all of you also! I hate feeling like crap but I am definitely on the mend now! Hugs to you!

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  6. Well it sounds like you had a great time despite the sickness. I hope you're better now.

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    1. I did Wendy! I love anytime with family and there is no one that makes me feel better when I am sick than Mom!!! Have a wonderful week!!

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  7. Praying you are better now.

    Did you know that if you sit at the front of the bus you arrive there before everyone else? Works the same with any other form of transport except a bicycle. I read it in a book about transport which I am writing.

    God bless.

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    1. LOL Victor! Great point and I will let my sister know that too! HA! Thank you for the prayers - I am definitely on the mend slowly! Have a lovely week!

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  8. Hi,
    Praying you are feeling better. And you did alright for not feeling well. :-) You just have to do what you have to do, right. LOL

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    1. That is exactly right Carla! I did not want to miss out on vacation totally so I did what I could - begin around family helped a lot too - not to mention the sunshine and no work! HA HA! Have a great week!

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  9. I'm familiar with the name, "The Villages" … but had NO IDEA it was so cool! Now I want to move there. LOL! You're definitely a trooper for remaining vertical … and props to your family for including you in all the fun!

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    1. Thank you! Yes - it is an amazing place in the Villages! I am so serious when I say that I want to retire there! It is amazing! Have a wonderful week - hugs!

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  10. Bless your heart. I'm glad to still see all the smiles even though you weren't feeling good. at least family takes care of you when your sick.

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    1. Family is the best when you are sick - especially Mom! There is no one I feel better around than them! Thank you Rebecca Jo! Have a wonderful week!

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  11. I am glad you got to enjoy a few days feeling better! It is miserable to be sick when you are on vacation though. Now I am concerned about part 2 and how you got worse!!

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    1. Oh Terri! Thank you for the kind words! It was actually the family that got worse...ugh! Just wait! Hope you have a wonderful week!!! Hugs to you and Joe!

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  12. So glad you were able to enjoy your vacay in spite of illness. I think I want a golf cart!!

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    1. Right Arlene?!?! I can;t wait to retire there! It is amazing and you NEVER have to drive a car anywhere!!! HA HA! Have a great week!

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  13. I enjoyed reading your vacation recap, part 1. Glad you were able to go and have a good time even though you were not feeling well.

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    1. Thank you Robin! I am happy you enjoyed it - thank you for coming by!! I hope you have a wonderful week! Hugs

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  14. Sorry that you were sick but it looks like that you had a good time.

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    1. Thank Patrick! It was a good break all in all! Have a great week!

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  15. Sounds like you had a good trip but so sorry you were sick for a big part of it. Being sick on vacation is certainly no fun.

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    1. No it certainly was not - but at least that means no alarm clocks and no work! The sunshine helped I am sure also! HA HA! Have a great day!

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  16. Sorry to hear that you were sick, it looks as if you had a very nice vacation with family though. Sure hope you are feeling much better now. Hugs

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    1. Thank you Mags!!! I am on the mend...slowly but surely! Trying to get lots of sleep!! Have a great week - HUGS!

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  17. Boo for sickness on vacation!! We head to Orlando for a dance competition in June..it's not my favorite place but I'm sure we will make it eventful.

    thanks for linking with me!

    Shelly | The Queen in Between

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  18. That is so awesome that you visit your parents with your sister when they are in Florida. Golf, oh my that had to be fun! That is interesting about the Tussin, I'll have to try that next time. Sounds like a fun St. Patrick's Day. Wow, it was cold. Love those signs they have at each place. Sounds like a lot of fun so far. Sorry you were not feeling well for a few days.

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