Cold Comes to Florida

We are staying at Lake Bonnet Village in Avon Park, Florida. The park, which includes RV's, park models and modular houses, has around 400 - 500 residents. Lake Bonnet is home to lots of fish, birds and even some alligators. There is a pair of sandhill cranes which are quite tame and come up into the park to eat at bird feeders early every morning. I observed them up close while out on a run this week.

South Florida Community College of Avon Park has begun softball and baseball season. Tom and I have taken in a few games. Nothing better than sitting out in the sun watching a ball game.

We awoke this morning to a chilly 37 degrees. 37 is cold when you are riding on a golf cart to church, however, it is a very short ride and church was warm and welcoming.

Our days are spent with lots of fellowship with friends, family and new friends that we seem to make every day.

Here is Carol, (from MN), Merrilyn, (from Ohio) and Marge from Gaylord, MI. These are dear Christian friends now and we seem to have similar interests. This picture was taken at our neighbor, Irv''s 80th birthday party. That is our RV in the picture.



The Bike Club rides together every Friday morning. The first week I rode with them, we went 9.5 miles. I struggled to keep up with them so we took my bike into the Bike Shop and they found 4 things that were wrong that were making it hard to ride, including a rear brake that was hanging up when I was pedaling. No wonder I had so much trouble. This week we went 10 miles and I had no trouble. Tom and I are the second and third people from the left.

Yesterday was the Resident Appreciation Dinner put on by the park. They served about 450 meals and provided us with great entertainment. Tom's Aunt Phylis and Uncle Wayne Ullery are in this park, so it is so nice to see them daily. Here at Lake Bonnet Village every one is friendly and no one seems to be judged by what they wear, drive or the kind of house they have. We're all here for a fun time and to be good friends.

Our good friends from Alto, Butch and Sheila Nordhof live about 7 miles from us. We met up with them yesterday at the Sebring Art Fair and then drove over to the Corvette Show. It was fun to be looking at really sharp cars with such good friends. Today we went out to lunch with them after church.

Every day we meet with many friends for Happy Hour. Happy Hour is a laid-back social time. It doesn't have to involve alcohol but is always lots of fun. We didn't have Happy Hour today because it is so cold but also because there was an ice cream social and we all met there and shared time together.

So you see our days have lots of socializing, eating and having fun. We are missing our family and home but until then we will enjoy the sunshine and warmth of Florida.

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