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Apr 6, 2014 - Hickey Creek Hike

From our Caloosa Cottage in Alva, FL ... Thursday, April 3, 2014 This post includes a few pictures from our hike at Hickey Creek Mitigation Park. I will also try to go back and post a couple photos from the ladies tea we had on Sunday. I "hosted" a table for 8 which meant I had to decorate, select a theme, and serve my guests. It was a lot of fun. We had an excellent cellist who played selections from one of Bach's symphonies. One of the ladies here (an extremely talented chef) made all of the pastries by hand. There were 8 different...

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Apr 5, 2014 - Still at the Cottage

From our Caloosa Cottage in Alva, FL ... Saturday, April 5, 2014 (NOTE: I'm catching up from last month, so click backwards in the blogs to see more pics) Oh my! Have I really not posted here in over a month! I think this may be the first month I have missed. I'm being very neglectful, and I do miss it. So much has been going on around here, and we really do stay too busy sometimes at our "winter day camp in the south." haha That's actually a very good description. My sister-in-law Chris was here for a few days last week, and I was talking...

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Mar 2, 2014 - Adkins Family Visits

From our Caloosa Cottage in Alva, FL ... Sunday, March 1, 2014 On Friday we left Silver Springs State Park. Charlie and I headed back to our little cottage. Meanwhile, my parents drove to Cedar Key, FL to spend a few days on the coast. We were back at the cottage around 2:00pm, and a couple hours later Charlie's family arrived ... Pam, Richard, Missy and Chris. We had a wonderful visit, and they were all here until Sunday. We put Pam and Richard in the guest room, Missy on the sofa, and Chris slept on the inflatable bed. I hate that we...

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Feb 20, 2014 - Chris and Missy Visit

From our Caloosa Cottage, in Alva, FL … February 20, 2014 We just wrapped up four wonderful days with houseguests at the cottage! Charlie’s sister Missy flew down from Delaware on Sunday. Chris picked her up at the airport in Orlando and then they both drove down to our house. We had so much fun while they were here. Charlie loves them, of course, and I too feel as though they are my own sisters. I am behind on my blogs, but I do want to post some pictures, so I will keep this brief for now. We have been quite busy after just having...

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Jan 22, 2014 - Getting back to normal

From our Caloosa Cottage in Alva, FL ... Wednesday, January 22, 2014 **HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHARA LOVE** Love and miss you bunches, Sis! We have stayed quite busy around here. And my Etsy shop keeps my pretty busy, and I am averaging 1 to 2 orders a day. The nice thing is that I usually just work on them in the evenings when we are just watching TV. Charlie has made a lot of progress in the month since his surgery. Last week he resumed driving. We also started taking our daily walks again and even a hike on Sunday afternoon. Needless to say,...

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Jan 19, 2014 - Caloosahatchee Park

From our Caloosa Cottage in Alva, FL ... Greetings! I just wanted to post a few pictures from our hike on Sunday at Caloosahatchee Regional Park. This place is really beautiful. This large park has miles of hiking and biking trails and is only about 3 miles from the cottage. This park also has a campground and in fact was originally intended to be a state park. We can't believe that we hadn't checked it out before as much time as we have spent in this area over the past few years! Sunday was a gorgeous day, sunny and in the mid 70s,...

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Dec 12, 2013 - Our 1st FL Christmas

From our Caloosa Cottage in Alva, FL ... Thursday, December 12, 2013 We are still in Florida, and in fact it looks like we will be spending our first Christmas in FL. It will definitely be different for us, and we will really be homesick for our Virginia family and friends. Charlie is scheduled to have some outpatient surgery on Dec 20, so that is why we need to stay down here over the holidays. In the past couple weeks have made trips to Bay Pines V.A. Hospital in St. Petersburg where Charlie will have his surgery. And you know us, we...

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Dec 6, 2013 - December in SW Florida

From Caloosa Cottage in Alva, FL ... December 6, 2013 We are still at our cottage in Florida. Charlie has been having some medical issues, so we are staying here longer than planned to take care of them. We still hope to make it back to Virginia at least for a few days. But right now we just taking things one day at a time. We've been following an interesting story down here. I don't know if it's made it on the national news or not. But this week dozens of pilot whales have stranded themselves in shallow water at a beach in Everglades...

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Oct 18, 2013 - Settling In

From our Caloosa Cottage in Alva, FL ... Friday, October 17, 2013 We have had a busy and productive week around here. We took the Honda into Fort Myers for repairs on Monday. They had to order a part, so we went back to pick it up on Tuesday. On Thursday it was still making a "noise" that has actually been going on for over a year, but it seemed to be worse. They were unable to identify the noise, so we just brought it back home. So that means three trips to Fort Myers this week for car repairs. In between all of that, we managed to...

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Aug 5, 2013 - Last Day at the Cottage

From our Caloosa Cottage in Alva, FL ... Monday, August 5, 2013 Our last two days here at the cottage have been quite productive. Today in particular was very busy. As we sipped our morning coffee, together we composed a to do list. We trimmed our two bushes in the yard, a variegated hibiscus and a bouganvillea. In Virginia, these would just be annual plants, but here in southwest FL they are "shrubs." We bought a cute new trellis for our bouganvillea, and our plan is for it to grow high beside our screened lanai to provide a bit of shade...

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Aug 2, 2013 - Cottage Plans

From Caloosa Cottage in Alva, FL ... Friday, August 2, 2013 We had a busy day. We have been discussing the possibility of having new flooring installed in the cottage. There is a guy named Chris who is doing a lot of work in the park for various people, and they have been pleased with his work. Stan, the guy we bought our house from, had Chris install new flooring in his rental house, and we looked at it and liked it. So on our way back from our bike ride, we saw Chris' truck in front of another house he is working on. We stopped by and...

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Aug 1, 2013 - First Cottage Guests

From our Caloosa Cottage in Alva, FL ... Thursday, August 1, 2013 On Monday, our very first Caloosa Cottage guests arrived. Sam and Sandy arrived around 3:00pm. Like every day this week, the temperature was H.O.T., around 93. We didn't waste any time in changing into our swimsuits and heading for the pool. We packed up some snacks and cold drinks, and made it an instant party. We enjoyed showing them around Oak Park, and it was nice to be able to give them a tour on our new red golf cart. They really enjoyed seeing it, and it was great to...

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