11 Dec, Mexico Beach, FL at 33 degrees. That’s one degree above freezing. The sun is out making our walk to Sharon’s Cafe not feel so cold. Bundled up, packed up, we are ready to roll at 10:00 AM to Gulfport, MS. View from our room:
0 Dec, St. Joe’s Beach, FL, 5:05 PM, Sunset Coast Restaurant. Frozen Ron stammered, “We want two baked potatoes for appetizers.” Brrrr! We held them in our hands for warmth before ordering fresh cod, steamed vegetables and two more baked potatoes, enjoying a magnificent sunset from our dining window. We started out this bright, sunny, morning at a raw, 49 degrees, where State Highway 98 West intersects with I-75 North. The high winds and cold were reason to stop at a convenient Hampton Inn last night to warm up. The hotel site was too far from a restaurant so we filled up on Grocery Store sweet potatoes and oatmeal (with berries) cooked in our room microwave. We didn’t have wind today, but we were cold, despite Cynthia’s heated gear and our heated seats. By late afternoon the temperature increased to 56 degrees. Were we warm? No. Highway 98 follows the Florida panhandle providing lovely views, perhaps some of Florida’s finest. After dinner we arrived at Mexico Beach, FL, a short ten miles north of St. Joes.The remainder of this week promises to be just as cold riding west to Bolivar Island, TX.
Sunset View from the restaurant:
9 Dec, Sarasota, FL, having enjoyed Jan and Dorothy’s hospitality,, breakfast at a local restaurant, we are ready to roll north towards the FL panhandle that is 400 miles away. We won’t make it all the way today in this chilly weather. The high is 51 degrees. Brrrrr. A warm thought for the day:
Take Care of Yourself
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR as yourself is part of the great commandment. The other way to say it is, 'Love yourself as your neighbor.' Love yourself not in some egocentric, self-serving sense but love yourself the way you would love your friend in the sense of taking care of yourself, nourishing yourself, trying to understand, comfort, strengthen yourself. Ministers in particular, people in the caring professions in general, are famous for neglecting their selves with the result that they are apt to become in their own way as helpless and crippled as the people they are trying to care for and thus no longer selves who can be of much use to anybody. If your daughter is struggling for life in a raging torrent, you do not save her by jumping into the torrent with her, which leads only to your both drowning together. Instead you keep your feet on the dry bank—you maintain as best you can your own inner peace, the best and strongest of who you are—and from that solid ground reach out a rescuing hand. "Mind your own business" means butt out of other people's lives because in the long run they must live their lives for themselves, but it also means pay mind to your own life, your own health and wholeness, both for your own sake and ultimately for the sake of those you love too. Take care of yourself so you can take care of them. A bleeding heart is of no help to anybody if it bleeds to death.
- Originally published in Telling Secrets
8 Dec, Venice, FL: Ron and Cynthia walked two miles in the beach/airport area by Drew’s home. We left for Sarasota, FL at 11:00, stopped to have lunch at a Ruby Tuesday restaurant. And Cynthia left her hearing aids at Drew’s so Ron and Jan drove back to Drew’s to retrieve them. The miles of Christmas lights in Sarasota are eye dropping incredible. http://sarasota.citymomsblog.com/holiday/a-guide-to-the-best-christmas-lights-in-the-srq/
7 Dec, Riding to visit Drew in Venice, FL BD is in New Hampshire. We walked the festive historic district with Drew while he sampled wine and cookies in the shops; the shops hold open house once a week with free desserts, lemonades, teas, and wine. To say the streets were packed can’t begin to describe the crowds dressed in reds and Christmas glitter. http://innatthebeach.com/venice-christmas-parade-2016/After taking Drew home we walked to “TURRIN” Street and turned around.
6 Dec, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, after a restful 8hours we walked the carpeted nearby convention center and parking garage, used the fitness center and picked the bike back up from the 30K mile service. Here is a view from the parking garage:
5 Dec. The super moon was visible yet this morning. The packing is nearly completed. Check out time is a firm11:00 AM. After lunch, we ride to Fort Lauderdale for two days to get the 30,000 mile service on the bike. Our time here at Pritikin has been filled to the max. So many unfinished projects waiting for us to do in Texas. Let’s ride.
4 Dec, We want to stay at Pritikin! But, we must depart tomorrow leaving behind so many wonderful new friends. Joe and his delightful wife brought a lot of laughter to our dinner table with jokes and magic tricks. Cynthia is especially fond of Candace and Donald. The moon is gorgeous tonight. And now we pack.
3 Dec, Our day started Merry, became merrier, and ka-boom! During dinner Cynthia’s cell phone rang and went to voice mail. Checking out the call later, she discovered the call was purportedly from her own cell phone. How puzzling. How scary. Verizon security said hackers get hold of phone numbers and use third party software to make calls making it appear as though the phone call was from someone else. It’s called ID Spoofing. Thankfully, Ka--boom ended on a Merry note. The Moon over Miami is marvelous. Good night
2 Dec, Many guests are departing. Two of the Pritikin guests were married at Miami Beach today. Our day was once again filled with getting fit, fine food and fun! Here is a marvelous article to make Christmas merry: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/12/02/christmas-carol-offers-important-lessons-on-how-should-all-be-living-today.html
The super Moon over Miami was lovely, although the photo doesn’t do it justice.
1 Dec, Friday: Dinner with a very funny 92 year old and his bride of 30 years was delightful. He is fit, a Pritikin veteran of 30 years, too. It was a stellar day with excellent lectures, cardio, yoga. We managed another successful fit bit day recording 21,000 steps. WooHoo! Poinsettias grace the walk to the Pritikin Center.