Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Saving those 3 eggs till tomorrow.  Today’s breakfast, kind of a repeat of yesterday’s with a freezer chicken breast I shredded.  Have 2 shells left, wonder what tomorrow’s breakfast will bring.

The Ontario government announced today schools will remain closed until May  04, 2020.   I say they will not resume until at least September 2020.

The IndyCar series, keeps making changes to the schedule.  I say all races will be cancelled for this season   This saddens me, not only as a huge fan but we had tickets to St. Pete’s – no refund.  Have tickets for Detroit and Toronto as well, expecting a similar fate.

Stock market will continue to fall.

Allan’s:  Lock downs will be relaxed in 4 weeks in an attempt to kick start the economy.  Likely will not last.

I go to shower and all hell breaks loose.  Allan hears sirens, not unusual, and thinks they are getting louder & louder.  Here they are

It’s the neighbour, much too close for comfort.  They suit up

They load a very weak looking man onto their stretcher and off they go.

The pool area is now closed, amazed it took this long but only because of an order from Pinellas County. Horse shoes and shuffle board still going strong.  People just don’t seem to get it,

Our E clips that were scheduled for delivery tomorrow arrived today.

Wish us luck for blinds up day.

Monday, March 30, 2020 – Blinds Take 3

We have an ongoing list of groceries we are ordering from Aldi scheduled for delivery on Thursday – we are down to 3 eggs.

Let’s improvise for breakfast – egg thins with cauliflower stuffed with shredded chicken, lettuce, salsa & cheese.  So delicious did not take a photo.

Allan calls MCD; gets voice mail; leaves a message. 

As Allan is attempting to figure it out, he takes the E clip off the new motor as he believe he had to replace the old collar and old E clip on the new motor to make it fit in the blind.   The E clip happily springs away!  Searching for it passes the time.  This is what it looks like and its about this size.

The Service Manager calls back, he’s the only one still working.  The factory is closed.  Allan drills him for installation and E clip requirements.  We need the new one, the old one we lost would not work. Now understanding the workings,  Allan is about to install the new E clip on the old collar.  WAIT, I say sit at the table in case this one wants to escape it will be easier to find.


The search is on.   High & low       

We can’t find this one either. Oh POOP! The Service Manager did say if we needed one he has one sitting on his desk at home that he’d try to mail us.  Very nice but the office here is locked down and we do not have a mailbox.  Life!  Such fun!

Amazon to the rescue!  Allan finds a box of 300 for about $10, delivery on Thursday.  We still do not know when/if we will have to leave on a moment’s notice but take the chance and order them.

We keep looking for both the missing little buggers!  We have a magnet but not even that helps.

The virus keeps getting worse.  More people need to stay home to stop the spread. Time to kick back and try not to worry about anything for a while!  TV entertain us!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

We walk to Hertz to pick up the rental.  We had it scheduled for 10a pick up.  Not a good start, only one guy working and our car isn’t ready.  He goes outside to wash it.  What’s the point of reserving?  Finally on our way with a Kia Forte                     

We get to Costco a bit before they open, huge lineup.  We follow what everyone is doing, grab a cart and wait in line.

It’s not till you get to the front of the line that they offer to wipe your cart.  Wouldn’t the damage already been done by then?  At the entrance, they have a sign, Out of Stock: toilet paper, hand sanitizer, wipes.

Inside we attempt to find aisles that aren’t too busy, it is so stressful people just don’t get it.  We get our items, pay – no protection for the check out people.  Now the lineup is at least twice as long.  Social distancing – not much in effect.

Back home, unpack the groceries and decide we’ll go to Dunedin, home of Blue Jay’s Spring Training Camp, training is cancelled, another casualty of COVID-19. We are not Blue Jay or even baseballs fans but Dunedin looks like a cute town.

Not this year 🙁                 

We are not Blue Jay or baseballs fans but Dunedin looks like a cute town.

It’s St. Patrick’s day and although Dunedin cancelled the events, these people obviously didn’t get the memo.  We did not walk on that side of Main St.

Tomorrow, St. Pete’s.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Allan calls our insurance who confirmed we are covered!  Best news 🙂  We are all relieved.

We are running out of supplies so we book a car rental for tomorrow.  We also hope to tour around, avoiding people.  Really want to go to St. Pete’s to see what should have been.

Today’s news:  “The White House on Monday issued new guidelines designed to slow the rapid spread of coronavirus, asking nearly every American to stay home from work or school for the next fifteen days. In almost every aspect of daily life, America is closed for business.

Wall Street took a beating on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling about 3,000 points — its largest one-day point loss in history.

In many major cities, bars and restaurants have been told to close or only offer take out and delivery services.

President Trump on Monday admitted that the country “may be” headed into recession as businesses are forced to lay off millions of workers. Mr. Trump said the outbreak could last into the summer, perhaps as long as August.

More than 4,500 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the U.S. and at least 88 have died. Globally, the death toll was just over 7,100 on Monday, with the weekend seeing an alarming spike in fatalities in three European nations grappling with aggressive outbreaks. While more than 181,000 people have caught the virus around the world, almost half have already recovered, and the vast majority of cases remain mild.”

New rule:  Don’t go anywhere without hand sanitizer (we only have 2 of the little ones, and they aren’t full) – hope to get some tomorrow and we now always wash our hands when we enter Bailey.

Trying to keep positive and keep laughing. 

Hopefully we’ll find more on the shelves tomorrow  Never did like pineapple on my pizza.

Race Day! Sunday, March 15, 2020

Certainly not what we had wished for but …

We dress in our race gear 🙂 Allan getting us set up     

We select the 2003 St. Petersburg race and away we go. Pace laps

Green flag! 

How ironic the Corona car spins out!

Even the skinny squirrel came to watch

And the win goes to my favourite driver of all time, Paul Tracy!!

Paul after win

All in all a fun lemonade day!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Covid-19 is beginning to be real.  Kyle, our son, called today and urged us to come home.  Our concern is that we are safe here; if we were to leave what could we encounter?  Closed state borders?  Snow storms?   We agree to check our extended health coverage – if it doesn’t cover Covid-19 we will begin our journey home.  Email our rep, Dan, who likely isn’t working till Monday. He does email but says as everything is changing so quickly it is best to call the insurance company directly on Monday.

Loving the weather! 

We decide to entertain ourselves with a walk around the park, first park we’ve been in that has a No Pet area;

and then walk around the neighbourhood and see this sign for a car wash.  🙂

Allan gets a photo of a gecko

Fast little guys and who knew some have them as pets “geckos are long-lived compared to some reptiles. On average you can expect your gecko to live six to 10 years, but many males live 10 to 20 years. At least one male is still breeding at 27½ years of age.”

Have to keep washing hands, not touch face, keep hydrated and LAUGH!

Friday the 13th!

Although many people do not like Friday the 13th my Mom loved them and said they are lucky days.  Not his one 🙁

Just a weeks ago, we were “living the dream” and anxious for today as it was the beginning of our much awaited first IndyCar weekend of the season.

So much has changed and incredibly fast!  The coronavirus is no longer just in Wuhan China but spreading world wide. The stock market is dropping, toilet paper and  hand sanitizer are hot commodity. People panic buying and hording.

The memes are beginning

It would appear, had China reported this earlier we would not be in this situation.  

We find out today the practice, qualifying and race are cancelled.  It is the right thing to do but disappointing, none-the-less.  Public events or more than 250 people are all cancelled.

Announcements today, Trump declares national emergency

We decided, Sunday, race day, we will sit outside and use our outdoor TV to watch a YouTube of a previous year’s IndyCar race.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Today is get familiar with the park and area.  Living in a virtual bubble, rarely listening to the news we were not prepared for the magnitude of what we would encounter and learn.

We had to chuckle at this sign.  How popular is Rick that they now required a “Rick doesn’t live here anymore” sign.

We see our first Walmart Marketplace store, that sells only groceriesEnter the store to what will become the reality for, anyone’s guess to how long this will last.

On this day…


Coronavirus response has reached an unprecedented level in the US. Here are the most critical developments over the last 24 hours:
• President Trump is suspending travel to and from Europe for the next 30 days. These restrictions don’t apply to American citizens who have been screened, or to travel to and from the UK. Airlines are scrambling to comply with the new rules.
• The State Department raised the worldwide travel advisory to Level 3: Reconsider Travel. It’s an official warning against nonessential trips abroad.
• The NBA suspended its season after a player preliminary tested positive for coronavirus. That makes the virus a concern for the rest of the league, given the close contact players and teams have had with this person.
• The NCAA is barring fan attendance for its March Madness tournament as a precaution.
• More major events, like the video game conference E3 and several of Trump’s public appearances, are canceled, while others, like Biden campaign events and the G7 meeting, are switching to virtual formats.
• Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced they tested positive for coronavirus in Australia and are seeking treatment.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

We spent the last few days doing not much of anything.  We did get mani/pedis at “Beautiful Nails” in Seffner.

This is the view from inside,  a little cramped.  Neighbours, Jerry, Lynn and Spud the puppy are from Brampton.  Across the street is Saskatchewan.

Because this park is also a dealer; there are many RVs on display – just open the door and walk in.  We saw some  super, nice RVs of all classes.

We came across a bare Freighliner chassis.  Bailey sits on one so Allan was happy to check it out.

Today is another Bailey bath day.  The last bath didn’t last long.  Bailey is filthy.

These are the pretty trees, not sure what they are but the drop the red pedals everywhere

End of day jiggle