Friday, May 22, 2015

Message from The Mighty Bus!

Hi Sue, I saw this quote at White Sands when Sandpipers were going through the latest flood. Thought of all of you and how it applies. Hope all is well there now.

Best to all from
The Mighty Bus.
Wendy Crosby

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics is being held on
Thursdays at 11 AM and Sundays at 8 AM.
Come join the mermaid brigade!!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Karen Notes

I guess I am just going to stop making plans and just live in the moment.... nah, too old to change my ways.   The water pumping was moving right along when on Friday the clouds opened up on us again with somewhere between 1 - 2 inches of rain.  We don't accept defeat and just kept on pumping.  Thank you to Bill 434, Bill 212, Jim 413, Mike 221, Charlie 46, Barry 47 and those who have helped pump that I missed.  The 20 and 30 road is pretty much cleared so get your sump pumps going over to the field to help with your water and smell.  We hope to have the 600 and 400 row roads cleared by Tuesday night so that those of you can get the sumps going as well. 

We will have to turn off the water again on Monday, May 18 at 10:30 for about an hour or so. Please plan accordingly.
   The palm tree guys are supposed to be here on Monday and Tuesday. We are hoping that Max's Tree service will have the chipper fixed and back out Wednesday and Thursday to finish.    Please do not ask them directly to trim something for you, but instead please contact the office.

Someone put some white aluminum pieces at the office front door.  If you can let me know where you found them, maybe we could get them back to where they belong.  I also want to thank those of you who have cleaned up and help look out for your neighbors.  We hope to start the west fence repairs as soon as the ground dries up.  Then we can get the concrete sites poured and then start on the road repairs. 

We will have staff here all week to get cleaned up again for the Memorial Day weekend.
  I talked to Charlie and we will have a little Pub Nite over in Flip Flopz on Saturday.  We were thinking like a Super Happy Hour starting at 4 pm.  Please bring over something to snack on, please no crock pots, but we will have plates and silverware available.
 We hope that WVB will be going Saturday and Sunday, perhaps a pentenque game too.  The pool table, wii and card room is cleaned up and cool, ready for your enjoyment. 
  On Monday at 10:30 am we will have our Memorial Day Service over at the Court of Honor. We hope that you will join us as this will be the last program Stan 30 will be doing for us.  
 Thank you again to the guys (Charlie, Barry, Bill and I am sure there are a couple more) who fixed the flag poles so we could get this area cleaned up.  We will serve a pot luck lunch starting at 11:30  in Flip Flopz.  We will have a breaded porkchop or a BBQ chicken leg quarter and are asking you to please bring a side dish to pass.  We hope you can please join us for this event.

I just want to say that we have a great group of people here that just get in and get things done when we have mother nature problems.  THANK YOU for all that you do to help make Sandpipers Resort a wonderful place to enjoy life.




John and Mary's Hellenic Adventure -Part 2

We took a bus tour to Piraeus. This is the port city for Athens. I am very familar with Piraeus. Although this is our first trip here, in my previous life I acted as an agent in North American ports for many cargo ships that had the Piraeus name painted on their stern.

We traveled by bus where we were able to sit on the upper deck.
We had lunch in a local restaurant overlooking the marina. Lunch included Greek salad. The feta was not the crumbly kind we usually get at home. This feta was a slab about half an inch thick. 
Tomorrow we hope to arrange transport to the Greek islands. We are not sure which ones, so check with the blog in a day or two for an update. 
Saturday we toured the new Acropolis Museum. This building contains some 20,000 artifacts in 14,000 square meters of floor space. It gave us a much better understanding of the reasons for this construction and the changes over the last 2500 years. One of the more modern displays was a rendering of the Acropolis in legos. All the many who were fans of this toy will recognize this display and the time taken to put it together.



Saturday, May 16, 2015

Time to Build the Ark!

Yes, it has rained again.
Yesterday afternoon another inch and a half got our flood right back to where it was Tuesday.
We do have water now though, so flushing and showers are a go.
  I think we are still supposed to boil if we want to drink it. 
Gotta check on that.
Fence is still down and won't be fixed until the ground water goes down.  Weather forecast for the next week looks mostly dry, hot and windy so we are hoping....
Jim is waiting for parts to fix our weather station.  Wind measurement doesn't work and the rain totals may be off.
There are some interesting water birds wading in the field from time to time.  Different that the one's from the April flood.
Not Egrets. Maybe Plovers.
Pray for dry land.

Friday, May 15, 2015

John and Mary's Hellenic Adventure

Summer time and we are about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime. May be not a lifetime but at least fifty years.
Mary and John left Houston at 1500 hours Tuesday May 12th.
Not on a spyder this time but on a KLM 747.
 Our first stop was Amsterdam. We had arrived one hour earlier than schedule due to a strong tail wind. After two and half hour layover we boarded a 737 and departed for that ancient city of Athens.

We arrived Athens at 1230 hours May 13th. After by passing customs we hailed a taxi enroute to an apartment near the center of this ancient city. We had elected to book an apartment instead of a hotel. Booked through AirBnB at about half the cost of a three star hotel.

Our apartment is about 50 square meters, comprises a sitting room, kitchen and bedroom. Small but larger than a hotel room.
Today was spent visiting the Acropolis
and taking a bus tour of the city.


John and Mary

Thursday, May 14, 2015

So, What Do I Know?

Jay has 3 or 4 pumps chugging away at least 12 hours a day (and I am SOOOO thankful when they turn off 'cause they are right outside my door, even tho I know they should run 24/7...still, blessed quiet when they are off).
Water is receding...slowly. Roads are reappearing.
Waves of toads.
Hummocks of grass clippings and mud.
Wear water shoes when getting mail, or doing a trash run.
Shore birds are back.
Several houses did have water inside, many more had/have water underneath their units.
Newspapers are being delivered to the office and piled up on the porch...go get one if you subscribe.
Most everything that was toppled is now upright.
Fence is still a mess.
We have water but are cautioned to boil it.
We leave the park at the least, Dr. appt's, whatever...just leave.
If we get another heavy rain...well, I just can't even imagine. 
 Jay & Karen have got to be beside themselves!