Vero Beach, Fl - Ed. 09.26.2019    


    Oh My... Our country is absolutely incredible! I am living out one of the things on my bucket list and my drive cross-country is NOT disappointing; not one little bit.  Lilly and I are having a blast!  We didn't stay long in Denver and quickly headed to Cheyenne, WY which was named after the American Indian Cheyenne Tribe. Wyoming was the first state to afford women the right to vote and the first woman to do so did it in Cheyenne.  We toured the capital and enjoyed the 300 million dollar restoration project that took four years and was reopened this past July!  Everyone should visit this capital as layers of the past were continuously and surprisingly revealed and restored. The capital city of Wyoming couldn't have been more friendly. At one time in its history it was home to more millionaires than anywhere else in our country as explorers capitalized on the gold rush, cattle ranching and and the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. We camped out at Curt Gowdy State Park in our new little tent and survived night temperatures that we call a 'really' cold winter in Florida. But, we gathered a bit of wood and pine cones that provided a warm fire which allowed us to enjoyed our games of gin rummy under the starlit sky that was just breathtaking! Literally!

Off to Mount Rushmore which we took in under the night sky after stopping for the laser show at Crazy Horse Mountain. Both are just another national wonder?  How in the world do you carve iconic faces onto the side of a mountain? Mt. Rushmore will always leave me in awe even after reading how it was accomplished. The sculptor Gutzon Borglum created the sculpture's design and oversaw the project's execution for 14 years until his passing at which time his son took over for the last few months of this miraculous creation.

Deadwood, Wyoming is just a crazy little frontier town where Lilly had fun accepting the challenge of taking 25 selfies with images of Wild Bill Hickok. We also just had to play a few games of black jack where we enjoyed and treated two Vietnam Vets to a round. They were amazing and we enjoyed visiting and listening to their stories.  They won $5 with our chip! :) The fun continues...But in the meantime....

Camping out...Look at that fire!

Selfie With Wild bill Hickok

We Love Wyoming!

Wyoming Capital
Devils Tower

"The Four Sisters," which represent key values and attributes of Wyoming and its citizens. The oldest sister, "Truth," leads the way, illuminating the path for Wyoming's pioneers. Next, "Justice" sets the course for Wyomingites to live freely and peacefully. "Courage" allows us to carry on, encouraging and supporting us through hard times. The youngest sister, "Hope," inspires us to continue striving for the future, building the Wyoming we aspire for.

While we enjoy our time out west...Ya'll enjoy everything going on back home.  As you can see from the postings...The pace is picking up! Stop by Downtown Friday tomorrow night. You will find many new vendors, great music and the perfect spot to get out with family and friends. Our FLASH table, in front of Barefoot Cafe, will have our new 'hot-off-the-press' October calendars. Stop by and say hi to Debbie and Sandy and pick up a calendar so you don't miss any of the fun next month!
Valerie Watkins

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     Those of you who have been following my stories probably know by now the problem I have with automobiles. You know that I am incapable of putting gas in a car and that I've had some strange experiences with cars in general. I think my problem is that I don't enjoy driving. I know people (like one of my own daughters) who just love to drive and I can't imagine why. I am a good driver, but the reason I am good is because I'm extremely careful and I've only had one speeding ticket in my life. I usually drive at whatever the sign says the speed is because I also know that driving too slow can cause accidents. I am constantly looking from left to right and checking the rear-view mirrors, and  I always keep both hands on the steering wheel. Sometimes I will notice that I am gripping the wheel so tight that my hand literally hurts and I have to tell myself to ease up. In other words, I find driving stressful. Consequently, I've only trailed something twice in my life. The second time was taking a daughter to college with a small rental trailer full of furniture for her apartment. That time it went pretty well, but the first time was a nightmare.   Click Here to read more.... :)  

If you HATE grocery shopping...
Another way to provide independence for a Senior is to look into having items delivered directly to their home.  Some grocery stores have begun offering delivery services.  There are also many online stores that provide subscription delivery for household items such as paper towels, toilet paper, dry goods and other useful daily items.  Having items delivered can reduce the need to go grocery shopping as often.  This saves time that can be better spent visiting with family and friends.

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Stop in for a tasty meal
or a refreshing smoothie!



Saturday, Oct 5th, 2019  
Voted #1 Festival by USA Today! 
Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you'll cherish for a lifetime.  

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Fri., Oct. 11, 2019 @ 4:00 Thru  Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM 
For 3 full days, Tampa's downtown Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park will be transformed into the city's largest, waterfront beer garden. Soak in the sprawling downtown views and beautiful sunsets as the park buzzes with live music, dancing, alphorns, dirndls, lederhosen - and of course, beer!    
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How's Norma?  
A sweet grandmother telephoned St. Joseph 's Hospital. She timidly asked, "Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing?"

The operator said, "ll be glad to help, dear. What's the name and room number?"

The grandmother, in her weak tremulous voice said, ''Norma Findlay, Room 302."

The operator replied, "Let me place you on hold while I check with her nurse."

After a few minutes the operator returned to the phone and said, "Oh, I have good news. Her nurse told me that Norma is doing very well.. Her blood pressure is fine; her blood work is normal and her physician, Dr. Cohen, has scheduled her to be discharged on Tuesday."

The grandmother said, "Thank you. That's wonderful! I was so worried! God bless you for the good news."

The operator replied, "You're more than welcome. Is Norma your daughter?"
The grandmother said, "No, I'm Norma Findlay in 302, but no one tells me anything!"

Get ready for October and try  
some of these great do-it-yourself pumpkins!

Remember that TV show, ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A FIFTH GRADER? Here's your chance to find out if  you are.
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49 Money Saving Hacks
This website has some helpful tips.  I feel certain you will find some extra cash in your pockets if you find a few to follow.
Both involve a theft, but there is a difference.

Burglary  is classified as a property crime. The law defines burglary as "unlawful or forcible entry or attempted entry of a structure with the intent to commit a felony or theft." A victim does not have to be present. That means a burglary can take place in your home when you're away on vacation, but robberies cannot.

Robbery is considered a violent crime committed against a person. It  is defined by the law as taking or trying to  "take something of value directly from someone by utilizing intimidation, force or threat."  For example, if there's an attempted burglary but someone is in the house, it becomes a robbery.

Thanks to Flasher Shalini for this correction to Mom's column of last week!

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This dog moves a chair and gets into a 325 degree oven to retrieve  
some chicken nuggets.  

The darker the fish...The better the fishing!


Making your own seasoned salt saves having to get out 6 different jars!

4 Tablespoon salt
2 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon pepper
1 Tablespoon celery salt
1 Tablespoon dried parsley

Mix together and store in empty jar or shaker.
Use anywhere you would use salt and pepper....vegetables, meat, pasta, and most soups and sauces.

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Environmental Learning Center Appoints Vero Native Barbara Schlitt Ford
as Executive Director after Nationwide Search

After a six-month extensive nationwide search, the largest environmental education organization on the Treasure Coast, the Environmental Learning Center (ELC), has appointed Vero native and non-profit professional, Barbara Schlitt Ford, as their permanent Executive Director effective immediately. Ms. Schlitt Ford served as Interim Executive Director since April of 2019 and is only the third Executive Director in the history of the 31-year-old organization.

"We spent a great deal of time and effort making sure we selected the best person for this pivotal position. We were specifically looking for our next Executive Director to be a highly-respected and skilled leader that will take the ELC to the next level, and with this appointment, the Board is confident we have reached our goal. Barbara Schlitt Ford brings years of experience as a trusted non-profit and educational leader, along with her deep passion for the environment to the position. We are truly pleased to have such an important and iconic Vero Beach institution in such solid and experienced hands," stated Don Barr, ELC Board Chair.

One of Ms. Schlitt Ford's first duties as Executive Director will be to map out an annual strategic plan of action to position ELC as an even stronger regional destination. "ELC will be aiming high in the next few years, we have the capacity, institutional will, and the right people in place to claim our place as a leader in world-class environmental education, and as a top-ranked center for discovery, learning, wellness and science," added Ms. Schlitt Ford.


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