The Story of Us-Her Story, Part 4

I had no trouble finding Jim at the Orlando airport, & it is a really big airport! We visited the B52 Park, & have vowed to return there often.  Then we were off to The Villages! We picked up mom, & went to lunch at Sweet Tomatoes. Jim had a big surprise for me…we went to The Waterfront Inn at Sumpter Landing for the night! I still refer to this night as our honeymoon night. We went to Red Sauce for dinner, my favorite Italian restaurant! We walked the Square, the Lake, listened to music…& woke to a beautiful breeze coming in off the balcony. 

Now, I could give you a daily journal of each & every day, but I will condense. Places we went, people we saw, restaurants, films, celebrations…

Sunsets! Bus tour of The Villages. Farmer’s Market. Craft Fair. Boat ride on Lake Sumpter. Car show. Wine tasting. Flea market. Rotary Club. Operation Shoebox, where I found my way to give back to our soldiers. Sleep Number bed test, that was fun! Garvino’s wine & music bar. (You will find us there once a week!) Gun range, & yes, I am very good!  Video Vault, where I met Mike & Lisa. Lake Sumpter (alligator! & large turtles) Apple Computer Club, where Jim is president, & I now know WHY he is The MacMan! Nightly live music at the Squares, Spanish Springs & Sumpter Landing. (Wine & one slow dance. I can live with that) Church on the Square. Pools! O, & those who know me, I mean REALLY know me, know that I cannot swim. (Not for lack of trying, but you see, I almost drowned when I was 10 years old. I was dangling my legs in the deep end, acting very cool, & a bigger girl named Dorcus, yes Dorcus, pushed me in! I surfaced at least 6 times before I was saved & scarred for life!) When Jim mentioned, don’t forget your swimsuit! Well, I froze. Swimsuit?(My idea of a fun girls’ night out is having 2 glasses of wine & trying on swimsuits! Bikinis & thongs are the best!) I have not worn a swimsuit in 10 years! I suffered over that. I must have tried 12 swimsuits, actually purchased & returned…until I finally said to myself, Get over yourself! That is so “freeing,” to look at yourself & say this is me, & I am ok with that! We went to the pool many times, & I even went alone, well, me & my noodle 😉 Golf cart rides, & the golf cart bridge, or, as I call it, the golf cart roller coaster! (By the way, do not ever attempt to cross that bridge on foot. Take your chances crossing the highway 😉 I went on major walks (3-5 miles) at least three times a week! Netflix! Jim & I became addicted to The Mentalist. (I will not rest til Red John is caught!) The Mark Twain Library. I also went to many of Jim’s appointments, & saw what his day to day is like. Everyone just loves him, & so appreciates his help!

We celebrated Jim & Mom’s birthdays. We also celebrated his Aunt Laura’s birthday. We saw Uncle Roy, Cousins Rodd & Sara, Cindy, & Mike & Emily & Chris. Neighbors Anita & Tony for a night of pizza & cards!. Line dancing with my new best friend, Jan. (I am so quick to learn, & so quick to forget the steps;) We celebrated David’s birthday party, given by his wife, Suzanne, at the Nancy Lopez County Club. (David & Suzanne play a BIG part in our lives, as you will see!)

My 5 year old granddaughter, Addison, asked me to bring her little pony, Fluttershy, to The Villages, & take her everywhere! And I did! I held her in my purse, & photographed her at all the hot spots;) She had a great time! And Addie got such a kick out of the photos! She & her mama, my daughter, Kimmy, made me the cutest scrapbook of all my photos!

Jim & I saw films. I just love the movies! We saw Hysteria! Magic Mike, The Amazing Spiderman, & Snow White & the Huntsman. ( I am sure Jim will want to choose some of our films in the future! He is such a nice sport!)

Some of our memorable restaurants were Crispers (MY all-time favorite!), Red Sauce (the aglio olio was so perfect!), the oyster bar (just for the wow experience), Gator Joe’s (I had a salad & a glass of wine & enjoyed the “view!” Remember, I am vegetarian ;0 ), B.D. Beans(the coolest bistro ever!) & the Country Clubs (Arnold Palmer & Nancy Lopez, because I have NEVER in my life been to a country club!)

The end of my days came too soon. Jim & I had some heart-to-heart talks, & we talked about our future together. The day before I left, we stopped at the nursery. No, not to adopt a child & seal our love, but the tree nursery. Jim bought a tangerine tree, & we planted it. He said, “this is to remind you to come back”.  Little did we know how soon that would happen…

To be continued…




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