Hello family and friends! We left Chicago a little over 2 weeks ago and rolled into Seminole, Florida to Bickley’s RV Park. It’s the prettiest RV park and friendliest 55 plus community. We’re so happy to be back! To add to our excitement, our son, Matt and daughter-in-law, Tara, bought a home near us in St. Petersburg. We’re still trying to organize our living space. Jim decorated our lot with lights and plants. We have a good-sized storage shed on our lot, so that really helps.
It’s been a week of water!
And since we’ve been here we experienced our first nail-biting tropical storm!The rain pounded on our RV for 12 hours straight, dumping 8-10 inches of rain, and the high winds rattled our windows and shook our rig. The power went out for only about 4 hours. It was pretty scary. I spent the day making greeting cards. The day before the storm, I managed to dump a glass of water on my laptop keyboard, which resulted in a trip to the Apple Store. Parts needed to be replaced along with the hard drive which wiped out all of my documents and photos! Hopefully, all of my data is properly stored on my external drives. If not, I’ve saved all of my memory cards.
The day after the storm, we helped a friend clean up debris and move her lawn furniture back. Her back yard overlooks the intercostal water and as I was raking, I saw a bird catch a fish. I thought it was a cormorant, but my friend said it was an Anhinga which brings good luck. It was black with beautiful white lines on it’s wings. According to Medium.com, the Anhinga is “the greatest symbol of the Native American Church” and “the quintessential “water bird”, a symbol of life, a messenger, and very important in ceremonial healing practices.” I’m hoping it will bring me luck this week as I travel to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida for my CT scan and blood tests. I will have a teleconference with my doctor on Thursday to see if the last 6 months of chemo obliterated those ovarian cancer cells! I’m praying for great news! I’m guessing the Anhinga already brought me my good news.