Murphy Followed Us to North Fort Myers

Seminole Cg. has the Old Florida look & feel that we like so much.

Seminole Cg. has the Old Florida look & feel that we like so much.

That's our Suite Pea on the right with the big D on the bib.

That’s our Suite Pea on the right with the big D on the bib.

It seems like its been forever since my last post instead of only a couple of weeks. Much has happened.

We’re settled into our Winter quarters for the next four months. We enjoyed our stay at Seminole Campground so much last Winter that we decided to return and stay a month longer this time around. Seminole Campground is in North Fort Myers, Florida, just off I-75. The location is perfect for sightseeing, for hitting the pristine white sand beaches and for visiting the numerous friends we have nearby. And did I mention the weather? Warm, comfortable, perfect.

Don has decorated the outside for the holidays...

Don has decorated the outside for the holidays…

...I decorated the inside.

…I decorated the inside.

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In my last post I mentioned how everything seemed to be falling apart all at once. Well one of the nice things about being at Seminole Campground is Gordon Pannell. Gordon and his lovely wife Esther live in Seminole for six months of the year. Together they own and operate Quality Matters RV Repair. We used their services last year and were very pleased with the prompt, professional, and quality work they provided. Gordon was first on Don’s contact list once we got settled in. By then, he’d added two more repair jobs to our growing list. The ice maker water line developed a pin hole leak and water flooded our pantry floor and steps going up to our bedroom. Fortunately Don knew where the cold water shut off valve was and switched it off right away. The second addition came after Don decided to clean the toilet bowl seal. A tech at Dometic gave Don the wrong instructions on how to keep our particular style of toilet ball open for cleaning, this caused Don to depress the wrong button, breaking it and thus prevented our toilet from flushing. Gordon spent the better part of a day with us, fixing all of our issues but two. The water pump will be tackled after the holidays. Apparently the pump has a loose wire somewhere and Gordon will have to trace the wires to fix the problem. A very time consuming matter. Since the lack of a water pump isn’t a pressing need at this time, we put it off until later. The second repair to be tabled is the rear window crank. The broken crank cannot be repaired, it must be replaced. The hitch is, the crank is encased in the window. The only way to fix it is to replace the entire window. We’d been planning to replace three of our windows anyhow, with that rear window being one of them. DRV installed double paned thermal windows when our Suite Pea was built. The window seals have allowed humidity to get in causing the glass to fog. This is a common problem with the double paned windows and DRV has been replacing problem windows at cost. Don will be ordering the new ones after the New Year. They’ll take approximately five weeks to ship, then Gordon will install them.

Gordon had to take out the water heater to get to the ice maker's water line.

Gordon had to take out the water heater to get to the ice maker’s water line.

As for the tv, Don and our friend Tom Moore got the new one installed. It took a little imagination and finagling on their behalf. Thank goodness Tom was a millwright in his previous life and Don had years of home remodeling experience under his belt. Don was unable to locate another tv set with the same dimensions as the original set. That meant the new television was going to be either too large or too small to fit into the opening of the entertainment cabinet. But with a new mount, locking mechanism and tv support shelf, that blends in with our existing wood stain, the guys did a pretty serviceable job of it.

Our entertainment center BEFORE the tv went on the fritz.

Our entertainment center BEFORE the tv went on the fritz.

We temporarily used the bedroom tv until Don could find a replacement.

We temporarily used the bedroom tv until Don could find a replacement.

The new tv install that Tom & Don did.

The new tv install that Tom & Don did.

I’ve been making progress with my anxiety disorder too. I purchased two highly recommended self help books and delved into them right away, chartering a course of action for myself to follow. It hasn’t been easy but I can see improvement and that gives me the incentive to keep at it. It also helps greatly to have such supportive friends and a loving husband.

We love the walking trail at Seminole.

We love the walking trail at Seminole.

The arbor is a new feature on the walking trail.

The arbor is a new feature on the walking trail.

 

Speaking of my better half, he reached a milestone this past Tuesday. Don celebrated his 60th birthday! He is the first male on the maternal side of his family to make it past the 50’s. We invited our friends Dennis and Janet Bragg, and Tom and Jean Moore to join us at Lobster Lady restaurant for a celebratory meal and cake. I think we all enjoyed the company and the meal. The food was excellent. We will definitely go back again.

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That's Janet, Dennis & Tom on the left & Jean, me & the birthday boy on the right.

That’s Janet, Dennis & Tom on the left & Jean, me & the birthday boy on the right.

Don had the grouper tacos.

Don had the grouper tacos.

I had the blackened shrimp tacos with a seaweed salad. First time for seaweed. It was delicious!

I had the blackened shrimp tacos with a seaweed salad. First time for seaweed. It was delicious!

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The improvements we had expected to find this year at Seminole Campground didn’t happen. Last year we were promised a new, larger pool, seating area and a hot tub. Blue prints were displayed and everyone was looking forward to the change. Apparently, Paul, the owner, wasn’t able to procure the necessary permits. Hopefully revisions will be made and we will see the pool come to fruition in the near future. Paul did surprise us though with something new he added to the facilities and it has been very well received by the returning Snowbirds. Seminole now has it’s own private “beach”. Paul struck a deal to obtain the beautiful acreage adjacent to the rear of the park. The land has a small picturesque lake, attractive to waterfowl. Paul cleared a section of the land abutting the lake and trucked in tons of the soft white sand that Gulf side beaches are known for. He added a few palm trees, a shower station and several Adirondack chairs. It’s very nice, very peaceful and very relaxing. There’s just one tiny glitch though, No Swimming Allowed. Paul doesn’t want to lose his guests to the resident gators.

The Beach

The Beach

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So, I believe I have this blog up to date on our happenings. Other than mentioning, I am recovering from a bout of bronchitis and dealing with a pulled muscle in my lower back. It’s my own fault, I was helping Don move our picnic table. I probably won’t post again until after Christmas as we will be preparing for our trip home to be with family.

                                                                                               WE WISH YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS & A BLESSED NEW YEAR!

Here’s lookin’ at you kid………………….

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2 thoughts on “Murphy Followed Us to North Fort Myers

  1. Thank you Gay for your kind words. Tucker is always at his happiest in either beach sand or snow. I’m willing to accommodate him on one of those. I am amazed at how many women Rvers have told me about their own anxiety issues since I chose to speak out about mine. We really aren’t alone in our battles & there’s comfort in that. We wish you, Joe, & the crew, the Merriest of Christmases & a very Happy & Healthy New Year. God Bless!

  2. First off…I hope you have a safe trip home and a Merry Christmas. Enjoy!
    Second, I love the picture of Tucker with the sand on his nose…
    Third, I can sympathize with the anxiety issues…I have issues sometimes myself.
    I love the birds in your last post…somehow I missed that one.
    Happy new year Gayle, Don & Tucker…

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