Happy Saint Patty’s Day

Wishing you all a wonderful Saint Patrick’s Day.

Didn’t do any Saint Patrick’s Day events this weekend because I’m still stuck indoors in my RV trying to recover from my recent surgery. Been indoors since Tuesday and don’t go back to the surgeon until this Wednesday afternoon for my follow up appointment to see how things are progressing.

Not much green left in my RV anymore as I moved all my indoor plants to the office of the lady that loans me the bike at the gym. She is going to care for my 14 plants while I’m away for the month visiting family when I put my RV in storage next weekend.

All my outdoor plants are also no longer outside. Moved them yesterday to my French brother “Marco’s” patio to watch over them for me as well.

Had this one Ivy plant still in my RV so I did a selfie with it to disguise my ugly bandages and sutures on the right side of my face. Thought since it’s green it would be an appropriate photo for Saint Patrick’s Day!

Also will include a few select photos from my attendance at the Saint Patrick’s Day celebration with “Beau” last year in Melbourne, Fl.

Have a great day and I hope you find something special today in the “Pot of Gold” at the end of the rainbow!

Luv,

Gary

www.Spearfruit.com Blogsite Introduction and Photo Has Been Modified

Hey All,

I have now been blogging on Terry’s original blogsite for over 18 months.

Since I am pretty much homebound these days as I recover from my recent surgery, I decided to make some long overdue changes to Terry’s orignal blogsite. You will note that I changed Terry’s original photo to incorporate both of us as well as Roxy (our former doggie).

In the first tab, I changed the title from “About Me” to “About Us” and I totally revamped the introduction under that tab to make the meaning and overall purpose of this blog more relavent to still reflect Terry’s original purpose for starting it and now my purpose for deciding to keep this blogsite active moving forward.

I’ve been meaning to do these changes for some time as the purpose of this blogsite has evolved over time.

New Intro under the tab “Our Life” now reads as follows:

This site was originally created by my deceased husband “Terry” to share his life which like most people was filled with both happiness and sadness, successes and disappointments. He started this blog at age 55 and at that time he realized that as human beings we would not be on this earth forever. He felt at that time a need to accomplish so much more and to begin experiencing life to its fullest. In his early 20s he had many years of therapy to combat depression, but over time realized that there are actually many other people out there that are not much different from himself. He understood that most people live average lives, filled with many ups and downs and varying challenges and goals that we all strive for. So, he candidly asked himself, what truly made his life more special than others, but then as he thought about it he realized….nothing really?

Terry originally created his blogsite to write about his life. He hoped that maybe other people could relate to his writings and that it may help them in some way to confront challenges within their own lives. However, as he thought about it again, maybe his writings would just be a way to help himself as a person to accept his life as it was and to become content. Either way, Terry’s blog transformed into something wonderful which ultimately impacted so many people. Little did Terry realize that shortly after starting his blog that he would develop cancer and that for the next few years he would be fighting for his life with hopes that his cancer could be eradicated. During these trying times, through his blog and his writings and because of your kind comments and support, it helped him to cope with his medical condition and to accept that as his health worsened and as his cancer spread, that his life on the earth would soon be coming to an end. Through your kind words, dedicated support and genuine love, Terry he was able to remain remarkably strong and to confront his fate right to the very end. On September 1, 2017, our dear Terry passed away and was immediately welcomed by God and other loved ones that passed before him to the wonderful Gates of Heaven.

I never realized the tremendous impact that Terry’s blogsite would ultimately have upon me and others. When he first began writing he did so merely to express his deep thoughts and to share aspects about his own life. His blog later transitioned into a wonderful tool to help him to confront his diagnosis of cancer and ultimately to accept his fate. Little did I realize that his writings, photos and videos would become such a precious gift for me to cherish and to be used as a means to keep the memory of Terry’s short life on this earth alive.

What is so remarkable is that things often happen in life for a reason. As I reflect back, Terry had no idea when he started his blogsite what the future would hold for him. However, his blogsite in some ways may have truly been developed by him as an ultimate means to help me to cope with my life after his passing. By continuing to keep this blogsite active after Terry’s death and deciding to begin sharing my thoughts and emotions in life with others has become a helpful and effective therapeutic tool for me to keep moving forward. Your kind comments, support, encouragement and love has definitely helped me to be able to cope and to accept Terry’s death as God’s will. Terry’s passing and this blogsite makes me realize more now than ever that life is truly fragile and when we will ultimately be called to our eternal life by our maker is truly out of our control. All we can do for now while on this earth is to do our best to continue to embrace life to its fullest and to strive to become a positive example for others and to love and be kind to one another.

I started to write on this blogsite just a few days after Terry’s death in September 2017. I feel that I will continue to blog and to express my thoughts about many topics and to also use it as a means to move forward in life and to accept in a positive way any challenges that I might be confronted with along the way.

Love to All,

Gary

Sparkman’s Wharf in Tampa, FL and some Upcoming Concerns

Hey Everyone,

After the Gasparilla Music Festival, since it was the first evening of day light savings time and since the weather was beautiful, I thought I’d take Marco over to Sparkman’s Wharf.

This is a new and upcoming social spot in Tampa that is becoming very trendy.

There are a lot of outdoor bars and restaurants to choose from with a very laid back atmosphere.

There is also a very nice section at the Wharf that has beautiful artificial grass and a lot of lawn games for friends and families to enjoy.

In the spring and summer months they also set up a free outdoor movie each week for everyone to enjoy. Just bring your own lawn and popcorn and kick back and relax. You can even bring your pets to this area, provided they’re on a leash.

Below is a short video taken at Sparkman’s Wharf.

On the way back from the Music Fest enroute to Sparkman’s Wharf, I had fun taking a number of candid photos of Marco at different vantage points so that he could send some of these back to his wife, kids and friends.

All in all a wonderful day and evening to end the busy weekend.

This will be my last social event for awhile because of the evasive surgery I just had udergone on Tuesday morning, 3/12. I will need a good 4 to 8 weeks to hopefully recover successfully from this operation and to be out in public again. In the mesntime I will be keeping a low profile for obvious reasons!

Also, I’m a bit stressed as I must leave the RV park by Saturday, 3/23/19 (no exceptions to the continuous 180 day rule) and I cannot reserve a temporary storage spot on the base (if any will be available) because it is only done on a first come, first serve basis and I won’t really know until the day before. A week from tomorrow on 3/22.

I do have a backup plan to move my RV to temporary storage in St Pete for 30 days if nothing is available here on base for storage, but I don’t as yet have anyone confirmed to help me for this move.

Also, a bit concerned for what to do when I go for my follow on post surgery appointment next Wednesday. If there are any complications with my surgery or if I need additional follow up medical care for this procedure before I leave the area on 3/23 I have no backup plan. After my RV goes into storage (hopefully with no incident) I plan to go visit family in Ft Walton Beach ( a 5 1/2 hour drive away) and then to Orlando a few weeks later. I can’t return back to MacDill AFB and get settled in again in the RV park until around 4/25. Must comply with the base 30 day out of the park rule after staying 6 consecutive months here.

So much up in the air with my surgery recovery, RV movement and upcoming travels.

Hope it all works out?

Have a great rest of your day !

Volunteer Teamwork At The Gasparilla Music Festival

Hey Everyone,

On Sunday afternoon, I took my French brother Marco to the Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa, FL where we did some community volunteer work from 2 to 6 PM processing people’s tickets at the main entrance and ensuring that they subsequently used the scanners to register their attendance to the event.

I really enjoyed watching Marco as he was so diligent in his job and quickly set up an efficient system for validating people’s tickets at the gate. I think he really enjoyed interacting with the people and having a better chance to practice his English.

It was a very hot day, but we had a lot of fun working as a team and then walking around afterwards throughout the festival after our 4 hour shift.

Enjoy the short video clips below.

Sunset Beach in Treasure Island, Florida

Hey Everyone.

After attending the nice French Coalition gathering at mid day on this past Saturday afternoon as I previously blogged about a few days ago, my French brother Marco and I were then off later that afternoon to attend a fun potluck dinner at Sunset Beach in Treasure Island, Florida. It was a great evening. The weather was perfect and the sunset on the beach on the eve before day light savings time was amazing! As always the food that people brought was out of this world and plentiful!

After dinner, a bunch of us took a casual stroll along the beach to work off the food and to enjoy the sunset.

Saw this sand castle and moat already constructed on the sand and had Marco pose as the French King of The Castle.

It was a great evening shared with wonderful friends! Doesn’t get better than that!

Have a enjoyable rest of your day!

The Ugly Duckling!

Pictures speak louder than words! I could play in “The Phantom of the Opera”!

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Just got home. Operation lasted 2 hours.Follow-up appointment next Wednesday. About 6 weeks to recover. No gym, no bike rides, no alcohol, no social events, no sun, no fun for awhile. Will stay in my “bat cave” and avoid people until I’m a bit presentable again. Here we go again!

Highlight, Cut, Move, Paste, Save and Refresh.

Hey All,

Doesn’t my title sound just like one on their computer trying to move a portion of a word document, by first highlighting it, then cutting it, then moving and pasting it to the other place you wanted it at and then saving it and then refreshing the computer.

Well tomorrow this is about what will happen to me as I go under the knife very early tomorrow. I’m the first Operating Room case. Must report to the VA by 5 AM, so must leave MacDill Air Force Base by 4:15 AM. Ugh.

The surgeon will be cutting into my nose where the scar is, then highlighting another portion of skin on my face. He be then cutting it and then grafting it to where the scar was and then saving the graft by securing it with stiches. In a few weeks, hopefully my face will be refreshed. Time will tell?

The French Connection

Hey All,

This post is not about the old classic movie of many years ago, entitled “The French Connection”.

It’s about the wonderful time I had on Saturday afternoon at a barbeque with the entire French Coalition Group who were so cordial to me. I really liked all of them and it was great socializing with all the French military. A really nice group of folks. As I said I love mingling with international people as I love learning new things about how different people from all over the world think about life and it’s challenges.

Marco on the left posing with the French Coalition “Mama”. The lady on the right has a permanent position in the French Coalition Group, while all the French officers rotate in and out for a 4 to 6 month tour of duty. This lady helps to provide continuity in operations in the French Coalition group as new officers come in and others depart for other overseas assignments somewhere in the world.

Two “brothers” drinking a cold one!

These 2 French guys were a lot of fun and were the designated cooks on the grill.

The guy on the left is a full bird French Colonel with 8 kids and one on the way! They are all back home in France and he is here by himself on this short assignment.

Nice couple posing with their first baby now only 4 months old. The guy to the right (a Major in the French Army) was really interesting to talk to. He just came back from a long drive to pick up his wife and new baby who flew into Miami from France to spend the rest of his months here with him in Tampa. A really nice family.

Marco diving toward the ground making a save while playing volley ball with the group.

The girl to the left in the photo is from southern France and was the person who did most of the culinary preparation of the “authentic” French cuisine. Needless to say all the food and of course (the French wine) was out if this world!

These two folks were really nice and fun to hang around with. The French women kept bring me band aides because as usual, I kept cutting myself and bleeding …which is par for the course with me. She was like a French version of “Beau”who always has an ample supply of band aides on hand for me when she comes to visit because she knows I going to begin gushing blood somewhere!

All in all a great afternoon, but the fun didn’t end there. Later that afternoon Marco and I were off to another function a “pot luck and social event” in Treasure Island near the Beach. Will write about that event in another blog tomorrow.

Have a great week!

Mardi Gras Parade & Pre-party at Paul’s House~ BEADS BEADS BEADS

Check out this Meetup with Tampa Bay Adventures http://meetu.ps/e/GfW8W/CCjx2/d

He Blogger Friends…

Let me know if you can open and see all the photos on the link that I shared directly from my meetup site. I also cut and pasted this link directly to my blog that I just published today about the Mardi Gras Party I attended last night in Dunedin, Fl. I am try to see if these photos that i sent to you from these two methods can be seen at your end.. Wanted to see if one or both ways worked. There’s about 130 photos in the link. When you open up the link below, hopefully it allows you to scroll down, got to where the photos are at, then tab the first one and then scroll from left to right to see all the gallery of photos. Thanks in advance for letting me know. Gary

Mardi Gras Party on “Fat Tuesday” With TBA friends in Dunedin, FL

Hey Everyone,

Had a wonderful time last evening in beautiful Dunedin, Florida. I enjoyed a fantastic Mardi Gras party with some of my Tampa Bay Adventurer (TBA) friends at the home of our gracious host “Paul”.

Paul, is the guy on the right in the above photo.

Oh…. Isn’t that sweet….Love is in the air!

There was a great variety of food at the party contributed by everyone who attended and I must say….Paul makes one mean “Hurricaine” drink!

Okay….I got into the festivities and dressed up a bit…After all Mardi Gras is supposed to be festive!

Below are two short video clips that I took while at the party.

The other short videos below were taken at the Mardi Gras “Fat Tuesday” Parade which occured on main street in the center of Dunedin, which was just around the corner from Paul’s house. Over 50 floats in the Parade and one of the largest marching bands I ever saw! Enjoy the videos!

What a great night with fun friends! Doesn’t get better than that!

Hey blogger friends….just cut and pasted another link below which includes a bunch of other photos I took last night that I posted on my meetup group site. Can a few of you comment back to me and let me know if you could open and view these photos below from that link. There’s about 130 photos. I am running in critical space constraints on my wordpress media storage and soon will have to delete more stuff there to post new photos in future posts. Cutting and pasting the link as I did below, might allow me to let you see more photos while saving on my wordpress media space. Thanks in advance for letting me know if you could see these photos from this link below.

http://meetu.ps/3jVzVW