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Location: Our RV Lot at Deer Creek RV Golf and Country Club

Dates: Apr. 25 to May 6, 2018

Here’s a picture-laden summary of what we’ve been up to since we arrived back home in Florida less than two weeks ago. First of all, Malcolm celebrated the warm, sunny Florida weather by donning his shorts and sandals for the first time since we left to head north three weeks prior.

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The end of the week that we arrived home, Malcolm worked some and caught up with some chores around the place. Val worked on various projects, as well.

One thing we like about our place here in Florida is being able to drive our golf cart out to the shopping center in front of our place. We recently opened a bank account at the bank just outside the entrance to our neighborhood and we can drive our golf cart there to take care of banking business.

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Shortly after we got home, we found out that Dapper Days were being celebrated at Disney World. We originally thought we were going to miss them. Dapper Days is when people dress up in, generally, dapper clothing and visit Disney World. Dapper Day was celebrated in the Magic Kingdom on Saturday and in Epcot on Sunday. We attended both days, dressed differently each day.

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As you can see, we were dressed in a little more modern motif on Saturday at Magic Kingdom. Malcolm wore part of his “Woody” outfit and carried Bullseye with him. Val dressed in her “Minnie” outfit.

On Sunday, we changed it up and wore other outfits. Malcolm wore some of his 1920’s outfit and Val donned her brightly colored Orange Bird items.

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While walking through the Great Britain pavilion, we found we were just in time to line up to see Mary Poppins.

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Last week was another busy work week for Malcolm and project week for Val. We did head over to Hollywood Studios for dinner at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe, Malcolm rode the Tower of Terror and we stayed to watch the Fantasmic show before heading home somewhat late.

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50’s Prime Time Cafe

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Hollywood Hotel Tower of Terror

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Float at the Fantasmic Show

Yesterday (Saturday), we decided to go check out what is billed as the largest Antique market in Florida, near Mount Dora. We really didn’t see much of anything that caught our eyes, other than this cool “digital” clock (that we didn’t buy).

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We were actually somewhat disappointed at the antique market. We’ve been to better antique stores elsewhere. On the way back home, we stopped at JoAnn Fabric (for Val) and Best Buy (for Malcolm).

For his 20th anniversary at work, Malcolm had received a $400 gift card that can be used at certain places. Best Buy is one of them. Malcolm decided to gift himself a new Polaroid camera and some film. Though the original Polaroid company went bankrupt back in the early 2000’s, another company has bought the rights to the name and had re-released the film and a new version of one of the cameras from the 1970s.

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Once we got home, it was mid-afternoon. Malcolm wanted to try his new camera out, so we loaded it up with a pack of film and headed over to Magic Kingdom. We took a few pictures (and had one of the Disney photographers take one of us using the camera). The results are just like the old days – soft, inaccurate colors, all the things you remember from looking at old Polaroid pictures.

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Once we got home, Malcolm wrote the location and date on the bottom of each print so we can remember when and where the pictures were taken.

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We were surprised this morning by the cable TV repairman calling us at 8:00 am. We supposedly had an appointment for Monday morning, but someone messed up. He figured out that the cable wiring somewhere in the trailer is bad (somewhat common problem) and gave us a second cable that we strung through the back window to get things going temporarily.

Since Malcolm was going to have to start digging into the cable, he decided to go ahead and start on a project he’s been wanting to work on – adding additional storage space under the trailer from any open areas behind the storage area wall. He did find a likely spot just inside the door and found that by selectively re-tying the wires together, he could make an area suitable for adding a cubby.

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Before starting – stuff stored in our shed

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The mess of wires

While tidying up in the wiring area, Malcolm found a microwave plate that the factory apparently had left laying inside the utility area of our trailer. It’s a bit small, but would work in our microwave in a pinch. We’ll keep it as a spare (we already have another spare we found at Goodwill one time).

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Bonus Part

One area that Malcolm addressed was the cable TV splitter and outlet in the area where he was working. He replaced the connectors and removed the splitter and outlet.

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Cable joined together

 

A trip to Lowes for lumber and parts, and Malcolm went back to work building the cubby area. He re-used some of the wood removed from the trailer since it had the grey felt glued to it.

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Wires re-organized

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New cubby in place

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All dressed up

There still remains some wall to put back up to the right of the cubby area. Malcolm will be able to push back that wall several inches to give some more storage space. We will also probably line the new opening with similar felt and probably put some type of rubber or vinyl on the floor of the opening.

That’s all for now. Looks like another work week for Malcolm (some for employment, some around the trailer). We both have doctor appointments tomorrow (physicals and other well-care stuff).

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