This last Saturday I took a mini-break. A girlfriend needed some sun and salt water to help her with her psoriasis that was acting up from the unusually cold winter…
This is a blast from the past for me, because I grew up spending the Winters in Bonita Springs, FLA. My Great Gramma (called “The Gramma” and Nana’s mom) lived there and we would go down in the winter to help around her place. Frankly it was a sad thing… Sad because the home went down hill from what it was… and that wasn’t good back in the Mid to Late 1980’s. My great uncle Jr, Nana’s brother, built the house for under $5000 in the 1950’s… BTW that was a VERY good price, even then.
Back in the mid-1990’a there was a fall out with the family. Nana’s brother accused her of stealing money, something she didn’t do. See, Nana and Papa DID borrow money, but through all the work they did for The Gramma, she forgave the loan, calling it even. The problem is, by ‘92, Gramma was getting loopy & was coming down with the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s… Actually, that was kinda cute, she was wandering the neighborhood stealing fruit off other peoples fruit trees… So, Nana’s brother stepped in and moved Gramma up to a home in Michigan. He sold all the property and split the money and belongings between himself and Nana’s sister.
This mini break allowed me to stop by and see what happened to the place. Ironically, it’s up for sale. It’s in bad shape. You’ll see. And Papa said he saw an active Termite infestation moving across the outside of the house back in the ‘80’s so the house is a dive. The only thing it’s good for is the property, which has a lovely canal with access to the back bay and then the Gulf.
The house used to be White with Maroon trip. The back, shown above, used to have a Huge pod tree on the left. Also on te left, where the huge stump is was a very large Grapefruit Tee… loved it. We used to park the motor home there after we drove down and we would open the door and pick a fruit and then peal and eat for Breakfast.
Behind these tress is a 2 level BBQ. The upper level is for sleeping and the bottom has a little kitchen and living area. Uncle JR built this for himself before he died. He died back in’85 in the American Legion parking lot of an Alcohol induced Heart Attack. He was an alcoholic.
I ended up not having a good time. My tummy started acting up on Sunday. By Monday, I wasn’t able to leave the Condo and my friend, whom I’ was supposed to be helping, was running to the store to buy my Chicken Noodle Soup and saltines. They worked, and by Tuesday, I was able go out and get some Beach photos:
Here’s a photo of an awesome Sunset, which I did get to enjoy 🙂
So… I’m awaiting my Florida vacation in Ft. Walton Beach. It’s coming the 3rd week in April. I’ll enjoy it. I’ll be on my own and I’ll get some nice down time to just chill and relax.
© “Fizz” 2010
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