The Many Lakes of Lakeland

When you drive around Lakeland, you pass lots of lakes. The City of Lakeland says that there are a total of 38 named lakes within City limits as well as numerous smaller lakes. Sizes among the 38 named lakes range from 2.5 acres (Lake Blanton) to 2,272 acres (Lake Parker) of which 17 are natural and 21 are man-made. Lake Parker is the large lake behind my condo development. Today I’m sharing a few photos of another lake I passed in my drives.

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A Cold Day in Lakeland, Florida

We’ve had some cold days here in central Florida as northern weather systems come south. Yes, I know by northern standards, it’s not really cold. To residents of Florida who have adapted to lots of heat, it is cold. Luckily most days we still have deep blue skies and white clouds. Right now I am recovering from an extremely hard day yesterday moving. It was filled with errors from morning ’til night. I’m in my fluffy robe, in a recliner at an Air B & B in Lakeland. I’m not really closed on either property (house nor condo) even though it seemed I signed a thousand documents yesterday. There is a form for final lender approval on buyer of my house that has not been received. Last night I heard it is hoped to be finalized by 2 this afternoon. That was the first error. I won’t go into my tale of woe any further. A truck filled to the brim with my belongings sits ready to come to Lakeland and I am paying for daily rental. My painter who was supposed to start on the condo yesterday afternoon went to his next job and will work on my unit part-time. The cleaner and handy man are waiting for word they will help tomorrow. And I sit.

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Periwinkle in the Fall

Vinca is a genus of flowering plants in the family Apocynaceae, native to Europe, northwest Africa and southwest Asia. The English name periwinkle is shared with the related genus Catharanthus.

September in central Florida is still bright, sunny, and hot. The high temperatures are lower than August, and the low temperatures are in the 70’s (F) instead of August’s 80’s.

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Sunset on Clearwater Beach, Florida

Since my surgery in April, my neck and back have greatly decreased pain. Unfortunately, my hands and arms still have pain and occasional numbness. I was tested and both arms have carpel tunnel. I see the surgeon the first week in October to discuss surgery. Even if the surgery greatly helps, I want to sell my house and move to a condo. There the lawn is taken care of. I’ve gone through 3 lawn guys in 4 years. In Florida, you need to mow your grass year round. In January you don’t need to mow for a month, but you still need to maintain it. I’ll really miss my garden, but I can’t really take care of it like I should.

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