I went down to Florida briefly — too briefly — to visit with my mom and her beau, Vince. We both were planning to go down on the 21st and stay over Christmas through the 26th, but life got in the way. Cindy came down with a terrible case of the flu on the 20th, so I went down by myself. Then I began to experience the same sort of symptoms, so I bolted for home after staying just one night.
The top photo with my Mom is in a speculator development that never panned out. There are slightly raised sandy roads on a grid and some utility boxes at regular intervals, but nothing more. She likes to walk there when she has the opportunity and uses the pole in her hand as a casual walking stick.
The photo below is the picnic lunch she made for us to eat at the orchid nursery that we visited, with Vince on the right. Yum — good chow! Home smoked fish, homemade pickles, homemade cheese, two different homemade breads, hot & spicy candied nuts, homemade cookies and some other items that I forget. She’s always been an inventive cook and enjoys making things.