Sunday, March 27, 2016

Vistana Beach Club

We had a late check-out from PGA and were hoping for an early check-in at Vistana.  However, we got there really early, around noon, and there wasn't a room ready so we went to Shuckers.  A perfect way to start off the vacation on the beach.
 We had my favorite lunch

When we went back to the resort our room was ready and we couldn't have a better room, right on the beach.

This is the view from the deck
 and this is the view from the other side

Loved watching this dog on his board
 We took a walk on the beach as far as Shuckers - 3 miles round trip

and Larry took a pic of Margie and I from our deck since he walked back way ahead of us.

For lunch we took Margie and John to Shuckers

On Tuesday we hung around and at night Margie and John went to dinner with her daughter's in-laws who live here and we went to the wine and cheese at the resort.  At night it was time to pull out electronics.

Margie and John left today and Laura arrived with Kathryn.  They hung out at the beach and I joined them when they moved to the pool and hottub.
 Then we walked on the beach and collected shells.
When we were in the hottub this guy moved from the chair to my hat.  I never did get to sit on the chair.
We heard that this blue heron has been on a sight for 20 years.  He loved posing for pictures.
Laura was really good at finding shells and crabs on the beach.  This one was even big enough for me to see.
We got to go to Shuckers one more time.
Lots of pelicans, usually flying by in their V shape pods.

As part of my no chew diet I made strawberry smoothies.
On Saturday we drove Laura back to Stuart and we went on to Delray Beach to see Doris and Michael.  Larry and Michael played golf, Doris had things to do and since I wasn't feeling to great because of my teeth (see    ) I hung back and eventually went out for a walk on the beach and at night we went out to a Mexican restaurant.

 We were tired of using the awful wine glasses they had so stopped at a Dollar Store for some better glassware.  The glass on the left was what we were using for wine and vodka gimlets and the glasses we used for vodka tonic glasses weren't big enough.  Too bad they didn't have plastic.  Next time we'll pack our own.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Vistana Beach Club - Dental

Monday I went to the dental office, Anchor Dental, that Ann recommended after Laura called her on Friday to see if she knew of any dentists in the area.

Let me back up a little because I probably haven't mentioned this much, if at all.  About a year ago before we were going on vacation my upper back bridge came out when I bit into a Weight Watcher Caramel Bar.  I was able to bring it to the dentist at home and he successfully glued it back in.  My main concern back then was that it wouldn't come out anytime while we were away which included Brittany's wedding and a cruise when we would be with other people.  At that time I decided not to eat anything that was hard and would cause it to pop and also not things that would get stuck in the openings from where the bridge must have deteriorated.

Fortunately nothing happened but over the next year the bridge seemed to get worse and I lived with Picksters.  Just before we were going away again this year (3 weeks), my lower bridge on the opposite side of my mouth (right) got unglued.  This time when I went to the dentist he told me that there was nothing left to glue it back onto.  But he did say I could live with it off until I decided what to do.  In the meantime, the first bridge problem was getting worse and what used to be small openings now felt like a crater and everything I ate got stuck in it.  I ordered more Piksters and always had them in my pockets, purse and laying around the house.  On the way down to Gerry's wedding I got food stuck in there and I got it out but my teeth bothered me for a few days.  Then I went on my no solid food diet so I wouldn't have a toothache for his wedding.  Yea!!  It worked.  I was fine for the wedding and was even able to eat.  On and off for the next few weeks I was able to eat without it bothering me but I was constantly picking food out of my teeth no matter how hard I tried to eat only on the right side things kept getting stuck in there.  Yogurt and pureed soup became my staple when Laura came to visit.  While she was here my gum got swollen and my sinus hurt.  Not sure if I had a toothache or a sinus problem but I definitely had a problem.  Of course, all problems come over the weekend.

Back to current now -  on Saturday, we dropped Laura off in Stuart and then spent the weekend in Delray with Doris and Michael.  On Monday morning at 8 AM I called the dentist office and got an appointment for 11 AM.  The verdict was that I had an abscess and needed 2 teeth pulled.  I was scheduled for an 8 AM appointment on Wednesday and started on amoxicilln.

Yesterday I had the teeth extracted and today I was able to eat without picking teeth in that area - since there weren't any.  He was going to cut my bridge and then pull the teeth but I mentioned that I thought the bridge would probably come off in the cutting process since it was loose on the front tooth.  Before cutting he tried to take it off and it came off just fine.  However, he wasn't able to put it back because the front tooth was broken.  Fortunately I don't have a toothy smile so I'm good.

We went to Publix to fill another presciption for amoxicillin and when I looked at myself in the mirror I realized I shouldn't try to smile until the novacanine wore off. pretty scary.

The end - - for now.

Update - when we were in Hilton Head my gum started to swell up and I thought the abscess was spreading to my half tooth.  We went out to dinner with Joanne and Jerry Griffin, a friend of Larry's who he hasn't seen in over 20 years and I got the name of their dentist because I thought for sure I would be going on Monday.  On Saturday I started to take the amoxicillin hoping to kill any bacteria.  On Sunday morning while we were waiting to move from Surf Watch to Sunset Point I put my finger in my mouth to feel how big that swelling was on my gum.  When I pressed on it, a big glob of pus came out on my finger.  I quickly rinsed it with salt water and then the swelling completely went away and I've been pain free ever since.  Things are looking up.  Easier to consider next steps when pain isn't involved.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Port St Lucie

After the cruise we spent the night in Delray and on Sunday, we had breakfast at Denny's before heading up to Port St Lucie.
When we were in Port St Lucie we did the walk we always did but now it went as far as the new Publix that wasn't opened when we were there last year.  We went to the Monday night wine tasting and Larry met a golf partner for one day during the week.
Thursday, Margie and John joined us.  On Friday we went over to PFA Villages and went through the model houses for sale.  On Saturday we went to Fort Pierce for the Farmers Market.

 Margie and I bought new purses.

Saturday, March 5, 2016


Since our cruise ended almost a month ago, I'll see if I can do a quick update here.  We left from Miami and left our car in the parking lot directly across the street from our terminal.
We immediately got into the mood.
One of the days on the ship we took a tour of the kitchen.
We loved having 24/7 internet
I bought this top and necklace at Chico's when we were in Jacksonville.  Larry found it while he was sitting in his chair in the store while I was checking out the sale items in the back.
We went to the pop-up Sushi restaurant and had the most delicious Spicy Mango Martini, although we did take off a lot of those peppers on top.
When we went to Cozumel we walked into town and back.  I got 19, 236 steps that day according to my fitbit - 8 miles.

Some flavor martini for me and a vodka gimlet for Larry.  As the week wore on we both got vodka gimlets.

My snake friends
How many shades of blue do you see?

I was on a mission to collect my charms on each of the islands
Our cabin is in the back here
I went to a painting class
Coco Cay is the private island

I never wore any of these clothes that I packed for the cruise.
Two vodka gimlets on the iced Martini Bar

Time to leave