Thursday, December 8, 2016
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
For years, the City of Ocala has talked about building "lofts" or apartments in downtown. Previously there was discussion about revamping an older multi-story building which would be converted to apartments on the upper floor(s) while the first floor would showcase a variety of business enterprises.
This, obviously, was easier said and done. Early on one con man stuck the city for over $1 million before he disappeared into the night, which might indicate the city leaders did not vet him sufficiently.
Now, however, it seems some "lofts" are being built directly across from the town square. I know nothing more, but I think it is correct to say that these will be pricey unless, of course, folks object to living in what is still a somewhat sketchy area, especially at night.
But I think this is a step in the right direction. Other cities have done this and it has worked well and it is essential to revive the downtown area to make this a more livable city.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Monday, December 5, 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016
In Lake Sumter Landing of The Villages, you will find a number of structures that appear to be houses where people live, but in reality contain a variety of businesses, many of which are related to the needs of The Villages.
The first two photos show houses which are used for professionals such as accountants and insurance agents. The third photo shows a house on Main Street which contains a large health insurance company.
Houses in the other photos are used for similar purposes.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Friday, December 2, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The Peddler's Wagon, a gift shop extraordinaire, is an icon in central Florida. Located in the beautiful town of Eustis, it offers an amazing selection of fine gifts but more importantly at this time of year, it has the largest collection of Christmas ornaments and gifts that I've ever seen.
It is owned and operated by Kevin Jenness and his family who offer shoppers a warm welcome. Thanks to son, Sean, for his assistance during our recent visit to this beautiful shop.
The photos above are just a small sample of what is available at The Peddler's Wagon.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Well, I want you to know I am not out of my gourd. And to prove it I offer the photo below showing several intact gourds.
And then, to show my friend just how wrong he was to laugh at me and mock me I've included shots of a few of our changing trees. I know these don't compare with what you can see up north, but hey, they're better than nothing!
Thursday, November 24, 2016
This beautiful home has been for sale for some time. It's just down the road from us in the mini-horse farm area. I love that porch and it has a large screen-enclosed swimming pool.
Notice the "For Sale" sign. This gentleman has a number of these "You buy this house, I'll buy yours" signs up in the area. Sounds good, but there's a bug in that soup: At the very bottom, in small print, it says something to the effect that he and the buyer must come to agreement on sale and purchase prices.
I didn't see anything about time limits, either. So, the big question is: Will he buy your home before you close on this one so you can use those funds for the purchase? I guess I could call and find out but I've got other, more pressing matters to attend to. I have to take a nap.