The Dentist Report

12/16/13 Monday at Clermont, FL (Orlando-TT)

Up by 6 am, only because we’d set our alarm. Our dentist appointments were at 8 am and 11 am, although we needed to arrive 15 minutes prior to our appointment time. The office was 30 minutes away, so we left the campground around 7:15 am. Would you believe we managed to get to the area at 7:43 am. Except that we couldn’t find the office! We called them following their directions until we found it in the strip mall alright, but off to the side, behind Steak and Shake, sort of.

Dentist officeDentist office. What is this with everything in strip malls? Never saw a dentist’s office there before either.

I was impressed. So many patients, with a very organized set up. It reminded me of when we took our cat to a veterinary clinic in a strip mall. This is a pretty diversified area. I even saw a lady (with husband and child) in a black, full burka, with only her eyes showing. When John was done with his exam they called me in to explain that he needed deep pocket cleaning, to the tune of $950. Shock. She explained that at a specialist’s office it would cost twice that much. It so happened that a cancellation had just been called in, so if we let them know right away, they could do that work right now. So we said yes. Glad I brought a big book, but the reception area was freezing and I couldn’t even get warm outside. All were in the low 60’s (I know, not what they’re getting up north), with a brisk breeze outside. Finally, John was finished. He’d gotten Novocain for his lower lip and was hungry, so he said he would walk over to Steak and Shake at noon, while I was in my appointment. Thankfully, my teeth were in good shape so I just needed the normal adult cleaning. Unfortunately, I have 2 tiny cavities. Hmm is it all that yummy dark chocolate I enjoy periodically? So I’ll be coming back for those. My total was not nearly as expensive as John’s. Whew!

Most full timers return to their home once a year for their annual health and dental exams. Or many use Mexican dentists for their dental work. We’re not near Mexico and John didn’t want to head home during winter again, thus we’re here obviously needing dental care. I feel good about this office, so we may well come here next winter, our last in the east.

Clearly, it got too late for our 1 pm meeting with our friends. Early on when we realized this would happen I’d called and warned them. Thus it came to be that we all got together more around 2 pm, enjoying a few fun hands of “Hand and Foot”. The ladies won all 3 of the games.

Dear Betty wanted to have us all over for supper at their RV, so we came. John and I contributed pumpkin pie, Naomi/Phil added a salad while Betty/Denny provided grilled pork ribs, potatoes and steamed veggies. We naturally ate too much – again. As Betty said: At the Davis household, we serve late because starving people always love what they eat. It had gotten pitch black, except for the almost full moon glow, so we were entertained with campfire talk and at the end, a “Florida firefly” show. Actually, they have an LED light that sparkles wonderfully when shone upon trees in the forest. Just beautiful. Late for us, we made our way home, by car of course.

 

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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