Hitty Visits Sun Harvest Citrus

As you may know, I recently moved so I thought I would do a series of posts on my new neighborhood.

As most locals and many Fort Myers tourists will tell you, a good day is one that includes a stop at Sun Harvest Citrus with it's iconic "Giant Orange"  (also a PokeStop as I recently discovered)

According to their website, SunHarvestCitrus.com, the store has a long-standing family tradition of providing delicious Indian River Florida Citrus to its valued customers.  It began in 1940 when Robert Edsall, Sr. planted his first citrus grove in Vero Beach.

Photo courtesy of SunHarvestCitrus.com
The Sun Harvest Citrus retail store and packinghouse opened in 1990 and offers the family’s delicious Indian River citrus, fresh-squeezed juices, gourmet foods, candies, gifts and more.  The Orange and Vanilla Swirl or Chocolate Key Lime Swirl ice cream cone is a MUST HAVE!

The Big Orange

Buy a Florida Souvenir!
Sun Harvest will ship their delicious Indian River Fruit to you and they serve up free samples daily.  Yummy!

Sun Harvest Ships to you

Juice Samples

More to come as I explore my new neighborhood!

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Sewing New Dresses on an Old Singer

When I was packing for my recent road trip, I decided I needed a new dress and asked Shirley to get busy sewing!

As you know, we recently moved.  (see Hitty Moves to a Condominium)

In our new place, Shirley's Singer Treadle is prominently located in the dining room.  Seemed like a good idea to give it some use.  We cleaned and oiled it and now it just hums along like it's brand new...but it isn't.

Singer Treadle Godzilla Finish Trestle Cabinet

A few years ago, a good friend gave Shirley this machine.  It was purchased new in the cabinet in 1947 for $95. The original receipt is still in a drawer along with the instruction booklet and the attachments.  The friend was the second owner of the machine.

This is a Singer model 66-14 oscillating hook sewing machine in a Trestle Model cabinet.  Some old Singer machines are beautifully decorated with decals and shiny black paint.  This one isn't.

Some call it the Godzilla machine because of its textured finish.  The clue to the finish is that it was manufactured during WWII when shiny black paint was hard to come by.

1952 Singer 401A Sewing Machine

Shirley also loves to sew on a Singer 401A Slant Model ZigZag machine which was given to her by the original owner who bought it in 1952 when she graduated from high school and got her first paycheck.  This friend worked at the court house in Alexandria Virginia from high school to retirement.

Getting Started

Now to add the finishing touches

Shirley sewed up a few extra dresses.  You can see them in her ebay store.

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In Which I Encounter Pokémon

As I was riding in the car on my recent road trip, Shirley, my adopted human was reading Facebook on her iPhone.  She kept reading about a new game called Pokémon Go.  She downloaded the app to see what it was all about.

After we got home, we started looking for Pokémon "in the wild"

We found a Doduo in Walmart

An Eevee in our cart

We also found a Rattata and a Pidgeotto while on the golf course.

Rattata in the Golf Cart
A Pidgeotto on the fairway
Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game developed by Niantic and released in July 2016.  Your mobile device uses its GPS capability to play the game. You can learn how to play by following the quick start instructions, trial and error or by researching techniques online.  Essentially you must find and capture Pokémon using Pokéballs and other supplies you receive at a Pokéstop.  You train your Pokémon to compete at what is called a Gym.

One of the first things you must do is create your Avatar, an icon or a figure that represents you in the game.  Next you must capture your first "starter" Pokémon.  Perhaps the most recognizable and most popular Pokémon is Pikachu,  Each character has unique strengths and weaknesses.

Mr. Satoshi Tajiri, who grew up in Japan, first created the characters of the game in the  mid 1990's.  Mr. Satoshi Tajiri is on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum and recently confirmed that he has Asperger’s Syndrome.  As a child, he was fascinated with insects and this is reflected in the Pokémon characters. Other children called him "Dr Bug"

Since Shirley and I started Pokémon Go, we have learned that we are casual players not willing to spend money to buy Pokéballs.  However, it is reported that in the United States, over 1.5 million dollars a day is spent on "coins" used to buy supplies to enhance your success in playing the game.  Wow!

Pokémon Go has received praise for encouraging people to get out and walk.  It has also received criticism regarding privacy issues as well as safety for the players.

Some Pokéstops are located in cemeteries, memorials, museums, churches and other places considered to be places of reverence. This has become an issue for caretakers and law enforcement.   A warning screen regarding safety and respect for the property of others is shown when you open the app.

Play Safely

One thing we enjoy, is watching a Gym near our house.  While sitting on the couch, we can observe it changing colors as opposing teams capture it and try to maintain possession.

Team Mystic Blue

Team Valor Red

Team Instinct Yellow
We have some favorite Pokéstops near my house

Geico Mural

Stocking up on Supplies

The Giant Orange at Sun Harvest Citrus

The Tamiami Trail Marker

Plane at Page Field
Be safe as you play.  Use common sense.  Don't trespass.  Don't drive while playing.  Be respectful and mindful of your surroundings.

Have fun and "Catch 'em All"

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