Labor Day Flag Raising Ceremony

Our New Flag

Raising the Flag

My little corner of the neighborhood got a new flag.  The residents of my building held a Flag Raising Ceremony to celebrate Labor Day.

After the Flag was raised, we sung “You’re a Grand Old Flag” which was written in 1906 by George M Cohen for the stage musical, George Washington.  The spirited marching song holds the distinction of being the first song from a musical to sell a million copies of sheet music.

After the flag raising, we shared food on the patio.  Happy Labor Day America!

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Hitty Loves Ikea!

Ikea is the world’s largest furniture retailer and is known for it’s simplistic, ready to assemble, affordable designs.  It was founded in Sweden in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad.  He was only 17 years old at the time. IKEA is an acronym of his initials, Ingvar Kamprad,  Elmtaryd, the farm where he grew up, and Agunnaryd, his hometown in Småland which is located in Southern Sweden.

The closest Ikea Store to us is located in Tampa Florida, about 2 1/2 hours away.

Ikea in Tampa Florida

It was a rainy day.  Our area of Southwest Florida is still getting some of the rain from Hurricane Hermine.  David and Shirley, my adopted humans decided this was a good day to make an “Ikea Run”. I have never been, so I wanted to go along.

I must tell you that your first trip to Ikea can be overwhelming.  For one thing, it’s huge. They are handicap accessible, but be prepared to do a lot of walking….just follow the arrows.  Everything you need to shop successfully is located at the front door, including carts, shopping bags, a store map and catalog, pencils and paper, a tape measure and strollers for the kids.

Ikea is a family-friendly store.  The Småland playroom is available for children who are potty-trained and 37-54″ tall.

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However, children are allowed to test the toys in the children’s department.  If you need a short rest, feel free to sit down in one of the many room set-ups on the showroom floor.

A small bedroom set-up

Small Bedroom set-up

If you get hungry, you can get a full meal or a snack at the on-site restaurant. Try the cinnamon buns!  Yummy.

My favorite spot was the children’s department where I found several things I liked including a wood doll house for $29.99.  The furniture wasn’t included but could be purchased separately.

Hitty is not for sale!

This book looks interesting

Hitty loves this little house

When you get done browsing the showroom and the marketplace, your last stop before check-out is the warehouse where you will pick-up your ready-to assemble furniture.  Come with a vehicle large enough to haul your purchases home.

The Ikea Marketplace
The Ikea Warehouse

Shirley is glad she bought David a new cordless drill!  When we recently moved, he assembled her new office and sewing room furnishings. (see Hitty Moves to a Condominium) On this day, Shirley was supposed to get a new kitchen sink but the kitchen department was being re-stocked and re-organized and the sink she wanted was no longer available.  I see another trip to Ikea in my future!

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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,, 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.

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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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