Free Garden Fun

IMG_2343Find this whimsical garden decoration just north of the Orlando airport in the explorations gardens behind the University of Florida Orange County Extension service office on Conway Road.  The parking is free.

Take a free self guided and very educational tour of the shade, formal, pollinator, trial, bog, flowering tree, fruit tree, succulent, tropical, and small vegetable gardens.  The best time to visit is during the week and on a sunny day.  Plan to spend about an hour.  It’s a nice place to visit when you are looking for inexpensive but worthwhile activities while you are waiting to check into your hotel.   When you need to enjoy some air conditioning a bit of shopping and a light meal, it is a short drive to the Florida Mall, the mall at Millenia, or Disney Springs (formally Downtown Disney.)


Help Feed Kids and Enjoy the Rewards


La Madeleine Restaurant is making donations to the Children’s Hunger Fund.  If you buy a cookie from now until the end of May, they will donate one dollar.  If you donate $5.00, they will give you a sheet of coupons that is worth much more.  The coupons introduce you to many items that you might not have tried if you didn’t have a coupon.  I would call this a win-win-win.  The children win, the restaurant wins, and you win.

Recycling Electronics

The EPA website gives a list of stores that offer recycling services of electronic devices, such as cell phones, iPods, iPads, tablets, computers, Macs, PCs, and TVs.  However, it does not tell you that if you live near a mall with a Microsoft store, you can walk in any time and hand them your old PC and they take care of recycling it for you.  Although Microsoft does not give you any monetary consideration, you don’t have to fill out any forms; so, it’s quick and easy.

Apple offers a recycling program through their website,; a free prepaid mailing box will be sent to you for qualifying items including PCs; and if they have any reasonable value, an apple gift card will be mailed to you.  Apple mall stores do not accept items for recycling.  However, old working iPods will be accepted in the mall store and you will be given an immediate ten percent discount toward a new iPod.  Details are on the website.

Wherever you decide to recycle your old electronic device, you will feel good that you are doing something good for your home, planet Earth!  Everyday should be Earth Day!