Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thanksgiving with good friends........and MORE work!

Again this year, we made plans to share Thanksgiving Dinner with our friends the Showalters and the Douglas'.  At our October dinner in Sebring, we started making plans, but were not quite sure what day we would celebrate!  Family always comes first .....but this year Buddy and Diane were doing Thanksgiving on Wednesday in Orlando, and Nathan and Krystal were doing their family get together on Sunday......so this year we would do Thanksgiving Day.  Once again we opted to do it at our place.

Everyone arrived around 3:00, and dinner was ready just before 5:00.  Buddy brought a homemade coconut cream pie, and Nathan and Krystal brought some mixed veggies for the meal, and two bottles of wine.  But Krystal decided to have a small glass of Rum Chada........and a second one with a shot of Cinnamon Whiskey!  For the rest of us it was beer or wine or water!!!


Dinner was perfect!  Turkey, Ham, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed veggies, bread and rolls, and cranberry sauce, with Buddy coconut and Rich's pumpkin pies for dessert. Before leaving, we made our plans to get together in December and January.  Nathan and Krystal are doing a cruise in December -so we'll be watching Miss Ava........and Buddy and Diane want to come to Golden Corral.   January is at Nathan and Krystal's for Pizza on the Grill and target practise. 

Since Thursday it's been work, work, work!!!   I'm not sure which one of us moans the loudest!  The back and leg muscles are in panic mode!  (Although, Rich is considering a chiropractor)  A few days ago, while Rich was cutting lumber in the garage, he had a little visitor.  This turtle had made his way up the driveway, and was ready to enter the garage!

On  Sunday, Rich took a break from working on the dock, to help me plant the nine new azalea bushes, re stack the border stone and pour the lava rock.  Real pleased with how it turned out!   Rich has made a lot of progress on the dock/boathouse, but when taking out the board on the "land side" of the dock, he found the support boards attached to the seawall were all rotted.  He could literally pull them off the wall by hand.  Amazing that it had not given way a long time ago.  So that is on temporary hold until we make another trip to Home Depot.  In the meanwhile, we had a little sinkhole next to the dock, where the sprinkler had previously broken - so he dug that up and filled it with two bags of top soil to level it out.   And today I started the painting of the back deck.  That's a lot of fun trying to paint the front side through the trees!!!


Tomorrow is grocery shopping.........and I'm way behind on Xmas shopping, and have not even started any Xmas decorating!  Time flies when you're having fun?



Thursday, November 24, 2016

Memory Lapse - or getting OLD? Cooking, Baking and Lots of Yard Work

 Funny story........ 😟  Looked at my blog this morning, and thought that Google had made some kind of changes that had erased everything that I had posted since the beginning of November!  Could not understand, tried to do some research to see if I missed some kind of upgrade or something.........then I got a call from my friend Tonyia today...........and she assured me that there was no problem with Google.......... and as much as I begged to differ......I had not posted one thing since the beginning of the month!  So.......am I really losing my memory, getting too old?  Has it been three weeks, and I have had nothing remotely interesting to share?

Well, actually.............there has not been a whole lot to share.

Have done a little baking and trying out some new recipes that I've found either on face book or on the Internet.    Made a really good ham and potato bake, some awesome Blackened Shrimp Pasta, which I failed to get a picture of, but here's the Boston Cream Poke Cake, and the Baked Ziti with Sausage that was one of our favorites.   Delicious - but way too much for the two of us - so I fixed a big plate and took it next door for John and Diane.

Rich and I have been doing a lot of yard work, (actually Rich a whole lot more than me!) 😅   Travelled into Sebring a week ago, dinner at Hibachi, and then a stop at Home Depot, where Rich managed to get ELEVEN 2X8X8ft treated boards into our Toyota Camry!  And I had to squeeze in the back seat for the ride home!  

So he is on his way to replacing most all the boards down on the boathouse.  And I've been cleaning up the mess in the garage where he's been doing all the sawing!  Looking so much better already - but then it will need painting!


Tomorrow we will head back to Sebring to pick up nine 2x8x8ft, and two 2x8x10ft pieces of lumber - and once again, I'll enjoy the ride home in the back seat!

Both of us have, for the last couple of weeks been trying to get the yard cleaned up.  Rich has done 99.9% of the power washing, completing the driveway, and concrete pad in the back yard, as well as the back deck, which is now reading for painting.  I've spent a lot of time pulling weeks, and cleaning up the flower beds around the house.  We've got the old wood from the dock ready to go out front for the garbage pick up Friday, and on Monday this week we had 9 new azalea plants delivered, which need to be planted!


Back in October - at our monthly get together with friends the Showalters, and the Douglas's.....we made plans to get together again this year for Thanksgiving.  Originally it was planned for Friday or Saturday, assuming family get togethers on Thursday...........but last weekend we realized none of us had plans for Thanksgiving Day.............so we're doing a late afternoon dinner here at our place.  Everyone sharing in the food preparation.   And - we're hoping that Nate and Krystal bring Miss Ava - so we can get our "dog fix"!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!



Friday, November 4, 2016

Last Day in Cocoa Beach

Hard to believe that the week is just about over.  Really just kind of lazy today.... Rich was busy on the market.  But the weather again today was beautiful, and lots of activity on the beach.  Great people watching and bird watching today.

Once again the morning started with a beautiful sunrise....best of the week.


Got most everything pack away, so we can head out without a lot of last minute packing in the morning.  Refrigerator empty with t exception of some wine, Rum Chata, and 1/2 an onion, peanut butter and jelly..........but no bread.  So we drank our coffee, Rich finished his donuts and what was left of his chocolate bar, and I nibbled on a couple of week old chocolate chip cookies!!!  Just went across the street to McDonald for dinner and then a nice walk on the beach.

Beautiful night.......great waves......


Lots of activity on the beach.....


Sitting on the balcony and looking across the beach and ocean is awesome.  I could take living here with this view every single day.

Back home tomorrow.........and have to admit, I'm looking forward to that as well.  Ready to plan for Thanksgiving, Christmas and spending time with family and friends.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Sunrise, Cocoa Pier, Anacapri...........and more.

So like every other morning, we begin with a beautiful sunrise.........and today was a beautiful one..........


Later in the afternoon, we decided to wander on over to Cocoa Beach Pier.  We have not been there in several years.  Actually the last time was probably 2011 or 2012, when our friends Nathan and Krystal came and stayed with us a couple of days.     On the way there Trump Supporters were out and about cheering.  Drivers were honking horns , yelling Go Trump, and giving the Thumbs UP!!  

Pier has really changed so much, and the Rikki Tikki Hut at the end of the pier obviously was damaged in the Hurricane, so we could not walk all the way out.   Parking is $10 (what a rip off).......but as we were getting ready to pay, people in a car that was leaving told us to wait and use their spot it still had several hours left....THEN another couple stopped us, and gave us a pass to walk out on the pier and not have to pay $2 per person.  Really are some considerate people out there.........

Here are some pictures from the day. 

Trump Supporters

Arriving at Cocoa Beach Pier


Tons of places to sit along the pier, both on the peir and under cover ......


Lots of people outside on the pier enjoying a drink......lots of people fishing off the dock.  Can rent poles for fishing.......and the keep track of the fish caught each day.  This picture show the roof of the bar at the end of the dock - serious damage!!!  Unfortunately we could no walk to the end..........


There are some great views from the pier.  If you look off to the south there was a really nice beach - and lots of people were out enjoying the waves......


As we looked north from the pier we saw two cruise ships that were pulling out from Port Canavaral;  Regents Cruise Lines ( which I've not hear of before) and Carnival Cruise.


From there we headed out for dinner and decided to go to one of our favorite restaurants here in Cocoa Beach.  Anacapri.   Rich ordered Linguine and meatballs, and I ordered the Shrimp Scampi.  We have eaten here every time we come to the beach and everything has been delicious.  But my Shrimp Scampi was terrible......linguine tastted like it had just been pulled from a pot of warm water, and butter or oil was poured over it.  Even the shrimp was tough.   Rich's meal was very good, but mine was very disappointing.


Went back to the room................and a couple of hours later decided to walk across the street to Denny's for dessert!   WOW!  Rich opted for the Banana Split and I ordered the apple carmel crunch with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  As you can see they were HUGE!!  OMG.............I'll never get to sleep tonight after all this!

Anyway - Fun day.  One more day left before we head for home on Saturday.    Really enjoying this ocean front unit.


Tuesday and Wednesday - Chillin......and enjoying the weather

Been up every morning in time to catch the sunrise.  Amazing how each day is so different.  Sunrise, perfect weather, people watching............and just chillin'

Tuesday morning sunrise.......Lot's of people taking pictures.


 Tuesday evening we headed over to Merritt Island for Chinese Buffet.  Nothing as good as Hibachi at home..........but it was good, and we left very very full. 


Wednesday morning sunrise was probably my favorite so far........even managed to capture some of the birds flying across the sun.......





Lot's of fishing boats out in the morning - but a little too far away to get a good picture........and this guy spent quite a while along the shore in front of us.  Looks like he's trying to catch himself some bait. 


Wednesday night Rich cooked cheeseburgers  down in the picnic pavilion.....while I fried some taters, and warmed up some beans.   Mmmmm.  good!


Rich headed to bed normal time.........I stayed up and watched game 7 of the World Series.  Great Game #7........and Chicago Cubs was the series winner!  Great game - 10 innings, neck and neck, nail biting good, but was after 1:00 am when I finally went to bed!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Just a quiet day at the beach today

Up early again this morning and caught the sunrise.  Much prettier today.


Even though we're spending the week at the beach, Rich is still following the stocks each day.  I'll keep my eyes on what's going on here during the day, and take off if anything catches my eye.  Today was the Animal Show, which I've seen several time, so I passed.  They also had Cash Bingo - but I elected not to go.  When I checked by the pool - it appeared that several others did the same.  They were also having a Halloween Costume party with prizes at Lily's Bar here at the resort - but that didn't start until 9:00..........and I didn't want to miss Dancing With the Stars!




We decided to stay in for dinner as well, so I fixed linguine and sausage, and we both had a shot or two of Rum Chada before dinner.  


Dinner was excellent.......  Rich watched the news, and I did the dishes.




With both of us having back and hip pain recently - a lot of walking has not been on the agenda, but we decided to wander on down and take a walk on the beach. Walked for about 25 minutes! Rich wanted to put his sweatshirt on before we left!!!!!  I told him he was not going to embarrass me!  He survived!

It was a beautiful early evening for a stroll.  The beach is not as nice as what it
used to be - thinking a lot of it is a result of the hurricane..........and it really needs some work.   But still enjoyed the evening walk, the waves and even the sand sculptures!!


Will check out what's going on here during the day tomorrow.............and then decide where we want to go for dinner.  We like Anacapri's for Stromboli, and Brano's for Italian - but not Italian again tomorrow!  I'd like to head down to either the Cocoa Pier or FishLips over in Port Canaveral one night.......and we've talked about Longhorn Steakhouse. Have to flip a coin - cuz we only have three more nights to eat out......Burgers  on the grill here one night.

Almost 11:00 - and time to call it a day.......Have to be up for sunrise in the AM



Sunday, October 30, 2016

Another Beautiful Day - a visit to Downtown Cocoa

Up early this morning to watch the sun rise.  Unfortunately, it was pretty cloudy, so it was OK - nothing great.  Maybe better tomorrow.


A few pictures from the inside of this unit.   This would be pretty much identical to one we may exchange our current week for.  Being oceanfront is so much nicer, as well as having the full stove and frig.  One bedroom and two full baths.


Weather is so nice over here.  Sunny day today, but such a nice breeze and the humidity low.  First stop was at the Sunrise Diner for breakfast.  Two eggs, home fries and toast for $3.99!  Excellent!  Then headed on into Cocoa, grabbing a couple of pictures on the way.  Could almost see the cruise ships at Port Canaveral..........then crossed the Indian River into Cocoa.  Wanted to check out a couple of Pawn Shops to see if they had any small guns.....One was closes on Sunday - the other had some, but no small one.


We decided to make a stop on the way back at Historic Cocoa Village.  We'd visited here many years ago, enjoyed it and decided it was worth another stop.  Being Sunday - some of the shops were closed, but there were still some people enjoying the weather, eating outside, and doing a little shopping.


The Historic Cocoa  Village Playhouse.  Originally the Aladdin Theatre; it first opened in 1924, showing silent movies!  It is an active playhouse today.


A few more pics...........


A quick stop at the grocery store to pick up a couple gallons of water, some burgers to cook out one night, and a box of donuts for Rich's sweet tooth!

Rich will be back to work on the market tomorrow - so I guess I'll have to find something to do to keep busy..............

We arrive at Cocoa Beach

Check in at the Ocean Landings Resort in Cocoa Beach is 5:00 - so we didn't leave home until after 12:30 on Saturday.  We stopped in town first for gas, and then later for lunch at McDonalds , took our time, and checked in just before 4:00. Unpacked and enjoying the views from the balcony with a refreshing beverage before 5:00

Pulled out the camera after we exited from I-95 N towards Satellite Beach where we got our first glimpse of the water as we crossed the Inter-Coastal, Merritt Island, and the Banana River.


As we turned on to A1-A in Satellite Beach and headed into Cocoa Beach, we could see , even after all this time, that people are still cleaning up after Hurricane Matthew. Trees and brush lined the sides of the street.


The weather here is just beautiful, with temps in the low to mid 80's during the day and the humidity in the 60's and 70's.  Today was mostly cloudy, with winds probably 14 to 15 mpr, which made for some nice waves.  Walked down to the beach to get a picture of the front of the building and Rich on the balcony.


A few shots sitting out, before we headed out for dinner.

 
A Carnival and a Disney Cruise Ship leaving Port Carnival - passing by........


It was after 6:00 when we decided to head out for something to eat.  After a the driving - we decided to just walk across the street to Denny's.  Both of us like the food there......so it wasn't a difficult decision.  We'll probably be back here a few more times before the week is over.

Tonight Rich opted for breakfast and tried one of their new "specials". He said the Sticky Bun Pancakes, eggs, sausage and hash browns were excellent.  I had the fish and chips.


Beautiful evening.............

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Happy Hour at TT Peace River

After dinner last week at Homer's everyone said they wanted to get together one more time before Rich and Dee were back on the road.  On Monday, Rich and Dee set up a happy hour/cook out at their campsite at the Thousand Trails/Peace River Campground.

Been a long while since we've been to a happy hour.  The weather, although a bit on the windy side today, was absolutely beautiful and just perfect for sitting outside.  When we arrived Rich was already cooking the pork chops, and Dee was finishing up the pulled pork barbecue inside,  Everyone else brought a dish to pass, which included potato salad, macaroni salad, cabbage salad, and chips and salsa.  Buddy made a great strawberry sponge cake, and extra whip cream and strawberries!!!


The food was delicious, the weather was perfect and the company and conversation was exciting to say the least.   Again, lots of stories, catching up, and tons of laughter!!   It was not a big crowd tonight..... and we missed Nathan and Krystal.........Krystal had three MRI's scheduled today down in Sarasota.  Hope all went well.

Pictured below:  Art Carpousis ( Hedy had another engagement tonight) but it was great seeing Art again.  Been a couple of years.     Dee and Rich with Art,  Rich and I, Curtis ( a friend of Rich and Dee's ), John and Laura Pagliaro, and Buddy and Diane Douglas.


We wish our friends safe travels on the road, and sure hope they give us a holler the next time they are in town.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Pirates........or should I say ARRRRRRRGH!

On Saturday we were invited to Nick and Tonyia's for a cookout and fire.............. or in Pirate translation..................

"On Saturday we were invited t'what crawled out o' t' bung hole with our buckos."

These two have pretty much created a Pirates Paradise, Key West Beach Party, right in their own back yard.    And today was a beautiful "beach day" sunny with a taste of a breeze an cooling down for the campfire. Couldn't pass up a picture with the skeleton enjoying a refreshing drink just outside the Parrot-head Tiki Bar. 


Enjoyed the balmy weather sitting around the fire, donning some pirate gear, and enjoying a beer or " shots o' Fireball Cinnamon or Rum Chada grog".  And Nick and Tonyia started dinner on the grill.

 
Dinner was excellent!  We had  "what crawled out o't' bung hole was pork chops and corn on t'cob of t' grill, with pasta salad."  By the time we cleaned up the kitchen and went outside, the sun was down and the fire was a'flamin!   Nick brought us another shot of fireball, and turned up the Reggae music!  



"Thank'ee kindly, me furriends! Yd be fine pirates. Yo-ho-ho!  But time t'say Ahoy mateys, a quiet slumber it be............"

And a quiet slumber we needed indeed, for Sunday was back to reality.  Finished up some yard work, washed and cleaned the bugs off the front of the car.  The palm off the trees are cut, tied and put out front, and all the wood and bush trimmings are bagged and ready to go out  Wednesday morning before they come to pick up.