Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Doctor says.......Keep it covered 24 hours/day and take these anti-biotics!! Four pills two times a day. Take the cover off to shower or wash dishes, dry the thumb and cover it again. "You can play pickleball, but don't let the bandage get wet. If it gets wet, remove it and put a new one on. RIGHT!!!!! About three shots into the game in this humidity and the bandage just falls off the thumb. So I have not been on the courts since. How are the antibiotics working? The thumb looks worse than it ever has........except that it is not cracking and bleeding. Two more days of pills, and if it's not healed then it's back to the doctor. WHAT A PAIN!!
Rich on the other hand (no pun intended!) has been making up for the time I'm missing. Most days he's been playing in the morning, and then heading over to La Hacienda to play for a couple more hours in the afternoon........Early to Bed, Early to Rise!!!!! AND PLAY..
Linda Kramer is going to continue to be his mixed doubles partner, so she's heading up here to The Villages to stay with us for a few days before the Tampa Bay Senior Games in October. They played very well together last year so it's great to see the partnership continue. Unfortunately, she can't make the National Games in Ft. Lauderdale. NO - I will not be his partner.........This marriage would NEVER LAST!!! It will be great to see her again. Can't wait to show her around The Vilalges. She will surely enjoy the level of pickleball play.
But Rich needs to be careful........as he is having some serious foot problems and is off to the Podiatrist on Thursday..........Can you imagine his reaction if the doctor says NO PICKLBALL? I don't want to even think about that alternative!!
Today, our Regional Ambassador, Greenie Greenfield, invited us to join him at the Lady Lake Rotary Club meeting, to do a pickleball presentation. Here's Greenie, doing the opening presentation, talking about the history of the game, the growth of pickleball across the country, the game, the courts, the equipment, etc.
He asked Rich and I to share how we were introduced to the game and our work as Ambassadors, our RV experiences, tournament play and for me as the editor of the Monthly Newsletter, to talk about that and our Atlantic South website.
The meeting was held at the Outback Steakhouse where we enjoyed a delicious lunch of salad, fried shrimp, sweet potato fries and green beans. It was delicious! We had a great time and really enjoyed doing the presentation.
Will let you know how Rich makes out on Thursday!!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
But we had travelled down to the southern part of The Villages a few weeks back and played with the group at the Bacall Center. Yesterday we were invited to join their Pickleball Social. Open play started at 7:00 am, but Rich and I did not arrive until about 9:00. Rich's foot is really bothering him, so he decided not to play at all today. (Appointment with the Podiatrist next week!!). When we arrived the eight courts were filled and about 4 or 5 people were waiting to play. I got in about 4 really good games.
This story is so funny! I correspond regularly with a couple, Tom and Ann Early, who live in the northern part of Georgia. They have a very large estate there, which includes pickleball courts where about 30 players come to play. While sitting at the table talking with "Greenie", Rich and I were telling him about a guy named "George" that had a home in N. Georga, as well as home here at The Villages. Just as we mentioned the name "George" the guy in this picture was walking by, stopped, turned to us and said. Hi...I'm George! Rich says - Hi, but you're not the George, of "George and Clair" - to which he replied "yes I am". Coincidence????? As it turned out this the THE GEORGE ODOM that we just happened to be talking about. He joined us at the table and we learned all about Tom and Ann's pickleball in N. Georgia. Funny, funny man!!
Now - we had previously made plans to meet up with Mo that evening at the Golden Corral. Jeannie is visiting family in Nova Scotia - so Mo needs to eat out for a week!! Knowing we had dinner plans, I ate very light at the Pizza Social. Rich, on the other hand managed FOUR pices of pizza, TWO trips for salad, a package of chocolate chip cookies, and about THREE DOZEN chocolate kisses!! At the Golden Corral he only managed TWO dishes of food ( Steak, Pot Roast, Stuffing, Green Beans, Mashed potatoes, Mushroom s and mushroom gravy, etc.) Unlike Homers in Sebring where he feasts on the chocolate eclairs, he had to settle for cheesecake with whip cream and coconut cream pie!!
As usual, dinner and conversation with Mo is always delightful. A great ending to a very busy but fun day.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
This is the back side of RJ Gators Bar and Grill , where outside dining is availabe. You have a great view of the Landing and Lake Sumter.
From this small pier on the lake, we understand that boat rides around the lake are available.
As you walk along the waters edge, you will see several of these type buildings. Check out that antique gas pump!! Want to know what this building is?
Here is the front. The Villages has their own Radio Station, and this houses WVLG. You can listen to WVLG on cable TV, where they play oldie but goodies, and keep you up-to-date on the local weather.
As you approach the Town Center this is one of the signs you see. Like Spanish Springs there is a raised stage and a large dance area. Not too many people on the squar Monday night. The music was playing, but it had been raining not long before we got there.
This is the view down one of the several side streets looking from the center of the Square. You always see as many golf carts parked along the side of the roads as you do automobiles. Definately the major means of transportation here.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Dalton and Chauna, enjoying the ride, take the time to wave and smile at Mom and Dad!
Dennis says: " Kids did a special phot shoot for daddy! Was surprised and really liked my gift." We know that Dennis and Dalton are big Buc fanatics, so this was the perfect photo shoot for dad. Crystal - we know you are a Chicago Bears fan.........you'll have to do that one next time.Dalton - Great Shot - You definatley look like a pro!!
From Crystal: "If you can believe it, I took the pictures in the livingroom. The background is Dennis' fleece blanket. When I went to pick up the pictures at Walgreens, the manager was checking me out and asked if I was copying professional pictures. I giggled and told her no that I'd taken them. Then she proceeded to question me....where did you take them, how'd I get the background, etc. When she finally believed me she became a bit nicer. I thought it was kind of comical and told Chauna the lady was funny."
Great job Crystal.........Thanks for the update! LOL
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
We had originally made plans to meet on Saturday the 15th, but that ended up being an already planned Line Dancing event for them.........so we moved our plans to today. We drove from The Villages to their home. (Manny and Marie - you have a beautiful home!) . Before heading out to dinner, Manny gave us a tour of the community. We had already seen their beautiful club house and indoor arena the last time we were there, so today we got to see just how large the community was. Just over 900 homes, resident owned, the grounds and resident properties were immaculately maintained. They also have a large wood working area and both open and covered RV storage which is free to the residents.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Received a call today from our Canadian friends,Marcel LeMieux and Louise Barette. If you remember, they spent the winter at Tanglewood in Sebring with us. We had originally met Marcel and Louise while visiting family in NY state. We were all playing pickleball in Scotia, NY. Spending the winter in Sebring, we got to know them so much better.
We were up very late Thursday night. All that work in the yard tired us both out. But not too tired to watch the finale of So You Think You Can .....and Florida dancer Jeannine wins!!! No, Rich does not share my enthusiasm for dance!!! But he did peak at a few of the dances! He set the alarm for 5:45 Friday morning, but staying up late to see those dancers must have really tired him out!!!..... because the alarm never went off. So we left a little later than intended for pickleball with Louann and the Kings Point crew. It's always such a pleasure to visit these folks; they always make us feel so welcome. Don't forget, her pickleball Labor Day Jamboree. Here's a few pictures we took while we were there. Here's Nadine and Ron, playing agaist Shirly (not in picture) and Paul. Louann tells us that Paul "has really been bitten". That's by the pickleball bug, folks! Nadine is soooooooo good and continues to be one of the best female players there.Everone is smiling.......That's John (right) retrieving something from the courts and interupting the games!!! Shirley, Rich and Louann just smile, joke with John and continue play!! As usual-everyone has a good time.
After leaving Kings Point we continued on down to the Thousand TrailsPark in Wauchula. We had loaded the car with the canoe along with some other things we wanted to leave at the 5th wheel, which is in storage there. We chained up the canoe on the back of the 5th wheel, and stopped in to see Elnor, the Preserve Manager. Good News!!! The pickleball courts are being resurfaced. She said that pickleball is their most popular sport and also the one (because of the condition of the courts) that she has received the most complaints on. Great News for all of us this winter!!!
We returned back home mid afternoon. Rich had some work to take care of, but I headed over to MP2 and met up with our Meadow Pointe picklers. Here's a few pictures :
This is Don Bass and Penny (left) with Ken and Renee Glassman , ater the game.
Friday night pickelball is generally followed by Pizza at Marcos, so tonight 10 of us kept to the tradition. Rich and I are joined by our best friends and neighbors, Don and Linda Bass. Linda does not play pickleball, but always joins group for pizza!! Next is our new players Penny and Ken, followed by Renee and Mark Glassman. Mark had some recent knee surgery, so pickleball is on the back burner right now. And finally, that's spinner, Mary Jones with Steve Long.
What more can we ask for? Good friends, Pizza and Pickleball!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
YET, being the Key word here. Pickleball days seem to coincide with rain these days. It wasn't long after we arrived home that the skies began to darken............
Here's Rich and Liz, playing against Ken ( another new player with our group ; Wife Penny was not able to make it tonight!) and Chris.
And here is Rich and Steve Long (far side) partnering against, Don Bass and Chris Brown.
We had a great time playing with the group tonight. It was after 9:00 pm, when we were ready to leave the courts. Not having had any dinner yet, we called for Chinese Take out, and picked it up on the way home and Watched "So You Think You Can Dance" while we ate dinner.
Today was yard work again. Rich was back on the ladder cutting down the dead branches from the Queen Palms. Tomorrow - Friday we are headed to Sun City Center for pickleball at 7:30 am, then a trip to the RV in Peace River to drop off a few things, back home for pickelball at 6:30 with the MP group, and then Pizza with our Meadow Pointe Picklers after playing.
Busy day tomorrow...........better call it a day!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Following dinner we were invited over to their home for coffee and dessert! They did not forget the many many trips Rich made to the dessert bar at Homers and we laughed as they served a plentiful supply of eclairs. We had a great evening.
Barb and Johnnie McKinney (left), and Gary Ball and Vicki Sterner.