Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Jack and Dian's Red Neck Castle was decorated in Holiday Style - with festive foilage, snowmen and candy cane lights. We were one of the first to arrive - as I had promised to bring her the nutmeg to top of the traditional EggNog Punch - perfectly made with a hint of fine liquors. The table was soon overflowing with an array of fine foods and the dessert for the evening was a delicious chocolate mint cake.
Remember - you can click on any of thee pictures to enlarge!
And joining Rich and I are (starting top left) are: Neil and Shirley, Bob and Janet, Will and Ella and Woody and Pat.
Merry Xmas, Happy Hanukkah
to all our friends and family!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
This is an exotic animal sanctuary that is dedicated to the care of abused, confiscated, neglected or unwanted exotic animals.
On these 90 acres, rescued animals are given a permanant home in a large natural habitat, with a skilled staff that makes sure the nutritional, medical and emotional needs of the animals are met.
For ten years now the animals at the ranch have one day when they all get to share the holidays. Visitor's to the ranch today got to celebrate with them as they all got stockings or paper mache gifts filled with goodies. As we watch the animals enjoy their gifts we heard many of stories that brought these rescued animals to the ranch, and some of them just broke your heart.
Friday night brought out all the dancers in the park. At 7:00 the music began at the meet'n house.
Monday, December 6, 2010
The Estero Community Center was open for practice play on Friday evening from 4:00 to 7:00pm, so we headed over there, where Rich got a chance to play with his doubles partner for the first time. It was only one day before the registration deadline, when he and Paul Coletta, from Flat Rock, NC decided to play together. Paul was already planning on coming down for the mixed doubles and singles competition, so was glad to be able to find a partner for doubles.
Also arriving that evening was Gordon and Michelle, Linda, Diane and Gail from Tanglewood, and it was so nice to visit with them. Gordon and Michelle were also staying at the Hampton Inn - so we all made plans to meet for dinner that evening at Applebee's Restaurant. Lot of folks in town for the tournament - so it was pretty busy. But it was 2 for 1 happy hour, so we grabbed a beer or wine at the bar while waiting for a table. We had a very enjoyable evening. I had the waitress take a picture - but I must have had the camera on the wrong setting!!!
On Saturday morning we arrived early at the courts; Rich was scheduled to play at 9:00. Saturday was the men's and ladies' doubles competition. I didn't realize that I had the camera on the wrong setting until Rich and his partner had already finished their match!!! It was best two out of three and they were playing against a team from Solavita - and they took the first two games and won their first match.
Saturday evening - we took a ride south on SR 41 into Bonita Springs. We stopped at TGIFridays - but there was a pretty long wait, so we decided to keep on driving and found a nice Chinese Buffet in Bonita Springs, and then headed back to the hotel and prepared for the next day.
Sunday was the mixed doubles and singles competition. Most everyone was slated to start at 9:00 except for Rich and Linda, who were scheduled for an 11:00 start.