Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
We did a practice trip to the courts to make sure we could find them, and not be late in the morning. It was one of those days where we were both hungry, but not sure what we were hungry for, so we drove along Park Blvd, and down US-19. We spotted the Egg Platter, which was a place we had stopped at last year, and where Rich had his "Waffle A-La Mode". Tonight we both opted for one of the daily specials. Rich had post roast with mashed taters and gravy, and the beef was smothered with mushrooms. I had the grilled chicken topped with Swiss cheese, onions and peppers, and gave Rich my mushrooms. Both were very tasty! We had to make one more stop before we got back to the room: donuts for Rich, and a bottle of wine for me!
Check in was at 8:00 in the morning, and the games started at 9:00. They had a nice hospitality room set up for all the players with coffee, danish, granola bars and fruit in the morning, and cold cuts and chips for lunch.
Generally the games last well into the afternoon, but today we were back in the room by 2:00. That was fine with me.....I napped until dinner time! We had seen a place called Emily's Family Restaurant on the way back to the room, so we headed there and had a very nice Ravioli with meatsauce and salad. Made it back it time to watch "Dancing With the Stars!"
The games were over by noon and we headed back to Wauchula. Went over and visited with Roger and Linda and then Bill and Val stopped by to see how we made out at the tournament. Wednesday, Rich and Bill and Roger and Neil went down to the courts and played for a couple of hours, and on Thursday (today) all the ladies played at 8:00am, and Rich went down to Sebring to practice with Gary and Linda.
Tournaments are a lot of fun.........but you sure do get tired out!!!! No more for a couple of weeks and then we're off to Mandeville, La for the Mid South USAPA Tier 3 Regional Tournament!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
About 6:00 Rich and Dean and Roger and Bill took off for the pickelball courts. The four of them are playing in tournaments this weekend so they were out doing lots of drills to improve their soft game and the "third shot". Good Luck this weekend guys!!!
Margie ( of Dean and Margie) is starting a Blog for their Alaska trip this summer, so I went over and spent a few hours helping her get familiar with Blogging. We downloaded Picasa for her pictures. She's going to enjoy her Blog..........When I was leaving, I could tell she was anxious to spend some time exploring her new found hobby!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Since we were already going to be down in Englewood for the pickleball workshops, we made plans to meet up with Dieter and Helen who have a winter home at Circle Woods in Venice.
We scheduled both a beginner workshop to attract new players and a skills/techniques workshop to those who already knew how to play. We made up some flyers for them to promote the workshops, and they also issued a press release.
We really had no idea how many people would show up, and we were absolutelythrilled when people just kept filing in.
It seems that every year, Mother Nature is a key component of the games. True to form, she let the temperatures plunge into the 40's on Thursday night into Friday morning. So everyone was bundled in sweatshirts and pants and some even with earmuffs when they arrived for check-in at 7:30 in the morning. The coffee and donuts were a welcome sight!! By 8:30 - 9:00, the sun was shining brightly and made for a beautiful day, but the winds remained very very gusty.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
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Friday, March 4, 2011
But Thursday evening we hooked up again with Cliff and Carlene; this time at their site here in Peace River. Tonight Cliff was cooking pork roast on the charcoal grill. Actually two small pork roasts; one barbecue and one lemon pepper. Carlene left explicit instructions for Cliff that the roast could be cooked on the grill, but she did NOT want it smoked! Smoked means you don't close the hood. Now - in order to get the roast cooked in the amount of time Carlene insisted it would be done it was necessary for Cliff to CLOSE the hood. All but once - he did a really great job without getting caught!
We arrived there about 4:00, shared a adult beverage and ordeorves while dinner was cooking. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous the past several days. Even this evening was quite pleasant, but the wind was pretty gusty. So we decided to move indoors. (OK Cliff - she's inside! You can close the hood!!)
Dinner was excellent! The pork roast, with a side of applesauce was moist and tender. Accompanying the meat were buttered baby white potatoes, beans, slaw, fruit salad and a delicious five grain Italian bread. After dinner and dishes we chatted over Hawaiian Coffee and dessert - Boston Cream Pie and Rich's homemade potato candy.
Always so much fun meeting up with these two.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
We had not even eaten any breakfast before we left so we stopped for a quick lunch at Subway. Just off I-75, the Subway was located at one of those combination store/gas stations which also featured a DQ and novelty shop. Of course the beverage of choice for Rich's sub was the Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard.
After lunch we wandered around the store a little and found this rack of t-shirts that were three for $10.........so we looked through to see if there were any we liked.
This is one of the two that we chose for Rich!
And he found this brown one for me. I thought it fit me to a T!
And then it was back on the road. Next stop was our hotel.
We had been thinking of staying at the Best Western, but Louann and Nadine found this one, and were coming in on Saturday, so we elected to stay here at the Clarion and meet up with them.
Upon arrival we learned that the computer system had gone down, so we had to wait along with about four other couples ahead of us for about 15-20 minutes before we were checked in. The hotel featured a complimentary breakfast in the morning, a Sam Seltzer Steakhouse, and a great Tiki Bar in the pool area, which was crowded both Friday and Saturday nights. Our room was pool side. Dinner on Friday night was at the Golden Corral........
The doubles competition was on Saturday, and check in time was at 8:00 am. The games began right on time at 8:30 .
Meanwhile, Rich and Gary took the gold in 60-69 age division without losing a match or a game. They came close in a couple of games, pulling from behind to win.
We were back at the hotel before 4:00, met up with Louann and Nadine about 5:15 and headed for the Ft.Myers Ale House. Dinner was absolutely great. Everyone had something different: Salad, Jambalya, Cajan Chicken Pasta. Nice portions and well prepared. Always a good time with these two.
Singles were being played first on Sunday morning, so we didn't need to check in until 11:00, so we could take our time packing up and checking out. Buddy was back on Sunday to partner up with Nadine, and Bruce was there playing with Louann. Once again - all four of them played really well, had some real close matches, but just couldn't get to the medal round. Nancy Meyer and her partner took first place in the 55-59 age group, and Jimmy Maynard and Gail Brown from Tanglewood took first place in the 70+. Both of them made it throught the winners bracket!