Wednesday, June 6, 2012

So we arrived here at The Villages early afternoon on June 1st. Here's a peak at the Villa that we stay in. It's a cute 2 bedroom/2 bath villa, completely furnished. Flat screen TV's with Dish network in both the living room and master bedroom, and also includes a golf cart for our daily use.

 The front entrance area is enclosed with screen as well as sliding glass panes, which I'm sure is very comfortable in the cooler weather.  Very nice, but a little warm, even with the ceiling fan this time of year.

The inside is comfortably furnished - definately nothing fancy, but everything is there that you need.

 The kitchen is pretty well equipped with most anything you need for cooking or entertaining.

The first thing we always need to do when we arrive is to go to the Sales Office in Sumter Landing and pickup our "resident" passes.  This allows us to make use of all the facilities including the pickleball courts and activities at the various recreation centers.     So before getting everything unpacked we left to pick up the passes - and returned to find that we had locked ourselves out!!  We NEVER lock the door from the garage into the kitchen - since the garage door is always closed when we are gone.  So we left without taking any keys!  And yes  - we had to call the landlord to let us back in.

We've both been out to the pickleball courts every morning somewhere between 7:15 and 7:45 AM.   It's been very very warm - but we've stayed on gotten in come pretty good games.  Friends of ours from over near Kissimmee are renting here for the month, and other friends of ours from Ft.Myers are also renting for the month - so we've met up with them most everyday at the courts.  

On Monday I played from 7:15am to about 10:15.  Rich was doing a clinic with Coach Mo at 3:00 and so I joined him and all of our friends at the courts for a couple more hours.  That night Nancy and Cindy were heading to another rec center to play pickleball from 6:00 - 8:00, so I joined them again!

Last night - Tuesday we were invited over to Coach Mo and Jeannie's home for dinner.    In this photo, from left to right is Dennis and Sue along with Mo and Jeannie.

We had a very delicious meal: Pot Roast, Red Potatoes, Salad, Assorted hot vegetables and Breads.

Mo told us of a great way to fix corn on the cob in the microwave!  Place one ear of corn, in the husk in the microwave for four minutes.  Remove and with a sharp knife cut off the flat end of the ear.  Holding the pointed end - you can just slide the husk off the ear and enjoy!

In this picture from left to right is Rich and our friends from Poinciana who are staying for the month, Maurene, Tim and Cathy

As you can see from the table, we are now all enjoying our freshly made strawberry shortcake!!

It was a great evening - great food and lots of laughter!

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