Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Then I plan to drive nearby to visit a cousin and aunt, one of two of my dad's remaining siblings. I'm really looking forward to seeing them.
Traci asked what we ate at the Colombia Restaurant. I had Pollo Tropical: char-grilled breast of chicken, marinated in fresh garlic, oregano and orange juice, topped with mango and pineapple chutney, served with rice and vegetables. Dick had Boliche "Crillo": Eye round of beef stuffed with chorizo and roasted in a flavorful gravy, and served with black beans and rice, topped with onions and plantanos. Also had fabulous Cuban bread, 1905 tossed salad (had never heard of that, but it was good and loaded with garlic), and flan for dessert. That was heavenly...and certainly not on the WW program!
Tonight's dinner features roast beef, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans almandine, rolls and strawberry shortcake. An all steel band will entertain us afterward. I love that! I wonder if anyone will try the limbo. Naw, not at our age! Have you ever tried the limbo?
Happy Saturday. Life is good!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Isn’t this tile wall beautiful? It is a whole wall on the outside of the restaurant. The inside had loads more tile, stained glass, pretty chandeliers, and loads of intricate woodwork and pottery.
The food was pretty good, and the dancing wasn’t half bad; the company was great, so all in all, it was a successful evening.
We had our business meeting after breakfast and got that out of the way this morning, then 15 of us ladies headed to town for a nice luncheon at Grill Smith Restaurant and a fun time.
Tonight’s dinner features BBQ ribs and chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, corn on the cob, garlic bread, and nanner puddin’ (we’ll see if it is as good as mine!).
We eat well at these rallies, as you can tell. And we’ll be entertained by a trio after dinner tonight! Lucky us.
Our Friday has been fantastic. I hope yours is also.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Here is the recipe:
Tortellini Tuscan Stew
1(2 lb) butternut squash, peeled and seeded, cut into 1" chunks
1 large zucchini cut in 1" chunks
1 large yellow summer squash, cut in 1" chunks
1 large onion, diced
1 large red bell pepper, cut in 1" dice (I did not use)
4 oz thin green beans, trimmed and cut in 2" lengths
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 14 ½ oz can chicken or vegetable broth
2 Tbs fresh oregano chopped
1 ½ tsp chopped garlic
3/4 tsp salt
1 9 oz pkg fresh cheese tortellini
1 5 oz bag baby spinach
3 Tbs grated Parmesan cheese (I used more)
Combine all ingredients, except tortellini, spinach, and Parmesan cheese, in a 5 quart or larger slow cooker. Cover and cook on high 3 hours, or low 6 hours.
Uncover; turn slow cooker to high and stir in tortellini. Cover; continue to cook 15 minutes, or until pasta is almost tender.
Uncover; gently stir in spinach and Parmesan. Cover; cook 5 minutes until spinach is cooked down and tortellini is tender.
Let me know if you try it, OK?
My shopping trip to Jo-Ann's was successful. It was a 'crafty' venture, not looking for fabric, but for ribbons and yarn. I found several colors of ribbons, and they were only fifty cents a roll! I'll post a photo of the project when it is completed. And for my half-off item (one only), I bought an ironing blanket. I know, not very exciting, but ironing is necessary occasionally and it is NOT one of my favorite chores. And at $8, it was the most expensive item in my basket, so I of course used it on that one.
So today we are stowing, hooking up the 'towed,' and pulling out, heading across the state to Tampa for a Monaco RV club rally that begins today and goes through Monday morning. The whole group will be eating at Ybor City's Colombia Restaurant tonight, complete with a flamenco dance performance. Alrighty. I'll let y'all know if it was hokey or not.
It will be fun seeing old friends...Sherman and Pat will be there, so we are excited about that! Then we are meeting up with special folks on Monday. Stay tuned...
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
We are back to the moho after spending two hours at the local Social Security office. Dick turns 65 next month, so he had to go take care of business. Talk about chaotic and frustrating, that it was! Long lines, tinny sounding PA system...no fun, but I had a book to keep me occupied...and now Dick is all set with his registration with Medicare. He happily got to cancel his part of our medical insurance with BCBS. Woohoo...more travel funds!!!
Life is good!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Tonight will be a sensible Tortellini Tuscan Stew, a new recipe I found that I want to try out.
So what's for dinner at your house?
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I already knew I was dumber than the fifth graders...but now it's the preschoolers.
A PRE-SCHOOL TEST FOR YOU
Which way is the bus below traveling? To the left or to the right? Can't make up your mind? Look carefully at the picture again. Still don't know? Pre-schoolers all over the United States were shown this picture and asked the same question. 90% of the pre-schoolers gave this answer:
"The bus is traveling to the left." When asked, "Why do you think the bus is traveling to the left?" They answered, "Because you can't see the door to get on the bus."
How do you feel now??? I know; me, too. But my excuse is that I always walked to school!
Have a nice Saturday!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
They may never leave, especially after sampling breakfast at John G's this morning.
Houston, we have a problem!
The drive along the beach was just perfect yesterday. The weather has been fabulous (I hate to rub that in), and the forecast is for more sunshine and warmth this week. What's not to love?
Our neighbors invited us over for happy hour, so we invited them to have dinner with us. It was the right thing to do, especially with Bob/Lynne still MIA (missing in action). The Cuban pork was a big hit, as was the companionship. And we still have leftover pork. I think I mentioned a large butt!
So, we'll putz around for the afternoon...hope that Bob/Lynne make moho progress and we that get to see them soon, and enjoy another evening outside on the patio...and watch the election results from Massachusetts. May the best man win!
That's it today from paradise. Life is good! I hope yours is the same...
Monday, January 18, 2010
We left the farm and drove Hypoluxo Road OVER the Turnpike (Dad never thought that would happen) all the way to SR 7, and of course went to Willis Gliderport and visited Lyn. Mike and Jennie both enjoyed seeing our old stomping grounds and meeting some of our old friends.
Today we plan to take a ride over to the beach and maybe end up at John G's for lunch. Bob and Lynne are having moho troubles, so they are still MIA but hope to be here today.
Have a fabulous Monday! Life is short...make fun of it!!!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Marinate overnight in a large plastic bag or Tupperware:
Rub the meat with olive oil, then salt and pepper; put in bag and add a slice of onion and 3-4 cloves of garlic then add one bottle of Goya Citrus Marinade.
Crock Pot: place all of the ingredients into the crock pot and cook on medium for about 7 hours. Maybe longer, if using a large butt (snicker).
Serve with coleslaw. Bask in the rave reviews...
Friday, January 15, 2010
It rained on us last night, so Dick got out this morning and cleaned the outside of all our windows. Gotta love a guy who'll do windows! Thanks, honey. I can see clearly now the rain has come.......oh yes, Bob Marley will be playing in my head...........which will be a nice rhythm as I run the vacuum. I don't like that job, but it's gotta get done.
Enjoy your day, and please pray for the folks in Haiti. This devastation hit an already impoverished country. My heart goes out to all those affected. Have you made a donation yet? We have...and I challenge you to do the same, but make sure your donation counts by giving it to a reputable organization that will get it to the folks. They need food and water, those basics of life that we mostly take for granted. We are blessed!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
So, today is warm and beautiful. Just what Florida is supposed to be, right? Dick put up the table umbrella, put LED lights on our hedge, and generally got our patio shaped up so that we can actually get outside and enjoy it. That's good, since we'll have four folks visiting with us for a few days and eating outside is what we like to do.
Speaking of eating means that I am working on my grocery list and trying to decide what to prepare and what I need to purchase. Decisions, decisions. Rain is predicted for Saturday night, so eating out might be good for that night. I'm thinking Cuban pork for Sunday night. Yep, that sounds good. And it feeds a crowd.
Whatever you do today, make it a great one. Life is good!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I left my moho cocoon last night for the first time since Saturday to enjoy dinner out. It felt good. Dinner tasted good. I have re-joined the human race. The couch potato has been harvested, as Barb put it!
And warm temps are on the way, so it is time for a pedicure to get my toes ready for exposure in sandals and flip flops. Sorry to flaunt that to those still freezing, but I am in Florida for a reason—avoiding all that cold stuff!
Enjoy your hump day. Life is good!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
“Dick, why are you on your knee with the camera?”
“So I can get the sign in the photo.”
See Dick? See Dick wearing Sarge’s hair? Hehe Serves you right, buddy!
Bee and Charlie looked great, and Sarge is feeling better. It was great seeing them again.
Our breakfast was fantastic as usual. I didn’t forget that Haley asked what we ate—cinnamon-nut French toast, silly girl. You knew that. And fresh fruit cup. We’ll go back next week, since Bob and Lynne and Mike and Jennie are all coming down here over the weekend, seeking warm temps. Woohoo to good friends, good food, and good weather!!! Bring it on…I’m ready!
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
No fever. I'm not contagious, well, unless someone kisses me...like that's gonna happen! No danger there, as I look like death warmed over. I am on drugs...and they are working. Hallelujah...I can breathe; the coughing is almost normal; and I am at the computer for the first time today! Progress. I have been a real couch potato all day.
As Miz Scarlett said, "Tomorrow will be a better day."
Do I hear an amen?
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
More of that stuff has fallen.
See photo of FL from yesterday's post.
Now you know why old people go to Florida for the winter! I rest my case.
Happy Friday, y'all! Stay warm!!!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
We have a date this morning with our financial planner. We already know our 401K is only a 101K, but he and Dick like to discuss stuff and make predictions on where the economy is going and when it might recover and stuff like that. And we get a nice lunch, too!
Well, it is also laundry day and time to pay homage to Publix this afternoon. Tonight we'll meet with a whole bunch of Dick's classmates/friends for dinner. We started Thursday night dinners together last winter, and they sorta kept it up since we left, so we'll get it into high gear tonight. Minus Dan and Joan, who are now in Mayberry freezing their hoohaas off. Y'all need to bring that Airstream down here, my dears! Forget that remodeling for awhile and come down and thaw out!
So that is Thursday from the moho. Oh yes, we loved It's Complicated, and laughed ourselves silly all during it. It has some really good lines and comical, adult situations.
Whatever you do today, bundle up and stay warm and make it a great day!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I mentioned this on Facebook but plum forgot to mention it here. Dick and I got to meet blogging friend Barb Saturday morning! Umm, yes, there should be a photo here to prove it, but did either one of us think about it? Heck no! We were too busy eating breakfast and talking...and talking...and laughing! Another missed opportunity, but we'll fix that next time. It is always fun meeting in the real. And did any of you know (besides Bee and Charlie) that Barb is almost 6' tall! You sure can't tell by her itty bitty bio photo, but she is. I had pictured her at about my height (5'6"), but I was wrong. She wears her height well. And next time I want to meet 'da boyz'.
My big outting today is maybe to Walmart to get a few things on my growing list. Whatever you do today, make it a happy one, and stay warm! And wash your hands often!!!
Monday, January 4, 2010
We are back from a run to the local Sam's Club to see what there is to see and to pick up beer. You do remember that Mayberry is dry, don't you? That means that folks drink wet and vote DRY...and we get the trash and not the sales tax. Plain dumb.
So that is our big outting for the day. I still need to put a few things away and clean up a bit. I'm trying to pace myself.
Temps are supposed to be down in the high 30s tonight, so it will be a crock pot soup night.
Stay warm. Life is good!
Sunday, January 3, 2010
The internet satellite wouldn't cooperate, so Dick had to go up top and manhandle it and much tweaking and cussing later, it is now working. Some transmitter won't cooperate, so we may have to have it fixed, since it is supposed to be automatic and not require any manhandling. He is great at fixing most anything...and has a determined attitude to git'er done.
He is enjoying his personal TV out on the chilly patio, as I am enjoying my own here in the warm coach. Wade and Ginger brought over our patio umbrella out of their storage unit, so Dick is taking care of the patio while I am...........catching up on my blogging friends. Fair trade, right?
Enjoy your Sunday. Ours appears to be a lazy one!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
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