Friday, January 15, 2010

The Ides of January....

Yes, indeed, January is half over and I'm still on the first week!! The good news is we are all moved into the new motorhome and it is warm again! We are still at Camp Lazy Days and I have not cooked in over three weeks....yikes!...but not to worry....they feed us three wonderful meals every day at the Crown Club so Bob is not starving to a matter of fact we don't even want to think about the pounds we have probably gained!! And we discovered those new little Jello Mousse Temptation thingys.....and they are indeed, tempting! Yes, they are sugar-free and only 60 calories of pure dark, rich fluffy chocolate, so of course, we must have dessert every evening when we return to the motorhome. Yes, I think I am liking this "not cooking" thing! Besides, it will keep my new kitchen looking just like new forever! :) Why didn't I come up with this plan sooner??? If only I can convince Bob that he just needs to eat popcorn and Jello Mousse Temptations as a regular diet, I would have it made. But, alas, my meat and potatoes guy is not going to fall for that one. He does, however, like to eat out!!! (He just plain likes to EAT!) :)
It has been so cold here in Tampa that the Spanish Moss must be frozen and all of the other plants are surely dead!! But we have had a great time here as someone is always coming in to visit. Lots of folks from Florida Grande have been down and joined us for Happy Hour or lunch. And Sunday Paul and Connie Anderson had us all up for lunch at their place in Ocala. She is a great cook and it was fun to spend time with them again, along with the Nankivell's and Howie.

Good buddies..Howie, Connie, Paul, Paula, Tom and Bob

Doug and JoAnn (yes, Filmore's parents!) came by last week and we had a delightful visit with them, despite the cold temperatures. Howard and Linda Payne came down to Tampa for the RV Show and we met them along with Doug and JoAnn, Bill and Debbie, Arlene and Kevin and Jackie and Tony Albacini for dinner on Wednesday evening. Howard and Linda had organized a little "Meet and Greet" at the Tampa Show for Thursday so we all gathered there for a little visit. Oh...and it was 73 degrees and sunshine for the day!!! We were some happy campers!! :)

I had gotten an email from Maryann and Bill Parham who have been reading "the blogs" and met Bobbie and Jim Chapman in Coffeyville, KS. They are here in Leesburg and drove up to meet us all today at the show. What a lovely couple!! We made a plan to visit our favorite Saturday haunt, Sleepy Hollow on Saturday the if you're going to be near the area, plan on meeting us for those great $5.00 steaks at Sleepy Hollow! We sure look forward to seeing them again!

Bill, Maryann, Jim and Bobbie

Of course my camera is "somewhere" in the MH, so I "borrowed" this photo from Bobbie's blog!!! Thanks Bobbie!!

It was also really nice to spend some time getting to know Howard and Linda Payne better...they joined us for Happy Hour at Lazy Days and we spent a lot of time just chatting and laughing, and of course, solving all the world's problems. RV'ers are such a friendly lot and we are truly privileged to meet so many wonderful folks. Howard and Linda share so much of themselves with everyone...we really enjoyed our time with them!

Bill and Helen Moll are also here in Tampa so we're meeting for breakfast at Cracker Barrell this morning!! And it's going to be 75 degrees today!! Yes, indeed, life is good and my toes are warm again!! Where are my flipflops??

Oh, and that lovely frozen fountain marks the entrance to Paul and Connie's place in Ocala...that was on Sunday. Somehow it just seems wrong for fountains to be frozen by the palms!!! That's my story, though, and I'm sticking to it!! I just hope I never see it again!!

Hugs to everyone, and I hope it is warmer, wherever you are!


MarkandRenita said...

Even sadder than the frozen fountain are the dead plants at its base. Still a neat image.

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Glad you guys are getting warm again. My folks are just a bit north of Ocala, in Williston. They had to take all their winter plants into the motorhome to save them. What a change of weather for Florida. Almost makes us not want to leave Wisconsin to visit there anymore---- kidding!

Jim and Bobbie said...

You're welcome, Molly. Happy to lend you any of my photos. Yes, the Parhams are delightful people and we enjoyed our visit with them also. Bobbie

Doug & JoAnn said...

We really enjoyed spending time with you all & getting to know you better. Hope we can meet up again sometime soon down the road.
Doug, JoAnn & Fillmore

Richard said...

did not know you guys were still at rally park.We were at the rv show today.Hope things are good with your new unit.How long are you going to stay at lazydays?Hope
to see you in Texas if not before.
Rich & mary

Happytrails said...

Sounds like a great gathering!! Glad you were able to get together with so many folks. What fun!!

It is beginning to feel like normal temperatures here at the Plantation. Finally!!

Have fun!

Debbie Goode said...

Great blog! We sure enjoyed our time with you all and hope we meet up again soon!

KK said...

Glad to see Tootsie has warm tootsies again! You need an Oscar to sleep with. It says 70 on my window thingy, but I think it is really cooler. Forgot my pocketbook this morning and I was not about to fight the traffic back and forth again. Of course all my meds are in it. But I did have an extra lipstick in my desk drawer so all is well. Glad you are finally moved and eating and eating. I had a snapdragon blooming in that 2 feet of snow we had. Must be the horse manure!

Terry said...

87 yesterday here in the Valley.. No fountains like that anywhere close to here. Looks like we may have finally come out on top weatherwise. Lousy weather from Since leaving Indy Oct 1 out to AZ and down here in TX temp wise. We finally got 4 days in a row in shorts and T sirts since we arrived the last week of November...Life is good!