Saturday, September 27, 2008
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- FAYE, JIMMY, AND DIANE (Absent)!!!”
Hate to say it, but, I’m having ANOTHER birthday coming up on October 2nd!! Our daughter-in-law, Diane, celebrated her much younger birthday last week. And, our friend Jimmy recently had a birthday, too. We decided to have a joint birthday party.
Diane was going to bring soup. I was providing grilled cheese sandwiches, and Jimmy’s wife, Delores, bought the Birthday Cake.
And then it RAINED!! Delores and Jimmy and Ken and I were the only ones from our group at the Campground. All of our other friends stayed at home. What to do?????
Delores had a great idea. Let’s cut the cake anyway!! OK!!!
I brought the makings for grill cheese sandwiches (perfectly grilled by Delores)!!
And Ken made his delicious Tomato Basil Soup.
We four had a fun and tasty dinner together.
Followed by delicious Birthday Cake.
Then I had a HUGH surprise!! Delores had made a birthday present for me!! You will never guess what it is!! All of you Pickleball players will be SO JEALOUS!!!
She had printed a tee shirt for me. The picture came from our BLOG -- The 2008 Thousand Trails 1st Annual Pickleball Tournament!! What a surprise!!
THANK YOU, Delores, for the birthday celebration and the perfect memento!!!
Monday, September 22, 2008
I've developed what feels like Arthur in my right hip and I have to hobble onto the courts. My play has not been very good lately
Ken, however, is worse off than I. He has had arthritis in his right knee for years. With playing so much pickleball, his knee has been killing him!! Today we saw his orthopedic surgeon and scheduled knee replacement surgery for Friday, October 17. Assuming all goes well with surgery and recovery, we will begin on our tentative schedule on November 18th, when we hope to leave for Florida again!!
Wish us luck!!
10/07/08 10/16/08 TTN Chesapeake Bay, VA
10/17/08 10/17/08 Ken has Knee Replacement Surgery, Richmond
10/16/08 10/27/08 Elk’s Lodge, Richmond, VA (Faye staying in RV; Ken in Rehab??)
10/27/08 12/01/08 TTN Chesapeake Bay, VA
12/01/08 12/04/08 Traveling
12/04/08 12/15/08 TTN Orlando, FL
12/15/08 12/18/08 Extend at TTN Orlando, FL
12/18/08 01/01/09 TTN Peace River, FL
01/01/09 02/01/09 TTN Peace River, FL RENT JANUARY
02/01/09 02/15/09 TTN Orlando, FL
02/15/09 03/01/09 TTN Peace River, FL
03/01/09 03/15/09 TTN Orlando, FL
03/15/09 03/29/09 TTN Peace River, FL
I went to the evening performances. (That’s why my pictures are sooo dark.)
Then I remembered – my flash has a setting to make the background bright. I tried that one. Now, I see. The camera should have been on a tripod!!
All of the performances were great and enjoyed by all. We look forward to the 3rd Annual!!
Sam & Barbara learned Pickleball in Texas last Thanksgiving. They really enjoy the game!!
Bill, Charlotte, and Dennis are all “A” players. We know them best from playing at TT Orlando.
Wayne is a great player, too. He is stopping here after being at Hershey.
We are thrilled to welcome them all!!!
DEL AND JERRY BRING HANNA TO TT CHESAPEAK BAY
Sunday, September 21, 2008
[Thursday, July 18, 2008] We have been talking about this for awhile. Analog is OUT – Digital is IN. So – today we decided to replace our old 1999 Analog TV in the bedroom with a new flat screen LCD. We have been looking at TVs at Sam’s, Costco, Circuit City, and Wal-Mart every time we were in the stores. Finally, we compromised on a 19” LCD Television. (Ken wanted a 22”.)
We went FROM THIS --
First, Ken removed the old TV from its built-in frame.
After taking measurements, we went to Wal-Mart and made the purchase.
Then, next door to Home Depot where we had them cut a piece of plywood and support strips to proper size to fit into the frame opening.
While Ken screwed in the support strips,
Ken then screwed the plywood onto the support strips.
Next, we installed the TV Wall Mount onto the plywood.
After a Pizza break -
We connected the electric cord and the TV cable and mounted the TV onto the Wall Mount,.
This evening we are lying in bed watching our new Sanyo 19” LCD High Definition Digital Television.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Several years ago, when we came back to Virginia, we introduced our favorite game, Pickleball, to family and friends who are “seasonal campers” at our home park, Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay. We ordered Spike’s Paddles for them and taught them the rules and strategies of the game.
But, for years we could only get a very few people interested in playing.
Joanne and Rick
Eddie, Ken, Keith and Mark
Tim, Gilbert, Scott and Julie (Tim’s wife)
Scott, MikeE (hidden), Gilbert and Mike
Faye gives a rousing “O”vation before pinning for some of the local players.
Mike, Tim, Julie, Scott, MikeE, Keith and his daughter, Ashley.
Bill, Eddie, Gilbert and Mark squatting. Jack and Winzell were visiting at the time.
Delores, our newest player; Katelyn, Mike’s daughter and a very enthusiastic player; and Butch who came down from Hershey. (Notice my new Pickleball shirt!!!)
What a thrill it was when our long-time friends Wayne and Nancy visited the park from Montana and Arizona. It just happened that two other couples, who are good friends, were visiting at the same time. What FUN!!
Wayne and Nancy took us under their wings when we were just learning about Pickleball; Karen and Harry visiting from Pennsylvania; and Ralph and Mary from Kentucky.
Lynn and Steve have traveled around the country. They know and played with many of our friends.
Bill’s first love is Tennis, but he joins us on the Pickleball court occasionally.
We first met Jack on the beginner’s court at Thousand Trails Peace River, FL this past winter. He said he was afraid to play with me (Faye). Said I kept yelling at him in Florida. “Get up to the line!!” “Stay back; Stay back!!”“Let it bounce!!”
Gilbert and Eddie untangle lines for the nets.
Soon, they were asking, “When can we have a tournament??”
Monday, Labor Day, seemed the perfect time. So we organized and ran a tournament -- the first for most of the players. We explained to all participants that it would be a round-robin format, strictly Luck-of-the-Draw. We had FOURTEEN participants for the First Annual Labor Day Pickleball Tournament!! A Great Time was had by all!!
Tournament Participants: Delores, Butch, Faye, Ken, Joanne, Rick, Linda, Wayne, Jack, Julie, Tim, Keith, Katelyn and her dad, Mike.
(Right to Left) Rick, lst Place.
Participants pose with our Winners!!