Saturday, January 31, 2015


Tue, Jan. 27 - Cis and Joe invited us to their place for dinner on Tuesday evening.  Stan and Sally joined us as well for a fun evening with friends!

Cis had baked a delicious Chicken Salad Casserole served along with String Beans.  And look at this beautiful Apple Pie.  It was so perfect it looked almost like a decorative ceramic pie!

The guys' table in the living room.

And the girls in the dining room!

After dessert, Joe and Cis and Ken and I enjoyed a couple of competitive games of Euchre.  Sally and Stan had other obligations and had to leave us.

It was a great evening!  Thanks Joe and Cis!!


Fri, Jan 23 - This morning we had an error message on our TV.

This receiver will shut down.  The receiver is running hot.

Oh, horror of horrors!!  We won't be able to watch TV today!!!  Today of all days!!!  The Australian Open tennis is playing all day -- all week!!  And our college in Richmond, VA (Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), currently ranked 16th in the NCAA, is playing St. Louis tonight!!  What can we do??

We called Direct TV.  We tried everything.  We unplugged the Receiver.  We re-plugged the Receiver.  We tested this.  We tested that.  There was nothing to be done.  The receiver is too hot.  So we ordered a replacement receiver to be shipped to us at TT Peace River, but it will not arrive until next week sometime!!!

We asked all of our friends to record the VCU game although we knew we would probably not watch it after the fact.

And then, we had an idea!!!  We stacked wooden "TV Trays" on top of each other and placed a house fan to blow on the Receiver to cool it.  It worked!!!

With the new set up, we were able to watch the VCU game against St. Louis!!  (They won in the last seconds of the game!)  We could record and watch the Australian Open tennis all day and all night!!!  The fan kept the Receiver cool and in turn, kept us cool!!!

Hopefully, we will be able to install the replacement receiver when it arrives!!  Can't live with this set-up forever!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


At the end of my posting of January 03, I mentioned that Joe and Cis had brought us quite a bit of Venison from Pennsylvania.  Joe said that 2014 had been a very good season for deer hunting and we reaped the benefit!!  Thank you so much, guys!!  This is how we have enjoyed it, so far!!!


Sun, Jan 11 - Today we prepared a package of Venison Chops given to us by Joe and Cis.  I used the slow cooker recipe that we used last year.  The result was delicious, although the presentation does not quite live up to the flavor!!  The chops were wonderful!!!


Tue, Jan 20 - Joe and Cis had given us a large package of venison roast!!  Ken and I had no idea how to prepare it; besides, it was more than we could eat!  But then we had an brilliant idea!!  We "hired" two chefs to prepare the roast for us!!

We discovered that friends Barb and Mitch were going to be at TT Orlando while we were here.  They were staying in a Get-Away Cabin to meet up with a group of Monaco friends.  Also, Marie and Keith were going to be at TT Orlando after the big Tampa RV Show.  All of us have been good friends for years.

Mitch is a chef by hobby and enjoys preparing special dishes for all of their friends.  Keith is a Chef and teaches culinary arts to his students in Pennsylvania.  So - we told them about the Venison Roast and we all arranged a venison dinner with the two chefs demonstrating their culinary skills in preparing the roast!!!

Keith and Mitch carve the Venison Roast!

All of us prepared to sit down for dinner!!  Marie, Keith, Barb, Mitch, Faye and Ken!

For dinner:  Spinach Mandarin Orange Salad, Venison Roast with Blueberry Reduction Sauce, Sauteed Mushrooms, and Minnesota Wild Rice.  Not pictures is the Big Joe cake for dessert!

Our hostess and chef, Barb and Mitch!

Ken and Faye enjoying a bottle of Romantic Girl Cab from Sally and Stan!

It was Keith and Marie's 46th Anniversary.  So we all toasted them on the big occasion!

It was a wonderful evening with good friends.  And the Venison Roast Dinner was DELICIOUS!!!  A big thanks to all involved!!


Mon, Jan 19 - Boy is it COLD here at TT Orlando!!  In fact, it's been so cold in the mornings that we didn't even leave the RV until after 11 o'clock!!  By that time, all the Pickleball players were leaving the courts.

But, this morning I was brave and ventured over to the Pickleball courts.  There were a million players there!!!  Or so it seemed.  I got busy and took some pictures of the action!

One match had just finished playing.

Here is the action taking place on the other courts.

And all of these players were waiting for an open court!

Cold weather does not seem to bother some people!!!  Have fun, Guys!!  Burrrrr!!!

Monday, January 19, 2015


Sun, Jan 18 - We joined Judge and Pauline and friends when they threw a party to watch the Conference Playoff Game - Seattle Seahawks against the Green Bay Packers!  Judge had steamed up five pounds of jumbo shrimp.  UUMMMMM!  People brought meatballs, salad, cheese spread, spinach dip, salsa and chips, plus cakes for dessert!  What a spread!!

The game was good!!  Looked like Green Bay had it all the way, but the Seahawks came alive late in the second half and made some unbelievable plays to win the game!!  Yeah!!!

Here are the guys enjoying the game.

And the gals enjoying some Virginia Moonshine that Pauline shared with us!

What a fun afternoon!!!  Thanks Guys!!


Mon, Jul 12 - Monday is Rib Night at Miller's Ale House near TT Orlando.  When we were with Judge and Pauline on Sunday, we all decided to go for ribs on Monday night.

Here we are, each with a full rack of ribs in front of us!!  Just as good as they were when we were here a few weeks ago.  YUMMMMM!  Only $10.95 and enough left over for another meal!

We think The Ale House ribs are just as good as The Oakwood Smokehouse in Clermont.  Besides, The Ale House is closer and the special price for the full rack at The Smokehouse on Sunday-Wednesday is up to $13.45.

Sunday, January 11, 2015


Sun, Jan 11 - This afternoon we stopped by to visit our acquaintances Judge and Pauline from Virginia.  For several years they have had an annual campsite near Ken's son Mike and Diane at the TT Chesapeake Bay campground.  Mike called the other day and said Judge and Pauline are down at TT Orlando.  We came in here on Friday and looked them up yesterday and again today.

Pauline recently retired so they gave up their annual site, bought a new fifth wheel and hit the road!!  TT Orlando is their first stop!!

Have fun on the road Judge and Pauline!!


Sat, Jan 10 - Back in March/April 2014, I ended up in the hospital in Wauchula, FL for 10 days with a really bad case of Pneumonia.  The day after I was admitted, Ken brought me a beautiful pink plant to cheer me up.

After I left the hospital, we kept the plant but had no idea if it would live or not.  Here we are almost a year later.  The plant died back but came to life again (just like me!!  HA HA).  Today I took this picture of the beautiful plant!!  Can't believe it!!

Thank you, Ken, for the beautiful plant!!!  Anyone know what type of plant it is???


Sat, Jan 03 - Good friends Sally and Stan invited us over to their site at Torrey Oaks to share a Smoked Pork Roast that Stan had been smoking all day long!!

I caught Stan in the last hour of smoking and took this picture of the fragrant roast!!

Enjoying the dinner:  Good friends Joe and Cis, Lance, Hostess Sally, Chef Stan, Husband Ken!!

Pic from the other end of the table:  Stan, Ken, Laurie (Lance's wife), Joe and Cis.  Cis is serving up some of my Fried Apples.  Next down the center of the table is a platter of Stan's Sliced Pork, Sally's Garlic Bread, Laurie's Mac Salad, Cis' Cheesy Potato Casserole!  YYUUMMMMMM!!  Delicious meal!!

After dinner we all enjoyed Sally's Pecan Pie and some kind of Almond dessert.  All very fattening and delicious!!!  Thank you Sally and Stan!!!

Speaking of Joe and Cis, Joe and his family (including the young grandchildren) spent Deer Season hunting deer.  When they came down from Pennsylvania, they brought us several packages of Deer Chops and a nice Venison Roast, and two pounds of ground Venison!!!  Joe said they had a very successful hunting season in 2014!!  Thanks you, guys!!!  We can't wait to enjoy!!!