Saturday, October 18, 2008
Playing Pickleball is not the only thing we do!! We all got together one evening for a wonderful dinner at El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant in Gloucester, VA. No two-for-one Margaritas this time, but I think we would all agree that the meal was delicious and plentiful!! And a good time was had by all
We clean up pretty good, don’t we?
[Front Row: Faye, Diane, Linda, Vickie, Krystal, Austin, Mickey
Back: Cal, Roger, Dennis, Bob, ??, Barb and Ray]
Friday, October 17, 2008
We can’t quite believe it, but it's true!! We still have a really good group of Pickleball players at the preserve. We play every morning and some play in the evenings as well.
[Front Row: Jerry, Katelyn, Mike, Barb, Vickie, Austin, Jeff and Roger
Back: Rita, Gilbert, Ron, MikeE, and Dennis]
The next generation of Pickleball Players.
[Katelyn, Jeff and Austin]
Diane after an especially rewarding shot.
Barb and Faye after winning over Dennis!!! YEAH!!!
ANOTHER PICKLE PINNING CEREMONY
What a great group of new (and almost new) players at TT Chesapeake Bay. We decided we needed to have another Pickle Pinning Ceremony for those who had not received their Pickles to show their love of the game. Eleven new inductees.
A BIG EVENT AT TT CHESAPEAKE BAY
I told my son, Barry, it was a lot like a shuttle launch. All the preparation and count down to the last minute, and then have to abort!! Let’s hope we can start in the middle of the countdown this time and do not have to start all over.
Will keep you advised.
We called 911 and they switched us to the Gloucester Ambulance Service. By 9:30 AM we were in the emergency room of Walter Reed Hospital.
This has happened two times before –in Cottonwood, AZ and in Indio, CA. Both times he was taken to emergency, sedated, hip popped back in position, and we were gone.
Not so this time. Because it was the third time, the doctors were very concerned. They would not set the hip in the Emergency Room. We had to wait for an Operating Room was available. At 3:30 PM they finally released Ken to come home. What an exhausting day!!!
In the meantime, I contacted Ken’s Orthopedic Surgeon in Richmond who had done the hip replacement years ago and is scheduled to do the knee replacement surgery. The decision was that we would have to cancel the knee replacement surgery and set up an appointment (Tuesday 10/21) to review the hip problem.
[Ken’s hip is OK now.]
Thursday, October 16, 2008
While we were at the Elk’s Lodge in Richmond, I decided to make a Birthday Brunswick Stew for myself. Ever hear of Mrs. Fearnow’s Brunswick Stew? It’s made in this area and distributed in the southeast. My recipe was close to Mrs. F’s.
[Right is my sister Beryle and husband, Harold.]
I invited my siblings and their families to help us eat it. And, my daughter, Stasia came up from North Carolina for the occasion. It surely did bring back some old time memories.
[Left is my brother, Nelson and puppy, Buddy.]
When we were young and growing up, we lived on a farm. Several times a year, Mom and Dad made a BIG Brunswick Stew for friends and family. Back then we had to pick and shell the butter beans, pick and shuck the corn, pick and peel the tomatoes, kill and clean the chicken, and so on. It took the whole day, adding ingredients and stirring, stirring, stirring. It was soooo good.
[Here is my sister, Jean and husband, Bob.]
Not the same for Faye’s Stew – grocery store chicken and canned ingredients according to the Fearnow’s recipe. Still it took all day adding ingredients and stirring, stirring, and stirring. It was really, really good. UUUUMMMMMM!!
[And here is my kid brother, Chip and wife, Biddie.]
[My niece, Deb (Beryle's daughter) and her husband, Jeff.]
[Here is my daughter, Stasia who drove all the way up from North Carolina for her Mother's birthday!]
[And here is the Birthday Girl, herself, and husband, Ken!!]
We all had a wonderful time!!!
MIKE AND DIANE TAKE US OUT FOR MY BIRTHDAY!!
On Wednesday, October 1, Mike and Diane took us both out to an enormous and delicious dinner at Zorba’s Greek Restaurant in Richmond to celebrate my birthday (October 2). We had a wonderful meal starting with Mussels Marinara and Burchetta. We need not have ordered the appetizers because portions for dinner were huge and we could not begin to eat it all – succulent Baked Pasta for Ken and the Birthday Girl, Eggplant Parmesan for Mike, and Beef Tenderloin with Wine Sauce for Diane!!!
Thank you Mike and Diane for a wonderful Birthday Dinner!!!
BUT!! Just a few days later, Ken lost a tooth. We thought it was the cap put on by Patty in Mexico. But, when we returned to the dentist, it was not the cap. It was a broken tooth. The dentist filed it down and bonded it. Now Ken’s teeth are fine!! But, Dr. Padgett is still expensive!!
So, you western travelers who have been going to Patty Vicente in Mexico – you’ve got a good one!!
PS. If you happen to run into Brian and Ilene, tell them our story. If you have their cell phone number, please share it with us. Have not been in touch with them for awhile.