Thursday, February 27, 2014

Time flies when you're having fun!

I really wonder how I ever had time to work!!  But then again, when I worked, I wasn't perfecting the art of piddling, gazing at the birds, exercising regularly and taking time to smell the roses!  ;-)

We've been incredibly busy since the last post and I am quite sure that I will leave something out of the list of things we have done!  We have had a birthday party (Maggie!), held a celebration of life for our friend Marty, kayaked the Rainbow with friends, biked in Cedar Key to check on the owls and eagle, and have participated in a bunch of activities at the park.  Dan has also put new tires on the rig, gotten new bearings pressed, and installed a hydraulic thing-a-ma-jiggy!

For Maggie's birthday, a group of us went to "The Freezer" in Homosassa for a late lunch.  The place has gotten great reviews and is a hit with the locals.  The place was packed when we got there and the crowds never really thinned out.  The menu is not expansive but the food is yummy.  I managed to eat over a pound of steamed shrimp all by myself!  ;-)  And a few garlic butter chicken wings that were wonderful.   After lunch, we hit a few geocaches in the area. That night, back at the clubhouse, we had cake and ice cream.
Happy Birthday Maggie!
She loved her cake!
We had gotten a copy of a picture of Maggie mimicking Cousin Eddie in Christmas Vacation. There was one scene when Eddie was emptying the black tank in the street drain.  Maggie did a great job of imitating Cousin Eddie so we had to take advantage of it!!

We also had a group of friends get together for a celebration of life for our friend Marty.  Marty passed away in September and her presence is missed at the park.
Dot, Cliff, Connie, Tammy, Maggie, Syl, Rod
Tricia, Dan, Gin (Vel was taking the picture; not sure how we missed Charlie!)
 Everyone brought "nosh" (appetizer/snack) and Charlie and I grilled pizzas.
Getting the pizzas ready to grill

Chef Charlie
Dot and Rod enjoying pizza; Gin acting silly!
After pizza, Dan lit a campfire....

We all had wine corks and one by one, threw them in the fire and shared a special memory of Marty.  We know that she was smiling down on us.

We joined our friends Nancy and Bill and Gail and Rick for a paddle on the Rainbow River.  Gin, Syl, Dan and I packed lunches and headed over to Rainbow Springs State Park.  The weather was absolutely perfect!  We ate lunch at Nancy and Bill's campsite and then enjoyed paddling (or motoring!) the river.  It was great catching up with everyone.

The next day, Nancy and Bill and Gail and Rick came to Cedar Key for a bike ride.    We enjoyed eating lunch at Pelican Place (our patio area!).
Smiles and laughter at Pelican Place
The bikes were packed up and we drove down to the marina in Cedar Key.  It was a perfect day for a bike ride.
Taking in the sights
We were on a mission to see if the eagles and owls were in their nests.  It was our lucky day!
Papa Owl close by.....watching the nest 
The owlets had hatched since the last time we were there.  We got glimpses of their downy heads but I was not quick enough to get their picture.
Mama Owl - we think there are two owlets
We watched them for awhile and then pedaled off to check on the eagle's nest.

Wow - the baby eagles have gotten so big!
These guys were moving all around the nest,ducking in and poking out.  They would walk around the edges as well.  Mama eagle was close by watching them/.

We pedaled out to the airport and actually saw a plane land.  We then started our way back to the marina....taking in the sites along the way.
Pier on the left; the old Honeymoon Cottage on the right
The group parked their bikes to check out the pier.
Plenty of people were fishing and Bill and Rick got some pointers from the fishermen.  Gin was having fun with the pelicans.
Pelican whisperer! 
We really enjoyed showing Bill, Nancy, Gail and Rick Cedar Key.  With hugs, we bid everyone "safe travels" and know that we will see them again soon. ;-)

We have six more weeks left before we hit the road again.  Hitch itch has not yet set in since we are staying so busy but I know that those six weeks will fly by.



  1. You guys have way too much fun! Your site looks so cozy too, love how it's been decorated!

  2. We sure enjoy our "way to short" visits with all of you!! Your lots and special Pelican Place are really awesome. Just loved that we got to see the Owls and Eagles:o)) Keep having fun!!

  3. It's been a great winter! We do have to sneak in our activities when the weather allows. Maybe next winter will be a little drier. Love peddling in Cedar Key!

  4. How lucky to have such good weather for your visits to and from Bill and Nancy's. Sorry to have missed out on all the fun. We seem to be following behind them this winter. Pelican Place looks wonderful. What great landscaping. Cedar Key is a darling little town.

  5. Oh, grilled pizza. Those were so good in the Pelican Place.

  6. That was so much fun! We'll have to do that again soon! :)

    Loved Maggie's cake :)

  7. When you come thru you'll have to grill some pizzas for us. They look so good. I know what you mean by being so busy after quitting work, never enough time to do all that you want to. Can't want to see the 2 of you again. Sending love your way.