Back to Work


Tis Saturday morning… getting ready to pack up and head home. Have to admit I am looking forward to heading back to work. I went to dinner with Liz and Joyce last night.

Good Buddies & Good Eats!

Good Buddies & Good Eats!

We went to red fish/blue fish. Dinner was very good. We then went to a play called Bitch Slap about Betty Davis and Joan Crawford. Well performed..but not what I expected.

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Took a couple more sunset shots for Denise. See you all soon! To my Key West Buddies… I will miss you guys!

Tim drove to Miami today with John.. leaving Ray and I alone together all day! We had won a gift certificate to the Parrotdise Cafe at mile marker 28.5 at the Half Marathon party. We finally got a chance to use it today. This restaurant is off the beaten path and we wouldn’t have found this place without having this gift card that we wanted to use.

The view was awsome

The view was awsome

I took a picture of Ray at the bar where it is open to the bay. Great spot! Glad we found it.

Ouch!

Ouch!

I finally got the nerve to get that tattoo I keep kidding him about. So… yep. I did it! (Didn’t hurt as bad as I thought it would.) I am just getting ready for retirement.<G>

Joyce cooked up a batch of homemade chicken and dumplings today. Yum.

Tomorrow I am going out with the Girls for one last time.  John was able to find a Wii for Joyce.  Woo Hoo!  She really loved playing Wii bowling.  I promised to show her how to hook it up in the morning.  They aren’t due back till around midnight.

I will try to add one more post prior to my departure on Saturday.

Just wanted to add that this morning we rode our bikes downtown. Stopped at Liz’s condo and picked her up and we all rode down to the Schooner Wharf Bar for breakfast. Had a great time. This is one of our favorite places because we can take Sparky along with us. So… what is so great that I had to write about it… well two years ago we took Sparky along with us for a sailboat cruise.. he got sea sick. Two years later he still won’t walk along the pier. He put his breaks on and I the only way I could have made him move was to drag him.. thus causing doggie spliters in his little paws. I laughed so loud I am sure people thought I was not quite right… and mean to my dog as well. We left Liz and rode the bikes home against the wind of course. Finally made it back and our butts were very sore. Ha! One long bike ride a year doesn’t count I am sure.

I spent most of yesterday sewing a purse. Yes, me. Joyce and I went over to Liz’s house and spent the day just hanging out sewing. Liz is quite the seamstress and teacher.

Well worth the time.

Well worth the time.

With her expert tutoring I completed the purse/bag in only six hours. She wouldn’t let me quit till I had completed the bag. We did get to take a small break for lunch. She is very patient and talented. Thanks!

Joyce had asked John to cook us dinner and deliver it with Ray in tow at 6.pm. Great idea! John showed up without Ray but with food.., he had to run back to the base and pick him up. Good thing because it gave me more time to work on the purse. Dinner was great, BBQ chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy and brownies. John likes to cook.

Ouch!

All went well until John went back to the truck to fetch Ray’s scotch. Somehow he tripped and fell cracking his head on the pavement.

Ouch!

Lucky for Ray he managed to not drop Ray’s single malt in the process.

Today we stopped at Sandys to pick-up a Cuban Mix sub. I think this is the best sandwich shop on the island. Sandys shares it’s space with a Laundry mat. Orders can be put in from either the laundry mat side or the street side. The building has apartments on the second floor as well. Just an example of well utilized space here on the key. We took our sandwiches down to the beach to enjoy a nice lunch in the sun.

Great Sandwiches

Great Sandwiches

After lunch we took a walk downtown so I could pick up that “Life is Crap” shirt that I just had to have. (Picture inserted) Just loved these shirts poking fun at life’s little annoyances.

Press one for English.. Argh...

Press one for English.. Argh...

Tonight is the Superbowl. I am going to make us some chili and we are just going to enjoy the game. GO STEELERS!! Don’t really care who wins but Wade , my Teddy’s best friend,  is a Steelers fan so I will go root for them.

Joyce made us a desert to enjoy after the game. Chocolate eclaire cake. Woo Hoo! Joyce just stopped by sharing her windfall of vegetables from Florida city. Lucky me! Oranges/Strawberries/tomatoes. She tried to get me to take some radishes but I wasn’t falling for that one.

We made the run down to Truman Annex to view the sunset. HammockRay setup my hammock so I could just relax while we waited for the sun to set. Sparky sat with me so I could ensure he stayed away from the nettles (little stickers) that he seems drawn to. I had just given him a bath so he would be all fresh for the ride home and didn’t want to be picking out these things from his hair.

 

It was nice to visit with the beach crowd for one last time. Promises were made to catch up with one another again next winter.

 

We had a busy day on Monday the day prior to my departure.

 

I just had to take this picture of … well I am not sure.. this sculpture is at the entrance to Truman Annex.

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I had lunch with Joyce and Liz. I took them both to Forgery’s for Lettuce Wraps. They loved them! Really enjoyed the girl time sitting at the outside café watching the tourists pass by sipping ice tea and eating with our fingers. We picked up Liz at her condo and I loved it! It is small but great. Sure could see me living there when we are too old to drive the motorhome down.

 

mikemarie.jpgMike and Marie stopped by to visit for a few. We had met them over on dry camping and it was their first year here in Key West. Marie isn’t convinced this is all that great a place to be without air-conditioning. They are now in full hook-ups and she is much happier. Not sure if we will see them again here in Key West or not. Good news for Ray that they will be heading this way in May for a short stay at Lunga Park. Ray had bought a pair of shorts at the flea market that were obviously mismarked because they were too small and Mike offered to exchange them and we will pick them up in May when they visit the area.

 

 

glena.jpgMade the last visit to Game Night at the RV office; Glena Harris was sad I was leaving but looks forward to seeing me next winter. This is our third year here in Key West and she always greats me/us like long lost friends.

We played Tonk with Denny and Cheryl. dennycheryl.jpg

 

 

 

We decided at the last moment to have dinner out with John and Joyce. joycejohn.jpgDon’t they look great?

I have become close with Joyce and will really miss her. It had become a habit to head to her “house” first thing in the morning for real coffee and some girl chat. Great thing is I like her husband John as well. He and Ray seemed to hit it off well which was nice. We had our last supper together at the Mexican Restaurant on Stock Island. Food was ok, company was better. Joyce and I both had tears in our eyes when I gave her that last hug goodbye.

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This morning started off with the wakeup call from the Roosters in the campground. Sun was shinning and all was well. I really hate to leave.

 

We headed downtown for lunch at the Paradise Café and to get me a sandwich for the ride home. We hadn’t been home long when the power went out. Seems the gods knew I didn’t want to leave! Switched to fridge over to LPG and all was well. Off to the airport.

 

When Ray dropped me off I was so distracted that I forgot my lunch! Went inside and found that the power was off there as well. Happy Happy Joy Joy. They switched to backup power and booted the system back up. All checked in. Ray calls, do I want my sandwich. Yep! Only 10 mins from the campground. I head outside for the wait to clear security. Ray zooms up for a last kiss and the passing of the lunch bag. This is significant because I ended up really needing this sandwich. Out to the plane. Sitting on the tarmac …… delayed because of a thunderstorm in Ft. Lauderdale… no air-conditioning… close quarters… take off.. Flying around in circles because the conditions are too hazardous for us to land…. Oh no.. low on fuel…. Diverted to pick up more fuel… phone call to ensure I could get on a different flight home… insured that the flight was delayed and I would be able to catch a flight home…sitting on the tarmac with the door open….. no air-conditioning….no offer of beverages… close quarters…take off… land in Ft. Lauderdale… airport is packed! People sitting on the floor! My outgoing flight is still delayed.. short wait… don’t leave the area…incoming flight is in! We leave 10 minutes later. Load the plane. LUCKY me had no one sitting in the middle seat!! Ah.. my lunch. Thanks Ray!

 

Finally got home at 10:30 four hours later than planned. Metro ride home was packed with Washing Capitals fans. Norm arrived as I disembarked the train. All is well and I am home safe and sound.

Not much going on here.  We made a run out to the flea market this morning so I could get another sundress for me and another pair of sunglasses for Ray. 

 I did manage to finally make it over to visit with MaryAnn and Fred they had been away visiting their new grandbaby.   Lucky them.    It was a nice visit.  She is going to help me cut down the rug for my TINY bathroom on Monday. 

Sunset

Ray finally felt well enough to go out for a bit last night.  We went to the Sunset lounge to listen to the entertainment.  We went early to get a good seat and to allow me a chance to get yet another sunset picture.  We were not all that impressed with “Yankee Jack”.  A lot of other people here seemed to like him.  Guess we are just not into risky comments/jokes in an open forum.  We went with Mike and Marie whom we had met while in the dry camping area.  Denny and Cheryl showed up a tad later and filled the table.  Some of the folks we had met last year came in later and pulled up some chairs and made for a lively group.   Ray pooped out at 9pm.  I was surprised he lasted that long.

beachSpent most of today just chilling here at the rig.  Finally went for a short trip downtown for a Starbucks. <G>  Drove over to the public beach and sat in the shade enjoying the breeze.

Back home to take more meds and to fire up the BBQ.  Hopefully he will feel up to making the trip to Dry Tortugas in a few days.

Good news is we got to use Lucy’s air-miles for tickets to Key West thus saving us LOTS of money and time. We had the “boys” head off to Key West without us and our plan was to meet them there. Bad news is to get these “free” tickets we had to take the 5:45am flight out of Washington National. (Yes, I know it is now named Regan National but, I can’t let go of the original name) Lucky for us my brother Norm is a night owl and with some sweet talking he agreed to take Lucy and I to the airport. That meant we had to be at his house at 3:15 to arrive at the airport early enough to clear all security measures. Drive was uneventful to the airport and Norm said it was even easier on his return trip. Thanks Norm!

Had a good time being cheerful to the airport employees that were not as happy as we were to be up and moving at 4am. Cute little security guy at the airport checked my ticket but wouldn’t frisk me. <EG> Got a big smile out of him at the request though which seemed to brighten his morning. Grumpy workers abounded but we didn’t let that get us down.

First flight to Charlotte went off without a hitch, it was then off to Orlando. We had a full flight but we were lucky enough to sit next to a family and we got the 17 year old son. Lucy and I had a ball teasing and quizzing him. Bet he was glad to finally get off the plane. His parents seemed to enjoy us taunting him. At last we climbed, yes climbed, aboard the tiny plane that took us into Key West. Really got a kick out of Ray wanting to know what airline we were flying. Ha! If you have ever been to Key West you would know that the airport is tiny like the aircraft that fly in here. I told him just look for our big smiles!

Our first stop was to the bathroom at the airport to shed some layers of clothes. It was 78 upon our arrival. Second stop was to my favorite restaurant in Key West, El Siboney.

We are all checked into the campground and awnings are out. We went to sunset lounge on our first night to share the beautiful sunsets with our fellow campers. Have I told you guys how much I like it here. So far we have played dominoes at game night. Made a quick run to the beach, rode the bikes around and got lots of waves and hugs from people we know that were already set up and in place.

Lucy is having fits with her email and I have spent more time that one would think necessary to untangle it. Her service provider SUCKS and is the root of the problem. Of course they never think it is them… but I digress.

Sunday the 27th We assisted with the Key West half shell marathon as we did last year. We had fun giving back a little to a community that we enjoy so much. Bad news is somehow either Ray or I managed to lock the step in the closed position. Ray not being a slow mover stepped right out into nothingness on his way over to wake up Mike at 0430. Mike said that he heard him hit the deck. It really is amazing that he did nothing more that wrench his knee. He still managed to get downtown to pick up the water and tables to set up for the Race.

It is now Thursday and he is back to riding his bike and not complaining too much. Lucy and I are off to a craft class this afternoon. Other than that life is laid back and we have no big plans. Update. Class was packed. We put our names on the list for next week. This is to make a fused glass necklace. Looked very cool.

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