Saturday, February 9, 2013

Wowsers!!!!! Busy Bees

Wow I can't believe I haven't blogged since the last day of January..and its already the 9th of February. We sure have been busy busy practising this retirement snowbird lifestyle and fitting in all the fun. 
We toured Sanibel and Captiva Islands one day...what a gorgeous area and we plan to go back there before we leave.

Sanibel Beach

Cool Leaning Tree

Beautiful beach

We have played bean bag baseball. We are on a team "The River Haven Rowdies" (yes we're serious players we have team shirts) And also attended trivia night at the club house. We came in 5th in the trivia. Arch and Anne are here for a month and they played on our team.

Archie from the Accidental RVers

Even Tucker and Lilly had company come and visit..Larry and Marilyn are up at the big O and came to visit with Buster and Angel.

Lilly Tucker Angel and Buster-visiting
Of course there are daily happy hours (not that every hour isn't happy)..The weather has been fantastic!!! Hot and sunny..we are sure being blessed with great weather.

We spent yesterday on the golf course. Deb and her sister and brother in law came to visit and Deb partnered with Rick...

Rick Deb Jeannie and Reed
Someone had to drive the 'beer cart' so Debbie  and I volunteered as we don't play golf..but do enjoy watching.

The Beer Gals-Debbie and I

And of course after the last hole we popped into the club house for supper then it was time for...

Happy Hour

Today we drove up to the "Sour Orange Festival" in Lakeport..and there was nothing sour about it...we all had a great time. Lots of interesting vendors and great food. Great dancers and excellent music. We toured the quilts and voted on our favourites.

Carolyn, Myself, Marilyn and Debbie

Carolyn Joe Myself and Rick
The highlight and draw that brings everyone to this festival each year is the "Sour Orange Pie" and let me tell you it is definitely the best pie I have ever eaten. You need to be there early and get your name on the list for a pie before they run out.We each purchased a whole pie to take home, plus we bought a piece to share because we knew we just couldn't wait until we got home to taste the world famous pie. 

Good to the last lick!! Right Joe?

I am excited to share that Carolyn and Joe are here visiting and are parked right next to us. We met them last year in HoHum and again this year at the Tampa RV show.

And of course when we got home..I betcha you can all figure out what time it was.....yup your all right!!! Happy hour again...

The day may have been devoted to 'sour' I leave you with a little sweetness....
how Sweet is that face
We are definitely blessed to be enjoying this wonderful lifestyle. Every day I thank our Lord for all he has bestowed upon us. The gorgeous weather and sunrises (I'm sure they're gorgeous I can't seem to haul butt out early enough to see one of them)..and gorgeous sunsets (those I do manage to experience)

I have been reading blogs every morning during coffee-it seems we are all blessed for sure.
My blessings this week include, a successful surgery for a dear friend back home, who is now on the road to a speedy recovery, and a very successful surgery here in Fl for a dear friend who received excellent results and escaped the nasty C word...Thank you Lord.

Have a great rest of weekend folks, and stay safe!! Thanks for stopping by.
Elaine, Rick
Tucker and Lilly


  1. Agreed! We are blessed to enjoy this fun lifestyle. And you two sure seem to make the very best of every day. That is just the way it should be.

  2. As always I enjoy reading your posts. You seem to be having such a pleasant and happy lifestyle down there.

  3. Haven't been to Sanibel since my kids were in Middle and High School! Now they are grown and gone :-(. This must be the best lifestyle in the least we think so.

  4. If yall hadn't eaten the rest of the pie I wouldn't have had to lick the plate, but even that little bit was very good. :) It was a great time.

  5. It sure looks like you're enjoying your stay in Florida. You certainly can't beat the weather. I've never heard of sour orange pie. Is it similar to Key Lime Pie?

  6. That's one thing about retirement, we never get a day off. We have plenty of time in the future to relax and take it easy.
    Like you said every hour is Happy, some just get even happier, enjoy.

  7. Our friends go to Sanibel Beach each February. They love it.

    What cuties you "Beer Gals" are. I wouldn't mind that job either.

  8. I've never heard of sour orange pie. Here in the Rio Grande Valley of TX they grow lots of oranges and grapefruit. It's the first time I've had grapefruit pie. Looks a lot like the sour orange pie.

    I, too, would be in the golf cart, not on the course. Not my idea of fun - hitting a ball and chasing it to only hit it again.

  9. Huh? SOUR ORANGES? I always thought that Florida oranges are so sweeet. But it seems that your pies were delicious. Yum... Have more fun - the winter is soon over.

  10. So, now we know what you've been doing and why you haven't had enough time to write blogs! Glad you're enjoying the wonderful Florida weather and keeping so busy.

  11. great recap glad that you are all having such a good time.
    nothing like blue sky and warm temperatures!

  12. So much fun you are having! How can you stand it? ;c)

    We had Joe and Carolyn for neighbors in Sioux Falls last May. What a great, small family or RVers out there that keep meeting up again and again!

  13. Sure nice to see your that your having a great winter vacation and enjoying great weather along with fun times with friends. Enjoyed all your pictures. Never have had a sour orange pie before, have to for sure put that one our bucket list.

  14. You are killin' me here, Elaine....It sucks to be back in cold, wet, nasty Illinois, but there are reasons for everything...I'm still trying to adapt...

  15. I hope that we are near you guys next winter...we're missing out on all the fun!

  16. Our best Valentine wishes to you and Rick.

  17. You win!! No way we can keep up. So glad life is great for you all.

  18. Sure sounds like you've been having a great winter. Never heard of a sour orange pie - guess I need to look it up on the Internet. Sure do love our Key Lime Pies though here in Florida.