Sunday, January 12, 2014

Florida days...

January 1, 2014 - Outback Bowl - LSU vs. Iowa - Tom was like a little kid on game day and had a blast.  We went to the Outback Bowl in Tampa with Tom's cousin and his wife, Michael & Sharon.  Let's just say it didn't feel like Tampa weather but we had a great time anyway.
Tom's a happy boy at the game!

Tailgating in rain gear!   Becky, Sharon & Michael

Manatee Park - with the cooler weather (sorry PA friends!) the manatees venture to any warm water they can find.  Manatee Park is located close to a power plant which pushes out its warm waters into the park and the manatees just love it.  My Aunt Edie & Uncle Randy took us here to see these wonderful water animals.  I had only wished I could get in and swim with them!

Pickleball - It's hard to believe we were introduced to this sport 2 years ago in Wauchula, FL and taught by Garth & Rosemary.  Our current campground does not have courts so we've been going to the local park to play which has plenty of players of all levels, 8 courts and views you cannot beat!  The courts overlook the Charlotte Harbor.

We've been fortunate to hook up with the "Motley Crew" in our Punta Gorda Campground.  They are a group of kayakers who generally go out weekly.  It's a great way to meet people in the area as well as learn where the kayak hotspots are.  Last week we paddled on Shell Creek (twice!).  One alligator, one snake (YUCK!!! - Brenda, where were you when I needed you?!) and turtles galore. 

look closely - alligator!

Redecorating!  Ok ladies...with an RV you're limited to how you can change the look of your home so little things make a BIG difference!  Since I am a numbers person and have no crafty talents whatsoever, I am thrilled when I run into someone (our neighbors, Mike & Deb) who can take over on the crafty stuff for me!  Deb has SEVEN sewing machines in her RV along with tons of fabric and all the tools/gadgets she needs to do alterations, curtains, recovering of chairs, etc.  In two days Deb and Mike put new fabric on our 4 dining room chairs as well as re-covered 2 sofa pillows.  We love it!  Thank you!  Anyone in FL who needs sewing done please contact me and I will put you in touch with Deb!
Deb's handiwork!  I wish I would have taken a picture of "before and after"!  Trust me - "before" was awful!
Misc. FL sights...

Til next time...Happy Trails!

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