Sunday, January 26, 2014

Friends, Sunscreens and The Freezer (No, not the weather)

Well, it’s been a month. How does that happen? I’d like to say we’ve been doing fun, interesting stuff and no time to blog, but for the most part, we’ve been hanging out at home waiting for the weather to improve!

January did have some great moments, many of which I forgot to capture on film. I guess that’s not a term I should be using these days. Very few things are captured on film anymore. Probably more appropriate would be to say I forgot to capture them on my mini SD card :)

Our friends, Nancy and Neil joined us for a few days and we had a great time catching up, sharing stories and sharing meals. While they were here, we decided to have a get-together at Crackers in Crystal River with a few other people in the area. In the end, we had a table for 24! Great fun!

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We found a great bike trail very close to our park, the Withlacoochee Bay Trail. A recent expansion of this trail makes it 12.3 miles round trip with a beautiful treat at the end…the Gulf of Mexico. It’s in great shape and is a wonderful ride. The “new” area even gives you some hill work :)

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One day, on our way to have lunch with Ronnie and Cynthia,  at Oakwood Smokehouse, we took a detour to Beasley Manufacturing in Center Hill, FL. Beasley’s carry a wide selection of outdoor fabrics and sunscreen fabrics. We were browsing their selections when I turned around and saw Sherry and David! They had the same idea we did that day but they were “really” shopping. They made our small purchase look pitiful :)

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We bought a few yards of black sunscreen material that I fashioned into cockpit sunscreens. I’m thrilled with the result. I tried to take a picture of the finished product, but you really couldn’t see the screens. Which is the point, I guess. We are able to see out but no one is able to see in during daylight hours. They work just like our large windshield screen, only from the inside. For those of you with the MCD day shades, this is similar but without being on a roller. I attached these using magnets, an idea I got from our Magneshade windshield shade. Mine isn’t quite the workmanship of our Magneshade, but it’s perfect for what we need it to do and it looks great!

Last week, our dear friends Wanda and Darrell, who are freezing up in Indiana, called to tell us about a restaurant in Homosassa that they thought we should try. Wanda said the shrimp were outstanding, so yesterday we gave it a try. The place is called The Freezer. Apparently, that’s what it used to be. They added on a Tiki bar and called it a restaurant. No frills would be an understatement. We would have missed it if not for GPS. Pretty non-descript and the small sign was weathered and barely noticeable.

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Once you get into the bar area, you go stand in line to place your order and get your drinks. You take your drinks and try to find a place to sit and wait for your food. You also may have to bus your own table, if you can find one :)  This place was full the entire time we were there (mid-afternoon). I cannot imagine what it must be like during “busy time”!

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It was a unique experience and Wanda was right. Outstanding! The shrimp were perfectly seasoned and steamed and the beer was nice and cold :)

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So, thank you, Wanda, for the tip. These pictures are for you :) Next trip, I want to try their clam chowder in a bread bowl. I hear that’s excellent also.

It’s hard to believe January is almost over. Here’s hoping February is a little kinder…to all! Thanks for stopping by. Turtle