Monday, January 25, 2016

A Gorgeous Day for Pickleball and A Bike Ride!

An amazing thing happened to Ken last night!  He went to bed at 10:30 and never woke up until 7:15 this morning.  Sleeping all night hasn't happened for Ken for probably at least 10 years.  Wow!  I woke at the same time and stayed in bed to read for a short time.

We had a flax pancake with peanut butter and lots of strawberries and banana and some good citrus fruit.  After cleaning up, we decided that I would go to play pickleball at 9:30 and Ken would go to K-Mart to purchase the vacuum cleaner we had seen there yesterday.  Turns out they had given us a coupon for 15% off any purchase made today, but only today.  So, we decided we should take advantage of the opportunity.

It was only 39 degrees when we got up, but warmed up very quickly with the bright sunshine and no wind.  I had such a great time playing pickleball and chatting with people from the CG.  I felt right at home, only leaving there around 11:15 after playing about 5 games.  I am really looking forward to playing again tomorrow and Thursday night and on Wednesday morning.  It is such a fun game!

Ken had returned around 11 and the race was on!!!!  We quickly got ready to meet Ernie and Noela at 12:30 at Caspersen Beach, about 25 minutes from our CG.  But 1st we had a "skype time" with Jamie, Bria and Cali.  We chatted with them for about  20 minutes.  They took their I-Pad outside to show us all the snow piles and how the street in front of their house looked.  That blizzard was amazing.  We took our I-Pad outside Waldo to show them the palm trees and the green grass.  They weren't impressed!!!!

While we were outside with the I-Pad, Bill and Donna, fellow campers we have seen the last several years when camping at Pine Island rode by on their bikes. They had read our blog and knew we were here at Ramblers Rest.  They got here on Saturday and will be staying for the next 6 weeks.  They came back when we finished our skyping, and we had such a great time talking with them. They are fellow Pennsylvanians!!!  We are hoping to have time to get together to chat and show them some of our favorite places in Venice!

We got to Caspersen Beach at 12:40, a little late, and met Ernie and Noela.  We got on our bikes and rode on the Venitian Intracoastal Waterway Trail into downtown Venice.  Of course, we had to stop at the Upper Crust for one of their delicious scones with Devenshire cream.  

Entering the town of Venice

A beautiful part of the bike trail!

Okay, okay, okay!  We are "addicted" to the scones at
the Upper Crust Bakery when in Venice!  The apricot
one was delicious!

The main street in downtown Venice!
We got back on our bikes and rode to Venice Beach where we walked and picked up tiny shells.   Saw an amphibious ultralight flying boat (plane) flying over the beach!  I guess he can land just about anywhere! 

Venice Beach!  A little cool for sunbathing!

The seagulls were fascinated by the plane too!

Look!  A flying dingy!!!!

Then we got back on the bike trail, riding back to Caspersen Beach.  These are some of my favorite condos in Venice - love the colors, style and the location! 

The back of the condos!

From the front, they overlook the Intracoastel Waterway!

On the way we stopped to watch a bald eagle........

So stately!

I think he liked posing for us!

.....and then it was time to "take off"!

.....and the raising of the bridge so this sailboat could continue on his way.

The boat was flying the flag of New Zealand or Australia!
The captain yelled, "Good Day"!
3 bridges have to open for him to pass around Venice!

We were back to the parking lot by 4:45, got our bikes back on the rack, and the 4 of us drove to our CG for dinner.  I talked to Nancy Savage while we were driving.  They arrived at Harbor Lakes today and since it is their 1st time there, she had some questions about the area.  If we don't get to see them this week, we will be together in another week and a half at Pine Island.

Ken made salads while I cut-up lots of veggies to stir-fry.  Then Ken grilled chicken and salmon.  We had to eat inside, for it had gotten rather cool when the sun went down.  After cleaning up, we played a game of Skip-Bo which the men won.  It was a fun day!

I did get a call from my mother this evening.  My dad has fallen 3 or 4 times in the last 4 days, so Masonic Homes is getting concerned.  He really doesn't fall, but his legs have no strength and really can't support him.  So, when he tried to get off his electric wheelchair and "shimmy" to his recliner, he fell.  Now he is not to move from one place to another with help.  He can get stubborn at times as well as impatient, and takes matters "into his own hands".  I hope he starts listening, or I am afraid they will take away his electric wheelchair.  That would be so hard for him, for he has always been such an independent person.  I know how difficult it is for my mother, as it makes her feel so sorry for him and she realizes that she really can't help him.

Ken wanted to repeat this picture we took at the same place
last year.  Oh yeah, that is the time his camera fell of his bike
seat and we had to buy a new camera.
Thanks Ernie and Noela for another fun day!

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