A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That
Wauchula, FL - Events of Monday, February 27 to Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Last Monday, the contractor came and removed the forms from our concrete as planned, but it would still be several more days before the concrete was hard enough to move the trailer onto it. We finally moved it the following Monday. Wow! We now have a big space between the shed and the trailer. The next two photos show the space before and after.
Around the middle of last week, our friends, Mike and Peggy, arrived at the co-op to rent one of the sites in the rental pool. They are from Maine and are spending part of the winter in Florida. They stopped at the co-op to visit us and to visit other friends nearby in Punta Gorda and in Sarasota.
On Saturday, Mike and Peggy took us to dinner at Giovanni's in Wauchula. They both had Veal Marsala ($14.99), Margery had Eggplant Parmesan ($9.99), and Paul had Chicken Napoli ($12.99), which is chicken stuffed with ham and Mozzarella cheese topped with mushrooms and Alfredo sauce. All dinners come with garlic bread, pasta, and salad bar. Mike and Peggy said their veal was good, and Paul really liked his chicken. Unfortunately, Margery was a little disappointed with her eggplant because is was served deep-dish-style, which made the eggplant very mushy.
Monday was a day to celebrate Mardi Gras at the co-op with a happy hour of potluck hors d'oeuvres at the clubhouse followed by live music and dancing. The celebration was originally supposed to be a more extensive, two-day event that also included a golf cart parade and a dinner; but there were so many people in the RV park down with the flu, they decided to abbreviate things a bit. We went for the hors d'oeuvres and stayed for a few minutes of the entertainment before heading back to the 5th wheel.
On Tuesday, we had a couple of errands to run over in Sebring. We thought that was a good excuse to go to Dee's Place for lunch, and we invited Mike and Peggy to go along. Mike and Margery had a Philly cheese steak ($6.09), Peggy had a turkey club ($7.09), and Paul had a half-pound cheese burger ($7.59).
We must have all been hungry because before we had even ordered, someone mentioned pizza. Dee's doesn't have pizza, but Giovanni's does. Before we knew it, we were making plans to go to Giovanni's for dinner for pizza, and it had to be that night because Mike and Peggy were leaving the following day.
Since we ate out for lunch, we went to dinner a little later than usual. Consequently, the restaurant was pretty crowded when we got there, and we had about a 15 or 20-minute wait for a table. There is a little park next to Giovanni's so we sat at a picnic table and chatted while we waited.
The name of the town of Wauchula comes from the Indian name for the Sandhill Crane, so it is only appropriate the park would have a fountain featuring sculptures of a pair of Sandhill Cranes.
Even though we are only about 100 miles farther south from where we used to spend winters in Bushnell, this part of Florida has a good many more exotic, tropical plants. A good example of that was the Bird of Paradise in the park next to Giovanni's. The plant was huge and was loaded with blooms.
When we finally got our table, each couple ordered a 12" pizza ($7.99 plus $.50 for each topping). Mike and Peggy were both sensible and had salads to go along with their pizza, but we had garlic bread. Pizza and garlic bread isn't exactly a low-carb meal, but we (especially Paul) really love the garlic bread at Giovanni's. After dinner, we headed back to the co-op, said our good-byes to Mike and Peggy, and settled in for an evening of TV.
In addition to the exotic flowers in the park next to Giovanni's, we have been enjoying flowers of our own. We bought a potted Gerber Daisy shortly after we got back to Florida after Christmas. It's been sitting on our patio blooming continuously in spite of a few cool nights down near freezing back in January.
We had planted several clumps of Amaryllis on our site at Blueberry Hill. Last fall when we moved to Wauchula, we dug up one of the clumps, brought it to Wauchula, and planted it under our pygmy date palms. The Amaryllis are now blooming.
A week or so ago, we bought a bright orange-red Hibiscus to plant in front of the our shed. Paul finally got it planted on Wednesday. It will eventually get 5 to 8' tall and provide a little shade from the afternoon sun for the shed window.
We plan to fill in beside the Hibiscus with a few perennials. We're having trouble deciding what to plant so it may not be until next year.
We had a good time visiting with Mike and Peggy, we got to eat out several times (including twice in one day), we enjoyed the Mardi Gras celebration at the co-op, and we got a few things done around our site. That's about it for now. See you next time.