Busy, Busy, Busy
Wauchula, FL - Events of Friday, March 24 to Thursday, March 30, 2017
As the title says, we have been very busy lately. The winter season here at the Escapees Florida Co-Op is starting to wind down, and some people are starting to leave and head back north or to wherever their summer travels may take them. For that reason, all the committees at the co-op are trying to wrap up their business and their projects so there has been a flurry of meetings over the past two weeks. On most days we have had at least one meeting, and on some days we have had as many as three or four between the two of us.
Along with all the meetings, we have had to make time to finish up our own projects and to begin preparations for our departure a few weeks from now. One of the things Paul did to get the 5th wheel ready was to spend two afternoons inspecting and repacking the wheel bearings. We wanted to avoid the problem we had on the way to Florida last fall when we lost a wheel due to the total disintegration of the outer wheel bearing. The good news is all the bearings looked good, and they now all have fresh grease and new seals.
We made time between meetings and projects to grocery shop and run errands. Sometimes when running an errand we take a little extra time and eat out. We have been to Dee's Place a couple of times over the past few weeks when we had to run to Sebring to stop at Lowe's or Home Depot for project supplies. We also used our busy schedule as an excuse to go to Giovanni's Main Street Kitchen in Wauchula once or twice for pizza when we had a long day and Margery didn't feel like cooking.
We had a few items we needed from Sam's Club, so we planned to go there on Friday, March 24th since we had no meetings scheduled for that day. We usually go to the Sam's Club in Bradenton, but this time we decided to drive a few miles farther south to the one in Sarasota and to leave early in the morning so we could stop on the way at Der Dutchman in Sarasota for the breakfast buffet.
After breakfast, we browsed the bakery. The lemon meringue pies attracted our attention because they were very artistically done.
All the Der Dutchman locations have bakeries, and they all specialize in pies. One kind of pie they have in Florida that we never see at Der Dutchman in Walnut Creek, Ohio, near where we spend our summers is Key lime pie. The Key lime pies also looked very good. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, we made it out of the bakery without buying any goodies.
Another errand of sorts was a drive last Wednesday to Lake Wales for Margery to visit the chiropractor. Since it was late in the afternoon when we were done, we stopped for dinner on our way back at a restaurant in Wauchula we had never been to before called the Wauchula Family Restaurant.
From the outside, the place looks a little run down; but the inside is clean and kind of quaint. The Wauchula Family Restaurant gets excellent online reviews for their food and service.
There are sandwiches, burgers and wraps for $3.50 to $7.00. You can turn your sandwich into a lunch platter with fries and cole slaw for only $1.00 additional. Most dinners range in price from $7.25 to $13.50. Dinners include two sides plus salad or soup. We both had the Athenian grouper dinner special for $10.50 (regularly $11.75). The fish, which was lightly battered and grilled, was excellent. The sides were good, too (especially Paul's potato salad), and the portions were generous.
Margery's favorite hairdresser in the whole world is located near Bushnell where we used to spend our winters. Last Thursday morning (another day with no meetings), we took a 2½-hour drive there for Margery to get one last haircut before we headed north. On the way back, we stopped at Pancho's Villa for a late lunch.
We had two baskets of corn chips, and we both had the chicken chimichanga lunch special ($6.75, regularly $7.95). Everything was yummy as usual.
Just about all the meetings are now over with. We still have a little time before we leave to head north. We're certainly planning to hit some of our favorite restaurants before we go, and who knows, we may get to do some sightseeing as well. Stay tuned.