A Little More Hangin' Around
Bushnell, FL - Events of Thursday, March 6 to Sunday, March 10, 2013
The weather here in Florida had been very changeable lately. Cold fronts have been passing through at least once a week, and each cold front that comes through brings with it clouds and sometimes rain. Although we prefer sunny weather, Florida needs the rain. Not only that, but the clouds can also make for some beautiful sunsets like the one shown in the photo below.
It was nice to get out to Bok Tower and Tarpon Springs to do some sightseeing recently, but in between the sightseeing, we are still busy with daily activities, chores and errands. Those things go on whether you live in a stick house or an RV.
One of the things we have been doing just about daily is working with Freeway to reinforce the training from the intermediate obedience classes we enrolled him in at PetSmart in January and February. The most important things he is learning are to sit, stay and come when there are distractions present like other people, other dogs, different sounds or favorite toys. We are also trying to get him to recognize and obey hand signals. We mix his training with play to help make the training fun.
Freeway will come most of the time when we're inside the motor home; and he will come, at least some of the time, when we're playing with him outside where there are more distractions. He's also pretty good with stay even when we add diversions like rolling his ball right past him - as long as we don't roll it too close and too fast. If it gets too close and it's going too fast, excitement sometimes overcomes Freeway and he tries to grab the ball as it goes by.
In the exercise shown in the next two photos, we have Freeway stay then walk in a circle all the way around him several times. Freeway can follow with his eyes, but not with his body.
We can see progress because the times he comes are more frequent, and he can stay for longer and longer periods with more and more distractions.
While we're on the subject of Freeway, we have mentioned before he needs frequent combing because he has long, fine hair that tangles easily. He also needs frequent baths, especially now that he is spending more time training and playing outside in the dry Florida grass and loose, sandy soil. We have to make sure we comb Freeway before his bath because any tangles that are starting to form before the bath get much worse when we shampoo him. Freeway doesn't mind the bath so much, and if we happen to catch him in the right mood, he doesn't mind the combing either. Margery usually does the combing and bathing, but Paul volunteered to take on the combing task before one of Freeway's recent baths. Sometimes he fights us when we try to comb him, but the next photo shows what he's like when he's mellow...he just lies back and relaxes.
Since the weather was cool, Margery decided to blow dry Freeway rather than let him air dry. Freeway's favorite way to be blown dry is to have the dryer placed on the floor so he can lie down and scoot along the carpet in front of the dryer and dry himself.
By the time the weekend was approaching, we realized we had several errands to run in the area of The Villages. Since the Market of Marion is located a short distance north of The Villages and since it is open on Fridays during the winter, we decided to head there on Friday morning and make our other stops in The Villages on our way back to the motor home. That way we could mix a little fun with our errands.
We weren't in a big hurry to get going in the morning, so we didn't get to the Market of Marion until about 11:00. We parked in one of the side lots where there was a vendor making and selling chainsaw carvings.
Bears are always a popular subject for chainsaw carvings. We thought the expressions on the faces of the ones done by this vendor were especially cute.
It was a nice day so the market was fairly busy. We waited for a lull in the foot traffic to take the next photo looking down the main aisle so it doesn't look quite as busy as it was.
Margery liked the purse she got earlier this year at the Market of Marion, and she decided to look for the same purse in a different color. Unfortunately, the vendor she bought from before didn't have a purse in a style and color she liked. She checked several other vendors who had similar purses, but no luck there either. Oh, well...the one she has will do fine, and we saved a couple of bucks.
We did get some produce. The market usually has a nice selection at reasonable prices.
We got a bunch of asparagus, a basket of tomatoes for our sandwiches, a basket of poblano peppers to make poblano pesto (great on turkey sandwiches) and an eggplant. We found a cool eggplant that had a nose. The eggplant was a little bigger than we needed; but because it was nice and firm and so cute, we took it.
From the market, we drove to The Villages and made stops at Lowe's, Sam's Club and Kohl's. After making all our stops, we conveniently found ourselves near OakWood Grill, and it just happened to be mid afternoon. Actually, it wasn't a coincidence - that's the way we planned it. The reason we weren't in a big hurry to leave in the morning was so we didn't get to OakWood too early and hit the lunch rush. Also, Margery having to cook dinner on a day we eat lunch out is a definite no-no. Therefore, when we plan to eat out, we usually have "lupper" in mid-afternoon that takes the place of both lunch and supper.
In addition to loving the baby back ribs we had the last two times we went to OakWood, we also love their delicious smoked turkey and beef. They also have pulled pulled pork, chicken and smoked sausage; but the ribs, turkey and beef are our favorites.
Margery had a beef sandwich lunch special that includes a drink and one side for $7.49. She added Swiss cheese to her sandwich and had onion rings for her side. Paul had a smoked turkey lunch plate that included two sides (he chose lima beans and slaw) for $7.99. Our lunches were delish! The meats are always so moist, tender and smoky.
We headed back to the motor home and relaxed during the evening. Saturday brought more chores with cleaning the inside of the rig and dumping. After church on Sunday, we relaxed some more and watched the NASCAR race from Las Vegas.
Our time in Florida is winding down, and we still have several things we would like to see and do before we leave; but as we said, the weather has been very changeable. There is another cold front and more rain predicted, so we'll have to wait and see if we get a break. In the meantime, Paul has another inside project planned that he can do regardless of the weather. We'll tell you all about it in our next post.