The Market of Marion
Bushnell, FL - Events of Monday, November 17 through Sunday, November 23, 2014
Holy cow! The temperature dropped 30º in one day! We had temperatures in the low 80s on Sunday. Then it rained on Monday, the wind started to blow, and we had a high in the 50s on Tuesday. The lows overnight on Tuesday and Wednesday were in the 30s.
It may sound like we're complaining (well, maybe a little), but we can't complain too much because a lot of people had it a LOT worse. Buffalo got up to 6 FEET of snow in one day with 2 to 3 more feet expected over the following couple of days. Yikes!
We stayed inside most of the day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The wind was calm on Thursday; and it finally warmed up to the mid-60s, so we decided to head across the street from Blueberry Hill to have lupper at Coyote Rojo. Our friends, Pat and Mike, had arrived at Blueberry Hill a week or so prior, so they joined us.
Pat, Mike and Paul all had a steak Super Coyote Burrito ($8.95) and Margery had a chicken chimichanga ($8.59). Everything was delish!
On Friday, we had some errands to run up near The Villages, so we left a little early and stopped by the Market of Marion on the way. The Market of Marion is a flea market located in Belleview about 10 minutes north of The Villages. They have a vendor who sells good quality knock-off sunglasses and reading glasses, and Paul needed some new reading glasses because his old ones were scratched. They also usually have nice produce.
It was a sunny day, but it was cool in the morning so the market wasn't very crowded when we arrived around 10:00 a.m. as the photo of the main aisle of the flea market below shows.
After Paul picked up his new glasses, we walked a couple of the aisles of the flea market then headed for the produce.
We got an eggplant and some asparagus, but were disappointed we couldn't find a nice tomato. All the ones we saw were either pink and didn't look ripe or were hard as a rock and didn't feel ripe.
From the market, we headed to The Villages and made stops at Michael's, JoAnn Fabrics, Sam's Club and Kohl's. We then headed back to the motor home.
Blueberry Hill has "yard sales" periodically throughout the snowbird season, and the first one was scheduled for Saturday. Unfortunately, rain and wind moved back in late Friday night into early Saturday. Since we ordered the new 5th wheel, we have been slowly going through the basement storage of our motor home, and we have found lots of things to sell. A check of the weather radar early on Saturday morning showed there might be a break in the showers for a while, so Paul decided to attempt to set up a table in front of our site and try to sell some of our unwanted items. However, showers kept popping up seemingly out of nowhere. That coupled with the fact a lot of snowbirds haven't arrived yet led to a very poor turnout, so Paul gave up after selling one item and put the rest of our stuff back into the shed to save for next time.
We got a call from Pat and Mike after church on Sunday saying Harlan and Linda, whom we met at Blueberry Hill a couple of years ago, had just pulled into a site near them. We made plans to meet up with the four of them later for lupper.
Even though we had recently had Mexican at Coyote Rojo with Pat and Mike, we all decided we were hungry for Mexican, so this time we went to Pancho's Villa. It was a good opportunity to compare the two restaurants within a short time. We like Coyote Rojo because they have good food, friendly service and they are only 5 minutes from Blueberry Hill. However, we think the food, although slightly more expensive, is more flavorful and more plentiful at Pancho's Villa.
Evereything was delish, and the company was great!
There is a mix of sunny, rainy, warm and cool weather in the forecast, so we don't know how to plan our week. However, with Thanksgiving on the calendar, a big meal is definitely in the works. Stay tuned.