Bushnell, FL - Events of Thursday, February 14, 2013
It has been five years since Margery had partial knee replacement surgery, and she has had a much easier time walking ever since. She had to use a mobility scooter the first two years of our full-timing, and she missed out on a lot of hikes and sightseeing. After the surgery, we had to go back and revisit some of the places we had been to so she could experience first hand the sights that she previously couldn't walk or ride her scooter to.
Margery has gone back for X-rays and checkups at one or two year intervals since the surgery; and this year, it was time for another checkup. We deliberately scheduled the visit to the doctor on Valentine's Day because his office in near the Bahama Breeze in Tampa, and it would give us a perfect excuse to stop at Bahama Breeze after the doctor for a Valentine's Day lupper.
Margery was in and out of the doctor's office fairly quickly. Her knees are doing so well she doesn't have to go back for another checkup for five years. We were originally told that partial knee replacements generally last 10-12 years. Failure is due to further deterioration of the knee or a failure in the prosthetic. We were delighted to hear that there are no signs of further deterioration in Margery's knees whatsoever since the surgery, so we're looking forward to many more years of good mobility.
We planned the time of the doctor's appointment so we could arrive at Bahama Breeze between lunch and dinner so we could avoid the Valentine's Day crunch. Therefore, it wasn't very crowded when we arrived about 3:30.
Even though it was a rainy, dreary day, the hibiscus along the parking really stood out.
We decided to have several appetizers for our lupper, but we had a difficult time choosing which ones we wanted to have. We ended up with a Bimini Pretzel, an order of Firecracker Shrimp, a small order of onion rings and a lobster and shrimp quesadilla. The pretzel was served with coarse-ground mustard and with cheese sauce. The onion rings had a mango dipping sauce, and the Firecracker Shrimp come with red pepper dipping sauce. Salsa and sour cream are served with the quesadilla.
We have had the Firecracker Shrimp and onion rings at Bahama Breeze before, and they were as delicious as we remembered them. This was our first time for the pretzel and quesadilla, and we were a little disappointed. We thought the pretzel was a little too dense, dry and crumbly. We like soft pretzels to be a little softer and a little more chewy. The quesadilla was okay, and there was enough lobster and shrimp on it; but everything was all bunched near the middle with nothing at the outer edges of the tortilla. We also thought it could have used more cheese.
We couldn't get out of Bahama Breeze without our favorite dessert - a Chocolate Island. A Chocolate Island is a mound of chocolate mousse atop a fudge brownie served with chocolate sauce and vanilla anglaise. The whole thing is topped with whipped cream and toasted, sliced almonds.
The Chocolate Island was good, but not as great as other ones we have had. The whipped cream was a little soft and much of it had slid off the top by the time the dessert reached our table. There weren't as many almonds and there also wasn't as nearly much chocolate sauce and vanilla anglaise as we have gotten in the past. They also usually drizzle the chocolate and vanilla sauces in a more decorative pattern, which doesn't make it taste any better, but makes it look nicer. After all, we eat first with our eyes.
Even though there were some disappointments with our meal, there were also some good parts, and it was still a nice "date." We had good face time talking about how we're feeling about our current lifestyle. Although we both get a hankering to "settle in" when we're in one of our favorite locations for a time, we still don't want to give up staying in all our other favorite places. Therefore, it doesn't look like we'll be putting down roots any time soon. ;-)
With our bellies full, we headed back to the motor home. It was the start of rush hour, and rush hour traffic in and around Tampa is always a pain. The rain didn't help either.
We had to stop in the Blueberry Hill office on our way to our site to pick up a package because Paul had ordered Valentine flowers for Margery from proflowers.com.
Freeway liked the flowers, too.
does a very nice job with their flowers. They provide a good alternative to a local florist if you don't know where a local florist is located or if you need flowers delivered out of town. The flowers themselves are
very nice, and they are very well packaged to avoid damage. The
prices aren't too bad because there are always promotions, specials
and discounts. Paul got 15% off the flowers and a free vase. Shipping adds to the cost, but it compares favorably to florist delivery charges. However, there is an added premium to have the flowers delivered on
Valentine's Day. Since they are delivered by UPS, the flowers don't arrive
until late in the day. If Paul goes with proflowers.com next year, he is thinking about having them delivered on February 13th. That way, not only can he save
a few bucks, but Margery will be able to enjoy them all day on
Valentine's Day. The only downside to proflowers.com is your e-mail
address is required to place an order; and once you place an order, you
will get zillions of promotional e-mails from them throughout the year. Of course, we could unsubscribe from their mailing list or tell our e-mail server to blacklist them as spam, but then Paul would miss out on all those promotions next year! LOL
Paul has had the tradition of giving Lora a pink rose on Valentine's Day ever since she was 6 years old. Continuing that tradition was a challenge when we went full-time because there is no florist near where they live, and none of the florists who are a little farther away want to travel the extra distance on such a busy day to make the delivery. Last year, J. Michael graciously offered to pick up a rose for Lora at a florist near where he works. Paul took advantage of J. Michael's offer again this year, and called the florist a few weeks ago to place his order. When we got back to the motor home after stopping at Bahama Breeze, Lora had e-mailed us a picture.
We settled in for an evening of relaxing and watching TV to end our great Valentine's Day. We don't know what we'll find to do in the upcoming days, but we'll let you know all about whatever it is in our next post.