Saturday, March 13, 2010

From Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida

Hey, y'all,

I'm in the rec room here at Siesta Dunes. It's Saturday and it's nearing 5PM. Not a soul is in here but me; kinda cool, huh?

I've been doing what you all told me to do, that is, relaxing and enjoying myself.

We had a cloudy, rainy day yesterday but we made good use of the day. We bought some groceries at Publix (an awesome grocery store chain down here) and fresh grapefruit and grapefruit juice at Albritton's.

Today the sun is shining and it's about 70 degrees. Lon fixed us breakfast this morning. We always eat breakfast late down here, between 10 and 11:00. That way, we don't really need to eat much again until dinner time.

After breakfast, Jared took his fishing pole and headed for the south end of Crescent Beach to see what kind of fish were biting. Due to the wind and subsequent waves, all he caught were lots of snags which resulted in several lost lures, but he loves to fish so he'll try again soon.

Lon and I walked the beach together for a while and then while he sat by the pool, I walked the beach with my CD player and the audiobook, Loving Frank. I can't remember the author's name but the book is about her relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright.

After that walk and while Lon and Jared went to the tackle and bait shop, I wrote for a little while in my tablet in a lounge chair beside the Gulf and then came back inside the condo. I made a mini-sandwich of horseradish cheddar cheese and rinsed off half dozen fresh strawberries for a mid-afternoon snack. I noticed the guys had been enjoying the carrot cake we bought yesterday. I'm looking forward to another piece of Publix's key lime pie after dinner tonight. I can't be in FL and not have some of that good stuff.

We normally eat out at around 7PM every evening. Last night, we feasted on King Crab at Captain Curt's after a game of Yahtzee in the condo. We can observe a wide stretch of the beach and Gulf waters from the table where we eat and play games. Are we lucky or what?

I didn't bring my camera memory stick down here to the rec room so pictures will have to wait until next time. Besides, I haven't taken very many yet. You know what happens once I get on a roll!

Wishing you all a fine Saturday evening and Sunday.


Elizabeth Westmark said...

I wish Siesta Key was a few hours closer to Pensacola -- would love to meet you for lunch! (or late breakfast!) Re Publix, aren't they great? It's a Lakeland, Florida-based homegrown chain. They only came to Pensacola a little over a year ago.

Siesta Key sounds wonderful. We have friends not too far away on Pine Island.

We'll look forward to seeing your pictures!

Gullible said...

I wonder what condition King Crab is in after it walks sideways all the way from Alaska's Bering Sea to the Florida Keys? Do you happen to know what variety of king it was? Red, Blue? It all turns orange after it's cooked. DOn't I sound like I know what I'm talking about? Hate to tell you this but three decades ago we used to go to Homer and buy live King Crab for $5 each. Yes, five dollars each. No zeros. Have fun, Shaddy.

Shaddy said...

Beth: So close and yet so far.

Shaddy said...

Gully: The King Crab arrives here in the best shape possible. I don't know what variety of it is but I'll try to find out. I'm sure we'll be going back for more. We've tried other types but like King crab the best. I suppose it's stupid not to order fresh seafood but what can I say? 1 1/4 pound presently costs $28.99 at Captain Curt's. Only while we're here do we spend that much for a dinner. What the heck! Money's only money when you spend it!

Anonymous said...

Auntie can only say yummy. We always have lobster straight from the Keyes on New years Eve that Dawn's Mom sends. i agree Publix is a great store, it is where we always shopped when we went to Fl. in winter.
It looks like you are all having a wonderful time. We are not too bad off here though it was 57 yesterday and 58 today and 60 for St. Pats day. Relax and have fun. LOVE