Nov 252011

Well, the leftover turkey has been put away, we’ve all let our belts out a notch or two, and now the madness begins! It’s Black Friday, and the stores are jam packed with people who have stood in lines for hours to plop down their credit cards to buy a bunch of junk that somebody on television has convinced them that somebody on their Christmas list just can’t live without. Don’t you just love how gullible the American public is?

We had a nice quiet day at home, both of us in our elements. Terry was cooking, and she prepared an absolute feast for our Thanksgiving dinner, that included turkey breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, sweet potatoes, peas, green beans, a cranberry relish with orange and pecans, and a delicious homemade pecan pie! I’m glad we’re not leaving here for a few days yet, because I need to walk to Sarasota and back to shed enough pounds that we won’t exceed our motorhome’s gross cargo weight rating.

Pecan pie

I was busy writing all day, stopping only long enough to eat. I knocked out over 7,500 words by the time I finally pushed myself away from the keyboard about 10:45 p.m. I also set up a Facebook page to share news of my writing activities. I’ve been on Facebook for a while now, but the new page is available to anybody, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. Click this link to check it out, Nick Russell’s Writing Life.

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The other day, our friends Dennis and Cindy Henderson  arrived here at the Orlando Thousand Trails campground, and we stopped to talk to Dennis for a little bit on Wednesday afternoon. He had quite an adventure last month, right here at the same campground, when a broken water line eroded the ground underneath the pavement, and his car dropped into a sinkhole! He said it was really weird, one minute he’s driving along, and the next, he’s looking out his windshield at the pavement! It kind of makes you think they should have put those safety cones up before the accident, huh?

Denny car

Denny car 2

Fortunately, he survived the bizarre mishap, and the damage to their Jeep was repairable. I stole these pictures from Dennis and Cindy’s Facebook page, so I hope they don’t mind. I’m sure glad that wasn’t our Explorer, because Greg White’s way over in the Houston area, and I don’t know if I could get him to come all the way over here to fix it! 🙂 We’re hoping we can find the time to do some paddling with Dennis and Cindy while we’re here.

Our two weeks at the Thousand Trails is up on Tuesday, and we have to leave for two weeks, and then we’ll come back. I’m not sure where we’ll go right now. We wanted to go down to the Keys, and both the Elks lodge at Tavernier, and the Passport America campground at Marathon Key have vacancies. But we need to get the new issue of the Gypsy Journal finished and ready to send to the printer, so I’m not sure if we’ll go all the way to the Keys just to sit there and work. We may go to Crystal River, or the Escapees campground at Bushnell, instead.

Besides, our pal Al Hesselbart from the RV Museum in Elkhart, Indiana is supposed to be down in Bushnell in the next week or so, and I think Al owes me dinner. (Actually, I believe he already covered that, but Al’s old and he’s getting forgetful, so I’m pretty sure I can convince him he still owes me! 🙂 ) 

Thought For The Day – If you don’t have a sense of humor, you probably don’t have any sense at all.

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  11 Responses to “And The Madness Begins!”

  1. “buy a bunch of junk that somebody on television has convinced them that somebody on their Christmas list just can’t live without.” What did I read awhile back: “Gadget Boy” ? So it is ok to buy a lot of gadgets as long as you don’t have to get up early and stand in line? LOL!!!! Here I am waiting to go to Bass Pro because my DW wants the wants the Full Zip Fleese Lline what ever!

  2. Actually, I’m very happy that folks are out there spending some money (that they have), hopefully not putting it all on credit cards to have to face the bills later.

    Keep that money circulating, maybe some of it will trickle down to my pocket book.
    As to whether they need it or not, sometimes just the “want” is need enough.


  3. OK ya big whiner – you’r on for chinese at brooksville or lunch at cup-les cafe when we get together–and I did remember without the nudge I aint that old

  4. almost forgot – you werent the only one witha fresh pecan pie. my 9 year old granddaughter made me a wonderful sugar free pecan pie from a splenda recipe her mother found – double yummy

  5. Miss Terry Pecan pie is my absolute favourite and it has to be home made. Yours looks sooooo yummy. Its been years since I have had one.

  6. You couldn’t pay me enough to get me to do the Black Friday thing……well, maybe, but I doubt if you could afford it!!! 🙂

    For the price of pecans this year you’d better savor every bite of Miss Terry’s pie.

  7. Do you think she would share her recipe for the Turkey Breast? I’ve always cheated and bought mine already done. I would like to try to make it next year, but don’t have a clue where to start.

  8. Snowbird,
    Gadgets are good. But there’s not a gadget in the world worth standing in line and fighting the crowds to buy. They make them every day of the week.

  9. Sandee, I buy a whole turkey and cut it up so I can cook the turkey breast in my convection/MW. The rest of the turkey I cook in my pressure cooker, take it off the bone and have turkey for sandwiches. Then I cook the turkey bones for yummy turkey soup with dumplings. All yummy and so economic!

  10. Come to Crystal River Nick and Terry! We own a site at Rock Crusher Canyon RV Park and we love this area! The park is like a state park setting and very nice! If you come, let us know. We would love to meet you both. Plus, we don’t have the no see-ums like most parks in this area have.

  11. Wow!! What a pie!! Hope you didn’t eat it all in one sitting!! 🙂

    I will second the comment from Barbie Boldt – Rock Crusher Canyon RV Park is very nice. We are planning to be there in January.

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