Santa Comes Early

 Posted by at 1:14 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 082011

Brrr!!!! Yeah, Nick’s in Florida, he has his work done, and it’s time to play. It was 80 degrees the other day, it was in the 30s last night, and today the high is only supposed to be 61 degrees!

And don’t even start telling me how cold it is up in Ohio or Michigan or wherever you are. I don’t care! I’m cold, and it’s all about me! The sooner you understand that, the better off we’ll all be. 🙂

Santa figured that since it was cooling off here in Florida, he’d stop at our place early, because who knows how bad it could get by Christmas?

Miss Terry has never been happy with the microwave/convection oven in our Winnebago motorhome. It only heats to 450 degrees, and she couldn’t broil anything with it. So Santa brought her an 1800 watt Breville Smart Oven toaster oven. It toasts, broils, and does all kinds of neat things I don’t understand. But I do know that the results will be delicious, and that’s all that matters to me.


Terry had to do some rearranging to make it fit on her kitchen counter, but it all worked out, and it looks good sitting there, doesn’t it?


Yesterday evening, Bob and Rita Meredith had us over to their place at Breezy Oaks for a shrimp boil. Oh my, talk about a feast! The shrimp were huge, and absolutely wonderful. We had a good time visiting with Bob and Rita, and our friends Al Hesselbart and John Culp. When it comes to RVing, John is an icon. He is still living fulltime in the same 1947 Westwood travel trailer he bought new! Yes, that’s right, John has kept the same RV for 64 years! The darned thing is old enough to draw Social Security! And he’s still waiting to get into the shop for repairs he was promised under the factory warranty! They tell John the parts should come in any time now. 🙂

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  5 Responses to “Santa Comes Early”

  1. I love my Breville Smart Oven! Haven’t used my full-sized Sticks & Bricks oven since getting it. It cooks evenly and toasts perfectly. Looks like it fits in your kitchen very nicely and I bet Terry will be having all kinds of fun cooking up treats for Santa!

  2. Hey Nick, Great to hear John Culp is still out and about! We have not seen him for three years at your Eastern Rally. If you happen to catch up with him again, tell him we said hello and hope to see him soon! Russ & Debbie

  3. Nick ….Could you post a photo of John Culp’s Westwood. It’s the same age as my wife and I want to see which is in better shape 🙂

  4. Oh, wow. Jim is dead.


  5. I’ll be interested in hearing Terry’s review of the Breville toaster oven. It has definitely been on my “I want it” list for a long time. The current toaster oven in our kitchen has been going strong for many years, but it doesn’t do toast very well, and is a little small for the quick breads I like to make in a hurry at dinnertime.

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