It's about time.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ride To Fruit Stand and Cooking Day.

Our Location today is Punta Gorda, Florida, USA.

Waking up to another fog covered morning was no surprise after hearing the forecast on the news before we went to bed last night. What was a surprise was to hear that Kathy had trouble sleeping. I mentioned we had slept with the windows open the night before. Well we did the same thing last night the only difference was the crickets were so loud last night that their sound kept her awake the better part of the night.

Since the temperatures were in the comfortable range this morning I convinced Kathy to do our bicycle riding this morning. While I was getting the Tandem Bike ready for our morning spin Kathy came outside and asked if rather than riding around the park it would be too difficult to ride over to the nearby fruit stand that was located a quarter mile up the road. My response was it was an easy ride so bringing a saddle bag away we went.

It was an easy ride along the shoulder of highway 41 with vehicles driving by us at 60 mph but most coming our way tried to move over giving us that extra margarine of safety. Kathy said she was glad that I was steering because she would have been too nervous. Kathy was amazed at the selection of fruits and vegetables that were all garden grown on sight. Our saddle bag was quite full for our return trip but it wasn’t a problem. Since there was no way to cross the highway for the return trip I simply chose to ride on the shoulder facing the traffic just as if we were walking.

Back at the trailer after unloading the saddlebag Kathy enlisted my help by chopping fruits and vegetables for a number of meals to come. While she blanched some tomatoes to make our Tomato and Cheese Soup for lunch I was busy chopping ingredients for another vegetable salad. Once lunch was completed I started chopping more ingredients for homemade chicken noodle soup while Kathy started making her chicken stock.

I set up the outside cook stove in our outside kitchen so we could continue simmering the stock outside while Kathy would cook something else inside on the kitchen stove. She also had me grilling a couple of chicken breast on the Weber Q on low while I helped her inside the trailer. Kathy had picked up some Won Tons when we first arrived in Florida and had used some but the uncooked ones were starting to look like they were drying up. So Kathy was frying them in vegetable oil on the kitchen stove while I dusted them with Confectioners’ Sugar between running outside stirring the chicken stock and flipping the chicken on the grill.

Once the Fried Won Tons were finished so was the chicken on the grill and the stock outside. We drained the stock while I chopped the one chicken breast for the soup Kathy started making. We’ll have the soup later this week. 

We needed to sit outside to cool down for a while and enjoy a pop. The warmth of the sun was feeling very comfortable until the sun disappeared behind a huge bank of clouds and the wind started to pick up. Thinking a storm was about to hit Kathy went in to retract the awning while I closed up the grill, closed the outside kitchen, put the Tandem Bike in the shed and stored our chairs.

For supper while Kathy made a Caesar Salad I chopped the second chicken breast I’d grilled today to add to the salad. For dessert we made quite a dent in the fried Won Tons but at less than three calories each we didn’t hurt our diets.

Tomorrow we’ll be out for the day exploring Sanibel Island. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


Joke of The Day

 1st cannibal: Am I late for dinner?

2nd cannibal: Yes, everyone's eaten.


  1. That sounds like a major production to cook all that food.
    No need to eat out for a while now.

  2. My goodness...I am starving to death after reading that! We are torn between Florida and Southern Arizona for our winter spot next year. Florida does look good???