Our long weekend actually started on Thursday afternoon with lunch at the Hurricane Bar & Grill and running some errands. Nothing too exciting but I really did want to get the boat out of the garage and go fishing and I also wanted to get to the beach at some point this weekend! Neither was in the cards for Thursday though.
Friday started with me taking a quick trip to the local greenhouse with my friend Liz for their “Orphan Sale.” This is where they mark down plants that have had special care or maybe need some special care. I was pleasantly surprised to find very few things that looked like it had extra care at some point or that needed it. I left there with a total bill of $26.00 & the back of my Jeep fully loaded with various plants and blooming flowers that I planned to plant in pots for the front porch at the house sometime during the weekend.
Jon & I had a few errands to run Friday morning after my trip to the Greenhouse, then we ended up in Melbourne, FL at Best Buy to purchase another Sono’s component for our music system in the house and pool patio areas. We’re now just waiting for the outdoor speakers that Jon ordered. While we were in Melbourne, we decided to try to find a decent Mexican restaurant. Something we’ve found to be very scarce in our area of Florida! I’m flabbergasted at how hard it is to find a decent Mexican restaurant around here. You’d think, with the Latin American population & Spanish-speaking folk…there’d be one on every corner, but this is not the case. Anyway, we found Fiesta Azteca and had a very long, overdue, decent Mexican meal.
The Love Bug season in Florida is now over until the fall. When we got back home from Melbourne, Jon had some work to do in the office so I took his car to the car wash and got it all clean and shiny inside and out. No more Love Bug guts to contend with for several months now & if you don’t get that stuff off of your paint, it can damage it quickly. I think the hand wax we got on both vehicles a couple of months back, really helped! Here is a pair of Love Bugs that I caught fornicating on our pool patio about a week ago when the season was in full “bloom.”
Friday evening, our friends Liz & Howie came over for a barbecue and a dip in the pool and hot tub. Jon cooked some huge chicken breasts on the grill and made his special watermelon & cucumber salad which also has a bit of lime zest and chili powder…sounds strange but boy, it’s delicious! Potatoes & onions on the grill and roasted corn on the cob made our meal complete!
Saturday, we had a few things to do in the morning and one of them took us over by the mall. We took a shortcut through the mall parking area and on a little mound of grass that created a parking area, were a pair of Sandhill Cranes and a little hatchling. It was the most adorable little fuzzy thing, still a bit wobbly on his feet. We pulled into one of the parking spaces to get a closer look and just sat & watched them cruise around and peck for bugs around the base of a tree. The coolest thing was one of the adult cranes pulled a bug from the dirt and gently held it out for the baby. The baby tried hard to get a piece but dropped it several times as it seemed too big for him to eat the whole thing. Finally, the adult that gave it to him, ate what was left and off they went, meandering along in the grass. Such a treat!
We went back home, did a few odds and ends around the house and finally loaded up the Jeep & headed off to the beach for a few hours. Yay!! Here’s a shot of me goofing off and trying to get Jon to smile while the sun was in his eyes.
Sunday, I was anxious to see the “Super Moon” that many of my friends were talking about Saturday evening on Facebook and when I did some research on Google, I learned that for our time zone, it would be best viewed at around 7 A.M. Sunday morning! If you know me, you know I’m not up that early in the day unless the house is on fire but, there are times when I get excited about something and can’t sleep because of it so I found myself awake at yep, you guessed it…precisely 7 A.M. Saturday night, the moon was rising in the front of the house but by morning, it was behind the house and was very bright, even through the sunrise over the lake. I’m glad I got up early and got this photo of the Super Moon (Sunday, May 26th, 2013).
Jon made an awesome breakfast for us…fried eggs, bacon, leftover potatoes & english muffin…Oh my goodness…filled me to the gills! He had to roll me to the Jeep so we could go back to the beach for a few hours. This time, we went up to the more secluded beach by the Sebastian Inlet just a bit north of the Treasure Museum. We practically had the beach to ourselves. It was nice but I think we both got bored quick without people around to watch. We left the beach and came home and cleaned up and headed up to Suzi’s Tiki Bar on the Indian River to meet our friends Liz & Howie & their daughter, Jillian. There’s a guy that plays guitar there on Sundays that we really enjoy. David Goodman ( http://www.davidgoodmanonline.com ) . He’s kind of like a Jimmy Buffett type. Anyway, we sat there for a while and enjoyed the sunshine and music and our friends and then decided we’d come back to the house and fire up the hot tub again! I sure will be glad when the outdoor speakers arrive! We had a great time anyway.
Liz & Howie at Suzi’s Tiki Bar
Me & Jillian at Suzi’s Tiki Bar
Last but certainly not least, we finally managed to make a day of fishing in the Indian River in the boat on Monday! Did we catch anything?! Nothing we could keep. Each of us caught a tiny little fish…the one I caught, we weren’t even sure what it was but it was too small to be trying to eat the lure I had on. Jon caught a baby Jack which aren’t good for eating anyhow so it went back in the water too. We had both gotten a bit of sun at the beaches earlier in the weekend so we stayed covered up as best we could and went home around 2pm to get the boat cleaned up, re-organized, washed & back in the garage. Then, we cleaned ourselves up a bit and went out for dinner! I’ve craved sushi lately so we found a little hole in the wall place called Bangkok in Downtown and it was to DIE for! Oh my goodness, it was one of those meals you eat out that you just can’t leave anything on your plate and while you’re eating, you have to consciously suppress the “nom, nom, nom” noises that you SO want to make…but not in a public place! I was SO full after that, that Jon had to roll me to the car! OK, maybe he didn’t roll me but you get the point. I had the Lobster Roll which wasn’t just a lobster roll, obviously. I did share a few pieces with Jon but after he finished his dish, he mainly watched as I gorged myself on mine. Here’s what sat in my belly that night.
Jon’s is the little plate behind mine…
Yes, I must say we had an awesome and busy weekend but I’d do it all again tomorrow if someone asked me to!
What did you do for the long weekend?