Hey Guys Whats For Dinner ?

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Hey All

To continue my series of culinary blogs, I have solicited the help of some friends that I met on the road today as I was driving home from the gym.

This meal requires very little preparation and the ingredients are all natural and you eat it on short notice and when least expected.

The table setting only accommodates 4 at a time, so you must have good table manners and be willing to share your food with others that might be patiently waiting.

This meal is known as “Armadillo Road Kill” and no plates or utensils are required.

Warning: This video is not for the light-hearted and athough interesting, I wouldn’t recommend preparing this dish in your own kitchens !

Enjoy!

P.S. Just drove by the Armadillo that the vulchers were dinning on yesterday. This is what’s left….Armadillo Shell and Bones….Would make a goid Armadillo Soup!!! LoL

The Ale and The Witch

Hey All,

To continue my series of activities I took part in this past Sunday after participating in the “It takes a Village” charitable event, my friend Katherine and I walked over to a place called “The Ale and The Witch” in downtown St Pete to meetup with other members of the Tampa Bay Adventures.

It was a warm afternoon and it was a welcome pleasure to sip on a couple of brews with friends and to listen to the live band that was playing there. One of the group members secured the upper balcony for us to meet at. It was a nice afternoon/early evening spent with friends.

PEOPLE ARE DYING TO LIVE HERE

Hey All,

On Sunday afternoon after completing my volunteer work in Saint Petersburg at the “It Takes A Village event” I walked about a mile with my friend Katherine (who is the main organizer of the Tampa Bay Adventurers) to another meetup event that was occuring in downtown Saint Petersburg. I will write about that other meetup tomorrow.

However, in the meantime while we were enroute to the other event, something caught my eye and I had to stop and take some photos. It was a small condo building that did such a clever job at advertising their building. The caption “People are Dying to Live Here” was so perfect and appropriate during the upcomming Halloween season. Their displays were first class in every respect!

I just had to stop and capture this great advertisement idea and all the cool Halloween displays, so that I could send them all to you all.

Enjoy !

The photo below is scary enough, but the Halloween ones are even more scarier!!

And my Mom “Stacia” from Salem Massachusetts thought she was the only last living witch. I proved her wrong…Now their are two living here in Florida!

A Tale of Two Feet & Michael

Hey All,

About 2 months ago, Beau and I has planned a trip to Ashville, North Carolina where we were going to stay at a mutual friend’s house along with several other friends. We were going to leave today (Monday, 10/15). My plan was to drive this past weekend to Beau’s house. We were then going to pick up our rental car on Sunday evening and then planned on leaving by 6 AM on Monday (today) for the 14 hour trip.

Beau had been there several times in the past, but I have never been to that part of North Carolina, which I have been told is very beautiful, especally at this time of year when all the leaves on the trees are changing color. We were also planning on attending several annual fall festivals and other on-going events in that area.

As you know, I still have a cast on my right foot due to a fractured foot which occurred while visiting my brother Randy and my Mom in the Fort Walton Beach area. I simply got off the couch and as I stood up to slip my feet into my sandles, the right one was a bit loose and my foot gave way and it twisted outward to inward and before I knew it I heard a crack and then my foot became very swollen. Because of the walking cast which I must wear for several more weeks, although I seem to be getting around pretty well, it would be a bit difficult for me to drive a long distance. Thus, Beau was planning on being the primary driver on our trip.

Now, here’s where it gets a bit interesting. Shortly after Beau and I returned home from our Las Vegas trip, Beau went to visit a friend in her local area. While she was there, she went to open up her friend’s refrigerator and as she did this, a glass jar on the door shelf which didn’t have a rail guard came toppling down on her right foot. Next minute she knew it, her left foot swelled up like a ballon and yes the end result was a left fractured foot which later required a walking cast just like mine! The problem is that Beau generally drives with her left foot due to some previous medical problems with her right one. Now we both are crippled!

We were still going to figure some way to drive up North for the trip to North Carolina, but then came Hurricaine “Michael” causing so much havoc to so many area besides its main impact in the panhandle of Florida. As Beau talked to our friend in North Carolina, due to all the heavy rains and high winds that occured there because of “Michael,” alot of tree limbs fell and many of the roadways leading to our friend’s place became damaged. Since his place is way up in the moutains and many of the roadways are unpaved this makes traveling there a bit dangerous.

Also because of these rains and high winds, a lot of the leaves have already fallen off the trees up there, so the foilage this year wasn’t that great we were told. Also many of the upcomming festivals and other activities in that area we heard may not occur as planned.

So because of our foot issues and because of what hurricaine “Michael” did to alot of the roadways along the east coast, we mutually agreed that it would best best to curtail our trip there. Safety first!

Oh well, there’s always next year!

Have a great day.

Giving Back To The Community…I Have A Mission!”

Hey All,

Great event I participated in yesterday to support many charitable organizations in the Saint Petersburg / Tampa area. The video and other photos I posted pretty much tell it all!

Have a great week.

How can you not want to help out these worthwhile organizations when you see a poster so impactful as this?

So glad I participated. It was a great way to learn about all the volunteer opportunities in the area and to get involved!

I’m At It Again (First Friday Fall Celebration In St Pete)

Hey All.

Now that I’m all settled back into my RV spot on MacDill AFB in Tampa and despite my health setbacks, decided I would venture out again and participate in one of my meetup group social events this past Friday.

Every first Friday of the month, St Pete closes down some of the blocks in the major part of town and has live entertainment in the streets for all to enjoy and all the restaurants and bars in the area are packed.

This is the first time I went to this particular monthly event and it was alot of fun.

Was good to see everyone again and to get back into the swing of things.

Have a great week!

Luv, Gary

The Date Is Set

Hey All,

I had several medical appointments at the Veterans Hospital in Tampa this past Thursday, Oct 4 to discuss my on-going health issues.

The video I’ve included was taken in a small park adjacent to the VA hospital constructed there to honor our fallen heroes. Thought you would enjoy seeing it. Very tranquil setting.

Now concerning my health:

Dermatology: The two spots of cancerous growth that were taken out of my lower left leg about 2 1/2 months ago are almost healed. However, a new spot of concern was found on my right hand, so a biopsy was taken. Hope it turns out to be benign? Hate tp have another large hole there to have to heal for 3 to 4 months again. Also, ever since I was on the Vegas trip, I have had an irritation on my lips. Dermatologst is concerned it might be cancerous and has put me on a gel medication for three months in that area to see if it clears up. If it doesn’t it will lead to future more evasive procedures which won’t be fun. Time will tell?

Ortho: New xray of right foot was taken. Fracture still shows up. Doctor wants me to remain in cast for 5 more weeks for greater healing and stability. If I twist my leg again, especially while it is weak and healing and I re-injure it, unfirtunately, it will require surgery.

Rheumatology: Since the strength of my bones as seen on latest bone density test indicated a 6 % degradation since just one year ago, they put me back on a Fosemax regimine to hopefuuly stop the degradaion. Time will tell? Go back to them in mid December to evaluate progress.

Urology: The good news… no more Tuesday and Thursday painful injections in my sensitive area to reduce the internal scar tissue growth. The bad news is that medication used via injection has not helped. Will need to undergo a major operation (about 4 to 5 hours) to physically remove the internal growth. Operation takes a long time due to many nerves and vessels to be carefully moved around in that area to get at the scar tissue to remove it. There is also a risk of losing sensitivity and other manly functions for that area if complications develop. The surgery needs to be done to prevent future urinary problems from working properly since the scar tissue continues to grow. I was lucky to get this surgery scheduled for the Monday of Thanksgiving week as most folks don’t want to undergo surgery during the holidays. If I didn’t want that date, then I would have to wait until around Feb gor the operation. Best to just get it over with! Will remain overnight in hospital after that for one to two days. Full recovery will take at least 3 months at a minimum, even if operation goes well. I hope there are no complications and that life-changing events do not occur. Didn’t need this health issue right now as I continue to try to get socially active in the area and to make new friends. Oh well….no Turkey for me on Thanksgiving. Don’t think I will have a desire for it

I have to keep reminding myself that others have it worse and to be greatful for what I have, although things are not perfect. That’s life.

Take Care and have a great week.

Luv,

Gary