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Thrift Shops, Garage Sale, Good deals!

Sep. 29, 2011 9:14 am 
Updated: Sep. 30, 2011 10:05 am
DAY 2- Thurday

Up and at 'em early, everyone got showers and then Gary took Jan and me on a tour of the that's something you didn't know about him! He loves his plants and can identify all of them and told us some great stories! They have a "Resurrection Fern" that is so cool....always looks dead but when it rains it re-greens itself and looks beautiful! It had rained the night before so it was all pretty but on my way back...he showed it to me again and it seriously looked like it was dead....very inspirational! We got on the road around 11am...Jan and I followed Gary and Clare in his truck for the 3 and a half hour drive to Panama City. He took us on country highways down there and we saw cotton fields ready to harvest and lots of logging trucks full of trees, it was really interesting! He took us thru the small quaint town of Eufala which is situated on a big lake/river, has a long treelined avenue of Victorian homes...very cool! (I think Jan got pics, I was driving) Jan is a great traveling partner...we both wanted to stop everywhere and get pictures but luckily we had to keep up with Gary or we would have never made it to Panama City on time, LOL!
We stopped at 100 year old Barbeque place in Dothan, GA for lunch, called Dobbs Place. It was raining like crazy, too much rain too fast, lightening and thunder...just about drowned my poor lil car so it was a good time to take a break! Clare and I had pork BBQ sammies and Jan and Gary had ribs,pork and beef platters. I picked up some homemade smoked sausage to take along for breakfast. It was perfect timing because by the time we finished lunch, the skies has cleared and we were back safely on our way!

Just a few miles down the road was the Florida Welcome Center! Free Orange juice and Maps!

I have to say, Gary was great about stopping for potty can tell he lives in a house of women,LOL!
We pulled into the Celadon Resort check-in area just as Robin (Robogramma) calls Clare and says she's right across the street! Perfect timing...somehow we all arrived in minutes of each other...totally coincidence! So we unloaded 3 vehicles packed FULL of luggage,coolers, beach chairs and food onto 2 rolling carts and up we go to the condos! We were on the 8th floor, Gary and Clare were PENTHOUSE,23rd floor! Thank goodness for elevators! God bless our sweet Southern gentleman,Gary, for loading and unloading all the heavy was so appreciated! He also got mad at us if we opened our own doors!
We got into the condo easily and we had such a cute one with a beach theme! Cheerful colors and the cutest decorations everywhere! We got unloaded and set in to put everything away....I meant to get pictures of the condo after we straightened everything up (all our mess) and set out snacks but I forgot...I think Jan got some tho! Gary and Clare went up to their condo unpacked, Clare needed a nap so Gary came down to visit with us, to give Clare some peace. Robin kept us all in stitches....she is such a sweet person and a character! She grew up in the Pensacola/Panama City Beach area so she and Gary were telling us all kinds of stories! Gary and Clare had honeymooned in PCB so it was neat to hear their stories of the beach years ago.

Beautiful sunset from the balcony!

Robin (Robogramma) and Gary (GDerr)!

We talked and talked and talked and laughed til our sides hurt! And yes, about 50% of our yakking WAS about food and Allrecipes! One of the things, Jan had wanted to do was go to a grocery she and I took off for Winn Dixie down the street while Robin entertained Gary. Jan and I had a blast...I hadn't been to a Winn Dixie in 15 years so for me it was "old home week"! We got stuff for breakfast, lunch and dinner and decided to make hot wings for dinner that night! Everyone was tired from traveling so we made a corporate decision to just stay in that night and party!

Okay, okay , okay...we may have gone a LITTLE overboard! LOL! I think we are all secretly food hoarders....didn't want anyone to go hungry! Jan made us all get out of her "One Butt Kitchen" and she made us wings with Jack Daniel's BBQ sauce, cut up a bunch of fruit, made a curry dip for pretzels and chips...busy gal!

Jan in her "One Butt Kitchen" she meant it too!

Hugs were given freely!

Sep. 29, 2011 9:24 am
I feel like I was there, thanks for sharing :)
Sep. 29, 2011 9:25 am
Lovely Cindy!! I've always wanted to meet Gary & Claire!! now feel almost like I have.. looks like u had a fantastic time!! love the pic of JAn in her 'one butt kitchen'.. lol!! :D
Sep. 29, 2011 9:28 am
So cool! I just love this kind of stuff.
Sep. 29, 2011 9:31 am
Looks like you all had a blast! Thanks for posting all the fun pics!
Sep. 29, 2011 9:45 am
Hi CindyLepp...I am so happy that you all got to experience what we do her in the SoCal area. You all look so happy to be there and what great pics. Thanks for sharing. Great friendships started on AR!!
Sep. 29, 2011 9:50 am
I wish I could make it to one of your SoCal Round-ups, Noemi! So many of you that I'd love to meet! Brooke...we need to have one up here near us next year! XOXO
Sep. 29, 2011 11:07 am
Thanks for sharing! You're right, Eufala is a pretty town! I'm glad you had a great time!
Sep. 29, 2011 11:15 am
I wasn't sure about the spelling, Sue...thanks! It looks like a town to retire to! SO pretty!
Sep. 29, 2011 11:33 am
I am so glad you all had so much fun - but knew you would! Thanks for blogging so we could share in your fun.
Sep. 29, 2011 11:57 am
Love your account Cindy. What a wonderful group of people.
Sep. 29, 2011 12:38 pm
Ahhhh now I'm off to read the rest of the stories :)
Sep. 29, 2011 1:07 pm
looks like so much fun!! You do know the guys have to actually pee more often than us right? They just pretend they are stopping for us, but they always get running to the potty first!!!!
Sep. 29, 2011 1:12 pm
Sounds like a great time had by all. I am retiring at the end of this school year. Who knows I might just show up at one of you guys roundups sometime. I already feel like I know some of you.
Sep. 29, 2011 4:57 pm
And agreat time was had by all! I would love to have been there! There were so many of you who I have been dying to meet....Maybe someday!!
Sep. 29, 2011 5:07 pm
Your pictures are great. Sounds like old home week!
Sep. 29, 2011 8:51 pm
how fun for all of you Cindy, Jan, Gary, Clare, and Robin....Jan, I'm still mad that you didn't win the lottery.
Sep. 29, 2011 9:51 pm
We won $7!
Sep. 29, 2011 10:21 pm
Geez, could you all look just a bit happier to see each other? J/K Love it when there are smiles for miles n miles!
Sep. 30, 2011 10:05 am
I am so green with envy. Looks like a great time with wonderful people! And Cindy, I see your box of wine in the fridge. :-)
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Down here in Central Coast Florida since late Aug. 2012. I still cook and bake and its so good to be around family again!
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There is just one of me but I do cook dinner almost every night. I love easy dishes on the nights I really don't feel like cooking. Grandmommy Capps lived in Rocky Mount, NC....Sundays were a holiday! Dinner was at 2pm. Leftovers were snacks later(dark thirty)....she was a great biscuit and piemaker. Being the oldest of 23 grandchildren, I was the BEST dishwasher! Hand wash everything in a washpan! I've never heard of it??? You need one to play as your wash sink,and then you rinse in the kitchen sink.....It was air dry either....someone had to dry ALL the dishes! I love my Sis for that!
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We have ham, blackeyed peas, collard greens, and corn muffins on New Year's Day for good luck! Peanut blossums are my favorite cookie for Christmas!
My cooking triumphs
"Banana Crumb Muffins" were delicious & gorgeous,looked store-bought!
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I have left the neck(in the bag) in the turkey in the past 5 years! I should know better! Always rememember to check BOTH ends of the turkey before you cook it! I'm Blonde...Sheesh!!
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