February, 2013 – Marco Island

We continue our stay in Marco through the end of February. Mid-month we play in the tournament at the Y. Like last year, we lose our mixed doubles matches. But we play better and are happy with our result.

Towards the end of the month, Jonathan comes for a visit. We all play a lot of tennis. At the end of his stay I hurt my hip. I am writing this on March 18 and it is still not better. The doctor says I need to stay off it, use ice and take ibuprofen. I am not happy with the inactivity.

Jonathan ready for his next shot

Jonathan ready for his next shot


John on court

John on court

One night Peg, Jon, John and I go bar hopping. Bar hopping in Marco works like this. You start at the first place at 5:30 PM and you finish at the second place by 8:30 PM. After all, Marco midnight is 9 PM!

Looks like we are having fun

Looks like we are having fun


A lot of fun!

A lot of fun!

Jonathan, John and I usually hop in the pool after being out on the courts. One day Jonathan and I jumped in without taking the pool temp first. Too late we find out that it is only 71 degrees! But as the weather warms up the pool does too. The manatees seem to be enjoying the warmer temperatures in the canal.

John and Jon in the pool

John and Jon in the pool


A huge manatee swimming in the canal behind the house

A huge manatee swimming in the canal behind the house

Ted’s sister, Nancy, and husband, Jesus, invite us over for a traditional Spanish dinner. It is an evening of good food and conversation.

Nancy and Jesus in the kitchen

Nancy and Jesus in the kitchen


John, Mary and Jonathan

John, Mary and Jonathan


The paella and John looking good!

The paella and John looking good!

Jonathan leaves for home on February 25 and we follow soon after on March 1. It’s been fun but we have been away a long time! We are eager to get home and see all the family again.