Thursday, July 22, 2010


I received a card last week from my friend Kim and had to smile when I read these words: "I'M STILL ON CLOUD NINE". She and her husband Tom were down from Michigan last month scoping out the perfect place to retire in a few years. Of course, I think the Tampa Bay area IS the perfect place for them to land! We met up at Landry's Seafood House for a late lunch at 2:30. I couldn't believe the clock in the car read 5:30 when we left the restaurant! It was a wonderful visit and the food and server helped add to our memorable three hours together.

Here's the entry into Landry's, right before the causeway. I love where I live! Once in awhile, I become aware that I'm taking the beauty of my surroundings for granted. I'm trying to make it a point to mention the beauty of the blue sky, the palm trees, or the pretty landscaping each time we go out.

Agustin, Shane, Tom, Kim, and I.
Our server was kind enough to offer to take a shot of us together. I think, from our banter and laughter, he could tell we didn't get to see each other often.

Agustin and Tom both ordered the Blackened Salmon topped with shrimp!
Shane order Chicken Alfredo which looked delicious but I didn't think to snap a shot of it.

Kim and I both ordered a health conscious plate-NOT! Fried catfish, fried oysters, fried shrimp, french fries, hush puppies, oh my!

Our server, Anthony, was a real character! He enjoyed talking HOCKEY with Tom, who coaches a hockey team in Michigan.

Outside with full tummies!

Kim and I - Even after a long, leisurely meal, we stood around outside the restaurant and talked another forty five minutes or so. We really didn't want to say goodbye!
Such sweet memories and I too am "STILL ON CLOUD NINE"!


Aspiemom said...

Oooh, it does look like a wonderful place to live - or visit! It's beautiful! I don't think I've ever been there. So happy that you got to spend that time with your friends.

jAne said...

joyful times with loved ones.
very nice. the food looks awesome, especially the salmon dish. mmm.

oh and about the road rage and me sticking my tongue out...
i did that.
Lord help me.
i did that.


Susan said...

Fun special time!!! Thanks for sharing it here with us. Yes, I think we all take our surrounding forgranted, along with so many other things, too!!!!

Becky K. said...

Good friends and good food...a perfect combination!

Becky K.

candy ♥ said...

thanks for poppin by :) its always nice hearing from you. i missed you!
you have my old blog on your sidebar by the way. my new one is

thanks for the comments about robs guest post... i will ask him for you to do another one soon :)

love ya!!!


cindy said...

what a wonderful place to retire to!!

Anonymous said...

Love those great memory making times.

Love your haircut!

Z said...

Okay..I NEED that catfish dish! NOW!!:-) hi, Pam! Nice to be here and so nice to hear about the great time you all had!! God bless you and yours! z

Kelly said...

What a nice time and a nice restaurant! I hope your friend will decide to settle near you as well.

Webutante said...

What can be more fun than sharing special times with friends and yummy foods! I see why you're on Cloud Nine!