Saturday, January 29, 2011

This & that---we are warm and sunny!

OK, I know I'm rubbing it in--We are back home. The drive back from Ft. Myers area was L-O-N-G. I got up at 5:30 to walk the dogs, then go to Sanibel and look for shells since I had not taken the time to do so earlier. Managed to find a shelling beach at about 6:45, in the dark. Paid the $3.00 fee after figuring out the 'Pay Here" thing.
Did not find any sand dollars but did get one cute sea urchin. It is about the size of a quarter. Found a few pretty things, nothing special, but brought them home anyway.
We stopped at Tarpon Springs, since I had read about their Greek sponge area years ago. It was a great find. Saw lots of sponges for sale, went to a short video of the sponging process--nothing under 5 inches, cleaning process, etc. Bought one I'm going to use for bathing.
It was after 8:30 PM when we arrived home. Bone tired.
The doggies sat on my lap the entire time, but they were well behaved.
Yesterday was dedicated to laundry and napping.
This morning I insisted we both spend 1 hr. cleaning up the garage, getting the last 3 bins of Christmas stuff actually in the attic. Swept the floor, shop vac'd the floor. Rearranged some stuff, and got the tupperware of birdseed off the floor.
It is now 12:20 and we are going to find a dog park. About 70 and sunny now.
DH is finally ready to go out (Praise!) he is usually as slow as a snail.
Sara in Fla.

Friday, January 28, 2011

'Unbroken' by Laura Hillenbrand

I just finished 'Unbroken' by Laura Hillenbrand. Has anyone else read it? I thought it was a great book. Parts were difficult to read due to the subject (inhumanities during WWII) but for me it was a story about the strength of the human spirit.

I hope everyone is doing well!

Hugz to those who might need them, Mary in Oregon

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Winter..... ugh

Sara in FL - Oh, to even think of 65 degree weather . . . Everyone here is tired of grey skies, rain, drizzle, and snow. Yes, snow is predicted again, for tonight, 1 to 3 inches. Nobody panics anymore, and nobody runs to the grocery at first mention of a snowflake. ;o) We are all so over it.

I keep telling myself that this is normal daily life for all y'all (southern plural form of you) in Canada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota (did I forget anyone?) and how you spend every winter of your life, and it does help put the brakes on the pity-party, but we are really not accustomed to this. I am almost used to it, so I guess that is good.

Well, we'll see what the roads look like in the morning. Hopefully they will melt quickly. It hasn't been below freezing the past couple days.

Hugs to everyone. :-)

Monday, January 24, 2011

kayak trip

We are just outside Sanibel Island, Fla and are going Kayaking today. It is about 65 now and going up to 70 later today. We brought the dogs with us and found a dog beach yesterday afternoon. They did well socalizing with the bigger dogs.
I did notice that we are the youngest people here when we went down for breakfast a little bit ago. There are cars with tags from Canada, New York, Conn. several from Michigan, N.C.
I'm sure that the cold winters are good for the hotel/motel, tourist business.
I'll check in later in the week and report in on how well the kayaking/biking went.
Sara in Fla.