Georgia Style Festivals!

•April 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

We are Settled into the Gnome Shack and Enjoying the Local Activities!

Activities Such as Peaches to Beaches 700 Mile Yard Sale!

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Woot Woot!

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Oh, Yes We Did!

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Great Two Days of Picking!

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People and Cute Small Town Water Towers!

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Of Course…

And BBQ for Jim!

Emptied the Car and headed to Savannah for what is considered the 2nd largest Festival in the South.

I was wondering how that could be for just one day…

That Day Being…

St. Patrick’s Day!

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Little did we know in Savannah…
St. Patrick’s Day is Celebrated for 4-5 Days!

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Holy Drink Fest!

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And Holy Long Parade!

But the Best Thing About it was The Kissing Bandits!

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With Bright Red Lip Stick On…

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They Would Rush the Marching Paraders…

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And Kiss Away!

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Leaving Right Red Lips On the Cheeks of Men and Woman in the Parade!

Another Great Stay in our New Favorite City!

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Good Times!

And Angry Gnomes!

Okay…

Or Angry Leprechauns!

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Some Festivals we Plan to Attend…
And Sometimes They Just Find us!

On a country drive…

We ran into one such Festival!

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CLAXTON RATTLESNAKE ROUND UP!

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Not Just Rattlers…
But All Kinds of Beautiful Snakes!

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Some I held!

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We Also Found Something Interesting out About Claxton…

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It is the Fruitcake capitol of the World!

Who knew we had Georgia to Thank for the Fruitcake???

After that Awesome Festival..
We Ran into the Baxley Tree Fest.

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Not your Tree Hugging Style Tree Fest at all, eh?

There are so many tree farms around here that I rarely see a real forest…

But at least there are trees!

Our Next Outing was not a Fest…

But Jim had to Work near Atlanta so we made the most of it!

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We went to the High Museum of Art to see the “Go West” Exhibit!

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Where we had fun!

Then Jim got tickets to the Braves Games…
Opening Week and GREAT seats!

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Go NY Mets!

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I do not usually drink Bud Light…
But when I do it must be in a HUGE can!

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Twenty-Six Ounces of Beer Flavored Water!

And now…

Drum Roll Please!

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Yumonion and Me!

at the…

Vidalia Sweet Onion Festival!

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Heidi and I Dancing with Miss Sweet Thing!

Oh, the good times one can have with Sweet Onions!

Since our California Friends were in Town and we saw all we could of the Onion Fest…

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We insisted on showing them Savannah.

A Small City We Have Come to Love!

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So many reasons why…

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But the Old Beauty is Our #1 Reason!

And that is about it…
FOR NOW!!

As I am publishing this only a few days before the Georgia State Soap Box Derby Competition in Lyons, GA which is the town right next to Vidalia.

The fun Never Ends Here!

If you are interesting in purchasing any of that stuff I picked at the Peaches to Beach Yard Sale or any other picking I have done recently…

Check out OUR OWN BIG WORLD!  

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50. Yes, Fifty.

•March 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

As Some of You Know…

WE MOVED…

AGAIN!

And As Some of You Know…

RIGHT AFTER THAT I TURNED 50!

Check Out This Blog Post to See Where We Moved:  OLD SHACK STALKING !!

We had Big Plans for My Big Birthday…

But that Changed.

I have Always Felt Change is Good.  

So I Decided to Own this Change…

And Made My Own Plans.

I Read Somewhere That Someone Did “50 Things” in Their 50th Year!

So I Started on MY OWN 50 Things in My 50th Year.

The First was my “5 P” Birthday Weekend!

PAMPER…

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PICKING…

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PHOTOGRAPHY…

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PARTYING…

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PEOPLE!

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It was Such a Success in Ways I Did not Even Plan!
And Not…

Because I went to the most awesome 125 year old resort where all the mucky mucks wintered before Florida was developed that is on the small island  of Jekyll Island off the coast of South Georgia!

And Not…

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Because I went to my first ever Auction at an Estate Sale!

They even auctioned of the liquor! But not the great wallpaper below!

And Not…

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Because I got some great photos!

And Not…

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Because I met so many great People (or Horses)!

But Because…

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My Jim Surprised Me on My Birthday.

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You See He Had Started a Month Long Session of 13 Hours a Day 6-7 Days a Week.

And I Just Knew That He Could Not Get The Time Off…

And Oddly Enough I was Okay with It.

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Best Birthday Present Ever!

HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY TO ME!

And Now…

I Just Back from #2 on my 50 Things!

A Cruise!

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My First Ever!

5 Days with 5 Great Women!

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Bunny, Who I know!

The Rest…
I Know Now!

Crazy Lorraine…

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And Yes She Danced On Top of With Me!

Quiet Donna…

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Who Surprised Me Several Times!

Silly Sue…

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Who Just Kept On Smiling!

and Birthday Girl Dawn…
(Yes, Another Birthday Girl Dawn!)
The Cruise Was for Her Birthday and She is a Friend of Bunny’s!

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Who Was Nothing Less Than Audrey Hepburn the Whole Time!

We Stopped In Key West…

Where we Drank…

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And I Took Photos…

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Of Course…

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And Did Not Stop!

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Okay, I did stop!

It was Fun Dressing Nice For Our Nice Dinners…

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Every Night!

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Every Single Night!

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Okay…I Missed getting a Photo of one Night!

And the Last Night I went Sun-Dress Casual!

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We Also Danced!

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And Danced Some More!

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And We Were Not Done Yet!

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Wait…

I Danced Here…

By Myself!

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Shame on Your Girls!

Our Other Activities Were…

Library-ing…

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Ping-Ponging…

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Drinking…

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Did I mention Drinking?

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There was even Buddy Drinking…

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Oh…

And Water Sliding in Cozumel!

Which Came About…

After Drinking!

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And Swinging!

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There Also Was Eating!

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Okay…

I did not eat those cute little sweet swans!

But at that Brunch I did eat this…

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Oh, Yes I did!

Salmon & Sweets!

And Of Course I Took More Photos…

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Of These Things…

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Who Knew…

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I Had a Thing for Life Preservers?

Maybe it was the 14 months in Honduras drinking Salva Vidas (beer)!!

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I Know Now!

Now…

It is the time I say…

“Good Bye!” From Club Matalan and Princesses Dawn and Bunny!

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I can not wait to get to #3 on My List of List of 50 Things…

#3 is setting up a brick & mortar booth “shopito” in a Vintage Store near where I live!

But I am not sure what #4 is yet!

Would Love More Girlfriend Weekends/Trips…Girls????

Can be with just one Girlfriend or a Group…I am Open!

Thanks for All My Birthday Wishes!

I AM ONE LUCKY GIRL.

BELIEVE ME YOU…

I KNOW IT.

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HOLY HOLLY-DAZE!

•January 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

What a Whirlwind Holiday Season!

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What Such a Great Way to Start the New Year!

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Here are the Statistics for Our Holly-Daze Trip!

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Hours on Plane:  16

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Parents Saw: 4 (All)

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Siblings Saw: All 5 (4 for Dawn & 1 for Jim)

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Other Dawn’s Family Saw: 5

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Other Jim’s Family Saw: 43

Too Many to Post, so I went will some of the new Yummy Assyrian Food I got to try!

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States Visited: 1

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Cities Visited:  7 – 10 (Some Bay Area Cities are Blending Together)

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Adult Friends Saw:  21

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Yippy!

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Hee Hee!

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Yahooo!

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Aaaah!

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Yeah Baby!

Speaking of Babies…

Kids Played with/Babies Held:  

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Aaaah!

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Oh Yea!

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Fun Times Had: Countless!

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Wooo Hoooo!

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Let Us Dance!

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Happy New Year!

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I Salute You!

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Thank you to Everyone that Made this Christmas and New Year the Best Ever!

We Love You and Miss You!

Read Next Blog to see where we are NOW!

And By All Means…Please Visit Our Own Line Shop:  Our Own Big World!

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CAN’T SIT STILL!

•November 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Jim got laid off…

And Off We Went!

First, since it was the month of Halloween, we took off for a look-see of Salem, MA!

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The Old Port!

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Jim blends in with the locals!

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But not the ghosts!

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We were practicing out scared faces before our night ghost tour!
(Not scary at all)

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But the tombstones are a bit creepy!

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Other things were oh-so-pretty!

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Even man holes!

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The prettiest is where we stayed…

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The Daniels House Inn!

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And the next Salem Purdy is…

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The House of the Seven Gables!

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No photos inside, but the garden was delish!

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Yummy!

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Speaking of Yummy…

We went off to Eat!

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Here Piggy Piggy Pig!

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Now that was yummy!

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A bit of the coast….

Shrimpies!

And then we headed south!

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First Stop…

Jersey City and it’s Old Brick Buildings!

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NYC and it’s Awesome Architecture!

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The New Museum and it’s Funky Exhibits

And Most Importantly…

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Nooo….

Just Joking!

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The Octoberfest with Patty, Rich, Cooper…and Willow!

Where’s Willow?

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There She Is…

Playing Ball!

After that....

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We Visited the Laughing Buddha!

And…

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Funny Girl, Diana, in Virginia Beach, VA!

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Instead of stopping at the SOUTH OF THE BORDER…

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We picked in a North Carolina Antique Store!

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We got to Florida in time for Halloween!

Introducing…

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The HenderBalz…(Mind you, you must read this to yourself in a heavy NY Accent)
Retirees from Long Island and we Just Moved to Florida!

The fun did not stop there…

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Big planes came to our beach just for Jim’s birthday!

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They sent Jim their Love!

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And to finalize this long post…

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I bring you to my shopito!

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And my Pink and Orange Thrown!

To See What I sell…

Please Visit OUR OWN BIG WORLD! Just in time for the Holidays!

We are in Florida until WE CAN’T SIT STILL anymore!

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PLAY WORK PLAY!

•September 10, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Although we GET to go to Florida a lot…

It is not all fun and games people!

Okay, it is partially for me as I like to do interior/exterior design projects!

But Jim, and even my step father, gets the harder end of the work stick at times!

Here is our quick look-see at our last adventure of the summer!

Although I would like it to say it really started off with play…

Before we even got to the house from the airport we shopped for some needed appliances and a bed…
With Success! And all on sale…thank you Labor Day Weekend!

I am so proud of my “Hard-to-Make-Quick-Decisions” Jim!

But the play did start the next day…
After the appliances got delivered, that is!

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Our Beach!

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Fun in the Sun and Sea!

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This is a photo of the Sun and Clouds from just under the Sea!

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Yippy…Now this is vacation time!

Wait…that did not last long!

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The Work Part!

Jim and I worked on a project of making a new bed frame together…a funky upcycled bed frame!

Of course it was my crazy idea and you can see how we did it and the outcome at my creative blog: OUR OWN BIG WORLD! Put on a Platform !

Jim and I are getting good at working on projects together…

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He hung the curtain wires…

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And I hung the netted curtains.

As usually…I come up the idea and fortunately Jim does half the work!

Usually, our projects come out really well!
See another one of our projects here: OUR OWN BIG WORLD! Project for Two !

Well, that is where our group projects ended, but the projects did not!

When my parents visited, while my Mom and I worked hard to look for new material for some folding deck chairs my neighbor and I garbage picked (oh, yes we did)…

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Jim and my Step Father found out our sprinkler system motor was dead!

Five to seven hot sweaty hard working hours later, they replaced it with a new one!

And after that was done, they went to trying to fix our ailing wall oven.

Thanks to my Step Father…he figured out the mixed wire situation in the panel. We are still perplexed how they got that way?

Just to let you know my Mom and I were not slacking…we also went thrifting and did some redecorating!

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The cool old brass fish I got for Jim at a local thrift store.

He likes to have sea/beach touches around the 3 blocks from the beach house!

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My Jim Jim also like water elements, like this one which also rings its own bells!

And it rings my bell too!

And you got to love this big turquoise ceramic shell…

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Well, Jim and I do!

I am tired just looking at all that decorating we did!

But the work was not done for my parents!

I sent them home with the deck chairs and the material as Mom is going to sew new seating and my Step-Dad is going to paint them.

Doesn’t every one put their 75-year-old parents to work?

They Rock…and sew…and paint…and fix things really well!

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THANK YOU, MOMMASAN AND POPPY!

But Lo and Behold…The Work Continued!

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Well, at least finally finding the perfect outdoor lighting!

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And figuring out how to easily decorate our back patio (so it can easily be put out and removed for our short stays).

So far, this is all we got!

And now to the important things in life!

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Back to the beach!

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Aaaah!

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Jim’s new bathing suit…nice angle eh?

We look all relaxed and pleasant…But Dawn could not let that be so!

I actually sprained my ankle! After jumping over a wave I came down on my foot oddly and painfully! I wanted to play in the water so bad, I kept on going with a boogie board in hand and sunglasses on! But for crying out loud…Another wave came which is was not ready for and last minute I tried to dive under it with the boogie board. I was too late and the big wave smashed the boogie board hard into my face, mashing my sunglasses even harder into the right side of my nose causing me even more pain.

At at that point, Jim forced me back to the beach!

I had to laugh though…I grew up in the ocean and it was like my first time ever in it!

But I did not let that ruin my day…nor was I going to let the sea get the best of me. After a rest, I went back in, boogie board free and had a blast!

And I even came up with a new rating for waves!

woo: A little wave you can jump over.
WOO: A big wave you can jump over without much trouble.
Woo Hoo: A big wave you can jump over but getting lots of water in the face!
Dang: A big wave you thought you could jump over!
Holy Moley: A big wave you have to dive under!

AND

Holy Shit: A big wave you dive under, but also get tossed around a bit!

That Folks…Is how I make an adventure out of almost everything!

And then we chilled at a cool ocean deck bar and restaurant!

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It was at a hotel and there was pool crashing, but no photos were taken to protect the guilty!

Toasts to our last night in town!

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Sparkling Wine in Glass For Me!

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Beer in Plastic for Jim!

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And Good Night Folks!

Great Trip South and I personally, was not ready to leave!

I had heard it was getting chilly up north, but when we got here it was very lovely!

And to get a bite to eat on our way home from the airport, we stopped at our favorite Bahn Mi place (and maybe the only one in within 100 miles) in Hadley, MA and came upon a yard sale where I scored!

In my world, that is an awesome end to a great adventure!

Those finds may be for sale soon! Check out my shop: OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

By the way The GnoMAD PAD Kitchen Called…

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DOUBLE TAKE ATTACK!

•August 29, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Double the fun in August!

Twin Nieces from the Wild Wild West Came for some East Coast Vermont Hillbilly Fun!

We did it all…

Starting with Circus Fun!

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A Circus Performed by Kids!
Smirkus Circus Baby!

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It got them in the mood!

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And of course there was…
ARTS & CRAFTS TIME!

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TA-DA!

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Back to Circus Stuff!
Classes at the local Aerial Arts Circus School!

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And Let Me Not Forget the Lake!

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And Cheese Making Lessons!

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And a Favorite of all of ours…
The Petting Barn!

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Even Randy got in on it!

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Of course we had to take them to all local scenery spots where…

Aunt Dawn and Uncle Jim were enjoying pure bliss!

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No Trip to Vermont is Complete…
Without a Visit to Santa Land!

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More Circus Classes!

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And Canoeing is always a good idea when in the country!

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Especially when the country looks like this!

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More Lake Time…this time with Uncle Jim too!

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Water Jungle Randy!

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Homemade Hot Tub!

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And Now…

Introducing…

THE GREAT FLYING B’s!

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But Wait…

You do not think we forgot about…

The Good Ole Country Swimming Hole…Did You?

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And did you think we only did one craft?

There is the one…

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And this one!

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More Importantly…

The Girls Saw a Moose!

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And Albany, NY!

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Which is on the Hudson River!

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GREAT TIMES WITH THE GIRLS AND THEIR DAD!

WE MISS THEM GREATLY!

But to distract ourselves until we see them again…
We will wander and adventure some more!
OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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HENDERSON VERMONT TOUR!

•July 14, 2013 • 1 Comment

Jim’s parents came to town!

And we went to town showing them Vermont!

It all started with…

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THE STROLLING OF THE HEIFERS!

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Alice love the cows…

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And the cowbell!

After the Parade…

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The cows got loved on Alice & David!

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And Alive & David loved some local made ice cream the Strolling of the Heifer Expo!

And the entertainment kept on going!

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We went to a BBQ afterwards…

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Complete with Live Entertainment & Million Dollar Bacon!

And now…

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Back to cute animals and touring Vermont!

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Here Piggy Pig Pig!

After the petting zoo…

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A visit to Vermont would not be right without a Covered Bridge!

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And cute farm on hillside scenes!

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Jim and Mom checking out the creek behind our hotel in Stowe, VT!

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We also checked out Apple Cider Mills, Cabot Cheese shop, Lake Champlain Chocolates, the Von Trapps and…

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THE BEN & JERRY’S ICE CREAM FACTORY!!

And then we headed south!

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Lunch in Middlebury, VT!

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Hanging out in Old Deerfield, MA!

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On the New Hampshire State Line!

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Saying Cheese in Grafton, VT!

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And we finished up with a Lobster Father’s Day Feast!!!

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Even Chloe was happy about dinner!

Good Times!

Good timeS with the family and we even went to places and saw things we had not seen yet!

Along the way we did go to thrift and antique stores!

To see what I may have picked up to sell on my online Etsy shop, click here: OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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Crystal Clear Water #2

•May 30, 2013 • 1 Comment

This is what I get for loving photography…

A 5 Day Trip needs two blog posts!

For the First Part of Our Trip…

Go To:  Crystal Clear Water #1 !

The rest of our Adventure in Puerto Rico…

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The Beach!

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And Snorkeling!

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In the Crystal Clear Water!

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Using our new underwater camera!

Which is easy in…
Crystal Clear Water!

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Come Join Us!

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No?

Oh…Okay!

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Um…that is my Pina Colada!

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Toes in the sand…
Bright Toes at that!

After a Day at the Beach…

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We stopped by El Conquistador Resort !    

Where some of the 1964 Bond Film, Goldfinger was shot.
(The rumor is it is only in the last scene).

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After a drink and the sunset there…

We head out for our night adventure!

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Jim turned me into a Chupacabra!

No…
We went night kayaking!

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Through the mangroves in the pitch darkness…

And into a Bioluminescent Bay!
Where the water glows…

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When you touched it!
But not in this photo…well…a bit!

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It looks kind of like this!

Very Cool!

After a restful night…

We were right back at it.

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Causally walking down the beach the next morning that is!

The Beautiful wonderful…

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Puerto Rico Beach!

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And the wildlife!

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Busy moving sand!

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Another kind of local wildlife…
The Surfer!

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Ah…the pretty drift wood!

The Stories it could tell!

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The time it took to get here!

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And now…
Back at the Hotel!

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Orange sand…
Yellow Toes!

After More Beach Time…
And Very Red Skin!

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We headed back to Old San Juan!

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Our first stop…

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Museo De Las Americas !

And What do I do?

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Take a photo of the door knob!

And what does Jim do?

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Take a photo of a shrunken head!

But we both LOVED…

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The Show by Nick Quijano named “Basura”.

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He made art out of garbage he found on one stretch of beach!

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So Awesome…
And Inspiring!

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I find beauty in many things…
Maybe Trash…
Maybe the colors and textures…

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On the Ground!

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Or on a door.

Or at  El Morro!!!

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So Beautiful!

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Shadows…

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Textures…

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and Jim!

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Isn’t he just the cutest!?

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Okay…
I am too!

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Really…
I am!

No…
Let’s get back…
to the real beauty.

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Yes, there is beauty in a place that was once used for war.

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Castillo San Felipe del Morro was built in 1539 for fortification.

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In 1983 it became a National Park and in 1992 it was claimed as a World Heritage Site.

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Watch out Kitty!

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The over flow of the Cats of Old San Juan…
Are in El Morro!

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Looking out at sea.

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And one final view…

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Pretty…
But all those colorful buildings…
Supposedly is the most dangerous area
all of San Juan.

On the way to happy hour…

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City Art!

And then there is…

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El Batey!!!!

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Our newest Dive Bar Experience!

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Complete with Graffiti, Ambulances…

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And police!

Good Times…

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And the Good Times Continued…

At Barrachina!  

Where the Pina Colada was born!

And you know we had to try them!

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One can work a lot of Pina Colada off dancing to Rumba at the Nuyorican Cafe!

What a great way to end our quick trip to Puerto Rico!

Loved all of it!

TO VISIT OUR ONLINE SHOP…

GO TO:  OUR OWN BIG WORLD !

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Crystal Clear Water #1

•May 29, 2013 • 1 Comment

When Jim made plans to go to Florida,

I said I wanted “Crystal Clear Water” too.

Although, the water-color in the Space Coast area of Florida is a very nice blue/sea foam green…

It is not like island water.

So Jim made more plans…

To Puerto Rico we went!

The water, the culture, the food…

What a great tropical island with the twist of an Industrial Nation on the side!

So many photos…too long a blog!

So this short 5 day trip has now  been turned into a Two Blogger!

I will start with my…

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Crystal Clear Water!

And now…

This is what we did there!

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We visited the wonderful “streets” of Old San Juan!

Fell in love with the blue cobblestone!

As well as the…

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Oh So Cute Alley-ways!

We always love…

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Colorfully designed tiles!

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Even if they have beast on them!

Jim like this building..

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Lord Jim!

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He liked it so much he sat for a second to stare!

We both like…

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This Bad Ass business!

While Jim admired his Lordness…

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I hung out with the locals!

And then we wandered…

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Awesome old architecture!

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Crumbling, but beautiful!

And then we ran into…

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The Cats of Old San Juan.

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They are everywhere!

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Hanging out…

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And mostly lounging!

Back to wandering…

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The Best Burial Spot Ever!

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Agua is good!

We called this…

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Calle de los Gatos!
Even more cats!

Must not forget…

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The Churches!
Especially this one…Where Ponce De Leon was buried!

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Outside the Church.

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Church Doors.

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And fancy railing!

Oh yea…

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A Pink Building!

And a…

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Light Blue One.

And an...

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Orange one.

And let me not forget…

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The yellow and green one!

Another great…

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Cute Alley…
With the Old City Gates at end!

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And next to the gates…

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The Happy Accordion player…
Playing to the pigeons!

The view…

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With our fresh coconut mojitos!

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Off we stumbled!
Along the old city wall.

And where we found…

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Cat chairs…

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So we decided to lounge…
Just like the cats!

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Cool texture in old wall.

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Old dude next to old wall!

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And even older dudette next to old wall!

Can you tell…

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WE love that old wall!

Enough of City Stuff…

Jungle Time!

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El Yunque National Jungle!

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Ever so Green!

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And Mountainy!

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And Touristy!

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La Coca Falls!

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Water, green and…

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And fungus…

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And flowers!

Aaah Shade…

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Tree Umbrella!

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Fireworks!

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Fancy Root Skirts.

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Bromeliad!

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Baby Fern Fiddlehead!

And then there is…

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Me in a Waterfall!

And Jim…

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On a bridge!

Back to the local Flora…

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Spinning Green!

We climbed a tower…
After two long hikes in a hot sweaty jungle!

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And this was what we saw!

Back to the important stuff…
Us…
In front of the Beautiful View!

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Okay, I was hot and obviously out of it…
Yes…
That is a giant leaf on my head!

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Jim couldn’t even wait for me to take the photo he was so out of it!

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On the way down…
We stopped to take our last look!

Why did the Chicken Cross the Road in Puerto Rico?

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To Get to the Beach, Claro!

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And we made it back to “Our” beach!

Luquillo Sunrise Inn, Luquillo, Puerto Rico!

And then there was more…

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We Prefer…South Birds!

•May 14, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Florida was calling Jim’s name…

and So We Went!

Since we go to Florida any time of the year…

And only stay for around a week at a time…

We are not Snow Birds.

We are South Birds.

See below and that will make even more sense!

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The Seagull on “our” beach (uh, the beach closest to our house).

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The Seagull Side-Step!

And now…the Predator!

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It was Osprey Nesting Season in Sebastion, FL (20 minutes south of our house).

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One Osprey stays with the nest and one is always not too far away.

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Taking a break…

While Momma Below Keeps Watch!

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Predators keep watch of predators to keep their nest safe!

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Nest on a Boat House!

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And there was this guy…
Blue Heron!

Back to Our House!

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The Ever Present Song Bird in our backyard!

And one day she had some visitors…

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Wild Parrots!

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Landing, hanging out and squawking on the wires in our backyard.

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Who me?

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In one of our Palms!

And the Parrots where not alone!

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This Red Bellied Woodpecker visits regularly.

Not sure why he is called red bellied…

When he is not and in fact, red-headed?!

Maybe that is why is confused about our telephone pole!

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Not sure why he likes the pole, but he does!

And those are not the only cute little birds we visited with on this trip…

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We visited my Mom and Step-Dad!

My Mom and I went through her photo albums and I love this one…

Mom looking like one hot “Bird” in this 1970 photo!

I am new to the Bird Nerd Photography world, so hopefully my bird photos will improve in the future!

But if you are interested in purchasing any of my past or future photos, please visit:  Our Own Big World!

This blog post is in honor of my Mother In-Law, who is a bird lover…

From House Guests Extravaganza!

Actually, she is a lover of all animals!

Next we go even more south!
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