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Monday, May 19, 2014

Where Did I Go? What Happened to Me?

Bubblews happened! 

Come visit me!  
 Here  is my link:  
Jeanniemaries


But I've been busy since I am home taking care of
Bill so much!  



July 25, 2014
I painted my old shed  and instead of tossing the broken chair
I grabbed it out of the trash and decided to let it die here.


We had planned to buy a new shed this summer but instead
we used the money on hospital bills so I had to do SOMETHING!

The plant is in one of my yellow ware bowls until I can find another "pot" of some sort.



I'm going to plant pink begonias soon to fill in the bed.  They thrive on neglect
and that's what they'll have here!



July 23


I painted the old patio table that was left her when I moved in!

I've simply kept it covered with flannel backed oilcloth until I could get around to painting it.

This is the "before" shot that I nearly didn't get:
as you can see it's half painted






I chose black as I have no idea what color my new patio furniture will be if and when I find some. 


Now...what else can I do?  




Flying my Mother's Day Kite


 I've done my share of writing here and there on different sites but nothing really paid much of anything, spitting out nickles and dimes occasionally but no real earnings to speak of.  

Loving the Jacaranda blooms!

Then I discovered Bubblews, a forum for anyone in the world to write what they wished, publish without censure and get paid per view, per "like" and per comment.  I signed up Jan 11th.  They split the revenue of the earnings with the writers

 I'm doing the same thing I did here just writing about my life.

But now getting paid for it!  

I love where I live


 I've missed you!  My Blog friends!


This is my referral link if you have decided to write there also:
   But you don't have to use my referral.

You can sign up on your own if you like
www.bubblews.com

  If you do sign up, PLEASE let me know, I want to read your articles and help you earn money.
Such easy rules!

1. Each article or post must be 400 characters.   2. It must be your own work. 3.Photos must be credited.  

Easy to write for, money adds up pretty fast.


I love my basket and my shells
I told you I'd be back! 


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Back From Our Second Honeymoon Cruise to Cozumel

The Sail Away

Here we are!  Married 45 years and decided to take a second honeymoon to celebrate!

Our first was quite short but a two day trip to Carmel California, a short drive away from where we were married.  


We took our car across the state and visited family, then took the train down to Miami!
What fun!


Here is a short little video of the train ride

video


We boarded the Norwegian Pearl 


And explored a bit.  The decks were all painted differently
This is the Lido Deck



We are on our way!

See the cute pilot boat?  The City of Miami is in the background.


The buildings are fabulous and we had a 
wonderful window seat in the air conditioned lounge to enjoy the Sail Away

Miami Beach up close!

After we had gone out to sea Bill and I walked up to the Sail Away party  up on the top deck
where
The Steep Canyon Rangers were playing


This band won a Grammy for their latest album this year
They also play and tour with Steve Martin

We lucked into a charter cruise where it was a Bluegrass Music Festival and 
most of the passengers had purchased expensive tickets that included shows all day and night for the 
four day trip.  We picked up an unsold room for peanuts.


We didn't have a pass to go to the bluegrass shows but did enjoy the free shows out on deck during all three Sail Aways. 

More tomorrow!


Friday, January 17, 2014

Isabella

 This is one of the new babies in our family, Little Isabella Gracie!  
I think she looks like the Gerber baby in this, her latest picture.


I am a poor example of a Great Aunt as her nice warm blankie was just mailed off today
even though she was born in the middle of July.

I love working with pinks!  
Here it is my Jeannie Beanie Bumpy Blanket folded in half and draped over my chair.

I love the pretty pink, orange and purple yarn!

The pattern didn't call for a border, but it looked unfinished to me so I added a couple 
rows of single crochet to finish it off.  

Too bad I didn't get it sent out before the cold weather hit North Carolina.  
It was finished December 8th

For the pattern CLICK HERE


Linking to

A Heigh Ho Silver and Away.


 I'm indulging Mr. Me this month. 
We took these from the guest room and brought them out for us to enjoy.


The Remington sculptures are inherited from my father in law


Not exactly a Feng Shui kind of decor but without a den they had to go somewhere!  
We have had return guests so the thundering hooves haven't disturbed anyone's sleep.



  We love the recreated vintage photos
I didn't realize I had so many!  

These were taken when my kids were quite young and we only had three.
From L.to R.  Dianne, Billy the Kid and Shelly

This is me
Mr. Mr was not into dressing up for a photo but I was willing to go it alone.




 My daughter in the above photo, Shelly
has produced these two desperado's Kyle and Kyra,
Both of whom are teenagers today


 My parents started the fad
This was about 1977
I believe it was an anniversary picture.


The holster is vintage
The rocking cowboy is a toy from the Museum Store

I may tweak it a bit with some other items I have and maybe not.


Well, I did  lower the picture so we could see the sculptures better
and I think they almost look like they are a part of the print.


What do you think?






Monday, January 13, 2014

It's Fall In Florida


It's finally fall in Florida!  We lose leaves in the fall, specifically the Sycamore trees, but they don't turn colors.  The Oak trees and some other kinds in my neighborhood turn color in January and for just a short time.  It's the last hurrah for them and I really enjoy this bit of color.

The alternative and what is coming next is the horrific leafless Oak, with lots of dripping Spanish moss.  I have several trees in my yard and I feel like my house is in the middle of a haunted grave yard.... but no graves.  It can be really creepy sometimes.



Now....


I had to write this up as Mr Me was telling me the story my jaw kept dropping....

A Good Samaritan Story from Florida:

Highway 19 in Florida is infamous. If it was just crazy with traffic populated by senior citizens on the edge of losing their licenses, that would be enough to handle but that is just the beginning. In addition to the seniors are vacationers that do not have any idea of the traffic patterns. We have U turns everywhere and a surprising number of pedestrians along this busy five lane highway. Then we have the people who ride bikes, trikes, homemade vehicles, and motorized scooters along the sandy uneven surface of the roadside. It is the latter vehicle that this story is about. The scooter people. 


To read the rest: CLICK HERE



Coming home from North Carolina I saw new yellow blooms
and a pot full of red begonias by my front porch.  

Life is good.












Saturday, January 11, 2014

Lunch in Cozumel at La Candela

While off the main street at Cozumel
we were implored by a street vendor to come into his shop but we were ready to eat lunch.
He promised to show us a great restaurant if we would come back and shop.


We agreed!

It looked fine!


Even more than fine when we got inside!
This courtyard was so unexpected.


I was charmed by the homemade step
into the dining area.


My sisters listening to the waiter....

And then noticing me!


It was warm and rainy but the breeze was cool.  These fans were wonderful.
The high ceiling helped as well.
The lovely room was painted Ruby Tuesday and Monday Mellow Yellow

It was a shock to realize after we ordered that the menu was partially in English...
Spanish on the left, and English on the opposite side.
That sounds odd that we wouldn't notice 
until you realize the food names are the same in English and Spanish.

Choices, choices!  
Instead of my usual ice water....My beverage was errr...a little more colorful

The chips came with a hot cheesy Salsa that was wonderful!


The dining was open air with a charming view.

Because we didn't drink the water, we ordered beer.  But Patty ordered tea.
It was only later that we remembered that tea begins as water.....oops!

Mom is game for anything, even a hike to an unfamiliar restaurant.
She turned 85 the day before.

Wow! Look at that guac!!
I ordered Grilled Fish Tacos.  To die for!
Served on pretty blue and white plates.

Yes?  I'll take three!

Patty and the waiter, David discovered they shared 
a birthday on Dec 24.  A picture had to be taken
of course with all the December birthday people!  The waiter loved us.

Soon the chef came out to see us after hearing how we were swooning
over the delicious meal.  We make friends everywhere, haha! 

Everything was first class...even hand crafted napkin holders..

Here is a map for those who travel to Cozumel.  
You do not want to miss this restaurant!
Now I've spilled the beans,  you can see we weren't that far off the beaten track.

OLE' !!!!


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