Friday, December 16, 2016

IGUANAS... LOVE THEM OR HATE THEM?


In 2010, I took a trip to Belize. One of our tourist adventures, was a visit to the Iguana hatchery. We were told that Iguana is a regular dish, and the population was dwindling. There was a hatchery to help repopulate the area. At that time, we thought the iguana was a very interesting animal.

After I moved to Key West, I discovered the iguana could be a big nuisance. They eat your flowers, your vegetables, and poop on your porch and boat. They are a very interesting looking animal, but I don't care for them living in my yard.

While I was lounging under the coconut palm trees today, two came wandering up. I usually just run them off, not watch them. But today, I observed their behavior. It seemed that the one pictured above is a mature male, and the slender, bright green one below is a female. It must be mating season for the male, he was making amorous advances to the female, but she wasn't in the mood. Seem it's no different in the animal world.  lol



Thursday, December 15, 2016

KEY WEST VISIT

It has been many months since I was in Key West. I came to visit my daughter and her family. This is my ride for the week. It is fun to drive, but I like my Explorer better.

When my daughter was very young, I made her a mini-stocking Christmas ornament. Aiden came along and I had him a mini-stocking his first Christmas. I quit needlepointing for many years, so my two other grandkids and son-in-law did not have one. I felt like they needed one this year. Like always, I procrastinated the whole year, and made them last minute.... but I did get them made!

They are hanging on their Christmas tree.





Amy and I went to a Paint & Sip the other night. We had a good time. I felt like the picture she chose was maybe a little too difficult, because most did not vaguely resemble the instructors painting. The goal was to have a good time, and I believe everyone did.




The weather has been great. A friend of mine, Sheri, takes her paddle board out every chance she gets. I had never been on a board, she took me out today. It was really fun, I had a blast. I did stand up, just to see what it felt like, but decided it was better if I just knelt or sat on the board.


It has been awesome being in Key West again. I have spent time with my daughter and her family, and seen friends.

Friday, November 18, 2016

I HAVE CRABS!!!

Blue crab... that is! I had never been crabbing, and it looked liked fun. So, that's what I did. I now have 5 in my freezer. I haven't cooked them yet.

The Texas coast is very much different than The Keys. I am enjoying the beaches, and discovering all their treasures. Driftwood, shells, flying kites... or just walking the beach feeling the wind on my face, it's very peaceful. The beach is my escape from the real world.  





Wednesday, November 9, 2016

DRIFTWOOD & SEA SHELLS

I have spent a lot of time at the beach lately. One of the beaches I frequent has lots of driftwood. My apartment has needed shelving, so I decided I could make them from driftwood.



And, with my collection of shells, I thought I would try my hand at making jewelry. It was fun making these two necklaces.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

ANOTHER FIRST ... SURF FISHING

 It had been a long time since I had been fishing, but last weekend changed all that. Spending time at the beach lately, I saw many people fishing in the surf. On Saturday, my friend took me to Surfside, TX, and we fished.

I have a new hat. It kept the sun off my face and neck. It came from LUCKY DAY HATS. Visit her website and find your perfect hat: www.LuckyDayHats.com


"Next time, let's take the boat!"

Sunday, September 25, 2016

I VISITED THE DARK SIDE....

...AND I LIKED IT!!!!



My friend has a flats boat, and we took it out this weekend. We put in at Matagorda, TX, and ran down the Colorado River. We saw alligators and lots of driftwood. My friend stopped the boat and asked me to come back behind the wheel because he needed my help. He put the kill switch cord on my wrist. With a shocked expression, I grabbed the throttle and wheel... and we started up the river. This boat does not travel on the water like any boat I have ever driven.... it slides around like an airboat. But, I got to be captain for a while! 


Texas might not have the prettiest water, but it does have a lot of beaches. We went on down to the beach, looked for shells and I got my feet wet. I can't be that close to the water and not at least get my ankles wet.

Sunset on Matagorda beach.
The perfect end to a wonderful day.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

I HATE MOVING!

Not feeling well this morning, I decided I must stay at home and rest. (cough, sniff) The maintenance man working in the apartment above me, thought otherwise. That has to be the squeakiest floor I have ever lived under. And the building shakes when anyone walks up the stairs.

Laying in bed trying to go back to sleep, I thought about all the places I have lived, and how many times I have moved.

I have moved 32 times in my 58 years, anywhere from 5 blocks to 1400 miles. The reasons for moving have varied, but mainly because of job. Luckily, I have never had to live in a cardboard box, or my car.

Here is the count:

House - 17
Mobile home - 4
Apartment - 5
Rented room - 2
Travel trailer - 1
Boat - 2

Aiden's first day fishing, and he
got to drive the boat home! 
In the last few years, I have discovered that I am a nester, and I have to live in a place that feels like it is MINE. My space. And if I put something on a wall or shelf, it has to have meaning to me. I have two paintings from my son, and one from my daughter. Everything in my apartment, has a memory that goes with it, and that's what makes it HOME.