Saturday, January 13, 2018

MY NEW TOY

When I was in grade school, I took piano lessons for a short time. I piddled around with the guitar and violin. Never really learned to play them. I had a yearning to learn an instrument and make music. I needed something portable, and easy to learn. 

Last weekend, I walked past Bone Island Music. The door was propped open and all those instruments pulled me in. Today, I returned and am the proud owner of a Luna Mahogany Concert Ukulele... and sore fingers.

A few days ago, I saw my neighbor in the store and he told me how he used to have to call the cops nearly every night. The previous tenant where we now live, were very loud. Hope he likes the ukulele!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

TOO MUCH FREE TIME

(BIG SIGH)
Too cold and windy to take the bike for a stroll. Internet not working. Not in the mood to read or paint. So what do you do? You lay there and stare into the darkness... and think. Your mind wanders. Thinking of all the "what ifs", regrets and mistakes that brought you to where you are now.

Think back, are there things you should have done different? How far back would you need to "start over" to make a better life? Remember GROUNDHOG DAY? How many "do overs" would you need to get it right?

My biggest mistakes were made out of fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of being bold, fear of failure. Fear is my biggest downfall. I'm better, but sometimes it's a road block.

What about you? What holds you back?




Saturday, January 6, 2018

RANDOM THOUGHTS.....

For the last week, it's been cold here in Key West. Space heaters were our number one seller! Our winter here usually consists of a couple weeks of temperatures below 70. This week our temps plummeted to 54. Laugh all you want. That's cold when you are used to 72 as a low. Instead of buying a heater, I saved my $34.99, and just pulled out another blanket.

Speaking of blankets, I have a quilt I will never part with. This quilt was with me on s/v Kairos when we crossed the Gulf in January 2013. This is the closest thing I have ever had to a security blanket.

I was listening to the radio this morning. You know those old "woe is me" country songs. There was a line in one song, "The only thing I can count on now, is my fingers." I love those old classics. Fun lyrics and good to dance to. I miss that... dancing.

When I was living in Texas last year, I thought I would go dancing a lot. I had no one to go with, so I went by myself. It's just not as much fun to go alone. You feel like a sitting duck. It's a catch 22... if you turn down a dance invitation, other singles see that and do not ask you to dance. If you accept a dance invitation, he can monopolize your evening and no one else will ask you to dance. That is good if you like this person, but that was not my experience. Long story short, I only went about three times because it was not enjoyable to go alone. Again... I miss it!


Sunday, December 31, 2017

LEZLIE, what did you do on your birthday?

Thank you for asking! It was a Saturday, no work. My two youngest grandkids had their first T-ball practice today, so I was there watching 4 and 5 year olds chase the ball.

My bike needs brake pads replaced. I took off toward Old Town Key West to the bike shop. Since I was so close to Flying Monkey Saloon, I treated myself to a frozen adult beverage... because it's my birthday!

Just a few sips in, I was feeling the adult part of that drink. The cruise ship was in and all it's passengers had flooded Duval Street. I found a quiet bench to sit and enjoy my beverage.

On my way back home, I followed the music to a mariachi band. Upon learning it was my birthday, they played a song just for me. When I was home, my daughter and her family had cake and gifts for me. And.... another "Happy Birthday" song.

Being the party animal I am, I spent the whole night watching movies, playing with Legos and sipping water. Yep, that's me... PARTY ANIMAL!!


Friday, December 15, 2017

10 DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS

What do you do on a Friday night when you have no cable or internet? You hop on your bike and go look at the Christmas lights. It was nice weather, just needed sleeves. I took off in our neighborhood to see the Christmas lights. As I was riding along, I heard music and laughter. It sounded like a party, complete with lots of lights. I was still a block away, but it was loud, and sounded like they were having a great time. As I approached the intersection, about 30 decorated bicycles started down the street toward me, from this house. Most were wearing some sort of Christmas costume and the bikes were glowing with colored Christmas lights. I fell in behind them and followed for several blocks. They were having a great time in their own little parade.
I turned around and headed downtown to go tourist watching. I usually stop at the Flying Monkey Saloon and get a frozen White Russian. Tonight was no different. This was my first stop! Yum!
The lighted boat parade was tonight. I saw the very tail end of it. These two boats were very impressive.
Here is another decorated house I saw on the way home. Very shiny.
Christmas is just around the corner. As usual, I've waited until the last minute to do my Christmas shopping. It never feels like Christmas when the temperatures are in the 70's. Luckily, this year, we've had a cooler week. But, I hear it's suppose to be back in the 80's next week. However, that is one of the things I love about living here... it doesn't get cold enough to wear a coat!!!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

LITTLE SANDY KEYS

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own island? I have.

The other day, I picked up a paper and was thumbing through it, when two little works jumped out at me in the real estate section... 3 ISLANDS. My first thought was, "How can you own a group of mangroves?" Because, I lived on Geiger Key for 2 1/2 years, I've been in that bay a hundred times and never saw 3 islands. A lot of mangroves, but I didn't think they were islands.

Little Sandy Keys. I looked on Google Maps. Sure enough, there are three islands labeled.
After IRMA, I wasn't sure if there was any island left. I had to see for myself. My friend, Sheri, said she was up for an adventure, so we made plans to go exploring. We sailed there, anchored and hopped into the water. 
We started walking around the island looking for an opening to a trail. We passed by something stuck in the mangroves. It was high tide, and what looked like a duffle bag or backpack was just above the water. I think IRMA deposited it there, and I was going to go see what it was. I pulled it out and low and behold, it was a scuba buoyancy compensator. And in my size! I had to evict the little tenants and remove all the organic matter. I found only one small barnicle. 
All I need now is weight belt, a tank, regulator..... oh yeah, and get certified!
Sheri and I found where there once was an opening to a trail, but the mangroves have taken it over, and it was too dense to get through. We could see that there was a small open area where the posted sign was, we just couldn't get there. 

We made our way back to the boat, climbed in, raised the sail, and we were off again. We took the long way around to get back to the launch and enjoyed a nice sail. 


Sunday, November 12, 2017

WHO'S WHO IN KEY WEST


Today, I hopped on my bike and took off for an afternoon of cruising Key West. After the beach, a stop at Flying Monkey for my favorite beverage, I headed toward home and found myself at the cemetery. You can tell a lot about the local families by the cemetery.


For instance, it was quite clear that the Spottswood family have a big presence in Key West. And they are the only plot that has landscaping.

And now I know where several streets get there name. Albury, Williams, White, Ashby, Peacon...and the list goes on and on. The headstone design has changed drastically since the turn of the century. I guess tree trunks were a popular design back then. I live on Fogarty Ave, there is bar and restaurant with the same name. I'm guessing there must be money there.



This one got away!
There is a cemetery within a cemetery. I guess the fence is to keep the protestants out.
The path is bricked to the Toppino Family Mausoleum. I walked around to the front and was in awe!

Toppino Family Mausoleum. There are a pair of iron gates in the front.
Inside the Toppino mausoleum is nicer than my apartment!

"Ahhh, we can make a path here, just pave around it!"
I found the Jewish cemetery too. Had to come home and
 google about all the rocks laying everywhere.
My favorite.
There are many thoughts about death... where you go after death and how people grieve. A funeral service is for the ones left behind, not for the dead. Many people need this for closure. Personally, I don't care what happens after I'm gone... because I will be gone, and not really a part of it. I do think a Viking funeral would be pretty awesome though.