Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Who could ever imagine this would be allowed. As children we did drills for bombs...out in the hallway hands over our heads, or under the desks..
Yes indeedy, that would have been a very final undignified position to be caught in as you were vaporized...
But..this is Moscow today...lovely
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
This is my Falcon. He's the youngest and the biggest..can you get an idea how tall he is?
He is the most playful and loving..He had a broken hock ( rear leg) I don't know how it was broken. Many greyhounds are abused, and live the bulk of their track lives in crates where they are released periodically only to eat and relieve themselves. I rescued him from a wonderful place, where I also got my Pretty boy and my Jackson. ( who is my permanent foster child)
They have a lil girl there who is half sister to my Fally and Boy ( who are half brothers which we discovered after we adopted them) She has a severe heart condition and would be a difficult adoption. Thats why we have Jack, he has severe arthritis which destroyed one hip. He takes meds every day, and has an...shall I say ..interesting personality likely due to his chronic pain and perhaps abuse..We were thinking; is four any more work than three? They are gentle, loving couch potatoes who only need a short walk or romp and spend most of their time sleeping.
STOP GREYHOUND RACING....!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, November 28, 2005
They are Italian Greyhounds. The miniature version of my doggies..lol
They are mother and son...and they were adopted together.
He is Rambo...she is Fargo..
they adore each other and sleep in this bed when they aren't running, playing and sleeping with my niece.
They also swim in the pool quite well
This is my local B.K.
When I was living in the hotel, and my lil one was living with my sister, I used to pick her up from school and spend a lil quality time here with her ..lol
The have huge hurricane shutters they put up..
Like the palms? I was on line for my king size diet coke.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
They fish by swimming under water, periodically putting their heads up (ergo looking like a snake)..
The nickname of snakebird....apropo...
When they come out of the water, they need to spread their wings and allow them to dry before they are able to fly.
I often see them in my lake.
Now that the weather is cooling it is lovely to sit outside and watch the heron fish in the lake...The occasional osprey take a bath at the lakes edge..A snake bird swim across, under then stand on the edge wings outspread, waiting to dry..
I always dreamed of a patio like this, with a view like this..
This picture was taken the day after Thanksgiving. Her christmas tree is behind me as well as her "village" , a collection of lited houses. it is a lovely christmas town..
Imagine thanksgiving with all the doors open
Spending the holidays in the tropics still amazes me. The smells, the colors, the entire feel of it changes.
I have multicolor rope lights on my patio ceiling..so all year round if we sit outside it feels like the holidays.when the whole string is lit, you need no other lights to sit out at night with your own self or someone else
Friday, November 25, 2005
This one is right in front of my local Publix Supermarket. They are all over here, and you may indeed find one burrowing in your back yard. ( neighbors around the corner have a burrow in their yard )
They are a protected species...federally protected...and cute as hell when the babies hatch and start coming out to sit on the edge of the Burrow.. They can stop construction if discovered..
This must be daddy..
Can you also see the christmas trees up against the store???? My sister got hers here. We have a fake one that looks SO real..lol
Thursday, November 24, 2005
this is the state butterfly of florida.
I see many many,,,altho since Wilma..not so many.
They feed and breed on plants that I have deliberately planted on my property. My first year here, they fluttered around me like a delicate cloud...I've never seen Butterflies like I've seen here in the tropics...
God is good
They are beginning to bud. I will take a pic of them in full bloom.
On my patio, they get indirect light...and they THRIVE..
My goodness...gardening in NY was a nightmare, frustrating because of woodchucks, deer...you name it.
Here...life thrives...grows...makes it easy for you.
I hope everyone enjoys the day. I am working and will celebrate at my sisters tomorrow instead...
Its a day to count your blessings, and be thankful...So even if you are in a bad time of your life, try to stop and see something, anything positive.
It helps, believe me.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
There are actually three...can you see the basic outline of the one in the middle? The one on the left has been blooming for over a month ( see my prior blog post)
The other two are babies...and I've potted them in bark, moss and in a wooden box..
They grow fantastically in this, and enjoy the breeze on their leaves...
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
And when you get the choice , to sit it out or dance...
I hope you dance....I hope you dance.....
don't leave till tomorrow what you can do today....don't live a life of what if...don't look back and say...I wish...
St Jude is the bomb...he understands lost causes...and lost souls...I feel it...
This is the breed that honors my house..
My visit to Butterfly world has enhanced my desire to recreate more flowers for my jeweled friends.
I am also going to add a butterfly feeder to my yard..quite simple...
A tray filled with fruit...the more rotten the better apparently...lol
Monday, November 21, 2005
We went there today for the first time in about four years....I bought seeds for the passion flower ( a food source for the caterpillars) to add to the two I already have.
I also got the Sensitive plant which closes when you touch it..and also blooms with powder puff flowers..
They have an aviary, where you walk amongst the butterflies..one hitched a ride on my ankle for more than ten minutes.
There are two hummingbird aviarys where they chitter and zoom and eat right by you...fearless and lovely..
sigh...life is awesome in the tropics..especially when you come home to your own hummingbirds and butterflies..
Hint..they had butterfly feeders that were simple trays with bananas cut in half...fruit side up..
How easy is that?
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
We have plenty of coffee now, canned chile, ramen soup, good ole chef B and of course, some vino.
Out in the garage rests my ten cases of water, newly restocked with my lil' patio fridge stocked as well, mich ultra and yuengling lager for dh..
As Spongebob would say..."I'M READY"
A fascinating plant, in that the yellow flowers look like popcorn kernels before they open, the leaves close at night, actually fold themselves in..and last but not least the foliage itself smells strongly of buttered popcorn. A recent addition to my yard, to attract different butterflies.
Friday, November 18, 2005
Never underestimate how much water you need after a storm. We had this supply plus three 2 gallon jugs. Reason? Two adults, one pre teen and three,,,yes three retired/rescue greyhounds.( We forgot to fill the bathtubs, and when we lost our water for two days needed to use lake water to flush the toilets.)
You'd be amazed how much water you use for three greyhounds that weigh an average of 85 lbs each..
Between drinking water and the water I put on their dry kibble..ITS A LOT.
So ten cases is not too much.
Plus, coffee was in short supply after Wilma..surprised? It seems the main Folgers factory is centered in New Orleans..so stock up on coffee as well my friends.
We are weary and horrified to see this track. this is the same exact track Wilma took over us. Instead of a relaxing weekend away in the keys, we will be prepping tomorrow for the storm. We will buy gas for the generator, and restock the water supplies.
My plants are just beginning to come back to life, I can't bear to lose them. After the multiple assaults of Katrina and then the thrashing of Wilma, I don't know if they will live to tell any tales.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
shown here on our patio/screenroom. we had one of the few screen rooms that was not damaged during Wilma.
Altho a few roof tiles came off and put small holes in the roof at the far end.
despite the shutters, the glass sliders on the patio were actually "bowing" in and out from the force of the wind..
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
The object that saved our food, our frozen goods ...allowed us to have hot coffee...saved our sanity.
With this we had t.v. ( direct tv via satellite) several lights and small other comforts like my puter..
Heaven bless the inventor of the generator