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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The boys I used to watch!

About a month ago I went on a date with these two young men!

 First we went out to dinner, then to the movie theatre!
 My sister and her daughter joined us and my sister got us bunnies with our initials on them.  
You see, when these three were little, I HAD TO PLAY "Tom Tom the Piper's Son" on the cd player in the car all...the....time.  And we watched Beatrix Potter movies endlessly.  (Which I LOVED!)
So when Peter Rabbit came out, we HAD to go!  

Here's a few pictures, mostly of the older one, when I first started watching them.  I watched them for years.  They are part of our family.
Look at that precious picture top row, second from the right.

 He turned 21 a couple of weeks ago!!!!! 
 Several of us pitched in for a money tree that I made for him.

 We all went out to eat...

and his Dad gave him his first beer.  (teary eyed - where did the time go!)

 He loved the money tree. 

I love him.

Monday, March 5, 2018

My last two days in Estero, Florida

 So, I left you with being quiet so we didn't wake Cecilia when I decorated!
I got all the mardi gras necklaces hung and didn't wake her up.

 I can't post pics though because she was just out of bed and still in her pj's when I took them.
 She asked me not to post them so I won't.
We decided to hang out here for the day.

 I know, hard to take!
That evening we went out to her favorite piano bar and listened to Kary play piano.  
 The waiters and waitresses seem to know her there!

 It's hard to see but the place we went, Angelina's, is huge.  And the bar that you sit at is shaped like his piano.  You can see him sitting there, at his piano.

I enjoyed relaxing by the pool so much that I asked her if she wanted to do it again the next day. 

 We did until time to go out to eat.
 But first, we stopped at the beach.
 (if this cold weather keeps up I might have to go back!)

 We went to another outdoor eating venue called The Fish House for dinner.
 I ordered blackened mahi mahi and she had blackened salmon.
Best meal I had all week.  
And they were all good!

And this view......
 I'm home now.  My flight was delayed about a half an hour but the desire to get a glass of wine wasn't there.  I was just ready to get on the plane, and get home.  And that's what I did!  I came straight home.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tuesday in Florida

Today we met up in Naples, Florida with the man who used to be our boss when we worked together at Purdue, and his wife.  They showed us all around Marco Island and Isles of Capri.
 We stopped for lunch at a tiki hut restaurant on the water.  That's two days in a row I got to eat outside, on the water, in February.  I'm a lucky girl!

What is it about people in Florida stapling their dollar bills to walls in restaurants with their names on them?   This is the second restaurant I've been to like this.  The first one was HUGE and in Destin.
 Presentation is everything right?   Grilled grouper, cole slaw, and twice baked mashed potatoes.

 After we ate we went back to Fiddler's Creek, where they are renting for the winter.  This place is HUGE.  And it has a wildlife viewing area.  We stopped there for a little while.   We actually saw an alligator but it wouldn't get close enough for me to get a picture.

 I couldn't get enough pictures of this cute turtle.

 Remember those little turtles that used to live in those plastic little bowls with a plastic palm tree we had as kids.  I think they are illegal to sell now.  I think this is a grown one. (below)  Thank goodness some of them escaped the plastic death bowl.  They always died in those.
 We all enjoyed visiting under the pavilion and watching the wildlife.
 Then we decided to go to an orange juice place called Citrus Grove.  Kind of like a market with lots of oranges and fruit and jams and honey, and onions!  HUGE onions!

 Mike was buying us a "going away" present.  Honeybell  oranges.  I think that's what he called them.  They are huge and he said they are really juicy.  If we eat them for breakfast tomorrow, I'll show you.
 While we were shopping there, Sharon ran into her twin sister!
 Thanks for the oranges Mike.

 When we got home we decided we were going to try to make this drink.  Well, it's good but it was too strong.   We need to tweak the recipe a bit.
 They look pretty though!

 Tomorrow is Cecilia's birthday.  I brought all of these necklaces down here, some muffins, and a little gift for her.  I'm going to go spread these necklaces all over the kitchen.
 shhhhhhhh........I don't want to wake her up!


Monday, February 26, 2018

Florida trip and travel journal

 Hi Everyone!  Can you believe this phone? 
I love it!
I told my Shug I want a home phone again. 
So all I have to do is plug this into my cell phone and voila'!
Just like a home phone....from the 1960's!
And yes it really works.  Clear as a bell!
So the trip I'm on....
 I made it to the airport with plenty of time to spare.  Even stopped at Barnes and Noble on the way.   I had over an hour before boarding and I was hungry, and I had a Pre Check boarding pass.  Lucky me.  Now, if you don't know...pre check on your boarding pass basically means you get to go to the front of the line.  No waiting for security and such.   I saw a food court and nabbed a McDonalds cheeseburger and fries.  Thing is....this whole time I visualized myself relaxing, having a glass of wine, posting it on Instagram, like I see all of these other travelers doing!  (and you say video games have no influence on the way we think!)   I got to the security line and BAM!  Pre Check was CLOSED!  I had to wait in line.  A very long line.   But I got through it and still had about a half hour to spare.  I texted my friend and told her the plane will be on time.  Emailed my Shug and told him I made it!  YAY!  Then we got the news....plane delayed until 7:00.  It was supposed to leave at 5:10.  Maintenance issue. Then 7:10 Actually we had to get a new plane and a different gate.  So.....

Yep...I had my glass of wine.  And I think the whole flight was in this same little bar kiosk place! It was fun chatting with people.

 I made it to Florida around 9:45pm Sunday evening.  My friend picked me up, now it's Monday, and I'm relaxing by the pool as I type!
Right here...
 And that was earlier.  And I'm by the pool again, only now it's later. 

We went to this very cool store called The Best of Everything.  They have all kinds of fun girly-lady type stuff.  Then we went to Coconut Jacks for lunch.
 I had Mambo Mahi Taco's and some kind of mango style drink, with a very cute umbrella!
And this was our Monday.

 You can stop here if you aren't interested in the travel diary.
 So, for those of you who want to see this travel diary (junk journal, smash journal) I was telling you are some of the pages I made.
I should say that one of the places that inspired me to try this kind of stuff was Mulberry Cottage in Nashville, IN.  You can follow them on Instagram at mulberrycottage.  My favorite shop in Nashville.
And I used to scrapbook, so for me this is a way of using my stuff.  It's a lot quicker than the way we used to scrapbook, and it's fun!
I used watercolors, stickers, die cuts, and washi tape.
This page was inserted with washi tape and the top part that says Travel without a map is a sticker.  I did what is called a tip in.  (google it) 
 Simple water color stripes.

 Stickers and washi tape
 water color and die cuts.

 See how you just kind of slap it on there and go with it.  Easy Peasy.
 Another little tip in.

 This is the outside of the binder.
 This particular binder holds at least four books...which is plenty.
So that's the fun little scrapbooky/travel journal.  Hope you like it!


PS.  When I get home I will show you the cute little binder/journal holder I got from Mulberry Cottage last year.