Wednesday, August 24, 2016

How many books can a book lover read if a book lover can read books…

Probably not as many as I checked out of the library this week! haha!

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Or bought in the lobby book sales…

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or have in my bookcases (or on my IPAD).

But it’s a great way to spend a hot summer afternoon. And hubby and I always read at night before we go to bed.

We like to sit in the lanai after dinner and read. It’s very peaceful and relaxing.

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So now let’s talk about books. I love reading series and getting to know the characters. I try to read them in order when I can but most of the time, I end up skipping around.

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Hubby and I are both reading the Andy Carpenter series by David Rosenfelt. They are considered Mystery Thrillers and have a great deal of humor in them too! Perfect!

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I’m reading The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith. It’s one of the No. 1 Ladies Detective series. These are all WONDERFUL books and the HBO movies were fabulous too! I love the characters in these books. The main character is Precious Ramotswe…don’t you love that name?

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At the same time I am reading Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King. This is the Mary Russell series and I LOVE these books! I think I skipped this book at some point so I am going back to read it.

Other books I have and would recommend are the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear and the books by Louise Penny. Sharyn McCrumb is another favorite author.

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The other books I checked out are by authors I haven’t read…yet.

So that’s what I have in my book bag this week (or on my IPAD).

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If you want to see other book posts, visit Linda HERE and Terra Garden HERE. Farm Girl Sam has a list of books to read HERE. If you have a book post up today, let me know and I’ll add a link to yours too!

What are you reading this week?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mexican Petunia Mosaic Monday *UPDATED!

Try to say that 10 times in a row…real fast! lol

*I don’t think I was clear when I said the blooms fall off after only one day. I should have added that they bloom EVERY DAY! Every day we see at least a dozen new blooms. It’s fun to get up in the morning and be surprised with how many new blooms are on these 2 plants. Old blooms fall off…new blooms pop out…every day!

When we redid our landscaping in the Spring, I had my heart set on a big hanging basket of purple petunias. But they are not common here in Florida and the man at the nursery suggested Mexican Petunias.

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So we bought two plants for two corners of our courtyard.

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we have a little sprinkler to water them when it gets dry

We have enjoyed watching them grow AND seeing them bloom.

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The blooms only last ONE DAY and then they fall off.

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The most we’ve had so far are 18 blooms all at once.

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These blooms dried onto the floor of the courtyard.

Something fun to enjoy every day. We’ve seen bumble bees working them over several times and even a hummingbird once. They attract butterflies too.

I’m joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J HERE

AND Mosaic Monday HERE !

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Fish Tale

I think this is going to be incredibly hard to TELL…without the use of my hands! And without animation! But let’s give it a try.

A Fish Tale

by Lavender Dreamer

I made a quick stop at Blue Run in Dunnellon the other day. And I walked down to the ramp where people take their canoes, kayaks and floats to get into the Rainbow River.

I walked to the end of the ramp and took this photo.

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The water was very calm and the reflections were beautiful.

Lala lala! (that’s how I live my life…in lala land!)

Something came through the water towards me…in a bee line! Rippling the water BIG TIME!

Here’s where I get animated! Water RIPPLING! Something traveling FAST through the water…STRAIGHT towards me! And before I could even react…

PLOP!!!

A FISH landed at my feet.

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I pointed the camera down and this is what I saw.

OKAY…my heart is still racing and the fish, which I think is a mullet…

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Flips…

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and Flops…

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and manages to THROW itself back in the river!

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True Story

The end.

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

if she’ll have me!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Let’s Walk at Shalom Park

It’s been too hot to hike this summer but I’ve walked several times a week.

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Usually I just walk around the neighborhood in the evenings but it’s nice to drive over to Shalom Park sometimes too.

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And no, we can’t stay in the shade and take photos the whole time we’re here.

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And we probably shouldn’t jump in the pond either, although it looks inviting.

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No we have to walk as fast as we can.

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And stop every time we see a fence! haha

Try to keep up!

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Walk…

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take a fence pic!

BECAUSE…

We’re joining Tex for Good Fences!

I need a bumper sticker that says,

‘We Stop for Good Fences’

(what do you say, Tex?)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A touch of Fall with a little help from Etsy!

Or some might say, ‘one thing leads to another’!

If you are a crafter, you are probably already working on Fall things or even Christmas creations!

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I took my 2 boxes of Fall things down to look for the pumpkins I’ve made over the years and couldn’t bear to put them back! (I wanted to see what I had so that I can work on some more)

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And I have new Fall dollies too!

Thanks to Tina and her new Etsy shop HERE!

So I posed the little Ballerina next to a raven.

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And the Fall doll and her baby doll next to a black cat I made last year.

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I love the pretty tags Tina included too.

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Just a touch of Fall but enough to make me smile!

I’m sure I’ll move them out to the lanai soon when I change things around on my baker’s rack but for now, I’ll enjoy them here!

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Visit Tina’s Etsy store HERE. She has a few more Fall dolls. (I didn’t buy them all, well not yet!)

I hope you’ll visit JoAnn today! She’s showing off her cute dolls HERE!

Happy Wednesday Wee Ones!

Don’t forget to

Take time to PLAY!

Monday, August 15, 2016

A ‘Smashing Success’!

I’ve had fun ‘crafting’ this summer.

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I bought some of the Smash Journals when they were on sale awhile back and worked in one of them.

I’ll share some pages.

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And you can sneak a peek inside my private journal! haha! (I’ll add some personal notes to the pages later)

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I’ve always pulled pages out of magazines and cut things out.

Just things I like and quotes I enjoy,

beautiful objects

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inspiration…

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anything that catches my eye.

Hubby walked in when I was working on this one.

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Maybe I should leave it open to these pages for awhile!

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And it gives me a chance to make a big mess and live in it for awhile. I’m a pretty big neat freak so it’s good to get out of my comfort zone from time to time.

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Do you keep a journal? I keep several.

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I’m joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J HERE

AND Mosaic Monday HERE !

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Backyard Bird Watching!

I stepped out into our courtyard to take these photos.

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This beautiful Red Shouldered Hawk lit up in the top of a pine tree on the edge of the golf course.

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And I zoomed as much as I could to get some good pics.

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A Mockingbird swooped in to try to scare the hawk away.

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But it didn’t budge.

Another day, I took these from INSIDE my house.

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Looking out at the courtyard, I spotted these 2 ‘interacting’.

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I know this snake is harmless but I still don’t like to see a snake, do you?

Well actually…

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this dove said, I’m not skeeered at all!

But let’s do what the hawk did and FLY!

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I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Summer time FUN!

We don’t get to do any hiking in the summer months here but we do get in the Subaru and take lots of drives.

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I just love looking around at the beauty that surrounds us!

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I’ve shared some of our sightings in other posts but I always end up with a few photos that don’t ‘fit in’.

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So I guess I’ll share a bit of a hodgepodge today.

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I think most everything is ‘self explanatory’.

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Well maybe I need to mention this is a pink elephant alongside the road!

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And do you see what I see in this photo?

Does it look like a monster is coming out of a giant egg right on the river bank?

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You just never know! Maybe it IS!!!

I'm joining Tex for Good Fences!