Monday, May 22, 2017

Southern Magnolias

The Magnolias are in full bloom here in Florida!

They have such huge blooms, fragrant and beautiful!

These were taken at Shalom Park. I walk there every Thursday morning after I shop at the Farmer's Market.

It's dry here but everything is green and lush...heat and humidity! 
How's your weather?

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Cuteness ALERT!!! Baby Hawks!!!

Sit back and relax because I have some cute photos to share with you today!

We heard them first...crying !!

Then we looked up into a TALL TALL TREE....

and saw a nest with TWO baby hawks!

Hubby had his camera....

and I had mine...




 And we saw Mama (or Papa) all along the trail! (yes we finally got back to hiking)

 She even perched on a tree near the bridge.

 Looking for something to catch to feed those babies.

 Because they are CRYING! They are LOUD! And they are HUNGRY!!!

 Gotta FLY and find MORE!!!

 Aren't babies the absolute cutest?

 Red Shouldered Hawks seen at Blue Run Park in Dunnellon, FL.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Too Busy? Too Bright?

I put the bold and bright comforter on the back of my sofa. (I spent less than $6 on it last week at the thrift store. See post HERE )

And then I put all the necessary things back in place. I sit in the center and put my computer on my lap when I blog. This is our lanai...or Florida room and it's bright and cheery. What do you think? Too bright and cheery? heehee!

Something to be thankful for today is this sweet young lady who is a new vendor at the Farmer's Market. 

(taken with my phone, sorry about the shadows)

I've been using the Mint Julep soap all week and I love it! So fresh and nice! The lemon bar is wonderful too! So sweet and fragrant!

Isn't it cute the way she packages everything?

And 2 of the presents I got for Mother's day are blog inspired!
(the item at the bottom of the pic is something to color)

Helen Phillips is one of my best blog buddies and wrote Pretty Patchwork Gifts! Her blog is HERE. She designs and makes the most beautiful quilts and softies. All the pretty colors that I love! I'm so pleased to get one of her books!

Our sweet Stephanie mentioned these journals on her blog HERE and I found the Gratitude journal on sale at Amazon so it went in my wish list. Hubby was sweet to shop on my wish list this year. Thanks honey!

Lots to be thankful for this week! How about you?

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Monday, May 15, 2017

'A Day Late and a Dollar Short' Mosaic

Well, I'm not quite a full day late or even a dollar short...but guess what?

I have a 'new' computer! It's actually an Acer netbook (that we already had) that has been upgraded to Windows 10 and a new solid state hard drive installed.  I was having trouble with my second, newer netbook so now I have a new one...or is this one the old one?! hahaha!

I'm loving it so far. It's so much faster! But we are still working on getting things installed and I just got Picassa .....just now! So I made a quick mosaic to join in the fun today.

Yesterday we hiked the Blue Run trail in Dunnellon. We parked in a different parking lot and took a natural trail that joins the paved trail. It was an adventure!

Lots of boats on the water and I liked the way the water rippled in this photo.

I hope now I can visit more and keep up a little better. My old computer had gotten so slow that a lot of blogs wouldn't fully load. And then it started crashing...which is always VERY SCARY!!!

And speaking of SCARY....

are you sure we're on the right trail?  ­čś▓

Happy Mosaic Monday everyone from Red Net #1!

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Northern Parula

We hiked at Blue Run in Dunnellon this week and saw a bird that we've never seen before. Or at least never identified before. We see a lot of warblers and they have splashes of color so that's what we thought at first. 

But looking at our photos and using our ID books, we believe it's a Northern Parula! 

Oh happy day! Of course they were flitting about and hard to capture but it sure was exciting to try.

Something else we've never see there before was this River Otter.

 It swam right down the middle of the Rainbow River and under the bridge we were standing on.

 That was fun to see.

I barely caught this Ibis in flight.

And I thought this dragonfly was pretty.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 

 A special Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers out there!

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thrifty Buys!

I haven't shopped at the thrift stores much lately. I've actually donated more than I've bought this year. But it's always fun to peek inside the Hospice Thrift Store when you take a donation. And I hit the jackpot this week! Half price day!!! (everything over $3 was half off plus I get 15 % off for taking my blue reusable Hospice shopping bag)

I found the cutest little sand bucket, filled with sand and seashells. It was less than $2 and the big beautiful shell on top was worth more than that! Cute little salt and pepper shakers, 2 for $1, and a beautiful sugar bowl with the lid for $2.50!!!

I thought I had found something great for hubby when I bought Indiana Jones but guess what? It's 'bonus material' NOT the movie! Oh well! We'll enjoy watching it.

And what's my colorful background? A Queen size comforter, in perfect shape. I've already washed it and I'm going to put it on the back of the sofa in the lanai when it's completely dry. (I didn't want to over dry it in the dryer)

I used the comforter photo for my background in these mosaics. It's cheerful, don't you think?

 Oh and if that's not enough fun...

I stopped at the library and found these two books in the lobby 'books for sale', $1 each!!!

I told you I hit the jackpot! I spent $14.04 total for the DAY!!!

Have you thrift shopped lately?

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Monday, May 8, 2017

A Happiness Walk at Sholom Park

I would rather hike with my hubby! That’s the best walk I can take.
Other times I walk in the afternoon with my girlfriend, Mary Jane and that’s very nice too.
(tulip trees in bloom)
But sometimes I’m ‘on my own’ so I drive over to Shalom Park and walk by myself.
Well, there are always a lot of other people walking there too.
But you know what I mean.
(a lipstick plant)
It gives me a chance to ponder and pray,
say ‘Hello’ to older folks sitting on the benches,
offer to take photos of cute couples with their cameras,
and stop and smell the roses.
Just a little happiness walk can make all the difference.
(and the weather is beautiful here in Florida)
Time to reflect and make sure I’m on the right path.
Wish you were here to take a happiness walk with me!
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