You can take the GRITS out of Florida, but you can't take Florida out of the GRITS!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Finished Summer Project

Well, now I'm back in Bethel Park after spending over a month in Lake Placid.  We had a great summer filled with family, friends, swimming and exploring.  It was also a sad summer.  One of my dear friends passed away in July and I can say that I'm glad I was there for his wife.  If I helped her in any way, I'm glad. Sue, I love you and am always a phone call away!

I finished the tiling project.  I think I did an ok job.  Not perfect, but 1000 times better than the old floor.

And I also replaced the cushions on my old handmade couch.  It looks SO much better now!

But, let's got back the the beginning of this summer's adventure.  Aidan and I left PA and headed to Tennessee to meet up with Lois, who was going to drive with us down to Florida.  We spent a couple days in Spring City, TN...a town with few redeeming qualities.

 We did get a few caches...

 ...and Aidan got to go swimming in a lake near the power plant where Lois works (for now).

Once we hit Florida, my first order of business was to repair my great grandfather's tombstone, which I was told by a distant cousin had a few pieces broken off.  With Lois's help, I think it should hold us for at least a few more years.

After Hatchbend, we headed to DeLeon Springs, where Lois has a house with her brother and his wife.  We went to the Reptile Discovery Center in Deland and had a great time watching them milk several venomous snakes.

Then we went to the Naval Air Museum at the airport in Deland.  It was fun and interesting!

Next stop was Lake Placid!

Sunset on Lake Persimmon

Istokpoga canal

Aidan, Sam and Britt at Highlands Hammock SP

Storm moving in over the orange groves near Lake Apthorpe

Eva surprised Mom with a visit!

Little black racer on the porch

Highlands Gun Club. Shooting with my sister and her husband

Love this beautiful cow!  South of 70 near Archbold Biological Station

Gatorama with Aidan and BG

Swimming at Lake June

Caching with Sue and Lois

Another sunset.  This one was out at the Royce Unit of the Lake Wales Ridge

Baby cardinal.  Sadly, he didn't make it :(

Fort Meade with Sam

In search of the bird circles in Lake Placid

My home away from home.  It's actually going to be ours soon!  My sister finally decided to sign it over to us.  Yay!!!

George at Lake Francis

Big old battle scarred gator at Highlands Hammock

We did it!  We tubed on the Ichetucknee River!!!

All in all, I'd say we had a pretty good summer!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Happy Days?

Ok, so I sucked at doing the 100 Happy Days thing. There are tins of things that I see everyday that make me happy.  What didn't make me happy was trying to remember to post a picture each day!

So now I am in Lake Placid.  Been working  on re tiling the living room.  Slow progress but I'm hoping to finish today.  Day 2 the water pump broke. 2 weeks later amd it's finally replaced!

Aidan is in Miami and heading to the Keys for a week.  He's even going to the Tortugas, which makes me so jealous!  Hope he appreciates it!

It's been good to see Mom with her broken arm and all.  July 21st that damn cast comes off!

Sadly, a good friend of mine died the other day.  I am thankful to be here for his wife if she needs anything. Many good memories and he sure will be missed by many.

On a good note, I have plans to meet up with one of my oldest friends who is in the area from Idaho visiting her family. We plan on surprising mom tomorrow!  And...hopefully meeting up with 2 other dear friends for lunch and maybe  little roadtrip to Cross Creek (check one off the old bucket list!).

I miss George bunches, but am enjoying getting some things done around here and not having to deal with making dinner or anything like that. I am eating whenever I feel like it...or not at all!  But really, I can't wait for him to fly down.  We are hoping to tube the Ichetucknee (yes,  another strike off the list!).

Since I'm posting this via my phone, I cant rotate the pictures or even get them where I want them.  I'll have to go back and fix it up when I get home.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Happy Day #13

Today, I don't have a picture of what made me happy because it was a person. A person I've never actually met, but feel like I know her anyway and I consider her a friend.  Ann over at Sandcastle Momma.  I discovered something about her today that soldified the feeling I have the we are kindred spirits.  We both like to cache amd shoot things!  And we also have one more thing in common that I won't reveal, but lets just say that when I found out, I felt bad and kinda happy? at the same time.

So Ann, if you're reading this, thanks for letting me know I am not alone!   Bless your heart, good luck and take those drugs!

Happy Days #11 and #12

My two cats, Doc and Luna, make me very happy every day.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Day of Happiness #10

First swimming lesson of the summer. Watching my littlest one enjoying the pool makes me so happy.

:) Day #9

Westmoreland County Airshow.  Eventhough the Blue Angels got rained out, it was still a great day!