In The Middle

Life, Family, Yoga, Stuff


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Spectacular Sunset

I’m not going to write much.  The photos say it all.  This was earlier this evening.  Simply.  Beautiful.  And it’s my new header as well.  I shot all of these and feel free to borrow them if you like.

Manasota Beach.

My make-shift perch as I waited for the sun to descend.

I was seeing some serious spots after the photo session.

Love it.

Zoomed too tight, pink sky.

Beautiful.

Look to the left, or you’ll go blind.

If you don’t see me post, it’s because I lost my eyesight from taking these photos.

It’s amazing how quickly it goes down once it starts.


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Today’s Find

The parents took Mady and Lauren to Busch Gardens today.  Why didn’t I go?  I’ve been there, it costs $75 to get in and it’s not very relaxing, that’s why.

I hit the beach by 8 a.m. and after an hour and half, this is what I found.  The teeth were harder to find today.  The last couple of days the beach has presented huge bars of shells, which is where a lot of the teeth get caught up.  With a little raking you can find what I’ve got below in a short amount of time. 

Today was a different story.  The shell bars were mostly gone.  What remained was no wider than one foot.  So, I had to resort to standing at the water’s edge.  I like doing it that way.  But it can also make me rather dizzy.  And you have to be fast.  The ocean gives just as quickly as it takes.  You might see the coolest tooth ever and then watch it be taken away just as fast as you saw it.

 

I also found a ton of mouth plates that belonged to stingrays.  They are pictured on the left in the photo above.  They’re like a little rectangle with slats in it.  I like finding those.  I also found a nice barb from a stingray, but my kid took off with it.  I’m sure it will surface sometime soon.   My folks have prehistoric horse teeth, and bones from mastadons as well.  I found a big bone this evening, but I don’t know what it’s from. 

I pick up almost everything that is black.  You might find a vertabrae from something, or a drum fish tooth.  Both of those items are round.  I like the way that the fossils can be different colors.  Some are black, some are gray and some are more of a brownish or orange in coloring.  It all depends on what color of sand the fossil has spent its lifetime in.  This area here has the largest contintental, coastal shelf, so that’s why the fossils are in abundance.  I know some people have found teeth in the rivers of the Carolinas as well.  But mostly they are found right here, where I’m at, right now!


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The Nursery

Nope.  I’m not pregnant. 

My parents have always been pretty savy business people.  Even after the closing of thier livelihood they are still thinking of ways to rake in some cash, and have a good time while doing so.  The yard here is full of interesting plant life.  If I’m right, I think the people that owned the home before them actually owned a nursery.  My parents bought this house in 1990 and have since added interesting items to the yard as well.  I know that some of you guys from yoga have enjoyed the bionic fruit they’ve brought to Missouri.  They have Ponderosa Lemons and Plumello Grapefruit.  Both trees produce gigantic pieces of fruit.

One of the special trees in the yard is the Calomundin.  That’s the one that bears the tiny orange-like fruit that are a pain in the tail to process but very worth the effort.  My mom has made jars and jars of Calomundin marmalade.  She’s also been mixing strawberries with them and it’s really, really good.  They threw some jars of it in their garage sale and sold it like mad.  So much that my mom puts a sign out front at the end of the drive way (next to the Take Our  Country Back signs) I’m guessing.  Who could miss those?  There’s two of them out there as well as a gigantic flag flapping in the wind.

When you process Calomundins you end up with a lot of seeds.  So they tossed some in a pot and guess what?  They have a bunch of Calomundin trees started.  In the garage sale you can get a jar of marmalade and a tree to bear your own fruit.  Not only do they have Calomundin trees growing out back in their make-shift nursery, they also have a bunch of Lilies, Bromeliads, a wide variety of ferns, some palms and other assorted exotic flowers. 

Here’s my mom showing me around the nursery.  It’s by the pool.  Sorry mom.  I know that’s not a very flattering photo of you.  My dad built that table (and others) that the plants are on.  I think I had a photo of Lauren and Mady painting one posted earlier on in my blog. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are cool plants.  They get these tiny little leaves all over the edges.  Like little droplets.  They actually drop off and reproduce.  She’s brought me two, and both times, I didn’t dig the plant up and bring it in the house before it got too cold.  It basically disentegrated in Missouri.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I realize right now that this looks a little pathetic but it’s really hot here right now.  This is my dad’s hydroponic set up.  Tomatoes and peppers, good stuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe they should just go for it and open a nursery.  But that would mean filing for a business license, paying rent, a dreaded 941, W-2 forms, payroll and employees.  Ugh!