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Girls Day Out

I am supposed to be at a yoga class in Punta Gorda.  Why aren’t I?  Because I drove to St. Pete and back to take my husband and son to the airport so they can fly home and frankly, driving 37 miles anywhere just isn’t me right now.  If you’re thinking about breaking into our house in the burg, you’ve got  exactly 15 minutes to do it before they hit the door.

Sunday we were pretty exhausted from our celebration.  The parents didn’t spend the night on Saturday.  Five extra people were plenty.  The guys decided to fish again, so we took Mady to the other end of the island where my sister got married in 2001.  This end of the island is called Bokeelia and it looks out over Charlotte Harbor. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a public pier.  Be careful though, most of the property in this area is private.  No parking, no gawking.  It is really beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ava, Mady and Lauren on Bokeelia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bokeelia public pier.  You can’t go past the gate unless you pay a little, we didn’t.  We had shopping in Ft. Myers to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back at my sister’s I got a photo of this little Anole puffing up.  Wish I could’ve captured the orange in the cushion he was resting on, but my flash went off.  The orange really did compliment him nicely.

After a hard day of shopping, we hung out.  I love Jeanine’s art wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mady and Petunia.

 

Lauren with her new Webkinz and her eraser collection.

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Celebration On Pine Island

My sister has one of the most adorable homes on Pine Island.  It’s small, but she’s utilized the space well.  Though our home is much larger, at times, her house has a bigger feel. 

Around 1:00 in the afternoon, the guys fired up the grill.  We were having clams first followed by london broil, hamburgers and hotdogs, ears of roasted corn and deviled eggs.  Those clams were really good by the way.  That’s Uncle Darryl working hard at the grill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We even invited a neighbor lady whose husband recently passed away.  She has no kids at all and no family close by.  Check out that clam action!   It didn’t take long to rip through 100 that’s for sure.  After the appetizers were downed, the real food was ready right on time.  And of course, since July 3rd was mom’s birthday and we were all out of town for Father’s Day (mom was in D.C. visiting a friend) we concluded our day with a vanilla bean bundt cake accompanied by salted caramel gelato.   Both dessert items were a boxed mixture and they were amazing.  We added some dark chocolate pieces to the gelato and it was heavenly.  I hope there’s still some left when I return to the island on Friday, but I’m not betting on it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out this awesome piece of Brain Coral that Darryl brought back from the beach in the Bahamas.  This is perfect, it weighs a ton and it resonates a helmet.  Totally cool.


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Every One Loves A Parade

We arrived back on Pine Island on Friday afternoon.  We made a quick stop at  Andy’s Island Seafood in Matlacha (Mat-La-Shay) to pick up 100 clams for $29.50 (what a deal) for our celebration on Saturday.  Matlacha is a cool little stop on the way to Pine Island.  It reminds me of an extremely quirky Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

My sister and I took the girls to the awesome saltwater public pool again.  I was able to get a half an hour of lap swimming in.  The guys (my husband, my son and my brother-in-law) headed out to Pine Island Sound for fishing.  They caught a lot of fish but only one keeper.  They didn’t care though, they reeled in quite a bit of interesting stuff.

 The kids usually decorate their bikes and ride in the festive parade that was held on Saturday.  But this year, they opted out.  Actually, they nearly opted out of the parade in general.   I think every one was tired from swimming and traveling.  On the other hand, Jeanine and I were up until almost midnight, preparing food and things for the party.  My parents and all the guys took the kids to the parade once they decided they wanted to go.  They got lots of candy and had a good time in general.

Darryl (my brother-in-law) and niece Ava at the parade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love this one.


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Adventures In Boating

First we were going to go fishing.  Then, we weren’t.  The weather didn’t look great out in the Gulf, but it looked decent here at the house.  Storms materialize out over the water and then move inward and vice versa.  We waited for a bit.  I walked to the beach to find a bunch of nasty stuff.  I like fishing, but we also fish responsibly.  Someone had fished last night on the beach and chucked all of their fish carcasses for beach goers to enjoy this morning.  I saw a huge Grouper head, two Stingrays missing their tails and some other stuff that had been picked apart by birds.

I walked home, the stench was awful and the sight disheartening.  The guys had returned from purchasing their fishing license, and we checked the weather once again.  We loaded the boat and left.  We headed out in the Intracoastal to Venice and entered the Gulf through the jetties there.  It’s a really scenic boat ride.  We went out eleven miles.  From that distance, the shoreline is hard to make out.  The water wasn’t really rough, no white caps, but the swells were large.  I didn’t fish much at all.  I manned the sandwiches, the sunscreen and the beverages and enjoyed the sunshine.  It was hard to maneuver around in the boat with the big waves, but we did it for awhile.

We didn’t boat any fish, but Frank and Bob both had a nice one on at one time.  Check out the end of Frank’s pole.  He just barely got his line on the bottom and something hit it.  He was using  way too small of a pole for the fish that latched on.  He hung out with this bent rod (and passed it around to all of us) for awhile.  Bob dropped down an entire bait fish on his huge pole next thing.  He had something on it right away.  It got off, but when he reeled in, the bait was pretty much mangled and the huge circle hook he had on was bent.  Unbelieveable.  We think Frank had a giant Grouper on, they don’t fight, they just hang out.  They’re sort of like bringing up a car hood.  Bob may’ve had a big Shark.  Definitely something with powerful jaws for sure.

  

The sky started looking kind of scary.  This is when you’re not sure if you should stay out in the Gulf, or head to shore.  We usually think closer to home is better, we were starting to see some lightning.

 

As I mentioned earlier, this is a real scenic boat ride.  Lots of beautiful homes and sail boats are anchored in this area.  It’s also home to a real good seafood eatery called the Crow’s Nest.  Check out my new house and boat.  There’s room for each and every one of you that read this blog, so let me know if you’re interested in visiting me.  The yoga teaching business is really good. 

Right about now, the rain started to hit.  It was painful.  Not just because we had to cut our outing short, but because it stung like hell when we were going fast.

Halfway back on the intracoastal, we decided to stop and park at the boat ramp by a school there in Venice.  There was some shelter there, but the wind was blowing and we were soaked anyways, so what in the hell did it matter?  We did get in the water there.  Why?  Because it was warm.  After wasting some time, the rain didn’t let up, so we headed out.  Just passed the marina there in Venice, one boat engine quit.  Then the other one too.  Uh oh.  Does anyone have their cell phone?  Whhaat?  Four people with 5 cell phones between them and no one thought to toss one on the boat.  What in the hell were we thinking? 

We floated around in the intracoastal and didn’t see a soul.  I mean really, who would be out in this crap?  Us, that’s who.  After some messing around with the boat engines, one started up.  ONE.  That meant we could move, but not really fast.  That was fine with me, I was tired of being pelted by the stinging rain.  Did I mention that it takes about 45 minutes (when you’re going fast) to get out into the Gulf?  It took twice as long to get in.  I’ve never been so happy to see the bridge at Englewood in my whole life.  We were freezing, literally freezing.  It’s amazing how cold you can get in the wind and the rain when the temperature outside is still rather balmy.

We made it home.  We jumped in the solar heated pool here at the house and it felt like a hot tub.  We ate diner and then I headed out to the camper alone and took a 2 hour nap.  Maybe we’ll try boating again tomorrow, who knows?  For now, we’re safe, warm and dry.  And I’m still on vacation and that’s a good thing.