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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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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.


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Dinner Time

Today, we were up fairly early. 

My dad, his dive buddy Scott and myself were at the boat dock by 8:30 a.m.  Lucky for us, the boat dock is just minutes from the house.  My dad has a 27 foot Twin Vee Catamaran and it’s a pretty decent boat to take out into the Gulf.  We only headed out 3 or 4 miles this time.  They’d already staked out a place for diving, a place where there are several concrete culverts that are homes to lots of fish.

It was a great day for diving, but not such a great day for pole fishing.  I didn’t catch a thing.  My dad caught several.  I think that spearfishing is somewhat unfair, but I’m sure I’ll let that slide as soon as we finish dinner.  We boated 1 Grouper, 4 Red Snappers and 2 Triggerfish.  Oh and we got one Blue Crab too.  All are excellent eating. 

Triggerfish, good eating for sure!

My dad Bob.  Grouper, awesome eating for sure!

Scott and Bob bringing the boat in.

Blue crab.  He was floating on the surface.

It’s awful nice to know that I have like 26 more days or so to get those white legs of mine nice and tan!


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Yoga In The Morning, Boating In The Afternoon

We’ve been experiencing unusually odd temps for July in our area here lately.   Bright, clear blue skies, no humidity and low 80’s during the day and low 60’s in the evenings.  I’m enjoying the windows open, and frankly, so are the cats.

Yesterday morning I led a yoga birthday party at the studio.  What a great idea for a 14 year old.  She showed with her mom and 7 girlfriends.  None of the girls had ever taken a yoga class so it was a real eye opener for them.  The birthday girl left the studio with a free eye pillow and a Tees For Change tank top.  I had so much fun doing this.  Here’s a snapshot of our fun group.  I hope I turned a few of them on to yoga.  Perhaps I’ll see them again at our studio, or at another.  The main idea here was to get them interested no matter where they choose to practice.  I think they left wanting more.

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As soon as I got home Frank had the boat loaded and ready to go.  This would be my second time to hit the water this week.  We went to Stockton on Thursday and were on the water approximately 20 minutes when a gigantic storm materialized out of nowhere putting us in blinding rain, wind and thunder.  Needless to say we caught 16 crappie quick-like before we pulled the boat out of the water and headed home.  All in all that wasn’t a total wasted trip as we got a nice catch.  Yesterday we didn’t catch any fish that were worth keeping, but we did enjoy the beautiful sunshine, cooler temps and blue sky.  The water was smooth and the boats were minimal.  Actually there were around 12 trucks at the boat launch this time, the most I’ve ever seen at Stockton.  But it was a Saturday.  On Mondays when we go we rarely see another boat on the water.  I don’t care if I ever go to Table Rock again.  We spent a couple of hours in a nice little cove where I floated on an air mattress and looked for fossils.  Here’s a sampling of what I found.  I like to press my clay into some of these fossils, then pull it out to see them in a different view.  I found these at the High Point area of the lake.

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Today the weather is lovely once again, but this will be a work around here day.  I leave for Florida on Tuesday and I’ve been working on getting our daughter’s room in order.  It’s a disaster area.  I’m pulling her door off today and taking it outside and painting a chalkboard on the front.  She’d wanted one painted on her wall, like in our kitchen, but her room is full of windows, doors and a built-in desk (which I wanted to paint white while she was away) made of knotty pine.  It’s pretty wood, but it also makes for a dark alcove in a blue room with white trim.  Our son’s entire room is knotty pine.  He loves it, very cave-like.

Update – I finished Lauren’s door!

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Enjoy the day.


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Swan Creek

Swan Creek

My feet in about 2 feet of water at Swan Creek

I survived another Campbell Family Reunion in Bolivar.  It was fun.  Great company, good food and we all got to enjoy the pool at the hotel in between little storms.  We were all pretty burned out when we got home yesterday.  Especially me.  The laundry.  Just the stuff you have to do when you’ve been gone, if even for a short time!  Today I had planned on finishing you know, my table.  I started making two small landscape gardens by our deck stairs early this morning instead.  You see, I have a habit of buying plants for like $1 that need to be rescued.  It was time to get them in the ground.  The table would be later today.  That’s where my husband comes in and suggests that we all load up and go to Swan Creek. 

Swan Creek

Swan Creek

Just the thought of that, made me crabby.  I’ve been to rivers, I’ve been to creeks.  I didn’t feel like doing weeds, snakes and mud today.   I lost the battle.  Within an hour, I was loading the cooler in the 4-wheel drive with the kids.   FIVE MILES of the trip was down a gravel road that I wouldn’t have wanted to drive my van down.  Then, we arrived.  It was beautiful, honestly. 

Lauren Snorkeling

Lauren Snorkeling

No weeds, no mud, no snakes.  Just clear, pristine water.  You could see the bottom no matter where you were.  Truly amazing.  Instead of mud and grass at the bank, there were smooth rocks.   I snorkeled and felt as though I was in the big fish tank at Bass Pro!  I was the only one that saw a Gar, that was way cool.  The water felt great, and the crowd down there was dismal. 

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Jordan

When we got home at 6 this evening, we had dinner.  Then, I grouted my table.  Hope it looks awesome when I polish the grout off all the glass tomorrow!  And speaking of tomorrow, my good friend is back from Santa Fe.  We will meet at 7 in the morning for yoga!  I’d better get in bed. 

I didn’t use my yoga mat at the reunion.  I usually take it outdoors in the mornings, the weather didn’t permit that.  But, I did find some time to meditate on the bed before everyone else woke up.  Stretching will feel wonderful in the morning!
Sweet Dreams.


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Lake Taneycomo, Jelly & Dobro

Lake Taneycomo

Lake Taneycomo

I skipped out on teaching my yoga class yesterday morning.  It was a holiday weekend, so lots of people are doing other things, like being out of town.  We had no kids at our house this weekend, so my husband and I loaded up the boat and headed out to Lake Taneycomo.  It really reminds me of a wide river, not a lake.  And since the water is from the bottom of Table Rock Lake, it’s really cold.  Like 55 degrees cold.  Which means, when you get hot, you can’t jump in and swim.  But, you can go fast in your boat and freeze to death!  We had a great day with a haul of 18 trout.  You are only allowed to keep 8.  So we did.  We grilled them for dinner, they were awesome!  Later, we made black raspberry jelly from the berries picked from our yard.  We now have like 16 jars.  I just learned how to make it.  It’s actually really easy and doesn’t take that much time.  Just when you thought the day couldn’t get any better, I heard music flowing from our garage at 10 p.m.  My husband plays some music and the guy next door is in a band.  He brought his dobro over and my husband was playing his guitar.  What a totally busy in a wonderful way kind of day!  My life used to be busy, but it wasn’t what you would call full.  Yesterday was busy and full.  Doesn’t get any better than that!