A Rose’s Rarest Essence Lives in the Thorn….Rumi Day 9 of #21daysofgrateful

So, yesterday.  I’m still sick and don’t feel one bit better; maybe worse!  Mikey goes off to town to find me some lasagna noodles (yeah, I know…I went to Costco and didn’t get enough noodles???); I was one box short.  In my defence, the packaging is a different size here in the good ol’ U. S. of A.  I head into the bath, as it’s the one place that ALWAYS makes me feel better and it didn’t disappoint.  While I’m in there soaking my bones, Mikey returns and announces he’s home.  I tell him it’s ok for him to come into the bathroom while I’m taking a bath…we’re married now.  And what to my wondrous eyes should appear; but a single long stem rose in the hand of my love.  I know, right? Melt your heart – that’s what he does to me.  Then he tells me this story:-

Nice Store Clerk Lady – “A Rose.  How Nice”.

Mikey – “It’s for my wife.  She’s not feeling well”

Nice store Clerk Lady – “What a lovely thing to do”

Mikey – “Yes, I gave it to her – the germ”

Nice Store Clerk Lady – “Good call”

Although anxiously awaiting our Furever Friends Phil & Christine and their pup, Olive, to arrive and greet them at our (pretty much nightly event) “Wine O’clock”, I thought better of spreading my germs, so sent Mikey to the meet and greet.

Fast forward to today and I’m feeling better and can’t wait to see my buddies again! We all met at our very most favourite spot…The Beach!!

To the Beach, To The Beach, To The Beach, Beach, Beach!!
And she’s down…Rolling in something disgusting and her buds want to get in on the action!
Hey Phil!!! I love these new shades…I’m going to be taking a lot of pic in them!
Our Body is the very LOOOOONGEST Pee’r in the world. Sometimes he doesn’t lift his leg, as he knows he’ll be there for a while!
See. I told ya! And you say there are no pictures of me….pffft

Hey Christine and Nancy. This looks like a pensive conversation…

Brody and Tam Tam frolicking in the ocean once again. Welcome Olive!
Journey with her tunew friend, Tuna
Brody checking on his second dad

Pretty Lady, Nancy
And her pretty dog, Journey
Brody’s bestie, Tam Tam (don’t tell Olive)
I can’t forget my birdies

Well, it’s almost time for our Furever Friends Reunion Dinner! We’re expecting our last arrivals, Pete & Catherine, along with their furbabies, River, Echo and Tonka!

I’m outta here folks…It’s wine o’clock!

I’ll leave you with this…

Life Is Good…..

The Forgotten Coast…Mexico Beach 3.5 Months After Hurricane Michael….

Hey Peeps! It’s been a while since I blogged. Here’s one of the reasons….You can’t just un-see the unbelievable disaster that is now Mexico Beach, once a prime tourist spot for us Snowbirds to get away from the cold and enjoy a little bit of paradise.

My husband Mike and I went to photograph the devastation there in order to continue to get the word out. We were hesitant at first, as we did not want to disrespect the suffering people of Mexico Beach. However, we do not want to become oblivious to the despair just North West of us. It’s gobsmacking awful to see. It is vast. It is sad. It is mean. It’s simply difficult to process. I’m trying to figure out what my message is here.

….So. I’ll do my best. And you tell me what the message is. Is it “C’mon folks who have plenty; share the wealth”? Or, is it “Boots on the ground, folks-let’s help re-build”? Or is it all of the above and more?

Here’s what I do know. The people that remain there, who are not part of the affluent who may have left and sold to developers, are in need. Members of Facebook pages are pleading for enough gas money to get to work. Mothers are asking for diapers for their babies. Parents are asking for clothing for their children. I read about one individual who told a story of driving a single mother of two small children to the “Group Home For Children”, as she did not have enough food and shelter for her babies. She writes that “they all cried on the way to the shelter” and once they arrived, this sweet soul could not bear to watch the gut wrenching emotional good-bye. She packed all three up and took them to her home that she already shares with three other homeless families.

I will never be able to “un-see” the rubble that once was a home that perhaps a baby was brought home in; that Sunday dinners were once cooked in; that holidays were celebrated – that are no more……

Yes. This group of homes are leaning toward the Gulf of Mexico.

The well-to-do have already moved on. Sold their lots. Settled with their Insurers…But what about the ordinary people? The locals who have lived in Mexico Beach all their lives; who need the tourists to make a living; who want nothing more than their beloved town back. What about them? What is being done? Here is a link to a great article forwarded to me by one of my furever friends:-

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The landscape is different now and will take years to become what was once the beauty of this sweet little vacation town in which the locals were able to raise their families, find jobs and thrive….

Perhaps this once was an entrance way to someone’s paradise
“850 Strong” . That’s the mantra of these strong people. 850 STRONG

And through it all, there is hope
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While Mexico Beach fared the worse by far, our little town of Port St. Joe was also hit by this terrible storm.

Oceanis is now out of her depth

So here’s my message…For the people of this “Forgotten Coast” who have now slid off the grid, all the while we, here at The Cape, watch our beloved ‘dunes” be reconstructed. Please remember, 20.1 miles away, the residence of Mexico Beach are wondering where their next meal will come from. C’mon friends, Snowbirds and Residents – dig deep…and “give a little bit” of your time and/or wallet to those in need.

Please click on the below video, which provides in detail, the needs of Mexico Beach.

Please be diligent as to where you donate to ensure all your hard earned dollars go directly to relief.

I’ll leave you with this….

“Keep Calm & Donate On”……Life is Good

Christmas Dinner in January?! Day 15 of #21daysofgrateful

What’s so weird about Christmas in January? Not a thing. Each year, we celebrate Christmas dinner with our Furever Friends here at The Cape! It’s the full monty, people! Turkey (a 17lb turkey here in the Panhandle is just over $12.00 U.S.!!), stuffing, sweet potato, parsnips, carrots, brussels sprouts (Jann says, “YUK”), roast potato, Yorkshires (Jann says “YUM”), gravy, not to forget the yummy appetizers and Pecan pie for desert!…..And I wonder why my shorts are getting snug!

Even a cool new table cloth for our special dinner!
Yorkies!
Turkey was done to perfection! (photo by Shand Photography)
Nancy’s appy!
The Turkey Chef!
The (almost) whole gang!
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OKAY, gang is now complete!
And what would Christmas Dinner be without our NINE pups? How perfect are they!?
Baby Tonka..not so little anymore!
And, who could forget the Christmas Lights?

Three things I’m grateful for today:-

  • I’m grateful that I have friends here that are as “off beat” as I am – e.g., Christmas In January!
  • I’m grateful that Catherine captured the Blood Moon tonight!
  • I’m grateful that my sweet husband, Mikey and our bestie, Trevor, are shopping at Walmart to gather needed items for the people with homes destroyed and left with virtually nothing (Hello FEMA WHERE ARE YOU?) Our amazing Furever Friends all contributed to this special cause. Mike and Trev will drop off the goods in Mexico Beach today.

I’ll leave you with this…..

Life Is Good…….

Apalachicola Oysterfest..and some suckin’ up to do…Day 13 of #21daysofgrateful

Yay!  Apalachicola Oysterfest is here!  But, the day is suppose to be cloudy with thunderstorms.  So, we decide we’ll get over to the Oysterfest BEFORE the rain is to start, around 2pm.

Off we all go, with the exception of two of our pack, as one is under the weather 😦

I didn’t bring along my camera, as I had loads of pics from last year, so I’ll add a couple here….

Yep, there’s shrimp too!
Working hard!
Yummy Oysters!

That was last year. This year, although it was suppose to be a cloudy, rainy day, the sun came out and we indulged in Oysters and Oyster Stew…YUM!! Then it was time to go shopping, so Mikey and Trevor headed over to their favourite drinking spot with the pups…Oyster City Brewing Company. It’s an amazing place to have a pint and bring your pups. We end up meeting the rest of our gang there, who are also enjoying a brew. AND, dum..ta…da…dum….We find out it is Pete and Catherine’s 17th wedding anniversary! Wonderful? Yes! But not for PETE! Oh no… He forgot the day..got it mixed up actually and man did he have a lot of “suckin’ up to do”. So, we’re all sitting there – brewski’s all around (well except for Suz and I as one of us will no doubt be driving our men home!)

That smile is “Dirty Blonde Brew”
Just enjoying this amazing town. Our absolute favorite town in Florida! Apalachicola (say that fast!)
Most friendly fella promoting the Pet Mardi Gras coming soon! Check out the beads…
Catherine – part I of part II that forgot the day..gulp! And..more beads
OKAY, I lied…Suz had a drop
Did I say the pups were all welcome? So welcoming!

So Catherine, what are you looking at off in the distance?

Redemption!!! Check out River with the envelope in his mouth.

Lookie what she got!

Pete, I think you’re forgiven!

Pete, please put this date in your diary for next year! JANUARY 19! K? HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO YOU BOTH!

Before I forget, here are the three things I’m grateful for:

  • I’m grateful the weather held and we were able to enjoy an amazing day at the Apalachicola’s Oyster Fest again this year
  • I’m grateful the most amazing and dog friendly town that Apalachicola brings
  • I’m grateful the “Tornado Watch” didn’t turn into a “Tornado Warning” last night, although many of us didn’t get much sleep listening to the winds!
Calm before the storm – Sunset from the night before
Sunset from night before

I’ll leave you with this….

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Life is Good….

1st 2019 Furever Friends Movie Night..Day 13 of #21daysofgrateful & Celebrating our Beautiful Granddaughter Hannah’s 7th Birthday!

Are these blogs becoming boring, mo·not·o·nous (I had to look up the spelling) and uninteresting?  Well, here it is.  Some days, that is my life – therefore, although I’ll keep on going with the 21 Days of Grateful, it just may not be consecutive days.  I mean after all, a gal needs some downtime!

We did have the very first Furever Friends movie night of 2019.  We watched “The Green Book”  Check out the trailer here.  If you haven’t seen this movie, It’s worth a watch.   I’d give it a 5 star!  It’s nominated for best picture and although I haven’t seen any others (yet), so far this is my front runner.  Oh please, “Academy” don’t do what you did last year and vote another “fish” movie as winner!

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Mikey preparing the couch covers for our furry “guests”

 

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Catherine and River

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OKAY, we’ve got our wine..let the movie roll!

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Jann trying to make herself look small so she doesn’t get run over by the pups…..again!

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Just a little “Magic” for Christine

 

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OOOOPS, someone is trying to take the shortcut!

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Phil with his Boston Bruins jersey, hoping for a win tonight!

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Red Rover, Red Rover, Let Tonka Come Over???  Hang on there, Christine!

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What’s a good movie night without the pups?  (missing, Journey & Clover..Tonka is here somewhere!)

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Brody and Tam Tam having their daily wrestle

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Our sweet Nancy

Fast forward to today, a VERY SPECIAL day, as it’s our granddaughter, Hannah’s 7th birthday!  What a joy this little girl is.  She is Smart, Sweet & Sassy…oh yeah!  Love you Hannah Banana to the moon and back!

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Grampa’s girl.  We both had the honour of attending the birth of Hannah Elisabeth Eden Robertson

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Those eyes

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Happy 7th Birthday Hannah!

I’ll leave you with this…..

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Life Is Good…

Today Is For The Birds….Day 12 of #21daysofgrateful

So yesterday was a bit of a quiet day.  Mikey went off to golf for the day, so Brody and I hung out.  After a good soak in the tub, we headed out for a walk.  Down to the beach, nothing happening there (and it’s still a little on the chilly side; sun or no sun) so we headed out through the Barrier Dune’s gates (that are now working since Michael tore them off!) and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but two BEAUTIFUL bald eagles, flying in synchronized wonder.  Did I have my camera?  Noooooo…but the iphone was in my pocket and was better than nothing.  Now in defense of the iPhone’s camera, these birds were pretty far away!

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I bump into Catherine, who is returning from a long bike ride and excitedly tell her about the Eagles.  Catherine and I spent hours on a beach last year, close to our favorite Indian Pass Raw Bar, on our bellies waiting for a majestic Eagle to lite.  (see below)

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As we’re talking, she looks up and there they are!  So beautiful.  Flying together and enjoying the sunshine.  We start to walk back, chatting about how cool it was to see the Eagles, and we see Jann and Nancy sitting outside reading with their pups.  We go and tell them about the Eagles….And they appear again.  After watching them for about 20 minutes, Jann insists that I run home and get my camera. I have never seen two eagles flying together…Usually just one, so I looked up the mean of two eagles flying together and this is what Google found:

Hello! Two eagles flying over your house is a good sign indeed! Native Americans use signs from Nature for guidance and direction from the Great Spirit. Eagle as a “power animal” or “Totem animal” is significant in its spiritual meaning. You can google “totem animals” and get some really great information or go to the library and check out books on totem animals or power animals as described by Native American authors. An example of eagle as power animal would be: Exerpted from Sayahda.com: Sacred Messenger carrying prayers to Creator and returning with visions and gifts for the people. Eagle feathers are sacred to the native Americans as their energy brings in spirit for healing. Gift of clarity and inner vision to use for the good of all people to bring light out of darkness.

On the way back, toting my camera, our friend the Blue Heron, who has a name which escapes me (if you know it, kindly let me know!) was waiting for his photo shoot, so I complied…

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Unfortunately, when I finally got back to Jann and Nancy’s the “eagles had landed”….No worries, I’m sure to see them again and this time hopefully packing my camera!

Here’s shot from the top porch (one of many, many porches they have!  I actually got LOST trying to find my way up to the top floor..that’s how large this house is!) capturing the lighthouse from Port St. Joe.  See it waaaaaayyyy of in the distance between the branches?  Oh, if only I had a 400 lens…ahem.

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The day ended with Catherine and Pete coming over, as they were having trouble with their internet.  Catherine is an amazing photographer and a dog trainer!  So to my delight, she worked with Brody and I so that he may eventually learn not to hoover everything off the beach.  My day didn’t start so well and I ended our beach walk early due to frustration!  So Thank You, Catherine, for your help!

My three grateful’s today are:

  1. I’m so grateful to be able to watch the beauty of the Eagles
  2. I’m grateful that after a frustrating walk first thing in the morning, I was able to turn around  my day into a positive one
  3. I’m so grateful to Catherine for coming to my aid and helping me to understand “dog speak” so Brody and I can enjoy our beach walks once again

I’ll leave you with this….

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Life Is Good…

A little chilly, but who’s complaining? Day 11 of #21daysofgrateful

Okay ladies…check out this link!  Yes Robin, there really is a Santa Claus..

Whaaat! Yes! Finally some good news for a change…Eating Chocolate and Drinking Wine will keep us looking young!

Brrrr….it’s a bit chilly today, but the sun was shining during our walk (which later went in and hid).  We had a wonderful walk with the entire gang!

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Jann & Magic heading to the beach!

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Last one in’s a dirty, rotten egg!

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Hey, Ma…I won!

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Set those puppies FREEEEEE!  

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Here’s Journey that doesn’t like to go in too deep…each day, she goes just a little bit further!

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It’s not just the pups that love this beach!

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The whole gang, well with the exception of the photographer!

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There’s nothing like a good stick between friends

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Besties with Magical

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Treat?  Did I hear Treat?

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Tammi on a mission

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Ok..I finally got the stick..now what do I do with is?

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One proud of herself pup!

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Tammi

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Love this girl.  Our newest addition, 14 month old Tonka…no fear!

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A leisurely Stroll

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Echo

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Beautiful boy

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Our Brody is lovin life and feeling much better!

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A race to the finish!

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Like I said…No Fear!

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This pup enjoys every minute of her life!

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Nothing like a good shake!

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Guys…Wait for MEEEE!

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This pup is on top of the world!

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Pete and his girl!

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Mikey and his boy!

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We ended the day at our favorite restaurant Indian Pass Uptown Raw Bar

My 3 grateful things today:-

  1. Grateful that I could put my two feet on the ground and look forward to the wonderful day ahead
  2. Grateful that I can walk the beach with my camera and shoot to my hearts delight!
  3. Grateful for my youngest daughter, Melissa, who is turning 37 years young today. So grateful.  Love you baby girl.

I’ll leave you with this….

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Life Is Good…..

The Sun Is Shining Once Again! Day 10 of #21daysofgrateful

..Except in yesterday’s (ok, I still had a head full of snot) blog, I forgot my 3 grateful things. Now do I have to do 6? Oh dear…

It’s really tough. I mean, it’s not tough to be grateful, but it’s actually tough to write 3 things down each day. Which, I guess, is why it’s a “challenge” . So, I’ll do my grateful’s first.

1.  I am SO grateful that I’m feeling better and could join my buds on our morning beach walk! I can breathe once again and I certainly don’t miss the constant drip of my schnoz.

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2.  I am grateful that, after an 11 hour drive, Catherine, Peter and their pups arrived safely and in time for dinner!

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3.  I am so grateful that Brody continues to improve on his new diet..oh yes. I am so grateful.

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4.  I am grateful for the amazing friends we have found here. I know, I said that one before, but I can stress enough how much I enjoy their friendship.

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5.  I am grateful for the sunshine and time spent reading and relaxing on the beach today with friends and furbabies

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6.  I am grateful for the relaxing evening with my hubby bingewatching netflix tonight!  Oh Yeah!

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So, what a fun walk this morning.  If you know me well, you know my go to is a bubble bath.  Oh, I do love a good soak.  Well, the sea this morning provided it’s own…bubbles and frolick they did!

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Bubblemania!

Here’s some pics of the wonderful dinner that Jann and Nancy hosted for us last night…

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So that’s all for now.

I’ll leave you with this…

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Life Is Good……

 

I Want My Momb… Day 8 of #21daysofgrateful

I’m sick. I have a rotten cold, which is screwing with my vacation!

My good friend who should be arriving at the Cape today, Christine, who has just suffered threw this insane cold, told me to wrap my head with a hat. Didn’t have one handy, so will Mikey’s Calvin’s do? They are clean. I sure hope so. I want this villain gone!

So, not too much good stuff for my blog today, but I do have three things that I’m grateful for:

  1. Tylenol Cold and Flu…I’m grateful it
  2. Kleenex and the good supply provided by the Condo Owner, Wendy
  3. I’m grateful that I can just stay in bed and feel sorry for myself. My hubby is a much better nurse that I.

I’ll leave you with this…..

LIFE IS GOOD….

Only “we” would travel 5+ hours to Costco! Day 7 of #21daysofgrateful

Now, I woud like to clarify that I am NOT a shopper.  Well, with the exception of Costco…

Jann, Nancy, Suz and I got into the truck and headed from The Cape to Costco in Talahassee, Florida to stock up on…well, stuff.  At first, the girls cited their concerns that my SUV wasn’t big enough to bring back all our “stuff”.  They evidentially have never seen me pack.

Before I get into our travels, let me tell you the three things I’m grateful for:-

  1. Wildlife on the beach…”Oh Deer”!deer jan 9
  2. I’m grateful for what I thought was a dog drowing in the ocean, was simply a log. But not before I was in there with my sneakers on up to my knees.

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    C’mon…I bet you would have thought that was a pup in need of rescuing too!

  3. I’m grateful for the wonderful time spent with my peeps on our trip to Talahassee!carrabelle beach jan 9The was a plaque to commemorate training for World War II D-Day from Carrabell Beach to Dog Island.  Thank you to all that served.

We had lunch at a little franchise that sold smoothies, and wraps and salads…but not before walking into a “wing” shop and then right back out again.  Oh Lordy…I’m so glad we didn’t stay!

Off to Publix, then to Costco.  Costco was very happy we came, we spent, we conquered!

Meanwhile…back at the ranch….

The boys were on furbaby duty….for all 5 of them.  Some missed us more than others. Sorta like having a substitute teacher and taking advantage, don’t you think???

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Journey and Mikey

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Journey & Trevor

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It’s a Dogs Life!

I’ll leave you with this…

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In Memory of Jackson, who loved this beach

Life Is Good….