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!
Turkey was done to perfection! (photo by Shand Photography)
Nancy’s appy!
The Turkey Chef!
The (almost) whole gang!
(Shand Photography)
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 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….


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!


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



Those eyes



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!


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)




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 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!


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!


Set those puppies FREEEEEE!  



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


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





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


There’s nothing like a good stick between friends


Besties with Magical



Treat?  Did I hear Treat?


Tammi on a mission


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


One proud of herself pup!




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


A leisurely Stroll




Beautiful boy


Our Brody is lovin life and feeling much better!


A race to the finish!


Like I said…No Fear!


This pup enjoys every minute of her life!


Nothing like a good shake!


Guys…Wait for MEEEE!


This pup is on top of the world!


Pete and his girl!


Mikey and his boy!


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….


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.


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


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


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.


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



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


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!




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











So that’s all for now.

I’ll leave you with this…


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…..


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….

Day 6 of #21daysofgrateful…And today, I have much to be grateful for…

We found this amazing beach here at Barrier Dunes @ The Cape mainly for our dog, Brody.  My parents jokingly ask where “Brody is taking us on vacation this year?”…no joke, we’re here for the beach friendly community and beach.  It’s also called  The Forgotten Coast.  You could shoot a cannon down this beach some morning and well, we like it that way.  Hmmmm…perhaps I shouldn’t be giving away all this information, as if you tell three people, and they tell three people…and they tell three people…

I digress.

Here are the three things I am thankful on what is day 6 of my 21 days of grateful challenge:-

  1.  BRODY.  I am so grateful for our furbaby, Brody.  Brody’s had a tough life in his short 5 3/4 years on this earth.  The reason that we were able to find Brody in the first palce is that he was left behind when his supposed “forever” family decided that, due to contracting Juvenile Cellulitis  as a little puppy, they didn’t want to “wait” for him to get better before taking him home, even though he would be completely cured and this “puppy strangles” would never return.  So…their loss our gain.  We fell in love with him the first time we saw him run down that dirt road at the breeders farm from the barn.  Ears flopping and tail waging.  He was ours; no doubt about it.  But when we were picking up Brody to bring him home from the breeders, she mentioned the vet saying there may be “a small cateract in his right eye”..nothing to worry about; wouldn’t affect his eyesight…moving forward to 18 months old and Brody had to have his eye removed.  No worries; he dealt with it better than we did.  Only gratification was that the specialist said that it was as he could not see out of the eye anyway and it was as painful as a migrain for him and then we wanted it gone too!  Then this past Summer, Brody developed a limp that wouldn’t go away with rest…turns out he has displaysia in both elbows and one shoulder…Gawd, give me a break?  Oh no…then he’s developed some kind of intestinal tract issue, and as our amazing vet says…”If we ever find out what the issue is, I’m going to write a paper”!  Our poor bubs had every test, x-ray (call me Ms. Munchausen)  you could think of and nada, nothin…Over the next two months we had him on bland diets, supplements and he seemed to respond..Then Christmas came and those weird issues started rearing their ugly head.  Which brings us to the last 48.  I won’t go into details, but our poor boy was up all night long with diarrhea (I’ve typed this word so much in the past two days that I finally know how to spell it!) and this morning spurting nothing but blood from his backside.  Our amazing friend and vet, Pete, was messaging me back and forth trying to calm this out of her mind worrying dog mom and provide some suggestions.  Along with Brody’s own vet, who also went above and beyond.  SO THE GOOD NEWS and what I’m truly grateful for is that Brody seems to have turned the corner, is eating and wanting to walk on the beach.  Thank you Pete and Thank you, Dr. Kathleen Norman.  You guys rock.



2.  Wine.  Today, I’m grateful for WINE!  Okay, yesterday it was martini’s…hmmm, perhaps I have a wee problem?  But wine, my friend, got me through this day! (I know, I’m reaching for things to be grateful for today.  But all the same, I am grateful!).  C’mon, I know many of you love to enjoy a nice glass of wine, after a long glass of wine…..


3.  I am grateful for our amazing sunsets here on Cape San Blas(t)!!!  P.S.  yes, Mikey took them on his iphone, with the exception of the great shot taken by Jann…on his iphone!

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I’ll leave you with this…

nothing comes easy

Life Is Good……