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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Olive

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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…..

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…..

Full Circle – We’re Baaaack, Cape San Blas(t)!

After one amazing New Years Eve “pub” party at Don & Lea’s and closing said pub at 3:30am, we set out for our Florida adventure, after a delicious Rowan breakfast @ 11:am, and headed to our first stop, Windsor.

And. It. Was. Cold!  -22C and that’s not with the windchill.  You know it’s cold outside when your feet can’t get warm in the car!  The drive was fine, the hotel..well that’s another story.  PM me if you want to know what hotel in Windsor NOT to book.  I’ll leave it at that.

Off we go in the morning around 7am, temperature is now -16C.  Still very cold?  Oh no…as we travelled SOUTH, the weather got colder.  Yes, right back down to -22C until we arrived at our next stop, Knoxville Tennessee.  We stopped at La Quinta Knoxville Papermill and I recommend this hotel.  It’s right off the I95, clean and the beds are very comfortable.  They’re dog friendly and the breakfast is yummy.  Now on to our final destination!IMG_4627

The temperature was still around -8C, cold, but nothing like the -22C temps that were consistent until Tennessee.

We watched as the temps creeped up to 8C as he headed into Florida.  When stopping at the Florida welcome centre to have our traditional cup of orange juice, the nice lady there asked where we were headed in Florida, as all roads were closed from Tallahassee to Jacksonville..due to a freak snow storm.  Accidents all over the roads!  Luckily we were headed to The Cape and the roads were dry, but sky overcast.  Just as we caught sight of Port St. Joe (the closest town to The Cape), the skies cleared and the sun shone brightly on the ocean.  I’ll take this as a sign…

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As we turned onto The Cape, Brody (who is a very quiet guy and doesn’t make much fuss) started crying and looking out the window, trying to alert his hooomans, that finally after being couped up in the car in this silly seat belt, he’s headed to his favorite place…Cape San Blas(t).  Where dogs can play on the beach and life is good.

We arrived at approximately 5pm and were greeted by our friends and most importantly in Brody’s world – his girl Tam Tam.  He was so happy to be here, I think he wore our his pal:-

After a fabulous dinner, totally cooked and presented by Trevor, joined by Nancy and Jannie, we headed to our Condo to a much needed rest.

Ahhhh….lovely nights sleep, awakened to thoughts of all the great memories we will make here with our friends, both furry and human.

The Cape awaits….

I’ll leave you with this…

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Life is good.

 

Friend, Amigo, Pengyou, Vriend, Sadiq, Ami, Freund, Vinur, Cara, Amico, Filos…

…over my 61 years, I have been blessed with many Friends.

And many of these friends are asking me where the heck my blog has gone.  Hmmm…See, I was thinking (always dangerous) that maybe I was inundating people with them, so decided to cut back.  However, what I’m hearing is that many of my dear friends like to read em!  So, I’ve got some catching up to do!

Here at Cape San Blas(t) our pack keeps growing!

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Most of our new friends are snowbirds, however, some are also owners here – but ALL of them are dog people.   Many of our closest friendships have been through our dogs.  Most of you know that is how Mikey and I met…and he didn’t have a dog!

Here is Jan and her lovely family…. Jan is a fellow photographer and an owner here.  Jan blesses us with her wildlife photography, beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

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Here’s Carol and Andy…another very talented photographer and owner!

16129197_10158238754525454_910684649_o… we also have Catharine who wears many hats as a photographer and Professional Dog Trainer.

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and her hubby, Peter – who is a vet and with this pack, very handy!  feb-2-28ok, now your getting why I don’t need to take my camera out every day?

Suz & Trev…our dear friends…Love you both LOOONG time

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And then there’s Ken (who introduced Mikey and I) and Ruth..again dear long time friends

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Christine & Phil whom we met here last year!  Love you both LARGE

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Nancy Jean, we met last year and have visited back and forth from Michigan and Pickering this past year.. beautiful inside and out.16252024_10158255327495454_5423493161732891761_o

Jannie, our little leprechaun “shenanagator” we met last year and again visited back and forth to Michigan.. so thoughtful and giving16463191_10158319184150454_2523451866368014731_o

Kim and Claudio..we met them  here last year, but really got to know them this year.. Love you both

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Our fun Wisconsin friends that brought us some of their amazing CHEESE!

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Leslie..where did you go!?  I didn’t get to say good-bye to you.  So wonderful to have met you and I hope we can keep in touch!

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and here is a random friend that we met just today…

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So…you get the picture (no pun intended) right?  We got a lotta friends.. and they keep growing. If I’ve missed anyone, it’s cuz I haven’t got a good picture of you..so c’mon over and we’ll fix that.

Now to the point of this blog.  Like family, there are many types of friendships..acquaintences, old, new, casual, besties…When it comes to socializing here at the Cape, due to the size of our pack, many times we can’t do it all together.  But that doesn’t mean that we don’t try!

Merriam Webster defines friends as:

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So blessed to call you all my friends.

I’ll leave you with this:-

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Life IS Good……