Another busy week here in Florida. Ted and I are beginning to think we’ll have to go back to work full-time just to take a vacation! But . . . it’s all fun stuff – which work isn’t!
Fun in Florida is an unexpected weekday afternoon with Matthew . . .
. . . just two buddies going kayaking. The HIGHLIGHT was when they came back into our canal and a full-grown MANATEE surfaced right beside Matthew! Wish Ted had been quick with the camera, but it was wrapped up in a plastic bag.
Fun here is adding a few more finishing touches to our bedroom . . . like the art over the bed, another chair . . .
. . . and the perfect words for Ted and I.
Amber found this while out shopping for another client. She told me, “When I saw it, I immediately thought, ‘That’s my Ted and Brenda’!” Love it!
Meet Cindy. I’ve been looking for a turtle to hang at the top of the stairs and found this one at the Turtle Fest in Flagler Beach this weekend. There were 4-5 that looked basically the same – except this one had a “mole” on one of the old fence boards from which it was made. Hence – Cindy, as in Cindy Crawford.
Love her “swimming” on up to the second level.
This morning on Mackinac, and as you can tell, it’s still pretty chilly. That’s the Huron backing away from the dock on its 8:30 trip back to St. Ignace. (Photo: Clark Bloswick)
A little cold weather didn’t stop the Grand Hotel and the Easter Bunny from holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Hoban Lane on Sunday.
Tragedy averted at the Mackinac Island airport this week. The pilot of this plane failed to lower his landing gear as he came in, and it was a hard bounce when plane met runway. Miraculously, he walked away unhurt, but his plane took quite a beating on the bottom and the prop was damaged.
“So. Where is everybody?” (Photo: Clark Bloswick)
Brian Bailey (General Manager of the Chippewa and Lilac Tree Hotels on Mackinac), his wife Jeri-Lynn and daughters Mary and Nora popped over to visit us Monday. They were spending Spring Break in Orlando, and we had a great afternoon visiting. After dinner they headed back for a day at Universal Studios on Tuesday.
Three beautiful ladies – Mary, Jeri-Lynn, and Nora. The girls said the water was still pretty cold – but at 85, they warmed up fast when they got out.
Sweet little Nora loved splashing around . . .
. . . while Mary and Bear bonded.
What a treat to get to see this great family before we hit the island in June. (In case you’re wondering, Ted had just gotten home from working at Ft. Matanzas when the Baileys arrived.)
CATS OF THE WEEK
April is “Adopt a Black Pet” Month, and any black dog or cat can be adopted for only $10 from the Flagler Humane Society. This is Mr. Kiki – a 7-year-old male.
Little 6-month-old Summer, who was VERY skittish. She needs a lot of loving so she won’t be so afraid of people.
This beautiful three-year-old female, named Joy, wouldn’t come out of her corner. Another kitty needing lots of patient loving. Love her “mittens”!
I had to get a few kittles who weren’t black for this mix. Little 5-year-old Thelma has very distinctive face markings. A beautiful Calico.
Rainbow! A one-year-old female love-bug!
This is Peabody, a three-year-old male with the sweetest expressions!
Personal Note: I finished my two days training as a volunteer in the Emergency Room at Florida Hospital Flagler, and I’m ready to start a “real” shift next week. I’ll be working every Thursday morning from 8-12. We mostly stock and re-stock in each of the 30 rooms of the ER, and I’m learning all about hospital supplies – including everything from sheets, pads, and gowns to tubing, 4×4’s, blood pressure cuffs, footies, specimen cups, and tape rolls. I can also warm up a blanket in no time flat, courtesy of the blanket oven! This morning when I arrived there were only two beds in use, and 4 hours later all 30 were full.
I’m meeting so many nice folks who’ve come to Florida from all over the U.S. to spend their retirement years. Florida is a real melting pot, and I love the diversity of the backgrounds here.
I’m so happy with the two choices I’ve made on where to volunteer. I always come home feeling better than when I left, and whether it’s people or animals, there’s nearly always something you can do to help a person or a critter feel a little better. When you accomplish that, the people smile, and the critters purr or settle their heads in your lap for an ear scratch.
What a great way to spend a few hours!