A few weeks ago I was in a florist shop in the European Village in Palm Coast. I fell in love with something they called a “Fairy Garden”, a miniature world nestled into a large bowl of sand. Since the “garden” at the florist cost almost as much as next week’s groceries, I immediately started working on putting one together on my own. I didn’t want a fairy garden though – I wanted a sand box!
The hardest part was the sand. You’d think all I’d need to do is walk across the street and fill up a couple of buckets, right? But – after doing some research, I learned I’d have to wash and sift beach sand many, many times and then go through a long, slow process of baking the sand to make sure the millions of organisms left by tiny sea creatures were all killed and the sand sterilized. Add to that a couple of pooches with radar noses who would have sniffed out anything “leftover” that remotely smelled like sea life! Who’s got time for that?
At first I thought I’d buy a bag of sand at Home Depot (like for a child’s sand box), but it just wasn’t the texture I wanted. I called the fairy garden florist, and she told me to go to a pet store and buy the sand used in the reptile cages! It was perfect!
I plan to add a sea turtle when I find the right one. Who knows what else?! Visitors can “play in the sand” to their heart’s content and add treasures they find on the beach. When it gets too full, I’ll just cull it out and make room for more!
A work in progress . . . . . .
CATS OF THE WEEK
SO HAPPY to report that the vast majority of the cats you’ve seen on the blog so far have been adopted and are enjoying being pampered and spoiled by their new families. A few of them (ones that had been with us for a long time) were moved to Jacksonville last week in an effort to make them available to a larger group of people. Flagler Humane Society will do just about anything to get a dog or cat adopted, including transporting them to larger cities. I love that about them!
WHERE WE’RE HEADED!
The Inn at Stonecliffe posted a new video today of this fabulous vacation destination. Ted and I are so excited to be going up to Mackinac Island for four days in June, where we’ll be staying at Stonecliffe, and I’ll be writing a series of blog posts about this special venue. This video just makes me that much more ready to go!
A FEW EXTRA PHOTOS
Please take the time to read the prayer requests after last Sunday’s blog, and add these needs to your prayer list. And please let us know of others who need to be lifted up.
Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here Sunday – good Lord willing.