Thursday, July 21, 2016

Spruce Boat Ramp in Dunnellon, Florida

We drive into Dunnellon pretty often for one reason or another.

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And one day we went down a little side street to this public boat ramp.

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What a VIEW down the Withlacoochee River!

It was spectacular!

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Sometimes you see boats in the river and often people fishing off the dock.

When we drove over there last time, it was too hot to fish!

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Too hot to FISH? Now that’s pretty hot! lol

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Another common sight…

a bobber on a fishing line, stuck in the tree limbs!

(no it’s not mine! haha)

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Monday, July 18, 2016

‘A Nautical Bracelet’ Craft Project!

I made something!

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I know you think I drive around taking photos all the time, but sometimes I just have to get ‘creative’!

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This was a project I saw on the Etsy blog and I had all the supplies handy to give it a go!

I won’t try to give you a tutorial because you can click in the link HERE to get the full supply list and tutorial with tips and excellent photos.

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It wasn’t hard and I’ve worn mine several times and think it looks cute with summer time fashions.

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I had hoped it would be so easy, I would make several, but so far I have just this one!

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Boat-Tailed Grackle and a REALLY big baby!

We got the biggest kick watching this baby bird fluttering around and begging to be fed.

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And it must be a full time job to keep this big baby fed!

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He fluttered so much that he slid right off of the rail one time.

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How many bugs and seeds does this young one need?

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It’s enough to try a mother’s patience!

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And it was neat to identify as a Boat-Tailed Grackle mama and baby.

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You’ll have to think of a caption for this shot!

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“Okay bud, the next bite is mine!”

My friend Margaret came up with this caption!

Thanks girlfriend! Island with a palm tree

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Florida Crops!

We are known for our orange groves but Florida grows so many fruits and vegetables that end up being shipped all over the country and the world.

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I did a google search and got this info from the Fresh from Florida website HERE.

“In 2013 Florida had 48,000 commercial farms, using a total of 9.55 million acres; Florida ranked second in the U.S. for value of vegetable production; first in production value for oranges, fresh market tomatoes, watermelons, grapefruit, fresh market snap beans, fresh market cucumbers and squash; second in the production of greenhouse and nursery products, bell peppers, strawberries, fresh market sweet corn, spring potatoes, tangerines and avocados; 12th in beef cows; and accounts for 63 percent of total U.S. citrus production. Florida ranks eighth in agricultural exports with over $4 billion.”

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We see lots of fields of peanuts and melons in our area as well as all kinds of fruits.

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The watermelons look ready to pick!

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I like this sign!

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And the website HERE has a chart to see what is in season each month of the year.

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Of course you don’t think of hills here in Florida either but we have a few.

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You say you get car sick?

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Move over and sit by the window!

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And enjoy the view!

There’s a Swallowtail Kite in the center of the photo below but it’s hard to see.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Bring your Pillows for Wednesday Wee Ones!

The girls are having a summertime slumber party!

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They have on little shortie pjs that I made and matching pillow cases.

Of course they have their pets to add to the fun and lots of books to read late unto the night.

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They probably wish they had a record player too but I’ll put that on the dollie wish list!

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Don’t your love their sweet ‘paper’ dolls?

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(they are made out of lightweight wood)

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I was changing her clothes and just have to show you her ‘undies’!

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My girlfriend, Pat made them for me. Thank you Pat!!! You are a sweetheart!

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I hope you’ll visit JoAnn today! She’s showing off her cute dolls HERE!

Don’t forget to stay cool and

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Monday, July 11, 2016

What’s for Lunch?

It’s always a challenge to eat healthy year round but I think it is easier in the summer months.

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A big meal at lunch can leave you feeling heavy and sluggish in the hot weather so think ‘salads’.

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Whatever you might choose for a sandwich can be used in a salad.

We grill something almost every night and I use the leftover meat for my salads.

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Grilled chicken, steak, even hamburgers are perfect for adding to a garden fresh salad. And if you have fresh veggies, you can make all kinds of variations.

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We cooked a whole chicken on the grill a few days ago and that made several nice lunches!

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Just start with a bed of lettuce (I like Romaine), add tomatoes and fresh veggies and then some meat.

A salad will not be filling or satisfying without some protein. (I don’t eat crackers, croutons, pasta or bread with my salads)

Some of my favorite combinations are a salad with steak, blue cheese crumbles and blue cheese dressing.

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Chicken with Havarti cheese, dried cranberries and almond slivers sprinkled on top.

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Hamburger crumbled on top with shredded sharp cheddar cheese, avocado and dollops of salsa is good too.

And if you are tired of the usual salad dressings, I have a new favorite.

I take a tablespoon of Kraft mayo, squeeze fresh lemon in it to thin it and add a tiny amount of Truvia to sweeten and drizzle it over the salad.

(what did you think I would serve? Gator bites? heehee)

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

It’s Florida! ‘The Inglis Locks on the Withlacoochee River’

So when you get to swampy areas…

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you LOOK for alligators!

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Let’s walk out onto the overlook to see if we can spot one.

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It was a super bright day but the sun and water cooperated and I really got some amazing details.

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These were some of the best photos I’ve ever taken of this prehistoric looking creature.

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If you don’t want to SEE the details, jump to the end of the post for a bird photo!

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And I’m zooming…believe me, I wasn’t close to this guy!

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We made several stops at boat ramps and overlooks on the Withlacoochee River and this is the only alligator we saw.

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But he really posed for photos!

This Anhinga was perched on a nesting platform.

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I was too far away to get a crisp photo but he sure had beautiful markings.

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Okay..I tricked you! Just one more I promise!

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