Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Blue Run Park Hike!

The weather has been perfect for hiking since we got back to Florida. It’s a busy time so we’ve just managed once a week but it’s been great.

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Blue Run trail runs along the Rainbow River so you have a chance to see lots of birds and buggers.

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Buggers? Well, this ring neck snake would be a ‘bugger’ in my book! haha! But my hubby thinks it’s beautiful. And it was the smallest snake I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen nightcrawlers bigger than this!

The White Ibis is always fun to see!

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I was pleased with this photo. You can see the water streaming off his bill.

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There were a pair and they stayed close together.

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A couple of fishin’ buddies!

And doesn’t he seem to be saying,

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Can I have some privacy, please?

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We watched a Downy Woodpecker in a tree, too.

A perfect day to get out and enjoy nature!

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I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Friday, December 2, 2016

You’re #1 !!! The Giveaway Winner!

I used random (dot) org to pick my Shopping Giveaway Winner!

And it picked #1 !!! Debby Ray, you WON!

Her blog is My Favorite Things. She’s such a sweet blogger friend and always inspires me with her amazing photos and beautiful blog! It doesn’t seem like the number ‘1’ wins very often!

Congratulations!

I’ve been decorating some already. Have you?

I am also reading Christmas books this month. I think this is a fun tradition, something we can all do for ourselves. Right now I’m reading The Christmas Letters by Lee Smith. It’s just a short book and an easy read. I just finished another book by Lee Smith that I would highly recommend, Guests on Earth. I gave it 5 stars in my Goodreads review!

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So I’ve put a few books out on our coffee table. (it’s a big square table)

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Most I’ve read but I’ll enjoy reading them again.

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A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts is by my blog friend, Terra. Her blog is HERE and it’s a delightful book. When I went to her blog just now to get a link to her blog, I read her latest post. Her husband died unexpectedly two weeks ago so please keep her and her family in your prayers. I am so sorry, Terra. My heart goes out to you.

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And don’t forget about Delivering Dreams by Lori Preusch. It would make a wonderful gift for someone special! A link to her website is HERE.

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Thanks for entering my giveaway and hugs to all of you that visit me faithfully!

What are you reading this week?

Monday, November 28, 2016

I shopped for you ‘GIVEAWAY’!!!

Well, it was a hard job, but someone had to do it!

I went to all my favorite shops in the Asheville, NC area and bought something at each one to send to one of you! (I wish I could send everyone something!)

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First I went to Mast General in downtown Hendersonville and bought you a pair of hiking socks (I bought myself some too and I love them!)

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(taken right outside the store)

They are made right here in NC and perfect for walking shoes or lightweight hikers.

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Then I went to Honeysuckle Hollow and Jan was happy to see me. She has so many unique things in her store and I always find pretty things.

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She had this Lavender Vanilla soap, made by Essential Journeys in Asheville, NC! YAY!

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I stopped at LuLu’s consignment (a couple of times) and bought something for the holidays!

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And then I drove out to A Day in the Country

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and found this beautiful journal.

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I tried to think if I had a theme going and the best I could do was this…

You can put on the socks and go for a brisk walk, come home and write all of your info in the journal (where you went, how far, your time, if you saw anything interesting, etc), and then take a refreshing shower with the scented soap. Oh and since you were so good to get your exercise, you can go in the kitchen and bake something ‘low cal’ and use the potholder! hahaha! LOW CAL? What’s that?

Anyone can enter this giveaway! Just leave me a sweet comment and you will be entered.

Is that easy enough? I mean I did all the hard work…all that shopping and everything!

I’ll choose a winner on Friday, December 2nd!

Good Luck!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Ross Prairie State Forest Hike #47 for Mosaic Monday

I wanted to get my Mosaic post done early because I have a Giveaway starting Monday morning. Please come back and enter! It will be open to everyone!

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We took a hike at Ross Prairie yesterday and it was gorgeous! Our high temp was 73 and there was even some cloud cover.

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How surprising to see so much ‘Florida Fall Foliage’!

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Even the pine straw was a beautiful dark red.

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We walked for 1 hr 50 minutes and enjoyed being back on one of our favorite Florida trails (and the one that is closest to our house!)

I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

A Yellow-Bellied Flycatcher!

It’s an exciting time of year to be in Florida. We can always count of seeing lots of birds, many migrating through this area on their way to Mexico or South America (and some just to winter in Florida).

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We had beautiful weather last weekend to take a nice long hike at Halpata Tastanaki Preserve and we spotted this Yellow-Bellied Flycatcher.

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We weren’t sure why we were seeing so much lemon yellow on the breast of a Flycatcher until we got home and did a search online.

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I ‘danced’ around under this tree,

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trying to get a better shot! lol

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Of course we saw several of our usual Flycatchers…

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but it’s always fun to see a bird for the very first time!

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I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

I really feel like I’m back in blogland when I get to link to my favorite linky parties!

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Have you seen anything unusual this Fall?

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Fletcher Park

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Bittersweet growing wild.

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Just a few of the Fall photos I took in the mountains of NC.

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And a special thanks to Tex! We won’t see a ‘good fence’ without thinking of you!

I'm joining Tex for Good Fences!

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The “Center of Attention”!

What can I say…I like being the center of attention.

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Most of you know, I have a big family and they are scattered all over the country so I don’t get to see them all very often. So this year it was a HUGE treat to have all four of my sons come to Myrtle Beach for a week! We walked on the beach together, ate most of our meals at the same table…talked and laughed and had an amazing time.

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And it’s always fun to measure the year’s growth of the grandkids by standing next to Nana!

They have all grown so much this past year!

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(and btw, I’m 5’4” tall)

I just thought I would share family photos today.

Thanks for indulging me!

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(do you think any of these guys look like me? heehee)

What a blessing my family is to me!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Fall Blessings

We’ve had a wonderful Fall and I was very happy to take a break from my blog AND from the computer in general.

Now I’m ready to come back to blogland! I’ve missed you all! I’m ready for some serious ‘catching up’! I’ve been blessed to make some true friends here and I’ve already been going down my blog list to see what you’ve been posting. Lots happening, as always and I’ll be visiting soon!

It was a great trip!

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Can you find me?

We’ve spent time in the South (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)

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(hubby and I walking on the beach, photo taken by my sweet daughter in law)

and the North (Asheville, North Carolina)

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(the view from the balcony of our home)

and now it’s nice to be back in the Sunshine State (Blue Run Park Hike #45).

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I didn’t forget to go shopping while I was away! teehee! How about a Giveaway starting next Monday?

I’m excited to get back in the swing of things! So where do we start? Any news to share in your comments?

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(Fletcher Park, NC)

It’s a good time to share mosaics! I may have taken just a ‘few’ photos while I was away! Eye rolling smileWinking smileOpen-mouthed smile

I’m joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J HERE

AND Mosaic Monday HERE.