Monday, March 27, 2017

Fuzzy Chicks and Red Roses

Our roses are blooming like crazy!


 And fuzzy chicks are trying to make things more fun in the lanai.


It's hard to imagine 'fun' right now because I've managed to make myself really sick with the stress and strain. I have some kind of terrible cold, headache, nausea...the works.

So our house is quiet and the curtains are pulled and we are taking turns napping.

Thank you all for your prayers. I'm sure we'll see sunnier...and funnier days soon!

I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Texas Longhorns in Florida?


I saved this photo of an Anhinga that I took at Rainbow Springs last month. I thought he needed a special post just for him. (no ducks, hawks or goldfinches! heehee)


 We have a lot of cattle here in this part of North Central Florida but don't see the longhorns very often.


These cows are Brahma I think and in a field between Sholom Park and the Farmer's Mkt. Don't you feel like sometimes you could visit me and know right where everything is?


 I took these out my side window with my little Nikon that I take with me everywhere. 


 And don't worry, there was NO traffic on this road!

One more photo of the Anhinga since he's so beautiful!


 I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE
and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

 Thanks so much for the continued prayers for my husband. He still doesn't have a positive diagnosis but they have increased his medication and that is helping with the inflammation which in turn is helping with the pain.  I appreciate the words of encouragement, too. A special thanks to Jan at Low Carb Diabetic for her suggestions on high calorie nutritious foods. My husband has lost quite a bit of weight and he didn't have any 'spare pounds' to lose so we are trying to increase his daily calorie intake while keeping it healthy. It seems like all of the healthy choices are low calorie.






Thursday, March 23, 2017

Reading, Roses and Rest for Thankful Thursday

I’ve been reading even more these past few weeks and would love to find a new mystery series to read. Any suggestions? I’ve read most of the Rhys Bowen cozy mysteries now. I have the last 2 on hold at my library. (I check them out as e books and read them on my IPAD)
We walked around the yard last night and picked a few red roses. The stems are short so I put them in a tea cup. So pretty.


And hubby is getting extra rest. The reason he does not have a diagnosis yet is because they are still doing tests. I am not a nap taking person but I even took a nap yesterday and felt much better.


 Thanks for all of your prayers and concern. I am praying for so many of you too. God bless you all.


 Any suggestions on books that are interesting but on the ‘easy to read’ side? 
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Monday, March 20, 2017

"Heart to Heart" for Mosaic Monday

I was going to say, we need to have some ‘girl talk’! But I have some really nice ‘guy’ blog friends now too so let’s just have a little ‘heart to heart’ talk. We are going through the most difficult time we’ve ever been through since we got married. My husband is in terrible pain and the drug he’s taking hasn’t done anything to relieve it yet. We still don’t have a diagnosis but we plan to get in touch with the doctor today. We are praying and appreciate all of your prayers.



Having said that…I thought maybe I should take a blog break. I haven’t felt like being on my computer.



But then I thought…blogging brings me a lot of joy. And I could sure use a dose of joy right now.



So I’m going to make an effort to write a few posts and do some visiting. It always lifts my spirits when I visit my friends. So that’s a good thing right now, don’t you think?



You don’t have to always say you are praying for us. I know you are. We’ll just be there for each other, like always! Blog buddies! 



I decorated before things got bad so I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE. One day I almost put it all away but then I decided to leave it out.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Late Afternoon Walks

I haven’t walked much lately but I plan to start walking after dinner now that the time has changed. 


I think these are hybrid Mallards.


I have lots of ID books but I still have trouble with the ducks here in Florida!


(a pic from another day) 


I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE
and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

I was overwhelmed by the sweet comments when I asked for prayers this week. I knew if everyone was sweet to me that it would make me cry…and it did! My husband is still undergoing tests and then we will get results and talk to the doctor again about a diagnosis. He is very weak and in a lot of pain. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Prayers Needed!

We’ve had the most beautiful clouds in the sky this week. It’s been cooler and a little windy but oh so beautiful. I’m sorry I have not visited all of my blog buddies. We are dealing with some health issues right now and feel like the ‘wind has been knocked out of our sails’. I’m not able to say much more than that now. Doctors…tests…appointments…you know the routine. But I didn’t want to miss ‘Thankful Thursday’ because we have so much to be thankful for in our lives.

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I’m joining Thankful Thursdays.

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I’ll share a few Florida cloud formations with you today.

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My husband has more tests scheduled today.

Please keep us in your prayers.

God bless you!

Monday, March 13, 2017

‘The Fisherman’s Encyclopedia’

I always like to tell people that the first conversation I had with my ‘husband to be’ was about fishing. I lived on a beautiful mountain stream in the mountains of NC and I loved to fly fish. So we talked about fishing. (I may have invited him to go fishing with me! lol)

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A few days ago, I went to the public library and found this beautiful leather bound book in the lobby sales. It is BIG…bigger than it looks here! And it was published in 1950 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and it has the most beautiful illustrations.

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It was fun reading about places to fish in Arkansas where I grew up too.

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I love old books and it’s fun to get lost in an encyclopedia filled with interesting information.

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Especially if you like to fish!

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I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ouchieee…that HURTS!

We have SO many goldfinches at our feeders right now that it’s inevitable for one of them to hit the living room window. (we tape streamers to it sometimes)

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This little guy was pretty stunned.

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So hubby gently picked him up and moved him to a grassy spot.

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He recovered and flew away!

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You never know when life will give you an ‘ouchie’.

But remember Spring is on it’s way and things will look brighter.

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Let’s always pray for one another!

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This isn’t a great photo but I still thought it was neat to see this bird through the trees in the backyard. I think it’s a seagull.

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Himstedt Dolls for “Wednesday Wee Ones”

I worked played in my doll room last week and made a big mess!

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But one thing I decided to do was dress my Himstedt dolls in their original outfits.

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I used to like to change their clothes for the seasons or holidays.

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But not so much any more!

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And I love the outfits they came in.

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In fact, dressing these dolls reminded me of how much I love them.

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They were made in Germany by Annette Himstedt and she doesn’t make them any more. It’s probably just as well. They were getting so expensive that they were out of my price range. I ‘collected’ these when I was still working and had a little extra money for dolls.

One thing I added that was not original was this cute little leather bag that I got at the thrift store.

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I put all the certificates, brochures and magazines together in the process of organizing and remembered that my sweet hubby was featured in the Himstedt magazine, Undine.

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Isn’t he sweet?

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I’m thankful for the dolls I have, and a sweet hubby who spoils me!

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Monday, March 6, 2017

‘Rainbow Springs’ Florida Cracker Days

Florida Crackers are the pioneers and early settlers of Florida.

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According to Wikipedia, “Florida cracker refers to colonial-era English and American pioneer settlers and their descendants in what is now the U.S. state of Florida.”

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And it sure is fun to go to Rainbow Springs for Cracker Days!

Lots of handmade crafts…

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and interesting food.

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(Maybe next time…I took a picnic lunch! lol)

It was beautiful as always! Most of the azaleas have finished blooming but there were still pretty flowers, trees and plants everywhere!

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A perfect day at Rainbow Springs State Park!

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Little Blue Heron at Rainbow Springs and a Pink Kayak!

Same sign…different bird!

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I thought I was seeing the Green Heron when I first walked up to this spot. He had his head pulled in.

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But when he flew, I knew it was a Little Blue!

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How neat to see him ‘fishing for his lunch’!

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Have to find just the right one!

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Got it!!! (a tastey morsel)

A Pied Billed Grebe was close by too.

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Even though the water was glaring with the bright sunshine, his feathers came out so neat!

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Always lots of birds and critters at the Florida State Parks!

And what do we spy here?

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A PINK kayak!

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Now we’ll all want a pink one!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’ and

How Sweet the Sound Pink Saturdays!