Tuesday, November 10, 2015


I like a project that I can finish in one evening - like this little Give Thanks pillow.  This weekend, David cleaned out a closet in his office.  It looks great, and is one step closer to having a permanent spot for my sewing table and supplies.  Thank you, David!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Spooktacular Halloween

I never think to take pictures on Halloween, and I vowed to make up for lost time this year.  While I took more pictures than past years, I still didn't manage many.  Todd and Scott built new pumpkin pyramids this year, with a little help from David and me in carving.  
 Christina and I have spent many many Halloweens together over the years.
 The pumpkin stacks looked even better after dark.
 This is one of David's favorite nights of the year.
 I got a replacement selfie-stick for my birthday...clearly I need to make use of it. :)
 Inside, the good food was plentiful.  David noticed Scott posed perfectly between the signs for the turkey.
 Just a small sample of all the festive Halloween decorations.  Christina and I light the candles when we arrive, and it's a great chance to get to see everything.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Happy 10 Years!

Ten years ago today was a very big day!  We closed on this house.  David hates to move, and said we were going to stay there for at least 15 years.  I laughed at the time, but I'm beginning to think that he may have been right!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sew Much Fun!

Returning to the real world after a vacation is never fun, but it's been made easier by returning to pretty nice fall weather and beautiful trees.  
We had a great weekend full of family and friends, and in between activities, I found time to make a little pillow.  I've wanted to try this, and the recent discovery that sewing isn't so awfully hard after all gave me more motivation.  I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out!
The pattern is from Chestnut Junction.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Happily Ever After, Every Now and Then

Saturday morning at the beach was so nice that we decided on a repeat performance for Sunday.  We chose a different spot and settled in.
 I thought these morning glories growing out of sand and coral were pretty.
 I think we'll be taking our hammocks on every vacation from now on.
 Still pretty cloudy, but no rain, so no complaints from us!
 For lunch we decided to try out a place we'd heard about but never been, so we hopped on our trusty bicycle and tricycle and cruised over to Sandy's.  Sandy's operates out of the corner of a laundry mat, and seems to be a local favorite.  I had the Cuban mix, and David had the Sandy's sandwich, which is the Cuban Mix, plus some extra goodies like bacon.  It was delicious!
 We didn't tour any of the places we'd already been like the Hemingway House or lighthouse, but I did want to take a tour of something different.  After lunch we pedaled over to the Audubon House.
 We've seen them setting up for weddings here, and I always wondered what was behind those walls.  The house is beautifully restored, and the grounds were gorgeous!
 Couldn't go to Key West and not stop by Captain Tony's!
 No sunset to speak of, but we enjoyed watching the street performers again at Mallory Square.
We returned to Caroline's for dinner and enjoyed visiting with our favorite server from our 2012 trip. We hated to see our trip end - the only way I managed to leave was a promise of a return trip in 2017 if not before.  See you soon, Key West!

**Yes, the title is from another Buffett song...what did you expect? ;)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

My Old Red Bike Gets Me Around

The weather was more cooperative on our first full day in Key West.  As is often the case, we were up and about before most places were open - including the bike shop where we wanted to rent our transportation for the weekend.  
 One of these days, David and I will travel the entire length of US 1 from Key West to Fort Kent, ME...or maybe from Maine to Key West.
 Once the bike shop opened, we rented one bicycle and one tricycle.  I loved riding this thing!  We hopped on them and headed to the beach.
 Last time we were here, we'd talked about how nice it would be to have our hammocks at the beach.  Little did we know that it would be so soon!  Our hammocks pack to a pretty small size, and we were so glad to have them.  I'm not sure there's anything better than swaying in the breeze at the beach.
 The clouds hung around, but the rain stayed away, so we were able to enjoy the sunset celebration .  This dog did an amazing job of walking on two tight ropes...while wearing shorts.  Only in Key West!
 David had asked our cab driver from the airport about good Cuban food and he recommended a restaurant we hadn't tried before called El Siboney.  It is well off the beaten path in a residential area, but we had a good time pedaling our way to dinner.  
It was delicious, plentiful, and one of the most reasonably priced meals we've had in Key West.  This is David's Siboney Steak with yellow rices, black beans, and fried plantains.  Just looking at this picture makes me hungry again!

**No, my bike wasn't actually red.  Nor was it a bike, but that's a line from a Jimmy Buffett song that I'm pretty sure is written about Key West.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Back to the Island, Honey, Back to the Sea

For my birthday, David got me a great surprise - a trip to Key West!  I couldn't believe it!  Lots of people knew, but everyone managed to keep his secret.  I first opened a new carry-on bag (that I thought was a soft-sided tool bag), then a certificate he'd made for a belated birthday dinner at my favorite Key West restaurant.  I was still really confused, even after he gave me the itinerary for our trip.
 We left our house in the wee hours of the morning and arrived in Key West in time for lunch at Caroline's.
 I'm hoping this is just an optical illusion, but the GIANT plate on the right is my lunch, while the much smaller plate on the left is David's.  I ate every bite of that deliciousness!
 It was cloudy with occasional rain on our first day, and we found out that rain means no sunset celebration.
We were happy and content just to be there and explore this place we love.  We saw something we've never seen before...a mother hen with her chicks following along.  There were 9 of them, and we heard a shopkeeper say that she'd previously had 10.  They were so cute!

The rain didn't dampen our spirits as we returned to eat at some favorite places and walk Duval to do some people watching.

**Thank you, Jimmy Buffet, as always, for the loan of the title