|We have purchased more than 50 post cards so far!|
Hello from sunny Florida! All of my Facebook friends from Pennsylvania were posting photos of the snow back home. We have had snow several times in late April in PA. But not here in FL. It is in the 80's and most days are gorgeous.
I cannot believe we have lived on Anna Maria Island for a week now. We don't deserve to be here. This place is incredible.
Did I mention the lizards?
The house backs up to a canal. Sitting on the dock is quite peaceful. I've only seen one boat go past in the last week.
I won't be posting any photos of the outside of the house nor the inside with respect to our land lord. But I did want to share a few small photos.
|What I saw in my head.|
My hubby cleaned out the garage and painted the floor this past week. We found these awesome boards. I don't know what they were used for but I love them. I beyond love them.
I was sitting in the front yard watching my hubby work and realized the yard was made up of sea shells. Some were crushed but some were whole.
Here are a few of those shells next to a quarter.
Just to give you the scope of the front yard, here is a photo of just the front yard (there is a side yard too).
Isn't God amazing? Sea shells that are SO tiny are still so detailed.
Today we went to the beach. I have been having a lot of trouble with my hands lately. My grip strength and fine motor skills have somehow gone "kaput". I have an appointment with a specialist in two weeks but I'm assuming it is just boring CRPS stuff.
I'm so glad we went to the beach. It was gorgeous today. We usually bring our beach tent but it was almost 1pm by the time I felt good enough to go. Instead of packing the tent we packed an umbrella.
I'm also in love with this umbrella that is owned by our land lord. Our beach chairs from home match perfectly. I really wanted to stage both the umbrella and the chairs together on the beach since the beach was pretty empty. Something told me the hubby would not appreciate me asking him to re-set up the umbrella, move all the "extra" stuff (i.e. our non-matching beach cart, towels, Trader Joe's bags, etc) and then not sit down while I photograph and try to get JUST the right photo for a blog that is read by 300 people (actually, I have had 183,591 views since starting to blog. At least half of those are probably me though.)
Here is one of the chairs from an old photo. Pretend I did just that.
And now here are some photos of my Wal-Mart purchases. Because I have no good way to segue into that.
I love looking at clearance items at Wal-Mart. I found really nice sticker booklets and packs of three activity white boards for $1. I plan on sending the stickers to our Compassion kids and keeping the blank white books for notes around the house. The other items will be great gifts. I have a penpal back in PA (hi Megan!) and am going to host a Flat Stanley for a church friend's 9 year old daughter next week (hi Ryleigh!). I may need a few craft supplies. Each of the giant kits retails for over $100, Wal-Mart had them for $24.99 regular price and I paid $7 a box. There are about 40 sheets of printed & solid scrapbook paper that is pretty nice and that alone would be worth at least $7.
I'm loving bright colors! This colorful circle is a cake board. It came in a three pack. Basically you put 10" round cakes on it. Basically it is fancy and pricey cardboard. Anyway, we baked cookies yesterday and will be giving them to our new pastor and a few neighbors.
These foam sheets remind me of childhood. I am using them for a retirement community project. I cannot place the scent and so I'm sending one off to my sister tomorrow. She will remember what the scent is. I don't know how she will remember but she will. I will pack it in a plastic baggy so it can retain the smell.
These cocktail napkins cracked me up. My sister & I both have oversized sweatpants that say "fat pants". I haven't the slightest idea of what I'm going to do with these but they were ten cents. How could I leave them, right?
Here in Florida my hair gets pretty crazy. My waves have become wavier.
I even have a few curls around my face and neck.
By the way, I'm totally being lazy right now and I don't want to edit my photos. You will just have to deal with the fact that I have imperfections on my face :)
And now, thanks to just the natural sunlight for filtering...
Much better! And now for more Anna Maria photos...
|I love reading the Anna Maria Island police blotter.|
|The tide schedule. Sigh.|
|Waiting for another drawbridge. I don't mind one bit.|
|The water is warm enough for us to swim. And that is saying a lot because both the hubby & I are wimps.|
|The sunset from "our" dock.|