Look what I got!

I was at Hobby Lobby the other day and found my initials.  I took them home and hung them over my desk.  And then I was back at Hobby Lobby again yesterday and found the crowning touch!!  LOL!


(The happy heart plaque came from Beall’s Outlet some time ago.)

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Making a Basket

I went to my basket class the other day, and I remembered to take my camera. So here are a few pics of the basket making process.   Our teacher, Angie, cuts the bamboo stakes (the uprights) to the right size ahead of time for us, as well as providing instruction.

This basket has feet!   Isn’t it cute??

If you were wondering why there are quilts on the walls in the background, it is because Angie works for my niece who owns a quilt shop.

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Renaissance Fair

This past weekend we went to the Renaissance Fair in Tampa.  We had a good time and enjoyed looking at all the people in costume – both the vendors and others.  We saw a caber toss, a story teller, a juggler and more.  The highlight for us was the Pipe and Drum performance.

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Everglades Adventure

We spent a few days in the Everglades this week.  We hadn’t been there before and were really excited about our trip.  We booked a little cabin in Everglades City for three nights, booked a kitty-sitter for the boys, packed our bags and our trikes, and headed out on a four hour trip down I-75.

Everglades City is a tiny little town that thrives on tourists.  Thursday morning we took an airboat ride through the mangroves.  Our guide knew just where to find the pelicans and raccoons.  It was really fun when he cranked it up and spun the boat around the corners of the creek, spraying water and slipping the boat sideways!  Wheeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!

After that, we took a swamp buggy tour through the woods.  Here you can see the woods, our tour guide explaining things, and a deer.  Yes, there is a deer in that last picture.

Next on our schedule was a small animal sanctuary and ‘gator show.

And then, it rained.  And it poured.  The wind blew.  It rained some more.  And it poured some more.  It poured a lot more!  It started around 2:30 and it rained the rest of the day. And the evening.  and most of the night.

Friday dawned clear, cool and windy.  Very windy.  We had planned on biking the paved loop road at Shark Valley in Everglades National Park.  But with a 25 mph wind to fight, we decided to take the tram ride around the loop instead.  Our guide pointed out lots of wildlife, and gave us time to climb the tower at the far end of the loop.

This morning we loaded up the trikes, said goodbye to the pelicans and headed home.

While we were disappointed that we couldn’t bike the loop, we did have really good trip.  The kitty-boys are happy to have us home, and we are glad to be back.  

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Cats WITHOUT captions!! The internet may explode, but here they are, Bud and Topper.   Click on the pix to see them larger.

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