Sunset on Pensacola Beach

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Moving Into Spring

It is Spring Break time on Pensacola Beach.    Lot of people visiting, mostly families and the restaurants and shops are filled with anxious tourists ready to spend their money.  The other day, for Dad's birthday, we went to Hemingway's for dinner and I shot a couple of pictures with my camera.

This is taken around 6 pm at the sound.  Calm waters helped to make the evening's dinner relaxing.

Most people have left the beach and the few  stragglers are heading off towards their cars.   Again, this is the Sound.   The Gulf of Mexico is right at the other side of these condos.  

Most days are in the low 70's and NO HUMIDITY.   

Dave is here for Spring Break and we ran over to Joe Patties today.  While driving by the ball park there were the two most interesting kites I have ever seen so in we pulled to check them out closer.   Kite flying is an adult activity here in the Pan Handle and some of the kites cost a pretty penny.    The parrot kite must be 10-12 feet long  and the crocodile below is even larger.  

After dinner, we took a drive down to Fort Pickens and saw this incredible cloud formation in the sky.   People on the island were standing and gazing up at this picturesque formation in the sky.

I am going to end today's post with a crazy. fun camping bus that we enjoyed looking at in the Fort Pickens Camp Ground.  This old bus has an old Volkswagen van connected to its roof.   This is down right crazy fun.  Maybe not my style of camping though.   I would prefer one of those RVs with air conditioning, heat, microwave, oven, flat screen tv, etc.    You get the picture.  

With Dave here this week I am sure we will have a busy 5 days.  And can you believe it?   It snowed in Indiana again.  Mother Nature has really been showing off this winter.   I hope everyone is having a great Spring Break and ready to see some of those pretty tulips poking through the ground.    Take Care!!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

More Rain? Really!?

Today was a day of rain.  Pouring, driving rain in the morning and continuous softer rain in the afternoon and evening.  Cloudy skies make you feel like vegetating on the couch reading a book - which is what I did.
(My spoiled doggy has an umbrella held over her in the rain so she will go potty.)
Tomorrow I have a man from the carpet store coming to measure the living room for tile but I am afraid the cost will be too much for me right now.  At least I will have the correct measurements and price.  We also had a sales rep from one of the lawn service companies stop and talk to us about our palms.  They are sad because of the ice storm several weeks ago.   The ice was thick enough to allow kids to sled down streets and pull branches and palms off of trees.  Since it was 19 degrees, some of the palms can't live in the frigid temperature so it is questionable if they are going to live.

Shot from in front of our house to the east.  Lots of fast moving clouds.

Actually, this palm is not too bad.  Half of it is still green and the stems are all green.

This is the top of our palm tree.  I WAS beautiful.  It has a lot of regrowing repair to do.  It makes me sad to look at it.

Our banana trees have been stripped but they tend to grow quite fast.

 My Disney Souvenir:   I bought this at the Flower and Garden Show last week at Disney World.  Notice the Mickey hat on this cute pink flamingo.   He has quite a personality and nose.  

It is like I said in an earlier post.  This day after day cloudiness seems to effect me more and more.  I so want to see the sun and I believe Tuesday and on that will happen.  

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


It has been just a dreary day.
I have found on days that are cloudy and rainy my energy level drops.   No sun, ugh!
We ran over to the SUBWAY on Pensacola Beach for lunch since I wanted SUBWAY and to see what the beach area was like with spring breakers.   They were walking around - it had not started raining yet but you knew it was coming.  I always feel bad for people that spend their money for a week in the sun and then it rains.  Just one of Mother Nature's tricks. 

Later at home I worked on paying bills and checking out the budget.  Then Dad and I visited a neighbor down the street that has had health issues.  The final stop was a craft store that has opened up down the road, maybe 3 miles away.   It is a sort of a consignment craft store and Dad is going to make some napkin rings to sell.  He has orders for three different items so he better get to work.

So it is raining, nothing on television that I wish to watch, and dinner is finished.  I think that I will read for awhile.  Not that I don't have things to do.   I just don't want to do much at all right now.   That is what a rainy, cloudy, and windy day does to me.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Hello Disney Flower and Garden Show

Yes, I love Disney World.   I love reading about Walt Disney, planning our trips, looking for the cheapest way to make our trips, and then the time comes for the trip.  To me, it is the happiest place in the world.   Everything is beautiful - especially flowers- and clean and pleasant. 
So this post will be about Disney World and our latest trip.   We went again so soon because we had some free tickets.  I made reservations in All Sports and the room was very clean, right by the food court, on the first floor so Mom's scooter was easy to use, and the beds!   We wanted to take the beds home with us - they were so comfortable!

 When we arrived, housekeeping left us a Mickey design on the bed.
My Disney Purse.
We purchased the Disney Mug.  Free refills for the duration of your trip.   I keep track and it was a definite money savings for me rather than buying individual drinks.
Some Mouseketeers.  
We each had a Magic Band.  This opened our room door, allowed us to charge to our room or a credit card without having a card with us, and was used to get us into parks.  No carrying a ticket with you anymore.   I loved it! It uses a pin number that you make up so no one else can use it but you.
Kacey was also on vacation.   She stayed on Disney property in the BEST FRIEND'S KENNEL and loved it.  Three walks a day - comfortable bed - a 3 by 6 room - and lots of love!   She was happy.

I have 2012, 2013, and 2014 t-shirts now.  

The next set of pictures are from the Epcot Flower and Garden Show.   How beautiful it was and the topiaries are gorgeous.  Here are some pictures I took.

Of course, the beautiful EPCOT fountains just add beauty.

I am hopping on the monorail to meet Mom and Dad at Rain Forest Cafe for lunch.  

Wednesday night was wonderful since we met Kathy and Terry Cox at Disney's Boardwalk for dinner.   Then we walked down to the bakery and got some scrumptious desserts.  Since we all were staying at the same resort, we went back to the food court for coffee and enjoyed our desserts.   
It was warm weather, colorful flowers, good friends, and lots of fun!   Ah, Disney, you are my home away from home!