Sunset on Pensacola Beach

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Crazy Weather

76 Degrees to 28 degrees.  Back and forth.  This crazy weather isn't just up north but also here in the south - just not as extreme.  

These last two weeks we have been busy spending money.   A shop down the road, The Beach House, sells furniture that can be upholstered in beach/coastal material.    I love this shop and the two women that work there are wonderful!  I loved this chair but it did not go with our furniture.  You can find The Beach House in the same area as Tiger Point Walmart in Gulf Breeze.

This chair is similar to what we ordered in style.  It rocks and swivels.  I ordered a light mint green color.  Love it!

With Valentine's Day coming, I stopped at Lowe's and got Mom some tulips to remind her of Indiana.  It is great living somewhere that you can purchase flowering plants all year long.

My friend Nicole made this diaper cake for a baby shower.  She is quite good at putting this together quickly.  Cute, isn't it!  Oh, out to dinner we went on Tuesday night for Nicole's birthday!   Happy Birthday Nicole and thanks for including us in on the birthday celebration with your family!!

We went to Sidelines at Pensacola Beach for chicken wings - yum - a couple of nights ago.  Sidelines is on Via Del Luna on the gulf side of the road.  This miniature golf course is right behind them.

*****And.....Announcing......Pensacola Beach came in 5th in the top USA beaches according to TripAdvisor!!!!  
 Hey, we have known that for a long, long time.   The water is beautiful, white sand, palm trees everywhere along with sea oats.  Most days you can stand on the beach and see dolphins.  Sting rays come in all sizes and play in the shallow surf.   Just remember your sun tan lotion and hat.
The beach and sand in the water is smooth to the feet - no rocks.  And on the hottest summer days the white sand does not burn your feet.

Since tonight it is going down below freezing here.....I will cuddle up under my seldom used quilt on my bed and keep comfy warm.  This crazy weather is just plain .......CRAZY!
It's too darn cold!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sunny Sunday

  Don't you love that sunshine!

I love the sunny days here.  So here are a few sunny day pictures I took yesterday......

Heading home from Church.   We are on Pensacola Beach and the water is the sound..... the intracoastal.

Driving through Gulf Breeze and this water is the bay.  Water, water everywhere.

Crossing the three mile bridge.   We must do this every time we leave Gulf Breeze to go to Pensacola.

I got a call that my new Vera Bradley glasses were in so we picked up those.   Thank goodness for eye insurance.   Whew!!!

Stopped at Macaroni Grill for spaghetti.

 Waiting to order.

I love the shopping areas and malls in Florida.   Most are at least partly outside.  Heading back home after a beautiful day.

And today is equally beautiful and warm.  
                          Now....... I love Indiana, The four seasons are all special in their own way.  We used to have snow mobiles, toboggans, and ice skated for years during the winter months. January and December I loved the snow.  When February and March came, I was over it.  Walking in icy parking lots, pumping gas in the freezing cold, driving in slippery conditions would get old.  So I never take our sunny days for granted in Gulf Breeze!  

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Cloudy Day on the Beach

Yes, all my friends in Northwest Indiana - I am going to say it!   "It is CHILLY COLD here!"   It it is 50 degrees, north wind, and rained all day.  And I know you are much more cold....much more.   But this is a damp chill that goes through you.   So I said it.  And yes, I remember what 20 degrees feels like but it is amazing how you get used to the warmer weather.
Because it has been cool and cloudy, my latest beach pictures are called At the beach on a cloudy day.

This is the entrance to the fishing pier - the 2nd longest in the Gulf of Mexico. This Bar and Grill has just been added - I am anxious to go try it out.  There were people out walking on the pier and some fishermen.

The Pavilion is where the beach concerts are held.    This man is practicing his boxing.

This man stopped to talk to Dad.  Lots of people on their bikes.  There are several places to rent bikes for the day.

Part of the fishing pier.  This is Casino Beach and there are life guards there every day.

This is a beautiful condo that my family stayed at 10 years ago.  This is where my friend Kelly and her family are staying this summer.  Right on the beach with a pool in between.  She will be spoiled.

This was taken with the care moving 35 miles per hour.  Still a good shot for my IPhone 6.  Winter on the beach means the sand oats turn a greenish brown.  Those clouds were introducing us to the weather front that gave us 1 1/2 days of rain.

The road between Pensacola Beach and Navarre.  The gulf on one side and the sound (inter coastal) on the other.   Water everywhere!  And here is our version on the Indiana snow plow.  Notice the brushes in the remove blown sand from the road.

Dad with some beach shops behind dog shop, breakfast and lunch, laundry, and souvenir shop.

This guy was amazing - kite boarding.   The waves were coming in fast and he was moving on that water.   Never saw him fall.

The Pensacola Beach Ball Water Tower on Casino beach.

The beach received a grant to plan more palms.  There were lots of palms before and lots more now.

It did rain starting yesterday afternoon through this evening.  We need the rain and I had bills to pay so staying put today was not a problem.  I have some lessons to give tomorrow - Solo & Ensemble is 2 weeks away.   I think Dad and I both are anxious for the cooler rainy weather to leave so we can start doing some yard work.   We do not have to cut grass in the winter here but we have areas to put new pine needles down for our mulch.  Pool is looking great but just too, too cold to swim.  I just called my brother in Hobart.   While reading Facebook, I saw that some of the roads that he travels have black ice and I wanted to warn him.  Yes, I nag him 900 miles away!
                     Take care - keep warm and dry!