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View From Casa Marina’s Beach

September 17, 2014

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Fighter jet from a nearby naval base

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First Day Butterflies…& Birds!

September 16, 2014

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After breakfast, our first stop was The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservancy.

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The beautiful blues that were difficult to snap.
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Wings Open…
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Wings Closed

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I had a hitchhiker for most of my visit…a butterfly that attached itself to my shirt until we exited.
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DH’s head was a favorite for an old blue with tattered wings.

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Beautiful finches

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& “blue” birds, quail… (I spent all afternoon one day trying to find the names of these lovelies. Cornell Ornithology – you failed me for the first time ever!)

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A Honey Creeper of some sort, I’m certain.

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Baby Quail with mommy

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Japanese Quail, I think

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A Parrot Finch with a blue-cheeked feathered friend

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Could not identify these gorgeous, brilliant two!

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What would a visit to south Florida be without seeing a Flamingo or two?

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Mute Monday: American White Ibis

September 15, 2014

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Vacation Time: Key West, Florida

September 12, 2014

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Dear Husband had never been to Key West, FL., so he decided to schedule a short trip south for us. It helps that I have a Companion Pass on Southwest Airlines for the next year. Yes, I love DH’s consulting job!

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Broken clouds on the way down.

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Next comes the 3-hour drive from Fort Lauderdale. Lots of traffic headed north (Labor Day), but we were moving quickly over the causeways & Seven Mile Bridge. Heat, humidity – yep, Key West! The view once we arrived was well worth the TSA hassle of airline travel & my stiff neck from driving the rental car.

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Dinner at the Southern-Most Cafe: grilled red snapper with grilled sea scallops. DH enjoyed a Key Lime Margarita.

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Though I didn’t indulge, I did snap a quick pic of the dessert drink menu…

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Quite noisy, including a tractor cleaning the beach. Yikes, guys, it would be nice to hear the person across the table from me & our server.
At least the food was delicious.

T-Shirt in the Window

September 10, 2014

For my #2 & #3 sons:


Never know what you’ll see printed on a t-shirt…

Vacation Time

September 3, 2014

DH decided we needed a few days away. I’ll have photos when we return…from Key West!
Have a nice week!

“Not Elderberries!”

Rolled the Tractor!

September 2, 2014

No, it wasn’t me!

I get a frantic phone call, noticing that there had been a number of text messages. Hey, I was giving Lucy a bath & I didn’t have my phone.

While bush-hogging the area near the buried septic system, DH cut across the hill, then it happened…


the front left tire hit a hole. The next thing he knew the tractor started rolling over downhill…slow motion roll & praise the Lord – there is a roll bar on the tractor!

Thank You, Lord, also for a good friend – Harry, who has Walker, his 4-wheel drive truck, to upright the little tractor & tow it back up the hill to the driveway in front of the barn.

Kubota has already been called & will pickup the tractor & take it in to clear the oil from the engine & make sure it’s ready to use.


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