Ok....seriously, just random.....
1. I wonder how many books the library could buy if everyone actually paid their fees? What if people were not allowed to check out books if they had fees do? Every time I go to the library....which is often....there are at least one or two people at the counter being informed of outstanding fees....pay your fees people.
2. Do you really think that if your car is covered with snow, clearing a circle in front of your face will be the best for driving?
3. If you're getting a manicure, is it essential to try to text? Perhaps it's about accomplishing something that seems impossible with just polished nails. Perhaps some cannot just enjoy that moment of peace.
4. Why is it when you plan a beach trip it rains? I have to sneak up on the beach next time.
5. Is it necessary to bring your lawn chair to the post office to lounge while you wait?
23 February 2012
Magic is a sudden opening of the mind to the wonder of existence. It is a sense that there is much more to life than we usually recognize; that we do not have to be confined by the limited views that our family, our society, or our own habitual thoughts impose on us; that life contains many dimensions, depths, textures, and meanings extending far beyond our familiar beliefs and concepts. - John Welwood Ordianary Magic
20 February 2012
In real life I have qualms, a moral code, a sense of duty. I live with confines. In books, I am free to soar and to explore. There are no limits to my being. Books, with their secret knowledge, free me from myself. I'm never alone. The greatest minds in history wait by my bed, sit patiently in bookcases, respond to my touch. I reach out and they are there, waiting to transport me to another realm. -Linda Weltner
15 February 2012
This is a BFL/Tussah Silk blend.
#3 - River's Edge Cochise. Again, pictures = nice, but not rich enough. The entire time I was spinning this it looked as if I were being fed different colors of chocolate.
#4 - This beautiful grey merino/tussah silk blend is called silver dollar. It's so soft and has a bit of shimmer. I have been thinking that I like it spun as singles better than I do plied, however, it was pointed out to me that I might like it better knitted...could be true.
#5 - Runaway by Erudite Fibers - picked this up at SAFF and finally started spinning it last month. It is so soft and gorgeous. I love the many colors and think this will stripe nicely as spun.
I plied it with a complimentary rayon that will give it great drape.....and because I went crazy thin, there is a ton of yardage....which I love.
11 February 2012
Ok...seriously....I think the title says it all. Following our afternoon spin we would head back to The Back Porch for happy hour. Happy hour on the beach = oysters on the half, a pitcher of beer and lots of slurping.....yum! The fact that we were once again at a restaurant on the beach, with the sound of the surf, soft sunshine and breeze of salt air made for the perfect end to a wonderful day.
More shots here.
10 February 2012
The Back Porch was fantastic. I did not have the gumbo myself....but from all my fellow lunch-goers there was a consensus... the gumbo rocked.
More shots here.
I might add that the restaurant is right on the beach....shutters up...listening to the surf and feeling the breeze while we ate....ahhhhh.......
And who can resist a lovely walk on the beach to work off the oyster po'boy and stretch after a morning of spinning. Note: When you're the only one with shorts on, you are automatically elected to check out the nearest sandbar.
More shots here.
08 February 2012
There was a hokey-pokey, flamingo dance, chicken dance....show and tell, new gadgets.....beautiful wheels, spindles, projects and yarn....door prizes, songs and king cake. It was a wonderful weekend. The pics are not great, but they give you an idea of the event.
More pics here.
06 February 2012
I have very fond memories of visiting Perdido Key with Kathy so this was a little nostalgic. Although much has changed since the hurricanes, so much is the same. Because the Key is mostly state park, so much is natural and remains free of the apartment buildings that have flooded so much of the panhandle. It's only a few hundred yards wide at most places and 16 miles long. It means "lost key". It's beautiful.
One of my favorite memories is taking a little drive to a road under the inter coastal bridge to a fish monger called Nix Brothers. In the parking lot is a food truck with the best po' boys....yummmmmm. Good to know some things haven't changed. And....royal reds.....these are amazing, huge and sweet shrimp. We wanted to pick up some to share with the gang back in Destin and we had coolers, but they were full of left-over shrimp fried rice from the evening before....well, it didn't take long for us to ditch that rice for the shrimp. They were wonderful!
While on our beach walk, we came across some washed up squid. Now, I contemplated....I could pick them up, take them back, clean them, soak them, cook them....then I took a few pictures and walked on.
We also came across some fishermen who were surrounded by herons. If you'd spent any time on the panhandle you know there are many herons and pelicans. Perdido Key always has herons on the beach....they eat what you leave and they really don't seem to be that afraid of people...hey, if there's some fish in it. These herons were so close to this man while he was preparing his bait. A couple followed him right into the water. One ate off his cooler when he turned his back. I do think he threw them some scraps....was fun to watch.
02 February 2012
30-A scenic beach route. Beautiful little towns and shops....groovy places to grab a bite, sand and....the sea. We had lunch on a deck by the beach, found a groovy little bookshop, Sundog Books and....walked the beach.
We also had lunch at a little place, Another Broken Egg, which I now know is all over and yummy. Definitely a do-over.
We drove through Alys Beach, a new development with beautiful homes all like the estate homes in Bermuda...white and iron...stunning.
I have posted additional photos and a small surf video here.