Thursday, August 29, 2013

WEDDING

I was fortunate enough to be present when a young couple exchanged vows in front of the old courthouse on the mainland. They fell in love on our island and wanted to marry down here so they eloped -- kind of. Relatives and friends knew they were going to do it but since they've thought about it for years, no one was really sure what would happen.

It was a gorgeous day, not too hot but sunny. When the probate judge came out of her office, the bride chose the patio surrounding the stone-walled planter for the ceremony. There, under the magnificent oaks dripping spanish moss, the bride and groom said their vows as their daughter watched.

The bride was beautiful, the groom handsome and the little girl an absolute doll.



Oh, and before the ceremony, we had to have an obligatory whale picture of little Miss Julia!



A shame they couldn't stay with us longer, but pre-K awaits the little one and a cruise awaits the honeymooners.

All good wishes go with them. May the rest of their life go as smoothly as the ceremony.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

SPIDERS - UGH!

I stepped out into the garage this morning to put out recyclables. (So thrilled that now we can separate them!) Started to step back inside and noticed this huge, quarter-size-body, spider right in the doorway. I hyperventilated but stepped on it.

It was a her. Hundreds of tiny little spiders went scurrying everywhere. I started stomping here, there, everywhere... Squealing all the while.

No one came to my aid. My guy was in the bathroom. My girl cat who chases and eats insects had, unbeknownst to me, slipped into the garage when I opened the door. My boy cat is blind and I think he's hard of hearing, too. (Except when it's mealtime.)

So there I was. Dancing and stomping and screaming with no audience and no rescuers. Just me.

Once I didn't see any more gnat-sized spiders scurrying, I grabbed the insecticide and sprayed wildly. That's when I saw my cow-cat, sticking her little face in the door, wondering what the commotion was about.

I dragged her in and closed the door. Looks like I may need to get another bodyguard.


Monday, August 19, 2013

FOR HOPEFUL ROMANCE WRITERS

A Florida RWA chapter I'm in sponsors a contest every year and it's time for it again. It offers really good feedback so if you're interested, here's the announcement:

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

MORNING WALK

Walking down to the village yesterday morning, we went by the ball field/park and saw what we think may be an osprey's nest atop a light pole. Kind of hard to make out but...




Then down at the pier, George was looking for bait. Here he's standing ready with his net...




And here he's tossing.



We didn't stick around to see if he caught enough to fish with.

Saw a shark fin up near the shore as we walked on up the waterfront but couldn't get a good picture. Darn.

Not that I really wanted one. The less sharks around the better!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

LIVING HISTORY

Went to a living history event at Fort King George last weekend. (Evidently, they get a little irate when called reenactors so I try not to.)

The blacksmiths were there, demonstrating their craft. The weather was over ninety degrees, no shade except for the huts around the fort perimeter, and a wood fire where they worked.




Looks like they may have been wearing linen clothes but the soldiers had on wool uniforms as per conventions of the era. Glad I wasn't around then!

Got to admire these people, even if they only wear the clothes and work the trades for a few hours/days!



Friday, August 2, 2013

CATS vs THE VET

So the cats were looking puny. The boy-cat had been treated for a urinary infection a few weeks back, but I suspected the girl-cat was having the same problem and made her an appointment. Then, I noticed the boy-cat wasn't using his litter box as he should so I called the nice lady at the clinic who said, "Bring him in, too."

We loaded them both up in one carrier and went to the vet's office. Once inside the examining room, my boy-cat, who is always a gentleman, came out with a feeble meow of protest and a reproachful look at me, got looked at, gave his sample, and yes, his infection wasn't completely cured.

Then the vet reached into the crate for the girl-cat.

Such hissing and screaming and unsheathing of claws I've never seen!

Evidently, the vet had. He hopped way back and said, "Oops. She's a little anxious." Then he looked at me. "Maybe you'd better try to get her out."

So I soothed her, reached in and got her. But she was still unhappy at her predicament, hissing and threatening, making the poor vet very cautious in catching her by her scruff and holding down her back end. Once he got his sample, he put her in the crate with the boy-cat and jumped back while my guy slammed the door.

He wiped his forehead and looked at the crate. "You know, he's got to be thinking, 'What! You've made the bitch mad and now you're putting her back in here with me?' I bet she takes it out on him, and he didn't do a thing."

And she did, hissing at the poor boy-cat all the way home like it was his fault, not even giving him a chance to protest he hadn't liked being handled either. Once out of the crate, he hid for the rest of the day while she stalked around and muttered to herself.

I hate taking them to the vet. I don't think the vet likes it either.