Monday, August 24, 2009


Before I forget - AGAIN! - the pineapple was awesome! Super sweet and delicious! My daughter does not usually care for fresh pineapple - it's not sweet enough for her, just the canned. Well, I managed to get one piece, and she saved one for my husband; other than that, she ate the whole thing herself! (it was only about 5 or 6 inches tall - so she pointed out)
DH had 2 weeks off between the end of his summer term and the start of Fall term. We spent the one day at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens and, surprisingly, only one day at the beach. I enjoy the beach, but I have to spend my day mostly under an umbrella, so I don't fry to a crisp! (see the large round shadow?)

But I manage to find ways to keep myself entertained and happy.... I enjoy doing my knitting on the beach and taking pictures...

and I go out a few times into the sun to find shells, interesting rocks and SHARKS TEETH!!!

Luckily for DH, he has weekends off and we can do the beach for at least 2 more months!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

This place is so cool! They have a "Reptile Encounter","Birds of Prey" show, and a "Parrot Show" - with this guy and some of his friends. I love Parrots. They are beautiful birds. But I could never own one - they are so obnoxiously loud!
I took a picture of my husband, taking a picture of our daughter......
The last time we went to Sarasota Jungle Garden's, my daughter was 3 1/2 years old! We were in Sarasota camping with DH's parents before we left for Italy in the summer of '04, and we took a little side trip here just the three of us. It was pretty cool to go back. DD only remembered seeing the VHS tape of the day, but was thrilled when she recognized the "stage" that the parrots perform on. So this was a day that brought back some memories.
These two "ladies" are from the "Reptile Encounter". The top one is a two year old gator, the bottom one is a few years older - they called her "Attitude".
We had such a GREAT day! I think next time we won't wait 14 years between visits!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Donna's reached 100!

My friend Donna is having a giveaway!

She has reached the 100 posts MILESTONE on her blog, and is hosting a great giveaway (with 3 different fabulous prizes!). Go by and check out the Brynwood Needleworks site. You'll be glad you did. :)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Harvest Day

I picked my pineapple today!

It didn't get much larger than the last time I posted a picture (June 19th), but turned a bright golden yellow color (which is what I read online that it should be). I plan to cut into it tomorrow, and will let you know how it tastes! Hopefully, super fantastically sweet! I'm really jazzed!