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Thanksgiving Project – Oh What a Beautiful Morning!

This was my view at breakfast this morning. It just begged me to put on my swimsuit and lay out.

You aren’t seeing things…there wasn’t one cloud in the sky. I was able to get nearly two hours of morning sun. Didn’t want to overdo it though so now I’m sitting in the shade of the umbrella. Weather is perfect…warm, very low humidity, and just a touch of a breeze.

Clouds have made their way into the sky, although it is still mostly sunny. This week looks like it will be a soggy one if the forecast holds true.

My bullfrog friend and the birds are serenading me. Oh how I love days like this. I hate to sound like a broken record, but I’m so thankful for every day like this that God gives me.

Oh, and I started a book by Ann Patchett, The Magician’s Assistant. Time to read.

Thanksgiving Project – Clouds

Clouds dominated my Saturday skies. I was disappointed I couldn’t sit in the sun until well after 2:00 pm

But I’m thankful the sky was overcast and gray. It gave me the opportunity to get some inside chores done. I was also able to finally get some reading done. I started reading The Panther a week ago and just haven’t had time to devote to reading as I would have liked. By the way, it was a good book, but not quite as good as other DeMille books.

Anyway, I got my house stuff done AND I got to lay out in the sun.

Plus, today Warren turned 67. He was gone most of the day, but I took him out for his free birthday dinner tonight. And even talked him into letting me take his picture. Of course, after I took it, he said ‘I think that is for kids!’ Ya’ think????

It was a good Saturday. Now off to decide what book to read next (one of my favorite things to do, that, and just buying books in general!)

Thanksgiving Project – Outdoor Lunch

Nothing says ‘relaxing lunch break’ better to me than sitting outside in the sun having lunch and reading. And it finally warmed up enough for that today.

I was supposed to have lunch with a friend today…indoors. I just couldn’t bear the thought of staying inside. The small town I work in only has three places to have lunch out on a patio – Taco Bell, Quiznos, and El Camino.

It’s a breezy, almost too breezy, day, but the tables outside at Quiznos are on a courtyard nestled between two buildings and they provide full sun. I’m loving it.

I bought a patio table for work but I need to get some landscaping done in order to have a spot for it. But you can bet that will be done really soon. Not only will it make me really happy, but my staff is excited too.

I’m thankful today for a spot to eat outside.

Thanksgiving Project – Final Day

Today was my final day in Florida. I fly out tomorrow morning and head straight back to work in the afternoon.

But today was glorious. Sunny, blue skies, white billowy clouds, warm temps, and THE BEACH!!!!

I truly believe I was born to be on the beach. I love hearing the waves. I can’t swim, but I love standing in the surf and rising up to meet the waves.

We lunched at the Sandbar in Anna Maria Island and then headed out to sit in the sand. I definitely stayed out too long, but it was wonderful. My knees are really quite red, but by Thursday they will be nicely browned. The beach was nearly empty – after spring break, before school is out, and a weekday.

I’m thankful the weather decided to cooperate. I’m thankful for time out of the office. I’m thankful for the beach!!!!!



Thanksgiving Project – Vacation Day 6

Today has been my idea of a perfect vacation day (except for the no beach part)

I’ve been alone and on my own all day. I slept in a bit before I sat on the screened porch and finished my book. (State of Wonder if you’re interested – need to get that up on goodreads). By 11 I was feeling the need to lay on a lounge chair by the pool. Even the love bugs seemed to be leaving me alone today (well mostly at least).

I laid out for a couple of hours before I came back and showered and made a healthy lunch. Did this week’s payroll for work. Now I’m back on the porch getting ready to start a new book. Life is good today. I’m enjoying the quiet immensely. So thankful for this day to myself.

Okay, time to figure out which book to start reading next. I think the selection process is nearly as much fun as the reading. Is that weird?

Thanksgiving Project – Beach Day (4)


I got up this morning full of anticipation for a day outdoors. The sky was very cloudy and it was drizzly. My heart sank. But I was determined that it wasn’t going to get me down.

We went ahead to the outdoor Saturday morning market which was lovely. Lots of people milling about looking at the various vendor wares and grabbing some delicious looking pastries (I did not indulge). Breezy but there were less clouds.

So we headed to the beach at Treasure Island. Got a great parking spot, grabbed our towels, beach chairs and my Nook. Finally, got my toes in the sand


After about an hour the sky got very dark and we could see it raining out over the water far away. I was so hoping it wouldn’t come to land.


But it wasn’t long before the wind picked up and brought more clouds with it. We were feeling like we were being sandblasted. Not sure if I’m red from the sun or the wind. But the beach emptied pretty quickly (and us with it).

Home now getting ready for tonight’s adventure – Arena football. I dearly love football and have never really cared for arena football. But Tampa has the championship team from last year so we are going to watch the Tamar Bay Storm play the New Orleans Voodoo. Concert before the game (band unknown, but I love all music) and plenty of tailgating food, and drinks! Plus I’m wearing a new sundress that I feel fabulous in 😀

Lots to be thankful for today
It skirted us. So glad because I really wanted the sun. The sun returned.


Thanksgiving Project – The Sun is Shining!


Woke up at 6 am to rain so I burrowed under the covers and went back to sleep.

Woke up at 8:30 am and found some caffeine…and the sky was blue and the sun was shining!

Checked the weather forecast and they are still calling for a 50% chance of showers, but for now the SUN IS SHINING!

Now this is what I came to Florida for…SUNSHINE! Nice that it is living up to its name today.


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