Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sea Oats

This past Sunday I journeyed to Emerson Point Preserve.  It's a nature preserve where you can hike, bike, picnic and swim.  There were mounds of sea oats growing along the beach.  I thought they were pretty blowing in the breeze. 

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined." ~Henry David Thoreau

Monday, August 30, 2010


This little mushroom sprouted up in the front of the house.  We've had a lot of them lately. Must be due to all the rain we've gotten. The quote has nothing to do with the photo.  I just like it.

"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever."
~Winnie the Pooh

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A little sunshine

As planned I went to Emerson Point Preserve today.  The only flowers blooming were the Beach Sunflowers. 

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart."  ~Helen Keller

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Today was a nice hot muggy summer day. It did rain a little but late in the afternoon. Earlier in the day I was able to get out around the property but no where else. Nothing really new caught my eye except for some Ibis birds sitting atop a tree. I've not decided if I"m going to post the photos of the Ibis birds. I don't really like them that much, the birds that is. I also took some more photos of the Bougainvillea. It still has only one cluster of blooms on it. This is the same cluster I took photos of last week. I can see that they're beginning to wilt but they still look pretty. I can't believe Saturday is almost over. Sunday will be here and then the week will start. I'm not ready to go back to school or work. I'd love to say what's going on there but due to the possibility of leakage I'd better not.

Charlie and Annie were as adorable as ever today. Charlie didn't want me to get to far from him while we were out walking the property. He's such a Mama's boy and Annie is a Mama's girl. They are so sweet and lovable. I sure do love them. I think I'll try and take a little trip tomorrow. Maybe I'll go to the preserve in Manatee county that I like to visit. It's called Emerson Point. It's actually a very nice place to spend time nature watching and walking. I'm definitely not going into the deep part of the trail. There are way too many spiders for my liking and we all know how I feel about spiders. If one got on me I'd kill myself trying to get out of there. I think that's the plan if it doesn't rain.

Well I think I'll end on that note and get ready to turn in. I've got a little homework to do and I do my best work at night. I'm sure I'll fall asleep while trying to get it done. I always do. Have a great night and a wonderful Sunday everyone. Take care.

EDIT:  As I sit here finishing up my post the thunder has started and its pretty loud.  I guess there is a storm in store for us tonight.  Hopefully its a fast moving one and will be out of here shortly.  

"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you." ~Maori Proverb

Friday, August 27, 2010

It's a great day

I think today is going to be a great day.  The rain looks like its stopped for now and things look to be drying up.  The sun is actually shining right now and I can see blue sky from my bedroom window.  Besides watering the grass, flowers and trees the rain has brought the tropical birds out.  The pond across the road has been filled with Herons, Egrets, Ibis and ducks for the past few days.  I look forward to getting out a little later today and seeing what I can snap a photo of.  Took the pups out for a walk around the property this morning and snapped a couple of photos of a butterfly and a vine growing on our fence near the back of the property.  Dad was out mowing the back and Charlie and Annie who hate the lawn mower with a passion (and I don't know a dog that doesn't) stuck to me like glue.  Annie is the most afraid and would come hide in front of me as I looked over the fence into the ditch that runs side the property.  She was sure to keep me in between her and the mower and didn't take her eyes off of it.  Nothing too great to see.  I was a little disappointed but it's a ditch what was I expecting.  I will say that the dragonflies are back in force and I did see a couple of spider webs with a very menacing spider in each.  I took a couple of photos but I'm not a fan so I won't post them.  I'm terrified of those things and taking photos and looking at them later might help me with my fear.  In my dreams.  Those creepy crawly things are hideous.  Apologies to all the spider lovers but I firmly believe that the only good spider is a dead spider. 

This is the butterfly I found this morning.  I don't remember the name of it but isn't it beautiful?  This one was flying just above the ground on the little plants growing along the side of the front ditch across the road.

I really like this photo or the subject in it.  I thought these leaves looked like hearts and I love how they get larger in size as they go down the vine.  There are a lot of these vines growing along side the ditch.  And this particular type of vine has overtaken my post in the back.  They'll die back soon and I'll be able to see the post again.  I have no idea why I'm so infatuated with that post but I am. 

Charlie and Annie are asleep.  Charlie is under the desk at my feet.  Every once in a while I'll rub his tummy with my foot and his leg will start shaking.  I know he wishes I wouldn't do that but he has such a cute tummy and it's so soft that I can't help it.  Annie is lying on her blanket next to me and is also asleep.  As I sit here and write this post clouds have blocked the sun and now I fear the clouds are coming back to release more rain upon us.  The property is already saturated that half of the lawn near the house cannot be mowed.  Hopefully it's just some stray clouds that won't amount to much and the sun will be back out soon.  

Charlie has stirred and moved from under the desk to my bed (maybe I should say his bed).  He is such a bed hogger.  Annie has also moved to the hallway. I think she's guarding the door.  Errand time.  I've got to go to the bank and deposit my paycheck.  So until next time have a fantastic Friday and a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by.
"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken."  
~James Dent

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


I have no idea if this is a weed or wildflower but I like it.

"Our aspirations are our possibilities."
~Samuel Johnson

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


This is Annie. She is such a sweet girl but boy is she stubborn.

"All God's angels come to us disguised."
~James Russell Lowell

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Butterfly Moments

"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough."
~Rabindranath Tagore

I'm not sure what kind of butterfly this is.  I took the photo a few days ago out walking in the backyard. 

Friday, August 6, 2010


I believe there are more than angels watching over me.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Afternoon on a Hill"

I took this photo a while back and thought I posted it on my other blog but I can't find it there.  So I decided to post it here.

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Wagon

I tried to find a fitting quote for this photo but nothing seemed to work.  So I chose one that I liked.

When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
~Author Unknown

Sunday, August 1, 2010


I'll tell you how the sun rose a ribbon at a time.  ~Emily Dickinson

This sunrise was taken from my back porch.  I remember standing out there watching as the colors changed and the clouds slowly drifting in and then out.