Saturday, July 31, 2010
You know you're a Floridian if....
Socks are only for bowling.
You never use an umbrella because you know the rain will be over in five minutes.
A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade.
Your winter coat is made of denim.
You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites.
You're younger than thirty but some of your friends are over 65.
Anything under 70 degrees is chilly.
You've driven through Yeehaw Junction.
You know that no other grocery store can compare to Publix.
Every other house in your neighborhood had blue roofs in 2004-2005.
You know that anything under a Category 3 just isn't worth waking up for.
You dread love bug season.
You are on a first name basis with the Hurricane list. They aren't Hurricane Charley or Hurricane Frances. You know them as Andrew, Charley , Frances , Ivan, Jeanne & Wilma...Irene...Cheryl....Rita Mary...Alison
You know what a snowbird is and when they'll leave.
You think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty average.
'Down South' means Key West
Flip-flops are everyday wear. Shoes are for business meetings and church, but you HAVE worn flip flops to church before.
You have a drawer full of bathing suits, and one sweatshirt.
You get annoyed at the tourists who feed seagulls.
A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.
You know the four seasons really are: Hurricane season, love bug season, tourist season and summer.
You've hosted a hurricane party.
You can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee , Withlacoochee , Thonotosassa and Micanopy.
You understand why it's better to have a friend with a boat, than have a boat yourself.
You were 25 when you first met someone who couldn't swim.
You've worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas and New Years.
Edited to add: The above is not my list...it came from one of those ubiquitous e-mails that gets forwarded and forwarded and forwarded. I don't know who to give credit to, but it is certainly true.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Photovision DVDs are THE BEST. If you are a professional photographer, wanna-be, or just someone with a camera and a desire to learn more, you will be amazed at how much these DVDs will teach you. I first learned about them on a photography group I am part of, and figured for the money I couldn't go wrong. But they are a treasure. Real shoots with real (amazing) professional photographers sharing what they know with YOU. I've gleaned SO much. It's like going to an expensive professional photographers' conference, except you control what you learn/watch and when you watch it.
There is a special right now- 6 two hour long DVDs (one mailed to you every other month for a year) for just $39. I have two years worth, and each and every one of them is worth more than $39 individually, but you get all 6 for $39. Go HERE to check them out. There is a money back guarantee, but you won't need it, because you will LOVE these DVDs.
Legal Disclaimer: If enough people use my link to purchase the DVDs, I can win free products from Photovision, but the endorsement I offer is truly based on my own personal experience with these DVDs, which I paid for and LOVE.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Here are more ramblings for your possible enjoyment ;-)
My kids went to Music Camp last week. It's put on by the local Baptist church, and it's amazing. They go from 9-3 Monday through Friday, and at the end of the week, on Sunday night, there is a musical that they do. A local lady from that church, who runs a Christian book store in town, writes the whole production. This year, Mimi and TJ participated (Sari was too young, but she gets her turn next year), and Scott was a helper. It's a bit nerve racking to have your child volunteering at a program all day long-especially when they have deep sensory issues-and more especially when the church is not your own, but we go to Precept there, and he participated for years at Music Camp, so he did great, and Miss Paula said he was welcome to help again next year. WHEWWWWW!
Here are some pictures:
TJ is the blondie who desperately needs his mamma to cut his surfer dude hair again. He was miles away from me (it never fails, where ever I sit, they are on the opposite side). It's good to have a professional camera or I'd never have pictures!
Speaking of my professional camera-I have dust on my sensor. Big dust. OIY! Now I either a) have to chance dealing with it myself and potentially messing up the sensor and having to replace the camera, b) send it out for $50 and 2 weeks to be cleaned, or c) let a local camera shop guy do it, although he admits it makes him jumpy. Or I guess there is a d) Live with it and fix all the dust spots in editing, which goes hand in hand with e) be sure always to take pictures of busy backgrounds so you won't notice. Decisions, decisions.
I'll share the rest of this week's blog walk list with you when I can get it to work. I copied it here, but none of the links work, and I can't get them all right now, so I'll fix that later! Thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
I cancelled our cable service today. Amazingly a company that couldn't call before they showed up to fix out cable (and so showed up during the one half hour I wasn't home) can call 3 times after I cancel to find out why I no longer want their service.
Mimi is determined to get a dog. The one we have isn't good enough. (And I kind of understand that-he's not a dog that any of them can interact with except Scott, and he refuses to be house broken so he can't actually interact with us in the house at all.) She is an absolute PILL about it though, and she has taken to breaking into hysterics every time we see a dog loose and don't stop to pick it up. It happened again tonight on the way home from church. This time the dog was a pit bull without a collar. Can you say, "Heck NO".
Our health insurance gets renegotiated August 1st each year. This year our deductible was going up to $5000 (from $4200), and our premium was going to be around $1400 a month. For the record, that's more than our mortgage. It seems that when you are part of a small group, any health issues in the group impact everyone exponentially. SO the fact that one of the owners' wives had her foot amputated last month clearly didn't help us out. For that matter, my biopsy last year probably didn't either. So we looked into our own coverage. We are getting a similar policy for our family for less than $500 a month. Crazy, no? We might actually be able to pay our bills now. I'm so excited, I'm doing the happy dance. God is good.
I have literally removed about 100 lbs of clothes from the house this week. That's not everything, but it is a lot of what there was to purge.
Somehow my custom ringtone got erased from my phone. So I needed a new one. I still have an iTunes credit, so I downloaded the perfect ringtone for me. It's Larry the Cucumber from Veggie Tales, and instead of singing, "Oh where is my hairbrush" he sings, "Oh where is my cell phone". Perfect.
The kids "show" for music camp is Sunday night at 6. All you locals should come. It's free, and always really good. Of course, their own daddy won't be there because he's teaching youth group that night...welcome to our life.
So what is a Travel Kit? Well, the author describes it best:
A travel kit is a collection of items that
will entertain and/or delight the passengers
(especially the younger passengers), thus making
the trip more pleasant for everyone. The items
should be chosen, purchased (or baked, rented,
checked out of the library, or crafted), and then
wrapped individually. The components of your
travel kit should be assembled in an appealing,
creative, hardy “container” that will easily
fit in your vehicle, within easy reach of the
passengers (or Mom’s reach, if you have very
The cons: I didn't have any really. The book is very thorough. I do personally wish it was not $12.45, because it's not really a homeschooling necessity, but that might be a small price to pay to keep your sanity at your next Doctor's appointment or on your next excursion.
The bottom line: I was amazed at how many suggestions this book has! I wish there was a tactful way to print it out and give it to grandparents so THEY can use it for ideas, as I think my kid would love getting any of the kits suggested even if we AREN'T traveling! But for me, I truly loved the focus on how these kits bless your family members and can be used to bless others also so that they become a ministry of their own really.
You can download this e-book HERE for $12.45. While you are there, check out all the other great e-books TOS has to offer. To see what other members of the TOS Crew had to say, go HERE.
Legal Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received a free download of this e-book so that I could provide my honest review. That e-book was the only compensation I received.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
I love this! They sat this way on their own - feet to feet - and proceeded to try to bury their legs in the sand.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Sari's comment? "That is SO in-ap-po-pee-it" Me, "What is?" Her-no words, just points at the shell covered hooters...at least I'm raising a modest child, LOL.
The view across the river
The crayfish Scott found
My kids, Heidi's daughter, and a few other kids on a partial dam of the river (so the water is deep enough for the ferry to cross-otherwise, you can practically walk across the river)
After Heidi's family left, we went to a local place for pizza. TJ didn't really eat, and when we got back to the campground he tossed his cookies again! Oiy!!! SO we spent a VERY uneasy night sleeping, and I had to take him to the potty about a mile away at 4:45 in the morning (it was already light outside). I watched the sun rise over the river while he took care of business. He and I spent the next hour and a half sleeping in the car so we wouldn't wake the rest of the family, and then TJ was fine. We couldn't check out until 10, so that kept us later than we planned, but then we got on the road and to NY around 2.