Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
On Thursday two huge vans plus a couple of personal vehicles were loaded with folks from the campground here and we went to the nearby Navy base at Panama City Beach. We were given a very interesting and educational tour of the diving school there. All branches of the military now use this same diving school so all the men and women are trained exactly the same way. All except for the Navy Seals. They have their own school in San Diego, I believe. After the tour we ate lunch at the Navy mess hall for a very reasonable price. It was a fun day, and everyone there learned that we could not last one minute in this intense training program. These divers are the cream of the crop of our young men and women, and we should be very proud of them.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
LENT - Path of Blessing
Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism.
Fast from criticism; feast on praise.
Fast from self-pity; feast on joy.
Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.
Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from jealousy; feast on love.
Fast from discouragement; feast on hope.
Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.
Fast from selfishness; feast on service.
Fast from fear; feast on faith.
Fast from anger; feast on patience.
Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others.
Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Then came the big event of the afternoon. The dog show! Everyone who had a dog was invited to join in the show, and as they registered earlier this week, they took pictures of each dog. The dog was accompanied down the "runway" by their owner and everyone clapped and cheered as each dog did their walk down the boardwalk leading into the rec center. Each owner was handed a picture of their dog on a certificate that listed all the vital information such as owner and breed etc. And each owner also received a small participation trophy....all the same....so no dog (owner?) would feel bad.
It was hilarious! Dogs in mink vests, sunsuits, tutu's, tuxes, and a Green Bay Packers visor hat and neck scarf ensemble! Most of these were tiny little dogs, poodles, dachshunds, and yorkies. They had names such as Miss So and So, or a French name, or a three name long handle of some kind. The dog I liked best was a plain black and white dog, about a collie size, named Shiloh. He was quiet, well behaved, and was laying in the dirt until his turn came up to parade down the aisle in only his birthday suit, no fancy clothes needed. I actually felt sorry for the other dogs but most of them put up with their owners commands to "look pretty" or "show them how you dance," or the constant fussing with their collars or outfits.
Then followed more music and drawings for prizes given by an RV company from town. I won a small daily log book to record your mileage, $$$$$, sights seen, etc. I've always kept track of such things anyway, but now it can all in one little book on one page and in an organized order. I'll probably use it. What I wanted to win was either the nice lounge chair or the woven mat to lay in front of the door so you don't track dirt in the RV. Someone else got them.
Now I'm doing laundry and it should be finished. Have a good evening and keep warm!
Friday, February 16, 2007
Today is a grandson's birthday and I didn't get his card in the mail until today. I'm sorry Nicolas! I don't know why I am late. I guess when you don't work you don't need to know what the date is! There's a little money in the card for you. Ask your mom if she'll take you shopping. And ask her to send us a recent picture of you. I'll bet you've grown a lot just since Christmas. We miss you and will be excited to see you in May. Maybe you can come and stay with us in the RV on a night when you don't have school. Jaden and Madison like to stay.....maybe you can all come at the same time. That would be a wild party wouldn't it!
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
On Monday we went for a drive and saw these cyprus trees in a lake about an hour's drive from here. It's supposed to be a good fishing lake.
I finished another sweatshirt jacket. This one was pretty easy and didn't take half as long as the patchwork one. Now I'm working on a wall hanging that I started for my daughter at least two years ago! It's almost finished. I have cut out the squares for a simple 9 patch quilt. It's in different patterns and tones of a light redish color. I don't know what I'll use for the border color. Possibly a black. I have also finished a flannel quilt top in the Turning Twenty pattern. I think I will have it quilted by someone with a long arm quilting maching. And I have the fabric for another Turning Twenty quilt in hot pinks, tourquise and orange. HOT colors!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
But, while we were worrying about the cell that was about a dozen miles west of us the tornado sirens on base sounded and the base weather people broke into the TV weather special in order to tell us that a funnel was sighted on the west side of the golf course on base. That can't be more than a couple of miles from us! Again it must have died out as it hit the land because we heard nothing more about it. The warning expired and we had no wind at all, just a good downpour. The rest of the afternoon has been humid feeling though. Now they say we are getting a cold front and we will have the coldest weather of the winter, thirties at night and forties during the day. I'll stay in and work on a quilt.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
Yesterday my friend from Maryland and I went on a trip with about 18 others from the campground. We went to Wakula Springs State Park, about a two hour ride from here, and we went on a wonderful boat trip on the river there. We saw many different species of birds, snakes, and alligators. I'll post a few pictures here.
Some of the original Tarzan movies were made here, as was Creature from the Black Lagoon. Airport 77 was also made here and they actually sunk an airplane in the area where the spring is 120 plus feet deep.
There were over a dozen turtles lined up here on this log sunning themselves.
See ya later, alligator!
Monday, February 05, 2007
However, it's the first week in February here in Florida. From what I understand, the temperatures in Minnesota are about the same as ours, only there is as minus sign in front of them! And I'm guessing you aren't hearing robins yet, right?
Friday, February 02, 2007
We went for a ride with our friends this afternoon. We decided we wanted Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream, and the closest place was 62 miles away. And it was worth it to have the coffee ice cream with crushed Heath bar in it. NUMMY! We got back just in time to attend the hot dog night at the gazebo. Everyone brings their own dogs and buns and we just congregate in the gazebo at the fire pit to cook them. Boy, did the fire ever feel good tonight. We're expecting low 30's again tonight, but I noticed it was in the 40's in Seldovia again today.
"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right.
It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.
The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).
There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous
There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for three years.
Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
The rain is still pouring down, but I believe they have cancelled the tornado watch for this area. The temperature here is in the low 60's while just north it's in the 40's and just south it's in the 80's! No wonder there are storm warnings.