It seems like everybody comes to visit in Florida! We got a call on Sunday that Dana, our good friend, former co-worker, wife of Josh and new mother to Hazel, was coming for a visit to south Florida. They were able to meet halfway and enjoy some beach time. Here's a self-portrait of Ginger, Hazel and Dana!!
This project is turning out to be much harder than I anticipated. There have been a number of days when I am really challenged to find a picture, and some of the pictures I come up with are pretty lame. For example, take today. It was a slow day at work, nothing really exciting going on, so here I am, stuck with this dull picture of the sign at the front of our neighborhood. Pretty riveting, eh?
Only in Florida can we take all of our neighbor's poinsettia plants and plant them in our back yard. We did the same thing last year, and they lived for several months unil the deer finally came and ate them all. (Little known fact---the Aztecs valued the poinsettia as a symbol of purity.)
I was working on a retaining wall in the backyard near the garden when I noticed these tracks. We've had lots of rain, so the fresh mud made for great impressions. At first I thought they were from the armadillos that roam around our property at night, but my trusty guidebook tells me it is Procyon lotor, the COMMON RACCOON, looking for hidden treasure in our compost pile.
Ginger volunteers at the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, a private non-profit charitable organization that provides financial, educational and other assistance to Navy-Marine Corps service members. It receives no federal money, but is funded solely by contributions from active-duty service members. I like to stop by on days when she works....they usually have some free food laying around, and it provides serious relief to my stomach!
Just outside our back door, we have a small patio with the required gas grill, and hanging just to the right, a set of wind chimes. Shortly after we moved to Florida, a family of frogs took up residence in the chimes. Every night, they emerge and stick themselves, Spider-Man like, to our glass door. My guidebook tells me this is a GREEN TREEFROG, Hyla cinerea. Here's a peek inside his house.
We spent the early part of the day at Blue Springs State Park, the winter home for much of Florida's manatee population. After it got dark, we headed to Orlando to catch the Van Morrison concert. The above photo shows Ginger, myself and Marina paddling in the St. John's River.
Although not my offical photo for the day, I also like this photo, an uprooted cypress tree.