Thursday, July 22, 2010


I received a card last week from my friend Kim and had to smile when I read these words: "I'M STILL ON CLOUD NINE". She and her husband Tom were down from Michigan last month scoping out the perfect place to retire in a few years. Of course, I think the Tampa Bay area IS the perfect place for them to land! We met up at Landry's Seafood House for a late lunch at 2:30. I couldn't believe the clock in the car read 5:30 when we left the restaurant! It was a wonderful visit and the food and server helped add to our memorable three hours together.

Here's the entry into Landry's, right before the causeway. I love where I live! Once in awhile, I become aware that I'm taking the beauty of my surroundings for granted. I'm trying to make it a point to mention the beauty of the blue sky, the palm trees, or the pretty landscaping each time we go out.

Agustin, Shane, Tom, Kim, and I.
Our server was kind enough to offer to take a shot of us together. I think, from our banter and laughter, he could tell we didn't get to see each other often.

Agustin and Tom both ordered the Blackened Salmon topped with shrimp!
Shane order Chicken Alfredo which looked delicious but I didn't think to snap a shot of it.

Kim and I both ordered a health conscious plate-NOT! Fried catfish, fried oysters, fried shrimp, french fries, hush puppies, oh my!

Our server, Anthony, was a real character! He enjoyed talking HOCKEY with Tom, who coaches a hockey team in Michigan.

Outside with full tummies!

Kim and I - Even after a long, leisurely meal, we stood around outside the restaurant and talked another forty five minutes or so. We really didn't want to say goodbye!
Such sweet memories and I too am "STILL ON CLOUD NINE"!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Prayers for Josh Please!

Good morning all!

My eldest son, Josh, has two long days of classes, 12 hrs. today and tomorrow. After the class, he has 2 tests to pass, then possibly a new job as a security guard. He isn't thrilled about this line of work, but they are hiring right now. His job in construction has not been steady and as I mentioned before he has been discouraged. If he gets this job, at least it will be a weekly paycheck and not hit or miss like the past year has been for him. I'm asking our sweet, loving FATHER to bless Josh both spiritually and physically today. He's a big , active man that dreads the thought of sitting for such a long period in a chair! LOL We know he'll have breaks, but still! He also knows sometimes *a mans gotta do what a mans gotta do*! He's a good kid and his dad and I want God's best for him. Thanks for those prayers!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Oh-No! My pretty little blog layout is missing!

Remember my cute little bumble-bees and hives and sunflowers?!? You can click on the link below to learn why my blog went from adorable to BORING!! Boo-hoo! Do any of you use another site that offers free layouts?


In the meantime, I guess I'll revert to one of Blogger's free designs. I guess this pink isn't too bad for the time being.

Smiles! Have a great evening.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

An Abby-ism!!!

My niece's little girl Abbie, recently told her mommy the following:
"Mommy, I miss Tia Pam and Taney Pooh. I call him Taney Pooh "cubuz" his is a funny boy!"
I can just see her tilting her head as she said that!

Just look at her! Who wouldn't miss such a doll?

Abbie, wearing a Paraguayan soccer jersey, eating her 4th of July watermelon. I'm glad her parents see the need to celebrate our American holidays even though they are ex-pats living in Paraguay.