Sunday, March 28, 2010

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...."

With all apologies to Charles Dickens, this quote perfectly sums up the past couple of weeks of my life.  We were blessed to spend a week with one of the dearest people in my life.  (I was forced to promise that I wouldn't tell any embarrasing stories from his childhood on my blog, so I'll avoid that - but suffice to say, this fellow is a real sweetie to me!)
He took vacation time and escaped from the snowy west to come spend time here in sunny Florida.  Thank goodness, the weather cooperated with our plans. The week he was here was just lovely!! :)
Rather than do the crowded, "normal" tourist stuff, we decided to head a bit off the beaten path..  We wound up fishing in the ocean, (all we caught was a "kelp" fish (in otherwords, just a bunch of sea-weed).  We call sea-weed a "kelp fish" 'cause that way, it sounds like you actually caught something (even if you didn't)  :)

One of the stops we made was Gatorland.  My expectations for this place were SO low, but I have to say, we had a really fun time there.  We learned a lot about 'Gators and Crocs and nature in general.
Judging from this sign near the entrance, I was expecting a really "cheesy" day - but it was really a great way to spend a day.....

Here are some other photo's of our adventures with the Gators..............

He's just sleeping...honest! 

We also went to the National Police Hall of Fame and NASA/Kennedy Space Center and the Astronaut Hall of Fame.  We took a couple of "down days" just to relax too.  All in all - just a great week!  I'll post more pics of our various trips/tours later.  I don't want to bore you with ALL my wacky pics on one post!:)

Now for the worst of times part....I MISS HIM!!!!!  I spent all this past week moping and being sad cause I miss all the extra laughter and extra hugs.  I'm feeling better now and getting my groove back - stitching really is good therapy!  (Not to mention my sweet hubby and sweet son who are giving me extra loves!!)

This is a piece that I'm working on for my mom.  This is SOOO not my style - but she asked me to stitch something for her that was small, blue, spring-like and flowery.  I found this design and think it fit her request nicely.  I'll be glad when it's finished and can start on something that's more "me" - but I feel priviledged to
stitch for my Mom.

This is "Blue Posey" from Jeanette Crews "Hydrangeas" book.

Thanks so much for all your visits and kind words...ya'all are just the sweetest bunch of bloggers anywhere!


AFwife99 said...

Thank you for your sweet comment on my stitching! That was so nice. My kids loved the pictures of the gators on this post- especially the one sleeping on his back. I am excited to hear that you homeschool too. We probably have a lot in common.

Siobhan said...

Those gators are really neat--but I think I would have been totally freaked out! I know how hard it is when the time with loved ones visiting ends. I know you will savor the memories.

Lovely stitching!

AnnMcD said...

Looks like you had a great time with your visitor. I am glad he had good weather for his trip south. We were not so lucky in February and the first part of March but it was still a holiday. Next year maybe we will visit Gatorland. It looks interesting.
I also love your Home of a Needleworker piece!

Barb said...

We must be fairly close ~ cause that's all the places I take visitors ~ Except Gatorland. I haven't gotten there yet but it's definitely on the list. Was it the one in Christmas?
We do occasionally see them in our neighborhood waterways. I think they are cool!
Thanks for visiting my blog!

Nancy M said...

Sometimes the off beaten paths are the best places to go! We spent last week in your state. On the west side and spent a day in Key West too. We took a boat...not drving!!!! Back in MI they had 70's too while we were gone. So today I need to go outside and enjoy my spring flowers that have bloomed while gone.

Tammy said...

YIKES on the gators!! Great shots of them! Your blue hydrangea is just beautiful! I'm sure your mom is going to adore it.