Tuesday, April 23, 2013


We went for a walk and I took my camera along.

An orange blossom

A baby orange.

Three baby oranges lost in the bokeh.

A red leaf.

A lily.

A drop of water on the hibiscus.


American flag and the moon.

The moon reflected in our canal with the sunset illuminating the rocks.

Self portrait. I'm participating in a year-long photography workshop called 52 Of You. This Weeks's prompt is: Tiny you in the big world. The world's not big enough and I'm not tiny enough, yet, but it was just my first try.

What did you do tonight?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hey, Kylie

Want to help Grammy catch some bokeh?




Are you done yet?

Grammy! Enough!

Okay, I'll smile!

And yawn!

Go faster, Grampy, so Grammy will stop taking my picture!

No way, little girl! You are just too cute!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

It's Been Quite a Week

It started on Monday when I took my new iPhone 5 for a swim. I've only had it two months. I can't tell you how mad at myself I was! I put it in a bowl of rice for two days but that thing was dead, dead, dead!

Luckily, I had insurance so was able to get a replacement for a mere $200! :-(

On Wednesday we took a ride to Ft. Myers Beach and had a nice day

until, on the way home,

this happened! Some jerk came speeding up beside us, lost control, T-boned our vehicle sending us spinning and rolling. We ended up upside down hanging from our seatbelts.

Thankfully, no serious injuries except for a concussion my daughter suffered and mild whiplash and a banged knee for my husband. Kylie and I were in the backseat playing on our iPads and didn't even see it happen.

As soon as we got home, Kylie wrote the following in her journal.

I love how she ends it on an optimistic note!

Today we went boating to Cayo Costa for a day of relaxation on the beach. Sally, Mike, and Michelle went with us.

Erin took this photo of us in the boat.

We all had a great time!

Kylie adores Michelle!

I had fun with my camera.

It was the perfect antidote to a very stressful week!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Having Fun!

We all had mani/pedis. One of the nail techs painted a pretty design on Kylie's big toes.

Erin, just out of the shower, with her grandfather. We call him Gunka.

Last night we went to the Tiki Bar on Charlotte Harbor.

Erin struck a pose for me.

And Kylie ate this huge hotdog!

My two girls.

A little sun flare.

Today we went boating to Bert's restaurant.

I love all the happy colors!

Ky helped me catch some bokeh.

We stopped to watch these beautiful dolphins.

We're having such a great visit. The only thing that would make it better is having Nathan and Danielle here with us, too!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Erin and Kylie are here!

They arrived Tuesday evening.

Yesterday morning Grampy made pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream for his favorite granddaughter.

Then we headed out on the boat.

We went to Cayo Costa for the day. The first thing Kylie did was start looking for cool shells.

Then we walked along the shore

And in the water.

Later, she did a bit of sunbathing.

But, just a little bit. This lasted for about three minutes before she was up and exploring again.

So glad they're here!