Saturday, December 20, 2014

Its getting to look a lot like Christmas....




Jesse arrived last night and we're off to pick up Erin at SRQ.    Christmas can begin!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday

This morning we loaded up the jeep and drove up to Longboat Key for the Christmas portion of our little Florida excursion.     So.....we're at the beach til after the holiday - Yay!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday - BCA

Boring Couple Alert......Nothing interesting happening here.   Once again just reading and lazing around, ain't life grand?    (I did whip up a tasty dinner and fruit cobbler for dessert, but thats about it)

Lewis' ball took back seat to a real life frog in the yard....

Flat Stanley decided to crawl down from his window sill and Lewis amused himself sniffing and poking him around the yard until the little froggy slipped through the fence and was gone.




The regulars joined us for second cup 

the Christmas toe was decorated with traditional red varnish.......

Lewis snuggles on the couch patiently waiting for Dave to finish doing dinner dishes and join him

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday

We've been here just a week.   The weather has been pretty, but chilly away from shelter.  I'm not complaining, but the weather has just fortified our need to just relax and do nothing.   If it was beach weather, we'd be out at it every day, who wouldn't?     So maybe someone knows better than we do what we really need.

We have done a few things, mostly boring things for me to talk about, for you to hear about.   Walking, short bike rides, making Christmas cookies, napping, playing ball with Mr. Lewis, gentle auto hiking the neighborhoods, watching birds with our binoculars, eating, enjoying second cup and happy hour - not very exciting.    Not even enjoying local restaurants I'm afraid.   There will be plenty of time for that when we move up to Longboat Key next week.  Jesse and Erin will join us there, one of our favorite things to do is eat out!

So....here are a few pictures of our week in Venice...

Great Egret and Snowy Egret peeping Toms

Wood Stork waiting his turn at the window

flat Stanley


Everyone has Christmas spirit!

Even brisk north wind can't keep us away from the beach for long!







 We sat outside on the patio for happy hour and were entertained by a small plane practicing his aerobatics over the gulf.   Small pleasures.    I can't, for the life of me, find the picture I took of him, sigh.....





Tuesday, December 9, 2014

BCA or Second Cup, part 2

Second cup was sunny, but that nasty old north wind was pushing itself on us, pushing, pushing.   In the sun it was really pleasant, out of the sun and in the wind, it was decidedly not nice.    No Ibis this day, but a beautiful Osprey brought his own goodie for second cup.  He wasn't sharing.


Sasha loves the sun, she loves to be warm.   Lewis, not so much.

wheres Waldo...er, Lewis?


Here's my sweet boy, filthy tennis ball at his feet.

After second cup, dinner prep (bbq ribs and mac salad) and lunch we decided to do a bit of exploring.   I was looking for a live (?) wreath to hang on the door (Christmasy smell and all) and we wanted to hit the Upper Crust Bakery before it closed for the day.    We accomplished the necessary tasks and ended up at the beach, are you surprised?    We didn't walk the beach, it was way too chilly and uber windy but we did view it.


Caspersen Beach, of fossilized shark tooth fame, really set us back on our heels today.   It was never a very wide beach, always wild surf and walking people, not sunbathing people.   It has suffered terrible beach erosion since we last were here, hardly any place to stroll, not many stretches of sand left to sift for those tiny black teeth.    Sigh....that was then, this is now.   I'm saying that more and more often lately it seems.


They say that accepting change is one of the attributes that helps a person live a long, happy life.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lazy Sunday





Remember the two ibis from yesterday's second cup?

they called their friends.....

It was a lazy day for us.   We put up a few Christmas lights, shopped for the weeks meals and then just read.   Ho Hum.....