|the pink house|
|Rocky was adorned with falling Hibiscus flowers|
Instead they were seated in the restaurant when Dave and I arrived for my birthday dinner, two days early! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw them sitting there.....and to think I was grousing all day about him not calling me on my big day! Dave was in on the secret, I didn't know he had it in him! What a wonderful birthday.
We shared a good dinner at Euphemia Haye and even went upstairs to their fabulous dessert room afterward. We ate too much, but it was a birthday - right?
|Lew is intoxicated by my birthday flowers|
We had a relatively quiet time together this year. Erin's beloved mother died recently and she was on all of our minds.
Here are some pictures from our time together.
|Lew daydreams on one of the beds|
|and greets Erin|
|and kisses Jesse|
|and tolerates Christmas decorations|
|and watches us cook|
|and waits patiently in the elevator.....|
|the canal dock behind the pool lanai|
|Dave roots in the foliage trying to reach a beautiful Egret feather for me.|
|Lots of birds in the undergrowth along the canal|
We had rain on and off during their stay but tried to enjoy the pool when we could.
The beautiful white sand beaches of Longboat Key were just a short walk across the street. We visited as often as we could, taking lunch or happy hour there.
|the shelling stoop|
Working our traditional puzzle took up a lot of our time, in between flu or cold induced naps that is.....
|the last piece!|
|Lewis had a daily window visitor|
|he took his landscaping duties very seriously|
|hanging mangrove roots were tempting|
We ate a few dinners at favorite restaurants and enjoyed a few at our pink house's dining table together
|Bouillabaisse at Beach Bistro|
|Foggy night at The Shore restaurant|
|walking on the docks at The Shore restaurant on Sarasota Bay|
|Sunset over what was once the beautiful Colony Beach and Tennis Resort|
On the bright side, as they left, our dear friend Judi arrived to spend the next week with us. More, later!