Saturday, August 16, 2014

Simple Summer Crafts

This summer has been very nice and relaxing.  We only did a few crafts and I thought I would share some with you:

I painted these two pics for Victorias room, i think we are going to try to do a simple redo and add some of her favorite colors: namely blue, to her room.
I made the pillows with some material we had and a Tommy Hillfiger skirt. Love them on the couch.

Victoria made strawberry jam and I made blueberry jam, pickles (they were okay) and some household cleaner.
Lastly, this is our updated schoolroom, ready for class on Monday! 
Another picture of a messier side of our schoolroom
Hope your summer has been a blessing and that you and your family have a wonderful year!
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Seriously Sizzling Summer

 What a wonderful summer.  We have been so busy doing that I have not been posting. 

 Here are some highlights from our 2014 summer:  The Alligator Farm,  kid cuisine camp, FPEA convention in Orlando, Juliette's wedding (a wonderful sewing camp), swimming with friends, blueberry festival, canoeing, a new kitten, beach fun at jax beach and St Augustine beach, watermelons, family dinners, serving at UCOM, and lots of cat sitting, gerbil sitting and betta fish sitting! 

Really, just a whole lot of fun.  We hope you're having a wonderful and blessed summer and are able to stay cool in this heat!
St. Augustine Alligator Farm
Movie Night at the FPEA Convention
A really fun visit with Doe, Jason, Lisa Lyn and Ocean!
Gerbil sitting
Kid Cuisine Camp ( I love how Victoria happened to be in the picture behind her and my mom)
Blueberry Festival with Linda
Watermelons in the garden - 11 so far
Juliette sewing camp - Victoria made the dress and veil that the fox is wearing for her wedding
A new hair do
An even newer kitten ---Trinity Storm (she looks like the kitten on Victoria's shirt...fate, I think not)
Lots of swimming with friends
More swimming with friends
Of course, we couldn't resist the 3.99 for a dozen donuts at Dunkin!   That chocolate filled one in the middle is so gone!
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Heat and a Summer Garden

It's the middle of July and our summer is definitely heating up. Some plants are having a rough time with our weather while others are thriving.  Here are some of my favorites this week:
Our newest lovely sunflower - they really make me smile
Tomatillos looking like paper lanterns 
Pomegranate growing
This is the side of the yard that we mulched and the dollarweed came up through the cardboard and the mulch, we now call it our ground cover.  The poles have muscadines - no grapes, chinese eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, roses and kale in the nearest bed.
Cherry tomatoes galore!
This was the area where we tried to dig up the dollarweed - too much work so I planted beans, marigolds, tomatoes, basil, sponge gourd and tomatillos - all looks good. Kale is coming out of the bed in the back of the picture.
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Garden - One Year Anniversary

The garden is lovely, it is also a lot of work in the heat of the summer months.  I love serving something that we grew. It is a satisfying feeling that warms my heart.  Even more, I love to give extra to friends, family and neighbors!  What a blessing this garden is to our home.

We measured the sunflower and she is 12 feet tall - I am 5'8"

These are the other sunflowers losing their bloom and gaining seed next to some lovely little tomatoes

The strawberry bed is filled with oregano, thyme, yarrow, southern cowpeas and some flowers (rudbeckia and a new butterfly bush)  In this picture you can see the banana tree, kale, blueberries, tarragon, cucumbers and squash)

Our watermelon patch surrounding the mexican petunias and sage - I think there are 9 watermelon so far.  They were supposed to be sugar babies but they are huge

The view from the front - many of the plants are filling in, I hope the bottom left  fills in as nicely
Watermelon  - hidden in the vines

This month has been a month of planting okra and sweet potato and beans and a lot of weed pulling!  When it cools down we'll start the fall garden.  Today a gentleman drove by and complimented me on the tomatoes, said he was from Ohio and had not seen many gardens yet here in Florida.  I asked him if he would like a tour and sent him home with kale, basil, tomatoes, okinawa spinach, tarragon, rosemary and oregano!  He had a late stage cancer a few years back and after some research eliminated all processed food from his diet and eats mainly organic fruits and vegetables.  He totally changed his diet and no longer has cancer.  What a blessing! 

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer Fun Activities

Better late than never but here are a few fun summer activities for Northeast Florida/Jacksonville area:

$1 summer movies are a great way to get out of the heat and enjoy some screen time with the kids:
Summer Movie Specials at Regal Cinemas, Edwards Theaters, United Artists

Summer Movie Express/Regal Cinemas

Summer Movie Clubhouse/Tinseltown  -$1 per show or $5 for 10 movies

Reading Programs:

BARNES & NOBLE: Storytime Activities (Check for dates & times)
POTTERY BARN KIDS: FREE Summer Reading Challenge
BOOK IT! BY PIZZA HUT SUMMER PROGRAM: Reading Program for Prizes
SYLVAN BOOK ADVENTURE: Read and take quizzes for prizes
TD BANK SUMMER READING PROGRAM: Read 10 books this Summer
CHUCK E. CHEESE: Read 2 weeks in a row for 10 tokens
Kids Bowl Free
Kids Bowl Free Kids bowl free daily all summer long once registered
LOWE’S: Build & Grow FREE Kid’s Clinics
HOME DEPOT: FREE Kid’s Workshops on Saturdays
MICHAEL’S: FREE In-store Demonstrations

Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex | Ice Rink | Indoor Sports
There are also great deals for  ice skating and roller skating

The Jacksonville Public Library always has great activities/events and book clubs all summer long.

COJ Special Events page gives you a calendar of fun activities sponsored by the city.

Mosh has $5 Fridays and don't forget that the Megaladon exhibit is in town for summer!

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is free on Tuesday afternoons after 4pm and the first Saturday of every month.  They also offer art classes on Tuesdays - here is some info.
Summer Drop-in Art
Event Details:
June 3, 2014 - August 26, 2014
5 - 6 p.m.
Summer Drop-in Art
Each Tuesday, children ages 5 to 10 will have the opportunity to explore the Galleries or Gardens and experiement with different art processes. No pre-registration is required. Sign up starts at 4 p.m. and closes at 5:05 p.m. Class size is limited. For further information please call 904.355.0630 or email
Tuesdays, June 3 to August 26, 5 to 6 p.m.
Members and Non-members $5

Don't forget Ginnie Springs, Hanna Park, Hugeuont Beach, Kingsley Plantation, Mayport, Fernandina, St. Augustine and Jax beaches!  Look for deals on Groupon and Living Social.

This week is a deal for Summer Waves water park - $12 per person!

and don't forget to just have fun with sprinklers, homemade ice cream, crafts, cooking, baking, swimming pool, walks on the beach, reading a book, riding bikes, fishing and just enjoying each others company!  Have a blessed summer!

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Afternoon Sun

The afternoon sun made for some nice photos.  What a difference one month, some sun and some rain makes!  Already enjoying some of this: kale, beans, squash, onions, lettuce, Swiss chard, strawberries and a few blueberries.
Looking forward to cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant and watermelon. 

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Beautiful Afternoon on Goodby's Creek

We had fun taking the canoe out on Goodby's Creek this evening, some paddling, snacks, water and a peaceful waterway made for a relaxing afternoon.  We were trying to think of a name for the canoe...Ms. Tippy, Big Allie, Eagle....does anyone have any ideas?  We are apparently not that creative.

A home on the corner of the Creek and the St. Johns - Gorgeous

It's not in my nature to not be in control so canoeing is a great way for me to relinquish control to David and TRUST him!

Hamming it up for a pic

Love these two


Love the red in the bushes

What a great smile!

Gorgeous cypress trees

An osprey with a fish - he flew into a tree to eat

We saw this bird in the same spot last time - Victoria thinks he's sleeping

Next week we are getting fishing licenses and going fishing for some bass!   I would love to be able to bring home dinner.

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