Beachy Photo Shoot

The Capt. and I took Marley to the beach for a photo shoot.

I want to make a large photo strip for my living room wall and since I have a ” beachy feel” in that room, I wanted pictures of us at the ocean.

It was a beautiful day and the water was warm!



We started out walking along the beach


But Marley was more interested in hunting!



I wanted some great shots of Marley in the water, but what I ended up with were some priceless shots of The Capt.

Watch his expression change as I just clicked away with the camera!





(I have to laugh every time I look at those!)

I wanted to get a good shot of Marley sitting between us. I fully intended to crop this picture at our knees or I would have taken off the silly looking hat and covered up the shirt, ha ha. But it was such a good picture of us that I think I am going to use it as is.


One last look at the ocean before we head home.


Even though we weren’t there long, the salt water and fresh air wore Marley out, he slept all the way home!


I got some great pictures and I will reveal my photo strip soon .


Fun Ways To Give Money As A Gift

My parents and I recently went to my sisters house in Daytona to visit with her daughter’s family and especially to see her 3 granddaughters.

Usually, when we all get together to see the kids, we like to bring a little gift for them to open. This year, I thought it would be nice to give them some money to buy a souvenir, but I wanted a special way to present the money to them.

As I searched Pinterest, I came up with these 2 ideas:

For the oldest girl, I loved the idea of using $1 bills to make a rose. I found this great tutorial on YouTube.


Once I had my 2 roses made, I decided to tape some hard candy to skewers and them bunch them all together for ” sweet bouquet”.



For the 2 younger girls, I thought it would be fun to make them each a lei ( or as they called it, a candy necklace).

I simply took a long piece of plastic wrap, placed the candies in piles of 3 and then tied off each section with thin ribbon.


I loved the idea of making money rosettes, here is a good tutorial.

So I used $5 bills and layered them on colorful cupcake liners and then attached them to the lei.



I was very pleased with how they turned out.


The girls loved them!

Scam Alert

I have been wanting to add a wall of built in cabinets and shelves in the den Marley’s room for a while now. But, the only draw back is that we have this very big, expensive computer armoire that doesn’t fit into my new plans.
The Capt. wanted me to find another place for it in the house but that just wasn’t going to happen. So, he decided to list it on Craig’s list.

It was a $1200.00 armoire that he listed for $300.00.



I know that armoires are not the “in” thing right now, but given the quality of this cabinet, I was not surprised when The Capt. got a text from a man interested in it.

The gentleman stated that he was out of town on business but that he wanted us to take down our listing and he was going to send us a bank check. As soon as we received the check, he would arrange for his guys to pick up the armoire.

I joked that this might be a scam and he wants to send us a check for more than what we are asking!

The Capt. gave the man my name and address and a few days later an envelope arrived via Fed Ex.

(I blanked out my name and address for security reasons)


Inside was a check for $1800.00 and instructions to contact them via email.





I couldn’t believe that my joking around actually came true and we were being scammed.

I called the police to report the scam and I had hoped that I could convince them to run a sting operation to catch the bad guys. I told them that I would play along and pretend that I had cashed the check, then, when they come to get their money and armoire, the police could be here to arrest them.

The police quickly burst my bubble, there was going to be NO sting!
These people had no intensions of picking up the item they just purchased.
They just wanted me to cash the bank check, keep out my $300.00 for the armoire and then wire the remaining money to them. They are not even in this country, usually they are in Jamaica, I was told.

The scam is that about a week after the check was cashed at your bank, and you have already wired the money, your bank will contact you to let you know that the check was no good and you must pay back the $1800.00.

The police department had me report the scam to the FTC ( Federal Trade Commission) and asked me to turn the check over to the post office.

Please be aware of these things. If it doesn’t sound right, then it usually isn’t !

We often hear of these things but never think it will happen to us.

Don’t be their next victim!

Fun DIY Sharpie Project

I have been seeing lots of DIY sharpie plate projects all over Pinterest, so I had to jump on the bandwagon!

The best part is, I didn’t have to spend a dime, since I already had everything needed for this project.


This is what I did:

I printed out my words onto some card stock.


Since I don’t have one of those fancy machines, I painstakingly cut out each letter with some manicure scissors. ( hey, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!)


I had some nice square plates that I had gotten at a grocery store with green stamps. The store went out of business before I could complete my set, so they were the perfect choice for this project.

I found the center of my stencil and placed it where I wanted it to go on each plate.


Next, I took a fine tip sharpie and traced along the stencil.



Then I took a thicker sharpie and filled in all of the letters.


When each plate was complete, I put them in the oven on 425 for 30 minutes.


After 30 minutes, I removed them from the oven and let them cool down.


They look soooo cute on my table!


Just think, the possibilities could be endless!

I am hoping that I didn’t jump the gun here. I have seen mixed reviews on similar projects. Some ladies say that their plates are holding up great, even dishwasher safe, while others complain that the marker wears off.

I have not washed, or even used these plates yet. But when I do, I plan to put them in the dishwasher. If the marker wears off, I am prepared to go to plan B.

I will do the whole thing over again but this time, I will use glass paint.

That’s how much I love these plates!

Finally Caught A Fish

The Capt. has never really been a good fisherman, he just isn’t a patient person!

He has had people tell him to use a certain kind of bait and he will definitely catch a fish. Nope!

He has had people tell him the best lake to fish in and he will definitely catch a fish. Nope!

He has even had people take him fishing. They guaranteed that they would get him to catch a fish. Nope!

Well, finally,
We were on a long weekend get away in Homosassa just before the 4th of July. As we were cruising up and down the river site seeing, he decided to cast a line in the water.

With in minutes he had a bite. We didn’t get too excited, knowing his history, it was probably a shoe or his line was caught on something.

He fought and struggled and finally pulled up this beautiful red fish.
Of coarse we all jumped for our cameras to get this monumental moment on film before he threw the fish back in the river.



Once he got the fish in the boat, our friends wanted us to keep it. We emptied our small cooler and stuck the fish in it to keep it cool until we got back to the hotel.

Once at the hotel, our friend cleaned the fish and we brought it to the restaurant to be cooked for dinner.

That’s right folks, there were signs on all of the restaurant marquees that read ” bring in your catch of the day and we will cook it for you”.

For $10.00 a person, they cooked the fish and served it with 2 sides of your choice. We were with another couple, so 3 of us ate the fish and the Capt. ordered a fried scallop meal. He loved catching the fish, but he doesn’t like eating it!


He did taste it though, just because he caught it!


One little fish and now he thinks he is a pro. He said he is going to have his own fishing show.

Fishing with Capt. Kirk!

Closing Out Our Busy Spring

We closed out our busy spring with a visit from our son and his family.
We call him ” Rain Man, Jr” because it always seems to rain when he visits.
( Of coarse, it has nothing to do with the fact that he always visits in May, during the rainy season!)

The Capt. earned his title as “Rain Man” because it didn’t matter what time of year or what destination, it would always rain when we travelled with him.

Any way, the weather ended up being pretty nice while they were here. The cloud cover kept it from being too hot and the rain held off until the evenings.

This was a very laid back visit for them, as they lead very busy lives, they wanted to just hang out by the pool and relax.

However, you can’t come to Florida without going to the beach at least one day!

The nice thing about living in Central Florida is that you can choose to go to either coast. We usually take them to the Gulf side when they visit, so this year they wanted to visit Daytona Beach on the Atlantic side.

We went to Sun Splash Park located right on Daytona Beach. They have free parking, rest rooms, access ramps to the beach and showers to rinse off in. They also have the computerized jets of water coming up from the ground that kids of all ages can play in.

The Capt. has quite a collection of sand castle building equipment. Whenever we take the kids to the beach, they always have fun building a big castle with grandpa.





20130701-065539.jpgBella wanted to bring her new little doll to the beach. She fit perfectly in the castle.

The best part of building the castle is destroying it.



This has become a family tradition!