Homosassa River

The Capt. and I have been going to Homosassa River for several years now just to get away. It is a very quiet, peaceful part of Florida that has not been commercialized yet. It is like you have gone back in time, to the old time Florida.

When our daughter and her family came for a visit this summer, I knew that we had to take them to our little retreat spot because this family’s loves nature, swimming and fishing.

We always stay at the Homossasa River Resort because it is right on the River and we can dock our boat right there.

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From the river, you can get to the Gulf of Mexico were we did some scalloping.

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And since we worked up an appetite, on our way back in, we stopped for a bite to eat at our favorite restaurant on the water.

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Once our bellies were full, we headed to the springs to run some fresh water through the engine and swim to get all of the salt off of us.

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We like to hook our tubes together and hang out.

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The guys did some fishing, but Jake was the only one that actually caught anything.
His father cooked up the few scallops that we got and one of the fish. The other one, he took to the resort restaurant and the chef cooked it up along with some hush puppies. Boy what a treat!
This is all that is left of Jake’s fish.

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In the mornings, we were so blessed to just sit in the boat, drink our coffee and enjoy nature.

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This is our very favorite place to be and we are so glad that we got to share it with the kids

Fourth of July

As promised, I will be showing you highlights of all of our guest visits this summer that occupied all of my time.
We did so many things and had so much fun that the challenge for me in this series of posts is to just pick one thing to feature from each visit.

I will start off with our son and 2 little granddaughters because they were the first ones to come this summer.
Since they were here for the Fourth of July, I got busy making some fun shirts for the girls to wear.

The initials and the white stars actually glowed in the dark. I had enough vinyl leftover to make myself a shirt too.

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The girls also made some special flip flops to match their shirts.

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Our mall was having a big 4th of July celebration so we got all dressed up and joined the fun!

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They had a free face painting station:

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And we can’t go to the mall without getting in a little shopping. After all, we are girls, we were born to shop!

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Before we left the mall, each of the girls got a balloon princess:

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Legoland puts on a nice fireworks display over the lake.
Since The Capt. was eager to use his newly remodeled boat, we decided to watch the fireworks from the water this year.

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I bought the girls a bunch of glow stuff from the dollar store to keep them busy until the fireworks started.

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Wow, what a fantastic view we had, we were right under the fireworks and it was amazing ( and Legoland spared no expense!).

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We really enjoyed our time with the girls!

Remodeled Old Boat

We ended up with my father-in-law’s old 1984 Blue Fin aluminum boat, and it ended up being quite the challenge!
As soon as we got it, we cleaned up the inside, added new carpet, seat covers, repainted the outside, added a new Bimini top and put a bigger engine on it.

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We have really enjoyed this boat, in both the lakes and the ocean.
Last year we noticed that the floor in the back of the boat was getting very soft and we were afraid that it was becoming a safety hazard so we resigned ourselves to the fact that we have to replace the whole floor.
Little did I know that since we had to replace the floor, The Capt. wanted to do some remodeling of the whole inside to make it more modern.

Here are the before pictures:

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Here it is stripped down:

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I ordered the new seats on EBay and we got the little fiberglass console online.

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We didn’t want to go through this again, so we bought this special flooring that will never rot!

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It is starting to come together.

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The Capt. worked on this boat evenings and almost every weekend for months and he finally finished, just in time for all of our summer company.

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He did an awesome job, but now he wants an even bigger engine!

Another Great Halloween

I thought that I was out of the business of making halloween costumes until my 2 grandsons came for a visit.

The 2 year old is really into dinosaurs so that is what he wanted to be for Halloween.
After doing a search online for DIY dinosaur costumes, I was pretty sure I knew exactly how I was going to make his costume.

Since we decided that both of the boys were going to be dinosaurs, I was having trouble deciding how to make the baby’s because he would be in the stroller and wouldn’t be able to sit on a big tail very comfortably.

When I told The Capt. about my dilemma, he suggested that I make his costume be a baby dinosaur hatching from an egg. Brilliant! (I wish I could take credit for that.)

Our little mall had a Boo Bash with trick or treating and a costume contest.

Here is the 2 year old discovering that people were giving him candy!

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The baby couldn’t get any cuter in his costume.

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And the winner is…

The dinosaurs!

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Here we are collecting our prize, $100.00 gift card.

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Another successful year!

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Today Is Election Day

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Vote for Jesus, He keeps His promises!