Friday, January 30, 2009


Willie is....not much different.

He seems to be a little grassier on the left side though.

I always have a lot to be thankful for. Only for some reason when I do this I keep it simple.
What are you all thankful for?

This week I am Thankful for:

1. The husband

2. Laziness

3. Hope (not in a hope and change kind of way, but in my own way)

4. The ability to be creative and thrifty

Weekend Time

This is what I'll be working on this weekend.
It is Brittany's photo key hanger that she has been asking for forever.

Honestly, I started this Monday and I haven't touched it since...but this weekend is your weekend Brittany. I promise!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hello There

Sorry I haven't been around. I have been lazy lately.
I said to Kevin last night..."I am not doing anything that I am supposed to be doing and I am happy with it." He said, "OK" :)

So, I will start getting back to normal maybe tomorrow. Cheryl, I promise I haven't forgotten about your special prize. It is almost done!

No news on the job front yet. We are praying hard over here.

One last thing....Valentine's Day is coming up. Don't slack and buy something at the last minute!
Show your Mother or special lady that you LOVE her and give her a heart shaped SHELL WREATH. She will think of the ocean and you every time she sees it. It just so happens that I specialize in these so it's your lucky day!!!

Do the right thing.

Friday, January 23, 2009


This week I am thankful for:

1. Husband

2. Doors being opened

3. Girl Scout cookies

4. My office windows ;)


Happy Friday everyone!

Kevin and I have a very big weekend ahead of us. We are heading back over to Sanibel Island to pursue a prospective Attorney position for husband.

You all know Kevin has been looking for jobs for quite some time.
We are hoping and praying that this one will work out and if not, lead us to something that will.

That said, we hope everyone has a great, relaxing and fun weekend.

See you Monday

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Food Lovers

Here is something to do. I got this idea from Annechovie's blog.

I am supposed to bold the foods I have tried and cross out the ones I would never try. Turns out I don't know how to cross out, so I will star the ones I would never eat!

Kevin and I loooove food, as I am sure most people do. We watch a lot of food shows and our current favorite is Man VS. Food. You should watch it. It's great fun.

Above photo - Fried Green Tomatoes. Picked from Granny's garden, fried by husband.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (Alligator tail?)
6. Black pudding* (not sure I would ever try this)
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O (jello shots)
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects* (No thanks)
43. Phaal (apparently very spicy - go Adam!)
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone* (maybe if I were drunk)
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads* (not sure I would eat this...not what it seems! google it)
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian (I was so close to doing this on Hollywood Beach!)
66. Frogs’ legs* (not very interested)
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost or brunost
75. Roadkill***
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare* (I have had too many pet rabbits)
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse*
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano*
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

OK, I learned a lot from this.
Tell me if you've eaten any of this stuff!
I can't believe I have never had a McDonald's Big Mac Meal...

Where In The World Is Cheryl?

If you guess correctly, you will win a fabulous prize. It's true.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

And The Winner Is....

Willie Grow! By a landslide...?

Well, Willie is growing. He even has some sprouts coming out of the top of his nose.

Here he sits. On top of his Cigar box. In his little cup from Spain.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Albert hasn't seen this yet, but this is his manly prize for playing and winning Where in the World is Cheryl.

Stay tuned for another chance to win a cool prize like this one in the days ahead. And Albert, it's on it's way!


You can't have a cool bike unless you have a cool bike basket.

So I made this over the weekend.

Weekend Recap

I hope everyone enjoyed their 3 day weekend as much as we did...

We had a very fun and relaxing time. In fact, we had so much fun, that we have decided to go back to Sanibel this weekend :)

Here are some snapshots of our fun time:

Friday, January 16, 2009


I hope everyone has a great weekend with lots of fun plans ahead of them.
We are heading over to the West Coast to hang with Brittany and Travis.
The boys will be getting in some much needed fishing and the girls will be discussing the 1st book of our new founded book club!
We are reading The Shack.
See you Monday.

This week I am THANKFUL for:

1. My husband

2. The glorious 3 day weekend

3. Corona light

4. The cold weather. We are so lucky to live in Florida right now!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Working Working Working

I have lots of work lately. This is my NEW work area.

It is messy but I like it a lot better than my old work area.

See my double screens? They make me look important, I know.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Kevin's mom got him a Chia head guy for Christmas.
He is starting to sprout!
He needs a name.....suggestions??


Shell Pillows on the patio....I must recover these chairs soon. Their new cusions (if they ever get them) will be white.

Monday, January 12, 2009


I forgot to do this at the end of last week.
Here is what I am thankful for today:

1. My Husband

2. Beautiful Things

3. A Great Sense of Humor

4. Every Day

Late Christmas Gifts

Our good friends Albert and Carolyn have been waiting a long time for their Christmas gifts. After much time and effort, we were finally able to see them this weekend and give them their gifts. They are great friends and they deserve the best sock monkeys around :)
Here they are:

Mom and I working on the last "parts"

Some detail for the monkey tail
Albert can be pretty ghetto sometimes so we wanted his monkey to represent that

Friday, January 9, 2009

Where in the World is Cheryl?

Guess! If you guess correctly, you will get a prize. It will not be cheap or cheesy, it will be good.
This should be pretty easy, so we'll just see if I have any blog followers at all ;)

For a Bonus - what is their slogan???


I hope everyone has a wonderful and long weekend.
Today I am going to the dentist...sigh.
It is in downtown Ft. Lauderdale.
Here is a picture of Ft. Lauderdale that I took from the 8th floor in a client's building. Maybe I will find some more photo opps today on my way down there.
See you Monday!

Thursday, January 8, 2009


I am drinkin it. Right now. Hopefully it will help me with my marathon training tonight.

Gettin' In Shape

Kevin and I are training for a Marathon. OK, it's not really a marathon, it's just a 5k.
Either way, it takes work. And it's in February. I'll let you know how this training goes but for is a picture of my shoes that are quite old.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Thanks to Kevin's grandparents, we now have delicious fresh squeezed OJ in our house. Kevin's grandparents have orange trees, grapefruit trees and even a pecan tree or two. Whenever we go up to see them, they give us some of these delicious treats. Kevin and I squeezed a bunch of oranges last night and we still have 2 GIANT ziplock bags left! We have plenty of vitamin C in our house - thank you Grandpa and Grandma Gower. We love our OJ :)

Monday, January 5, 2009


I guess this is my New Year's Resolution, I don't really know but my plan is to clean out every drawer and closet in our condo. So I started last night with the bedroom closet because it was driving me crazy! Can you believe we were even able to fit all this stuff in there? We have about 4 give-away bags and it is much more organized - I'm sure it won't last but I will enjoy it while it does.



Here is our termite damage. Sorry to whoever buys this place next - we are not fixing anything else!

So, this is what the floor looks like?!

Now, all the stuff goes back in. It still looks cluttered but it really is much better.

Show Off

Here is my (our) new camera! I had to take a picure if it with my old camera but all the rest of the photos on this blog will be taken with this: Canon EOS XSi, super awesome camera!! Credit for this perfect gift goes to Carol Elmore - THANK YOU SO MUCH!