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Time flies when you’re having fun! No joke. June 20, 2015

HAPPENINGS

WOW!  What an incredibly fast week this has been!  2:30 a.m. was pretty early on Monday and I was 99% sure we weren’t going to go on vacation, but 4:00 a.m. rolled around and off we went anyhow, loaded down with enough clothes for a week and a half.

Out of the blue a couple of months ago, a co-worker told me she was going to my old stomping grounds for a week’s vacation and did I know exactly where this motel was?  Sure!  Right there, can’t miss it.  A few days later, she asked me if I wanted to go with her and her family!  For real?!?!?!  Naturally, I said “Heck, yeah! And thank you a million times over!”

So Monday morning, we all loaded up and came on over to Florida.  Left the Tropical Storm Bill behind, and all the cares of the world, for just a few days. 

We met with family, who invited us to dinner the very first night for some amazing local pizza from Georgio’s.  So good!  

  

The next day we hit the beach.

Yeah.  Remember that tropical storm I referenced?  Well, for those who don’t live on the coast….  Rough seas travel a long way!  We had the double red flag for a couple of days.  Heard on the news that there were 84 rescues the weekend before we got here.  Saw life flight a couple of times while we were out there that first day.

I cannot stress the importance of listening to the warnings and obeying the lifeguards.  Rip currents are so dangerous and if you don’t know how to survive one, you can put more than your own life at risk.

We heard those whistles blowing all day.

Let me also share a sunscreen rule.  I brought two kinds.  Spray on and rub on.  I brought spray on due to pride.  I didn’t want to have to ask someone to help me out.  Well, I fried.  First full day on the beach.  The saga will continue later…

Wednesday brought us the Blue Angels air show practice.  They are amazing, as always!  I’ve been watching their videos out of homesickness, but nothing compares to the real deal.   Thank you, YouTube, for holding me over for a year!

  
After that we went to the Naval Air Station Museum (much less hot) and toured around.  Beanster burned off some adrenaline on the playground.

   

We got to see friends at the beach.

  

We had some of the most amazing coffee at BAGELHEADS!

  

We watched amazing sunrises.

  

We saw amazing sunsets!

  

And dolphins!

  

The beach was beautiful!

  

And ER was loads of fun!

  

So, about that sunscreen debacle…  Ahem. I seem to have missed my feet. Just a tad.  Spent the morning of the last full day there.  I have relatives in the medical field and when I texted a pic of this vein in my leg that looked, um, well… BAD… They recommended I go get it checked out.  3 hours later I did pick up great lunch.  The burgers at the hospital cafeteria are so tasty!  I still have swollen feet, the vein looks normal again, and I was satisfied with the burgers.  🍔

Three days later, I’m still red and swollen.  Nothing serious happened, even though some of my skin still looks questionable.  I did use some fantastic after-sun lotion.  Seemed to help a LOT!

If there is one thing I’m sad we didn’t get to go do, it’s that we didn’t see the Pensacola Museum of Art!  Two absolutely incredible exhibits are going on right now.

   
 

But, all in all, it was a fantastic trip and we had a great time.  Got to relive some good memories and make some new ones.  I’m going to be glad to be back in my own bed, but I’m going to miss waking up to this:

  
Have a great weekend.  Peace and love, everyone.

  

 

Avocado 2.0 news! May 25, 2015

Filed under: Gardening for Sanity — beansterblog @ 11:30 am
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GARDENING FOR SANITY

 We’ve had more rain than normal (an understatement), but we haven’t had as much as our neighbors to the west. That’s a blessing.  There has been such torrential rain and flooding in our beautiful state.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those in need.  Fortunately, neighbors help neighbors around here.

All this rain that we’ve had (I don’t have a rain gauge, but it’s well over a foot) has done wonders for the patio plants.  

The tomatoes are really starting to pop out and there are more blooms everyday!

  
The zucchini is going crazy.

  
The lemon trees are coming up (5 in all).

  
And the long-awaited news on the avocado is….  It cracked!  From what I read, this is good news.

  
The bad news is that my olive was pummeled in all the storms.  It had tons of little blooms but they are all gone now.  😥

I do have some summer plants that I am waiting to see how they do.  The zinnias are trying to do their thing and the hibiscus is putting out new leaves.  

It’s not much, but since I’ve never been able to grow tomatoes or zucchini, I’m pretty excited!

The other thing that has wimped out on me is my pepper plant.  It started out really well, but i guess it doesn’t like the rain that much.  We did get one pepper off of it and we used it on a pizza.

  
And Beanster’s new hobby seems to be digging up earthworms, earthworms, and more earthworms.  We are constantly putting them in our plants.

   
   That’s the good news on the Homefront.  Here’s to praying we don’t flood this week, either.

Peace and love everyone.  Have a great week!

  

 

Chore $$$ May 18, 2015

Filed under: Around the House — beansterblog @ 8:47 pm
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AROUND THE HOUSE

Beanster has been talking a LOT about getting a job.  He gets on his scooter, straps on his helmet, and says, “I’m going to work!”  So cute.

He’s been saying he needs a job since he could talk.  He’s only 4, but we’ve been hearing it for a while.

So, in that spirit. I’ve been talking to him about doing chores around the house.  There are plenty of things he is capable of doing, like vacuuming, putting dishes in the sink, putting dirty laundry in the hamper, helping fold towels, watering plants….

Today, we were nearly flooded with torrential rain.  Hubs and I came home from work this morning and picked up everything that touched the floor and put it up higher.  It was a lot of work.  At lunchtime, the phones were down, but someone’s service was working and I called daycare.  Needless to say, they were out of power and wanting parents to come pick up their kids. 

There was no phone and Internet to speak of, so we didn’t get much done at work.  And with a Beanster on top of that, I got even less done.  Tonight we put 99% of everything back where it belongs.  

Two bits of good news:  I found better places for some things and we didn’t have to file an insurance claim!!!  Thank you, God!

I had offered Beanster a chance to earn money tonight, but after everything was so crazy today, nobody was really feeling it.

As an incentive, I decided one of the things I moved today (we have some empty coffee cans) could finally be put to good use!

We’ve been putting loose change in his piggy bank.  Well, that’s fine, but it doesn’t teach him economics, even if it’s on a 4 year old level. 

Lying around with all his homeschool stuff were some of those little dollar bills your each them math money skills with.  So…  Putting 2 cents and 2 cents together and making 4 cents, I came up with a great idea!  

I took some of the one-sided dollar bills and taped them all over the coffee can.  

  
I even put one on the top and put a slice in it for depositing the hard-earned money!

  
I’m not sure how much incentive it will be, but I’m hoping it will work.  He says he needs a job, so here’s a place to keep that cold, hard cash! $$$

We will still put loose change in the piggy bank, but the money he earns will go straight to the chore money can.  Hopefully, we can teach him about spending, saving, and investing!

This should be interesting!

Peace and love, everyone!

  

  

 

Avocado 2.0 update April 30, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — beansterblog @ 5:12 pm

Well, I’m not sure if this is a good sign or not.  Our avocado seed skin has split.  That makes me think that, perhaps, the seed is not dead and is possibly ready to put out some roots!

  
  
  
I still don’t see any roots forming, but I have hope!

Everything else seems to be doing well.  The olive tree didn’t get too terribly beat up by the recent storms, the pepper plant has a new bud, the Zinnias are doing well, and the Joseph’s Coat Rose is beautiful!!  (It smells like citrus.)

  
The kumquat tree has some new growth, also.  We just picked the last two off the tree the other day.  Wow.  They were so good!!!!!

  
I am also trying to get some lemon trees started.  Right now they look better than the avocado!!!

So glad it’s growing season!  I love watching all the plants blossom and produce!  

Wish me luck on the avocado!

Peace and love, everyone!

  

 

Avocado 2.0 April 26, 2015

Filed under: Homeschool — beansterblog @ 4:46 pm
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HOMESCHOOL
Well.  Sometimes projects don’t turn out like you thought they would.  
Our first attempt at an avocado tree didn’t end so well.  For one thing, I didn’t have anything except tea tree toothpicks.  I figured it wouldn’t work and my hypothesis was very spot on.  It never grew.  It rotted.  I threw it out.

So, after having a club sandwich with fresh slices of avocado on it, we have attempted it again with plain old toothpicks.

We’ll let you know how this one turns out.
  

 

New spring homeschool project March 31, 2015

HOMESCHOOL/GARDRNING FOR SANITY

I’m not really sure what this post falls under, actually, but here we go. I’m not getting to homeschool Beanster like we’d planned.  Mostly, it’s because we had to have insurance, no ifs, ands, or buts.  We had to roll with the punches on that one.  And I’ll get off that before I really get going.

Anyhow, we still do plenty of Homeschool work, lapbooks, projects, and educational field trips.  It’s just all after work and preschool. 

My husband is a big time movie watcher.  A few weeks ago he brought home Red, starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mitten, Karl Urban, and the main character girl who’s name I’m not positive about (but she was great). Well, in the beginning of the movie, the main girl and Bruce Willis are talking on the phone and she’s asking him about his avocado tree.  She said she knew he could grow it because it’s so easy.

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Since I’m the curious type, I looked it up and, sure enough, it does look pretty easy! Toothpicks, glass, water, avocado seed.  The directions said to keep the water level up to the bottom of the seed, point the seed a certain way, and that’s pretty much it!

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So, here’s what we made happen.  It’s not much, but we will keep you updated on how well it survives.  I realize this movie has already been busted on MythBusters, but hopefully the avocado part is true. (And for the record, Pensacola does not look like a swamp, and the next big town over is not Mo-bull, it’s Mo-beel.  ;))

Have a great day, everyone.  Peace and love.

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Just plain fun. March 30, 2015

Filed under: Happenings — beansterblog @ 9:49 pm
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HAPPENINGS

This past weekend, the weather was perfect!  Sunshine, blue skies, and a light breeze.  Temps were in the upper 70’s/lower 80’s.  These were temperatures I’ve been waiting for all winter long.  I honestly think this was the most miserable winter I’ve been through. 

I am so excited to see all the birds and green leaves and flowers everywhere!

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We went to a Volkswagen show this weekend and really felt our hippie roots calling out to us.

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It amazes me how creative people can be!  We had so much fun dreaming about what it would be like to have a cool van to spend a weekend in. It was always something wear did in my family (except that we had a little motor home). It was super cool and nostalgic to see things we’d had on every road trip.

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The whole family had a great time checking out everything from engines to decor.

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Sometimes you just have to forget about things for a while and go have fun (and free fun is even better!)  it’s even more fun to dream and plan about the future.

Maybe one day it will be us toodling down the road in our VW, listening to old Willie Nelson and Led Zeppelin.

Have fun and live life to the fullest.  Peace and love, everyone!

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