My Husband is Obsessed with Sailing!!

My husband is obsessed with sailing around the world. I am creating a series of blogs to tell you all about it. It all started about 6 months ago. I come home to see my husband watching a sail boat video. I left to get ready for Bunco Ladies night. An hour later he is still watching sailing videos. So I ask what he’s watching. “This is a Gunboat” he said. “It looks like a catamaran to me” I said. Oh, no I didn’t. He spent the next 30 minutes showing me videos of the Gunboats and explaining it’s so much more. In fact it’s the “Lamborghini of catamarans”! I never knew a sailboat could come completely out of the water, and this one was going 30 Knots and was passing motor boats! So of course I had to ask, “how much does it cost?”. “I don’t want to know” he said. So of course I had to look it up… they range from $1-5 Million dollars. He said “You better win at Bunco!”.
Well I didn’t win at Bunco, but his obsession has not subsided, it has only changed course.

Gunboat hydroplaning out of water

Not your ordinary sailboat.

Again, not your ordinary sail boat!

Since then, my husband has researched videos to see how people live while sailing. He even found a few who sail with dogs! He watches their videos so much, I feel I know these people. I even noticed when they get thinner, and better at fishing. When he has free time, this is what my husband does. He watches sailing vlogs and searches for boats for sale. In fact, on Mother’s day he took me to a Marina to sign up for sailing lessons. (But that will be another article.) This is when I realized his sailing obsession is not going away. And I need to document this crazy “road” we are heading down.

This is how I felt when my husband took me sailing on Mother’s day!

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Making Sourdough Starter

This week I made a Sourdough starter. First, I ground my own flour from non-GMO wheat berries. Then I created my own starter culture. In short, I added equal parts water and flour and let them sit on the counter overnight and fed it each day. The yeast on the wheat will start to multiply. Each day you will see more bubbles and smell a sweet sour smell, as the starter gets stronger. For daily feedings I removed all but 4 oz of the starter, then added back 4 oz whole Wheat Flour and 4 oz water. By day 6 my starter rose 3x the size of the initial feeding. I was taking pictures each day and created this movie. The jar on the left is the control starter that I got from my brother in law, Jim. The jar on the right is the new culture I created this week.
The bread in this movie is from Jim’s starter. I will make bread from my starter next week.

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Our Dog Daizy is 1 Year Old

Last year we watched an English Cream Golden Retriever while her owner relocated from Florida to Madrid, Spain. We were so amazed with the temperament of this particular breed, that a week after shipping our friend’s dog off to spain we were out shopping for gold retriever puppies. After one year and multiple pairs of shoes and plenty of chewed socks, our Dog Daizy is one year old.

Here is a cool photo of her:

Here is another of her with our son Owen.

Here she is in Vermont visiting relatives and their seeing eye dog.

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What’s that BUZZ-ing sound?

I heard buzzing after getting out of my car in our driveway, at first I thought it was our AC unit around the side, then maybe some fan in the car, until I noticed it was centered around the tree that shadows our driveway. Tiny flowers were in bloom and hundreds of bees were, well, busy collecting the pollen.



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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Today we were looking out our window and saw a Lizard on the porch chair (red Circle). And when we zoomed in we were surprised to see, not only was he shedding, but he is also Leprechan Lizard! What a rare sight to see, a shedding Leprechan Lizard! We are off to see if he leads us to a pot of gold! Hope everyone has a fabulous DAY!!

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Lost Soul in a Tree!

I was riding my bike when I saw something in a tree. I thought it was a squirrel, but as I got closer I laughed as I saw it was really a Puma. The Puma shoe, that is. I had to stop and add this to my collection of stranded shoes photos. I wonder how that shoe got in the tree, and wonder where the other one has gone. This is by far my most artistic lost sole yet, that it is a Puma in a tree is so cool. And no I did not stage it!

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Spring Time Butterfly

My son called to me that he just saw a really big butterfly. So, I went to see it and sure enough, it was really big, and very pretty. It’s colors contrasted so nicely with the pink Azalea’s it was feeding from.
With the help of the internet in just a few minutes I discovered this butterfly is a female Tiger Swallow tail.
I love living in Florida, I don’t think I have ever seen a Tiger Swallow tail before, but I can assure you if I did, it was not in March.

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Awesome Lizard Valentine’s Day Card Box!

My second grade son has to make a Valentine’s Day card box for school to collect his cards and treats. My son is obsessed with lizards, so it wasn’t a surprise when he said he was going to make a Lizard Valentine’s Day box. But it is a surprise at how good it turned out. He used a shoebox for a body and a small Puff’s Tissue box for the head. He cut a hole in the bottom of the Puff’s box and the top of the shoe box and aligned them, so the person who drops off a card has to reach in the “mouth” to drop off the card. He put white paper triangles on the mouth for teeth to make it look extra scary. Below is a close up of the mouth, the red arrow is pointing to the hole that leads to the “belly” of the Beast. My son said it needs spikes, the bottom pictures show the final Lizard with spikes! He brought it to school on Thursday and all the other kids just loved it. Everyone had to stick their hand into the mouth! The class is having a contest and the people who made the 4 best boxes will get McDonalds for Lunch with the teacher. We think he has a good chance of winning, but even if he doesn’t win, he has a really cool box to store stuff in.

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Picture of the Week: Gingerbread Men

I have been away from the picture of the week, because the Holiday season also brings sickness and colds. Every member of my family has been sick at least once, some multiple times in the past few weeks. But, Holiday season also brings Holiday parties! I was able to help out this week at the 2nd grade party and help decorate Ginger Bread Men! It was so much fun watching each child glow with excitement about what they could create with C-A-N-D-Y!!! This week’s featured image is from a UF fan! I also had to include the one with snowball (marshmallow) hair. It looks like the GB0man is wearing curlers! Sorry about the blurry look; it was in a baggie for protection!
Have a great Holiday Season and encourage everyone to be creative!

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