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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LEGO Advent Calendar

I have been wanting to get my son an advent calendar for a few years, he had one when he was 3 and it really helped him with counting and counting down the days until Christmas. Last year the Lego Advent Calendar sold out of stores sooo fast; it was there one week, and then when I went back around thanksgiving without my son… it was gone! ;(
And it was too expensive on Amazon. So this year I bought it in early November. I have to say it has been awesome. There is a new minibuild every single day! My 7 year old is crazy about Legos. He can barely wait until the next day to get the open the door and see what the mystery build is. He has found that he can peek into the unopened compartments by using a flashlight pointed in an open door. He will try to build the next day lego with his existing Lego’s and cant wait until day to see if he did it “right”, or close to the Lego guys. The second picture below shows some of the mini-builds he has made from the calendar.
This year I have seen a lot of these still in stores, and about half off; They are originally $34.99- $49.99; I’ve seen them for $29.99. I bet you can get them even cheaper after Christmas, because they are Holiday and dated for this year. If you know a Lego lover and can get a good deal on it I suggest buying it for next year; it does say 2011 on it, but the doors are random, so it really doesn’t matter. Even at full price I think this was a great toy! My son plays with every build every day for at least 25 days, and he seems to know what day it is every day; and how many more days until Christmas! And it comes with a Santa Yoda! Santa Yoda, need I say more!
A great companion to this toy is the Milenium Falcon Mini Lego case. I think Santa is going to bring that, so he has a place to put all his mini’s; there are little holders for the minifigs on the sides. Very cute!

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Picture of the Week: Leafbug

I was sweeping the leaves out of my garage this week when I noticed one of them ‘moved’. When I looked closely I notice it was actually a bug that looked like a leaf; a “Leaf Bug”! And a pretty good sized one at that! This Leaf Bug has an appreciation for art as he made his way toward a picture frame that was drying in the garage.

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Picture of the Week: At the End of the Rainbow…

This picture shows there IS a pot of ‘gold’ at the end of the Rainbow! At first I thought having the toll booths in this picture ruined it’s elegance, but I think it adds a bit of humor. I originally took this picture because as a girl I have drawn a million rainbows, and all of my pictures have the rainbows coming out a of a cloud. But, I don’t think I ever saw a rainbow actually come out of a cloud, until now. I also like this picture because one side of the rainbow it is sunny and on the right side you can still see the dark storm.
The second picture below shows the same rainbow down the road a little bit. Although I didn’t capture the whole thing in my field of view, the rainbow actually spanned from one horizon on the east to the other horizon on the west. Again this is something I have drawn a million times, but have not ‘seen’ in real, at least not often.


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