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Florida Trip Highlights

So here are some pictures from my all girls trip to FL.
These first few pics were taken the first Saturday on arrival.

Shortly after dinner on the beach, 
the sky grew dark, and the storm blew in from Mexico,
which decided to stay for the next 30hrs.

This is down the beach from Pier 60

We both found new addictions while there.
Kat's just happened to be this Cuban coffee from the 
Havana Cigars & Coffee Lounge

This became my addiction.
Yes, this Gyro is actually as big as the lunch plate it is on.
This lovely Gyro came from Acropol Inn Restaurant

I won't mention that it's less than $6 
I already want one **sigh**

This next picture and the pizza below are from the 
Gondolier Pizza on the beach in Clearwater.

It was our late night spot.  
Open until midnight.

 One day we spent in Tarpon Springs, FL just outside of Dunedin. 
How do you say that again Kat?  Ok, never mind. 
This is a picture from the Sponge Docks.
It is actually really cool down there.  The whole Greek seaside village.
The atmosphere and people are wonderful.
You should definitely try the bakeries.  
Oh they are to die for!!
Ok, so maybe not DIE, but they are pretty darn good.

Here are Kat & I at Crabby Bill's 

 We were able to watch to sun set during dinner.
Which was pretty good. 
Justin was our waiter.  He did a great job.

 The last few hours of my trip, 
spent on this sunny beach
soaking up the sun
the air
the water.

I can't wait to get back and get my toes in the sand!!

Hope you enjoyed the picture trip!


Where do I start?

I can't believe it's almost been 2 months since my last post.
Well sorta.  We had our 1st Housewarming.  It was just an opportunity for our Church, Family & Friends to come see where we are, and the progress we are making on the house.
I know you who  have followed forever (whom I love and adore) know we've been working slowly.
So here are some of the pictures from what we've done.  I FINALLY got our bedroom painted.
Sumatra is the color from Lowe's and we LOVE it.  Yes, it made the room "smaller" looking but warm and cozy.  That is to come later with the rest of the house pictures.
For now I will show you a peek at a couple of other projects I had been working on.

First is a rocking chair my Papaw bought for my Nannie years ago.  He has been gone since I was 6 so, let's just go with this chair has seen it's day.  I LOVE rocking chairs.  They are my passion next to dishes.  So a few years ago, she gave me this chair.  It was eat up, literally by the flood water.  I was almost hopeless, but I thought I would paint it and see what happened.

before pictures
this is how the water had eat up most of the wood.

These aren't the greatest pics.  I took them with my IPhone. 
I think the rocker turned out great! 
If you  notice in the first picture that there is a gold "flowery" looking print on the chair,
it actually bled through the black paint.  
You can barely see it unless the light hits it just right, but it is gorgeous!
(Yes, I did all my paint projects in the master bath, don't ask me why I have no idea)

my WONDERFUL DH painting the kitchenette. 
I have found all the colors I picked at Lowe's this season were Matte's.
Not my favorite, but they are pretty. 

This is my pantry door.
Have I mentioned, I LOVE my Pantry.
Anyways, I got the bright idea to paint the squares inside & out with chalkboard paint.
This allows us to leave notes & messages as needed, 
along with notes & grocery list on the inside.
(disregard the overflowing trash)

So that is just a sneak peek of what's been going on here.
I will try to have DH take some more pictures of the house now that we are moving along with projects.

AND since I am feeling SO generous this evening here are some random pictures of late

My lil "Mini Me"  
My brother swears she looks just like me, I say she looks just like him 
but I'm pretty sure she acts just like me, LOL. 
Don't ya just wanna pinch those cheeks???

This is me acting silly for Cousin Kat.
We were comparing silliness.
(see the goofy resemblance between "Mini Me" and myself?)

Here I am thrilled to be in FL!!

This is me at the housewarming with "Brandywine" 
My partner is most all crimes since 6th grade.
Yeah, let's not get into years here. 

This is my wonderful Aunt Mattie 
She is doing lots of last minute things for the housewarming here.
I couldn't have made it without her & Kat.
And my Momma.  I didn't find any pics of her from the gathering.
Btw, don't you just LOVE the red in the kitchen???

Oh and did I mention I just returned this past Saturday from a girls only vacation to FL?
I have lots of pictures of that trip as well.
Lots of blogging to come. 
Stay tuned!!