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Friday, February 13, 2009
A Quick Peek at the Azaleas and a Peacock Update
The azaleas are really starting to pop out with enough color now to distract us from all the frost damaged flowers and foliage. They are a sure sign spring is on our heels. Every February we start out with a few blooms and then each day the color increases into explosions of color that brighten up so many gardens down here in the south.
I was sure ya'll would want to see the start of this happening ... with more flowers sure to come.
Kylee and Meems Update
Meeting Kylee from Our Little Acre (in Ohio) was so much ... like finding a long lost friend. It was as if we had already known each other right from the start. I guess that is the one of the beauties of blogging. We really do make new friends virtually and then the added treasure to actually meet face to face is so natural. We chatted it up for hours and wished we had planned more time together... next time we will.
Truth be told, I haven't hardly come up for breath since my last post when I let you all know I was expecting visitors. Today I am on my way out the door again but I wanted to give you some quick updates.
You can read more about our visit from Kylee's perspective here. She is having lots more fun on her Florida vacation, too. So hang around her blog a while (after you finish reading this of course) and check out her beach trip and all the pretty flowers growing just south of here.
What's the Latest with the Peacocks?
So many of you have asked about the peacock situation. I snapped this photo as my sister and I were on our way out the door yesterday. This guy is looking to cross the street from my neighbor's over to my garden. I put Mr. Meems on 'shoo-away' duty yesterday while I was gone.
My phone has been ringing off the hook in response to the ad I ran for "free peacocks". No one has really stepped up to the plate to come trap them. I've even spoken to a couple of "licensed trappers" who were interested -- only they haven't followed up to actually come get started. It isn't as if you set out traps and all six peacocks will just come running. From what I've gathered it is quite a process and could take several attempts and many trips back and forth for the trapper.
Honestly I have been SO busy I haven't had time to do my own follow up like I should. When my sister heads back home I'll take the time to make sure I've exhausted all the possiblities with folks who have shown interest.
You know what that means? There will be more updates to come. LOL
Speaking of Chatting Non-Stop!
Marmee and I have had the best time catching up. We aren't getting much sleep but we are having a blast.
Our primary goal on this trip was to spend as much glorious time at the beach as possible. So off we went yesterday! Only it was one of those VERY RARE non-sunny days in Florida. Not only was the sun not shining but it was foggy. All day. At the beach, people! Do you know how strange that is? I don't think I recall EVER seeing it last all day long in my lifetime.
A cold front had moved through ... but very slowly. It caused the fog to set in early in the day and it didn't pass through completely until last night.
Not to worry. We walked on the beach and breathed in the fresh salty air, felt the sugary white sand in our toes, listened to the waves and chatter of birds anyway. The beach is glorious no matter what!
I took her to one of my favorite little beach shops on Anna Maria Island. It was relaxing and wonderful to take our time just hanging out. Marmee wrote more about it on her blog last night.
That cold front did cool us down to 50's at night and 70's in the day.
PERFECT FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK!
We are off to the beach again today! The world is already warm with plenty of golden liquid from above!
Have a great day,