I saw three ships come sailing…

If you’re familiar with the song – there are only 170 days left ’til Christmas, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

The ships I saw were of the feathered variety. The Swallow-tailed Kites are back for their summer breeding season. I wrote a post some months back about the Alien Sighting. I spotted one this past weekend and before I could blink, there were three. The thing that grabs your eye is how large these birds are, and they sail on the air currents with no obvious wing flapping. I stood mesmerized, watching them swirl around like water in an eddy.

Swallow-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite

Maybe it IS Christmas in July… on Monday I saw a hummingbird (first time EVER in my yard). They aren’t so common here, but low and behold one was hovering near my Parrot Plant.

Parrot Plant (heliconia psittacorum)
Parrot Plant (heliconia psittacorum)

You get a picture of the plant, the bird…too fast for me. Moving right along…

Well, we finally finished the dog! Not to be equated with the week after Thanksgiving when you proudly announce that you’ve ‘finally finished the turkey’. (p.s. only 140 days ’til Thanksgiving)

In the wild and wacky world of show dogs and dog shows, ‘finishing the dog’ means we have a new Champion.

New Champion with our breeder/handler and Judge
New Champion with our breeder/handler and Judge

Gosh, he looks so sweet, and clean in the picture. Who could imagine that he is attracted to black dirt, mud, and loves to dig holes in the back yard?

If I had more time, I would regale you with my latest new job…working for the feds. But I have to head out to my current job. I’m working off my 2 weeks notice, so I’ll have to leave you with something to look forward to 🙂


Merry Christmas to All

Here’s wishing everyone a blessed Christmas! I was up at 6:00 AM to make my coffee, and woke up my husband with:  LET THE COOKING BEGIN! He fixed biscuits and sausage gravy for breakfast, and then he started his ritual of making his stuffing to stuff the bird. He’s on a turkey kick this year. I kid you not…he bought two turkeys at 79 cents a pound. He said they were so cheap, he almost bought three. We had turkey for Thanksgiving, so I guess 2015 will be the year of the turkey.

I bought my fur buddy a Christmas gift, which kept him busy for 2 hours. I think he liked it 😀

Now, I’m going to have another cup of coffee and enjoy the smells coming out of the kitchen.

Peace, joy, love,


No whirring, no chugging, no grinding, no freezing…and no smoke! Yay!

The kids

Mom got a new computer for Christmas! Yay!

I got to play with my cousins, ‘I Work for Food’ and ‘El Diablo’ on Christmas! Yay!

Have a very merry Chistmas season from JustUs


What day is it – where am I?

I feel like I’ve just come out of a Christmas coma and haven’t regained my strength yet. Spreading cheer takes a lot out of you at my age. I’ve been on a cruise …a dry cruise for the past two days. What that actually means is I’ve been in a recliner on the sun porch with a blanket across my legs reading for hours on end. The only thing missing is the waiter/waitress, bringing me sustenance and endless fruity drinks. I think I’ve lost weight!

Even the dog  appears worn out. My sister brought his two cousins over for the holidays and they stayed with us for 2 days.

The corgi cousins
Where are our toys?
The dog
I'm so glad I'm an only!

This year, I didn’t even have to cook, unless you call baking a pumpkin and pecan pie right from the frozen food section of the local grocery. My other half (as in twosome… one of a pair…not a joined at the hip type of love) decided this year he wanted to have seafood for Christmas. No ham, turkey, standing rib roast, mashed potatoes, etc. or anything conventional. Since he was planning to cook, I was all for it. He even did the shopping, I feel so blessed! He came home with 100 clams, 5lbs of shrimp, and three….

Maine lobster
Steam me up, Scotty!

He gets this stuff from a fresh fish/seafood market here on the Florida coast, so everything is local except for the Maine lobster that he decided to try (as opposed to abundant Florida lobster). He must have gotten carried away, because there were only the three of us for dinner, counting my sister. I sent my sister home with 2 lbs of shrimp, and I’ve been sharing with the neighbors.

Yesterday was trash pickup day, thank goodness! The seagulls were circling overhead like buzzards on roadkill.

Perhaps what sapped me of all energy was cleaning up the kitchen after the seafood festival. There seemed to be a lot of melted butter everywhere, and Old Bay seasoning, along with every pot in the kitchen! The dogs tried their best to clean the kitchen floor, licking up any tidbits that came their way, but I still had to swab the deck after all the festivities.

I’m contemplating a very quiet New Years Eve and possibly going out for Mexican food. Can you blame me?

What did you have for Christmas dinner?