Monday, April 22, 2013

A Boy’s Non-Toys

I guess I’ll learn boy as I go. Lately this non-toy thing is so funny to me. Here are some of Leighton’s favorite things to play with, ie put in his mouth.

The toilet.

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The nose sucker.

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Hair brushes.

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The dishwasher.

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The refrigerator.

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Shoes.

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The leashes.

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Gus’ food bowl.

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The trash.

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Boys!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Golf Carts Galore – It’s a Boca Grande thing.

Growing up, Boca Grande had golf carts. On the golf course. Now, almost every one living on the island has one to get around in, and they have a garage for it too! Then there are multiple golf cart rental outfits for visitors. In fact, when we called to get one for our trip, we had to call 5 places and found ONE golf cart available. Yikes!

Riding around this one small island in south Florida, one can get a full golf cart experience. Here is my cheesy little rhyme and my photo parade of carts!

There are ordinary carts,

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And those for hire,

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Some have wood grain,

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And others fight fire.

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Locals’ have blinkers,

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This one’s got eyes,

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Vacationers’ seat six,

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and there’s one in disguise!

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This one’s a vintage,

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and this one’s got style,

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plug in while you eat, and drive for a while.

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Everywhere there’s parking,

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they’re lined up on the street,

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Some ride around barking,

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Some have stripes on the seat!

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The carts have their own road,

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Or they might fly in space?

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They carry a load,

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Or are tough in your face.

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This one’s real nice,

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This one sits high,

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And some carry their beach stuff up in the sky!

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There are those that look Smart,

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And some are old school,

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Some have to work,

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But they’re all pretty cool!

All those pictures were taken in a short ride one afternoon. There’s no telling what I missed!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Fish Love

We have had fish for almost a year. The miracle is that I have only replaced them once – after the first week (knock on wood!). I don’t know that I’ve ever had fish this long.

Here are some pictures when we got them:

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Blair loves these fish. She responsibly feeds them a couple of times a day and worries about them when we’re away.

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And they have names, of course. This is the best part.

Her tank loves:

  • Clown Fish the angel fish
  • Happy Face the black and white molly
  • Lemon the yellow tetra (original in June 12)
  • Dorothy the purple guppy
  • Ariel Sucker Fish the, you guessed it, sucker fish
  • Speedy the neon (original June 12)
  • Cookie and Big Bird the orange guppies (whose names change from those to Hank and John or Bert and Ernie)
  • and finally, Nemo the clown fish statue

I really can’t get over how much the angel fish has grown since we got him. He’s at least twice the size he was!

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Maybe, just maybe?

I got a kid who looks like me a tiny bit? Maybe?!

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Orange Tree House

Blair is getting better at riding her bike, and now that the weather is nice, we go out and about quite often.

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When we were riding last week, I noticed some sort of fruit trees in the backyard of an empty house. They looked super interesting, so we walked over to check them out.

It turns out that there is some sort of orange tree – the oranges are super small and so sour they turn your mouth inside out! – and what I’ve now found is a loquat tree. There is also a fig tree ;).

Now when we ride, Blair wants to go to “the Orange Tree House.” And this child eats loquats!

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I read on wikipedia that they taste like a tangy mixture of peach, mango, and citrus, and that just about hits the nail on the head. They are quite yummy! I guess they are just about to the end of their “season” because they are getting overripe. Blair is going to be sad, but there is one other mystery tree that is blooming.

I have enjoyed teaching Blair about different plants and trees, so we’ll have to watch it to see what happens!