Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Room With A View

To all you nice bloggers that left comments &  kind words of encouragement - Thank you so much. 

Friday, August 27, 2010

Here Comes The Sun (for an hour at least)

I spent part of last Sunday on the beach and it was a great day. As the sun went down the raindrops started falling and didn't stop until today. One friend told me her rain gauge measured 10 inches for one day.

 Now we always need the rain. Florida is coming out of a long drought and our aquifer levels are still recovering but it's been raining for 4 days....come on. When I saw the  Sun peak out today around 10 am I grabbed my shell shovel and headed for the beach. It was a full moon last night and it was now low tide - grocery shopping would just have to wait.
The sun is trying to peak out

As I read all the beachy blogs out there most of the comments express the same they love to see all the pictures of the shells and the beaches but the longing of wanting to actually be there themselves. It stinks to have to wait for a once a year vacation to get to the beach.

  I feel so blissfully blessed to have this beautiful Gulf of Mexico 5 minutes from my home. I took this video today while I was standing in that pounding surf. I wanted to share the sound of the waves and hope that somehow you can feel a little of the sand between your toes and smell that salty air. 
 The rain and stormy water did the usual wearing down of the sand wall at Stump Pass. Not to worry because it always rebuilds itself sooner or later.I was in the water sifting with my shovel but the surf was just so rough I was getting beat up.  As I was taking a breather from the water I looked a little closer at the sand wall. I started seeing teeth everywhere.

 A blogger friend Pam from  i Love says you have to train your eyes to look for teeth and not shells. That's really true.
The sand wall - The waves washed about 2 feet of sand away

After a closer inspection I realized there were quite a few shark's teeth in the wash
Where the sand had eroded downward, all the teeth were sitting right on top of the drying sand...woo hoo!
Closer view - see it to the left
I only had an hour because I had to be at work by 3pm and still had to go grocery shopping.  
I walked the wall for an hour
As I skeedaddled off the beach to get my errands done before work I stopped to shower the sand off myself . What does that sign say?
The shower station on Stump Pass
Be Careful? Oh heck yeah! I guess the bees have had enough rain because they weren't at the shower.
Thanks for the warning!
See the hugh-mungo tooth I found. I also found a nice little tulip, a piece of a big tulip, and a jingle for Rhonda (aka Shellbelle)
Not bad for an hour
Not in the best shape but it's a big one
This big shark's tooth is not in the best shape but I'm not going to diss a big tooth like this. In the jar you go buddy.  So off to Sweetbay, then to McDonald's for 2 - $1.00 iced teas with 5 Splendas & a lemon. I fib &  tell my Mom it's sweet but I know she's on to me. Jump in the shower and off to work. Life is good.
Next to a smaller tooth
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Monday, August 23, 2010

I Heart Tervis Tumbler

Tervis Tumbler Store @ 928 Tamiami Trail in Osprey, Florida
Tervis tumblers are the coolest glasses ever! They are insulated so cold stays cold & doesn't sweat everywhere.Hot stays hot but the cup is insulated so it doesn't burn your hand. 

 They come in a myriad of different sizes and styles.I have a Gator Tervis, a "K" Tervis, a Tervis with 3 little beach cabanas on the front, 2 Gator Tervis coffee cups & a very cool shell Tervis that is missing at the moment.  

Tervis gives you a lifetime warranty. Just bring/mail back to their headquarters in Osprey, Florida and they will replace it at no charge. They have replaced 2 for me thus far. One I dropped at work on the concrete floor and the inside thermal/insulated thingy popped out like a rocket. The other one cracked somehow. No one will fess up. Not to worry, both have been replaced with nice shiny new ones courtesy of their lifetime warranty.

My niece Pookie & I went to a benefit garage sale @ the Tervis store on Sunday. They are raising money for a co-worker to help pay for her cancer treatment. Gotta love a company that sticks together like that.

 Off we went.

errrkk (braking noise) I skid to a stop for signs like these.
The grass by the parking lot had lots of tables with several vendors.We got there kinda late for a garage sale - 11 am. I managed to finds a few things but the real action was inside the back warehouse.
Mostly 25/50 cent stuff

I'm always looking for glassware to show off my shells
The back warehouse was packed with tables full of nice clothes that were a $1.. for a bagful. We found Chico & some other goodies. They also had a wheel that you could buy a spin for free Tervis goodies. Pookie won us some Tervis Straws,  a to-go lid for a cup (usually $3.99), & a 20% off coupon.
The Warehouse
Since Pookie won us a 20% off coupon for the actual store....well we had to go take a look.
Wheel....of.... TERVIS!
Look at Tervis' new line of shell cute. This 12oz glass is my favorite.  Perfect for coffee or hot tea in the winter. It fits perfect in my truck's cup-holder too. The lid never dribbles on you except if you are wearing white...go figure.
My birthday is in 6 months hint hint
And they are pink even better.

Pookie loves coca cola. Her grandma has a collection.
Disregard the crazy eyes and look at the ice bucket with SHARK'S TEETH! Tervis will customize all their products.
Posted by PicasaSo we had lots of fun. We left with a bag of good stuff from the garage sale and yes, I did use the 20% off coupon & got a few things in the store.  My family knows one thing about me. If you are borrowing a glass for a to-go drink for the ride home you can have anything of mine you want in the cabinet except stay away from my Tervis Tumblers.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

"Anyone's life truly lived consists of work, sunshine, exercise, soap, plenty of fresh air, and a happy contented spirit." Lillie Langtry

The sky is gorgeous to the west over the beach

Turn head to the right - sky to the west - not so good.

Should I stay or should I na na na nana

Stay of course. It sprinkled a little but no lightening or thunder. Check out Barney in the middle of the clouds.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thrifty Goodness

 The only thing I like better than walking the beach for shells, shark's teeth, & whatever else happens to wash up is going to thrift stores. I like the consignment shops & discount stores but give me a little junky storefront crammed full of who-knows-what to dig through and I'm a happy camper.

I like shelling especially when my head is in bad space. There is just something about focusing on the treasure hunt that makes me forget I just had a stressful day. Well, if I can't make it to the beach my thrift store route is the next best thing.And look what I found today sitting up on a top shelf. Isn't this napkin holder a beauty?
Front side
Cool Contact  Paper
Someone took the time to make sure all the coquinas were the same size and all lined up. I can tell they chose the best of all there little mini's for the accents in the center. All that work to hold paper napkins. 
The other side
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For me there are no good days and bad days....just good finds and gooder finds. 
My Top Secret Thrift Store Route

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate. -- Albert Schweitzer

Happy National Pay It Forward Day!  What better way to start out the month of December than with a day filled with generosity towards others.  I am reposting "Pay it Forward Shark's Tooth-style" from back in August. I had just started blogging. This was one of my 1st posts.  For those of you experiencing some chilly weather consider this my gift of sunshine today.

Lucas on Blind Pass Beach
Yay! I finally had a Sunday off. I don't mind working week-ends and I have for 30 years. When I do have a Sunday off I appreciate them that much more.  I did have to start my Sunday with a meeting at work after which I grabbed a Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte and went to church. The afternoon was reading the paper & tuna fish sandwiches (so we didn't have to go to the store). Right around 5 pm it was cooling off from 99 degrees to about 93 degrees so we loaded up the truck & headed for Blind Pass to do one last shark's tooth outing for my sister who leaves tomorrow for home after being with us for 10 days.
Fossilized Shark's Teeth

One of the things I like the best about shelling or beach combing is the camaraderie from people you have never met. Meet Lucas. He was walking by on the beach with a nice-sized bag of shark's teeth.  I asked how long it had taken him to find them? He said he did not find them on the beach. That he works hanging drywall and finds them on the construction sites. He is a self-described "paleontologist of sorts". He brings a bag with him to the beach to hand out to the kids he meets. I Love That! He even gave me a big handful to pass out.
Lucas also picks up unusual rocks & shells to make necklaces out of.  The one he is wearing is beautiful.
About an hour after I met Lucas I ran into a kid that hadn't found any shark's teeth yet so I gave him some of Lucas' shark's teeth.  The kid was thrilled.  He ran all the way back to his family to show them yelling all the way.  My niece Carly then came over with a big handful of shark's teeth that someone had just given to her.  Her shark's teeth benefactor said he just liked picking them up but didn't care about  keeping them.(possibly a pick-up line but she didn't bite ;)
As we were leaving the beach I gave another handful of Lucas' shark's teeth to another jubilant little boy.What an awesome day of giving and receiving even if it only was shark's teeth.  I think I went to church 
twice today.
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Reduce. Reuse. Re-shell.

It seems that my beach combing talents extend past the sea & sand. The only thing I enjoy more than looking for shells & shark's teeth would be my pursuit of fine junque. Today I took my sister Kimmie who is visiting from Tennessee on my Sarasota thrift store route. The creme de la creme is The Woman's Exchange on Orange St. Oh my goodness! Every aisle is crammed full of glassware, knick-knacks, jewelry, artwork, furniture. What did I spy out of the corner of my eye but this shell flower arrangement.

My great-aunt Anabelle lived on the harbor in Clearwater & was an artist. She sold her oils but shell craft was her real passion. As a little kid I remember her table set up with lots of stuff I wasn't allowed to touch. My mom would help her dye the little minis the right color for all the flowers & animals she would create. Can you imagine how the shelling must have been on Clearwater Beach in the 50's before beach re nourishment. I have a Junonia that Aunt Ann had glued to a vase. We rescued it & pried it off. So when I saw this arrangement I grabbed it immediately.
My mom is already planning to clean it up some. There is talk of making more. After a big day of shelling yesterday on Sanibel I find it kinda of funny that my big find today was shells.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Shellbelle Shells Seashells by the Seashore

I always get the feeling that people think I am exaggerating when I tell my famous Christmas Eve shell pile story. My friend Rhonda (aka Shellbelle) came to Venice, Florida to spend the holiday with me & my family. We just popped out the the North Jetty in Nokomis for the view and to walk off some pre-Christmas day baking we had been testing out and there it was.....the most humongous pile of shells ever.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Too many shells...not possible

The Essential Beachcomber will be taking the basket & the shovel but her outfit will probably be from Columbia Sportswear (great pockets)
I feel like a little kid counting down the days before Christmas. In 2 more days I'll be heading south to Sanibel for a shelling day. I keep looking at the tide charts & google maps mentally scoping out the best plan of attack.  Shelling might be random for some and it is for me most of the time. A trip to Sanibel is way too precious to waste any time wandering aimlessly.

 It is an hour south to Ft. Myers then another hour out to the island including my stop at the McDonald's on exit 170 for a large  $1.00 unsweetened tea with 5 Splendas & a lemon in the big foam cup that stays cold all day. I've already synchronized our alarm clocks and have a list for what will go in the back of the truck the night before. I hate it when work interrupts my beach combing :)