Saturday, June 18, 2011

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. ~Elwyn Brooks White

On the Englewood, Florida beaches we do the Sharks tooth squat not the Sanibel Stoop. (Credit: Fotobug)
Living close to the beach requires a tremendous amount of discipline. The sun gives you that "Come Hither" look as you drive to work.  Doing laundry & cooking dinner can easily get kicked to the curb for a favorable low tide or blustery NW wind. (The way I see it  there's always take-out & wearing the same shorts twice right?) Last September I started a project that gave me a great excuse to head to the beach as often as possible - The Jar.

The sharks teeth I was collecting needed a dedicated home.  On those occasions when I actually did the laundry the tell-tale ping ping ping would send me running to stop the spin cycle.  I would then pick all the wayward sharks teeth out of the bottom of the  washing machine.  I'm sure my Whirlpool warranty does not cover shells or the teeth of a big fish. 

The big jar had been pushed back on a shelf awaiting a purpose anyhow. Since last September I have been collecting those sharks teeth one handful or pocketful at a time as I walk the late afternoon beach and enjoy the sunset. Over the last 9 months I have watched the sharks tooth level go up & down. I just love to give them away.  I have to keep myself in that cycle of reciprocity - of giving & receiving - of the tide coming in & going out.  Some have gone as far away as the Netherlands. Others have just been given away here & there to friends and family. So great news! The jar is finally full, nobody went hungry, & I do have clean clothes on. 

I started filling my jar last September 2010

The jar was filling up quite nicely as March 30, 2011

I have recently added kayaking to my list of housework detours (Credit: Momma AreGee)

From Jun 14, 2011

I wonder how many are in the jar?


  1. Well that didn't really take that long did it? You and I are kindred spirits Karen, that's why I like you so much! Laundry and dinner can always wait, but shelling and sharks teeth move with the whimsey of the tides. I have a HUGE Hinckley and Schmidt water bottle I'd like you to fill next! Haha! Nicely done - what's next on the agenda?

  2. Your sharks teeth are so pretty,
    in the jar that you have filled,
    how many do I think there are?
    it's looks about like a mill!

    I'm really going to have to get down that way!
    Have a great weekend!

  3. How does life get so darned busy? I really really really want to get down for a sharks' teeth adventure!

  4. Awesome. Congrats. I remember your post when you first started filling the jar! Love the photo of you kayaking and calling it a housework detour is pretty funny. I have several of those detours myself...of which one is visiting my favorite blogs! Have a great Sunday.

  5. I love the jar full of teeth, the colors are so pretty!

  6. Fab collection of sharks teeth. We just might have to detour from our laundry tasks while in Sanibel and make a high speed run up to Englewood!

  7. That is just incredible! I've never seen one...but now I know what they look like! I would love to visit your beach! I'm a beach bum...when I get there! lol ♥

  8. Alas! The jar is completely full.... just like life. That could be your "Campbell's Soup Can" art ..... "Englewood's Shark's Teeth" by Kaybe Warhol

  9. Wow, you'd be the envy of my grandsons who are avid sharks' tooth hunters when they visit me in Florida every Winter Break.


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