Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Manasota Key Starter Kit

Tennessee Sister & Mom doing a little pool therapy.

Today marks 2 weeks since my mom had her stroke.  Every day gets a little better for her.  Her movement & balance are improving.  The main challenge was swallowing.  The feeling was gone on the left side of her throat so I had to keep a close eye on her while she ate or drank.  Talking and eating at the same time is a habit we had to quickly break.  Tonight she managed a piece of homemade Strawberry Pie so I am certain she is over the hump.  Thank you to everyone for your prayers and emails full of comfort and encouragement.  I see a beach day on the near horizon for me very soon.

(Originally posted 5/18/2012)
I don't really try to predict what can and will happen with things. Sometimes you think something's gonna be a huge success, and it isn't. And sometimes you pay no attention to something whatsoever, and God just makes it into everything. - Donna Summer

It's Raining Shells!  Hallelujah!!  The rain that rolled over Englewood on Wednesday night rattled some pretty shells loose that washed up Thursday afternoon.

The turtles have started arriving. The yellow stakes are placed on fresh turtle nests each morning as the local turtle patrol make their way up the beach looking for recent turtle tracks.  This seemed like a popular spot.  

I had a newbie sheller with me.  Green Pea hollered that she had found a "pretty Shell".  She scored a perfect lion's paw.

My beach buddy was on the look-out for shark's teeth and had to switch brain grooves to spot shells instead.

Our 2 best finds of the afternoon - a juvenile horse conch  & a lion's paw  (3 inches from top to bottom)

Manasota Key is the kitchen sink of shelling.  You find lots of shark's teeth, fossils, shells, & beach bling.

We chillax'd on a bench to watch the boats sail by.

Thinking of singer Donna Summer who passed away from cancer Thursday morning.  She has a beach house just a mile up the road.  Donna had been a local on Manasota Key for several years.  RIP Donna.

All the fotos were taken with my iPhone 4S.

My finds of the afternoon.  I call this a Manasota Key starter kit -  Shells, shark's teeth, fossils, drift shell fragments, & flotsam.

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  1. It's good to see your mama is doing well and that she has two lovely daughters to help her recover. Your shells are all so lovely too. Blessings and xx

  2. Oh Karen I'm so happy to hear your mom is doing better. She looks great. I'm keeping both of you in my prayers. Xo

  3. So happy to hear about your mom's progress! And seriously, a LION'S PAW????? I think of them as unicorns, I'd like to believe they exist, but I've sure never seen one. :-D

  4. oh wow. I missed a post that your mom had stroke. So sorry but so glad that she's recovering with your help! Remember to take care of YOU too!!

  5. So glad your Mom is doing much better! We are going to Sanibel for 2 weeks June 15-29, My daughter and Husband want to head out to Manasota Key again, Maybe we can meet up this time!! We will keep your WHOLE family in our prayers, I know first hand how hard it is to be a caretaker! <3

  6. Hi Karen! Sure hope your mom continues to do well. Great finds at the beach. At one time I could find hundreds of sharks teeth over here at Nokomis Beach, now it's hard to find any at all :(
    Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

  7. So many shark teeth... I never found even a single one :)


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