Tag Archives: Florida

Camera Clicks – Lizard

So I’ve lived in Florida most of my life, I’ve seen all manners of Lizards in various conditions…But never like this! I was taking some random pictures and playing around with some of the “manual” settings. When I noticed something strange going on, he or she was molting before my eyes. The interesting thing was, I didn’t notice it until I looked at the pictures I was taking. Cool, huh?

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Concert Review by Dixie – Bob Seger

Disclaimer: i am not being paid, this is my own experiences and thoughts.

So back at the begining of the year we were in Michigan and had the absolute pleasure of seeing Bob Seger at the Van Andel areana. What an amazing venue and an incredible concert! Mr S is 72 years old, let that sink in for a minute…do you know anyone around that age?

So Mr S is from Michigan and the hometown crowd was Off The Chain! The story I heard was he came out for this final tour to show his younger children what Pops used to do. LOL He showed them alright!

At the begining of the concert he toddled around a bit like an old man, but i think that was part of the plan. Then he kicked it up and tore it up that stage like he was 40!

It occurs to me here that i am using alot of “Exclamation” points here but i can assure you he earned every single one of them! 😄

Now lets fast foward to Mid-March…for my sister 50th birthday, i bought her and I tickets to see Mr S in Tampa.

I was looking forward to seeing if the concert would be different, it was sort of…

The man put on another awesome, incredible and AMAZING concert but the crowd just didnt bring it, sadly.

It was pointed out that the Michigan hometown crowd supported their people. I had high expectations because of the HIGH snow bird population during this time of year, but ultimately it just wasnt the same.

Have you seen Mr S in concert? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experience.

Camera Clicks – Lunar Eclipse Jan 21, 2019

Morning Everyone!

So I’ve been a bit obcessed with the moon. I took some practice shots on the 20th. I certainly should’ve practiced a bit more with the Tri-pod. LOL 

So the first thing i learned is I need a dang flashlight! Second, i learned its just not as easy as i thought it would be.  I know, how hard is it to press a button? 

Well there I was, standing in the moonlight in my backyard, fumbling to attach the camera to the Tri-pod. Then trying to position the camera was just comical. There’s 2 different knobs and the Tri-pod wasn’t taller than me and i wear glasses!

So again, no flashlight mind you, i got the camera attached but was having a hard time stooped over trying to look up through the camera (wasn’t using the  Live View because it obscured my view of all the black knobs!) to get the moon in view. 

Ok, so i had the settings dialed in, got it attached and have the moon in view…Then i try using the remote to take the picture…bluetooth issues. So i go back in the house because its 27 degrees! I think i get it figured out, click, nope not working! So to this i figureout, it was taking a bit longer for the connection to happen,  i guess i needed more patience LOL! Then the battery on the camera was nearly drained so i had to wait for it to charge, yep i need a back up next time.

To add to my frustration, everytime i went outside my big 100lb dog thought it was play time and barreled outside everytime i went out. He’s a bull in a china shop, mowed me over and sideswiped me EVERY dang time and narrowly missed the Tri-pod with the camera attached!

Finally at 115am i said to hell with the tripod and went out front of my house and used my car to take a few more pictures. I had a few issues with the camera going in and out of focus which resulted in a black photo, still haven’t figured out what i did there. I’ll keep practicing!

Camera Clicks – Flower of the Day

This is another photo challenge by Cee.

This flower vine is called Blue Pea. A very nice lady gave me some pods when she gave me some clippings of a Coral Vine.

I planted 6 seeds and 4 sprouted right away. They really are the coolest because the flower actually forms the outer pod for the seeds. 

Grandparents question

Morning all! So we have 2 grandbabies coming. One is due around Thanksgiving (EllieJo) and one is due in April. 

EllieJo may be coming a couple weeks early, which has thrown me into MEGA NESTING PHASE for some reason. No they dont live with us, but i have a serious urge to clean EVERYTHING ! Is this normal for a grandparent? I am telling you this is not normal for me lol. I love a clean house but this is off the chain. Please lend me your thoughts and experiences on this my friends.

Lets add alittle more anxiousness to the mix by talking about the one due in April. They live in Texas, we live in Florida and i want them to come home badly. Of course i miss them and i want them to follow their path, but now we’ll have a grandbaby, waaayyyy far away. Yes i know planes fly there and roads lead there but….any advice here? Besides get some Medication?! 😁😁😁

I have a great book review coming about an amazing lady who has ridden her own motorcycle over 60k miles all over North America and Europe, over a span of 75 years and shes 93 and still riding her own ; so stay tuned!

Our 2 ½ weeks on the Harley’s (Last but not least Home!)

So we saddle up and head out early and it’s hot already and I am hearing monkey butt whining already but Aengus drowns out all that mess. We think we are going to try for Thomasville, Ga as our overnight stop but the secondary roads had other ideas. We really need to get a Go Pro next time, we went through and stopped at a few places that Time tried to change but instead these places just adapted. The old Victorian homes, Railroad tracks that went through places that were obvious boon towns for one thing or another and some towns that looked like the town from the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes”; just all grown up with few inhabitants. I can’t say this enough my friends, take a drive; put the windows down and breath in the fresh air!

So while we are enjoying the scenery, it is getting HOT! Like Florida in August HOT! We stop for water and gas and to soak up some AC in some little town with no cell service (I Know! The Horrors!), but when you are figuring out the path on the fly this can be a problem. Lucky for me I am following Sherlock Holmes with a beard; I’ve told him a million times if he drives off a cliff I will be right behind him because I have a VERY bad sense of direction. We think we are somewhat close to our target but we have a lot of daylight left so I suggest we press on to see how far we can get.

We press on and find ourselves in Tallahassee, FL at 5pm on a Friday afternoon and our legislature is in session. So what this means is, its 5 O’clock rush hour traffic in the capital of Florida which also happens to be a college town, its hot enough to make you think you’ve lost 20lbs stewing in your own juices! For some reason I have a flash of Lucille Ball and Ethel getting trapped in one of those sweat boxes…anyways! But Ethel (aka the Bearded Sherlock) misses the turn we need so we end up in a Dollar General drinking water and soaking up AC and trying pitifully not to sweat all over the place. By the way, Monkey Butt is now a Pitcher’s Butt with steam coming out of it! I was praying for a rain storm this time. We even passed a billboard for an AC company that says “Your Wife is Hot…” I started looking around for that ridiculous Captain Obvious from those commercials.

So my Hero does the only thing he can think to do and booked us a Hotel at the nearest place he could find; back into the heart of the madness we go! Did I mention Tallahassee is hilly? No, well it is and did I mention its HOT as four-hundred Hades? Then guess what happens? As we are within eyeshot of the Hotel, it starts to rain, not bad just enough to create steam EVERYWHERE! So let me clarify, by everywhere I mean from the hot pavement, the HOT motorcycles and our hot bodies. I am fairly certain we absolutely know what a steamed Hot Dog feels like and Monkey butt just passed out thankfully, I was sick of hearing about it. Oh! I forgot about the traffic, it’s crawling so slowly it takes 5 changes of a red light to get us to the wrong entrance or should I say Exit driveway to the Hotel but we take it because we are Bikers!

Guess who I found at the check in desk at the hotel? Captain Obvious! He says to me as I walk up to check in “You’re wet is it raining?” now mind you I’ve just taken my helmet off, my shirt is sticking to me and I am pretty sure I smell like open road and steamed monkey’s butt. But I humor him and turn and look out the 2-story window in front of his check-in desk and say “yup seems to be!” then I begin to giggle. I finally compose myself and check us in; then I help put our bags on one of those fancy brass rolly carts. We proceed to walk back through the lobby (because he won’t let me hitch a ride) passing people with name badges hanging from lanyards and drinking wine and staring at us, but I smile and keep moving. We get up to this very nice room and all we can think about is a shower and since it took me longer to peel my clothes off he got to it first.

The next morning we head out (I am not even speaking to Monkey butt) towards home again. Yup it’s still hot but we’ve driven over 2,000 miles on our motorcycles at this point so we ride right into the Sun with our shades on and our tunes loud. We stop for a bite to eat and some water at a restaurant and I am pretty sure the Bearded Wonder has heat stroke because he tells the lady we’ll sit at the bar which is OUTSIDE! Of course I asked him why on God’s green earth would he not want to sit inside to cool off, but I don’t get a coherent answer and I am convinced its heat stroke. But he orders a drink and I decide I better eat something as I glance up at the TV which is showing the current weather conditions. I want to cry and laugh at the same time, Big Rain Storm right in our path to the house. This leg of the journey will not be fun but I can tell you we lived through it and have one hell of a story to tell. By the way, we locked ourselves out of the house and had to wait for our son to come let us in!

All in all we drove almost 3,000 miles on this trip. This was my first long trip driving my own motorcycle and even though I was nervous as heck at times; it was an absolute blast.