The Gulf Coast of Florida is so beautiful it is unbelievable. The beaches have the finest powdery sand I have ever seen in my life and I was able to find dozens of shells and sand dollars to bring home. I was in desperate need of some serious downtime and Florida provided with amazing results. The drive didn’t take long and the weather was perfect for my 3 day vacation.
I arrived at the hotel in the evening and relaxed on the patio while I ate my dinner. After a good night’s sleep with the sliding doors open for a gentle ocean breeze, I was bright eyed and bushy tailed first thing in the morning. Exploring the area was a lot of fun as there was so much to see and do. I visited a nearby State Park and walked the boardwalks for hours. The flora and fauna were just amazing to see.
Later, I tried some of the local cuisine and found that I really love Hispanic foods. They were literally bursting with flavor. I spent plenty of time relaxing on the beach and trying new tropical drinks that were so yummy. I did get a slight burn but not that bad as I used plenty of sunscreen. If you need some downtime, I definitely recommend the Gulf Coast. You will love it !
Probably the best thing about September is that all the new TV shows have their premiers for the new viewing season. A lot of the popular shows that were on hiatus over the summer are back with great casts and proven writers. And there are bunches of new shows being launched with high hopes of gaining an audience and becoming the next big hit.
One of the shows that I like just had their big premier and it was an hour and a half long. One of the biggest hit shows on TV and arguably THE biggest hit ever for the FX cable channel, Sons of Anarchy is back for their last season – with vengeance on their mind. This show took a while to gain a following the first couple of years, but now they are having their 7th season and it started with a bang. They will be missed when this season wraps up, but in a way I am glad. I think the writer and creator, Kurt, has run out of ideas and is resorting to a lot of gratuitous violence to entertain the viewers. It is time to end this show and let others have a chance.
There aren’t many more shows that I really care about other than Game of Thrones. Sure, there are lots of situation comedies. Sometimes I will catch an episode of the Big Bang Theory or Mike and Molly, but I don’t really care about any other shows enough to make a big effort to watch them.
On the other hand, some of the shows that ran over the summer are now wrapping up. I have really enjoyed watching Ray Donovan, but there are only two episodes left. I will really miss that show when it is over – not only because I look forward to each new episode, but also because the show’s creator and writer is leaving the show. Someone else who has been involved for the first two seasons will step up and take her place, but deep in our hearts we must surely realize that means that the show will be changed to reflect the writing and input of the new people. I just hope they stay close enough to the original story that we will like Season 3 next year.
What is your favorite late night snack? You know, the nights when you should be heading to bed, but you have a craving for something to eat and just want a quick snack so you can fall asleep easier?
Some people crave sweets just before bed. I remember my dad used want to bowl of ice cream every night while he watched the late night news. My little brother has that same habit. I know he loves ice cream and is very particular about the brand of the ice cream and the flavor that he wants. Most of the time he wants Breyer’s Ice Cream, Vanilla Bean, and then he pours a couple of squirts of Hershey’s chocolate syrup over the top.
I don’t crave sweets – hardly ever. I’m just not a dessert person. I like salty stuff – and don’t ask me why. I have no idea. I would want a small bag of chips or a handful of salted nuts for a snack. Sometimes, I like a cold slice of leftover pizza – but not often. In fact, most of the time I don’t keep leftover pizza around. To me it does not taste as good after the pizza sits in the refrigerator for a day or two. I try to order just enough pizza to feed me or me and a guest, and not go overboard with too much pizza. If there is any leftover, sometimes I throw it out and every once in a while I will put a couple slices into a Ziploc freezer bag and stick it in the freezer.
I used to eat popcorn at night, mostly because it was fast and easy and I though it was a little healthier than other snacks. But I found out that the hard kernels in a handful of popcorn can cause my teeth to crack and I don’t need that kinda of trouble. So I’ve given up on popcorn and sticking with a small bowl of tortilla or potato chips and some salsa or guacamole.
Next weekend is Mother’s Day and in my family that means that you must shop for a Hallmark Mother’s Day card at least 10 days before the holiday to make sure it gets mailed and received on time. There is nothing worse than getting a late Mother’s Day card in the mail the following Monday or Tuesday morning. You will be shamed for that mistake for the rest of the year – or until her birthday when you do have a second chance to make it up to her with lavish overspending a nice Hallmark birthday card and extravagant gift.
I went to the grocery store a couple of days ago and found a huge selection of Hallmark cards for Mother’s Day. I spend over 20 minutes reading through all the poems and sentiments expressed on each card and critically examining the card designs to find the perfect one for my mother. Then I bought a nice gift card to her favorite restaurant and took them to the post office Friday night. Surely that is enough advance time to get the card in her hands before Mother’s Day? Last time I mailed a letter to her it only took 3 days to be delivered. So I am doubling that and allowing 6 days for delivery. I actually considered sending it priority mail, but that has gotten pretty expensive lately, so I decided to take a chance and go with regular first class mail instead.
Mom – if you are reading my blog – be on the lookout Wednesday and Thursday for my card to you!
For some reason, this year all my friends seem to be planting gardens or putting container plants on their patios and balconies. I find that really odd. What has got everyone so interested in growing shit?
I grew having to work in the family garden and I will be totally fine if I never have to pull another weed or pick another yellow squash from the vine. I hate working in the hot sun, with all kinds of bugs around – both in the air and in the dirt and on the plants. I hate pulling weeds and getting my fingernails all messed – not to mention the $30 manicure ruined.
I think my friends growing gardens this year are doing it out of curiosity or some kind of nesting instinct. I doubt they have any idea of how much work a real garden entails. And after all is said and done, when they realize how much money they blew on containers, soils, fertilizer, stakes, water, gloves, shovels and rakes and all that other crap and then they compare that cost to how much they supposedly “saved” over buying vegetables from the roadside stand, the farmer’s market or even the frozen food section of the Kroger – they will get a big shock.
I’ll be surprised if any but the most dedicated to organic fresh food even try to do a garden again next year!