Locks of Love

Locks of Love
Getting ready to cut it all off!

Ok I have been bad about posting as I have been pretty busy with work, BUT Abbi’s hair was finally long enough to cut and donate sooooo she did and I am so proud of her (me smiling)…

Locks of Love
My favorite part of this picture is Morgan dancing in the back ground…
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Going…going…
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GONE!!!
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So proud of little Abbi and she is excited!
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Happy St Patricks Day!!!

Happy St Patricks Day!  It has been a cold and cloudy day which has made traffic almost stop. A lot of Spring Breakers are here and they seem to look younger and younger every year…  Certainly I am not getting any older?  Anyways, I made corned beef and potatos and to my suprise – my children LOVED it.  There was no meat left.  I also served sweet peas for a bit of green (they were not as big of a hit, but the dogs enjoyed so not all was lost).

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Going on a treasure hunt...
After school Morgan decided to go on a treasure hunt in our back yard – where she did dig up the garden – in her shorts and Justice Peace rainboots – looking for buried treasure. We back up to the bayou, so we are pretty sure there is buried treasue in the back yard… I will keep you posted on that front.
Evidence of treasure hunt…I love this 🙂
Lastly – Bill had to go to Pensacola today and brought me home the most beautiful roses today, look…

Baby it’s cold outside!

I am astonished at how diverse our little town is.  Our beaches are easily the most beautiful beaches on this planet (I am not biased) but it has historically been difficult to get here, so we are a little bit of a secret.  My girls are always disappointed in other beaches because they are so spoiled.  They assume every beach is like ours, but right now the spring breakers are here and you can tell, because…  they are IN the water.  Bikinis and it is freezing.  The grocery stores are full and this is a crazy time in Destin, because the snowbirds are not quite gone yet and the spring breakers have arrived and it is a bit like oil and water.
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Red Bay Grocery

On the way back to Destin halfway between the metropolis of Bruce and the Springs of Ponce de Leon on Highway 81. Ten miles south of I-10 is the Red Bay Grocery.  Stepping in there is like stepping back in time. I am happy everytime I walk in there, it is kind of difficult to explain, you almost need to experience this place, I love it!!!  The food is “wow” so good and not expensive.  It is the place to stop when you are coming to or leaving the area for sure.  Friendly people and really good tea and banana pudding, which in the south is key.
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Red Bay

Abbi Red Bay

My Abbi

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My Morgan

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My love

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red bay peaches
red bay honey
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Love how the liquid plumr and buck lickers are right next to the cute little jams ~ only in the south!
Red Bay Day

The long road back to Florida

We had to leave the meat to be processed and we just kind of took our time heading back to Destin as this was a gorgeous spring day.  North Florida gets cold in the winter (NOT as cold as Nebraska) but this was still a cold winter overall, so the air was still crisp, but so pretty.  As we are driving, I spotted this nice little smokehouse on the side of the road and I had to quickly take a few photos.  The owner was a little bitter, as you may be able to determine via the photos of her now abandoned “out of business” smokehouse. Alabama

Alabama smokehouse

Sweet home Alabama

Now, I could not make this stuff up if I tried.  I have never seen a cotton field.  I have seen a lot of corn fields, but definitely NO cotton fields, so the other weekend I drove with my husband to deliver some venison (that just sounds better than deer meat) to a man in Alabama that makes “venison” into fabulous sausage.  I literally made him pull over so I could take a picture and of course I had to touch it (the cotton) – which by the way is not always a good idea, to get out of a car along a highway in Alabama to touch someones cotton, those folks do not like this, but I did get a picture and my children thought it was very funny, so it was actually worth that little stop.

Cotton

Ok, so now we are back in the car heading to Alabama and this place is actually only about an hour in a half away from our house.  We got there and this man was so sweet.  He must have thought we had lost our minds (well, let me rephrase, he must have thought I had lost my mind).  I asked him if I could take pictures because I was just having a picture taking kind of day.  I have never seen such a thing.  Now I am not really fond of deer meat (sorry , I know it is not a bad thing, it is just a bit gamey for me and I do my hunting at our local grocery store) but this is the best sausage I think I have ever had.  It is called Smokehouse Deer Processing in Lowery, Alabama and it was worth the drive.  They also are part of a group called “Hunter Helping the Hungry” where they give excess meat to needy families, just really nice people and really really good sausage.

Sausage Guy

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Somewhere under THIS rainbow…

I love rainbows… I love a lot of things, but this rainbow, this VERY one is the rainbow that made me want to write this blog.   I must live in one of the most beautiful places on this planet and SOMETIMES I get a little busy and forget…  I know it is hard to imagine, but this is really going to be more of a photo journal kind of blog, because I am not really a great writer, but I can post photos (not always good ones, but you will get the idea).  Please understand that I was born in Florida, but I really grew up in Nebraska, yes Nebraska and it was actually very beautiful as well, but very cold and not many beaches.
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Destin Commons parking lot