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Monday, July 03, 2006

The Grasshopper

Can you believe I'm finally updating my photo blog? I have no excuses for not doing it aside from being totally uninspired. I'm just so tired of taking pictures that have water in them. I guess that's a disadvantage of living on a peninsula.

I make no promises for fast updates in here, but I will update again, just keep checking back. Don't give up on me! :) And leave me a comment so I know someone is still out there!

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We had a rainshower earlier this afternoon. After the rain stopped, I looked out on our arch-way in the garden and saw this guy sitting on the side of it. This thing was HUGE! The grasshopper was about 4 inches long (Though my mom says it was closer to 5, but what does she know? lol) I was scared to get to close to it. It had these thorn looking things on it's legs, and it was so big, I didn't know rather it'd spit at me, bite me, or just flat out attack me. So I did what any girl would do... I shot the picture and ran like a sissy. =)

Photo taken on July 3, 2006

The Grasshopper

Happy Insect, happy Thou,
Dost neither Age, nor Winter know.

But when thou'st drunk, and danc'd, and sung
Thy fill, the flowry Leaves among,
(Voluptuous, and Wise withal,
Epicurean Animal!)
Satiated with thy Summer Feast,
Thou retir'st to endless Rest.

(Abraham Cowley [1618-1667] British poet.)

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Monday, May 29, 2006

Thursday Challenge

CURRENT Theme is "GROUND"
(Mud, Dirt, Grass, Gardens, Pavement, Gravel, Stones, Gravel, Litter...)

Photo taken on 05/26/2006

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Friday, May 19, 2006

Thursday Challenge

CURRENT Theme is "PASSAGEWAY"
(Stairs, Hallway, Door, Porch, Tunnel, Bridge, Escalator, Elevator, Road,...)

Photo was taken on 05/19/2006

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Thursday Challenge

CURRENT Theme is "FAMILY"
(Mothers, Fathers, Children, Grandparents, Grandchildren, Aunts, Uncles, Family Events, Family Traditions, Heirlooms,...)

I know this is probably a little strange for my challenge. These are pictures of pictures. I disovered the first 2 pictures in my moms' room. She doesn't have them displayed out in the open. They're just hidden on one of her shelves. Both of these photographs were taken in the late 1940's. My mom guestimates they were taken around 1948 or 1949.

This one is a picture of my mom's birth mother, my grandpa and HIS grandmother. My mom's birth mother died when my mom was 11 years old. She hardly remembers her and has very few photos of her. The memories and photographs she has, she cherishes. My grandpa passed away when I was 13. He was and still is the best man in the world in my eyes. I was 100% grandpa's girl. The older woman, who I guess would be my great great grandmother, died before my mom was born. It's really strange for me to think of my grandpa having his own set of grandparents. That probably sounds stupid, but he was always "My Grandpa". I miss him so much.


This picture is of my great grandparents and their daughter-in-laws (at the time this photo was taken). From left to right is my Aunt Margie who just passed away in February. My mom's birth mom. My mom's Aunt Mary Magdaline (I say she's my mom's because her husband [my grandpa's brother] passed away long before I was born. After he died, she re-married and never came around our family). My great grandmother and great grandfather (my grandpa's parents). I knew my great grandma. But my great grandpa died when my mom was a little girl. My great grandma died when I was about 8 or 9. I still remember her quite well though. She was hilarious.


This picture was taken in 1976. We were living in Mexico with my abuelita (grandma). From left to right, daddy, abuelita, mom and me. I was 2 years old. My mom and dad used to always get teased about how tall she was and how short he was. Their friends called them "Sonny and Cher".

This photo was taken in 1981 in Burbank California. It was the first time I'd seen daddy since my parents divorced. I was 7 years old. Daddy had taken me to buy my very first camera. It was a Polaroid, one of those that spit the picture out after you took it. This was one of the very first pictures I took with it.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Rainy Morning

I woke up this morning to the sounds of soft rain hitting my windows. I love that sound. I rushed out of bed to run and look out the window. It was so beautiful and still. Peaceful.


I noticed something on the ledge of the window. I looked closer and saw this soaking wet pidgeon. Normally I can't stand these birds. They poop on everything and they never shut up. But this morning, this bird pulled at my heartstrings. It looked so sad and scared sitting there all alone. I wanted to open the window and try to let it in. But then the bird opened it's eyes and looked straight at me. That feeling went away quickly! Evil birds!


I decided to grab my umbrella and go outside and see if I could take some pictures to capture the feeling of happiness and tranquility the rain gives me. Everything is beautiful and I see things in a different way.


I walked around the house and heard water pouring down onto the ground. I looked up and discovered I had my very own waterfall!!!


We haven't really had much rain this year. In fact this is probably only our second or third rain which is very unusual for Florida. Waking up to the sounds and the freshness the rain brings was exactly what I needed. I think Mother Nature's works of art probably enjoyed it just as much. Yay for rainy mornings!

All photos were taken on 05/09/2006

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Thursday Challenge

CURRENT Theme is "SPRING"
(Baby Animals, Tree Buds, Flowers, Birds, Green Plants, S. Cleaning, Coil, Jump, Fountain, Hot Springs, Bouncy,...)


Photo taken on 03/12/2006

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Vacation Pics

FYI: For those of you visiting from my diary, you can leave comments here. You do not have to be a member of blogger to post a comment.

Ok, so it's been nearly a month since I have updated and I really REALLY did not mean for that to happen! Sometimes time goes by so fast and you don't even realize it until its gone.

But I'm back now and I have pictures from my vacation in the Bahamas. So without further ado...

If you read my diary then a lot of this will be repeated, but now you'll have the pictures to visualize it all. If you don't read my diary, I'll give you the shortened version of my vacation.


Photo was taken on 04/21/2006
Once we were all aboard the ship, Katrina (my sister for those that don't know) and I decided to go and eat breakfast. After breakfast we went walking around. We found the casino. I’d only been gambling one time in my life and I lost my ass. But hey, I was on vacation, so why not? I put in $10 and started playing the slots. I was winning 5 quarters back almost every other spin, but I kept playing them. I wasn’t winning enough to… And there it was! I hit for $40 bucks. I cashed out right then. I wasn’t about to keep playing after that. That was my first “real” win and I wasn’t going to be greedy. So we left the casino and went to the lounge.

Photo was taken on 04/21/2006
Where I had my first of many drinks on this vacation!

Photo was taken on 04/21/2006
As we got closer and could see the island from the ship I noticed the ocean water was a beautiful aqua color. I'd never seen water this color before without being in a pool. It was beautiful!

Photo was taken on 04/21/2006
When our ship pulled into the port, this was the first thing you could see. It's nothing pretty or exciting. It was a giant warehouse type building with a big metal sign that said welcome.

Photo was taken on 04/22/2006
Our second day there, we took a tour of the island. Our tour guide was great. He told us about the history of the island, and took us down to a place that locals call, "Millionaires Row" which is where all of the million dollar houses are. During our tour, he drove us by the only castle on all of the Bahama islands. The man that owns this castle is the same man that owns all of the McDonalds, KFC's, and Pizza Huts on all of the islands. Oddly enough, there are no Taco Bell's on any of the Bahama Islands.

Photo was taken on 04/22/2006
During that tour he also took us to Taino Beach. The sand is so soft and so fine, you can't help but take your flip flops off and walk on it. Well, at least I couldn't! =)

Photo was taken on 04/23/2006
On Sunday we were picked up and taken to the Xanadu resort where we soaked in some sun. The beach was beautiful and the water felt wonderful.

Photo was taken on 04/23/2006
After a couple of hours of soaking in the sun, we headed out for a glass bottom boat cruise. We saw 2 sharks once we got in the deepest parts of the ocean, but they were swimming in circles around the boat so fast I couldn't get a picture. The striped fish in the above picture are called Seargent Majors. The other fish is a type of trout. I can't remember what he called them. They have blue bodies with a thin yellow strip going down each of their sides and their tails are a bright yellow. The First Mate said they were great eating. I'll just have to take his word on that.

Photo was taken on 04/23/2006
Katrina had asked me if I thought we were going to flip over on the boat. We were rocking really hard on the water and the waves were crashing up on the sides of the boat and spraying us. I told her to keep an eye on the Captains quarters. If she saw the First Mate was no longer kicked back and chillin, then she'd need to worry. I do believe he had the most comfortable seat on the boat though. =)

Photo was taken on 04/24/2006
One thing I loved about being on the island is the music and the scenery in the bars and stores. Just about anywhere you go on the island you'll hear caribbean music and just about every bar you go to will be decorated in something tropical. It's very relaxing and I think it makes you drink more. =P

Photo was taken on 04/24/2006
On our last day there, we went shopping at the International Bazaar. We went to the Perfume Factory and created our own fragrance and named it. You choose 1 to 3 oils that you want to blend to get your scent. Once you've decided, they take you to the mixing room where you get a vial and find your oils and begin mixing them.

Photo taken on 04/24/2006
Once you've created your fragrance and it's been bottled and labeled with the name you chose, they give you a certificate and register your perfume with the name of it and your name so you can re-order it when you run out. You can also make lotions.

Photo was taken on 04/24/2006
And just for the pure sake of entertainment, here is DJ doing karaoke with his fly unzipped and his belly exposed. You MUST click on the picture to enlarge it and get a big laugh. Karma is a bitch and I was very pleased to be there to see it in action!

Photo was taken on 04/24/2006
This is a rare event that will probably never happen again. But I really like this picture. This is me. I'm aware that you can't actually see me, and that is the whole reason I'm putting it on here. But I love how it shows my profile taking in the beauty of the sunset. I was lost in so many thoughts and reflecting back on everything that had happened in the past 4 days. It was a beautiful moment and I'm glad it was captured in a photograph.

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