Monday, August 5, 2013

Vacation-Day 3 (217/365)

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TIME:  11:43 AM
PLACE:  Miramar Beach, FL

Back to the beach…this time up the road from the condo.  As you can see the humans were in the ocean and the birds were on the beach.

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TIME:  12:31 PM

I hope those aren’t sharks.

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Nope…a pod of dolphins swimming by.

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I have no idea what kind of crustacean this guy is…but he is very interesting looking.

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TIME:  9:34 PM
PLACE:  Dewey Destin’s Harborside Restaurant
SUBJECT:  David and StellaDella

After a hard day full of sun and sand, we went to a late supper.  These two crashed at the table soon after eating.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Vacation-Day 2 (216/365)

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TIME:  7:10 AM
PLACE:  Miramar Beach, FL
SUBJECT:  Shayne and StellaDella

We were up early and walked to the beach to check it out in the daylight. 

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TIME:  12:35 PM
PLACE:  Grayton Beach, FL
SUBJECT:  Charter catch

We drove east to Grayton Beach to meet up with my brother-in-law’s uncle and his family for a picnic.  This charter pulled up behind our shelter with it’s catch.

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We buried DramaQueen in sand and made her into a mermaid. 

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The kids had fun, swimming and collecting sea treasures.

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It was a wonderful day.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Vacation–Day 1 (215/365)

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TIME: 6:27 AM
PLACE:  Somewhere in Tennessee
SUBJECT:  Sunrise

We (I, DramaQueen and StellaDella) met my sister and her family at 3:30 AM and began our caravan down south.

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TIME:  5:09 PM
PLACE:  Miramar Beach, FL
SUBJECT:  The condo pool

After 12 hours, we made it to Florida.  We stopped for a quick lunch/dinner at Whataburger before arriving at the condo.  We unpacked, and the kids made a mad dash to the pool.

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SD quickly adapted to the new environment.

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TIME:  7:54 PM
PLACE:  Miramar Beach, FL
SUBJECT:  Sunset over Gulf of Mexico

Later, we walked down the road to the beach, just in time to see the sun set.  A good first day.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bucket List Update (212/365)

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TIME:  8:57 PM
PLACE:  Home
SUBJECT:  StellaDella

4. get rainbow dash back pack

Done!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Water Tower (211/365)

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TIME:  1:47 PM
PLACE:  St. Clair Square Mall
SUBJECT:  Water Tower

Went to the mall on my day off to cross another item off StellaDella’s bucket list (picture tomorrow!).  I have no idea what is going on with the water tower.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Broken Rule (209/365)

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TIME:  9:03 PM
PLACE:  Bathroom
SUBJECT:  Doorknob

One of my religious beliefs is that there is a special place in hell for those people who paint their door hardware.

Honestly, if you are painting a door, take the time to remove the damn things from the door and the frame.

As part of the never-ending bathroom remodel, I stripped the old bathroom door of 4 layers of paint – I’m pretty sure the bottom one was lead-based.  No precautions were taken, so I’ve probably lead poisoning as well. 

Then I stained it - Twice!  The first stain was waaay too orange – I re-stained it with an Ebony stain.  It looks much better and almost matches the vanity base – Bonus!
 
Finally, I boiled, scraped, stripped and scrubbed off the paint from the hinges, knobs and plate hardware.
 
Alas, after I removed all of the paint, the metal underneath looked horrible could not be saved.

So, I confess, I will be joining the painting heathens in their eternal life of hell and brimstone.

In my defense, however, I did use a metallic spray paint to match the sink and shower fixtures. 

So there
.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Homecoming (208/365)

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TIME:  6:53 PM
PLACE:  Troy Homecoming
SUBJECT:  Merry Mixer Sign

I, DramaQueen and StellaDella walked in the Troy Homecoming parade, throwing out safety suckers for my work.  At the finish, we met up with my sister, niece and nephew.  The kids wanted to stay and ride a couple of the rides.  First up, the 41-year-old Merry Mixer, because I care not for my children’s safety. 

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TIME:  6:53 PM

DramaQueen rode with cousin David.

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TIME:  7:08 PM

They rode the swings, then we stood in line for the Ferris Wheel.  DQ purchased a funnel cake and we ate it while we were waiting.

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TIME: 7:099 PM
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Powdered sugar or illegal drugs?

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TIME:  7:31 PM

After a bit, the two girls made it on the wheel.

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TIME:  7:36 PM
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Can’t sleep, caterpillar will eat me.
(None of the kids rode the creepy caterpillar.)