Thursday, November 19, 2015

Not so Low Solo Monday

When we left home for Florida to checkout the water issues, with no known time frame of our trip, Hubby worked it out with his job so he would be able to telecommute from there. Since it was a workday, Monday, Hubby had to stay at our house to phone in for meetings and had lots of work to do. Can you imagine a better work environment??  I figured I could get out to the beach at sunrise and stay a couple of hours and still get back to make (and receive calls) from contractors.  So I decided to head out solo....not as much fun, but the bug had hit me and I had to go to the beach even though the tides weren't ideal!
The sand dollars were pushed up to the high tide lines, and made it difficult to walk without stepping on them!
Most of the shells were minis and were embedded in the sand, you definitely had to do a lot of bending and stooping (Sanibel Stoop) to see all the treasures. All you have to do is click each picture to enlarge it to do some cybershelling of your own!

I found so many sand dollars, and finally just quit picking them up!
Every day is always different at the beach, today it was shelling off of the surf line, to these embedded areas and the high tide line...

A piece of an Angel Wing
Almost a whole Angel Wing!
I found this guy, peeking through the grass at me, and felt like it was so appropriate since it was so close to Halloween!
I also found some beach art, someone thinks like I do! :) These were made out of red Mangrove seed pods which are called 'pencils' by us shellers.

This morning ended up a 'mini day' for much fun, I love the minis!
I put a quarter in the picture below so you could see how small these all are!

 A teeny tiny fighting conch and orange true tulip share this quarter!
I found some beach bling too! A sea whip and 2 sea urchins...of course they are no longer alive.
I really had a great time and I got back early, in time to continue on with contacting contractors to work on the house and work some more on my new project...

Stay tuned for more updates!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sand Dollar Sunday and Happy Birthday to My Hubby

It has been pretty hectic since our trip to Florida, so I have been a little remiss on posting our trip updates, please bear with me. 

First I want to do a shout out today for my Hubby. TODAY is his BIRTHDAY!

Happy, Happy Birthday to my WONDERFUL Hubby!

Now, turn the clock back to Sunday the 18th of October, only our second opportunity to go shelling this trip. 

Sunday the sand dollars continued to come in. I had seen this before, but they had been all very small ones, this time it was all sizes! So Sad.


I did find a few that were no longer alive.

 Although the tides weren't very low, the shelling was pretty good!!
 Hubby's finds...
He got a beautiful Alphabet Cone and a very colorful pear whelk

 My the mini's!
Look at the variety in the lightning whelks, very similar in size but so different in colors! I would guess that the difference is the time they were empty, the darker the color, the most recently empty. Wouldn't you agree?
After shelling, I decided to go shopping at some of my favorite Florida stores, and, as usual, found some things I couldn't do without! :)  Check out these awesome dishes that will compliment my White Shell pottery beautifully!!

I just couldn't resist!!

I also started another project this week while I was making phone calls, and waiting for is a little 'sneak peek'

What do you think?


Monday, November 9, 2015

Working in Paradise

Due to the storms that had happened along the East coast the last few days, we already knew that we couldn't take a direct path to Ft. Myers.  If you remember, South Carolina had tremendous flooding over the last few days, and they had closed over 70 miles of Interstate 95.  Traffic was detoured west in SC for many miles, and there was a lot of traffic, but the detour went as smoothly as it could have so we arrived in Ft. Myers Monday afternoon.

The rest of the week was spent on the phone making contacts to have the 'water leak' at our house checked out, working mostly with our management company.  We still did not know what the source of the water was, rainwater or plumbing issues. Nothing was readily apparent! Finally on Friday, a roofing company got on the roof with a water hose while someone was in the attic and they found the source!  The ridge vent had pulled up apparently during the storms and the water came in there, ran down the rafter to the wall behind our toilet in the upstairs bathroom, pouring water on the floor there.  From there it traveled down to the kitchen ceiling!!  The roofers fixed the problem and checked it out with another water check! Finally....progress!!

Next step, repairs.....but first, the weekend!!! :)

Since we couldn't get any more work done due to the weekend, :) Hubby and I got up early Saturday morning and headed for a little R & R at the beach! 

It was a beautiful morning and very quickly we noticed it was Sand Dollar many sand dollars EVERYWHERE, every size! We saw the small sand dollars washing up last year, but these were all sizes, mostly larger!

It was difficult to walk without stepping on them!  The shelling was pretty good, lots of minis in small piles scattered along the shore.

I managed to get a video of one of the Sand dollars as the water washed along it.

Here is a sand dollar trail in the tidal pool! If you look closely you can see him still there!

I think we had a pretty good day, what do you think?
Hubby's finds
My finds

Both Hubby and I found pieces of Junonia, which is fairly rare!

 And LOTS of Olives!!
The beach therapy continues....stay tuned!