Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish you all a Happy Holiday! I'll be thinking of all of you as we celebrate another year with thanks for all the blessings our family has!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Bonita Bay Wood Stork

I happened upon a Wood Stork when I was out taking photos on the golf course last week and he posed for me for quite a long time. He is probably about 4 feet tall and has a wing span of 4-5 feet.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Fall is here!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Pictures from paradise

I took these nature shots while out on the Bonita Bay courses, for my October newsletter. The Gopher Tortoise is my favorite. He was so friendly and curious. I laid down on the ground and he came right up to me and ate grass and leaves like we were hanging out on a sunny day! The egret was not so pleased to see me and definitely did not want to share her lunch. Note the thorns on the back of the grasshoppers legs, he is a rugged outdoorsman! And at 4" long is the biggest grasshopper I have ever seen...... we're not in Kansas anymore!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Invasion of the Bees

Melissa asks, "What is this on your patio?" Aubrey and I came running to see many bees starting to gather on the tiles just outside the sliding glass doors. This was a perfect place for Aubrey to watch the gathering of the bees. We watched a couple of hours and then decided that we had better do something. I called a bee keeper in Dunedin and he agreed to come out and take them and not exterminate them. The picture shows him gathering them in a bee box. He scooped the last few in with his bare hands. He found several queen bees (dead). He said several leave the hive at the same time. The other bees follow them. The queens decided to park in my back yard. They were very interesting to watch. The queens fight for possession of the hive. It was a very interesting day. Aubrey had lots of questions and the bee keeper was very nice to answer all of her questions. He didn't bring us any honey.
More bee pictures

Monday, September 04, 2006

Mom has become a beekeeper..

These are pictures of the Bee Day (Monday) The
beekeeper said there were probably 5000 bees. They started coming in the
morning and by the afternoon they were everywhere in the back yard. Reese
was watching too.


Labor Day Grilling..

Joanne and I grilled a "Beer Can Chicken" today. It is a chicken stuffed with Sierra Nevada beer and rosemary with a paprika/herb rub that Joanne put together. We grilled it with mesquite wood. The meat was perfect and fell off the bone.

I hope everyone had a nice relaxing day.

Can you find the green spider??

Joanne figured out that it is a Green Lynx spider.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Happy Birthday Dad...

Friday, August 25, 2006

Teaching Second Grade might be enjoyable after all.

Okay, yes, they are adorable..............

I really didn't want to teach second grade but it has turned out to be okay. I have 18 lively kids. Some are challenging behaviorly but they are fun. These kids are about 7 years old and are all on grade level but one. I have a couple of girls that are reading on a third grade level. I do love the challenge of making sure they learn. My expectations are high and they learn real quick that they must listen. Teaching is a great job.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

That makes me SOOOO mad!!!

There is an interesting article in Men's health magazine about the angriest cities in the US.

Click HERE to check it out. 5 of Florida's cities are in the top 12!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Kale - teaching a class at BBQ U!

C'mon down to the backyard Bar-B-Que, Ya'll!

Kale bought a Weber charcoal Performer grill like the one on the left and he's been grilling up a storm since that day! The grill is charcoal with a propane starter, and it makes getting the coals started a LOT easier. It uses those small camping propane tanks - 2 for $3 at Target. We found some mesquite wood charcoal at Earthfare / Whole foods that gives the food a tasty smoky flavor and smells like a campfire while you're cooking. Bonus!
So far Kale has grilled 2 amazing steak dinners and a hot dog lunch. Yesterday, we made a whole chicken called "beer can chicken". Incredible. The practice was created by BBQ guys that used to get hungry grilling all that meat and the only thing they would have on hand would be meat and beer. So... they would place the chicken on top of a beer can and grill it. We bought a special pan for this so we wouldn't burn ourselves, and the chicken was tasty, juicy, and the smell was amazing! Nice woodsy mesquite smell that drove us, and our super-smeller canines crazy.

Friday, August 04, 2006

I'm working for Elke and Kobe... indirectly

Today, I accepted a position at the AKC.

I am thrilled to have this opportunity, because I love dogs so much and this is the position that I was most excited about during my search.

Patience with the job search process (and from Kale) definately made this happen, and I couldn't be happier!

On Fridays, dogs that are certified "Canine Good Citizens" can come to work with their owners. It's amazing to see people with their pets in the workplace. I was there this afternoon, and it was pretty great. I think I will have my hands too full with getting to know the enviornment to take them up on this... besides, it would probably take a lot of training to get these punks certified anything other than being crazy. I can imagine people complaining about Kobe eating their lunches...

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Moky & Pam's visit

Moky and Pam drove down from Orlando, last Saturday, to visit with Grandmother and bring her birthday presents..... they had lunch, did some shopping and I joined them for dinner. It was a lovely time!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Alive and thin..

Since I have lost 23 pounds, I thought it would be a good idea to post a current picture.

I have been feeling much better lately. I still can't eat many (any) of the things I used to, but I am finding that eating healthy food isn't all that bad. I have discovered some new fruits and vegtables that I enjoy. I can now eat turkey and chicken in small quantities. Tracy hooked me up some great information that has really helped. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Kristy's visit last weekend

Grandmother and I enjoyed Kristy's visit last weekend. We visited, caught up, ate at the Marina Club and played Scategories. A fun time was had by all!

Oliver & Dooley

The boys wanted to wish you all a nice Thursday :-)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Happy #82nd Birthday!

Grandmother/Mom/Great-Grandmother Knowles celebrated her 82nd birthday today!
She received many nice cards, flowers, calls, birthday wishes, birthday songs and gifts.

We had a nice 4 course meal on Venetian Bay and are now very full and happy :-)

Days going quickly...........

Only a few more days and I will be back to teaching. Even though I like the job, I think I like doing my own thing better. Over the weekend I went to a Pottery Garden Party. Well, it was at the old train station here in St. Pete. Many potters displayed and sold their wares. Also, there were demonstrations on "throwing" a pot. I just had the best time. I bought a few dishes from a famous potter. This is a friend of Joannes who put me on the trail of this activity. What fun it was. This was a continuation of out pottery ventures in North Carolina where we travelled to potters places, met the potters and purchased some things. Thanks, Joanne.

Friday, July 14, 2006

heat Indexwill each 100 (again) this weekend!

It's going to be hot down here in SW Florida this weekend! The heat index will reach 100 again.
When I let the cat's out on the lanai Oliver lays in the shade, but Dooley comes right back in like "whew it's hot out there - I like it in here with the air conditioning"....

Monday, July 10, 2006

Happy Monday

Congrats to Kale for losing 15 lbs!!
I don't think gall bladder surgery is the preferred method - but hey...... whatever works right?

(tee hee) I think that is called the "hasselhof diet" right? I'm thinking you look alot like the image to the right now eh?

Sounds like Joanne is a great nurse - I know who I want to take care of me if I ever need a nurse!!

Have a happy Monday everyone :-)

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy 4th of July!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Elke & Kobe

We took this picture during Kay's visit... the dogs were posed at her feet and I had to snap that shot!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Jimbob... Billybob... Bobcat!?

Kay discovered a wild visitor to our yard... apparently their favorite food is rabbit! =0

Saturday, June 17, 2006

No, you take a hike...

Yesterday, we went on 2 hikes romping around the woods, and we were lucky to all make it out in tact.

First, we went to Jordan Lake to enjoy the pine needle paths and lake views. The weather felt warm but the path was mostly shaded. We saw a variety of strange and interesting mushrooms from the recent heavy rains from Alberto (7.5 inches fell on the area 2 days prior). There were many bees and wasps buzzing around our ears and around our legs during the hike. Kale saw an entire deer, I saw a deer butt. The trail was 1.5 miles.

Next, we went to the bald eagle lookout trail to see if we could view some eagles. The trail was much more skinny & rugged, and the terrain more awkward. Since we had just hiked over 1.5 miles at Lake Jordan, we really felt that additional 1.5 miles at the eagle lookout trail. Kale twisted his ankle badly and wound up with a sprain a mile into this trail and needed to hike out in pain. Kay was uncomfortably thirsty and tired from the ‘forced death march’ (my words, not hers) we were making her do, and at one point said, 'can someone please spit on me'. Kale seemed willing to accomodate her, but didn't. I saw several woodpeckers and tried to distract Kay with them.
I was feeling the hike in a big way also.

We managed to make it out of the woods alive… ALIVE! I cannot describe how amazing it felt to drink the cold Gatorade we picked up at the nearest gas station, or how delightful the burst of cold air conditioning in the car felt.

As a side note, because I know I will not get away without mentioning it… Disgustingly enough, before I showered… I found that I had picked up a hitchhiker along our travels – a lone star deer tick, and it was riding on my butt. Lovely!

Kale’s ankle is looking much less inflamed today. Kay is not looking too much the worse for wear from the experience, and I am bug free! =D

Kale's post hike ankle.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


Hi Grandmother and Tracy!

10 lb cat chases Kobe up tree.. twice!

In the picture on the upper left, Jack the cat is the small orange speck under the right side of the tree.
Click HERE to see a video about the story! Posted by Picasa

Pictures from Mom's trip to Italia..

Here is the link to the pictures from Mom's trip to Italia: Posted by Picasa

Rabbit Invasion..

Our yard has been invaded by rabbits!

I am sure the carrots, peanuts, and seed that Joanne puts out there for them might have something to do with it. It is funny, because they freeze when the light comes on. When we check out there at night to see if they are there, it looks like our yard is filled with statues of bunnies.

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Who r the Quigleys?

Ruh Roh

I'm in trouble with GGMaryAlice now for putting that"stupid picture up". She want you all to know she doesn't "look like an imbecile all the time".... (tee hee tee hee lol lol)


How did you Tampa Bay guys do during Alberto?

Great Grandmother Mary Alice and I were just fine. We were glad to have rain since it has been so dry here for several months. My lake is so low I can't see the water from my lanai anymore!

We are working on learning to blog - yu'll see her on here in no time!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

I had a great time on my trip to Italy. We walked everyday for two weeks all over Italy. I think the most fun was in Venice, Murano and Burano. These are really different places to visit with no cars just canals. We did take a gondola ride in Venice. The city was beautiful from the water. We loved our train ride through Tuscany. The mountains and hillsides were beautiful with the grapevines growing on the hillsides. We went to a little town called Lucca that is surrounded by a wall that we had to climb through and over to get to the town. We had our times of getting lost, trying to communicate with people who had no idea what we were saying and attempting to order from a menu totally in Italian. It is all part of the fun of traveling. We had some very interesting meals. I have about 500 pictures that are very meaningful to Trish and me and I hope to others too.

I couldn't figure out how to get the picture and the post in the same blog..................Kay

Had a wonderful trip to Italy

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Spider Bite... Isn't yard work great?

About a week ago I woke up with the worst stomach pain I have ever had. I was sweating; I had chest pains and my heart was racing. I thought I was having a heart attack. It turns out I was bitten by a black widow. There is no permanent damage from a black widow bite, but it takes 3 weeks to recover.

Spiders suck. Posted by Picasa

Shrimp and Grits! Yum!

Mom takes a trip to Florence, Italy and I take one to Florence, South Carolina! I bet she is envious of me! I was there this weekend on a project from work.

One of the places I ate at was called Redbone Alley and it was real Southern cooking. I had Lowcounty Shrimp and Grits, which is spicy fried shrimp on creamy cheese grits topped with seared ham, mushrooms and a few green onions. It was awesome!

I noticed while I was in Florence people kept asking me if my name was Kale as in Cale Yarborough. I assumed they were just big Nascar fans (which they probably are), then I was heading back to the hotel and I passed the Cale Yarborough Honda dealership on West Palmetto Street. Posted by Picasa

Monday, June 05, 2006

The History of Dance - In just 6 minutes

In the unlikely chance that I am not the last person on earth to have heard about this video… Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Hi Corliss

Hi Corliss. I am glad to see you joined the blog.

I look forward to see you and Grandmother in September :)

It has been extremely hot here as well. I think we broke a record last week.

We are fairly settled now. Joanne knows her way around town. All I can say is I know how to get to work in the morning and home in the afternoon :)

The dogs are doing well. I think they made the adjustment faster than we did. They enjoy the larger yard.

The rental house we have is full of boxes. I look forward to buying the next place so we can actually unpack.

We are planning a visit to the Asheboro Zoo soon. I think we are waiting for it to cool down.

Greetings from Pennsylvania! We have song birds that keep us company but enjoyable. We are hot and steamy here the last few days. I had hoped to come up with a gettogether suggestion prior to early September when I drive Mother north, but have not been able to come up with a time before then. Hope you are both enjoying North Carolina and that the move went well. How are your dogs doing? How is the job and job hunting? How is the rental house and the town? Take care.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day..

I hope everyone is having a nice Memorial day. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Kory for serving our country. Posted by Picasa