(Whatever you do, don't Tpiss them off ... that beak is Pwicked.
Yesterday was simply amazing. Today would be simply amazing too, if I were about an hour south of here already and slipping my kayak into the clear waters of the Chassahowitzka River.
Alas, I am here, typing this post after sleeping in past dawn ... weird ... even Bear slept in ... which, of course, allowed me to sleep in.
Sort of a somna chain reaction ...
What makes yesterday especially amazing is the fact that on the surface (why, yes, that is a manatee on the surface) it was a run to Home Depot that got me up close and personal with some sea cows.
(It feels good to call them "sea cows", I grew up calling them that. In fact no one I knew called them "manatees" until they all got press agents ... I suppose Save The Sea Cows did not have the right ring to it)
Where was I? Oh yes, ... so how did a trip to a big box hardware store get me next to 4 mushyfaced manatees?
It seems I have a 40 mile dilemma when it comes to needing a Home Depot store ... I can travel about 40 miles east to Gainesville ... home of the National Champion Gator Football team ... perhaps you have heard of them?
Or, I can travel 40ish miles south to Crystal River / Homosassa Springs ... home of beaucoup manatees this time of year.
Love those UF Gators, but this was a no brainer, so off I went yesterday, southbound with kayak and camera.
That encounter is tomorrow's post ... not to tease you or anything, but I got ALOT closer to the T's than in that top shot.
Today is another unbelievably blue sky gorgeous day here with cool temps and lots of sun. I need to stick around and take care of things at PFHQ though, but hey, it's a perfect day for that too.
- There's blueberry maintenance to do. They are just beginning to bloom. I was worried about the super cold last week, but it only took a few of the earliest blooms so we are still on track for a good harvest.
- The big wedding of Annette and my brother Terry is this Saturday, so that is also occupying my mind. I am BBQing chicken for ... well, I don't know how many yet, because the RSVP info hasn't been tabulated, but I'm thinking at least 60 people. I'll be making my BBQ battle plan today and a final shopping list. Pressure is on ... never cooked for quite that many folks before. I'm thinking of making a big pot of Minorcan Style Clam Chowder too.
- I'm taking off from work on Thursday and Friday just to be sure I have all my cooking ducks (chickens actually) in a row.
- The whole theme of this outdoor wedding, besides the love thing, is Minorcan/Floridian style ... so the menu is looking like Chicken Pilau, Sausage Pilau, BBQ Chicken, Clam Chowder, Datil Pepper Sauce... good stuff.
- Plus, and this makes me extremely happy as I can not remember the last time I wore a tie ... those of us in the wedding party are all supposed to dress alike in ... God I love these two people ... Black jeans, Columbia fishing shirts, and flipflops.
- Yes! I will suffer through flipflops for the chance to wear jeans and a fishing shirt to a wedding.
- (Someday I will have to share my opinion of flipflops as footwear)