Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dorri Gets to Feed a Giraffe

 I Love Giraffes
Today we drove down to Naples and enjoyed a wonderful day at the Naples Zoo. For a fundraiser Perry's  mom and I each fed a giraffe for $5. They gave us 3 pieces of Romaine lettuce and told us to wave them over our heads to attract the giraffes to us. We felt a little silly holding them over our heads and waving it around but it worked. Only one ventured over to see what we had to offer. 
Hello what is that you are holding missy????
I wasn't really that scared.... big long gray tongues!
Hello there.....
Mom T holding the lettuce so the giraffe wraps his tongue around it.
Relax... Respect...Enjoy... Dorri

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Favourite Drink Tuesday

Funky Cold Medina

1.5 oz Vodka
1.5 oz Southern Comfort
1.5 oz Blue Curacao
1.5 oz Cranberry juice
Kiwi for garnish

Pour the 1st three ingredients into an ice filled shaker. Cover, shake well and pour into a glass. Pour the cranberry juice over it. Stirring is optional. Add a straw for sipping and garnish with a kiwi.
Be careful whom you are around when you drink this aphrodisiac because, whether you drink it in a bar, tavern, or cantina... nothing gets them worked up... like the Funky Cold Medina!

Respect... Relax... Enjoy.... Dorri

Monday, January 28, 2013

What I am Reading

 Chill Factor - Sandra Brown
A  good thick book that takes place in a winter storm over the course of less than a week. Kept me guessing all the time as to who done it. Enjoyed it as I do most of Sandra Brown's books.

A Place Called Here - Cecelia Ahern
Started off slow but then I couldn't put it down. A very crazy off the map book about where things and people go when they disappear. Really had me thinking that such a place exists because how many single socks actually do remain in the dryer????

The Bonesetter's Daughter - Amy Tan
Just started this book, I am thoroughly enjoying it. I have read a couple of her other books before so I thought this one would be interesting. I found the book on the shelf here in the condo. Was it lost? I planned only to read beach books this winter on holidays but I do most of my reading out in the sun and that makes my Ipad suck. But no complaints that it is sunny every day from me.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy.... this beautiful state.... Dorri

Florida Day 11

In front of Roosevelt Manor
Blind Pass Beach
Day 11 have we really been here 11 days? Well we have and Mom and Dad Thomas arrive tomorrow for a week. We toured around Captiva Island with our "new to us" bikes a couple days ago. What a great day. The seashelling wasn't great on that beach though. We have found no comparison to the beach out front of our condo but will continue the search. The sand at Blind Pass is powdery, soft and white. The beaches are empty. Very few people around. The waves are big and inviting; wish we had boards. We stopped at a quaint little restaurant and had a couple Long Island Iced Teas right on the beach, dogs, people and kids. The Mucky Duck was fun, an English pub meets surfer dude style. Later we biked on down the street and ate at the Key Lime Bistro and no we did not have Key Lime pie lol.
Lemonade with a Kick
Bloody Mary the Works
Nice little place, picket fence patio off the street and live music. Perry had this crazy Bloody Mary with enough food in it to feed a small family. Cool place to while away part of the afternoon. We will definitely be making a return trip to bike more of this island. Very laid back & welcoming.

Sunsets Arghhhhhhhhh lol

Sunset on the beach. Having a wonderful time. I think it is crazy though. We see the sun rise and set everyday in our normal life yet everyone stops what they are doing here and congregates on the beach to blind themselves watching that big ball of fire in the sky disappear into the ocean. The glass of wine we enjoy is more than making up for the silliness of this pastime! Am loving the romantic time we have sitting there chatting and people watching.
Perry and I biked down island to the Sanibel Lighthouse on Saturday. Nice ride thru trails and roads. There is a fishing pier on the bottom tip of the island. Lots of white birds there waiting for a handout. Lots of little fishies in some very clear blue water. These Egrets were not very scared of us, likely expecting me to toss them a prawn!! If I coulda I woulda. Strange looking ocean fish on the stringers. Kept expecting a dolphin to swim up and snatch his breakfast away. Score!!!

Snowman made of shells 

 Mr. Gecko protecting us from Mr. Snake. Man o man first sighting of a big ol' ugly blue snake in the garden by the pool. I made Perry change loungers with me so he was closer to it than I was!! My hero. Watchout Mr. Butterfly cos maybe either of those creatures will be thinking you are a tasty morsel. Wonder what mom will think of that? There is a fence between us but the bars are more than wide enough to allow a 2" body to slither thru..... ewh!
My complete haul of shells as of Jan 27/2013
Having a wonderful time, wish you all were here.....
Respect... Relax...Enjoy... Dorri

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Florida Day 6

Day 6 relaxing and decompressing. I am thinking we need a few more of these days yet to complete the process and become "islandized"!

The shell picking here in front of the condo is fantastic. We tried Bowman's Beach yesterday and it was quite disappointing. The beach is about 3 miles by car away from here. It is a beautiful long wide beach with facilities. The amount of shells at the tide line was very limited and the variety was very white and boring. They say that the tides vary where the shells can be found daily and we are definitely seeing that. But we are finding it very fun to search for the elusive ones. According to the guides everything we have found so far is "common" aw gee sorry.... our finds are only common. They look like treasure to me. Speaking of treasures though, apparently some old pirate back in the day had buried treasure on Sanibel and held fair maidens for ransom on Captiva. Maybe we should be digging down in the sand lol. One gold coin would be cool or some old bones!
The breakfast of champions, can u guess which one is mine?
We named this seagull "Daytime/Nightime" after a crazy video we watched on Facebook. He hung out beside us for over an hour. Just stood there. Perry fed him some raisins and peanuts but he loved us despite the feast.
The blue heron was on Bowman's Beach. He liked us too but we weren't feeding him. He just stood there beside our chairs and preened and cleaned his feathers. There are some amazing birds here but the ones I most want to see are the flamingos. Word has it though unless I see them in the zoo I won't see any in the wild. Oh well I guess I will have to be satisfied with wild alligators!

Supper out Sunday night at Doc Fords restaurant. Spectacular Quinoa salad with grilled prawns. Very nice restaurant. Excellent, friendly wait staff. Sports bar type and there was plenty of Americans getting their football fix on the zillion tvs.
West Gulf Beach in front of the condo

Sunrise Jan 22/2013 from our bedroom window

Life is good. Another awesome day enjoyed with the love of my life. Gotta go, the ocean waves are calling me.

Repect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

Favourite Drink Tuesday

Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
While in Rome.... well I really mean while in the sweet Florida sunshine I must blog about beachy drinks. 
Here is one that is full of Vitamin C.

  • 1 pineapple cut into small pieces (reserve for garnish)
  • 100 ml coconut milk
  • 100 ml water (approx to alter thickness)
  • ice cubes
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • coconut flakes for garnish
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • 1 oz of vodka & 1 oz of white rum
Place all ingredients into a blender except the coconut flakes and the alcohol. Blend until smooth.
Add the 2 oz of vodka and rum and stir. Sprinkle the top with coconut and garnish with a slice of pineapple. Serve icy cold preferably on the beach or around the pool...."acrylic glasses only around the pool!"

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri

Friday, January 18, 2013

Florida Vacation Day 3

 Starting to settle into island life on Sanibel. The warmth of the sun on our skin is a welcome change from the frigid winter we left behind in the frozen north. Travel day and the flight was long but uneventful. 1st class was fabulous and very comfortable.

My first view of Sanibel Island.  A little more green than what we left behind hey?

The condo is better than described. The area is very quiet and the beach is right there 30 seconds from our door. We went and picked some seashells on Thursday and found a
treasure trove of them. I am
excited to see what I will make with them back home. All kinds of plans for mosaics for the bathrooms of the Lakehouse. The grounds are meticulously gardened. There is a wide variety of plants and many orchids grafted to the trees. Perry says I cannot go buy tools and play in the gardens. But I think they need me??

We bought a pair of used bikes we found on Craig's List Thursday and went for a long 8 mile ride along the trails this morning. It was cooler so was a very comfortable ride, with many things to see. We even saw an alligator swimming  and floating in a canal. I want to see a pink flamingo but I guess my search will have to wait another day. I understand that the majority of ones you see are actually escapes from zoos!!

Perry cooking our steaks on the bbq down by the pool. Make mine rare please.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy...

What I am Reading

44 Charles Street - Danielle Steel
I haven't read a DS novel in awhile and I really enjoy her books. I loved this one. Not a very long one but really enjoyable. Some sitting on the fence cheering for the good guys. Since I am on the beach right now I am also reading a paperback novel too since the Ipad really is much too hard to see the screen and who wants to get sand in it. So book number 2 is:

Switched - Sandra Brown
An intriguing story about twins who switched places. I have read a lot of her books. They are usually pretty hard to put down. Nice length too and very easy to lose yourself in the story early.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy.... Dorri