Just Back

The laundry’s done and there’s food in the house again so I can finally sit down and share a few photos.  We had the best vacation of our lives, hands down.  We cruised on the Seabourn Sojourn to French Polynesia and Hawaii, all places we’ve never been before.  We discovered we much preferred the Polynesian islands over Hawaii and would love to go back some day.  I’ve only been snorkeling once before in the Caribbean.  I’m officially hooked on it now!

We found lots of gorgeous isolated places.

We visited Nuku Hiva, which is where Survivor Marquesas was set.

Fanning Island has no electricity or running water. It was a fascinating stop.

The children of Fanning Island greeted us.

We went scuba diving for our very first time in Moorea which is a much nicer first dive spot than a public pool! Underwater selfie time.

This sea anemone was bright pink and super soft to the touch.

We spent as much time as we could in the water. That’s our ship in the background.

Snorkeling in Bora Bora.

We swam with black tipped sharks.

And got to feed and pet stingrays. I could have spent all day here.

A deeper water snorkeling spot.

We purchased an underwater camera before we went and are so glad we did!

The fish were unbelievably colorful.

These guys were everywhere.

A cluster of sea urchins.

Someone painted this one.

This big guy looked out of place.

We spent a long time with a pod of dolphins. So cool!

We saw the most gorgeous sea turtles.

When you buy banana vanilla juice and ask the ship’s bartender to turn it into a boozy milkshake then drink it on your balcony…

We booked a snorkeling excursion that included lunch on a private island.

Th food was served at picnic tables set into the shoreline.

The food onboard wasn’t too shabby, either. Lobster and pork belly with baby leeks.

Room service. On the Sojourn, it’s all included.

The trip was to celebrate our 30th anniversary.

We’d go back in a heartbeat!

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Full Moon

The November full moon is called the beaver moon and boy was it beautiful!  I got these photos on November 4th and am pretty pleased how they came out since I was on a ship in pretty rough seas when they were taken.  We just returned from the South Pacific, I’ll share a few photos when I get everything sorted and groceries in the house again.

Tis The Season

The beauty berry bush we brought with us when we moved here is in it’s full Fall splendor.  I can’t grow a pumpkin to save my life but this spray of color outside my kitchen window puts me in the pumpkin season mood every year.

 

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Stranger Things

If you are a fan of the Netflix show Stranger Things, you’ll 100% understand this little shadowbox I made for a friend.  If not, never mind.  🙂

 

 

Volunteers

We plowed our potato patch a few months ago.  Brian discovered a vine growing in it a few weeks later and soon two watermelons showed up, nicer than any melon we’ve ever grown ‘on purpose’.  We decided to pick one and it’s fully ripe and totally delicious.  The thing is, we didn’t plant watermelons anywhere this year.  What a lovely surprise!

Getting Brave

One of the foxes that lives in our property next door is getting pretty bold.  We’ve seen it a few times in our back yard at dusk and recently on our driveway close to our house in full daylight.  This is a bit blurry because it ran a little ways when it saw me out with my camera, but turned to get one last look at me.  🙂

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My Cabinet Of Curiosities

I was super excited that I got a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts French Millinery Cabinet kit for my birthday.  I immediately assembled and painted it then started planning what to display in it.  As it turns out, I’ve been collecting tiny awesome things my entire life.  I am over the moon with how it came out!

It’s my favorite thing I’ve ever made!

I’ve had the porcelain beaver since I was a teenager. I bought the crystal skull during our 25th anniversary trip to Asheville. I made the zombie display from an HO scale train figure. The green stone glows in the dark!  The shelf below has a glass rubber duck, a copy of the first Harry Potter book and a model of the Enterprise.

The shark’s tooth display on the wall was made from treasures I picked up on Daytona Beach when I was a kid. Below that is a metal pin from my first Prince concert during his Purple Rain tour. The jar on the left contains animal teeth, the one in the center is a realistic doll eye. The toad was purchased at Disney World the year it opened.

I love the metal box with a vintage sideshow poster. The fighter figurine is one I used often when playing D&D. The metal chocolate kiss was purchased during a visit to Hershey when I was 18.

The shelf on the right has a ouija board and a blue glass amulet I got in Greece. Of course, there’s a cup of black coffee.

The little box has black pyramid salt, a jar of preserved ladybugs, a Herkimer diamond crystal and a tiny sheep.

The feathers in this section include one from my favorite chicken Nugget and a hummingbird we found in our greenhouse. The jar has some of my kids’ baby teeth (sorry girls!)

I’ve had this brass diver’s helmet forever. The crystal ball is a marble set onto a silver bead.

Towards the back is a polished rock I set for my microscopy class at Georgia Tech, an animal jawbone given to my by a friend and a scarab I picked up in Cairo.

And of course there’s a jack o’lantern!

 

 

 

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