Monday, April 02, 2007
  suddenly, everything exploded
and it's not even summer. yesterday, during the golden hour, i grabbed my camera and snapped a few pics outside and within the next couple of houses.

the neighbors have some mega pretty flowers.

shy hibiscus
there are SO many hibiscus flowers in bloom. i was trying to get one in focus, with all the orange and pinks behind it.. but i couldn't. this is the best i could do.

too bright
this plant in the tort enclosure seemed so pretty in the sun

little flowers
in the front yard.

pretty thin flowers
right outside the door

the cool news?

chris planted a papaya tree... with papaya!

and two mango trees - one quite small and one quite big
mango tree

also, a lychee. but i need a better picture. :)

i went to the gym across the street for the first time tonight. see, chris's parents have a place over there. like, literally 1.5 blocks east. it has three gyms. how awesome it was to get to work out in a gym, by myself! an old couple got there as i was leaving, but still... the one i found first has lots of dumbbells, a bench press, a chin-up bar (from which i hang motionless), a step for workin' out the calves, a ball for doin' crunches, as well as a bunch of weight machines and the requisite treadmills and stair-steppers. it was a really good workout. then i walked out of the garage and was met with the nearly full moon rising over the ocean. definitely a camera moment, but i had none. and then i jogged home, and it literally took me about 30 seconds. you could not ask for a better gym setup than this.

the cats are settling in just fine. tonight, i opened the door to the garage and they were both out from under the couch, sitting on a couple of dressers. yay! oreo has to stay in the garage overnight or she comes to the bedroom window and cries for attention... so i'm sure the cats will be thrilled tonight, stuck in the same space together. good thing it's a big space.

time to go snuggle with my baby.

tonight he really wanted dumplings for dinner, i really wanted pierogies. while working out, i decided dumplings really were okay - after all, they are his favorite food. when i walked in the house, i saw a pot of pierogies on the stove. how good is this boy? maybe tomorrow night i'll make him some dumplings. lord knows he deserves it. :)

i'm really going now.
Stacy You uploaded The photo of our church I took & I don't think you Knew who I was Cousin *LOL*
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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