Monday, April 30, 2018


Over the last many years, I have been on several dating websites. When you sign up, you have to fill out a questionnaire. One of the questions is about your body type. Your choices are: 

~Prefer Not To Say
~A Few Extra Pounds
~Big and Tall/BBW

Apparently, guys define "Athletic" differently than I. So, I did research to get the true definition of an athletic body. This is what I found.
An athletic build is defined as "toned", "fit", "not beefy", "not overly muscular", "not bulky" and so on. A man with an athletic build still has a considerable muscle mass but his muscles are not noticeable unless he takes his shirt off.
Okay guys, "athletic" does not mean you are strong, or that you can put in a 15 hour work day. It is all about looks. Maybe it's that these guys are looking through rose-colored glasses when they look in the mirror?!

For all you single guys on dating sites, if you want your first meeting to go well, think before you click "Athletic". Just a little friendly advice.

Sunday, April 29, 2018


The other day I ventured out to Geiger Key Beach. The road ends at the east end of the beach, but you can walk on down the beach. If you go past the pole with the word "NUDE" written with a sharpie, don't be surprised if you see a lot of skin and not much clothing. On this particular afternoon, I came across several Queen Conchs. They were all about the same size, and beached on the rocks with the out going tide. This was the first time I had seen shells with critters still living in them.

Today, I took the kayak out. There were horseshoe crabs everywhere. Most were committing fornication... it's that time again.

When going through the mangroves, you never know what you will find. 

Like this, for example.

It has obviously been here for a long time. It sits in the middle of a little clearing.

The water is so much fun. A new adventure every time I go out. Life is good.

Friday, April 20, 2018


Once again, I must relocate. Rental property under $2000 a month is hard to find in Key West.  I had three demands in my search: Must have closet, an indoor shower and a kitchen sink.

I've never thought much about closet space, until I didn't have one. That's where you hide all your crap!

Before I moved to Key West, I thought ALL showers were indoors. Not so. In more tropical settings, they are frequently outside.

It is not easy washing a ten inch skillet in a bathroom sink. I find that I would cook more if the clean up was easier.

The properties I looked at, were either too small, not fit to live in, or I was too late. But, I did find the perfect place for a good price. And the best part.... I can park my boat there!

My new place has THREE CLOSETS, a full kitchen, and an indoor shower. It doesn't get any better than that!

All of you with a truck... I'll let you know when to mark your calendar for the moving party.   :-)

Sunday, February 18, 2018


About 4 years ago, I decided I wanted to try and grow a pineapple plant. I was told they grow well here in Key West. I bought a pineapple at the store, cut the top off, prepared it and stuck in some water. Roots formed after a few weeks and I stuck it in dirt. That one was growing so well, I planted another one. When I moved to Texas, I left them both with my daughter. They were set next to the fence, and they fended for themselves. When I returned to Key West this past summer, they had grown a lot and looked very healthy. 

I had read, and heard from people that had pineapple plants, don't expect fruit for about 5 or 6 years. Last weekend, when I was watering them, I saw that one is bearing fruit this year. It is growing very fast.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Living in a place that is considered PARADISE, comes with a price tag. If you have two incomes to combine, you can make it in Key West. But, what if it's just YOU? There are sacrifices that have to be made in order to fund the paradise life. For instance, housing costs are ridiculous. Like my mother always said, “If you want to dance, you have to pay the fiddler.” 

What sacrifises, you ask? Well, the residence you can afford, might not have a kitchen, or an indoor shower. 

I don’t need no stinking’ kitchen…. I have a hot plate, microwave and mini fridge. 

Shower? I get to enjoy watching the clouds roll past, or the moon shine down while bathing. Actually, it is really cool with a full moon! Just don't step on the worms!

Locals here, use every available space to create income. That means, many homes have at least one apartment on the property, or they rent out a bedroom. The average rent for a bedroom will run $1200 a month. A studio apartment will cost between $1300 and $1700. Gulp! Why do we pay it? Have you ever been to Key West? 

Tonight I was talking with friends, and they too feel the same as I do about Key West.... it feels like home, when no other place does. I will live here as long as I am able to...because it's HOME!

Saturday, January 13, 2018


When I was in grade school, I took piano lessons for a short time. I piddled around with the guitar and violin. Never really learned to play them. I had a yearning to learn an instrument and make music. I needed something portable, and easy to learn. 

Last weekend, I walked past Bone Island Music. The door was propped open and all those instruments pulled me in. Today, I returned and am the proud owner of a Luna Mahogany Concert Ukulele... and sore fingers.

A few days ago, I saw my neighbor in the store and he told me how he used to have to call the cops nearly every night. The previous tenant where we now live, were very loud. Hope he likes the ukulele!

Sunday, January 7, 2018


Too cold and windy to take the bike for a stroll. Internet not working. Not in the mood to read or paint. So what do you do? You lay there and stare into the darkness... and think. Your mind wanders. Thinking of all the "what ifs", regrets and mistakes that brought you to where you are now.

Think back, are there things you should have done different? How far back would you need to "start over" to make a better life? Remember GROUNDHOG DAY? How many "do overs" would you need to get it right?

My biggest mistakes were made out of fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of being bold, fear of failure. Fear is my biggest downfall. I'm better, but sometimes it's a road block.

What about you? What holds you back?