Sheri and I at "Taste of the Islands"
One thing Noel and I BOTH like are farmers markets and thrift stores - and those are in abundance here! There has been no shortage of fresh tomatoes around here, and the next good read is always at hand. They even have entire Goodwill stores that are just books! Heaven!
Noel had read in the paper that the Sanibel library was looking for a maintenance man, and since he really, REALLY, misses working, we went over to the island so he could apply for the job. Unfortunately, they really want someone to work for the entire season (through March). He was bummed!
While on the island we rode our bikes a bit, and came across this young gopher tortoise.
They had the coolest water fountain at the nature center we stopped at - you can refill your water bottles!!
Afterwards, we drove through the Ding Darling Nature Preserve, and was excited to see these white pelicans (they have a 9 foot wingspan!) -
some Roseate Spoonbills
a tri-color heron
lots of Anhingas, crabs and other shore birds
On another day, we drove to Naples to sightsee for the day. I know the economy is bad in places, but obviously not in Naples! So many nice stores, expensive cars, chic restaurants and lush landscaping. We window shopped at all the expensive places ($36,000 diamond necklace anyone?), then stopped at a few consignment shops on the way home looking for a more comfortable chair for the trailer. We couldn't afford the consignment shops in Naples either! We also stopped at a Farmers Market, where I thought $6 for a bag of cracklin's was a bit high, but the produce was affordable, so we stocked up on fresh fruits and veggies.
Various pics from Naples:
cute Christmas decoration
palm tree lined streets
On another day we went to a fine art show, but I hadn't been feeling well, and I finally had to admit I was going to need to go to Urgent Care. I have Interstitial Cystitis, so I often have bladder pain, and its hard to tell the difference from the regular bladder pain, especially if I have eaten something that is an irritant, from bladder infection pain. Good thing we went - I had a raging bladder infection so now I'm on antibiotics. Geez, always something!
We've been eating a lot of fish and seafood, but no Noel, we don't have room in the freezer for this one!
I forgot to show you one of my finds from shelling in Sanibel - I found this fist sized heart cockle, and was about it throw it back (no room in the trailer for big shells!) when I felt it rattle. Inside was this perfect, and un-occupied banded tulip! The cockle must have eaten the little guy in the tulip, and then something else ate the cockle! How cool!! Had to keep it after that just for the novelty of it!
While on the beach with Elaine the other afternoon, we saw the "Sanibel Thriller" going by - I zoomed in with the camera to see what they were all looking at, and there were dolphin jumping behind the boat! Wheeeeee
(you can click any of the pictures to make them larger)
The skies here are always so pretty in the evening...
that turned into a beautiful full moon.....