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A Special Day

Monday, July 04, 2011

26 years ago while out at the beach I picked up this good looking guy. 7 years later I married him.And now we have been married for 19 years.Today is our anniversary. I was lucky enough to marry my best friend who is still my best friend and the love of my life. I think having a demon or my first husband helped me to recognize a really good man. I tell people that Bill is my reward for surviving the first marriage.
I always tell my kids that talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words. Bill's actions every day show how much he loves me. I am the luckiest and most blessed woman. He is what makes me want to wake up each morning. Corny I know but he is the best.
We have been just resting today. We are both on the tired side today so we are mostly just watching TV. He is going to grill us a steak later.
Thanks for all the congrats I have already gotten.
It is so hot here. I don't see how people stay out in this. But I did it when I was younger so age must have something to do with it.LOl
Hope you all are having a great day.
Only pic I have is the yellow hibiscus bloom.We got 2 of these plants at home depot and the blooms are so huge.

ok I will give you a good laugh. The first one was before we got married. And the other one is the big day.It isn't very clear but check out the huge glasses I have on. Bill was cool as a cucumber and I was a wreck.

  
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FLORIDASUN 7/7/2011 8:46PM

    You both look so cute in your old timey picture..in fact neither of you have changed much at all. I love your wedding photo to...aren't those old glasses a hoot..but they were all the rage. I remember a pair I wore in high school that were very similar to what are in now..the one's with the heavy rims and the dark colors...I guess if you hold on to something long enough it's going to come back in style some day! Of course back during that period I wore my hair long with bangs and it curled in the tightest, goofiest looking sausage roll flip on the ends...but I thought I was stylin' big time! emoticon

I love the way that you say Bill was your reward for living through your first marriage I can say EXACTLY the same thing about my Donnie...my first husband was a bonifide nut case...lucky I made through those 10 years of hell and was able to escape with all my fingers and toes...and SOME of my sanity! Wow! emoticon

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CALVERTM 7/6/2011 6:43PM

    Hi Ms. Eleni,
Happy Anniversary to a very special couple! and happy belated 4th. We had fun here, a parade for me, cookout and fireworks at home so my special son could enjoy them. It's too hard to take him to a July 4th event. I love the yellow rose and your special photos! Take care and talk to you soon,

love,
Margaret emoticon

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FEISTYMAMA 7/5/2011 7:33PM

    I hope you two had a wonderful anniversary!! It's hard to find a keeper like Bill. Lucky for me I found my best friend and partner as well.

I'm loving the heat and humidity here. I have a horrible cold and sitting outside cleats up my nose. I sat in the sun at lunch today and it was so nice. The table was so hot it burned my arms and butt but I didn't care.

I love the pictures of you and Bill! My mom had big glasses too but hers may have been bigger. I'm so glad that's not the style anymore!!!

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MPARKER67 7/5/2011 11:18AM

    So, you guys were bank robbers. I had glasses just like those!

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RURAL3 7/5/2011 10:08AM

    I absolutely love the western one. What a picture to treasure. But...what is that big white thing sticking out of your right boob? Just asking. It looks like a big bandage. I am sure it is a simple explanation but I don't see it in my old age. emoticon

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SHIRLEYX 7/5/2011 8:50AM

    emoticonHappy Anniversary! emoticon

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MIZCATHI 7/5/2011 6:32AM

    You are such a sweet woman, I'm glad you found your Bill and he found you!

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DEE107 7/5/2011 12:14AM

    Happpy Anniversay and hope you had a great day and great pictures

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KATIE233 7/4/2011 11:24PM

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY the pictures looks good. you both look very young.the fire works roxy don,t like i don,t blame her they are hard on her ears and scary.have a great day and a good one tomorrow it is hot here too.

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LINOVER 7/4/2011 8:53PM

    Happy Anniversary!

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SCIFIREADER 7/4/2011 7:32PM

    Happy Anniversary, hope you had a wonderful day.

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JILL313 7/4/2011 7:26PM

    Congratulations Eleni and Bill!! You make a good looking couple and it's great that you are each other's best friend. You are both blessed to find eternal happiness together. I always wanted that for myself but unfortunately never found true love.

Hugs,

Jill

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OURELEE1 7/4/2011 6:39PM

  Happy Anniversary. Hope you and Bill gave many,many more happy years.

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 7/4/2011 5:11PM

    Happy Anniversary!!! I'm glad someone is happily married!!
I love hibiscus! I have three big plants in my yard, but only one is growing well now. I hope it will blossom soon!

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BIBLIOMANE1970 7/4/2011 4:46PM

    Happy Anniversary! I wish you both the very best!

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Sherry

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PATRICIAANN46 7/4/2011 4:42PM

  What a BEAUTIFUL COUPLE!!!!! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!
And you are NOT corny saying that Bill is who makes you want to wake up in the morning. That is so wonderful........not many couples can say that. You are very lucky to have found each other.
Enjoy Your Day!!!!!! emoticon

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0309COOKIE 7/4/2011 4:29PM

    Yes, do you mean to say that this is your wedding anniversary? If so, congratulations! That is wonderful.

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REXTINE1 7/4/2011 4:20PM

    Is this your anniversary? Or are people congratulation you on the fourth of July? Whichever, I hope you both have a great day.

PS - you look great in the wedding photo.

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Day Has Not Gone As Planned

Sunday, July 03, 2011

I am just a little bummed because it has been one of those days.
First sign of trouble was extra aches and pains. But I was determined to go to grocery store. My main means of entertainment. We decide to get lunch and then have a every man for himself tonight.
Next hint of things not going right was lunch place next to store was packed. Ended up going to Chili's. That wasn't too bad even tho it wasn't where I wanted to go. But they had a new lunch menu which was ok.Half a sandwich combo. But I made the mistake of getting potato soup. tasted good going down but after we left stomach was rebelling. oops Just got me big just now.This day just keeps getting better.LOL Might as well laugh about it.
Next we went to grocery store and no carts outside so Bill goes in to see if they have one. Long story short I had to sit in car while he got groceries. When he came to car he said there were two teenagers playing with the carts.He told the manager when he checked out and she gave him an extra $5 off our bill for inconvenience. Thankfully I had taken my small Bubba cup with a cold drink in it or I would have been miserable sitting in car.I had to let engine run the whole time so I would have some ac.
I was glad to get home. And when we looked at bill 2 things that were suppose to 2 for1 were for only certain ones and Bill got wrong ones. So our errand day did not go so good.
Here are a few pics for today.
This is Ms.Roxy waiting for Bill to put her lease on so she can go for a walk.

here just some pretty yellow flowers and Bill's favorite purple one
Here is a mockingbird. It is hard to get a clear pic this late in the afternoon
Bill saw the trumpet vine that I showed you and broke one off for me to put in a small vase. It is pretty up close.
I have ordered another Manarda / bee balm plant.It is suppose to be a bright red. I am working on getting some good hummingbird plants. I also need to replace some of my butterfly plants. I had Bill rearrange the plants at humming bird feeder this morning.He always loves doing that.LOL Naught, But he does it anyway. My feel good corner needs some work too. And a couple statues need some repainting. It drives me crazy that I can't do this stuff myself. I hate being so helpless and useless.
Well i messed around on here so long it is almost too late for a nap. Maybe I will just stretch out for a few minutes. Hope your weekend is going good. It is so hot here.

  
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PATRICIAANN46 7/4/2011 4:32PM

  Hi Eleni........
If it weren't for the irritating days like you just had, we wouldn't appreciate the good ones quite as much........you have the right idea.........laugh it off.
Just a bit of a warning on the trumpet vine. If I read correctly, it comes from your neighbor's yard and over to your tree. They can be very invasive and can take over an entire tree and almost choke it to death. You might want to keep an eye on it and cut it back if it gets too aggressive. We have one and I wish someone had warned me about how it takes over.
Hope today is better for you.
Patti

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SHIRLEYX 7/4/2011 7:16AM

    Sorry you had such a frustrating day. Hope today is better.

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DEE107 7/4/2011 12:11AM

    great pictures and sounds like your day was so so

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KATIE233 7/3/2011 11:41PM

    nice pictures even the bird. to bad about the days troubles. that is good Bill complained to manger well done Bill!Roxy is so cute when she is waiting to go for walk.she must love her walks.it,s been hummid here thank goodness it was the weekend. i put out the flowers today at cemetry and watered the others that looked dead hope they come back they probably didn,t get anymore water since wednesday or thursday.so glad we went out to check on them. so on way home i went and bought a few extras just incase saturday we,ll take out if some are dead sunday is decoaration day for cemetry.so i hope they are good.and i got a angel or fairy to put on mom,s grave too.than glen and i went to park and sat for awhile.than came home had hot dog and potato salad.and ice cream cone after awhile than a walk.

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TRIGFROST 7/3/2011 9:42PM

    What a Beautiful Pictures....Your Day turned out pretty good to me...Enjoy the night also... emoticon

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JILL313 7/3/2011 7:12PM

    Tomrrow will be a better day for you!! We all have these kinds of days once in awhile and you have to laugh to keep from crying. . .Hugs and well wishes for you and your DH!!

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GLORYB2014 7/3/2011 6:02PM

    "One of those days Eleni" ... tomorrow is a new day.
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ANGELWENDYMAMA 7/3/2011 5:16PM

    Bummer about the errands, grocery carts, not getting the 2 for 1's.
Great pix! Love your dog, Ms. Roxy! She's very regal! I like the purple flower (morning glory or what?) and the trumpet vine, too.

Why do you say you can't do this or that - the painting or cleaning/reorganizing the corner? Why do you feel helpless and useless? I must be missing something.

Hugs!

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I just read your SparkPage and see what I missed. Didn't know you had a bad heart. So glad your husband is very supportive! I think I had you confused for another friend named Eleni.. and saw I'm not even your friend yet.. but I added you. Find your blogs interesting and we both have a lot to lost and can support each other if you like.

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OURELEE1 7/3/2011 4:53PM

  Sorry about your day.

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Saturday, July 02, 2011

Must hurry as I have to start supper.Bill is lucky one taking a nap.
I had to finished making up my medicine bags and that takes what seems to be forever.But I won't have to do it for another 3 weeks.
I started back counting my calories today.Will see how I do.Weight is up and that never makes me feel good. But I haven't been eating the way I should so I am the one to blame.
Ok here is one more butterfly that came by today. I do get a lot of thee. They are the Monarch or milkweed butterfies.A very pretty one and good sized too.I think this one is a female as I couldn't see the spot that males have.
These are tough guys and travel great distances of 2000 miles during migration.They even fly across the Gulf of Mexico to get to Mexico.

It has been fun looking up the names etc in my butterfly books.
Another very hot day here. Hope your long weekend is going great


PS HOJANNAH I can't respond to your comments as you have no spark page.Do think about making one.You will met more people that way.
And any other new people.You should make a small simple page so people can send you comments

  
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REXTINE1 7/3/2011 12:34PM

    I have a bunch of guys in Indianapolis that look at my blogs - but just because they got they by being friends - or used my web page address. That means they never let me know what they're doing - which doesn't seem quite fair. Good luck with your friend.

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MIZCATHI 7/3/2011 7:54AM

    My cone flowers have their first leaves but I don't know if they will make it. And very few butterflies. I think we can blame it on our extreme drought. You are so lucky!

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DEE107 7/3/2011 12:16AM

    love the pictures thanks for sharing

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KATIE233 7/2/2011 11:45PM

    it was hummid here too. like the butterfly today very pretty.have a great day tomorrow.

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PATRICIAANN46 7/2/2011 10:59PM

  Hi Eleni.......
Have you ever thought of framing your pictures and having a wall of just your butterflies? You do such a beautiful job.............it could make a wonderful grouping.
Have a great Sunday............
Patti

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BIBLIOMANE1970 7/2/2011 9:08PM

    Oh so gorgeous! We usually get them flying through here from the middle to the end of August. My Dad was driving through New Mexico once and came across a group of them migrating - he said there were thousands and thousands of them and he will never forget it!

Sherry

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0309COOKIE 7/2/2011 6:50PM

    I saw a Monarch butterfly today when I went out to get the mail. They are so pretty. Your pictures are beautiful.

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Thursday More pics

Friday, July 01, 2011

I think Bill needs to go back to work full time.He keeps me too busy.We went and got my hair cut and had lunch. Soup and sandwich. Then stopped at Publix to get a few things as we will do reg shopping Sat or sunday.When we pulled into parking lot our grand daughter was coming out.She is now working there.It is close to her Moms house and she can scoot home for lunch and see her baby.

I have some pics to share. I have my butterfly book here and looked up info on these. The first one is my elusive Yellow Cloudless Sulfur. I have only managed to get one good pic as it only lights for a couple of seconds. My book says they migrate thru Fl in large numbers in the spring and Sept. I have only seen them sporadically in my yard.It did say some will stay in fl year long.You have to look on right side of picture and the yellow thing you see is a female.Can tell by spots on wings.Males are pure yellow.They are not a large butterfly.

this one I have taken a lot of pictures of. It is a Gulf Fritillary Longwing and is a very common butterfly around here.It is among 3 Longwings but is a bit different from the Julia & Zebra. They have the name Gulf as they are common in states that border the Gulf of Mexico.

This is an interesting bloom from a vine that is in the bamboo tree.The limb hangs over in our yard.I don't know what it is.

Here is a newer pic of the double coneflower

Butterflies are not the only things that like the blooms.
OK It is way past my nap time. It looks like we might get some late afternoon showers.Hope you are having a good day.

Post Note for yesterday- According to my book there are 560 species of swallowtail butterflies worldwide and we have 10 which is more than any other state.

  
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JCBCPAE 7/2/2011 6:07PM

    Just beautiful !!!!!!!

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DEE107 7/2/2011 12:27AM

    pretty flower and butterflies and ooops oh bill lol have a good day

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OURELEE1 7/1/2011 9:25PM

  Great pictures.

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KATIE233 7/1/2011 9:20PM

    love your pictures of butterflies and your coneflower is very interesting.never seen a double one before.it,s nice your grand daughter got a job near her mom,s so she can see baby at lunch time.we had a nice sunny day will see what tomorrow will bring.take care and talk tomorrow.

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0309COOKIE 7/1/2011 6:04PM

    That double coneflower is so unusual.

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MPARKER67 7/1/2011 4:59PM

    Love your pics, as usual. The storm clouds are moving away and we are starting to get sunshine. Wish I was home and I would nap. emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 7/1/2011 4:28PM

  Hi Eleni........
I think that your orange blossoms from the neighbor are from a Trumpet Vine.
Your butterfly pictures are beautiful as usual. You could be a Nature Magazine photographer in your spare time.
I know what you mean about Bill keeping you busy. Ken was retired for 6 years before I retired and had the place to himself. I have never had that luxury and I think that is why I enjoy his vacations as much as he does.
Later.......P.

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MOM2ACAT 7/1/2011 4:26PM

    Beautiful pics!

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Wet Afternoon

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bill decided I was getting out of the house whether I wanted to or not. So we went for lunch at Roadie's which is a great lunch place. Then we went to get my nails done.
While there I saw the most unbelievable thing on the TV.It was a SPCA rescue thing and the dept that investigates animal cruelty. I don't usually watch this stuff. But the one horse had everyone wondering what in the world had been done to this horse. I am not sure I can describe it but I will try. About half way down it's neck just under it's mane it had a completely healed huge hole that you could see the other side thru the hole.Every man and woman plus the vets later said they had never seen anything like it. The vet even said they had no idea how it could have happened. The horse was in good shape except for that and was adopted out quickly to be use for children to ride. It was mind blowing to see.
We had another good rain this afternoon.Started around 3:30 and is still sprinkling.
Someone asked me if I ever looked up the butterflies and I did a few minutes ago.
This one is Spicebush Swallowtail

And this one is a Giant Swallowtail

According to both my books the swallowtail is among the largest and most beautiful of Florida butterflies. They are so named because of the long tails extending back from the hind wings and resemble the long tail of swallows.
Florida has 10 species of swallowtails.
They do not have to land on a flower to get the nector.They will hover in midair.That is why some of my pics looked blury at top of butterfly.It's upper wings were flapping like crazy.
Ok I need to get caught up on my emails.Hope you had a good day.

  
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REXTINE1 7/1/2011 7:35PM

    They don't look like the swallowtails I remember from Ohio.

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REXTINE1 7/1/2011 3:13PM

    They don't look like the swallowtails I remember from Ohio.

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MPARKER67 7/1/2011 9:51AM

    Love the butterflies and all the info about them.
What pleasure do people get from abusing anything or anyone? I will never get it.

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FLORIDASUN 7/1/2011 8:18AM

    Wow...that's a crazy thing about the horse. I love your butterflies..and it's really cool to know the names of them! Hugs and I bet your nails look great...it's time for me to get my toes done...I don't do my nails because they get so beat up from all my jewelry making. emoticon emoticon

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DEE107 7/1/2011 12:18AM

    they are so pretty

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KATIE233 6/30/2011 11:51PM

    thanks for the information on the butterflies very interesting.glad you got out today for awhile. you finally got some rain we got our sunshine and more to come this weekend we have friday saturday and sunday no work to do aeh!long weekend.you take care and i,ll check tomorrow night.

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2BFREE2LIVE 6/30/2011 6:56PM

    I could not read about the horse so I fast forwarded to the butterflies. They are beautiful and who knew that about the swallowtail variety. Have a restful evening. Sandy

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