AC for Flamingo Reflections !!!! South Florida Treasures

By: seflagamma , 8:24 PM GMT on January 24, 2012

Jan 25, 2012: Woke up this morning and found out my photo Flamingo Reflections won an AC award!!
I was so pleased!

Jan 24, 2012:
Nolan and I were at Flamingo Gardens this morning and plan to do Butter Fly World in the next two weeks.
As many of you know, I have been taking the Grands to these
gardens since Rylee was 18 mos old.
And I have posted many pictures from these areas.

But because I buy yearly passes and have taken them for granted since I have lived here for almost 33 years..
I realized I should really become more aware of just how special these places are.
Not just these two places but our HOliday Park out in the Everglades and the down town Ft Lauderdale area.

There are so many wonderful places in SE Florida that has so much beauty I wish I could take you to see them all.

So I will continue to post pictures of these landmarks of our part of the country as often as I can.

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Nolan's big boy haircut (seflagamma)
Jan 23, 2012. Poppy gave Noly a big boy haircut yesterday and cut off all his curls. He is two now and time to look like a little boy!
Nolan's big boy haircut
Flamingo Reflections (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens, Davie, Florida. While running the grounds with grandson this morning I had to stop and take this photo. It turned out nice if I must say so myself! Hope you enjoy.
Flamingo Reflections
Pink Flamingo (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens ,Davie, Florida. Flamingo grooming itself.
Pink Flamingo
Flamingo & Ibis living together (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens ,Davie, Florida. The Ibis and Flamingo lives together on Flamingo Pond
Flamingo & Ibis living together
Flamingo Poses (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens ,Davie, Florida. This Flamingo posing for school children most of which I had cropped out of the photo!
Flamingo Poses
River Otters (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens ,Davie, Florida. The river otters are always fun to watch.
River Otters
Elvis the Alligator (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens ,Davie, Florida. Nolan couuld not wait to see the Alligators.. This is Elvis.. and his head is as big as the upper half of my body. Just does not look like it because of my photo.
Elvis the Alligator
I am having fun (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens ,Davie, Florida. Yes, Noly is having a good time, he always does.
I am having fun
Nolan watching the turtles (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens ,Davie, Florida. Noly watching the turtles, we had to come back and watch them again.
Nolan watching the turtles
Nolan watching the birds (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens ,Davie, Florida. Nolan climbed up the rock wall to get a better view of the wading birds.
Nolan watching the birds
White Ibis waits for food (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens ,Davie, Florida. The White Ibis, Native to Florida, is on top of the bird food dispencer waiting on people like us to plug in our quarters for bird food.
White Ibis waits for food
Peacock Guardes (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens ,Davie, Florida. These two Peacocks are guarding the entrance to the gift shop which is the entrance to the gardens
Peacock Guardes
Ibis Follow Food (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens ,Davie, Florida. The white ibis are following us because we still have more food.The Florida Ibis are native and they are the last birds to leave the area before a hurrican arrives and the first birds to return...just a fact worth knowing.
Ibis Follow Food
Nolan & Ibis (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens ,Davie, Florida. Nolan with a few of the Ibis following us around. He finally allowed one to peck a piece of food from his hand.. they do not hurt at all. they have a very dull beak.
Nolan & Ibis
Orchids on the Oak Tree (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens ,Davie, Florida. Orchids on the Oak Trees. This is the way God intended Orchids to grow.
Orchids on the Oak Tree
The Wray Home (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens ,Davie, Florida. The Wray home. Back in the 1930's this home was considered very grand..but in today standards it is very small.
The Wray Home
The Wray Home porch view (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens ,Davie, Florida. The inside of this home is still furnished from the 1930's. Everything is so tiny and small.
The Wray Home porch view
Nolan walking around (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens ,Davie, Florida.
Nolan walking around
Peacock & Nolan face off (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens ,Davie, Florida. Nolan and the Peacock face off...who will win....
Peacock & Nolan face off
Nolan & Peacock compromise (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens ,Davie, Florida. All is good both Noly and the Peacock made friends and the Peacock got more food.
Nolan & Peacock compromise
Gamma & Noly (seflagamma)
Jan 24, 2012. Flamingo Gardens ,Davie, Florida. We got one of the employees to take a picture of the two of us today.
Gamma & Noly
Gamma at age 3 (seflagamma)
again keeping with retro week. here is Gamma at age 3!
Gamma at age 3
Gamma at 17 (seflagamma)
August 1970. My Senior Picture. For Retro Week I loaded it on FB and decided to put it here for fun.
Gamma at 17

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93. seflagamma
12:19 AM GMT on February 01, 2012
Ylee, I was registered Democrate for years because like you I grew up in the Old South Dixiecrates or Blue Dog Dems...But I voted for Nixon and I voted for Carter! Since then I have become much more involved and usually vote GOP, except sometimes in local elections you vote for the person not the party. Here in Broward, we just don't have any Republicans.. and the Republican we have run as Democrates so they can get elected!

Yes, I think I did good by what I taught Noly to say!!!

NEw, I hear you on that.. I love my Dolphins but would never let a friendly game ruin friendships.. Even in our neighborhood we have people from all over who root for their old home town teams... All is fun.
Oh yes, Betsey finally put up pictures of Baron's party on FB and they are all so cute.
The little kids all had on cowboy hats and red bandanas... I may grab a few of those pictures and load them up in the next blog.

And I did set up a new blog tonight.. so hope you all drop by there once it gets going..

I may not get the pictures up tonight but will tomorrow..

thanks for stoppin by.
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92. NEwxguy
3:00 PM GMT on January 31, 2012
lol,gamma,I don't take sports so serious,that I would pick my friends by who they root for,and to be honest,other than New England,doubt there are many others rooting for them,which is okay,we love our team.
Glad Baron finally got his birthday,talk about rotten luck,the only day this winter that anything got canceled.
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91. Ylee
1:35 PM GMT on January 31, 2012
Gamma, I grew up in an old-time Southern Democrat area. I'm still a registered Democrat, even though I've voted Republican in every Presidential election(except 1992, didn't like Bush) since I started voting in 1984. The Republican party, after seeing McCain get whupped in '08, has decided to put up another vanilla moderate with deep pockets to go against Obama.
I agree with you, I think Santorum is the best choice.

At least you didn't teach Noly to say "Obama's a communist!" LOL!

Good luck to you today!
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90. seflagamma
1:26 PM GMT on January 31, 2012
Good morning and Finally election day in Floriday.
Then finally all those phone calls and junk mail can give us a break for a least a few months.

Sipping coffee while waiting on Noly to get here.

I think after we go vote we may go to Lion Country Safari in Palm Beach County.

I tool Rylee there when she was around 3 and she loved it.

So you know I will bring back pictures!!!

Hope you have a great day.
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89. seflagamma
1:24 PM GMT on January 31, 2012
Hi Shore,

Oh yes, I am fully aware of those pythons in the Everglades. They have been a problem now for 10 years but now they are serious.
We allow trained people to go out and hunt and kill them.

I went off about this subject on Karen's blog yesterday. Florida finally outlawed the sale or even brining these into the state.
But so many already have them as pets here; that is the problem...then they no longer want them as a pet so they let them go in the Everglades.
They are destroying the ecosystem and eating native animals.
Including deer and alligators..
you know it is a tough preditor if it will try to swallow a 4ft alligator whole (there were pictures of one a few years ago all over the news.. of course this snake died because the alligator was so large you could clearly see the alligator shape inside the snake!

It is a mess!

Glad you stopped by.
I hope to put up a new blog thread this afternoon.
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88. shoreacres
1:09 PM GMT on January 31, 2012
Morning, Gamma,

I'm going to have to come back and read later, as it looks like a subject near and dear to my heart, but I did find this in my cup-of-coffee scan of the news, about pythons in the Everglades. Never mind whether Sasquatch exists - these babies do, and they're more of a problem than I ever would have imagined. I'm sure you know all about this, but I certainly didn't. Just gives me the creeps to think of all those huge pythons running around - not to mention what they could do to the ecosystem down there.

Have a great day - be back later to read through.
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87. seflagamma
4:21 AM GMT on January 31, 2012

I think a lot of us are in the same boat.. and we will do what we need to do.
Aging Parents is a difficult family problem because you have the kids who are "responsible' and the ones
that "leave it to you" to take care of the parents.
And you have the ones that just do not like their
difficult parents and they get out of it by just saying
Not going to do it any more...
and they walk away...


the election tomorrow.. don't even get me started. LOL

We all know I am a Libertarian leaning Conservative....
among a bunch of Liberal Democrate family and friends...
so got to be tought just to hang in there!

I will take Noly with me tomorrow to vote; just like
I use to take Rylee with me to vote..

So funny, his Mama is Independent (goes either way), his Daddy and his Papa (Daddy's Dad) are Liberals..
But some of his Daddy's family are Conservatives.

and Hubby and I are Conservatives...

Today we had Noly a few hours, and at the age of 2
he is a parriot..

I taught him to say "I am a Republican"

Ellen nearly died!!! she said OK as long as he does not say that in front of his Papa!! LOL

I know I am evil!!! LOL

Hey, I spend a lot of time with my grandkids, some of me is going to rub off on them!!! LOL

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86. Ylee
3:34 AM GMT on January 31, 2012
Gee, gamma, it would take me half the night to write as much as you wrote this evening! :) Texas Roadhouse has a great bloomin' onion, too, but I'm not sure if there's one in your neck of the woods or not.

I can empathise with your and Karen's situations with your folks. I'm an only child, and my wife is the only responsible one amongst her siblings, so although everyone in my circle presently is in good health, 15-20 years from now is going to present a challenge.

Hope election day tomorrow is fun for you; can elections be fun? :)
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85. seflagamma
2:50 AM GMT on January 31, 2012

You are so right..
I went thru this with my Mother not only the last 3 years when she was dying of Cancer but the past 25 yrs when she was all alone....and very few could deal with her.. but I lived 1,100 miles away..

Yes, My husband is a Saint.. and I do more than any Daughter in Law is expected...I do more than the real daughters do for their parents.

but sometimes I think, You know these other grown kids could do more...
they have alot more money than us, they have even more leasure time than we have..
But they do not nor do they want to do anything more....

but parents should just think about, well..
"I have 3 kids that do not even speak to me or want to ever see me again until my funeral..
and I have one kid that is there at my beck and call..."

and some got a lot of "help" that will never be paid back..
But got to call it all even at the end..

Life is not fair but who ever said it was suppose to be..

Karen, I sort of read between the lines with what you are doing for your Mother...
I know you do most of the care giving in that situation...

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84. SBKaren
2:23 AM GMT on January 31, 2012
Hi Gamma - oh I totally get the taking care of the parents issue. I'm pretty much my mom's caregiver. She lives alone and is pretty independent, but because of her failing eyesight, I take care of all her finances, I'm her driver to the grocery store, errands, doctor appointments and I help where ever I am needed. I'm over there at least once a week, but I call her every single morning. She wants someone to make contact with her every single day, just to know that she's OK. So, it's just ingrained in my day and a part of what I do.

My mom and I get along just fine, but there are times that I feel little digs. I know it comes from frustration on her part - can't do some things she used to, and has to rely on someone else to be her eyes. She wants to do as much as she can to maintain her independence, and then something will come up that she just can't do and you can feel the frustration coming out. Sometimes I'm on the end of that frustration. I just consider what she's going through and try to let it roll off my back. Then when I get home, I tell hubby, and he'll sympathize with me. By the next morning, when I call her, it's all forgotten.

My oldest brother helps sometimes too. He'll take her to occasional doctor's appointments that I just can't do because I'm at work, but my other two brothers can't/don't help. One lives too far away, and my other older brother is fighting rheumatoid arthritis and has his own health issues!

I often think while I'm taking care of my mom, that my girls are watching and will live and learn. Someday we may need their help like my mom needs mine. They say you learn from example, so if that's true, we're in good hands!

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83. seflagamma
2:15 AM GMT on January 31, 2012
On a lighter note.

Today, Nolan , who is pretty much potty trained at school..
but us parents and grandparents get lazy..

today, I took him to potty and he did make pee pee..

So I took off his pull up and put on his "Big Boy Boxer Briefs"

and he was playing and came running to me crying
"Gamma, I gotta Pee!"

rofl.. and I held his hand and we ran to bathroom and put him on potty
(this boy skipped the little training potty and went directly to big toilet)
and he Peed!!

then he did not want his "grey" undies on.. he went to his drawer and pulled
out his blue undies and wanted to wear them.
OK, we will wear the blue ones.. they matched his
SuperMan T shirt he was wearing! LOL

It took about 1 week to potty train Rylee at about 15 mos old.....
and she is the one that did it...we were like
"No you are too young to go on the potty"
remember we got her a Princess Potty for Christmas when she was 15 mos old
(there are pics here of that Christmas Morning)

But boys are usually harder! Nolan has been potty trained at school for about 5 months...
just we have been lazy about it and now we are getting serious about it..
Girls are easier to get the hang of it...
but difficult to execute.
boys are easy to execute..if you know what I mean!
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82. seflagamma
2:10 AM GMT on January 31, 2012
Rob, Thanks, you know when what I'm talking about.. or probably your wife knows what I am talking about..

It's a hard job but someone has to do it; and better it be my husband
who truly believes no matter what he should look out for his parents 100% of the time...

I live way to far from my Dad and my mother is gone and that was a
3 year death that was a nightmare to say the least.

My husband is a good man and does what he needs to do for his parents... and it is ashame that only us,
and our kids have anything to do with them
because they are so difficult most of the time...

But we just hope, if we ever become "difficult" that our kids will stand by us..

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81. RobDaHood
1:23 AM GMT on January 31, 2012
One last post before I call it quits for the night.

Glad to give you a head's up on the art. Knew you'd appreciate.
Like you, Skye is special to me because she has always been so kind and helpful.

On the subject of parents. I can totally understand. My parents are probably much younger than your hubby's but my dad can totally drive me nuts. I am the oldest son and the one that is "here". My brother and sis are hours away and don't have to deal with the day to day. They both tell me when they are upset with the other. And here am I, supposed to keep secrets. Really though, I love them to death, they have been good to me and good for me, so the least that I can do is reciprocate.

It is both frustrating and comical at times however.

Okay...I'm out for the night.

Have a great evening!
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80. seflagamma
1:10 AM GMT on January 31, 2012
Hi everyone,, Hubby and I went out to dinner tonight with his parents... they are getting old..
and I know they don't mean to be but.. they in their old age quirks are a comedy act!
Not really...but better to be postive.

Hubby tells them all the time they should be on Reality TV!

When the waitress realized what she had in store for her..she pulled up a chair to take our order

and only had to rip out her note pad paper a few times until they finally

decided what they wanted to order.. and how many changes they had to have to their order...

We tipped her very exceedingly well, we always tip our waitress well but when we have my husband's parents we do even more so..

Nothing on the menue suited them totally.. but that is them..
they are what they are..and always have been that way.. but with age it gets worse...

But you know, it means a lot to my husband to spend as much time as he can with his parents...
none of their other children ever want to be around them..
We are the only children that even speak to my Mother In Law..
I know the girls and other daughter in law don't talk to her at all.

we are about all they have now.. and they have 4 children/couples living.. but we are it when it comes to doing anything with them...

But hubby has put them in our lives so much more than most people put their parents in their everyday life.

He truly looks out for his parents when no one else will and sometimes even when they don't want him to.

They say, you can tell a good man by the way they treat their Mothers.... I hope this rings true..

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79. seflagamma
1:08 AM GMT on January 31, 2012
Oh Scott, YIKES.. that sounds so cold.. and I know you have lived all around the world but you are in your blood a Florida boy!!! so that has got to be painful!!! So hope you get an early spring..
I guess you have read, we are actually heading for another ICE age, and not "global Warming" .....
that should increase our land value here in Florida!

NEw, Baron got to finally have his Barn Birthday party yesterday after it was Cancelled on Sat Jan 21st on his real BD due to snow!

Doesn't it suck when work gets in the way of our internet socializing!!! LOL

Please don't feel offended...but even though we now have a daughter, son-in-law and grandson who live in Boston and are becoming Boston fans...
hubby and I are not Boston Fans... so we are rooting for the Giants in the Super Bowl.. Please don't take it offensive against you.. I think you are great..
just a local sports thing! LOL

Rob, before I even posted here I went to Skye's blog to see her sketches. I knew she was an artist; I;ve seen some of her wall murals outside. Adn she and I discussed years ago painting, when neither of us had time to do it any longer...
So glad you told me about her sketches because I may not have gotten there until next Saturday!

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78. RobDaHood
9:53 PM GMT on January 30, 2012
Hey Gamma and friends.
Just a quick stop by to see what's up. I'm about done for the day. Make sure you get over to Skye's blog and check out her original artwork at the top! One charcoal, one pen and ink, both very nice.

Have a great evening.
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77. NEwxguy
8:29 PM GMT on January 30, 2012
Hi,gamma,been a while since I visited your blog,been so busy,haven't had a lot of time to visit blogs.Hate when work gets in the way of blogging.
Anyway our warm winter continues.Almost every week includes at least one day with 50's.This week it will be Wednesday.Tomorrow morning we may get a little light snow as a warm front moves through,but thats about it.
And we are at the end of January,so only a couple more weeks left of when we usually have a our worst cold,not going to say any more.Jinx myself if I start saying too much,save goes for the superbowl this week,not going to make any prediction.
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76. airman45
8:17 PM GMT on January 30, 2012
Hi Patti!

We are not looking forward to this week. Temps will plunge starting tomorrow and now Friday is forecast to be -7F (-23C) here in Stuttgart (Germany, not Arkansas, LOL). Even last years bad winter never got that low. Hopefully this won┬┤t last long. Problem is it has been so mild this will really bring out the "wimp" in everyone.
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75. seflagamma
7:04 PM GMT on January 30, 2012
I saw that video of Grand Manan and Rob on Bug's blog. Cool!!!

Hello LT, good to see you and thanks!!!

Hi GG, I know I love seeing old pictures! The more things change the more they stay the same!
Thank you about the AC!

I loaded up 4 veggie garden photos.. but may just wait and open up new blog thread later today... or tomorrow...before putting them in header. I have enough in this blog header already.

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74. GardenGrrl
5:07 PM GMT on January 30, 2012
What a fun blog you have up. I sooooo need to come to Florida and go to some of those gardens you post pictures from.

The Flamingo Reflections is really awesome. The gatekeepers got that one right.

Oh the "old" hairstyles...such a grin and they are actually kind of cool.
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73. originalLT
2:23 PM GMT on January 30, 2012
Great Photos(as usual, Gamma). I liked the "retro photos, you were(and are, "quite a looker!") Enjoy your dinner tonight, I love that giant onion dish too. LT
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72. seflagamma
2:09 PM GMT on January 30, 2012
Good morning,

I decided to be lazy yesterday our weather was really crappy and I was so tired after the walk/run yesterday morning of 4 miles.

Plus we went out to dinner last night at Vienna Cafe & Wine Bar, a very nice small resturant that always has such good food and excellent service.
A "White linen with fresh rose" type of place.

Then was just tired last night so early to bed.

Now today will be busy, at least the sun may come out again but still a little cool.

We have a new mechanic coming to check out hubby's Vette.. his old friend and mechanic died suddenly last summer and when you have a old car like his you need someone who can help you out with the maintance. Hubby can do a lot of things but fix cars is not one of them.

Then we have had problems with our pool/spa heater.. I think it is the thermostate but just to be sure we have someone coming out today to check it out and let us know what is wrong.
Also since the heater is 13 yrs old, to let us know if it is worth fixing or do we need a new one. Hopefully our son can get us a good price on a new one but we really don't want to have to buy a new one this year...

Then tonight we are taking hubby's parents out to dinner at Outback Steakhouse. It has been years since we have been there and they love to eat there.
And we are all craving a "Blooming Onion"!

So a full day instore.

Thanks for stopping by!! You have a great Monday.

Oh, this should be my "long" week but I took Wednesday off..
I always take off the day after an election (our primary vote is Tuesday)
because I am up so late the night before watching election returns come in I will be so tired the next morning.
and with this job, it is not your regular 9-5 job...
getting up at 5:30 and putting in nearly a 13 hr day..
I cannot do that with out enough sleep.
So it is the "long week" that I am cutting into a shot week!

See ya!!
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71. seflagamma
2:02 PM GMT on January 30, 2012
Good morning,

Shore! I will have to go see that video o Robs or Bug's blog. that is great. You know I have a very large family also.. and probably close to 50 or more are my FB "friends" Then I am still friends with alot of my old "x" family. Hey just because there is a divorse does not mean you divorse the entire family, espcially if they were your old home town friends before you even started dating the jerk!
Then the old Blytheville, Arkansas bunch, probably over 250 are from that group...
I use to have a Christmas Card list that was over 250 cards... I trimmed it down to around 150 over the years.

I never realized how many people I do know but between work, family, neighbors, friends of neighbors that became friends,hubby's friends, my friends..
I tell everyone my husband has so many friends in the area he could probably run for Mayor and win!

Glad you stopped by!

Ylee, LOL "friend magnet" you know for my husband and I that may be true. I get to the point where I complain because we get invited to so many social events by everyone we even know. None of the other friends will be invited but we will be. Sometimes it is a blessing, sometimes.. not so much! For small Birthday parties or graduations parties or other celebrations I've had at my house over the past 20 years.. it is always way over 100 people here.
I'm the type that invited 100 and 120 show up!
And forget about the kid's weddings, We just had to apologize over and over about having to keep the guest list within reason. Good to see you out on the blogs again, we missed you last week!

Sandi, yes I will pull back the top half, did it when I went running yesterday. I will use a barrett or something to hold it out of my eyes!
My hair is almost as short as yours in that picture. I don't have bangs and it is parted on side in a bob style. This style it can be blown out straight or I can curl it up if I want something fancier.
And hair always grows out again so quickly!

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70. shoreacres
2:41 AM GMT on January 30, 2012
I finally made it over to really look at that AC - it's just a wonderful photo. I noticed it the first time through - I'm not surprised you got the AC. Of course, I also think you've deserved it before. Who knows how the system works?

I actually enjoyed all the photos. The one of Nolan with the Ibis is so good. I didn't realize that Ibis would follow people around - even with the enticement of treats. I've never seen a photo like that - I would have given it an AC, too - except, oh, right. It has a person in it. ;)

I've been thinking this over. I'm not sure I know 600 people! Oh, I probably do, but good gosh - not even close to 600 I'd call friends. I know I'm not as social as some. I like people, and I enjoy being with people, but for the best time in the world, I'd rather be with one or two friends, or a small group. Of course, working alone for twenty years and having no family to speak of makes a difference, too. Good gosh - I have one friend who has about 150 family members on FB. That does include 2nd cousins and inlaws and families created by divorced couples remarrying and such, but still - that's a lot of folks. Better Facebook than a Christmas card list, for sure!

Is this a long or a short week for you? Whichever, have a good one. I'm going to dive back in and see how much I can get done by next weekend!

Oh! Did you see the youtube of the new ice hockey rink in Grand Manan? It's on Bug's blog, for one place. Rob's in it. Ogal posted it - so she probably put it on FB, too.
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69. Ylee
3:44 PM GMT on January 29, 2012
Morning, Gamma! My fix-all solution for hair? A baseball cap, lol!

Someday soon, you'll pass 1000 friends on FB, and you may be surprised, but I won't be; you are a "friend" magnet! :)

Good luck on your yard work!
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68. sandiquiz
3:25 PM GMT on January 29, 2012
Ah, yes - I have that problem when I have my hair cut, keeping it our of my eyes.... but you can fasten the top/front back with a large slide, leaving the back loose.... like this :)

Photo taken as I was about to go down to dinner when I was on holiday in Cornwall in 2010. I had just bought the lens for my camera that day!

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67. seflagamma
3:13 PM GMT on January 29, 2012
Well, already a productive morning. Got hubby to fially cut my hair short again, it has been 5 months since it was bobbed off ... and it was getting long again and I did not want that.

So Sandi, back to the lenght of your hair again..
It is really short in back and a chin length on sides.

Too short to put in pony tail so that means I will be forced to do something with it now!

We have cloudy skyes and mild temps today.. hubby and I want to do a lot of yard work and he was to pressure clean the back decking...
much more fun to do that in sunshine...

and I still must get out there and do my walk/run this morning..

so you all enjoy your day I am sure I will return!
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66. seflagamma
3:10 PM GMT on January 29, 2012
Good morning everyone, Happy Sunday!!

Sandi, We are big on "reunions" here and my class was always very social. But locally we have a small group of friends that we do things with alot and that is mostly neighbors and of course the family is very close. When I joined FB almost 2 yrs ago I figured I would only have around 200 at most.. I figured there were probably around 100 from my old home town and probably 50 from WU and 50 family and local friends.
Then I thought I would top out at 300, then 400 for sure... last year I reached 500 and I don't know where they are all coming from but I do know these people or I know people who know them. Now I am over 600!!!

Pros, you are so welcome. Very glad you have a wonderful Birthday. Love the bird photos.

Bug, thanks.. most people say I have not changed much at all over the year.. now I beg to differ, I see all the wrinkles and saggy skin! LOL
I did have a lot of fun finding the old pictures and scanning them. I was always taking pictures so I have a bunch of them scattered all over the place!

Scott, Yes, I can make bad pictures, especially since I've gotton older... I was much more photogentic in my younger days!

Thanks for stopping by.
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65. airman45
2:54 PM GMT on January 29, 2012
Hi Patti!

Great pictures of you. I don't think you could ever make a "bad" photo.

Winter will finally arrive this week. Not snow, as it will be clear, but extreme cold temps. By Friday the forecast is -20C (-4F) and highs only in the teens. Should be that way for about a week. My outdoor bike riding will be suspended for a while.
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64. palmettobug53
2:45 PM GMT on January 29, 2012
Hey, Gams!

Love the old photo. You haven't changed all that much. You still look like yourself! Some of the folks at my high school reunion last year had changed so much and it wasn't just age/weight issues, either. I suspect plastic surgery! lol
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63. Proserpina
2:37 PM GMT on January 29, 2012
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62. sandiquiz
10:47 AM GMT on January 29, 2012
..... on FB I have over 615 friends..
How many!!!

I don't think I have ever had so many "friends" in my whole life!!
Our School system here does not lend itself to "school reunions" nor high school classes, or class books.... so many of my school friends have drifted away.

I have enough to do keeping up with a couple of dozen friends on here and another couple of dozen on Flickr.... I think I will stick with that! lol
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60. seflagamma
4:52 AM GMT on January 29, 2012
and the past week has been Retro Week on FB and
while I posted a lot of photos of me in my
younger days.

here is a photo I posted of me and an old friend,
he and I both were married to other then..

so I cropped our our "x's" and posted it on FB..

he and I were/are just fun friends, who lost touch for over 20 yrs .
He is the one that contacted me on Classmates and told me to get myself over the FB because that is where all our friends are!!!We have both been married to our wife/husband for a long long time.

Here we are at Pat O'Brians in New Orleans in summer of 1973!

and I know I will not be able to see this at work..and many of you will not be able to see this photo
and I am sorry.

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59. seflagamma
4:46 AM GMT on January 29, 2012
Ylee, Thank you and Welcome back! Yes that little girl became me!! and you know I don't take any ???? from anyone! LOL Glad you are back, we missed you.

Karen, thank you so much, if you read back you will see I have not had an AC in like 4 yrs.. and I have had a few I thought deserved it...but because I am not of the photography bunch, I just always comment and love the real good photographers........
I am good with it!! thank you !!

and I am loving this past week on Facebook...
you got to realise, on FB I have over 615 friends..

may be more by now.. .and probaly 1/3 are WU folks, who I have been friends with for years..

but another over 1/3 are my old growing up in Blytheville, Arkansas friends.. my HS friends, my Jr H friends,
my elementary school friends...
then there are my local friends and of course my family!!!

so you got to understand, on work days I cannot see FB.

I only on my "off work days" can I communicte with my FB family and friends..

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58. SBKaren
1:53 AM GMT on January 29, 2012
Gamma - thanks for stopping by my blog. I think I responded with a novel!!!

I've been here a couple of times already, but I keep forgetting to post what I original came to post......

congrats on the AC!!!

It is a lovely photo!!!

you must be home now, it's 6PM here, so 9PM for you - heck you might already be in bed! We're heading down to the star-gazing event in about 30 minutes. Sky is clear as a bell!
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57. Ylee
12:26 AM GMT on January 29, 2012
Gamma, congratulations on the A/C! I can see the meaness in that little girl's smile, lol!
I had thought you(and Sandi) would go for the "beehive" look, but no, classic "flower girl"! I like it better straight, too! :)

Hurrah! You've made it through another week! Hope you have a nice relaxing evening!
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56. seflagamma
8:42 PM GMT on January 28, 2012
Skye, yes I would say about 1 in 20 turn out pretty good for me too! Out of 5 grandkids I only have 2 good eaters the rest are very picky and it is so hard to get them to eat anything. Even if they can pick what they want.

Bug, thank you !!!

Mass, you are welcome. I felt so bad about missing your BD on Tuesday. It was nice to catch up at a few blogs this morning.
I love that story; that is cute!
We use to have the "cut out" of Bug and take it on vacations a few years ago. I am not sure now who has "Bug"
Thanks for coming and stopping by.

Just a afternoon check in... hanging in there! LOL
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55. masshysteria
3:55 PM GMT on January 28, 2012
Good Morning Gamma!

Thanks so much for your birthday remembrance and sentiment left on my blogsite this morning. Not to worry about any belatedness, because I, too, feel like I'm constantly trying to catch-up on things this past week or so. Time, age, illness and circumstances wait for no one I guess! LOL!

Love all the recent and retro pics you've posted; from the recent AC approved flamingos, those of a newly shorn Nolan and the ageless chronicled snapshots of your life. You're still quite the fetching lady and should be proud at how you've quite kept up with appearances along with your fitness and health!

I have a humorous true story, you may enjoy, regarding a so-called pink plastic lawn ornament version of a flamingo:

Some years ago, in a suburban neighborhood outside of Boston, there was a man who kept a bright pink plastic flamingo in his front yard. Well, one morning, he noticed that it had disappeared, figured it was stolen and reported it to the police. As the weeks wore on, it became a complete mystery as to its disappearance.

About a month later, he most surprisingly received a picture postcard of his plastic flamingo in front of the Eiffel Tower; which said, "Having A Great Time In Paris, France, Wish You Were Here!" It was also postmarked from there as well! The following month, he received yet another picture postcard of his pink flamingo celebrating Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany with the same message.

Well, this monthly event went on for one full year; where, he kept receiving monthly postcards of his pink plastic bird in front of a historical or notable site from each of ten other countries. One year to the day it was taken, the owner happened to be looking wistfully out of his front window when, wouldn't you know, he spotted his ornatmental flamingo back in its exact same spot on the front lawn and with a sign which read. "I'M B-A-A-C-K, HAD A GREAT TIME!" LOL!

This true story received quite the mention on local TV stations and newspapers, at the time, and I believe the guy went on to write a book, of sorts, showing all the postcards, etc. received and how amused he eventually became of this whole (possibly expensive) elaborate prank. To this day, no one knows who pulled off this clever stunt in the first place, but it was quite the original doozy! LOL!

Hope your work day runs smoothly, this story supplied you with a few chuckles and you have enough energy left at the end of the day to enjoy a nice glass of red or white before retiring tonight!
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54. palmettobug53
2:27 PM GMT on January 28, 2012
Hi, Gams!

Quick fly by.

Congrats on the AC. That IS a great photo!
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53. Skyepony (Mod)
2:03 PM GMT on January 28, 2012
I have no idea about the camera thing..Seems like 1 in 20 comes out looking pro for me..

Nachos was Dragonfly's idea. Lately he's been throwing fit at not being what he envisioned. I gave him my basic ingredient list & he came up with nachos.. It was good being heavy with garden & having everyone sitting down all happy.
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52. RobDaHood
1:46 PM GMT on January 28, 2012
I wonder if I could work a deal like that!
I really would like to have one and have plenty of room for it but have never gotten around to it.
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51. seflagamma
1:37 PM GMT on January 28, 2012
Good morning Rob,

I know, how many girls know how to fix the pool pump! I wanted that swimming pool badly and I promised I would take care of it if hubby would have one built!
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50. RobDaHood
1:35 PM GMT on January 28, 2012
Gotta love a girl who can fix a pool pump!

Good Morning!
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49. seflagamma
12:41 PM GMT on January 28, 2012
Hi Skye, Thanks, I was pleased at how it turned out.
Wonder why with the same camera and same day the same shots can turn out so different!
I would have rather had your Nachos for dinner last night!

Good morning everyone, it is finally Saturday!!!
(that is my Friday).

Sitting at my work desk sipping my Dunkin Donut coffee and eating my donut.
That place should pay me a salary as much as I promote them here and on FB! LOL

Today should be a normal Saturday at work; I hope, which means usually not too hectic.

We will see...

We are warm now and have a 50% chance of rain today but looking at the radar I am not sure where the rain is coming from because i don't see any on the map.
We could use an inch or two if it comes slow and soaks in the ground.

Hope you all enjoy your Saturday!
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48. Skyepony (Mod)
4:16 AM GMT on January 28, 2012
Your flamingo pic is beautiful! Congrats.

I made nachos.
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47. seflagamma
11:56 PM GMT on January 27, 2012
I had a feeling you would have a HS picture just like me and Sandi!!!
I have seen Bugs before and she looked like us with short hair..

too funny.

Yes I heard about your wedding before and I think it was great..
and just look how it turned out.. you and Randy are still together.

Not many of us are still with our first marriage partner...
most of us made a mistake first time around! LOL

I think you and Randy have an awesome story and role model for your kids and grandkids.

Hi everyone,
I fixed my pool pump and the new gasket and filter was just what was needed..
actually the gasket was the main problem!

So now I need to go make hubby Tuna Salad for dinner.. since I got home before he did!!!

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46. SBKaren
10:39 PM GMT on January 27, 2012
Gamma - meant to say that our HS pictures look almost identical. I'm only one year before you, but that was surely the look!
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45. SBKaren
10:37 PM GMT on January 27, 2012
Hi Gamma,

It would be fun to do a blog filled with old photos, but that would truly put me to work! I've only been home for a little while but it is drop dead gorgeous outside, so as soon as I'm done posting here, I'm heading out to the garden to feed my lettuce!

Airman - yes, our wedding was in California. Hubby and I are both California natives. We actually had a really quick wedding in my parents backyard - but there really wasn't a yard. They lived in a place called Huntington Harbor at the time - and we lived on the water with a boat dock. Our wedding was thought about and planned in about 6 weeks, the time it took him to get through basic training...and NO, I wasn't pregnant! LOL

I just wanted to be able to travel with him when he received his new assignment. This was still Vietnam days, but he knew he wasn't going there. I'm sure you've heard the story before, so I won't go there. Getting on the boat was also a very last minute decision. We had our reception at the yacht club, and my step-father begged someone to let us borrow their boat. We rode it there, which was about a 10 minute boat ride. We had a relatively small wedding, about 40 folks, mostly family and a few family friends. My brother's band played at our reception.

We also had no power during our wedding, as a transformer blew the night before our wedding and the whole island had no power. Good thing we didn't need any! My mom did go out for coffee though. The time of our wedding was also planned at high tide as my step-father said we didn't want all the barnacles to show up in the photos! LOL Now that, I never would have thought of!
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44. seflagamma
9:56 PM GMT on January 27, 2012
Thanks Rob, but back in those days we did not do "big hair" that was 80's..
and you are right in the past 10 yrs we have gone back to straight gain.. some long straight and some shorter straigh.

I've seen your Angie so I know what you are talking about!
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43. RobDaHood
9:44 PM GMT on January 27, 2012
40. seflagamma
I like that one.
Thats "the look" that most of the girls I liked in high school had. I've had a few big haired girls in my life since then, but have come full circle and prefer long, straight and shiny again. Pretty eyes (very important) and smile too.
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