August Is Here! Time to watch the Tropics!

By: seflagamma , 5:34 PM GMT on July 31, 2014

White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits and may August be a wonderful month for us all!

July 31, 2014: WOW this summer is flying by and tomorrow is Aug 1st. Amazing how time flies.

Not sure what I will put in this header yet but wanted to get a new blog entry open for now.

Do not forget to look at my webpage at Fine Art America at
My website on Fine Arts America is up and running now. I do not sell prints so mine are all originals. Here is the link.

I have reduced the prices on many of the paintings in hopes of selling a few of them soon.

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So Here are the maps:


Sunrise Aug 19 2014.jpg (seflagamma)
Aug 19, 2014. around 7am, Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean off the Commercial Blvd Pier in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. My 61st BD morning I went to watch the sun rise. It was beautiful.
Sunrise Aug 19 2014.jpg

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43. seflagamma
8:07 PM GMT on September 09, 2014
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42. seflagamma
8:06 PM GMT on September 09, 2014
Thank you Sandi, I appreciate the hugs. I know things will get better some day but right now.. not so much. And all this is really taking a toll on our marriage because hubby is very upset all the time and pretty much mad at the world...

Things will get better hopefully sooner rather than later. but I do not see sooner in the forecast...
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41. sandiquiz
6:35 PM GMT on September 09, 2014
There is not much I can say, except to send ((((big hugs)))) to you and your family.

We have a saying here when bad things seem to all come at once, which is apt for a weather site.

" it never rains but it pours".

Hang in there, the sun will shine someday soon. :-)
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39. sandiquiz
2:07 PM GMT on September 08, 2014
Wishing you every success with your art display as a "Featured Artist"!!

Have a great week :)
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38. seflagamma
3:51 PM GMT on September 07, 2014
LT and Ylee, I saw your comments, Thanks to you both and all the lurkers.

Our Cardinals are hanging in there now been in first place for a while now. Hope they keep their winning streak going.

now for the Dolphins, for that team to be a winning team we will need a miracle.!
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37. seflagamma
3:50 PM GMT on September 07, 2014
Hi everyone, Today is NFL Opening Day so we will be having our Football Sunday gatherings again starting today.
Also, I know none of you are local but here is the information for the exhibition I was asked to be one of the local featured artist. It should be a good turnout for this one since it is connected to a larger part of the Art community activities. You all have a great day.

27 September
at 19:00–22:00

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1310 Gallery
1310 SW 2nd Ct, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312

JOIN US! at the 1310 Gallery - Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts.
Art Is...
Art is something that makes us more thoughtful and well-rounded humans. Art is the way to express ourselves.

Saturday September 27th
Art + Music
This event is in conjuction with the Flagler Village (FAT Village) Art Walk
Art + Music

Featured Artists:

Eliane Harvey
Dana Donaty Design-Studios
Artist Jake Cordero
Robin White
JC Bravo
Glen Mayo Sculpture
Liliana Botero
Adam White
Eli Pupovac Jr.
Patti Stribling Lauer
Deda Maldonado
Terry Arroyo Mulrooney

Musical Performances by:
Tate Earle
Performance Dance:
Mystika Bellydance
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36. Ylee
11:02 AM GMT on September 04, 2014
Cards up by three games! Woohoo! Good wishes toward continued progress with your MIL and FIL!
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35. originalLT
11:27 AM GMT on September 03, 2014
Hi Gamma, difficult situation with the "older folk". I hear more and more of that with the people we know up here. (I guess we are in that age group , what with more and more people living into their upper 80's and 90's.) Not easy. Yes the weather was fine on our stay down in Delray. Partly sunny most days, highs 90-93F with a shower or two floating around. We are not "Snow Birds" yet, My wife is an art teacher up here in CT. and will teach about 2 years more. Until then we rent out the place each winter. Even when she retires, she doesn't want to move down permanently because our two "kids" live up here, and her sister too, who she is very close with. When she does retire, we'll probably sell our house and maybe get a small apartment up here, and then live in FLA. 7-8 months of the year and up north for a few months. I think tax wise it's better to have a Florida residency. Good luck down there. And yes, lets hope the Hurricane season will continue to be quiet. Take care. LT---Larry.
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33. originalLT
1:34 PM GMT on September 01, 2014
Happy belated Birthday wishes, Gamma. I don't know about being 16, but 39 isn't too bad! :) Was in your beautiful state for 6 days in Delray, overseeing a new kitchen being put in my wife's condo , and two new bathroom sinks and vanities. Looks great. Visited my wife's 95 year old Aunt in Boca. She's still hanging in there. We drove down and took our two "boy's down with us(our 9 years old Cocker Spaniel Brothers, Ace and Angel). They love traveling, and their "Florida "house!. Took them to a few out-door restaurants in Delray, they were "good boys". We ate of course out side in the patio areas of those places.-- Congrats again, you sure do sound busy.
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32. airman45
3:50 PM GMT on August 30, 2014

How are you? I'm real sorry I missed your birthday, but 16 is great, isn't it? Don't worry, you are a beautiful lady in either number.

Been off for a while. Still slamming to get my degree. Just started two more courses, then just two more after that and should be finished by December.

At home recovering from my second bout of surgery since last month. Should be off work for one more week, then back to actually earning my money. :-)

I haven't really kept up with what is going on here. I did read something about your MIL needing to go into assisted care, and her basically refusing. Honestly, I do understand. My mother needs the same thing but refuses to leave her house. She is 88 and still able to do for herself, but is going downhill fast. I am afraid one day soon we will have to force her to go. Not a good prospect!

Great pic of the sunrise at Ft. Lauderdale. All of my growing up years in Florida, and never actually made it that far south. I'm just a Pensacola boy!
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30. Ylee
11:52 PM GMT on August 29, 2014
Yadi's back off the DL! Fingers crossed!

Hope you all are doing well!
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29. sandiquiz
4:40 PM GMT on August 28, 2014
Hi Gamms

I haven't been around for a while, I went away for three days last week and luckily had wonderful weather. This week I have been writing and editing my story, and then am visiting family this weekend....and that is August all finished!!

Hope you are coping with all the problems with family. I am lucky in that I don't have any family left to worry about, except my sister, and my elderly aunt, who is still as sprightly as ever, more so than I am, and she is 87!!

Take care, catch up later.
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28. christmassanta
8:27 PM GMT on August 23, 2014
If you let your imagination and your artist eye take over, the small cloud just above the sun looks like an Angel with wings standing on a hill wishing you Happy Birthday from Heaven. If you zoom in on the picture you can see the angel very clearly.God will give you the strenghth you need to deal with your inlaws. It is a burden most of us carry at some point. Unless you have done it you can not imagine the stress it adds to your life. Family takes care of family is Santa's motto.But as you know it is easier said than done. Blessings for strength.

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27. Ylee
1:47 AM GMT on August 23, 2014
Not settling for a WC, hoping they can pass the Brewers, and win the Central! Losing tonight, though! :(
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26. seflagamma
8:28 PM GMT on August 22, 2014
Ylee, our Cardinals are doing great right now, got a good grip on the wild card spot if they don't mess up any more in the next few weeks. we will see.
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25. seflagamma
8:27 PM GMT on August 22, 2014
Ylee and NEw, thanks for stopping by!

Been a crazy week, which is normal for me. Had a lot of errands Wed and Thur then today I took father in law to his doctor appmt then to grocery store. Lucky it went well and we got in and out of doc office in record time for a doctor's office.

Watching that invest, well actually I have no idea what it is doing this afternoon, been gone most of the day.... got to check it out.

I will be checking back in from time to time. Hope you all have a great weekend.
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24. Ylee
11:20 PM GMT on August 21, 2014
Glad you had a good birthday! Chocolate cream pie sounds good! I usually make mine with a tall meringue, but whipped cream is good, too!
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23. NEwxguy
6:22 PM GMT on August 20, 2014
I just heard about your birthday and wanted to come in wish you a very HAPPY Birthday belated.
I hope you had a great time with your grandkids and hubby.
Keep an eye on the tropics and 96L,its that time of year now.
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22. seflagamma
6:18 PM GMT on August 20, 2014
Thank you Rob, Bug, Sandi, Rob and all you that wish me "pre BD" wishes!

Yes, I had a great morning yesterday. Got up at 5am with hubby. Made some breakfast then left for the beach. Got there at 7am just in time to watch the sunrise. It was beautiful with all the African Dust in the air. Very warm.
I parked really close and only had to pay $10 for 4 hrs if I said I was eating breakfast at the Pier Cafe (I didn't but said I did, I told the attendant it was my BD and I needed to park close to the beach, he let me stay!)

I took at 3 mile walk on the beach and it was more crowded than I expected at that time of morning. So many walkers, runners, and foreign tourist (Spanish and even detected European accents and even some New England accents , I guess their kids are not in school yet)

The air temp at 7am was only around 82 so the water was so warm compared to air temp.
But once it reached like 90, it felt good. I sat in my chair in the sun and got in and out of the water to cool off from time to time. I would venture to say our beach ocean water temp is probably in upper 80's this time of year.
I have no idea why I do not do this more often. I think I will. It was so nice.

Then at home, hubby got me a Chocolate Cream pie (I like that better than a birthday cake) and we did the candle the night before... I only used 1 candle, didn't want the small pie to go up in flames.

Also on way home got myself a good bottle of champagne and drank most of it! LOL and had more pie.

It was a very nice day to spend an uneventful BD. Of course the kids / grands and hubby all came through with cards and presents... went out to spend some of it this morning.

This morning up again at 5am, Ellen's boss accidently put her on "summer 7am open the pool schedule" for this week, the kids first week of school so other grandma, "Nanny" and I still have to do the kids school this week, then next week back to normal.
So kids come around 6:30, feed them breakfast, make them brush their teeth, brush their hair, get them dressed, Ellen packs them lunches and brings their school clothes (they arrive in their PJ's barely awake. Their schools are only a few blocks away from where we both live so not a long trip at all, but we have to get them their on time. Rylee needs to be there before 8am but it takes 20 minutes to navigate the "drop off the kids" line.. so I try to leave the house by 7:30.

Then had to get my SUV cleaned and take it in for it's "maintance"...... then had some errands to do.

Now home and put a nice pot roast in the oven to roast all afternoon. Busy morning but got it all done.

watching that system / Invest, interesting.

All my pictures were taken on my cell phone because my old point and shoot camera was not working, again. I will try to post some of them here later.

Again, thank you for stopping by, it was a good day.
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21. palmettobug53
4:37 PM GMT on August 20, 2014
Happy belated. I knew I'd better get my well wishes in in early.

Did you make it out to the beach to walk and watch the sunrise. That sounds like a nice B-Day present to me.

I kinda figured you knew about Damon but wanted to be sure.
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20. RobDaHood
12:19 AM GMT on August 20, 2014
Happy Birthday Gamma!

Big Hugs!
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19. seflagamma
9:51 AM GMT on August 19, 2014
Good morning everyone.
Bug, thank you for posting, yes I learned over on FB about Damon. That is so sad. Someone told me a few years ago he was very sick but no one will say what it is. I know they are trying to have a get together for him over on the west coast but no one would make it last Saturday so they are trying again for this weekend. So many of us just cannot get their for the next few weeks.

Hi everyone. Well today is "my" day. 61 years old today.... the "16" Sandi typed sounds better. I am up early, but I tend to get up early these days. I am going to do something I have thought about doing for a long time, I am driving 12 miles east and going to the beach this morning to watch the sunrise and then maybe take a long walk on the beach.
School here started yesterday so "summer" is over; most of the tourist are gone at least for a few months then they come back for winter.... and I should be able to fine parking nearby. I hope to get some nice pictures.

I will probably not be there long, just a few hours. I have a very busy week already planned but today especially this morning will be just for me!

You all have a great day!
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18. palmettobug53
4:22 PM GMT on August 17, 2014
Been meaning to tell you, in case you don't know, that Damon is now in Hospice Care. Check out Beth's blog for details.

You might know already but you've had so much going on and you've mentioned you haven't even been able to get on FB much lately.

I just wanted to make sure you knew.
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17. palmettobug53
2:29 PM GMT on August 17, 2014
Oh, dear.... I'm so sorry to hear about all the stress and problems that seem to be non-stop with the in-laws. While I think permanent skilled nursing care is what your MIL now needs, I feel so sorry for your FIL being upset about this forced separation, temporary or not. It's not his fault that he can't take care of her; he's got his own health issues and it is simply too much for him. If this move becomes permanent, would he even be able to manage on his own?

So, you're turning 16 Tuesday? How wonderful. Hope you enjoy your hibachi dinner tonight. I love those places, too, but we haven't been in quite a while. Our favorite place closed. There are several others around but they just don't seem as good as that first one.

I see Rylee can cast with the best of them. I'll bet you both were pleased as punch when that boater complimented her!
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16. seflagamma
2:19 PM GMT on August 16, 2014
Good morning, Sandi, that inversion to make 61 into 16 sounds good to me.
Yes I do love a dinner at Japan Inn. I love Hibachi foods. Looking forward to going.
Ylee, I remember when I was at work I could also get on the blogs here on WU, most of the other sites had firewalls and against the rules. I see the Cards are doing OK again, at least they are hanging in there for the run for wildcard.

So, yesterday the hospital had to let MIL go, everyone wanted her to stay longer because she just cannot be at home any longer. And finally the family found a Rehab/Health Care center (use to be known as a Nursing Home) that had 3 beds available and they got her in. She went last night and of course FIL is very distraught about all this. He is blaming himself for not being able to care for her at home any longer.
Not sure how long she will stay there, but if she does not get better she cannot go home again. She has to have nursing care because she will not get out of bed and does not feel good but doctors have found nothing wrong with her. It is all so terrible for everyone.

So anyway, still getting those afternoon storms so everything is steamy and soggy but that is summer in the tropics!

Hope you are all having a good weekend!

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15. Ylee
5:18 AM GMT on August 16, 2014
Happy early birthday, gamma! Busy, busy, busy, here too! At least I can blog here from work, lol!

Take care!
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14. sandiquiz
2:37 PM GMT on August 15, 2014
Oh, boy, you are busy!!!

Hope all goes well on Sunday - sounds a lovely place to celebrate your 16th birthday! OK, so I mixed up the numbers, but who cares!
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12. Ylee
5:57 PM GMT on August 11, 2014
Seeing any games while the Cards are in Miami? Hope everything is going well!
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11. sandiquiz
11:38 AM GMT on August 09, 2014
Just dropping by to wish you a very happy weekend:)
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10. Ylee
9:17 PM GMT on August 06, 2014
Tonight, Joe Kelly, who was just traded to Boston from St. Louis last week, starts for the first time for the Red Sox against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium tonight! Not only that, the Cards' pitcher for tonight, Shelby Miller, was Joe's road roommate, and both of them were best men at each other's weddings!

They both bet that whoever gave up a hit to the other had to pony up $100!

Hope you are doing well!
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9. palmettobug53
1:11 PM GMT on August 03, 2014
Hey, Gams. Belated white rabbits to you and hope that august treats you well. You've got a birthday coming up, don't you?

Rainy here. Got about a half inch overnight and it's been lightly raining ever since I got up. Three hours with no let up. I'm glad I only have one pressing errand to run. Need to run to Dollar General for cold supplies. Throat lozenges, cough drops and Zyrtec. Juice, maybe. Got plenty of tissues. Can't take OTC cold meds but the Zyrtec will stem the runny nose and help keep my sinuses open.

Yep, I am dealing with one of those summer colds. Sure hope it doesn't leave me too wrung out. With the new system just a month out from going live, if we call in sick, we have to have a doctor's excuse.

I'm sure as heck not coughing up a consult fee to be told, "Rest, drink plenty of fluids and use whatever remedy makes you feel less icky." So, I'll drag myself to work and sneeze all over everyone for pure spite! lol
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8. sandiquiz
10:27 AM GMT on August 03, 2014
LOL - you are the second one this month to say I introduced you to The White Rabbit greeting:)

Hope you have a great August, with some sunshine, and not too much rain, nor storms!
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7. Ylee
4:00 AM GMT on August 03, 2014
It's easy not to forget you, Gamma! I have your blog as one of may favorites! :' )

Hope you're having a good weekend!
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6. seflagamma
12:54 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits! Wishing us all a healthy, joyful and Lucky August.

I just typed up a comment and it has not appeared yet. I will check back later to see if it shows up before trying to retype it again!

Thanks Sandi and Ylee and some of you others who come by from time to time and leave me comments! Glad to know you all have not forgotten about me.

Later: I see my prev comment finally appeared so I don't have to retype it now! YEAH!!!

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5. seflagamma
12:53 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
Good morning and Happy First Day of August. WOW cannot believe how fast time is going.

Sandi, Over on FB this morning I opened my post with White Rabbits (3 times) and told everyone how my good friend, Sandi, from England taught us this tradition over on WU! So many have never heard of this expression. Evy (Surfmom) did the same greeting on her wall this morning.
All thanks to YOU for teaching us.
Hope it is a great month for us all.

Ylee, yes we are watching TS Bertha but so far it should not affect us. We really do not need additional rain here in SE Fla but I know the Islands are pretty dry and could use a little rain.
We received 1 1/2" of rain the past two days in a row for 3" in 2 days. We are soggy and suppose to have rain showers every day for the next week.
I don't mind the short afternoon thunderstorms but not those rains that mess up most of the day !
Our Cards are still up and down but at least not out of the picture and hanging in there.

I will probably be around more often now that we may get some storms to watch.

Thanks for always stopping by and leaving a comment for me!
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4. sandiquiz
8:02 AM GMT on August 01, 2014
White Rabbit, White Rabbit, White Rabbit
Wishing you a very happy month of August :)

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3. Ylee
4:15 AM GMT on August 01, 2014
1st! Bertha's official now, but it looks like it's going to miss the CONUS, and stay as a tropical storm. I hope they are right!

Cards made a trade with the Red Sox yesterday, but I don't know if it was a smart one. I guess we shall see!

Take care!
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2. seflagamma
5:36 PM GMT on July 31, 2014
from prev blog:

11:15 AM EDT on July 31, 2014

Good morning and Happy Thursday. WOW this week went by fast; the entire month zoomed by way too fast!

LT, thank you and I will never "give up" on painting but I really must start selling some of them soon so I can buy new canvas and supplies. People have no idea how much canvas and paints cost. You have a great trip to Florida in August, lucky there will be no storms! Getting a new kitchen is always exciting. Mine is now 2 years old and I still love it every day!

Sandi, I know, this month has just zoomed by and tomorrow is August already! Yikes. I am going to try and set up a new blog thread later today if I can.

NEw, thank you very much. I love "Guarding The Beach" also. I am using that one, along with "The Great White Egret" and "Waterway In The Glades" for the September exhibition. They are three different types of scenery but still all tropical. Yes we have had another really wet summer so far, similar to last year which was very soggy. An afternoon thunderstorm yesterday dropped another 1 1/2" of new rain.

Bug, Hello to you. Been very busy around here. Last week I completed a lot of projects and still have a lot more on my "list" but I am trying to get them done one at a time.

Ylee, Yelp, I am watching 93L out there. It did not look too good yesterday but they can flare back up quickly. It is interesting. And our Cardinals are staying usually in 2nd place in our division but they really need to have a great August and get in the play offs!

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1. seflagamma
5:35 PM GMT on July 31, 2014
Yeah I did get a new blog open and those of you that posted on prev blog I answered all of you earlier this morning.

I may go back and try to past them all here.

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