Monday, March 19, 2018

Kayaking and Waterboarding at Silver Springs State Park

It was a beautiful warm day here in central Florida:  High temps in the low 80s (F), bright sunshine, and very little wind.  

We drove to Silver Springs State Park to see what was happening.  The place was jammed.  Many were probably here on spring break.  The Silver River and its tributaries were crowded with kayakers and waterboarders.

The gentleman pictured above was doing everything right on this waterboard except that he's standing up, which I don't recommend, but he's attached his left ankle to the board and he's in complete control.

This is important for reasons which will become clear tomorrow. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Awaiting the Farrier

According to the dictionary, a farrier is "a craftsman who trims and shoes horses' hooves." Farriers are critical to a horse's ability to do even the smallest of tasks.

Friday, March 16, 2018


Now that you're all grown up, wouldn't you love to have a tricycle like this one on which to run around town?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Main Pool at the Trilogy (Ocala Preserve) Resort

We have family from out-of-town with us for a few days and I'll be posting and commenting sporadically.  Things should be back to normal early next week.  Best wishes to all my wonderful CDP friends!

Sunday, March 11, 2018


This is one of my artistic shots showing what an artiste I really am. As soon as word gets out, I expect to be overwhelmed by galleries wanting to show it in their main showing room.  In fact, I've already gotten a call from Burke's Bar in Ireland. They want to hang it in their loo. Being an American, I'm not sure what the "loo" is but it must be important as many people visit it frequently.

I'm also not telling whose legs these are nor am I going to divulge the incredible long and difficult process involved in getting this photo to look so artistic and exciting.

It's already started!  I just got an email from Arizona State University, of which I am an alumnus.  They saw the photo and sent me some kind of affidavit.  I'm not sure what it means but it said something about never divulging my previous affiliation with the school.  I'm sure they're worried about how to deal with the huge crowds of people wanting to see it.

Kate's Gallery in St. Paul, Minnesota, has already priced it at $1,500,499.  There's just one problem - I may have read the commas wrong.  It's so cold up there that they can't write very clearly.  And does the minus sign come in front of the number or at the rear of the number?

Doubtless, many of my blogger friends will want a copy for themselves as it's going to do better than Warhol's Campbell's soup can (You can buy a framed print of that for only $189.99 at  But please be patient as it's going to take some time to put together the business team I will need to process requests as they pour in.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

When Friends Gather...

...good things happen.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Trump Christian Car

This would be funny if it wasn't so sad and if there were not still millions of people who think the orange-headed monster is God's chosen leader for the United States, which is, of course, God's chosen land.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Trilogy Resort Trail System

You may remember a few months ago, I wrote that the Trilogy trail system would be 21 miles long when it was finished. Banners flew along the main road into the resort advertising this 21-mile trail.

Well, after living here for awhile, we became skeptical that the trail would be that long unless you counted all the sidewalks, driveways and treks to the bathroom at night.

So, we questioned the length of the trail.

Shortly thereafter the banners were gone as were all references to this ultra long trail within the community.  And while the trail is still mentioned in Trilogy's advertisements, references to its length have been omitted.

In conclusion, it is still a beautiful trail and we can easily ride 5-6 miles on our bikes.  I'd guess it will ultimately be between 10-15 miles when completed.

The above photo is a small portion of the trail that runs alongside a local large horse farm.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A Canadian Immigrant

We met this gal at a local golf course. I asked what she was doing here? She said something about escaping the weather in Toronto. I said I didn't think it was that bad. She used a word I cannot use, this being a family blog.

Then I asked if she had any trouble getting across the border, 'cause Trump was creating more problems, even for Canadians. She said, "Nah, I flew under the radar."

I would have asked about her family but we had to keep moving. I thought I saw her later on because there were a lot of Canadian geese on the know, they all look the same.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Arts & Crafts at Michaels

Michaels is a large chain featuring a variety of products for use in creating artsy/crafty projects. The Ocala store is quite popular even though it has to compete with another, huge enterprise just down the street, Hobby Lobby.

On this day we ran into a group of women hard at work at personal projects, sitting around a table near the front of the store. I figured they were there to show customers how they also could take advantage of what Michaels offers.

One woman is painting, another is knitting and the third is working on some kind of art project. It appeared they were all having a good time.
"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson