Hoppy Easter

Bleys cutting pieFor Easter, we went over to Gramma’s house and had quite a feast. Here’s Bleys, carefully cutting the picture-perfect lemon meringue pie Aunt Susie made. I really like this picture of him because it represents much of what he is… careful, thoughtful and fully paying attention to what he’s doing at the moment.

I always love the days after Easter, too, because you can get the best candy of the year at half price or better! Today’s find was peeps – I’ve torn open the wrapping so they’ll get nice and stale (it takes 4 or 5 days). Mmmmmm! Crunchy peeps.

New Smyrna Beach

Emmy at New Smyrna BeachLast weekend we went to New Smyrna Beach to visit Trav’s grandma. After a delicious meal of roast beast, potatoes, green bean casserole and rolls, we took a little trip to the beach (it’s only a couple of miles away). It’s very strange there – you can drive right down onto the beach. It’s weird to have to look both ways before going to the water. I don’t care for it at all.

There were lots of critters washed up on the beach that day… portugese man o’ war with their long, stinging tentacles, and these little disks called blue buttons.

The beach is my favorite place to go. We often wonder, if we lived that close to the beach, how much work we would get done! I suppose one might tire of it after a while, but I don’t think I would. I could make a new business… doing something with shells… or something. :)


I love going to the beach to look for shells and other interesting things. Today I found a list on CNN which tells what beaches are best for finding good stuff:

CNN’s list of best beaches for shelling

Sanibel (#1 on the list) is a 5-6 hour drive from us. Cumberland Island in Georgia is probably about the same, so when I can find someone to go with me, yeah baby!! It would have to be an overnight trip for sure. Who wants to go? :)

Exploring Crystal River, FL

I’m planning a trip with Aunt Susie for Thursday. We’re going up to Crystal River to see an ancient Indian site and to check out a new beach – Fort Island Gulf Beach. Plus we can stop at the Yulee Sugar Mill ruins. To get to the furthest destination, it’s a little over an hour drive from our house, so it ought to be a good, full day of sightseeing!

Embroidery Project Completed!

Here’s a picture of my first completed project – it’s counted cross-stitch. I saw this at the craft store and really liked it. Plus, it said “Great for beginners!” so I thought what the heck… I’m make it for my brother-in-law and his family for Christmas. That was in October of 2006! It took me until January 2007 to complete it. I had no idea how much time it would take and I tell ya… I have a new appreciation for people who do needlework. My mom made a koala bear for me, and my sister made a beautiful wall hanging and now I know the kind of effort required to create a gift like that, so thanks again, Mom and Kelly!!

Embroidery - Family is a Circle of Love

Jury Duty

Yesterday I had to show up for a jury summons, and I got picked! I’m very happy to be doing my civic duty. It’s a criminal trial and it’s very interesting… I’m learning a lot about our legal system. For example, the number of jurors for a trial is determined by the state. In Florida, only three kinds of trials get a 12-person jury… murder, fraud and one other thing I can’t remember. All other trials only have a 6-person jury. Now I can see why our justice system is so backed up – not a whole lot of people get moved through the courts. It’s sad that one person’s alleged bad acts can make extra work for so many others. Think of what great things we could do with all that money we pour into the correctional system.

The sad part of the whole thing is how people complain about having to be there. I understand they have other things to do but we have to take the bad along with the good in this country. We have the greatest place in the world to live because people take the time to make sure justice is done.

Save the Penguins!

The other day I was looking for a recipe for something with cream cheese in it, and I just had to make these for a family gathering today:


They’re made out of olives, cream cheese and carrots. The scarves are roasted red peppers. Aunt Susie made a little sign that said “Save the Penguins!!” hehehehe (I think she was having a little trouble eating them). I found the instructions on AllRecipes.com.

The Husband Store

My friend John sent this joke and I just had to post it. Trav’s cousin Tim is visiting and we talked about relationships a little bit, and the differences between men & women so this seems like a good day to share…

The Husband Store

A store that sells new husbands has just opened in New York City,
where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at
the entrance is a description of how the store operates.
You may visit the store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the
attributes of the men increase as the shopper ascends the flights.
There is, however, a catch: you may choose any man from a particular
floor, or you may choose to go up a floor, but you cannot go back
down except to exit the building!

So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband.

On the first floor the sign on the door reads:
Floor 1 – These men have jobs.

The second floor sign reads:
Floor 2 – These men have jobs and love kids.

The third floor sign reads:
Floor 3 – These men have jobs, love kids, and are extremely good looking. “Wow,” she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.

She goes to the fourth floor and sign reads:
Floor 4 – These men have jobs, love kids, are drop-dead good looking and help with the housework. “Oh, mercy me!” she exclaims, “I can hardly stand it.”

Still, she goes to the fifth floor and sign reads:
Floor 5 – These men have jobs, love kids, are drop-dead gorgeous, help with the housework, and have a strong romantic streak.

She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor and the sign reads:
Floor 6 – You are visitor 31,456,012 to this floor. There are no men
on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are
impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store.

A New Wives store opened across the street.
The first floor has wives that love sex.
The second floor has wives that love sex and have money.
The third through sixth floors have never been visited.

Hello World!

Hi there. I’m Emily and this is my place to store and share the random bits of life I want to capture… things I find interesting, amusing, useful, etc. I’ll probably share some stories of life from time to time as well. I’ll try to be interesting but can’t make any guarantees. :)