Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Lilly Girl



Lilly is my 2 year old female
Labrador! She is a wonderful
girl - beautiful, very attentive
and always wants to please.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Queen Palm bloom




This was shot in our back yard - actually
shot through the pool screen. We have lots
of palms and birds of paradise - we call our
little backyard hideaway LaLaLand!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Sunday was an incredibly day for the Tampa
Bay area - the weather was beautiful and we
are dead in the middle of winter??? We hung
out at the beaches for a while and headed
back home to watch the Playoffs AND we got
a phone call from Charlie! They are 8 hours
ahead in Baghdad and he was still working at
11:00PM. He's fine and still expecting to come
home in early March. Stella has come to stay
with us for a few days while Courtney's firm
is in trial.... and on we go...


Super Comeback Lifts Dungy, Colts

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Good Food

Do yourself a favor and check out The Crab Shack
when you are in St. Petersburg. Great food at
good prices!



Behind this door you can have an
awesome fish dinner! The Crab Shack
on Gandy Blvd in St. Petersburg.

My buddy Harley

Here is yet another shot of my buddy,
Harley. He is a beautiful Lab and never
has a dull moment!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Wall Art

This is the wall of the Kwik Stop Market - it amazes
me to see the talent of the people that paint these
wall murals.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

R-E-S-P-E-C-T




AIN'T IT GREAT...
TO BE.... A FLORIDA GATOR!!!!


Florida
41 - Ohio State 14!!!!!!


YUP! We ARE the national Champions!!! The Gators dominated Ohio State
from start to finish in every aspect of the game! Ohio State started fast by
returning the opening kick-off 94 yards for a TD. That was it for the Buckeyes
as the Gators proceeded to put an old fashion ass whopping on the team from
Ohio! Talked to Courtney & Charlie several times during and after the game
as we shared the "glow" of excitement! Courtney told her brother that the
Gators were winning for him - he is their 12th man! She loves her brother!
We all love the Gators and will relive this special night for years to come!

















Thursday, January 04, 2007

Hurry back Buddy!

The New Year has always been an exciting time for me. I get excited about a new year, new opportunities, new adventures and always a chance to improve areas of our lives or find new passions!


I ALWAYS remain thankful of the countless blessings and WONDERFUL people in my life! So - as the new year approached, my spirits were soaring! Charlie was home for the 1st Christmas in 3 years and we ALL had a SUPER Christmas and created many new memories! I get excited about my job this time of year too! I think of the new opportunities to grow and expand our great business - I work for an INCREDIBLE company and with some real hard-working, dedicated people! I'm excited when thinking about increasing my skills with my camera for this year too!



WELL, the New Year started out great! I got up early and shot the 1st sunrise of the year at Ballast Point Pier as the sun rose and cast a beautiful orange hue on the new minutes of the new year - Big thanks to our Creator for that gorgeous moment! So, I was pumped as I headed back home to show my new pictures and share with the family AND get ready for some SERIOUS football watching! Linda cooked a big meal and we had a wonderful day!



Tuesday was back to work and I was out early to help with the training of a new salesman we have and excited about all my new plans for my territory! THEN THE POOP HIT THE FAN...............




Charlie called and had received a call from his base that he was needed back and was to deploy to Baghdad ASAP. Talk about a kick in the ass! Now, if you do not have a loved one that you have sent off to a war, one can not begin to understand the sheer horror your mind can put you through. It was much like 2005 when he had to go the 1st time - my mind raced to the worst-case scenarios and I was, once again, frightened to the depths of my soul. Those that know me know the incredibly special relationship that Charlie and I have shared. Tuesday night was not an enjoyable evening. We all went to eat and Charlie went on to meet some friends for a last night of fun before heading back on Wednesday - there was an emotional "cloud" that covered the night.....



Wednesday was the dreaded trip to the airport...FAR worst than last time as none of us could hide our feelings. We waited until the very last possible moment, had our tearful goodbyes and watched as he boarded the trolley. Linda and I did not say a single word for the whole ride home and I had that same empty feeling I had last time. At home we helped each other through this most uncomfortable time and Linda shared that her "motherly instincts" told her he would be fine.... I'll hang my hat on that! We vowed to worked past this initial crippling fear and resume our supportive roles in the coming days. It's a lot like being knocked down - getting back up is my habit and that's what I'll do.





We believe in Charlie and he has been though continuing intensive training and we are sure he will be able to perform his duties at the highest level. Our thoughts will be with him EVERY second he is gone AND I look forward to me and the Captain riding our bikes on the Dragon again in a few months!!! Be safe and come home soon to my best buddy!




JDM

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I got out early on Monday to catch the 1st sunrise of
the year - and it was a beauty!!! I also shot this pre-sunrise
shot with my white balance on tungsten and got the neat
blue shot!

Happy New Year to all - may this be the best ever!