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"I tried once to open too many doors at a time, it was unproductive and confusing.
I just learned the last lesson, Dad. I'm supposed to open just one at a time, and only when I reach them along the path, this 'hike' we are taking. That's when the key fits, and opens the lock perfectly, every time. Thank you, Dad. I love you, and miss you. I am blessed with an amazing husband now, he holds my hand as we walk along paths too. We are climbing a little steeper now, with more effort, and thinner air. But I'm not worried. I am looking up. I am living in the moment, being now. Because when we get to the next door, along our path, I know, Dad, . . . that key is going to fit, perfectly!"

excerpt from Pony, 6/6/2013 post
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Horse Conch Sconce

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Husband and I 'conceptualized' to create this air fern planter.

We took advantage of his ocean floor scavenging skills to re-purpose discarded lobster trap rope, crutaceaned Horse Conch Shells, and beautiful drift wood, to create a new home for an air orchid knocked to the ground in a recent thunderstorm.

He is still applying finishing touches to Beauregard's Herpetarium. Loving a half semester off!

Here is a link to the beautiful Florida Tropical Hammocks that the local trees create. Our sconce planter is utilizing a Pine.

http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/extension/florida_forestry_information/forest_resources/tropical_hammocks.html

Wild Wild Life

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Rockman is taking a break from some choppy waves to chop up the Florida dirt. Beauregard the Box Turtle will soon be enjoying a Wild Life! His new habitat will sport a pond, edible garden (kale, etc.), renewable worm mulch snack shop, a bridge and of course, the den! His very own 'man cave'!

Bo will soon be enjoying his Wild Wild Life!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNCo51isnZc

Meet the future Dr. Sylvia

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The Follmann Family Picnic is so excited to have a celebrity on site! Alexis was chosen to participate in an entrepreneurship seminar at University of Florida, and had a life changing experience!

She was front-lined in the Fort Myers Newspaper today and even scored a TV news spot!

The News-Press/Cape Coral/Fort Myers, FL
http://www.news-press.com/article/20130502/VOLUNTEERING/305010051/Girls-Going-Places-program-teaches-girls-aim-high

We are so proud to know the future Dr. Syliva! Great Job, Alexis!

She signed my copy of the newspaper article. I have no doubt it will be framed and hanging in her Veterinary Office soon!

Bartoli in the rain

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The haunting voice of Cecilia Bartoli & her rendition of Gelido Ogni Vena ~ Vivaldi, followed me through the gardens at Edison State College, after my last final, to take pictures in the rain.

If I had first heard this song while in a PET scan, a portion of my brain that has never lighted up before, would be aglow. Still, the emotions she projects seemed familiar. I could not quite place my finger on where they fit in with my life.

Upon arriving home, and researching . . . Vivaldi's score is a mother's lament of a lost child. Though my daughter is alive and well, we are estranged. It is this sever, my corpus callosum, Bartoli sings to, the neurons trying to fire across the spanse, while I took pictures in the rain.

I miss you, Deirdre~

Gelido Ogni Vena - Vivaldi by Cecilia Bartoli

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOMzy2iDBjM

He's a Believer!

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Venice Beach gave it up for the Rockman! With a vis (visibility) of 10 + ft & the Saturday morning Sunshine, this diligent diver was rewarded with his first Carcharodon Megalodon tooth find!

These ancient monster's bodies could have exceeded more than 60 feet! This tooth is 4 1/2 inches in length, and will enjoy some clean up from the coral and barnacles it's presently sporting.

Rockman couldn't be happier! He's a Believer!


Smash Mouth~I'm a Believer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1RqHV0V5sA

Carcharodon Megalodon Facts:
http://carcharodonmegalodon.com/megalodon-size/

(surprise Megalodon Party when he gets home from work today! Shhh! don't tell!)

So like candy

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My Rockman delivered it . . . sweet ! He was my handsome escort to a Literary Review Reception where one of my sonnets, from Virulent Valentines, was featured in a collection with some 50+ student writers and photographers contributing from Edison State College. It was truly an honor.

The other surprise was this stunning pink Sand Tiger Shark tooth he found 20 ft down, under the waves of Venice Beach today. It is decorated with coral and shown here on the cover of my book.
It is . . . "so like candy".

Elvis Costello~

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBKGQaSFEjE

Virulent Valentines

http://www.blurb.com/search/site_search?search=virulent+valentines&filter;=bookstore&commit;=Search

Rockman does it again!

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He just won't stop with yesterday's fossil dig tally of teeth 135 teeth, including Great White, Snaggletooth, Lemon, Bull, Duskys, and Tigers! He also found mammal and fish vertebrae, alligator teeth, a boar tusk, a giant sloth tooth (extinct), beautiful turtle shell, horse teeth, assorted bones, alligator scutes, and possibly a saber tooth cat fang? (Awaiting positive ID @ his new fossil club) Woo Hoo!

Izzie went along and played with local kids! (The old girl is 'walkin' slow today!) Rockman said she was dragging something along the bottom of JC to get a better look at it, still couldn't, and then plunged her head into the water only to be disappointed and spit dirt! A great time was had by all!

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Living up to his name

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Hermit crab, Spider-Man, has chosen to be, well . . . a hermit. He has been buried on and off now for several days. I was told at the pet store this is part of their molting process? He is under the ring of orange sand, left of the water dish white scalloped shell. Sponge Bob has been patiently waiting, sometimes sleeping above where he is buried. Spider-Man may emerge and take one of the two new shells waiting, either Big Bird or a Lady Bug.
Either way, we wish him luck!

I have been 'holed' up studying with the crabs, Crossfire the Betta, Beauregard the Box Turtle and his assorted crickets and worms, and of course~Izzie, the dog.
Drinking coffee as the sun slips away, on another beautiful Sunday. (Anyone spare some Vitamin D?) Hey y'all! Back to the books. :)