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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
© ruth follmann

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shift change sunset

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Car keys jangle, I've worked all the angles, time for feet to hit street, and then home. Stopped in a pudddle, to look down and mudddle,feeling kind of alone. But when a building edge gave way, to raw beauty of this closing day, I smiled and sighed, I knew. You are watching this sunset too, glorious colors, but are blue. Have heart, as night stays. Tomorrorw is our sunrise together day!

A Leopard Crab Can't Change His Spots!

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. . . And neither can my salt water spouse! Megalodon man hit the surf again, in honor of Discovery Channel's Shark Week, and brought home a delicate find. It is the abandoned shell of a Leopard Crab! This jewel is 2 1/2 inches wide with eye sockets still intact! He was 25 feet deep when he found it at Venice Beach. He also happened upon some tulip shells (abandoned), as well, which will be beautiful transition shells for the hermit crabs! Among the dugongs (manatee rib bone fossils) he even found a flat sided mammal rib! Great day at the beach! Please enjoy the video of a Leopard Crab, and that of the beautiful shells in the area: including the Tulip Shell. Incredible footage of Sanibel Finds. (Sanibel is an island South of Fort Myers, FL.) Enjoy!

Leopard Crab

Shelling in Sanibel

Hampton Time At Moody River

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I've been driving past folks enjoying a trail around a beautiful property, Moody River Estates, and the El Rio Golf Club, with flat out envy for weeks. So today, I decided to do something about it. The Hampton took me for a ride! It was unsurprisingly beautiful, and uneventful until, even with a polite good morning shout out, I startled a woman walking a Boxer/Great Dane mix. Sorry!(must be my yellow wheels)

I had a much nicer day, biking and writing than did Mr. Follmann. He suffered a rough surf at Venice Beach with new divers, and the hassle of tanks. Learning experiences are tough on a well earned day off. Better luck next time, I'm just glad he is safe. (maybe he'll get a bike)

Terrific Tuesday!

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A flat swell report, a sunshine filled day, and Megalodon Man lived up to his name! Two for Tuesday, his second Megalodon tooth find! Pretty good for 5 ft.'Vis'. He also unearthed a beautiful Horse Conch and some dugongs. I was prized with a horse tooth, along with a dozen or so shark teeth surfside finds. It was a great beach day, a terrific Tuesday!

this beach went to the dogs~

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our time in Florida has finally brought us to the Dog Beach in Bonita Springs, and Izzie LOVED IT! She ran in the surf with a German Shepard, and rubbed noses in the sand with a white Great Dane.

Unfortunately, 10 minutes after we arrived, it started raining. Florida's infamous lightening strikes, caused us retreat to the car. We are hoping to return soon. I think we enjoyed watching her have fun, as much as she enjoyed the beach.

Hampton Homes

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"Got ya!" Not Hampton, NY ~ my Hampton Beach Cruiser! This 'ol lady of a bike is my rescue project. She is faded flamingo pink and as old school as me! There are NO hand breaks, folks. She slows with a back foot pedal brake and a skid of my flip flops. I have updated the rims and spokes with a John Deere yellow spray paint for cosmetic enhancement and safety. Husband fit me with a dog squeaker sounding horn. I wrapped Velcro luggage handle cozies on the handles. The plastic basket was a 50 cent find at the local Hospital Auxiliary Resale Shop. She glides smooth after a douse of baby oil.
My ride around the back of a local park, the Baptist Church and School, up to Pericos Tex-Mex Bar and Grill (live music almost every night!), and back home is just enough for me. I am enjoying my new-found health and hope to keep improving. My co-worker tells me there is a 2.5 walking trail, complete with birds and wildlife, that borders a golf course just down the road. Izzie will enjoy an afternoon soon at the local dog park. She is quite content to enjoy the warmer parts of a Florida day inside. Her breed is challenged with uncomfortable breathing, in hot weather, due to her 'squished in nose'. But I braved the noon sun, complete with my Russian comrade cap, and took my Hampton to see the homes. I enjoy a sidewalk in the square chosen to cardio build and breathe a better health. Florida is wonderful this way! I plan on my Hampton trips, (duty free!) as often as I am able~ Here's to the good life, one that is humble and simple, at the Follmann Family Picnic.

Pericos Tex-Mex Bar and Grill

Sweet as Vleurgat

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Beautiful family accompaniment can seem like music when it all comes together. We enjoyed such moments when Ken's cousins, Kathy and Brian, came visiting from Chicago. Though we are settled in at our new home, we have not yet set up the spare bedroom. Generously, Bob and Odette offered the trailer as a base camp for Kathy and Brian's stay.
Here we are at the Caloosahatchee Preserve, in North Fort Myers, before hitting the beaches in Venice. Kathy and Brian went on to enjoy Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach and the Everglades. Bob, Odette and Alexis were checking out Fort Lauderdale and the Keys. We met up with everyone Sunday for a fun report of sights and sun. Odette shared glamorous shots from Pier 66 and the Jungle Queen Riverboat. Ken and the cousins toured the Edison Estate in Fort Myers. Brian braved the Everglades in the rain aboard an airboat to spy the gators! Kathy and I shared the green gills of flu and bonded like summer camp sisters. She spotted 'Jesus' at Fort Myers beach, complete with robe, crown of thorns, walking stick and bicycle! "We're all trying to find Jesus, Ruth." still makes me smile, as i remember it being hard to say goodbye. Another gift from my husband, cousins to share. There are gaps in my life my husband fills, sometimes even without knowing. My family is estranged, but his opens their arms wide. From Brian's homemade, gluten free, Snicker-doodles (hopefully soon on the market) to Kathy's soaps and shower gels, no gift is sweeter than themselves. We enjoyed our cousins company and conversation, despite our work schedules, and look forward to their return next year. Have a safe trip back, my new dearest cousins~

Our time together at Venice Beach reminded me of a new release by Oskar Schuster - Vleurgat. Here is his demo for a much anticipated album release.
It quietly beautiful, and fills your heart with a smile~;=WSf3q0VBb9I

centrifical force

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A workday can turn into an unpacking- all nighter-jazz frenzy! Who better than Isabelle to pass the night away with? While Daddy-O is toiling, we are the jazz bands boiling, and burning up moving boxes along the way~Cool, Man . . .