My First Sea Turtle Nest!

I found my first sea turtle nest on our favorite beach! Ok, so I might not have actually discovered the crawl, or the nest for that matter, but I can still call it my first. I mean, I have never seen an actual sea turtle nest on the beach before…

It’d been a few weeks since I’d had my feet in the ocean, so we headed out to our favorite oceanfront park in Wilbur-by-the-Sea, just up the road from the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. Of course, Rob had to stop by the Little Boys’ Room, so I made it to the beach first. It was a gloomy day, and we were there around 6 o’clock, so we pretty much had the beach to ourselves.

While I snapped some pictures and waited on Rob, I spotted a section of sand marked off with tape and cones. I’m sort of used to seeing cones on the beach, since you are allowed (in most places) in the Daytona area to park on the beach. The Winter Haven Park area is a no traffic beach, but there are still cones for the Beach Patrol areas. Anyway, these weren’t Beach Patrol cones.  I ran down to see it it was really what I hoped.

Cha-ching! A marked sea turtle nest!! I couldn’t contain myself, I ran halfway up the boardwalk to Rob and started jumping up and down and hyperventilating. I couldn’t regain composure, so I just drug him down to the beach. This nest wasn’t exactly in the dunes (mere steps from the public beach walkover actually) so they had extra cones for added warning.  See the little

Sea Turtle spray painted on the cone? I wish I knew the details, like if it was relocated or what type of turtle made the nest, but I’m just happy knowing there will be baby sea turtles on my beach soon!

We strolled the beach until rain drops began to chase us back to the walkover. I didn’t think that trip to the beach could get much better…then on our way back, we spotted another nest! TWO sea turtle nests on our beach!

We noticed numbers on the markers and decided some of them were dates. One nest was found June 12th, the other June 20th. I hope we are lucky enough to see the babies when they hatch! Sea turtle nests can incubate for anywhere from 65 to 80 days, depending on the species, so I have some calculating to do! How exciting would it be to watch the babies make it to the ocean!!! I think I’d cry the whole time…I’m just like that.

According the the Volusia County Turtle Patrol, our county has 173 Loggerhead and 5 Leatherback nests so far! Woohoo! This ought to be an exciting season! I’m so glad we decided to hit the beach yesterday; I’m sure I’ll annoy Rob every free day he has to return, especially since it’s sea turtle season. At least it’s the beach and not the mall, right babe? Right?

Sunshine On my Shoulders…Soon!

I can’t believe October is almost a memory! So much has happened in the last few months, it’s hard to believe I am the same person. The biggest news also happens to be the biggest life change I’ve ever had…yes, even bigger than picking up and moving to Pennsylvania! OK, hold on tight, there’s a lot to tell!

My husband official finished school at the end of September with his Associates of Specialized Technology degree in Bio-medical Equipment Repair! He thoroughly enjoyed his internship with DaVita and really wanted to go after a position with that company, so he put out his resume at the beginning of October and we crossed our fingers.

October 11th came out of nowhere and we were celebrating our third wedding anniversary before we knew it! Animal lovers that we are, we headed to the Erie Zoo for the day, but before we left the house, Rob’s phone rang. It was DaVita! He chatted a moment or three and when he got off the phone, he had the biggest smile on his face! They had scheduled an interview for the following day for a position with their company. Of course, besides spending the day together, there wasn’t a better way we could have though of to celebrate our anniversary!

Fast forward to today and we are packing our lives into boxes to move once again. Why? Well, Rob has been hired for a position with DaVita and we are ecstatic! I can’t pack fast enough either. I have enjoyed Pennsylvania while I have been here, but I have missed my beloved South something awful. The thing I have missed the most (besides my family and friends, of course) is the ocean. We moved here in February of 2010 and I have seen the ocean exactly once during that time…and for only about thirty minutes. That? is unacceptable. Unacceptable I say!

But all that is about to change, because the position Rob was hired for is in beautiful, sunny Florida! We will be moving close enough to Orlando to smell the non-stop fun, and I am super excited. Not only will we be close enough to enjoy the touristy theme parks for a weekend if we choose…THERE’S AN IKEA!!! (Yeah, I’m a shameless Ikea lover, so what?)

The down side is that we aren’t very close to any of our parents or siblings, but I’m trying to remind myself that there are a lot of families in that situation. For goodness sake, think of the traveling military families go through. I’m sure we will be just fine. I am super excited that I will be within about two hours or so of my Florida family members…people I next-to-never get the chance to see! I’ve got a lot of catching up to do!

So, I suppose that’s it. It’s been a whirlwind few weeks, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. The final pages of this chapter of our lives are here, and I can’t wait to see what the next chapter will bring!

The beautiful beach I was lucky enough to see last October in Florida…A year is too long to go without the ocean!

Great News!

Ooo la la!! The voting is closed, and the winners of the first Cat Portrait Contest have been announced over at Fifi Flower’s blog…and my baby girl was one of the winners! I was so excited I could hardly contain myself! I just love the whimsical style Fifi has, and I couldn’t wait to see the portrait of my sweet Pumpkin. Well, the winning kitties’ portraits are all posted on Fifi’s blog, and I wanted to share them with you!

Aren’t they fabulous? Of course, the one on the left is my Pumpkin! I just love these paintings and I can’t wait to see the note cards when they get here. I smell a frame shopping expedition coming soon!
Thanks to Fifi for having such a fun contest, and congratulations to the other three fabulous felines. Make sure you visit Fifi at her website and explore her galleries, she has so many wonderful paintings for sale! You can also see the before and after process of the cat portraits here. Have fun shopping at her Etsy Shop too! It’s simply fabulous!

Please Help Pumpkin Win!

Hey everyone! I have a favor…you can help my cat Pumpkin win a contest! See, artist Fifi Flowers is having a contest, for cats! She has posted the contestants on her blog and, starting tomorrow, you can go over to the contest post on Fifi’s blog and vote for your favorites! I believe you have to choose six or eight of your favs, because the contest is to choose cats to include in a note card set.

My beautiful baby Pumpkin is Contestant #2, and I’d love if you included her in your favorites. Here’s an example of some of Fifi’s work. I love how whimsical her paintings are!

There are a lot of cuties posted to vote for, and I can’t wait to see makes it into the note card set. Thanks in advance, and good luck to all the other contestants too! I hope I get to see my Pumpkin’s portrait in that note card collection! Fifi has a lot of cool paintings in her shop, and some are of my favorite place…Tybee Island, GA and Mermaid Cottages! Don’t just vote, make sure you check out all of Fifi’s work while you’re there! Thanks again!