My new favorites; or in other words, nothing hostile here to look at.

My lanai re-do still makes me giddy. I’ve had to fart around with a few of the potted plants…some didn’t work out with all the sun and I had a feeling that would happen….but no biggie.
If I’m going to fart around, I’d like to do it with plants.

One of my favorite places to visit is the nursery; and as much as I love Lowes and The Depot, my upscale plant nursery has a better variety. I’ve found plants there that I’ve never seen before.

A few of my favorites for your viewing pleasure.  
The Ice plant. It is a ‘mounder-draper’ with delicate hot pink flowers.
It also comes in the variegated flavor….I do prefer the darker green though. 
Ice plant on the front porch with a bit of society garlic. 
 I’ve always been a fan of the ornamental sweet potato vines….but I found it in this awesome-sauce pink/green/white flavor. LOVE!
 It grows really fast too. The bonus? The clippings look lovely on our dining room table!
Badda bing-badda bang!
Finally, some genius came up with a hosta FOR FLORIDA! This baby loves the hot Florida sun!
When I brought this home, Lolo said: “That’s pretty; what kind of plant is it?”
 Me: “a Hosta!”
Lolo: “A HOSTILE?”
 This baby is anything but hostile; it’s on the pleasant side.

Have you found any new flora or fauna that makes you want to use multiple exclamation points?!?!

Vacation is all I ever wanted….

We decided to have our summer vacation closer to home this year. We’ve had so much going on that it ju$t made sen$e. 
If you’ve never been there, you should go if possible. It’s different from any other animal or ‘theme’ park I’ve been to; it’s very low key. Bonus: they limit the number of guests daily.
Do you know that I don’t enjoy huge crowds?
I know….surely you like a huge crowd. 
You pay one price and it includes everything for the day. Food. Drinks. Snacks. Bird poop. 
I had read prior to our trip that you should visit the aviary first because the scary flying things birds are hungry in the a.m. 
So we did. 
And were they.
They flew in at us…with those TALONS. 
There was screeching and thrashing involved. And that’s how my girls roll. 

A bird in the hand and….one on the head. 
Lolo loves anything with a heartbeat. 
Then we swam with the fishes. 
They have a great coral reef that is full of colorful fish and those guys with the big stinging pokie things.
I’m not a great snorkeler. I tend to hyperventilate… know, because I am a dramatic person.
 Since I have snorkeled {and hyperventilated} in Costa Rica, it wasn’t that big of a deal for me. 
Yes. I’m ruined. 
The biggest part of our day was our dolphin interaction. It’s only 30 minutes long but it seemed much longer. Talk about a thrilling visit….we ‘met’ several dolphins. UP close. 
These dolphins are so sweet and really seemed to enjoy their visit with us as well. 
I’m close and personal friends with a few of them; you could say they ‘friended’ me. 
They are amazing creatures and I’ll not be happy until I have one of my very own.  
Lester the dolphin.
This was an educational (and I’m opposed to learning) and relaxing day. 
Even the Coach was impressed with Discovery Cove….and he isn’t impressed with much!
There are several other areas to visit and a fabulous lazy river too. We spent a good part of the day here (8:30-4:00) and enjoyed ourselves.
Now…where is my pet dolphin?