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December 17, 2019


Looks like today is going to be a weather day. We're right in the middle of a ferocious storm as I write and we're also under a tornado warning and marine warning.

I used to find weather events very entertaining, but after Hurricane Michael and what it did here on the Florida panhandle just over a year ago, I'll never look at damaging storms the same way ever again. The idea that people are losing property, and in some cases their lives, weighs heavy on my mind each time a storm rolls in.

I think one of the most sober images I've seen in a very long time was the Youtube video of individuals who had stayed back with their homes during hurricane Michael. The next day after the storm they had gathered what they could and shoved it in a travel bag and were rolling it down a virtually destroyed Highway 98 in search of civilization.

Regarding the storm related challenges we endure, they call it the price of paradise down here on the forgotten coast. But, with each new hurricane season that rolls in, we are hyper-aware of the risk we are taking for all of the romance we enjoy in living here.


December 12, 2019


Yesterday Patty and I celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary and part of that celebration involved adding a new member to the family. Patty's had a heart for a dog or a cat for months now, and when we both met Lily I think we knew she belonged with us.

Lily is a long-haired Tabby Cat somewhere between 1 and 2 years old and we rescued her from the (local) Crawfordville, Florida animal shelter. She's a very gentle and loving cat and clearly smart as she located all of the essentials items that Patty put out for her.

She's officially Patty's cat but I'm sure she will bring much joy to both of us. She's already found one of her comfortable places in our closet below my hanging clothes and on top of the chest where we store the rest of our clothes.

Welcome Lily!


December 11, 2019

43 years ago, I married my beautiful bride and we began what would become a new and very exciting season in our lives. In all of those years since, the adventure has been all that I could have possibly hoped for and much, much more. At the top of the list of wonderful things was the birth of our daughter in 1981 and the birth of our son in 1983. Sharing in their adventures was easily one of the best parts of our adventure.

Memorable anniversary trips over the years include North Georgia, Maine, multiple cruises including an Alaska cruise, an Amtrack train ride through the Rockies, and another wonderful Amtrack train ride up the west coast from LA to Seattle including a cruise over to beautiful British Columbia

Even though the trips were incredible, they were first and foremost in my mind a celebration of an amazing and wonderful life together. I'm so grateful to God for the incredible blessings He has poured on us over the years. I pray there will be many more wonderful and exciting years yet to come!


April 15, 2018

Water Spout

One of the things I really enjoy about living on the coast is the opportunity it presents to see interesting weather related events. The picture above is of a water spout that Patty and I watched off of the back deck last year, not long after we moved here. We watched the water spout travel west to east as it moved on away from us and toward the St. Marks Lighthouse, also visible from our back deck. The spout lasted quite a long time and disappeared from view before it showed any evidence of falling apart. Weather 1

This morning, we had another weather event. This one came in the form of a line of strong storms with sustained winds of 30 mph and gusts reaching 72 mph. Despite having lived here almost a year, and going through several such events, residing in a home that is up on stilts (not to mention facing the gulf with nothing to block the strong winds coming up from the south) offers a back and forth sway of the house that I am only now getting used to. It's particularly noticeable when I'm laying in the bed or sitting here at the computer - basically any situation where I'm sitting still. I'm told that houses up on stilts are built to sway. With what I've experienced, I sure hope so! Smiley

I'm thinking about obtaining a Personal Weather Station (PWS) and connecting it to the online Weather Underground Network. Being a data kind of guy (as I mentioned in my previous post) makes a PWS a perfect fit for this all things geek kind of guy. Smiley

Until then, I'm enjoying the benefit of several PWS's that are online and located a stone's throw to our west over on Shell Point. They provide much more accurate information, in terms of what we are experiencing out here on the coast, than the reports for the city of Crawfordville. In fact, the differences in wind and temperature conditions can often be quite extreme between the two.


April 14, 2018

Hot Mess Dip

Just south of us is the small town of Panacea, Florida. I have great memories of Panacea from my older teenage years (early 70's) as I traveled with my dad while he worked that area. I still vividly remember eating at Angelo's and Sons (maybe it was just Angelo's back then?) and fishing under the bridge right there next to the restaurant.

The events that lead to one of my best (and favorite) fish stories occurred late one night right under that bridge! I hooked a very large ray on a very old deep sea reel and the reel broke while trying to pull him in. Dad grabbed an empty beer can off of the ground (beer cans were more sturdy back then!) and began winding line around it.

We would both drag the can up the hill to tug on the ray and then run back down the hill winding as fast as we could. It's too bad we didn't have cell phones and video back then. You probably had to be there to appreciate just how hilarious the entire event was! Smiley

Anyway, we moved Patty's mom down to Panacea recently to get her closer to us as she's approaching her 90's. We turned her on to Posey's Steam Room Restaurant and now she grabs lunch there a couple of times a week. I can't believe that we introduced her to the restaurant and now she goes and eats there without us. What's up with that?! Wink!

Still, in keeping with the title of this post, one of the best kept secrets down that way is the Hot Mess Dip made by Mineral Springs by the Bay, Seafood Market. They have a lot of other great offerings, including the bacon wrapped crab and shrimp, but that dip keeps me coming back for more!

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