Thursday, February 26, 2009

44 days, 16 hours, and 30 minutes

I've been traveling for:

44 days, 16 hours, and 30 minutes or
  • 3,861,000 seconds
  • 64,350 minutes
  • 1072 hours (rounded down)
  • 6 weeks (rounded down)
My winter travel is over and now it's time to hibernate in my studio and do some product development work.

Or as singer songwriter Rickie Lee Jones would say, "The suns going down, I'm going back to my cave".

Stay tuned for the next leg of "Jamie's Giant Shop Hop!"

Monday, February 23, 2009

Offline and out of touch

I've been taking a few days off.
Friday and Saturday I played golf on Hilton Head Island.
Sunday until ?? I am visiting my horse friend Shirley.
Stay tuned.

To view more horse farm photos visit this link.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wine Tasting in St. Augustine

San Sebastian Winery, in one of Henry Flagler’s old East Coast Railway buildings is located just a few blocks from historic downtown. According to historians, this area is the birthplace of American wine, dating back to 1562.

1st a quick tour

2nd a lesson in wine tasting

3rd demos on cork screws

And finally the tasting!

And now I need to thank my Uncle Dale and Aunt Judy for telling me about this place!

What they didn't tell me about was how cool this old town is. St. Augustine claims to be the oldest town in the USA with the oldest house in the USA.

It's like walking the streets in Europe!

Am I the only one that didn't know about this place?

(below) Even the Hampton Inn has the facade of European splendor!

This is my own private little balcony and just
beyond the palm trees is the Atlantic Ocean

See I told you . . .

It's been a long day. Hiking, Horsing around, Forest Fire dodging, Quilt Shop Hopping, Wine Tasting, Town touring, Bookkeeping, Blogging and . . . Now I am going to hit the little orange button, the one that say's "Publish Post", then I am going to make some popcorn in the microwave, open a beer (Smithwicks) and sit out on that sweet little balcony of mine.

See you all tomorrow! Cheers!

; )

Byrds Nest Quilt Shop - Flagler Beach, FL

Owner, Kathy Byrd

Byrds Nest Quilt Shop
99 Old Kings Rd S
Flagler Beach, FL


Byrds Nest 2nd Shop is in Ormond Beach, FL

Where there's Smoke there's Fire!

After the horse park this morning, I drove east toward the coast. I took the road through Ocala National Forest. After I'd been on the road awhile I noticed smoke ahead. Then fire trucks waiting on the side of the road.

It was impossible to see what was burning. Traffic was backed up and some vehicles were turning around and heading back the other way.

It was hard to figure out what to do, traffic was stopped and smoke filled the road ahead. Finally they routed us to the north and we followed who ever was in the front of the line.

My GPS woman kept saying "Make a U-turn if possible", "Make a U-turn if possible". It felt like the blind leading the blind. You can see the smoke filled haze in the air in the photo below.

Then our little caravan ran out of road! We were in a big white sand pit! Some folks stopped. Some of them turned around. And some of us kept going.

Just beyond the sand pit, my GPS woman was able to reroute me. And it just so happened that our Pied Piper in the front of the caravan knew exactly where he/she was going. Because we all ended up back on Hwy 40 East!

Hip hip hurray!

Ocala Horse Country

Being a 'horse girl' my entire life, I couldn't leave the horse capital of the world without visiting the Florida Horse Park.

Dressage Rings

Permanent Stabling

Temporary Stabling

Just like this morning, 'No Horse(s)', but I am sure during a competition this is a beautiful place, a sea of horse trailers, riders and grooms.

Right in the neighborhood of the Horse Park I found this little horse farm.

I've dubbed it "Jamie's Dream Farm"!

Cute little green stable in the back. Dream on . . .

Morning Hike

Ocala claims bragging rights to the Horse Capital of the World. I am staying in a hotel right in Ocala and they have a 6 acre horse pasture with a horse right on the premises! I took a stroll there this morning.

Yes, it was a nice morning and a great way to work up a breakfast appetite. BUT, guess what . . . NO HORSE, hmmmm kind of like Alligator Alley all over again. ; )

Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dinner with Marianella

Tonight I had the opportunity to have dinner with my friend Marianella. We went to college together at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and haven't seen each other since. It's been 23 years! Marianella is from Caracas Venezuela originally, but now lives in Florida with her husband. We had a great time catching up, as best as one can . . . fitting 23 years into a few hours!

Foodies . . . are you wondering what's on our plates? Sorry I forgot the food closeup shot.

We ate at Bonefish Grill. It was fabulous. Marianella had Dorado (Mahi Mahi) with Herbed Jasmine Rice and a glass of Clos Du Bois, Chardonnay. I had the Imperial Longfin with Steamed Asparagus and a glass of Kendall Jackson "V.R." Chardonnay. We then split a Macadamia Nut Brownie with raspberry sauce and vanilla icecream.

You can visit Bonefish Grill online - they have photos there.

Sew Pieceful Quilting - Tomahawk, Wisconsin

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