Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Little Los Angeles

Bradenton, Florida, last week... and the week before and next week and the next week after that. The price of living in Paradise...

(my grandmother said over and over that one day so many people would move to Florida it would break off from the States)

Bradenton/Sarasota is the 18th fastest growing metro area in the U.S.

and for 6 months of the year, our population doubles

800 people move to Florida every day..
24,000 per month
2.8 million per year

Bradenton Herald said... The Sarasota/Bradenton Metropolitan planning commission came up with this answer.

CLICK here for article that I found statistics in.

Monday, March 30, 2015

MadSnapper @ Wal-Mart Easter Aisle

Out of camera
Did you know there is a Chocolateholic.com website?

I would give up chocolate, but I am not  a Quitter!

Boost in PicMonkey
Warning! Chocolate can make your clothes Shrink

Graphic Novel in PicMonkey

I hate how chocolate melts on my fingers... I mean am I that HOT? 

All quotes found by Google Search and none had authors listed.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dear Sandra, Love PicMonkey

Today at 5 AM I logged on to email and found ....

Dear Sandra, You have been searching for this your entire life but could not find the words..yada yada blah blah here is the tutorial on adding photos to TEXT... 

 Enjoy and love from your  beloved PicMonkey Staff.  

First I did a TEST and then.... you know the rest of the story....

Did you find ME in the TEST? I am there. PicMonkey Does It Again
Thanks PM for inventing TEXT MASK

Saturday, March 28, 2015

PicMonkey Easter Magic by MadSnapper

I used the two pics below to create the above in PicMonkey

I found this egg tree in my word clip art and used it as an overlay on the photo below. Added the chick and the egg from PM. The last step I used graphic novel in comic book.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Reaching for Reacher...

2 years with my Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, and I have read only two books that were NOT in my Kindle.

One of my favorite authors is Lee Child, having read all 17 of the Jack Reacher series last Sept. I received notice the new Reacher book number 18, Personal, was out.  The library had no Kindle copy, but they did have one copy of Large Print, which is all I can read these days. I put my name on the hold list and was # 75.. This past week I received a call my book was ready for pickup.

Things I learned while reading a printed book
It takes 74 people five months to read one book... (Write that down, so you don't forget it...)

A book that is  9 x 7 in size and 2 inches thick requires 2 hands to hold it. (Kindle is 1/4 inch thick and almost weightless and can be held in one hand).

That same book is awkward to hold while reading through progressive tri-focals. (Kindle fits right under my double chins, easy to see)

The book caused my arthritis to  HURT in fingers, wrists, shoulder and elbows, ( I can read for 4 hours at one time with the Kindle, the book required frequent rest breaks),

CONCLUSION? when number 19 comes out, I will have to buy the book.

Do you have a favorite author that you have read every book they wrote? I have many.

PS... I had to DRIVE to the library, 4 miles of TRAFFIC with many traffic signals plus the GAS it cost me.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lewis Park-Good Fence

OK, so this is only Kinda Sorta a Fence... and the little bridge/wannabee fence, made shadow art also. Since the whole park is fenced, I am counting this..

 Joining TexWisGirl for Good Fence Thursday..

These three trees are Perfect for climbing and I wanted to sit out there on one, BUT I am just to darn OLD to do it....

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fun @ Red Barn Flea Market

We saw Mermaids and flying flamingos and flying skeletons and....

this diamond rhinestone studded gun elicited this response from....

He used that gun to high jack our tomatoes.............

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Betty Boop @ Red Barn Flea Market

Betty Boop is regarded as one of the first and most famous sex symbols on the animated screen. Created by Max Fleischer in 1930
I found this one at the Red Barn Flea Market Saturday

There are many video's of the cartoons of Betty Boop on Youtube

During the Winter months we stay away from this giant flea market because of the influx of winter visitors from the frozen north.

While wandering the aisles with my hubby, a man stopped us and said "I have never been here before" and pointing at the produce we were buying, he said "is this the only produce here?"
I explained there were many others and where and as he walked away, 
Bob said...." Damn Yankee"
and we both burst into giggles when I said
"the pot calling the kettle black'

Because I am married to a damn Yankee... my grand mother said the difference between a Yankee and a Damn Yankee is the Yankees go home...
Get it? Bob came in 1970 and STAYED.

you know I had to PicMonkey with the photo

Monday, March 23, 2015


 Azaleas are in full bloom at Heritage Park Rehab Facility.

Just living is not enough, one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower... Hans Christian Andersen

Friends are flowers that never fade...

Sunday, March 22, 2015

PicMonkey Bombs..

Most of you know of my love affair with the photo edit program
I received the above Warning in my email that my charge number FAILED and my PicMonkey would expire in 2 days.
OH NO IS RIGHT... it was an easy fix and all is well..

I am still receiving my PM bombs. they are tutorials that come in my email. Sometimes I am aware and sometimes it teaches me new things. Like Dodge and Burn in today's email.... I knew this because of Photo Shop, but thought some of you might not.... Dodge and Burn is free even if you are not a member.

See the difference in Jakes eye that was to dark? I used only Dodge to lighten it, and a little burn also.. Dodge lightens and Burn darkens. I use this almost every day

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Random Shots - Egrets N Bones

Shadows from the dog treat container on my kitchen cabinet. While playing with the shadows I saw something white fly by the living room window..

A very tall, very hungry Egret landed in the ground cover and helped himself to a few lizards.. Above through the screen, below pressed against the screen.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Healthy Dog Treat Tip

TIP of the day from MS.... We feed our two senior dogs IAMS Senior 9 plus and we keep the sugar bowl on the breakfast bar where we eat our meals, full of their dry dog food.

When we are eating we hand Jake and Baby a pellet and they think they have a treat... Treats that are healthy treats and keeps them happy and at the proper weight. and they have no clue they are eating their very own dry dog food..

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Good Fence Thursday - Lewis Park

Lewis Park is a five minute drive from our home. About 3 acres of Trees, Trees and more Trees. A small creek, a playground, two gazebos, a mulch walking trail, open green space and picnic tables.

And of course a beautiful shadow covered fence.   Click on photo's for details.

Joining TexWisGirl for Good Fence Thursday

Some of the trees in the park are over 100 years old.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Farmers Market Old Main Street 2

One of my favorite booths at the market had these hand carved wooden animals.
My favorite is the elephants...

and one whole booth of hand painted glassware.