Saturday, April 11, 2009

This Ain't No Fish Tale

On Saturday Jeff and I took the boat out to the ocean for the first time this year. I always forget how awesome it is. Today wasn't any different. It was a little rough in Destin so we went to Sandestin where the water was a little calmer. We spotted a few dolphin. I was very happy because they hung around near the boat. We saw about 10 dolphin as we just idled in the water. After about 30 minutes Jeff had had enough. Not me I could stay all day but said OK Captain.

As we headed back toward Destin -- splash -- a dolphin jumped out of the water. Dang I missed it.

Dang I missed it again but.....
there had to be 30 dolphin swimming around us. Sides -- back -- front -- they were everywhere.

I have never seen dolphin lift their tails and slap it on the water. Awesome.

There were babies swimming with their moms but I didn't get a picture. Moms had them close by their side and wouldn't let them get near the boat. They are much darker in color than the others.

As Mr. Rogers would say, What a wonderful day in the neighborhood.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Make New Friends

On Wednesday evening we were invited to one of Jeff's golf buddie's house for dinner. A small dinner party he told me, just 5 couples. They live on the same bay as us but their view is incredible. WOW All you see is water when you walk in the front door. We were entertained by David Seering ( He has played for 3 Presidents -- need I say more? Danny Trace, the chef from Commander's Palace ( made the meal right in the host's kitchen. While we sipped on wine we listened to David play and sampled a few appetizers -- mushroom mousse on toasted french bread, tuna sushi and European cheese. We then went to the dining room for our first course -- turtle soup with sherry. I've never had turtle soup, just the name gives me the willies, but it was so good. Next was a salad -- a slice of red tomato, yellow tomato, fried green tomato, a few field greens with fresh basil topped with lump crab meat. YUM Next came stone ground grits topped with crawfish in a brown creole sauce. Again YUM. I thought that was the main course -- nope -- out comes a 12 ounce black angus filet sitting on a bed of mashed potatoes topped with caramelized onions. I took one bite and screamed uncle. I just couldn't eat one more bite. I got a doggy bag for my filet. It really wasn't a doggy bag but a bird made out of foil -- first class all the way. Next we moved back out to the swimming pool area for more music and dessert. There wasn't a song David didn't know. Commander's signature dessert is a bread pudding souffle topped with whiskey sauce. Double YUM. How could there be anymore? Out comes creole cheesecake to share and each couple got a piece of island spiced rum cake to take home. With each course was a different wine. That is more wine than I've had in a long time. What great new friends. The more we drank the friendly we all became. hahaha What a lovely evening. Where is my camera when I need it?

Friday, April 3, 2009

But Keep The Old

I first met Deb our freshman year at New Berlin High School in Wisconsin -- that was 1968. We have remained friends for 40 years. Last week Deb came down to Florida to visit for a few days. It rained all but 2 afternoons but it didn't matter we had lots to talk about. Do you remember ..........? We had lots of laughs. Who would have known when we were in high school how are lives would have turned out. We are both grateful for our high school sweetheart husbands and our families.
Hope our friendship stays like we just finished high school for our next 40 years. Thanks Deb