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Happy Birthday, bee_ta_baby. May it be the best day! *Hugs*

Week in Daytona Beach

Lovely visit to Daytona Beach even if part of it was for work. I had a lovely, spacious suite and several refreshing walks on the beach during the day as well as at sunrise. I thought I'd share a few pics with you.
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Work Tension

I should have started with this post for it was one of the main reasons for movie night. I needed the distraction. Work or just being at the office is very stressful lately. I spend a lot of time alone in the building since our insurance agents rented their own office space. My boss is at meeting somewhere in the community most days and our large covered porch that wraps around two sides of our building
is very attractive to the local homeless community. Yes, I have to call them a community because it is the same group of people hanging around day in and day out. I don't like to chase them off because I feel bad for their situation especially when the weather is poor like it has been (rain and lots of it) but they sort of set up housekeeping and leave their garbage and blankets and stuff lying around or stuffed behind the hedges. When it gets really bad the boss get cited or fined for it.

Lately a woman in the neighborhood has taken up their cause and has vowed to do something about them. Help them out even though they usually refuse help beyond money. The woman has taken to coming into the office and asking me what I plan to do about it. What can I do? Call the police when they trespass? I'm afraid to approach them alone or to get them mad at me because well, I'm alone in the building. It came to a head yesterday. The neighborhood woman called fire and rescue at least three times for this one particular homeless lady. She was determined to get her help though each time the lady walked away refusing help. I'm not sure what I can do and I don't feel very safe here these days. The building is unofficially up for sale and after days like yesterday a firm offer can't come too soon for me. I'm ready to be elsewhere even if it means working from home and driving more each day. I locked the front door yesterday and it is still locked this morning. I'm not sure who I'm trying to keep out - the homeless people or the neighborhood woman.

Movie Night

Been watching a lot of movies lately. I'm not much into current TV so the movie bookcase is becoming more and more attractive every day and there is much to choose from. I wanted to watch one of the Sean Bean movies I got for Christmas but not one where he died horribly or even at all so my choices were slim. I actually checked a Sean Bean site to make sure the movie I picked was not on it. My choice ended up being The Lost Future. Spoiler alert - no, he doesn't die though it was close there for a second. Turned out to be prefect for the evening. I paired it up with Unlocked (Orlando Bloom). No spoilers on that one, in case you haven't seen it.

Bad Day

Yesterday was one of those days that I wished I'd stayed in bed. Should have known it was going to be bad as soon as my phone plopped into the toilet (literally). From there I cut my finger on a new pair of flower clippers, had one of my overzealous students yank a new potato plant out of the ground just two weeks after it started growing, locked my house and office keys in the house in my rush to get to the cell phone store and then missed an important office email from a board member who got the wrong information about an upcoming business trip and jumped to make airline reservations with said wrong information. All this while the boss is winging his way to Denmark for two weeks leaving me no way to verify information. The only upside of yesterday was the fact that everything in one of my gardens was blooming from the flowering garlic to the Stevia to the cauliflower (still working on that one) and of course the usual blooms in the garden so I thought I'd finish this with a few bright colorful pictures to soften the news.
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Update on Kitties

I found Rosco on the couch this morning. This is big, really big. He has never gotten up on any piece of furniture except for the bed in his and Suzy's bedroom. In the past if I lifted him onto the couch to sit with me he would immediately jump down. He was strictly a floor cat. Of course the couch is Suzy's place to sit so I was thinking trouble when she went to reclaim her spot. A little growl and spit and she settled down next to him (even licked the top of his head a couple of times). You could have knocked me over with that one. This is definite progress.
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Lovely Scents of Spring

I was treated to two lovely scent at my gardens today. The source for each was different. At the main garden (larger one) it was orange blossoms. One of the trees in the small grove next to the garden was in full blossom. Quite heavenly. The scent at the second (smaller) garden was from the mango grove that the garden is beside. It was very pleasant and refreshing.
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Close calls

I learned recently that our local beekeeper and his daughter were doing a beekeeping presentation at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL the morning of Feb 14th. Amazingly enough they packed up and left completely unaware of what would take place there just a few minutes later.

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Here you go mommies - a different kind of survey for a change - it's all about your first born! Just copy and paste it in a new note for yourself!

Let's see how much you remember!
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100 Things that make me smile! (102?)

In my last post I forgot one of my favorite discoveries. It was a sculpture at the Nashville Airport. Look closely at the scales on the butterfly.
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