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This morning Elvis and Carbs were yakking it up and then the Pekin twins swam over . They get so excited one or both of them layed an egg as there was one on shore and one in the water. dsc00681 I brought them both up to see what happens in 3 days, the candle test to see if they are fertile.
dsc00691 I doubt they are. Somehow, Carbs and Elvis seem to like each other more than they like the girls.
On my way to check out the crane progress, I noted one of the baby heron’s folks way up in the nest. (I had binoculars with me). I wondered if they had found the baby.  So I hurried to look at the crane, and Mama crane was sitting on the nest and indulged me as she stood and rolled the egg and sat back down.
resizenestingcrane Back home I went and walked into the backyard and who did I see peering over the seawall at the neighbors but the baby heron. He looks well, but still confused.
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Tonight I hope he is still there as his mother will come down and I hope she will spot him. You can see he wants to get down to the water, but there is a 4 foot drop to the shoreline. If only he would walk over to my yard it has a natural slope down to the waters edge.  The baby could catch minnows then like this small gray heron. resizesmallheron

Today my good friend Sonja picked me up because she does monthly articles for the Sanford Herald. She is researching a piece about Sanford Florida’s produce heritage.
Sanford Florida was the first place to pack produce on ice and ship it north.  But I will leave the story for her to tell and you can buy a copy of the Sanford Herald in a couple of weeks.
Personally, I was trying to pull off taking a photo to accompany the article. Actually it was just fun taking produce pics.  After checking out the old Farmers Market, we stopped at a small produce market on 17/92 right next to the newer Farmers market.  100_0435 It had no name, but when you walked in, there was beautiful produce that looked well selected.   There were walls and bins full of interesting packaged spices an many other food stuffs. It was all so colorful and happy looking. Some veggies and fruits were swaddled as sweetly as if baby Jesus were a mango in the manger.      The cukes looked green and they had tiny potatoes and lovely persimmons. (look for my pictures later at   http://offshoot2.wordpress.com 100_0425

After all that produce and of course buying some fruit for later, Sonja and I went to one of her Mexican favorites,   100_0445 Tortilleria La Mexicana.
We roamed the aisles in the grocery side looking at all their produce,
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they had a wide variety of peppers and fresh quesa cheese and there was also a meat counter.  We ventured over to the restaurant and had a very filling lunch for $5.95 each. I had two quesadillas filled with cheese and veggies with rice on the side, YUM! They were so fresh. Sonja had tacos with cactus and other things I could not think about eating, I have no sense of adventure for spicy food. We both agreed it was a piece of Mexico in Sanford!  100_0449We wandered further and landed up at the old Sanford Amtrack station that now looks like a crack house. 100_0441 100_0442 .  The new station has a shuttle service that offers people the option of going into downtown Sanford if they have a long layover time.
the new station is now only basically an auto-train depot. 100_04431

We looked around Goldsboro and side streets, the Bettye D. Smith Cultural Arts Center where I would like to see if I can organize an art showing.
All and all I encourage you to get in your car and go explore your city, or one near you. It is amazing what you learn and our little Sanford is full of history. Plus Sonja and I love to talk ‘smack’ about our own old history being as we are close in age and have many common denominators. We aren’t quite the ‘Golden girls’, let’s just say we can remember the days of college in the 60’s:  riots, Tricky Dick, war, love, Woodstock  and peace and the good old days. We worshipped at the altar of Led Zep, and Jim Morrison. Loved Bob Dylan before his electric guitar.  Sonja married her man who graduated Harvard and played in a band with the Allman Brothers. We were the hippie generation. Sonja stayed in school and went on to get her Masters  and I dropped out of college after hurricane Camille blew it away.
How’s this for a photo out of 1969? Abbe and the father of her kids captured in time.
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Rainy day, rain all day
Aint no use in gettin uptight
Just let it groove its own way
Let it drain your worries away yeah
Lay back and groove on a rainy day hey
Lay back and dream on a rainy day… Jimi Hendrix

Layed back Friday as Hanna has her way with us. The rain has been coming down for a couple hours now,  it’s harder than softer, but the sky itself is overcast and gloomy, a good day to write a chapter for a novel. Hanna is moving though unlike Fay and should be out of here tonight and then 2 days of sunshine. We will need to dry out as much as possible before Ike.
I took one photo of my rainbarrel catching the roof water. I have to keep a hose stretched out toward the lake and keep the valve open to let all this excess water fall downhill and not toward the house. The cats are wondering where the sun is…no birds either… p/s – forgot to mention the horrible sewage smell again…

I am getting ready to leave for higher ground, the toilets aren’t flushing, the garage is flooding, it is supposed to rain about 8 more inches tonight, I can’t stay here, too hard to deal with. Many roads are flooding. All I hear outside is slashing rain and frogs,. lots and lots of frogs. My neighbor Dee says we have gotten 12inches of rain from her gauge! I hope my cats can find the tables and counters. I am afraid that when I leave, it will be very bad when I come back. No time for pics, too dark – gotta leave and go tend to window leak at my daughters… her upstairs window is leaking like crazy, one more thing to worry about. I will have no computer tonight, but I will be up and in misery waiting this out.
so long for now, gotta run, I mean swim…

AWK – this is way too much rain all at once. How long before septic backs up? There is no letting up. We are in endless cycle of yellow on the map. This Fay spins and is moving at 5miles per hour, it is essentially going nowhere fast. The rain continues to add up. The lake fills and fills and so do the streets and the property. There are some very heavy wind gusts too.   
  Waterlogged heavy Limbs are falling from the trees, this is worse than if it was a hurricane! For all those we had in 2004, they kicked ass and left! This one is taking her own sweet time and is swamping the state…Is Florida worth staying in when at any time you could be a flood statistic, I’m beginning to wonder…

  It’s monsooning right now, rain rain rain slashing sideways – I talked to my son in Tampa and he is on his way to play golf under complete sunshine, that’s Florida for you! My neighbors house is inbetween two drainage ditches, he might be completely underwater by 5pm!  The rain gauge says it all, up another couple inches and at five pm, I will update again.
  In between rain, I caught a little butterfly braving the water and some blooming passion flowers. You have to find something in between this “flushing”….

Did I jinx it by asking Fay to show us what she’s got? This storm is not going anywhere! It has dumped over 30inches in places along the coast! You need a boat to get around on some streets and I’m not lying! Here in my backyard, the water line shows that we have gone up over 6 inches totally so far and I can see it will be rising further today as Fay swirls around in place doing nothing but feeding off the warm Atlantic. At least we have not lost power. Maybe I ought to inflate my water proof air mattress before the days end just in case we have to evacuate. My garage is sandbagged, so far so good.
   Last night between hard rain bands I tried to fish, but the fish are smarter than me, they were way under their new depths. At least we have had no lightening at all.
   I hear birds out there, but don’t see them, the cranes did not show at all yesterday. The winds are light, with a bit of a gust as the bands move around, but I guess the plan is to continue the dance…

  This afternoon at around 4:30pm, the first rain bands arrived, it has been like a typical afternoon thundershower … so far, heavy rain and now nothing, but the sky does look full of things to come. There is no wind, all is quiet for now. The birds are active as always around a storm. They say Fay may be slow to move so there could be flooding, my garage in one corner collects water, so hope Fay hurries through and does not linger.
  And then there is the NEW storm behind Fay ready to slide into the next tropical depression, here we go like 2004, but so far it’s been a breeze, well, no breezes yet….

This is the lake level this morning, (1.03) on tall gauge. Look just beyond that to see top of smaller gauge that is finally disappearing beneath much needed rain water that has been continually filling the lake during summer thunderstorms. We still have a long way to go and with Fay threatening to do a “Charlie” – Charlie was our first hurricane in 2004 that rammed into the west coast and followed I-4 through the middle of the state. So I am getting a bit prepared, have gas for generator, bread and peanut butter jelly, cat food, bird food, etc. I threw loose stuff into garage and did put up only two plywood boards over my bedroom window because there is a tree right there. But I won’t bother with the others unless Fay turns into a category 2. 
    This will be a 3 part series about how it is to get ready for hurricane, the day of the hurricane and after the hurricane. I will take the same pictures the gauge and marsh on Wednesday. 
    Wonder if this will be like 2004, one hurricane almost every two/three weeks or if it will be a dud??? The rain bands will probably hit us which is good. The lake has lots of room for now.  The news channel 13 is always on to watch the progression and on the computer, we go to NOAA to watch the progression and water vapor and the details they offer.
   We can’t take it too lightly, as with Charlie, both neighbors got trees through their roofs. I am hoping this won’t be such a big event, but there are also possibilities for tornados. We will wait and see and I will update you on what the storm looks like and how it effects us. I may add photos today just of wildlife if anything fun is running, flying, swimming around….

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