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Day 13 – 12 hours straight…(well almost)!

You read it right – 12 hours!!!

Frans is an absolute MASTER at the art of Focus. He has the amazing ability to completely hone in on a task and, to the exclusion of all else, concentrate until he has completed it.

On the other hand, I am the type of person who has the ability to know everything that’s happening, to everyone and all at the same time. I appreciate my gift but must admit to coveting the ability to focus like Frans can, just a little bit.

So, what has Frans been concentrating on for 12 hours? A strategy game called ‘Heroes’. Honestly, he’s only taken breaks for meals and a swim, but otherwise he has fought battles, vanquished foes and been the hero that I’ve always known him to be 🙂

Another astounding example of focus, that we’ve seen since we’ve been here, is the Pelican!

These huge birds sit and wait ever so patiently until they spot a fish beneath the waves. They literally bob up and down with the tide until they see something. Then they scoop it up in their beaks, letting all the water flow out of the side, and are rewarded with a delicious meal for their patience.

Something else they do is fly across the surface of the sea (literally about a foot above the waves) and look for schools of fish. When they see them, they fly higher and dive straight into the surf. It’s absolutely amazing. Talk about the ability to focus!

Watch this video (click on it to start) and see a pelican in action.

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My favourite…  forecast of the week

Our weather forecast for the coming 7 days. Love it!

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Question of the day

How can you work on your ability to focus on an issue, single-mindedly, until it is accomplished? It’s a great skill to have!

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Sleep well and see you tomorrow

Lisa

Day 14 – Jammin’ Jensen!

If you want to see the night come alive in Jensen Beach, then Thursday is the night for you. We’ve made some friends here and we all decided to go out to dinner tonight. Kess and Deb took us to Craw Daddy’s, a really cool “N’Awlins Grill and Raw Bar”.

Crayfish statue outside the restaurant

This is what it looked like when we first went in. The bar is built around a huge tree – so cool!

We ordered our food and halfway through our meals

Mahi Mahi

Pork chops topped with Georgia peaches, Mash and Beans

Creole Chicken

and then this storm let loose and we had to run inside with our plates of food!

This is how much rain was falling – DELUGE!

The inside of the place was crammed full of all the people from outside as well as those that were inside.

The Bar, plastered with $1 bills and lights

Crayfish mural behind the inside bar

We had a fabulous time and next Thursday we might be able to take some pictures of all the street vendors and shops that spill their wares out onto the pavement for everyone to see.

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My favourite … quote of the day

Jerry Chin, “When it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. For without the rain, there would be no rainbow.”

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Question of the day

When last did you experience something fun and out of your usual routine? 

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Day 12 – My life nearly flashed before my eyes…

I know right?! Frans and I went down to the beach this morning and I swam in the sea for the first time since we’ve been here. It’s much rougher than the sea in Miami, but just as much fun.

Click on the picture below for the video to start playing

After returning our beach chairs to the storage locker, Frans excitedly came to tell me that he’d found a little blow up dinghy that we could test out after lunch.
We blew it up, taking turns before we passed out (:-), and then went out into the sea. I jumped in and Frans was holding onto the back of the dinghy, kicking so that we could go further out. We saw two young boys on the beach and they were yelling ‘Come out you guys”. We looked round and saw two other youngsters who were fishing and assumed that they were talking to them. We went deeper and were having a fab time, until we heard another voice yelling “Get out now!”
A woman was waving at us and shouting for us to get out because a shark was spotted swimming right behind us!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OH MY WORD!

We scrambled ashore as fast as we could and heard that the shark had been seen swimming along the shoreline and that they were systematically evacuating the beach. It’s not a stretch of public beach so there are no shark nets for miles
Once we got back into the complex, we decided to swim in the pool. A lady there told us that a woman had been swimming in waist deep water, just a little bit south from where we are, and was bitten by a Bull shark not so long ago and had to have emergency surgery.

Needless to say, this will not stop Frans from swimming in the sea. I think we’ll just be a little more watchful from now on!

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My favourite … pictures posted this past week

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Sleep well and see you tomorrow

Lisa

Day 11 – Best friends

I asked Frans what he felt we should blog about today and he said ‘companionship’. One thing that has happened to us over the time that we’ve been here is that we’ve become even better friends than we were before.

I see so many examples of fractured and broken relationships everywhere I go and it absolutely breaks my heart. I so long to find a way to help  everyone to have better relationships, wether it be between husband and wife, parents and children, friends, work colleagues or even just the causal contact we have with so many people, every day.

Something Frans and I have learned in our relationship is to cherish each other. We have made it a point to remind ourselves about what we love in each other as opposed to concentrating on what’s irritating us.

We just love spending time with each other because we feel totally safe in each other’s company – and that, in my opinion, is what it’s all about. When we find someone who keeps our heart safe, we’ve hit the jackpot. Even greater than that is deciding to BE someone who keeps someone else’s heart safe.

I am Frans’ ‘safe place’ and he is mine

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My favourite…  meal of the day

Longhorn Steakhouse – Absolutely the best steak I’ve ever eaten in my life. Grilled to perfection, salty crust and seasoned with butter. Just fabulous.

18oz Ribeye steak

8oz Sirloin

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Question of the day

How can you be someone’s ‘safe place’? It’s vital!

If you haven’t read this book then I highly recommend it:

The Five Love Languages by Dr Gary Chapman (click here to go to his website)

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Sleep well and see you tomorrow

Lisa

Day 10 – That is all

We woke up early and went and got our loungers beside the pool. It was a lovely morning and we swam, tanned and read until it was time to come upstairs and have lunch.

Swimming pool and Jacuzzi

 

Once lunch was had, we both settled down to read. Frans listens to audiobooks and plays ‘Angry Birds‘ at the same time and I read a novel in a day.

Frans listening to a book and me reading one

 

Lovely, relaxed day 🙂

 

Day 9 – Food, food, everywhere we look!

Isn’t that just the way it happens? The moment you start a new way of eating, suddenly you notice (with laser like focus) all the foods that aren’t on that diet!

We went to the market in Fort Pierce this morning and we saw loads of food stalls with inviting new types and flavours of food.

The stalls on the other side of the road were craft stalls, with people displaying their amazing art. This man takes driftwood that washes ashore after hurricane’s have hit and sculpts them into beautiful, beautiful pieces of art WITH A CHAINSAW.

Chainsaw makes…

Wooden Eagle

Isn’t that amazing?!

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Two other cute and funny things we saw were:

Floor Cleaning Slippers – Clean & wash the floor while you walk

Floor cleaning slippers

and…because it’s so hot in Florida, you can eat some ‘shaved ice’ to cool you down.

Party ‘Shaved Ice’ maker

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All in all, a fabulous day.

Sleep well and see you tomorrow

Lisa

Day 8 – Dizzying heights

I’ve heard the principle of ‘changing your perspective’ talked about for many years and it’s quite amazing how it works.

Frans excitedly came and fetched me and showed me a different perspective today. Have a look…

Same geography, different perspective – and a totally different view. Fascinating!

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My favourite…  meal of the day

The BESTEST burger & fries on the planet from ‘Five Guys‘. Hamburger pattie, roll and whatever combination of over 10 toppings you’d like. Perfectly matched with ‘skin on’ fries smothered in Cajun seasoning, cooked in peanut oil.

Oh My Word!

The Works

Cajun fries

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Question of the day

How can you change your perspective on an issue? maybe seeing it from a different angle can open up a whole new view of it.

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Sleep well and see you tomorrow

Lisa