Sunday, November 04, 2007

We were at Aviation Day at Marathon Airport on Saturday and saw a variety of very new and very old airplanes. The Fed Ex planes were there, along with the Mosquito Control helicopeters (VERY useful), and the rescue helicopter. There were also a few experimental home built pushers showing off in the air. This is a P51 Mustang from World War II called "Luscious Lisa". Bill says Chuck Yeager flew one during the war. I learned a little, and enjoyed getting some photos on a nice cool fall day.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

We can't believe it! The best two dancers on Dancing With the Stars, our Cheetah Girl, Sabrina and her partner Mark were voted off of the show last night. Now that was just WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! How could it be that Marie Osmund and Jayne Seymour got more votes? There couldn't possibly be that many Baby Boomers who would have figured out how to text in their votes. Marie was just terrible and Jayne wasn't much better. This was our favorite show to watch every Monday and Tuesday, and now we are talking about a total boycott of the show next week. After all, this is supposed to be a dance competition, and not just a popularity contest. What? There was a presidential debate the same night? If I had it to do over again...

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Happy Halloween from the Cherrys at The Cay. As The Count would say, "Now that's scarrrrry!"

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Girls' Weekend in Daytona!
The ABCTE observers got their work done early, and spent the rest of the week at Arlene's Beach House in Ponce Inlet, just south of Daytona. The Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse was right nearby, so of course, after an hour and a half of Riet's Yoga Class, we had to climb the 203 steps to the top. The view was worth it! But as you see, we were holding on to each other for dear life because it was very windy that day. The rest of the vacation was spent walking that beautiful beach, shopping in Port Orange, breakfast on the deck, and dinner at Jerry's. We had so much fun together and even stopped off at the new IKEA in Sunrise on the way home. If you ever need directions, just ask us, we now know how to get there.

Friday, October 19, 2007

SNOWBIRDS! YES! They are flocking to The Cay again! We hear even more are due in next week if the tail winds are just right. We can't help notice that the oldest and the wisest seem to get back here first. Yes it's still hot, but the threat of hurricanes seems like a thing of the past at this stage in the season. The ocean is still nice and warm, and so is the pool. So don't dawdle! Shake a tail feather and get on down here! There's plenty of room left on the beach for everyone.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Familiar Faces, New Location!
I spent a pleasant afternoon in Melissa Blanco's brand new "Salon Blanco" in downtown Marathon. Many of you know Melissa, Angelina and Robbin from Island Girl Salon, and now Melissa has her own salon. It is a gorgeous interior, very upscale inside and out with beautiful furnishings and lots of class. It is hard to believe that Melissa and her Dad did all of the work on the interior which had to be just about gutted, but it definitely looks like she has put her own ideas and decorating talents into creating a truly relaxing atmosphere for her clients. Very modern free standing stations allow for lots of area left for moving around. She has really thought of all of the details that make life easier for the customer. For instance, the wash bowls themselves go up and down so your chair doesn't need to be adjusted.

As I sat there enjoying my shampoo, and by the way, Melissa gives about the most relaxing shampoo massage that I have ever had, I was thinking, gosh, wonder how the prices are with all this new equipment to pay for? What a nice surprise, the prices are just about the same as they were at Island Girl.
Now I know you want to know where this is located because you will want to check it out yourselves when you get back from the frozen Up North. Salon Blanco is on the gulf side just past the Turtle Hospital, next to Cristiano's. It is great to see a young girl with a dream of owning her own salon put in the hard work necessary to get her business going and end up with a beautiful place that she can be proud of.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Hurray! The last of the bikers have left the Keys after the Poker Run of last weekend. It was music to our ears when we finally heard the last roar of the thousands of bikes that crowded A1A and just about every restaurant from Key Largo to Key West for the weekend and beyond. Unfortunately, but not surprising to anyone, really, we had a fatal accident in front of the hospital on Friday afternoon. A 70 year old rider with his 34 year old wife were hit when someone made a left hand turn at the wrong time. Now at my age, I am not about to tell anyone that 70 years old is too old to ride a motorcycle, however we did see lots of wise riders trailering their bikes down to Key West to enjoy the events without having to drive in the crazy traffic conditions on the way down the Keys that we witnessed over the weekend. Restaurants, hotels, and of course bars did a great business for the past 5 days, but I'm sure even they were glad when the last motorcycle headed north on the 18 Mile stretch. Now bring on the snowbirds! It's time, and the weather is great. It's 72 degrees out there; we opened up the doorwall! Now that's a fall event we have been waiting for.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

This may have been the last pizza served at L'Attitudes Restaurant, and we had it! The Cay Club closed down three restaurants last Thursday, L'Attitudes, or the old Pizza and Pasta, Cabots, and Tropical Cafe up in Tavernier. BUT The Butterfly is still open. The Cay Club seems to be in deep financial trouble. Pridham Singh has taken over the management of Tranquility Bay, Indigo Reef and The Boat House. They say they plan to reopen the restaurants in December. I feel bad for all the employees that came down here to work, and now don't have a job. Poor Peggy, she was our favorite waitress. I'm sure she will get a job elsewhere. In the meantime, we are looking for a new pizza spot. Friday night and pizza are like The Easter Bunny and Tom Storey, it's tradition!

Friday, August 31, 2007

The Key Colony Beach Public Works Building is coming right along. This is on 8th street by the golf course right by the sewer treatment plant. Now it looks pretty large just to hold the work vehicles. There are a few residents who have speculated that maybe it will become our veryown fire station some day. Key Colony was not very happy with the amount of money that Marathon Fire Department was charging us for Fire Protection this past year. Who knows? A brand new Key Colony Beach fire truck would look nice in the St. Patrick's Day parade.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

This week my sisters brought my Mom down to celebrate her 86th birthday. It is just about empty here at The Cay, and three sisters have been having so much fun together. When I woke up this morning and came downstairs, Sue and Nan were gone, I stepped out on the porch and there they were in their pajamas hunting for seaglass on the beach. I grabbed my camera to get a photo of the two of them. Saturday early, no one was around, so we took a photo opportunity on the beach. What a coincidence, we all happened to be in green. A trip to Key West, a birthday celebration on the deck, lots of relaxing in the ocean and the pool, dominoes, cribbage and lots of doesn't get much better than this.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Keys Kaleidoscope

Photos posted between 2006/1/1 and 2007/8/19.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

It's Coming Down...Finally The shops next door to The Quay are down already, that took about 10 minutes, but now they are taking down that landmark restaurant and I think it will take a little bit longer to dismantle. These buildings have been falling down ever since Hurricane Wilma, and they really needed to be demolished. I know a lot of you have some great memories of special dinners at this long-ago famous place. I think the bar out back was Banana Tiki Bar, or something like that. The city had to send in trucks to tear it down, but I am sure the Gus Boulis Family Estate will pay for it ultimately. Most of you know that Gus Boulis was also the one who owned Sun Cruz Casino, the Quays, The Greek Fisherman, and Perrys,and then was shot in the head at a stoplight in Ft. Lauderdale after selling Sun Cruz to Jack Abrahamoff and some other inverstors who weren't paying him The city would like to buy the land for a park, but the $5 million price tag for that little strip of land is way too high. I believe the city did get the boat ramp. Well, this photo did come with a small price tag. I was filling up at the Citgo on the corner because the gas was a low $3.03 a gallon and while thinking about taking this photo, I forgot to replace my gas cap, went back to look for it later, and can't find it, so now it is a trip to KMart for a new gas cap. The good news is that I took this photo from the turn around lane while no one was behind me, and I did not get rear ended. Unfortunately, my niece has gotten me into taking photos while driving, but I swear I am going to give it up from now on, too dangerous!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Breakfast out, Keys style. My teacher friends, Arlene and Riet and I meet here often to start the morning out with breakfast on the water. Keys Fisheries has everything you would want from a breakfast sandwich, to the lobster omlet. If you fall in love with the lobster omlet, you can come back at lunch for the lobster rueben. Prices are reasonable however you do have to put your order in at the window, give a favorite movie or song title, and wait for them to call you back to pick up your order. Coffee is serve yourself. Also, they have a new upstairs bar, called "The Upper Deck" for happy hour, but we haven't tried this yet. As you all know, it is down the street from the Stuffed Pig, right next to the elementary school. How handy is that for us part-time testers? Great friends, great fun, and you can check out who's going out fishing for the day, oh..."'Love Me Tender' is up", time to go get my order.

Friday, August 03, 2007

It's a new store...for those of you who like to cook your own. "Lobster Monster" selling meat and seafood. Yes, I know, you can read the sign. It's located on the south side of A1 across from Walgreen's. They had fresh yellowtail advertized today for $4.99 a pound, probably the whole fish, Bill says. I haven't been in yet, but plan to go next week after the commercial boats start pulling traps on August 6th. Let's see, they are supposedly going to get $5.00 a pound for their catch, so I could expect to pay $10.00 a pound for lobster? That may be wishful thinking, or as they say down here, "fishful thinking". I'll let you know how the pricing goes, and what else they have there after I check it out. I love the marine blue paint job on the outside. It really sets it off from the other stores around, and you can't miss it when you drive by.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Mini-season ends tonight at midnight. They warned me to stay away from the 25th Street boat launch, Kmart fishing section, and the beer aisle at The Winn Dixie. Did I listen? No, but it was pretty tame during the day while everyone was out on the "bug-hunt". The FWC was out in full force with boats, heliocopters and even a lobster-sniffing dog. It's too crazy out there for most of the locals. Me? I'll wait until August 6th when the regular season starts. Hopefully Jim and Pat Janda will take us out on their boat; They know ALL the spots.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The rush is on! Lobster Mini season starts tomorrow, and there are tons of people down here. The ocean is full of boats. There are pickup trucks and boat trailers everywhere. The Marathon Lady has been doing lots of fishing trips daily. The signs are up, no lobstering in the canals or water around Key Colony, but the boats have been going out daily looking for just the spot where all the lobsters will be when the season starts. Now, if only the lobsters will cooperate for them and stay in exactly that spot when they start the hunt, they will be all set. Here at The Cay, it is very quiet as usual. We have only our usual summer residents, and even Marie is in France for a few weeks. The only noise here is from Oscar doing his spalling work, and he is working at a fast clip. He finished our parking lot side of building 4 this past week, and is now rounding the corner of Snavely's. From my uneducated view, he is doing an excellent job AND he has been very neat, cleaning up as he goes. What a guy! While is is quiet here, not so at Sunset Beach next door. They do a lot of short term rentals, and have lots of families fishing off the peer, swimming in the pool, etc. It's nice to see so many groups having such a good time this time of year.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

We've been gone for a month, but now we are back from the great Up North, and it looks like we may have a MAJOR BANANA PROBLEM right below our balcony. When we left, there were two little trees, planted there last November. We return and one of them has massive amounts of bananas on it! How exciting! The problem is that there just aren't enough people around to share them all with, but don't worry, they aren't ripe yet anyway. We have had a few families here enjoying the 4th festivities. The Sables, the Winterichs, to name a few. The beach is peaceful and the water is warm...very warm. It's a good place to contemplate some recipes for the future. Let's see, banana bread, banana daqaris, banana margaritas, bananas Foster, banana creme pie...

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Are They Catching Anything Down in The Keys?

You bet they are...on The Best Bet. Check out these dolphin that Dave and Doris got last Wednesday. They had a great time and brought back plenty of fish to share with their friends and family. They worked hard to haul in this catch, sore muscles, a few cuts and bruises, but it was all worth the effort! They'll be serving lots of dolphin meals in New Jersey this summer. Mmm-mmm, start up the barbie and cook up some fresh Jersey corn to go with it.