Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Juggling Kindergarteners!

Juggling Kindergarteners!
Originally uploaded by sache47
Is it a mystery why I love going to Switlik this time of year to test
the ELL students? Look at them. They are all so darn cute! The
kindergarteners had their own private lesson with the juggling teacher
this morning. I couldn't pull them away to test them, so I waited and
took a few photos. Check out the one on the right, such
determination, and one green shoe and one pink shoe! So very cute!
They tackled their one-on-one speaking portion of the CELLA test with
almost as much enthusiasm. It's a great group of kids at this school,
and there is always something fun going on at the end of the school

And Check Out Their Teacher!

And Check Out Their Teacher!
Originally uploaded by sache47
Did you know that there is a calling for juggling teachers? This guy
was busy all day, kindergarten through 6th grade. Does he make much
money? Is he having a good time? You could tell he really loves his
job and had no problem keeping everyone actively engaged. Yes, he may
have lost a few more hairs on the top of his head, but I'm sure he
would tell you it's worth it to see so many happy, determined kids
pick up a new skill.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Circular Rainbow

Circular Rainbow
Originally uploaded by sache47
I was called down to the beach to photograph this beautiful rainbow
this afternoon. Huge! Beautiful! Worth the 5 minute sunburn I probably
got with no sunscreen on my face. I have seen these before while out
on a boat, but this is the first time I could photograph it. I could
almost capture the whole thing, trust me, I tried, lying down on the
sand to get as far away as I could. It seems that they always appear
around noon, this shot was taken at about 1:15, not a cloud in the
sky. I'm sure someone knows more than I about what creates these

Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Orchid House

The Orchid House
Originally uploaded by sache47
The parking lot is just about empty, but not the orchid house. This
time of year, it is filled with orphans dropped off by their owners as
they head up to wherever they spend the summer. Don't feel too sorry,
they seem to enjoy being neglected for the season, thriving in the
shade, and welcoming an occasional drink of water. Being that they
are so close to us, we can enjoy them from our kitchen window, and
walk across the parking lot to get a closer look whenever we want.
And, not to toot my own horn, but there peeking through the lattice
roof are the beautiful flowers of the sky vine, thunberria gloriosa,
that I planted next to the orchid house last summer. They are fast
growers, winding their way up the side and over the top in no time.
They seem to enjoy the opportunity to get out of the sun and compete
with the color offered by the orchids.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I know what he's thinking...

I know what he's thinking...
Originally uploaded by sache47
..."Can't you read the sign? Leave me alone!" I have seen more
burrowing owls this year than ever before. They are the odd ducks of
the owl family. They can't see well at night so they hunt during the
day. I don't know why they pick the Keys for a burrowing spot, the
ground is total rock, but I guess there are some soft areas on the
golf course. Haven't seen any babies yet, but I'm sure they are on
the way.

Friday, April 18, 2008

El Siboney

El Siboney
Originally uploaded by sache47
This is one of the best places for authentic Cuban food in Key West.
It used to be on Duval, but we finally found it on Catherine Street
today, and stopped in for a late lunch. We had Conch chowder and
split a Cuban mix, that's a pressed Cuban sandwich. Delicioso! The
sangria was also mighty tasty. And don't ya just love a restaurant
with those spinning grease fans on top and Christmas icicle light all
year round? I know the red brick doesn't really look too tropical,
but the food was great.
It is cool here still, probably a high of 82 today. It will be
perfect weather for the 7 Mile Bridge run tomorrow, which is why we
went to Key West today...the bridge is closed for the run from 6 AM to
9 AM tomorrow.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Blue Iguana

The Blue Iguana
Originally uploaded by sache47
They are special, and endangered here on Grand Cayman. I guess they
are so special that they make statues of them. There are only 15 to 30
of them left on the island. If only we could be so lucky here at Key
Colony with our iguana population. Maybe a nice papier mache statue
would look nice on our beach.

The Dos XX was refreshing

The Dos XX was refreshing
Originally uploaded by sache47
This little truck made an emergency delivery while we were at Rudy's
bar. He really worked the tourists trying to get everyone to come in
for the $1 beer, even though it did end up to be $2 beer. If you
passed him up for someone else's restaurant he yelled, "Don't be a
Cheapo Felipo!" Quite the hustler.

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico
Originally uploaded by sache47
A store owner's pet monkey. Does she have a different outfit for
every day of the week?
We exercised daily
on our NCL cruise,

We exercised daily...
Originally uploaded by sache47

however, it did not help counteract the the extra poundage from all of the good food we ate. Now that we are back home, you will see us doing extra laps of the golf course.

Thursday, April 03, 2008


Originally uploaded by sache47
Here's a glimpse of the new restaurant that has gone in where Cabot's
used to be. Frosty's named after the Frosts who bought it. The food
was good. The prices were reasonable, for down here. A hotdog, $5.95,
a hamburger, $7.95, a grouper sandwich, $9.95. Beer $3, Wine (cheap
wine) $5. And, they have ice cream stuff, like rootbeer floats! Now
the real bargain is still Sparkys for happy hour, 25 cent wings and
shrimp, and $1 drafts. We'll be back there next Friday night. By the
way, those are sun shades in the back area, and you really need them
when the sun starts going down. This would be a great place to see the
sunset, and it has been packed every night since it has opened.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Early Morning Bird

Early Morning Bird
Originally uploaded by sache47
First one on the beach gets the best lookout post. This heron has no
competition so far.

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl
Originally uploaded by sache47
Bill saw this little guy on his walk this morning. He was at his
little hole that says "Owl's Nest" but then a dog came by and he
walked away to create a diversion. Owl's probably thinking, "Why do I
need a sign? I know where my nest is!"