Thursday, December 30, 2010

All We Are Saying...
Love this photo by Rob O'Neal and headline in the Citizen this morning.
Higgs Beach, Key West, FL

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Look who was at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon today, and yes, it was this cold down here!

Friday, July 23, 2010

11:30 am, July 23. All's sunny here on KCB. Tropical Storm Bonnie was a no show, but we were ready...just in case.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The morning KCB City Commission was a hot one.
The commission voted to sign a contract with Monroe County for the next 3 years instead of signing a 5 year contract to continue services with Marathon Fire/EMS. The cost will be more, but three of our commissioners, DeNeale, Schmidt, Vorick, think we will get better service. The Mayor, and Geraldine Zahn wanted to continue with Marathon. There were some very hard feelings after the Marathon City Manager wrote a letter a few months ago asking for about $ 600,000 extra from the last contract because according to him we hadn't paid our fair share. Mayor Ginger Sneed from Marathon was at the meeting to try to convince them to go with Marathon, but it was to no avail. Marathon stands to lose $525, 000 a year from this decision. Emotions ran high, and it was well attended. Many from Key Colony feel that it is time for us to organize our own fire department, but this will take time. The plan is that two firefighter/EMS personel from the county would be placed on the island (at this point there is no place to house them) or on Crawl Key, about 2 miles away. Should be interesting to see what comes out of this for our island, and how the rest of Marathon will feel when they no longer have KCB helping to pay for their big new fire station. By the way, this photo, not taken by me, was at the fire at Rocket Man's house in Marathon 2 years ago. According to Mary Schmidt, last year there were 50 calls to KCB, 10 of them were false alarms, no fires, one cat in a tree, and the rest EMS calls. Last year there were 1600 calls to Marathon. She says Marathon pays $160. per household for fire protection and in KCB we pay $325.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Key West as seen from International Space Station
For the next five nights the International Space Station will be visible as it passes over the Key West Area. Note to self: Remember to get in the pool after dark, float on my back, and look up for something moving across the sky much faster than an airplane. It sure beats watching "America's Got Talent".

Sunday, June 06, 2010

We had a great time on the Lobster Boat with Aaron and Samantha fishing for dolphin on Saturday. Samantha is Jack's granddaughter and her new husband, Aaron spent their honeymoon in The Keys. She has the Miller touch with the fishing rod and we brought in over 30 dolphin and a king mackrel and a black fin tuna. Yea, it's really hot down here right now, but the ocean is full of dolphin that are just begging to be caught, and the temps are just right for a relaxing noodle every afternoon. Tonight we put the black fin tuna that Aaron brought in to good use and seared it with black sesame seeds and served it with a little pickled ginger and wasabi. It was excellent. It was the last night for the honeymooners as they leave to go back to Milwaukee tomorrow, but have plans to hopefully return next year and try for some tarpon. Now how about a little dolphin for dinner, tonight, tomorrow night, the next night, etc. Fish tacos are definitely on the menu. Great times with new friends, thanks for sharing your granddaughter with us, Jack.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Coconut 101

Coconut 101
Originally uploaded by sache47
We asked Manuel to cut down the green coconuts by the laundry room
because they were falling with an alarming thud every time we walked
by. He did that, and also gave us a lesson on good coconuts vs bad
coconuts. FROM NOW ON we will only drink juice from the good ones.
Bottoms up! It's good for you.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sun breaks through

Sun breaks through
Originally uploaded by sache47
This is the way a Sunday morning should begin; First, a cup of
coffee, then a swim, followed by a stroll on the beach. Life is great.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

New shelving

New shelving
Originally uploaded by sache47
It's a cloudy morning,perfect for a little carpentry project. Bill
used the leftover scraps from the new fence to replace the rotted out
wood in the orchid house. "Desire", Bill's vanda, loves her new
surroundings and the misting she gets every day at 4pm.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dolphin Are In
Originally uploaded by sache47
When I say they're "in", I'm using the term loosely. They are about 30
miles out, and it was a rough day at sea, but someone had to do it.
Bill had quite a catch on the "Reel Smiles" yesterday with Big Dave.
Here they are along with the one wahoo that Bill brought in. It was a
half day of fishing turned into a full day of fishing because nothing
was hitting for the first 3 hours until they came upon about 50 milk
jugs tied together and their they were keeping cool in the shade and
just waiting to be hooked. So tonight it's dolphin fingers on the
deck. Be there or be square!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Ocean Floor Clean Up

Ocean Floor Clean Up
Originally uploaded by sache47
As Doris, Dave, Bill and I noodled around and enjoyed a beautiful
Mother's Day in the warm water, we noticed this young girl snorkeling
around us and making several trips with a mesh bag back to the beach.
Turns out she was collecting lots of litter from the ocean floor. Old
cans, plastic pipe, big pieces of glass, snorkel equipment, she
carried it all back to the beach, and was still busy at if for most of
the afternoon. We looked over her collection, and thanked her for her
hard work. Christina's grandparents own a condo at Ocean Front Condos
and she comes down every weekend in the summer from Miami to check on
the place. How great to see someone working hard to clean up the
environment, and no, she did not find the diamond ring that the
Steiners lost out there 4 years ago.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Best Wishes to Warren

Best Wishes to Warren
Originally uploaded by sache47
All of us (those survivors who are still around) wished Warren the
best as he moves on to be near his kids in Denver. It was a great
night, beautiful balmy weather, delicious food, and a rousing game of
Alligator to top off the evening. The BIG money winner was Dennis,
but Cole Tracy did well also. We shared memories around the table and
told a few stories of parties in the ocean room, stories told around
the pool, and summer days of seeing Warren multitasking in the pool,
doing his walk and reading at the same time. He will be missed. You
know everyone in the picture except for his daughter, Mary, in the
green next to Warren. They will be flying out together on Tuesday.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Big celebration at the Brass Monkey today, and we were a part of it. It was a tense week in Marathon when the Winn Dixie gave the Monkey 30 days to move out after they refused to sell their liquor license. Winn Dixie owns the property. The town showed up to support the Monkey and threatened to boycott the Winn Dixie, and so their lease was extended. Part of the victory party today was 1000 hamburgers and hotdogs provided by Winn Dixie. The band rocked out with Clarence Clemons (Bruce Springsteen's Band) on the sax, and us in the Monkey for our first time enjoying the local crowd and the music. Yes, that really is Clarence Clemons, he just bought a house in Marathon and enjoys jamming with the band at The Monkey now and then. Doris even got a big smooch from local talent, "Rocket Man" from Porky's. Check out his jewelry and monkey hat! We decided we need to hit the local watering holes more often. It was lots of fun.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The 7 Mile Bridge Run, Saturday, April 17th. Cool, breezy, very little sun. Isn't that about just right for an early morning run?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

It's ST. PATRICK'S DAY and tradition is that everyone shows up in The Ocean Room at The Cay for a little Irish cheer. It was great to have Tom Storey here to celebrate with us and since his birthday was the day before, the partying seemed to just go on and on.
Cole and Rex stopped by, probably on their way to wrapping up the evening at Cabana Breezes.
We took time out from the party to watch the "big" parade as it went from 15th Street Circle, right past our driveway and on down 1st street. Lots of people got into the spirit of decorating their cars, and dogs, and bikes.
Dinner was at Sparky's. The green beer, cabbage and corned beef was enough to make your hair stand on end, right Bill?

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Here's Where We Live
Key Colony Beach - an island off of Marathon Key, upper right side of photo - just behind Joe Lombardo's left wing.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Big Catch off Key Colony Beach
This was one of the two swords that were brought in today, and here's our own Jack Miller, posing with the crew of the "Reel Easy" with the largest of the two, 300 pounds, caught in 2000 feet of water. It took a good hour and a half to bring it in, but it will be worth the effort for the swordfish steak dinner someone will be eating tonight.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

THIS is more like it!
It's beautiful down here today, look, people are even swimming in the ocean. Our friends, Karen and Steve, are coming down for the weekend and it's supposed to continue to be beautiful for several days to come. There is only one thing missing on thebeach, and that's me! I'm on my way!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Arctic Temps = Indoor Crafts
A beachblogger has to find something to do when it is way too cold to be outside. I'm getting in touch with my Native American roots that I'm sure must be buried somewhere deep in my DNA. First, collecting and sorting the pine needles; some from Northern Florida, some from Withlacoochie State Forest, some from Big Pine. Then it's on to soaking them in boiling water and removing the caps. Bill slices the shells with his grinding tool attachment and drills holes (sorry about the noise on our porch, neighbors). Then the best part, coiling, sewing, coiling sewing, around and around. What a great way to pass the time while listening to a good book on tape. However, the sun is out, the temp is warming up to the 50s, so I must get down to the beach this afternoon. This squaw is turning into a pale face!

Monday, January 04, 2010

"Dear Abby", the men's acappella choir from Boston University is vacationing here at The Cay and treated us to a mini performance on the beach today. They were excellent! It sounded just like they had percussions backing them up, but no, it was just voice sound effects. Doug Enger's nephew is a member, and I am pretty sure he is the third from the left. If you haven't heard them, they'll be around all week and may do little street performing at Mallory Square.