QUILTS-CRABCAKES-HORSESHOES and FRIENDS


As we settle into our third month on Cedar Key, we feel a nice groove.

Life here is not about prestige or status or presumption. It is not about showing off but rather – showing up.  Waving to each other (even those you don’t know), being polite, kind, interested as well as being interesting to others. That does not preclude big personalities but it isn’t for the Donald Trumps of the world, the corporate heads of state who can’t shuck off their own self importance.  No one really cares about the exterior here.  Its the interior that counts – truth, courage, openness, curiosity, creativity, love.

We went out with a Realtor yesterday – to satisfy the gnawing what-if we’ve been carrying around. Caryn was terrific. She showed us the properties we asked to see and a few others…. it really got us thinking as to how we’d design our own space. Turns out, the “take our breath away” large, beautifully constructed house that had everything does not fit the bill.

View of Dock from the Wow House on the Gulf

Not for how we live. I got to laughing when John brought up Daisy’s needs –How she’d cock her ears to ask: “what’s up with this? where am I supposed to run in this house on stilts and a yard full of oysterbeds that cut my paws? Where’s my neighborhood to run around and check things out???” We also talked about what kind of space each of us would want if the other passed on- and again, the big house failed the test.

View of the Dock of the one I believe I would really love.

I think I know which house I want and what I’d do to it to customize it to our needs…..more on that later.

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.As part of getting to knowing Cedar Key, we have been exploring the surrounding towns. Last weekend we visited TRENTON – an old town that still looks like they could film the MUSIC MAN in it.

Picking and a grinning

The Standard Gas Station pumps were still set to 33 cents a gallon!!

33 cents a gallon -- the gas, not the girl!

Stone Church, Trenton FL

The Stone church looks positively Moorish.

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Down Town Trenton FL

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..The Old Train Depot looks ready for a bustling business….absent the train tracks (now isn’t that a shame on us – taking up all the train tracks that used to connect nowhere to everywhere in these United States – we are some boorish people!)

Train Depot Interior

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Paging Mike Malamut - They have a building to go with their old cars!!

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Produce shop - displayed like it would have been in the early 1900's....time out of time.

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Get chur tomatoes and quilts right here!

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So THAT'S what you do with old thimbles!!

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.We were there for a Quilt show and quite a show it was.

John's favorite Colors - orange and blue

I love this one!

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We both loved these fun frogs

One for the menfolk!

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Love this asian branch one

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Beautiful icons of nature and wildlife - $2400!!

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.One woman told us she was quite skeptical about learning how to quilt but after her first lesson, she was hooked.  Maybe there is something in the water.

This is what happens to people in Trenton - quilt fever!

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Browns and blue=greens and circles -- so soothing yet hip!

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There were also displays of stuff – including a room set up for a Tea scheduled for March 17th – and Tractors!  John has fond memories of his grandparent’s farm in Michigan where he learned to drive the tractor – and drink a beer with lunch – very young!

"Here's to the Ladies who Lunch - Everybody Laughs" Soundheim

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Now I just LOVE this image.

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Tractor Boy

The words say it all!

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On Friday, before our Trenton trip, we canoed all day — tried to fish (not the right bait) and caught some nice snaps of birds.

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The taller orange beaked birds are American Oystercatchers and the shorter ones, with half orange beak are Black Skimmers

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"too close - too close - they are getting too close"

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..That night, we we picked up some crabs and made a fire and boiled the crabs outside – so much less cleanup – and had a feast for two.

But there was a lot of left over crab – so I invited Lonna and Martin over for crabcake lunch on Sunday.

Crabcakes, Coleslaw and Fruit - with Bloody Mary First Course!

Lonna and Martin Dickenson - our neighbors and new friends

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..Later that day, we popped over to the beach where we found Suzanne and Jeffrey and their daughter Lauren —

Jeffrey and John and the dogs - Daisy, Bucks and Coal!

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Horseshoe crabs flipped over by the incoming tide

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Bucks standing off Coal (who is only 2 and loves buckaroo)

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Breeding, Beached Horseshoe Crabs

Lauren, Jeff's daughter, was so great with the dogs, especially Bucks

– This is the action video of bucks and coal.

The day was turning from sunny to cloudy and eventually rainy – but we are so glad we went as the Horseshoe crabs had arrived and were mating on the beach.

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awwwww

They told us they had counted 270 on Saturday.  Not that many on Sunday but quite a few.  They mate on the shores every March – laying their eggs and crawling back to sea.  Very cool to see.

TODAY is the FASHION SHOW Benefit for something or other — but the hoot is the fashions are coming from the DEJA VU consignment Shop!!  Hee haw, life is fun here!

xoxo Laura

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mark McCullough on March 15, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Dunno about this…….

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  2. Posted by Betty Nugent on March 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I L O V E your Blog Laura! You write so well. It is very entertaining! Of course, I love the South. And I am delighted a “northerner” I’m very fond of, it’s learning to appreciate many of it’s wonderful qualities!

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  3. Posted by Gerry on March 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Trenton Fla. not quite like Trenton N.J., eh? … I’m reading a book of John Muir’s memoirs, and he writes about the end of his 1,000-mile walk to the sea. Where do you think he wound up? Yup, Cedar Key (which he calls Cedar Keys, plural). Life is too full of coinidences for them to be coincidences. xo

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