Gizmo & I want to thank Jodi of Heart Like a Dog for graciously allowing us to co-host the Follow-Up Friday Blog Hop this week. It was our first time hosting a hop, and we thank Jodi for providing excellent technical assistance in getting the “linky thing” to work.
Now on to the “Week in Review”…
Saturday I shared the fun Gizmo & I had visiting the Giving Tree at The Doggie Bag. I’ve heard so many nice things about this post, but truly, this was a gift to myself. I don’t have the funds to make a large donation, but to be able to help out, in even a small way, brought home the spirit of the season. I’m committed to doing it again on my birthday in February and again on Gizmo’s Gotcha Day in October…and of course, next Christmas. Folks said they’d like to try this idea where they live, and I hope they do. I’d really love to see the idea spread. If you do start a project like this, please let me know.
Sunday and Monday were Florida photo ops. Regular visitors know that I’m all about showing off the Florida that I love…beyond the beaches and suntan lotion. The B&W Pure Florida photo amazed even me at how mystic it looked. I don’t think of Florida in B&W, but I liked this one a lot.
Our recent spate of cold weather (stop laughing all you Northerners) let me show you what Florida looks like in Winter and it surprised a lot of people who didn’t realize how cold it sometimes gets here (sorry Tourist Board). We have a city here in Polk County called Frostproof...but it isn’t ;).This link provides great information on how cold temperatures affect citrus trees.
Tuesday I posted my wish for all our friends, near and far. The photo was taken across the street from our house at sunrise on Christmas morning. Look hard and you can see Gizmo in the lower left corner. I only hope this wish comes true.
Wednesday I took my readers on a kayak trip down the Weeki Wachee River to see the manatees. For those of you who love kayaking, or just love beautiful places I want to introduce you to the Juniper Run in the Ocala National Forest. Juniper Run is considered one of the top 25 paddle trips in the United States. Having done it twice now, I heartily concur. This video trip is reversed from the way I’ve usually done it. It starts at what used to be known as Redneck Beach, but the State has cleaned that up now, and ends near the canoe launch.
For folks visiting Florida who’d like to see some manatees but aren’t up to kayaking, Tampa Electric Company has a very popular Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach, on the Gulf Coast.
There were a couple of photos in that post of a Florida native known as the Cooter. You need to know that I used to live just outside the town of Inverness, FL which proudly hosts an annual Cooter Festival. A few years ago, The Daily Show’s Ed Helms visited Inverness and reported on the Festival. The video quality here is not the best, but you’ll get the idea. (N.B. Be warned that the video is a tad bit risque)
And on Thursday I thanked our friend Kirby of Kirby’s Dawg Blog for giving us an award as The Next Big Thing . This award was most unexpected and I’m proud to display the badge here in the sidebar. I was able to pass the award on to three blogs that I think deserve the title Emma of My GBGV Life , Mollie & Alfie of Mollie & Alfie’s blog , and Cathy Keisha, and her Stunning Keisha blog . All three are fun reading and you should check them out if you haven’t already.
That’s it for this edition of Follow-Up Friday, the blog hop that lets you wrap up your week and leads you right into the weekend…