May 29, 2011


My wonderful mother retired on Thursday.  She has worked continuously for over 50 of her 74 years.  She was with the Martin County Property Appraiser for the last 22.  I'm very proud of her.  I know she has had her ups and definitely her downs but has perservered through it all. 

Congratulations Mom, enjoy your retirement, you so deserve it.  I love you.

May 22, 2011


92 degrees at 6:00 p.m.  Even these poor guys are hot!
Notice they parked themselves right near the sprinkler.  I don't care what anyone says, animals are not stupid!  LOL!

May 16, 2011


Photo By Tracey Van Slyke/St. Johns River View
I'm lucky to have this view on my walk every day at lunch.  At this point, I'm at the top of the stadium looking South out towards the St. Johns River.  It was a beautiful day today.  I love this time of year but I know the heat is coming so I enjoy it while I can.

Here is another picture facing West towards our Arena and Minor League Baseball Diamond. 

Photo By Tracey Van Slyke/Arena and Suns' Baseball Stadium
Have a great week!

May 15, 2011


My MIL moved into a condo in a retirement community recently and because she didn't have a lot of room, she gave me her treadle sewing machine.  It's beautiful and in beautiful condition.  However, I'm having a very hard time finding ANY information on it.  It's got the name Cumberland on the sewing machine but no other names or name plates.

Photos by Tracey Van Slyke

The only thing my husband was able to find was a needle model list that lists the Cumberland under the Davis company.  It's also very, very, very similar to the Missouri Model "C" which was sold by Sears in the early 1900's.  However, after searching and searching the internet, we've had zero luck finding anything.  Oh well, we'll keep trying.

Have a great week!

May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to All you Mother's out there!  Especially mine!!  Love you Mom!

May 5, 2011

MORE New Things

Photo by Dan Van Slyke, Jr.
It's been a week of new things.  New baby chickadees and baby finches have made their appearance.  It will also be a new beginning for me.  I received a wonderful promotion last week and I will be starting my new job on June 1st.  I'm very excited, but like these new babies, a little hesitant.  With the new job comes a lot more responsibility and more than likely, more hours at work.  It's ok, I'm up for the challenge.  After all, it's still football. 

My projects have fallen by the wayside the last couple of weeks.  Too much nervous energy to settle down and sew.  Things are finally shifting back to normal so hopefully, I will be able to work on them some this weekend. 

Hope your week is great! 

P.S.  Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there!