Sunday, February 26, 2006

Lunch at the G.'s

Sunday started wet and dreary but by mid-morning, though, the sun began to penetrate through the clouds. It was pleasantly cool and windy which made the day all the more delicious!

Fellowshiping and worshiping with believers was good, as usual.

After church we went to Mr. and Mrs. Gianeskis's home for lunch. They're such wonderful hosts; immediately you feel graciously welcomed. Mrs. G, as we call her, has a real gift of hospitality and uses it splendidly - I love to watch her in action! Following a scrumptious meal we went on a walk along a nature trail that lead to Lake Tarpon. As you'll witness in the following pictures (I can't resist bringing the camera along when nature and people are intertwined) our final destination was a dock looking out to the natural lake. We saw a few boats...and some wildlife. :o)

Can you see the alligator? It's that dark log shaped thing floating on a huge styrofoam cube through the grass... Now I wish I'd "zoomed" in more.

There's such a magically captivating feeling that heavily resides in a forest of pine trees dripping with Spanish moss. Some may disagree with me, seeing nothing special in a semi-swamp. Don't ask me to explain why I so fondly embrace the breeding grounds of mosquitoes and alligators; but! it's something that I've come to treasure about Florida. Yet, nothing enhances the ambiance more then an aged and worn board-walk cutting through the trees, pressing you on to explore what's beyond the next eighty degree turn up ahead.

The picture right above is of Jesse, the G's dog. He's older, loves food, and faithfully willing to give a "smile" through a wag of his tail. I rather like how the picture came out, though I wish his ears had been forward... Oh, and yes, Merritt is wearing her "Indian" dress. :o)

My daddy.


Mr. G. had some wonderful stories to tell of growing up here in Florida - a canoe trip down an alligator infested river when the black of night seemed almost impenetrable, "borrowing" watermelon from a farmer, running away to an abandoned shack near the gulf and traveling alone on a bus to visit relatives living across the state.

On Saturday we had a Father/Daughter breakfast for all the girls attending the Bright Lights Bible study. I believe we all had a wonderful time! One father shared from the Word, Daddy shared what he'd prepared and then soon all the fathers were commenting and giving their insights. Many of the girls made the breakfast goodies they'd brought, which provided a wonderful opportunity for the fathers to openly praise the girls about their cooking/baking. I saw more than one beaming face! Here's a picture of our breakfast banquet table (situated in our church kitchen)...

Yesterday, I got Cale to pose for me...kind of looks "L.L. Bean-ish" (or Elvis-like with that hair-do). (LOL!)

Enjoy your day!



At Monday, February 27, 2006 7:54:00 PM, Blogger DGGreen said...

Hey Cale "GQ" Owen: don't quit your day job :-)

At Monday, March 06, 2006 10:37:00 AM, Anonymous joanna said...

So i definately love seeing pictures. and if you want the ones i have. go to my site. and you can pretty much steal them from me the ones of you and i uh. lets just say. no thanks:) we both look. like we've spent the day at the beach and can barely keep our eyes open. although a day at the beach DOES sound nice. so i think over spring break we should go somewhere. out of the ordinary. like. ft De Sota. eh??
k vell have a super splendid one :)

At Monday, March 20, 2006 3:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are really cute pics that you take!!! lol!!! I try to look them up frequently!!! ttul

At Tuesday, June 06, 2006 1:47:00 PM, Anonymous SkywalkEr said...

awesome pictures cool/funny picture of Cale!! ttul8tr


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