The Wasps Have Been Busy

I don’t think I’ll be sitting out on my Lanai, anytime soon.

It looks like the wasps have been busy.

Paper Wasp Nest

The Paper Wasp Nest has more than quadrupled in size, and may still be growing.

Paper Wasp Nest

The Mud Dauber Nests have gotten a lot bigger too!

Mud Dauber Nest

Mud Dauber Nest

And this may be the start of yet another one.

Mud Dauber Nest

Wasp Nest Meme

We’re gonna have to have a serious discussion about screening in the porch.

A Battle of Wills

So… Liesl decided she wanted to sleep in bed with us tonight. She knows she’s not allowed unless she’s invited, which is a rare occasion. There’s just no room for all of us. I hollered, begged and pleaded, dragged her off… It was a battle of wills, and I stood my ground. Until, finally… A victory!

A Battle of Wills

I guess I’m sleeping on the couch tonight. Sigh…

A Rainy Day in Tarpon Springs

We had a super fun, rainy day in Tarpon Springs.

Tarpon Springs

For more information on Mother Meres and her mural, click on the photo to The Garden Fairies site.

Mad Hatter General Store

Our first stop was to the Mad Hatter General Store. To say that I love this store is an understatement.

Mad Hatter General Store

The store is a mix of steampunk, clothing boutique/Alice in Wonderland, vintage reproductions/whimsical what-nots, Made in the USA stuff, and hats. Lots and lots of hats!

Mad Hatter General Store

Mad Hatter General Store

I seriously want everything in there. I can’t go unsupervised.

Mad Hatter General Store

My husband was modeling the hats for me. And yes, I bought this one.

The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

After checking out a few more shops and antique stores, we headed over to the Sponge Docks.

The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

We got caught in a downpour, so we had to run for cover. Unfortunately, we couldn’t even make it to a shop.

The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

Hellas Restaurant and Bakery

After the rain stopped, we wandered over to Hellas for an awesome Greek meal.

Hellas Restaurant and Bakery

Hellas Restaurant and Bakery

We had Hummus and Pita Bread for an appetizer. Yum!

Hellas Restaurant and Bakery

I made the mistake of ordering a Chocolate, Baklava Martini before dinner arrived. It was very good, very naughty and very strong.

Hellas Restaurant and Bakery

Hellas Restaurant and Bakery

Hellas Restaurant and Bakery

The food is really, really good here.

Hellas Restaurant and Bakery

Hellas Restaurant and Bakery

And then I got a Strawberry Sangria with dinner…

Hellas Restaurant and Bakery

Hellas Restaurant and Bakery

Hellas Restaurant and Bakery

We didn’t forget about Dessert. You can’t go to Hellas without getting Dessert. Nope!

Hellas Restaurant and Bakery

I had the Cannoli cake, and hubby had the Tiramisu. Both were excellent. The boys were being pills and skipped it. SMH…

Hellas Restaurant and Bakery

Hellas Restaurant and Bakery

After we ate, we did a little more shopping, and then settled down for what we were hoping would be a relaxing cruise up the Anclote River.

The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

It looks like they’re ready for Fall!  I’d better get hopping with my decorations too.

The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

Even though it had already rained, it was still pretty warm and humid. I was looking forward to the cool breeze from the boat ride. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. This was one of those times.

The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs

Boat Cruise in Tarpon Springs

Hey, look at that guy! I dunno for sure… But it looks like he’s spent too much time out in the sun. That’s what happens when you don’t use sunblock!

Boat Cruise in Tarpon Springs

Boat Cruise in Tarpon Springs

Boat Cruise in Tarpon Springs

Boat Cruise in Tarpon SpringsThe cruise started off great!

Boat Cruise in Tarpon Springs

Boat Cruise in Tarpon Springs

Boat Cruise in Tarpon Springs

Boat Cruise in Tarpon Springs

Beneath the 12 Mile Reef

This house was used in the movie, “Beneath the 12 mile reef.”

Boat Cruise in Tarpon Springs

Anclote Key State Park

We passed by Anclote Key State Park...

Anclote Key State Park

Boat Cruise in Tarpon Springs

Boat Cruise in Tarpon Springs

Boat Cruise in Tarpon Springs

The Pelicans were chilling out on the Sandbar, and we had a great view of the Anclote Key Lighthouse.

Anclote Key Lighthouse

Boat Cruise in Tarpon Springs

Anclote Key Lighthouse

And then all of a sudden… Out of nowhere…

A Storm's a Comin'

A big squall came through. We ran for cover to the back of the boat, but it didn’t make any difference. The wind was gusting, the boat was rocking back and forth (to the point where it felt like it would tip over,) the rain was coming in sideways… This was a big one. Wow!

Storm's a Comin'

People were screaming, little kids were crying. It was Crazy! All I could think about was not getting my pocket-book and camera wet. I put my camera in my bag and sandwiched it between me and my husband. Amidst the chaos, I’m pretty sure we were the only ones who thought it was funny, and who were laughing hysterically.  For me it was just par for the course. Business as usual. Things like this happen to us all the time. It took a while for them to batten down the hatches, and pull down the plastic windows. By then it was too late, we were all soaked to the bone.

Storm's a Comin'

Storm's a Comin'

Once things calmed down a bit, and we were headed back in, the captain shouted “Free Beer on us!” Lol. It made some folks happy.

Storm's a Comin'

Storm's a Comin'

Uggh!!! I felt like a drowned rat. I definitely wasn’t hot anymore.

Storm's a Comin'

We stopped to rescue a family with two young children, who were stranded on their small boat. I suspect the engine was flooded. Poor babies.

Storm's a Comin'

By the time we made it back in, the storm had passed.

Boat Cruise in Tarpon Springs

Boat Cruise in Tarpon Springs

We overhead the captain telling another guy, and I quote, “it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a waterspout like that.”  Wait, what??? Waterspout? Sigh…

Boat Cruise in Tarpon Springs

Boat Cruise in Tarpon Springs

Boat Cruise in Tarpon Springs

None the Worse for the Wear

We arrived back to land a little frazzled, but none the worse for the wear. They gave us a non-expiring rain check for next time. I think we’ll wait a little while before a do-over.