In My Sights

Just BEING More!

I spend too much time asking questions and lose my focus, especially the impossible to answer ones! 

  • What About What?
  • Why The Why?

Here’s to questioning and thinking less and just being! Worrying and stressing does not make a positive and productive being. Getting out of your own head as well as getting out of your own way. Stop going in circles and get off the wheel!


Getting OFF the Wheel!

Peace

Slowing down the pace helps you find your calmer as well as saner being! You can communicate the love, kindness and caring to yourself again. You can connect to your breathe and find balance again. You can interact with your whole being from the inside out!

Discover what speaks to you in finding peace, especially inner peace! Doing what you love. Becoming one with nature. Being creative and playful!

Remember to shift out of auto pilot and into a lower gear!


Open Road and Shifting Gears . . .

Play

Have FUN! Be curious and explore. Find that positive energy and inspiring pulse. Discover your happy and what works best for you!

Project and promote what you want to be in your life! Dream and create. Use your imagination. Be open to ALL possibilities! 

Engage ALL your senses! 


Play Time = FUN! Time

Pleasure

Sometimes we are way too focused on the what, the why, the how, the where, etc!

Take pleasure in being more! Focus on the task at hand and be in that moment. Do what you love to do and continue to do more of it! Focus on the joy, the love and the happiness it brings you.

Remember the “why” and go for “what” you want and need as well as dream and desire!

Quality vs. Quantity. Abundance vs. Comfort.


Pure BLISS! (Photos by RSheridan)

Place BEING More In Your Sights Today and BE In The Moment Today – Enjoy!


Releasing

Reclaiming

I have put the pressure on the down low lately! To have and do more. It is exhausting and it feels like I am going backwards instead of forwards in my practice and progress! That pushing and thinking the harder I push the better off I will be. NOT! 

I made the decision to stop and slow down for a change of pace! Discovering calm and balance and freedom. Discovering inspiration and motivation and passion. Talk about finding YOU again by going within yourself! 


A Little Stopping and Slowing Down (S&S)

I was OVER the OVER Everything and Anything! 

I am nurturing and nourishing my whole being! What do I need and giving it to myself. What is no longer serving me and letting it go. I am a loving and caring being. I am healthier and happier. I am reclaiming myself and discovering a personal freedom in stopping, slowing down, releasing, and just letting go!

I am learning, growing and experiencing! Mistakes and failures are learning opportunities. Weaknesses into strengths. I will embrace and practice to progress!


Being . . . Caring . . . Loving . . .

To love yourself is not to be selfish.

If the inside is nurtured, the outside will flourish. ~Unknown

I am listening to my body, following my heart and trusting my gut! Tuning into my intuitions. Tapping into my gifts and talents. I am choosing to come from a place of love!

I am where I need to be on my journey in living my life! There is no map and no directions. There is no right or wrong or even perfect. I am doing what I love and what feels right to me!

I am reconsidering my commitments and learning to say no more! I want to be in the present moment doing what I want to be doing. I need to serve myself first so I can be there to help others. I am giving up to grow and gain in so many other ways!


Exploring . . . Adventuring . . . Journeying . . . (Photos by RSheridan)

What Are You Releasing? What Are You Reclaiming? How Have You Grown and Gained In Doing So? Love To Hear, Please Share Your Thoughts!


Sawgrass Lake Park

The Green Of Nature Is Calling

Sawgrass Lake Park. Open every day from 7 a.m. to sunset.

Sawgrass Lake

400 acres of maple swamp!

  • Education center
  • Boardwalk and nature trail
  • Observation tower
  • Birds (Herons, egrets, ibis, wood storks, etc.)
  • Gators
  • Fauna and Flora
  • Butterflies and Insects

There is a mile-long boardwalk to keep visitors out of the water and away from the gators.

Birds

Ahinga

Egrets

Heron

Fauna


My FAVORITE Photo!

Flora

Gators

Need to go back because the gators were hiding!


No Gators Basking in the Sun!

Insects

This grasshopper was big as well as colorful.

Close Encounters With the Creepy! These spiders are true engineers with their web building – WOW!

Lizards

Scat

A raccoon was here.

Water

Loved the reflections!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Exploring and Becoming One With Nature!


I Am

Who I Am!

I recently read an article by Elyssa Jakim and it resonated so LOUDLY with me! Making peace and reclaiming yourself and the world you live in. Breaking down boundaries to reconnect with yourself and who you are. Just Being You!

“So let’s get weird, let’s get big,

let’s love without boundaries, let’s defy the odds

and be vulnerable. Let’s take up our space.

We deserve it. We’re worth it.” ~Elyssa Jakim

I was thinking about the following while reading the article.

Releasing and Reclaiming . . .

  • What do I need to release and let go of in my life?
  • What do I want to reclaim in living my life?
  • Protection . . . Permissions . . . What am I holding back on?

Living and Loving . . .

  • Life is messy as well as can be simple.
  • Does love come naturally or not?
  • Emotions, space, worthiness, and most of all love and being loved.

Asking and Questioning . . .

  • Just the simple asking what I need as well as what others need.
  • That inner dialogue with your self. That inner critic, negative nelly, debbie downer, grumpy gus, etc. that rears its ugly head at times versus listening to and following your instincts and intuition.
  • There is no normal, right?!? I am who I am!

I tend to ask myself one question now, “Do I care or do I not care about xyz?” I either take care of it or move on. That self confidence to be self aware. To take charge and make the best decision!

What Are Your Thoughts? Love To Hear, Please Share!


Doing the Shuffle

Shuffleboard That Is!

St. Petersburg Shuffle Board Club. 559 Mirror Lake Drive North. A great sense of community with people of all ages playing! Family-friendly night of FUN.

The St. Pete Shuffle happens on Fridays from 7 to 11 p.m.! A St. Petersburg tradition since 2005. FREE, first come first served and weather permitting.

This is the hip and happening place to be on a Friday Night! Plus it makes a great date night activity too. I have never seen so many shuffleboard courts in one place! 

I enjoyed trying it! We asked a volunteer to help us get set up on a court and show us how to play. Playing it is a whole new game once you have mastered the rules and scoring!

  • Tangs are the cues to push the biscuits (aka weighted discs), which sends the biscuits gliding down a narrow and elongated court.
  • There is one tang (cue) for each player.
  • There are 8 biscuits (discs); 4 yellow and 4 black.
  • The purpose is getting the biscuits to come to a rest within the triangular marked scoring area at the far end of the court.
  • NEVER step on the court. Use the walkways along the court.
  • The game is played in matches of 4, 6 or 8 frames (a frame is both players or teams taking their turns. OR There is also the 75-point-match in which the player that reaches 75 points first is the winner.
  • The competitive nature of shuffleboard is in deflecting the opposition’s biscuits out of zones with a positive value as well as increasing your own points by landing biscuits into areas of high point value.
  • The biscuit cannot touch any part of the borders of the triangle. This is a loss of 5 points.
  • The top of the triangle is worth 10 points with the second section of the triangle worth 8 points with the third section of the triangle worth 7 points. The bottom of the triangle is a minus 10 points.

The St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club

A Shuffleboard Court is 52 feet over all in length, 39 feet from baseline to baseline and 6 feet wide. Those dimensions were standardized in 1928 when the four-year-old club realized that it was time to end the confusion of rules that varied from club to club across Florida. A club committee worked out a standardized set of rules that governed not only the play of the game but the specifications of disks and cues, and the dimensions of the court.

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Interesting Fact:  The center line running through the scoring triangles became informally known as Central Avenue, named for St. Petersburg’s main street.

Shuffleboard arrived in St. Petersburg in 1923. In 1924 the St. Petersburg Mirror Lake Park Shuffleboard Club began with two shuffleboard courts in Mirror Lake Park.

In 1927 the first clubhouse was built.  By 1929 the club had 2,588 members. The clubhouse was expanded in 1931. The membership roster in 1931 listed people from 41 states and two foreign countries; Canada and Scotland. In 1932 the club changed its name to the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. In 1937 another building was added to accommodate the bridge club and social gatherings. In 1938 a new clubhouse opened for the club. The club reached 5000 members in 1944.

In 1994 the city’s historic preservation office designated the club, its buildings and courts a historic landmark.

Club membership was down to 35 members ten years ago from 6,000 members.

In 2005 a group of young artists, known as the The Artillery, took up the game and joined forces with preservationists to host Friday night games. The public was invited to play for free on Friday nights. Today the club has hundreds of members by introducing the game to a new generation.

I felt like I stepped back into time to the 1920’s! The strings of white lights dangling over a set of courts. Taking that first step into the club house to get some tangs and biscuits. Walking to the court for the first time with a volunteer helping us out and showing us the ropes. The green benches and chalkboards at each court. There is even a grandstand! 

I am all for adventuring, especially when it is free and I can bring my own cooler! It is quite the workout too. I was sore the next day in finding new muscles while trying/playing shuffleboard!

Who is Up for Trying Something New & Adventuring On? Yes, Please! 


Myakka River State Park

Going Florida Native and WILD!

Myakka River State Park is one of the oldest and largest state parks in Florida. The Myakka River flows through 58 miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. The landscape is DIVERSE and you will see the local and native WILDLIFE, especially Gators! 13208 State Road 72 in Sarasota, Florida.


Welcome!


The Green Jungle

The park offers:

  • A boardwalk that stretches out over the Upper Myakka Lake.
  • A canopy walkway in the treetops.
  • Boating, canoeing and kayaking.
  • Fishing.
  • Hiking.
  • Daily scenic lake tours on airboats.
  • Safari tram tours of the park’s backcountry (offered mid-December through May).
  • Campgrounds and camping.

The Buzzards – Watch Out!

Scenic Lake Tour


The Early Birds Get the BEST Seats!


Heading Out On the Boat

The Canopy Walkway

Birds A Plenty

Gators Galore


Mama Gator with Babies On Her Head


(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Adventuring!


Light Up Your Life

Share Your SPARKLE!

Do you light up your world by doing what lights you up? I am just curious. We all are journeying along on our paths and creating our stories along the way! 


Traveling . . .

I find my world opening up more when I share or someone else shares their unique gifts and talents! That tapping into and tuning into is special and adds dimension. I feel inspired, motivated and most of all energized! I feel calmer, lighter and happier.

I am expanding my little world by learning, growing and gaining life experiences! It is about being in the moment and soaking it in. It is about listening to yourself from within, nurturing your spirit and nourishing your whole being! 


Opening . . .

  • What inspires and motivates and energizes you?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What are some of your favorite hobbies?
  • What do you get lost in and realize hours and hours have passed by?
  • What are some things you practice to progress your whole being?

If you LOVE something, DO IT! CRAVE It! Get OUT there and try NEW! things!


Loving . . .

For me it is about the communication, interaction and connection with myself and others! Being curious and discovering. Sharing and exploring. Expanding and experiencing!

For me it is about a journey of self and uncovering more about myself! Setting practices to process and progress. Discovering my own unique gifts and talents. Doing what makes me feel good!

For me it is about playing and having FUN again! Letting my inner child out. Seeking and enjoying. Doing what I love and wanting to do more of what I love! 


Playing . . . (Photos by RSheridan)

Remember to Take 5 Minutes Each and Every Day to Light Up Your World! Remember to Play and Just Have FUN! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share!


Beer School

Brewing Beer

We went to Beer Camp and now we have been to Beer School to learn how to brew beer! I enjoy tasting craft beers and have wanted to get more hands on with the process. Talk about a FUN Experience! I cannot wait to do it again and soon.

The Brewing Process:

  • Brewing the Beer.
  • Cooling and Fermenting.
  • Priming and Bottling.
  • Conditioning and Aging.
  • The BEST Part of the Process – Tasting and Drinking!

Brewing the Beer


Going to the Grain Grinder


The Grain Grinder


The Grinded Grain in a Sock


The Amber Beer Recipe


Getting Ready to Brew


Steeping the Grains


The Grain Sock is attached to the pot & the lid on.


Ready to Brew


Brewing


Grain Sock Comes Out


Sugar Time ( I wanted to start singing the song Sugar by Adam Levine)


Mixing in the Sugar


Sugar Blended and On To the Next Step


Hops


Here are the Hops Out of the Bag (aka Hop Pellets)


Brewing . . .


Brewing . . .

Cooling and Fermenting

The hot brew (aka the wort) is cooled to room temperature and transferred to a fermenter. Once the mixture drops to room temperature, yeast is added to start the fermentation process. The key part of this process is cleanliness and sanitation since the wort can be easily infected by bacteria in this state.


Cooling the Brew


Adding of the Yeast Once Brew is Cooled

Priming and Bottling

Beer Here!

The airlock container used to keep the fermenter sealed is opened after 1 to 2 weeks of fermentation. Again cleanliness and sanitation is key in the bottling process.


Not So Pretty

Priming sugars are mixed with the beer before bottling. I missed this process because I was busy sanitizing bottles.


Much Better – Amber Liquid!

Bottling Beer


Filling One Bottle At A Time . . .

I had my hands full of bottle caps, so was not able to capture that part of the process. The bottle caps are kept in sanitizer. So wet hands and cameras do not mix well together.

Conditioning and Aging


Bottles of Goodness (Photos by RSheridan)

The bottled beer will be stored in a dry, dark space to age for about 2 weeks. You do not want to introduce the bottled beer to sunlight or light during the aging process. During the aging process the yeast will ferment with the priming sugar to create carbon dioxide. Goodbye! Flat Beer and Hello! Carbonated Beer! Also, sediments and proteins will drop out of the beer during aging to enhance the flavor of the beer.

Tasting and Drinking

Pop a few bottles in the fridge and get ready to taste and enjoy! I will follow up with a post on the taste test part of the process. So stay tuned!

Cheers! Prost/Zum wohl! Cin cin! Slainte!

Is There Something You Want To Try To Make? Have You Tried Your Hand Already In Making Something? Love To Hear Your Experiences, Please Share!


Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center

Big Bend Power Station

Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center. 6990 Dickman Road, Apollo Beach, Florida. Open November 1st through April 15th. FREE Admission and Parking. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

Hanging Out In Big Bend’s Discharge Canal

A state and federally designated manatee sanctuary. Learn about manatees and its habitat. Learn about how the power station generates electricity for the community in an environmentally responsible way. Learn how the power station prepares and responds to major storms, especially hurricanes.

Viewing Area

Those are not stones, but manatees!

Native & Coastal

Stroll along the tidal walk. Native and Coastal plant life. Butterfly gardens.

Like One BIG, GREEN Jungle!

 

Habitat Loop Trail

Check out natural Florida. Seeing the estuary below was a favorite of mine. On a clear day you can see all the way across Tampa Bay.

There is a boardwalk that takes you to the wildlife observation tower (50-foot-high vantage point). Climbing up to the tower is a commitment and for someone not scared of heights. The boardwalk was built to minimize the impact on the natural environment.

About a half-mile walk, so wear good walking shoes.


(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Arm Chair Traveling – Enjoy!!!


Clearwater Beach, FL

Beach Bliss

Clearwater Beach is a barrier island along the Gulf. Linked on the south by a short bridge is Sand Key, which is also a barrier island.

Pier 60

Pier 60, named for State Road 60 which ends in Clearwater Beach. There is a daily event called Sunsets at Pier 60, which includes street performers and musical acts. On the pier is a nightly display of goods sold by local artisans.

Beach Walk

The Beach Walk is located just south of Pier 60.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Home of Winter, the bottlenose dolphin featured in the movie Dolphin Tale.

 
(Photos by RSheridan)


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