Seashells by the seashore

For someone who is not a “collector” I have a lot of seashells. I came across a bag of shells yesterday from my trip to Sanibel Island last June.They were still in the grocery bag that I packed them in. I have a collection of shells at my office which I have separated in piles by where they came from. So there is a pile of shells from the Atlantic, the Gulf, the Pacific.

Sanibel is supposed to be this fabulous place for shelling but I only found pretty ordinary ho hum shells. Top row – Sanibel. The bottom row are shells from Siesta Key, FL from a few years ago.


I have shells in a jar and surrounding a candle in a dish.




I think that I have so many shells because I love how they are all so different and unique depending on the water current and age of the shell.

Sanibel Island 50’s Retro Cottages

What a long night and day getting to Sanibel Island, FL from my home in Portland, OR. Late afternoon brought heavy rain and thunder and lightening.
The cottages where I am staying are really very nice the room is pretty good size however the bathroom is tiny. There is a small kitchen. I just had to take this photo because this is just too cute.
Two burners, sink and behind the door is the fridge. Very 50’s retro looking.

Whoo hoo! I am off to Sanibel Island for a week of vacation!

I am packed and ready to go explore a new beach vacation spot. I leave tonight on a redeye flight to Fort Myers. I have never been to Sanibel Island before. A few years ago I was going to go to Sanibel but a hurricane hit and made it impossible. Instead we went to Siesta Key. I have a bunch of books to read and other than walking the beach looking for shells this will be a totally go with the flow vacation. Actually most of my vacations are that way since for the most part they are usually beach vacations in Mexico or Hawaii.

A friend that I met almost seven years ago on Isla Mujeres, MX lives 8 miles away from Sanibel and she will be picking me up one night to go to dinner. I have only seen Jane when we have been on Isla at the same time. I asked if it wasn’t too touristy could we go to The Bubble Room on Captiva Island? She said sure, that they have interesting scenery there.

The cottages where I will be staying have wifi so I will write some blog posts and upload photos while I am there.
I can’t wait to see the sun. The last week or so has been the Portland Rose Festival. It is the biggest city celebration of the year. There is a carnival, a couple of parades, a queen’s coronation, US and Canadian Navy and Coast Guard ships in town and much more. The local joke is “that don’t worry as soon as Rose Festival is over the sun will come out again.” It has only been in the mid to high 50s and today snow fall was predicted at 4,000 feet.