As usual, Sanibel Island was beautiful, sunny and warm. My two sisters and I and my parents had a great time together. We visited several beaches, talked, laughed, collected shells and made some shell mirrors. One of my sisters and my nephew got me addicted to the game Plants vs. Zombies and I played it far too much. If you have a tablet or an iPad, try it. The game is a blast.
On Wednesday, we took a ferry to the island Cayo Costa. It's a pretty isolated island and we went for the shelling.
The view was pretty nice, too. I was hunting for Baby Ears. I've only ever found them on Cayo Costa.
That trip wiped me out. Between the sun, the wind and all the fresh air, I was exhausted by the time we got back. I slept nine and a half hours that night. I was tired but the adventure and the shells were worth it.
When I wasn't shelling, I was working on a couple of shell mirrors. Some of the shells I found on the beach, some I bought, some were given to me and some were left-over shells from last year. It takes more shells to cover a mirror than you might think. (I borrowed my mom's hot glue gun to affix the shells to the frame.)
First, I sprayed the frame white. The mirror needs to be cleaned yet; some of the paint got under the paper I used to cover the mirror.
I decided to use last year's mirror and this year's mirrors to decorate my "new" bathroom. Objects work better in odd numbers which meant I needed to make another mirror:
This time I didn't paint the frame white. I wanted it to disappear in the background. The round mirror is only 7 or 8 inches in diameter. It's a cute little thing.
Speaking of bathrooms, this is what greeted me when I got home last night:
A completed shower surround...
and a tiled floor. It's now my job to paint the bathroom. I picked up the paint today. Now I need to prep the walls: fill any holes, sand down any high points, take down the towel rods, vacuum the bathroom and wipe down the walls, and finally tape off the edges and cover all the nice new tiling and the new toilet to protect them from any wayward drops of paint.
I'm both happy to be home (I really missed my babies) and sad that Florida has now been replaced with cold, clouds and snow. It was great to spend time with my sisters and parents. We laughed a lot and had a great time. I really love my family a lot. No one gets you like your family does. You share the same sense of humor and know the same stories. I really miss them now that I'm home. I can't wait until next year.