Record highs continue for the Sarasota area.....Even though it's too hot for Sparky, it's been pretty pleasant with a nice breeze almost every day. In her younger days, Sparky would have been to the beach every day, soaking up the sun. But not any more, Sparky has to worry about skin cancer after years and years of baking and frying in the sun. So we don't go to the beach hardly at all. Eldo is not a sun worshipper either, so we are in agreement on that one. Don't get us wrong, we both love the beach and the ocean. We just don't want to sit in the sun all day! But we're thinking about having a "beach afternoon" with our Sunbrella sunshade.
We heard on the news this morning about the python hunting challenge. They even have a website for it! Python Challenge 2013. It's a very interesting website. Everything you ever wanted to know about Burmese pythons--how to recognize them, how to humanely kill one, (a shot to the brain which is pretty tiny), stuff like that. If you've been reading the news, Burmese pythons have established themselves in southern Florida and are causing havoc with the eco system. They are eating bobcats and opossums among other animals, and have no known predators in Florida, so they are flourishing. The idea of the contest was to lower the numbers of pythons through a month long hunting contest. You want in? All you have to do is pay 25.00 and take an online training course which consists of mostly looking at photographs of pythons and native protected Florida snakes to learn the differences between them. So far, 500 people have signed up for the hunt, and more are coming....
We went hunting for a different species today...the elusive BARGAIN at the Red Barn Flea Market in Bradenton. The entire market/plaza is open for four days a week through April. The days of operation for the entire market during the winter season are Wed., Fri., Sat./Sun. from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. They don't say how many vendors they have, but it's pretty big...We think the flea market at Webster, FL is a lot bigger. What's nice about the Red Barn, is they have an air conditioned building that houses the bulk of the flea market. They also have a really nice produce section. We thought the produce was much nicer than Webster. But overall, we were very disappointed.
They say one man's trash is another man's treasure, but this person's site left us wondering if they sell anything, it was so messy and dirty!
There were cards, books, car stuff, footwear, game supplies (Mexican Train, dice games), an everything Florida store,
everything from air brushing tee shirts to wigs and wood creations. In there somewhere were some handcrafted, made in America things, but they sure were hard to find! Sparky's favorite store was the seashell store with some cool things she had not seen before...like the "sea cookies"....They look more like sea "buttons" to her.
Symbolism of sand dollar)
Eldo enjoyed looking at all things golf and Betty Boop. Betty Boop was a cartoon character back in the 1930's, a sexy, wide eyed female character with her signature "boop-oop -da- doop" when sexy was not the norm for cartoon characters.
Even with Betty Boop there, it just didn't have the same fun, bargaining atmosphere as the Webster Flea Market, in our humble opinion. We probably won't head back to Red Barn any time soon, unless we think of something we need like "fit-over" sunglasses. They had those, too. Sparky did pick up a few polished stones for wrapping for jewelry pendants, (1.00 each) a pair of hemostats for jewelry making (2.00), a mirror for the baby busy board (1.00) and that was it.
Sparky is still under the weather with a bad cold and cough so that's all we managed to do today.....She's wishing she had gotten a flu shot earlier this fall. Guess the flu is really picking up in the Tampa area....and many other places as well. But best to wait out the remainder of the season, it's about half over, and for sure get one next fall.
Until next time......