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Sunday, August 23, 2015


Today I took the opportunity to do some exploring while Jorge was in Chicago.
I had heard about the Riverside Arts Market from some locals.
So before the weather got really hot, I headed out.
It is conveniently located of I-95 and I-10
under the Fuller Warren Bridge.

The market has many artists from handmade pottery,
paintings and jewelry, to silk-screened shirts and unique accessories.
It has a large Farmer's Market as well as artisan
breads, gourmet spreads, fresh cheeses, and delicious food.
The market has three stages that have live performances.
There was also lots of choices of what to eat for lunch.

 The dog's name is Sparky and I was at a booth
checking out their sauces and he decided
that I needed to pet him and he let me know it.
He took his paw to make his point clear.

 I decided to have my lunch here.
I was so delicious.

 One of the performers juggling bowling pins.

 These were middle school students from the Ronan School of Music.
They did very well.  I enjoyed their performance.

 These are all made out of wine works.

 He was preparing to perform a trick with the help of two people from the audience.

 I found Colts fans!

My finds at the Market.

I enjoyed my time there and I plan on going back.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Yesterday I was out and about learning more
about Jacksonville and the place where we plan to live.
One of the places that I stopped
is a quilt shop called Calico Station.
The shop is a beautiful place with a wonderful staff.

1857 Wells Road
Orange Park, Florida 32073

 They are a Bernina dealer.

 Their classroom is nice, large, and roomy.

The shop has a very nice selection of fabric and patterns.
I'm most definitely coming back to this shop.

Friday, August 14, 2015


When my husband I have gone to Red Lobster,
we both love eating their cheddar biscuits.
So for tonight's dinner I decided to make them.
I looked for the recipe online and found one.

The biscuits turned out delicious!
They taste just like the ones at Red Lobster.
It is a copyrighted recipe so I'll give you the link.


There is only so much I can in the apartment
before my mind goes bonkers.
The weather today was very hot and humid.
But I ventured out anyway.
I intended on going to a quilt shop
but I wrote the wrong name on my GPS and it took me some place else.
As I was heading to what I thought was the quilt shop,
I passed this antique store and so I decided to stop.

The Antique Market of San Jose
5107 San Jose Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207

 Beautiful display of silver.

 This quilt is from the late 1880's.
On the lower left corner are the initials of someone.
I'm assuming it's the person who made the quilt.

 This is a beautiful wood checker/chess board.
I was so amazed at the detailed handiwork.

 Sunbonnet Sue from a 1930's quilt.

There were many items that I fell in love with
but I exercised extreme self-control.

Thursday, August 13, 2015


Today I had the opportunity to have coffee
with one of my CRU girls at Starbucks.
It was wonderful getting together with her.

After we said our goodbyes, I started on the road
and I found this beautiful antique store.
At first, I thought it was a small one.
Boy, was I ever wrong!
I was in there for two hours!
They even have a restaurant 
and the food smelled absolutely delicious.

The antique store has a wide variety of antiques.
I could have spent more hours looking
at all of the items that are there.
There was clothing, jewelry, furniture,
old tools, toys, and other fine things.

There were pieces of furniture that I really
fell in love and would love to have it.
I just wasn't willing to pay the price.

8101 Philips Highway
Jacksonville, FL 32257

 Coffee time at Starbucks.

 One of the many sterling silver displays at the store.


 These are toys.
The work in these items was outstanding.

 The ladies bathroom.

 My finds at the store.
These are things that I wanted to get
that go along with my dishes.

I also found these cookie cutters.
I'll be making cookies to send out to Afghanistan.