Blue Springs Florida Getaway

Blue Springs Florida Getaway

Blue Springs State Park in Florida is the “winter home to the manatee”.  During the summer months you can catch a manatee hanging out there, but during the winter, the spring run is filled up with manatees enjoying the consistent temperature of the spring water.

If you are thinking about visiting:

They have cabins and campgrounds available. There are 6 cabins surrounded by woods.  Each (as far as I know) has a front porch, 2 bedrooms, one bathroom, kitchen, dining table, family room, air conditioning, and a gas fireplace that is shut off in summer months.  Outside each is a grill, table, and fire pit. There is a camp store on property that has small items you may have forgotten/need and a sandwich shop.  Right next to the camp store is a souvenir shop and a place to rent tubes for the spring. The Blue Spring Park has picnic tables scattered in several areas and a large covered pavilion.  There is a wood/sidewalk boardwalk along the length of the spring run with look out areas scattered throughout. There are hand rails on the hill portions at a height that appears designed to assist wheelchair users.  There are 2 main areas with access to the swim area and are spaced so that you can put in at one spot and relax to let the current take you to the second access point if you wish.  I did not notice a way for a wheelchair to access the swim out areas but I also did not ask the park staff about options, so please contact the park to inquire if you are planning a visit. (link to park website)  Everyone I spoke at Blue Springs was really nice and more than helpful.

Blue Springs empties into the St. John’s River and there are kayak, canoe and boat tours available from inside the park.  I have been on a couple of boat tours (from outside tour companies) over the years, and it really is a wonderful way to see the area.  The tours last around 2 hours and your are almost 100% sure to see birds, turtles, gators, and plenty of various foliage.

I posted a camera about 20 feet outside a cabin and caught some good images.

During my visit, the swim area was closed for all but the last morning due to a gator hanging out in the safety zone.  I saw the trappers looking for him the first night I was there but they did not catch up to him until the second night.  A local resident, that has been swimming there every day for years, told the story of how an old time gator had killed a friend a couple years ago.  The gator had been around back when it was common for people to feed gators.  The theory was that after the victim, and a couple of others, swam past him and did not feed him, that the gator got mad and went after them.

I heard this story right after I had just enjoyed a quick dip in the spring.  I was the only one around when the rangers had opened the swim area and could not resist.  The current is a little more noticeable in this spring compared to others that I have been to, so I am sure the tubing is popular.

The sunrise photos were taken from the east coast of Florida that looks to have escaped a direct hit by the hurricane.  Blue Springs State Park was closing early the day I left due to Hurricane Dorian.

(Warning Spiders 🙂

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Campaign, Election, & Voting Songs – Crowd source

Campaign, Election, & Voting Songs – Crowd source

Back in 2014 I posted some retirement songs and then asked for suggestions.

Today I ask of the blog-o-sphere a crowd source list of songs for election,campaign, and voting events.  What would be a good song to listen to on the way to vote?  If you have any political song suggestions (serious, funny, or ironic) please add them in comments!

 

 

Vote – Blazer Fresh

Born to Run -Bruce Springsteen

Only In America – Brooks & Dunn

We Shall be Free – Garth Brooks

Hall of Fame – The Script ft. will.i.am

Roar – Katy Perry

The Voting song – Towler

American Idiot – Green Day

Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who

America – West side Story

An Officer and a Gentleman Ending

God Bless the U.S.A. – Lee Greenwood

Star Spangled Banner – Whitney Houston

The Time of My Life – Dirty Dancing; Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes

We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel

Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)

Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young

Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston

We Are One – Runaground

From Suggestions in Comments (Update):

Shadow Government – They Might Be Giants

Democracy – Leonard Cohen

Turbulence – Warren Zevon

Fergus Laing – Richard Thompson

The Werewolf – Paul Simon

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker

Acrylic Pouring and Social Media

There is no update on all of the invention projects.  Everything seems to be in a holding pattern.  Apparently, the world doesn’t work on my timeline <sigh>.

I have been keeping myself busy with art, Instagram (@activeartpassions), and YouTube.

It is really amazing that people do these things so well while working full time.  The YouTube learning curve so far includes:

Taking video, audio mixing (voice on video, voice overs, music), video editing, adding in special shots to make it more interesting if possible, go to the website that makes special thumbnails so people will want to click on your video just by seeing the little picture, affiliate links for products in the video (currently using Michael’s, Zazzle, and Amazon).  I don’t expect people to be clicking all over these now, but I do not want to have to go back to videos later and add them if  one of the videos get popular.

The videos are of something I would be doing anyway….or, maybe, they push me to do what I want to be doing and not procrastinate myself out of it.

I shall continue my home study courses in art, video production, marketing, and product development.  My sabbatical leave focused on new areas of study.

Behind the scenes look:  I do NOT naturally talk as fast as I do in the videos.  I speed up most if not all of the videos.  I also slow/speed up the music sometimes.

Career Choice: Introvert Inventor

The ever changing healthcare system has restructured me into a new opportunity.

I have the chance to spend some time focusing on some passion projects and leave the medical charting world….at least for awhile.

If you have followed me long enough, you know that this is not the first time that I have been fired, let go…my position has been eliminated. (Fired by Shakespeare)

The last surprise vacation, I was still on antibiotics for Lyme and vowed to rest and recover.  I did rest, somewhat.  I started perusing job postings and developing a plan almost immediately. I logged about a month of being off antibiotics before I started back to work.

Since I am feeling much better than I did then, I am going into my unplanned vacation with a little more confidence.  I have a plan.  Not one in stone, more like firm Jello.

Over the past couple months, I started to have some ideas for inventions.  The first is already in the: writing a patent application phase.  The other two ideas are not yet inventions.  They are bubbling around my head with a hundred variables of how to approach a problem.  Now is the time to really focus on them.  My hope is that I can get them developed enough that I can get to at least the “patent pending” stage on all of them prior to having to return to work.  Of course, it would be great if that happened more quickly and the first companies I pitch were in shock at my genius and just started throwing money, begging me to allow them the honor of producing my world changing items.  I have assigned myself next Monday as the day to send the second sprout over to my intellectual property (IP) attorney.  I needed to set a date because the longer I work with it, the more complicated I am making it.  Also, I want to make sure that I do not send it too early.  More than once, I was going to send something over that would have lacked enough detail, wasting everyone’s time.  It is much more complicated than the first sprout, so I need to make sure that I present it properly and in a much more organized way than what is going on in my head.

In the mean time, I am also painting more.  It’s fun experimenting with different techniques and learning a lot along the way.  The product is being altered in Light room and/or Photoshop to try to clean it up a bit and to morph it into something that can be put on a shirt, poster, key chain, mouse pad….whatever.

I have a store on Zazzle that has a few different groupings or collections.  The one with more of the painting based ones are here:  Active Art

Sites like this are not really big money makers for most people.  It is a way to share things that I create and if I tag them right, maybe I can make a few bucks while I hustle for licensing deals.  Can’t wait for ugly sweater season to approach.  I’ll have to come up with a few for that. Maybe Benny will get a new look.

Benny The Turtle PosterBennyHat

BTW–If I can’t get a nibble from a company about one of the sprouts, I may try some social media stuff to see if anyone would be interested in it.  Stay tuned….but it may be a couple.

The storm outside is building up a second blow, so I am going to publish before I lose internet again.

 

 

 

 

Monarch

Monarch

My latest art project has been completed!!

It started with an acrylic pour technique to establish the backdrop for the main character.  The layers built from there using combinations of different mediums. A bit of digital adjusting thrown in at the end to add the finishing touch.

There is a silent army of backyard monarch enthusiasts.  They create optimal conditions for monarchs and watch as hundred of monarchs fly away each year. A milkweed buffet is prepared and maintained. Watch is kept to deter predators, like wasps, from over harvesting.

Some general information about monarch butterflies

Thanks for stopping by!

Monarch3bjpg

 

Mother’s day gift chosen by recipient 🙂

https://www.zazzle.com/z/lbumg

https://www.zazzle.com/store/active_art

 

Find the Music

Find the Music

A lot of people I know are musicians.  People I grew up with, family, friends. When someone brings out an instrument, you know something good is going to happen.  I have never seen anyone set strings on their lap and then start an argument.  Maybe, Dueling Banjos.

 

I keep trying out new ways of adding texture and depth.  This was a lot of fun to play with.  I hope you can hear some music in it.

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Guitar Heat Poster

https://www.zazzle.com/guitar_heat_poster-256733725730517827