It started by my son-in-law Terrell, going into the gulf water at the Venice beach by Sharkey’s restaurant with a Florida snow shovel, bringing up sand from the ocean floor and piling it on the beach beside me as I bask in the sun.
We had just closed on the Florida home I had sold to this delightful couple from Pennsylvania. After they moved she called and asked me to come to her new home.
She explained to me that they had closed out their business before moving to Florida and was showing me some things that hadn’t sold. One was a little very old Shirley Temple doll about 11 inches tall, then she brought out another one about 18 inches tall that wasn’t quite as old.
I got a real surprise as she held up the second Shirley Temple doll and said “Flo, I want you to have this one.” I was thrilled!
I worked with the doll’s red hair putting it into the Shirley Temple curls, made a new dress similar to the one I had made for my daughter Susie when she was four years old, bought new doll shoes and socks then displayed this doll beside the photo of my daughter.
The night is getting late as I sit on my lanai looking out across the pool. As the water ripples along the edge on the far side, just for a second……I thought I saw a black streak rippling through the wave of water. Probably just my overly active imagination. So I go to bed.
My husband had left early for his masonry work and although I really love my DaVinci Drive Florida home with it’s large caged pool and on a lakefront, I am working as a Real Estate agent and on this beautiful sunny morning I really should get ready to go to the office.
As I slip out of my nighty, step one foot into the shower, my other foot raised ready to step in……I notice against the BACK WALL of my shower lay a THREE FOOT LONG SNAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It’s my 92nd birthday!!!! After spending the month ahead in and out of the Salem hospital and skilled nursing I got home on Thursday ahead of my birthday the following Sunday.