It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Life has been crazy, forcing me to put aside writing and focus on home and hearth. And read. I hope Spring will bring a little peace and time, and frame of mind, to write.
Every Southerner knows what haint blue is and what it’s used for.
Haint Blue is a specific color traditionally used in the South to paint the ceiling of porches. I don’t have a porch. If I did I would paint it blue. A soft blue-green to be precise.
But why the name?
Haint means to haunt or ghost.
So haint blue means blue ghost…?
Why? If asked most will say the ceiling is painted blue becasue that’s just the way it is done. I’ve never seen any color other than blue. A soft shade of blue brings to mind breezy summer days. It invites a body in to sit a spell and drink iced tea in a swing. I’m not entirely sure what a ghost has to do with it.
A bit of research…
Ah, here we go. Haint blue is protection from influence of restless spirits, much like our bottle trees.
Sherman Williams has a nice page on Haint blue if you are interested in reading a bit about it and browsing through the colors. Maybe after my kitchen is finished my honey will build me a porch.
The Land of Color also has a nice article full of lovely colors.
The Awl takes a more historical look at haint blue. I highly suggest this article.
There you go. Haint blue ceilings. What color is your porch?
Silver Springs State Park
If you’ve never visited Silver Springs State Park, you may not be aware of all it has to offer. Click here. Most are familiar with the glass bottom boat ride and that’s it. But there is much more to it than that. I remember visiting the park when I was about 10. The glass bottom boat sticks out most in my mind– that and the monkeys. Yes, I said monkeys;) I apologize for all the photos.
Silver Springs is a park with multiple fresh water springs. The water is crystal clear to bright, clear blue. The blue areas seem to
be deeper. In some areas it is 85 feet deep, it only looks about 25 ft deep. Remember that if you decide to go kayaking. Swimming isn’t allowed where we were. And really, it’s covered with gators! This little guy was sleeping on the bank. A much larger gator decided to swim around us later on on the kayak trip. My youngest daughter was scared he would knock her off the boat. He didn’t. He was more concerned with swimming to the other side of the river.
We also had a chance to spot the elusive Rhesus monkeys that live in forests surrounding the river. Ages ago, Tarzan was filmed at Silver Springs. The old black and white shows. After filming they just turned them loose. They also filmed parts of the old Creature from the Black Lagoon and the James Bond film Moonraker.
There are a few hiking/walking trails surrounding the park. They give you the opportunity to see the natural surroundings. We came across turtles, birds, bunnies, and snakes. Watch where you step.
The big draw to the park is the glass bottom boat. Out pilot has been leading boat tours since 1955! He was awesome. He showed us where some of the springs bubbled through cracks in the river and pointed out wildlife that might have slipped by us. One of the most interesting things, only visible by glass bottom boat, is a sunken Spanish ship/boat. Most of the boat has rotted away but enough is left to make out it was a boat.
So how clear is the water? I’m glad you asked. This photo was taken from an overlook on the walkway next to one of the deepest sections of the river. Near where you board the boats. I think it is 85 feet deep here. It was gorgeous. I will leave you with one more photo. My oldest fell in love with all the Spanish moss. We have dozens of photos of just moss 😉
Ponce de Leon Springs
If you don’t know, Florida is resting on a giant aquifer. That is the reason the state has fresh water springs and sink holes. Basically, Florida is one giant marshland;)
The first stop on our road trip was Ponce de Leon Springs. Click here for the real stats. The spring is fresh water and crystal clear. Let’s not forget COLD! The water stays at 72* year round. Surrounding the spring is woodlands
with trails. Those are fun. You get to see where the high water line is.
The water depth is also misleading. The water behind that tree is clear like tap water, giving the impression that it’s only knee deep. It was quite a shock when I climbed in to discover it was waist deep.
We visited the spring twice, once on the beginning of the trip and once at the end. The first time only my daughter the mermaid was willing to get in. She even admitted the water was cold. Of course, we knew that from her blue fingers and toes.
It’s actually close enough for us to visit on weekends during summer, but the park is small and fills up quick. We don’t have that kind of clear water where I live. It’s a bit mesmerizing to swim and see the fish, turtles, etc swim around you. Take goggles, it makes exploration easier.
Now that Row80 has a link, I’m back. I can’t explain why the link even matters, but it does. I was lost without it. Don’t you hate it when you put your Ipod on shuffle and you have to keep skipping Christmas music ;( On with the goals.
2017 Goals for Row80
- Write 200,000 words. I did write a tiny bit yesterday. maybe 200 words or so. I stopped because it’s been so long since I worked on my WIP. I decided I should read what I already have. This morning I printed the pages out, intending to read them later today. Looking at the printed sheets, I need to adjust the settings for page setup. No clue how to do that in scrivener. 2,401 words written this year.
- Edit 600 pages. I settled on a short fantasy story. I’ll pass this on to critique group in a few weeks. Since I just worked on a cozy, my next work for editing is one that might be called magic realism. Maybe. Not real sure of the genre. It has a cool twist at the end. That brings the yearly total to 227/600 pages.
- Walk 2,600,000 steps.
I’m making slow progress. I walked 6.3 miles this week. I also added 15 minutes of calisthenics. Not every day. I’m not crazy. I hate calisthenics. 159,702 /2.6 million. My goal is 50,000 steps a week. I fell just shy of the mark with 45,422 steps.
- Read 80 books. I finished Corroded by Carrie Dalby. A wonderful YA read. I also finished reading Plot &Structure by James Scott Bell. Another book I highly recommend. I wish I had read it years ago. I started A Monster Calls last night. Amazing so far. I stayed up way past my bedtime reading. Finished over half of the book already. Completed 8/80 books this year.
- Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. This is a goal for summer so, check back later.
Complete devotional. I restarted this for February and I am on track. So far. Dropping. Don’t ask.
There you go. Not bad. Even though I didn’t meet two goals, I still made progress. Let’s face it. Any time I spend moving is a good thing. I think I need to memorize the opening dance sequence of Guardians of the Galaxy. No, I will not post it on Youtube when I’m done. I’m not breaking the internet.
How did your week go?