Wednesday, December 25, 2013

gift giving

When a child gives you a gift


Just a note to wish all a very Merry Christmas.  Hope you and yours are going to enjoy the day.

Viola and I are shivering in the 46 degree weather all our friends up north sent us for this day.

I am trying to send it to BB and LRF down Tampa/Naples way...... but guess I will just have to move over near there to enjoy the warmth.

Take care and enjoy your time with family.

Tom and Viola Lee

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

12 days of Christmas revisited

Effective immediately, the following economizing measures are being implemented by the “Twelve Days of Christmas” committee à
1.        The partridge will be retained, but the pear tree, which never produced the cash crop forecasted, will be replaced by a plastic hanging plant, providing considerable savings in maintenance.
2.       Two turtle doves represent a redundancy that is simply not cost effective, in addition, their romance during working hours could not be condoned.  These positions are eliminated.
3.       The three French hens will remain intact, after all everyone loves those French maids.
4.       The four calling birds will be replaced by an automated voice mail system.
5.       The five golden rings have been put on hold, due to negative implications for institutional investors and planned diversification into other precious metals.
6.       The six geese a laying constitutes a luxury which can no longer be afforded.
7.       The seven swans a swimming will be replaced by mechanical swans which have less maintenance and care.
8.       The eight maids a milking is being evaluated by the Milk Producers Union as a derogatory image being portrayed, more on this later.
9.       The nine ladies dancing are being phased out, after all they are getting too old to keep on dancing.  The younger ladies are too busy chasing the younger guys.
10.   The ten lords a leaping is overkill.  The high cost of the Lords, plus the  expense of air fare and perdiem are too much.  Deleting this item.
11.   Eleven pipers piping and twelve drummers drumming is simply a band that is getting too big and will be substituted by a string quartet, with newer music and no uniforms, definitely a cost saver.
12.  The issue of 13 lawyers suing is being considered in the supreme court of the land and will be discussed in about 6 months.
enjoy your cold Christmas Day.........

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


So growing up I graduated from St. Agnes High School in Springfield MO.

Our granddaughter attends Marionville High School.

Tonight Jaycee calls me and says she is in O'reilly Gym in Springfield, and Marionville is playing Springfield Catholic ............  JV and Varsity

Now I am twixed on who to root for::::::::

my old school or my granddaughters school..........

glad I live in Florida and don't have to attend the game, can root for the winner..............

Jaycee, what was final outcome??????????


MY AUSSIE FRIENDS MADE A SNOWMAN.............................

Australian snowman

Friday, December 13, 2013

Winter is here....

So, we got the first winter storm here in Missouri around 11:00 last Thursday.  In result, they let us out of school early, and we haven't been back to school since.... The roads are still icy.. These are the pictures from either Thursday or Friday, I forgot to post them.

Now, I know for a fact them my loving family down in Florida are laughing at all us here i the cold, simply because the state of Florida decided NOT to participate in the month of December..... This upsets me, but hey, NO SCHOOL!!!

Have fun, and everyone be safe in the weather!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

This is why we moved to Florida

Florida defects from december

Florida, the great warm state.....

Has to be a Californian saying this

you got to be bsing me............

To asll you hunters who kill animals

This is typical of city folk and I mean big city folk.....

Can we have a law that makes "Being Stupid" a crime????

Saturday, November 16, 2013


Hello again all!!  I know, you must have missed me a lot by now and I sincerely apologize for the wait... Lol..
Anyway, yeah, I have been kinda busy, so I am sorry for not writing sooner.

If you have not heard, and I don't imagine most of you have..  The Comets are the 2013 District 2 Football Champions!!!! I am beyond proud of our boys this year!! Sadly, we got knocked out today in the Quarter Finals, but I am fine with that!

Anyways, sorry, I am just really proud to be a Comet at this moment.  Um, so Papa reminds me to write a blog before the game today, and I had so much I wanted to say, but now I can't remember!!! AHH!!!!

I will get back on later when I remember...

BYE everyone!!!!!!


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013


Man claims he helped FBI find bin Laden, seeks $25M reward

A Michigan man is claiming that he helped point the FBI toward the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden's compound, and he has retained a law firm to help him claim the $25 million reward.

Bin Laden was shot and killed by U.S. military forces when they raided his Pakistani compound in May 2011. Before bin Laden's death, when his whereabouts was unknown, the FBI offered a $25 million reward for information leading to the capture or death of the terrorist.

Tom Lee, 63, claims he gave the FBI information about bin Laden's location in 2003, CBS-Chicago 2 reported. He has hired the law firm of Loevy & Loevy to help him pursue the reward.

Yahoo News spoke with a representative from the firm who confirmed its involvement. In a statement mailed to Yahoo News, the firm also confirmed that its representatives wrote a letter to FBI Director James Comey explaining the firm's position. The representative made no further comment.

So, how did a man from Grand Rapids, Mich., happen to know where the most notorious criminal on the planet was hiding? According to the letter sent from the firm to Comey, Lee claims to know a Pakistani intelligence agent who told him where bin Laden was located. Lee then gave that information to the FBI.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

dead crows

The Killing of the Crows

CrowResearchers for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority found over 200 dead crows near greater Boston recently, and there was concern that they may have died from Avian Flu.  A Bird Pathologist examined the remains of all the crows, and, to everyone’s relief, confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian Flu. The cause of death appeared to be vehicular impacts.
However, during the detailed analysis it was noted that varying colors of paints appeared on the bird’s beaks and claws. By analyzing these paint residues it was determined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, while only 2% were killed by an impact with a car.
MTA then hired an Ornithological Behaviorist to determine if there was a cause for the disproportionate percentages of truck kills versus car kills.
The Ornithological Behaviorist very quickly concluded the cause:   When crows eat road kill, they always have a look-out crow in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger. They discovered that while all the lookout crows could shout “Cah”, not a single one could shout “Truck.”
Thanks Rich

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Our Last Sunset Cruise

So Monday night, Viola n I went over to friends house for a final fairwell.

Good friends - Wes and Sabine have sold their house and are back on the water planning to sail to the Naples Florida area for the winter, and then cruise the Gulf next year.
We previously went fishing off the coast with them and had a blast.

So Monday night was to be a relaxing last night until we meet again.
Loaded up the boat and cruised the St. Augustine Harbor and then down the intercoastal waterway for a while.

Jaycee - the fort is really neat from the sea, next time you come down, we'll take the cruise.

So we ended up at Hurricane Patties Harbor Grill and Pub.   We pulled the boat up to the dock and had some dinner and fine wine and listened to a great band.  After a while, someone was getting tired (me) so we headed home. 

If you haven't been on water at night, it was perfect.  No other boats, water calm and glassy, and just us trolling along.
Too soon we were docked and sat on their deck for a while longer.  Finally hugs all around and we went home.
Can't wait till later this year, we're going to haul our house to Naples and visit.

A couple pictures from that evening.   You can tell Viola was relaxed and enjoying it - just look at her face.

Viola and Sabine on the transom, the lights in background are on Highway 312 crossing the intercoastal.

Early in the evening, cruising,  Viola, Tom and Wes.

 Tom, Sabine and Wes

 Neat little 30 ft cruiser.  Wes has redone it and it is a neat cruising machine.

WE SHALL MISS OUR GOOD FRIENDS, but traveling to visit will be fun in the future.  

And that's how we celebrated life Monday evening in this Nation's Oldest City.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

I AM BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry guys! I know I have not been up to date on my blogging lately... I am a bad person.. lol.
Well, to catch you all up, I have been really busy lately cheering on my team.  We have won all the games so far this season, even the one against our greatest enemy.. haha, in fact, we have a game tonight.
I would post pictures, but I have to cheer during the game, GO BIG BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyways, Papa, I loved your blog about the sharks!  I don't have a lot of time to write this blog, but I will write soon, I promise!

Have fun this weekend, and Celebrate Life!


Saturday, August 31, 2013

More fishing 8/31/13

So Wes and Sabine Demott are a couple that pulled into the St. Augustine KOA last year, putting up in the site next to our home.  We hit it off and have become good friends.
One of our weekly ventures is the "Beach Blast" every Wednesday evening at the St. John's County Pier.  A different band plays for two hours every week fm 7 pm to 9 pm, and a different local eatery puts on one or two of their entries from 6 pm to 7 pm.
Viola and I have gone to every one for the past two years (except when we ventured to Missouri for vacation).  Viola found a card table at the local thrift shop, and I cut the legs down.  Perfect height for our beach chairs.
Anyway, Wes and Sabine have been going also.  We bring our bottles of wine, some sandwiches and snacks, and visit away while listening to the music (sometimes great and sometimes we wish the band had stayed home). And socializing is a big part of that Wednesday evening.

So Wes and Sabine bought a lot and built themselves a nice home down by the Lions Bridge.  And of course they found a boat they liked and that is what brought us to ocean fishing.   Now you know the rest of the story...

So some more pictures from that fishing adventure.

this is my first shark on board, amazing how these creatures can flip around trying to bite you..

this was the shark that Viola reeled in by herself,
and this is it on deck with Wes and I getting it into position so we could pull the hook out

this was Viola reeling in that 4 ft shark, with me holding onto the rod incase she couldn't

 another pic of the shark I caught, not once but twice, based on hook wound to the mouth.  Sabine realized it was same one when she went and looked at the close up pics of the head.

That is Vilano Florida in the background, about a mile away.
another pic of the stingray, when it hit the hook, it took off and I couldn't stop the reel from unwinding, it was that fast and that quick.

and on the way home, Viola and I were worn out, sitting in the back just resting.
same spot as the other picture.  See the rods and reels next to Tom,
huge ones.
So Wes and Sabine
Thanks again. 
tom and viola
OK  so we haven't been writing much lately.   We've been busy and every time we go somewhere neat, guess where the camera is?

So the other day a good friend of ours sends me a message saying I will fall from her favorite blog list if I don't do something soon..........  Rose you made me realize just how long it's been.

So here is what we did on Saturday, 8/31/13, in the nation's oldest city. 
We left it.  Yep, went down to friend's house, got on their boat and went to sea.  This time I took the wife with me.

The boat is a little 35 footer with inboard motor and great fishing deck out back of the cockpit.  That's us just relaxing

and Viola caught the first fish....... yep was about a 4 ft shark, probably weighed in about 30 lbs.

here's more pics of the catch....... Vi did all the work reeling it in, I just had hand on the pole incase it came loose from Vi's hands.  The thing around her waist is a belt loop with a device to put the butt end of the pole in to help reel in the fish.

it took about 5 minutes of reeling to bring it in.
more pics,  getting is close with rope ready to bring aboard

Wes and Viola with that little shark, biggest fish of the day

of course about ten minutes later I hooked into one
well, Viola hooked it, and I just reeled it in

another little shark, smaller than Viola's, but it was a shark
nonetheless,  about 3 ft long, maybe 15 lbs.

funny, later we caught the same shark on different bait,
knew it was the same because of the hook wound from the
first time.
But the best was a little later, Viola jumps up, grabs a rod and
sets the hook, then gives to me to reel in.


I was in back of boat, and ended up on the bow, because it was running all over, and started under the bow, and we didn't want to get tangled in the anchor.

we then ended up back in the stern area again
seemed like back and forth

finally got it to the surface, a few pics above of that, and here is a pic of what we had caught
a stingray,  Sabine (wes's wife) said it took 7 minutes to get it close enough to take pictures.   Let me tell you, it seemed like 30...........
my arms and back were crying out in agony after that 7 minutes.   WE got the stingray close to the boat and in one pic above Wes is getting ready to cut the line, we didn't want that 5 footer in the boat with us.

Anyway, it was about 3 pm and the thunder clouds were building up back over the city, so we headed home.

One thing Viola and I found interesting, we were a mile off shore and the water depth was only 20 feet.  Look on a map of Florida, just north of St. Augustine is the town of Vilano, and we were 1 mile north of the inlet to St Aug, off the coast of Vilano.  I thought the water would be deeper.  interesting.

So I am sitting here in the living room, Viola is up napping from all the rocking and rolling, and fishing.  Enjoy your day.

And that's how we are celebrating life this labor day weekend.

tom and viola


Friday, April 5, 2013

Playing Catch Up...

So, I recently got reprimanded over not writing a blog lately. However, I have been very very busy!
My mom and now Step-dad got married on April 1, 2013. And no, this is no April Fool's joke.  I took quite a few pictures, so I have chose my favorite's to display to you all that follow this blog.

This is the whole family, all together!! Lol.

 Mom and Dad.
 The boys and I.
 All the kids together, Evans, Lee, and Lindbloms.
 Dad putting the ring on Mom's finger.

When the judge said, "You may kiss the bride."

All in all, this week has been busy.  This is all I have to update as of right now.  I will write again next Friday, after my Columbia trip and Math contests!!

See Y'all Later,