It was a hot one

by Joanne on May 28, 2010

I slept until 6:30 today and stayed in bed for 15 more minutes wondering if the position I was in would be as comfortable all day long.  It would be an impossible experiment to conduct since Shane would have to go out. 

Neither Shane nor I slept well last night.  We were too hot and he was panting.  At times, he was up against the bed which caused the bed to shake. That made it pretty tough for me to sleep.  I gave up, got up, put the lights on….Don’t you JUST HATE putting the lights on when you wake up at night?!!!….and turned up the air conditioning.   

After I finally did get out of bed, we hit the road for a 3.4 mile run around the plantation. Shane didn’t want to go at first but any time we made a turn which seemed to him we were headed for home, he took the lead.  My legs were heavy for the first mile as well.


It got up to 90 F or so in Pawley’s Island Thursday.  PHEW!  Shane was insistent on going outside to play so I took him to the beach.  It was pretty crowded but we lucked out and found great parking.  

We made fast tracks to the water.  BELIEVE ME! They were fast tracks because I left my shoes in the car and my feet were BURNING! 


Shane just loves the water. We played with his floaty toy for a while.  Then walked along the quieter part of the beach, less people.


The salt water that Shane took in while playing remained IN, at least I didn’t see it in the back seat of the car. Good thing!  We came home, played a little Frisbee and mellowed for a while. 

I decided to test the waters in the pool which just confirmed the fact that I can barely swim.  It was a gorgeous day and the pool wasn’t crowded.  There was one guy who was doing laps when I arrived and STILL doing them when I left. He made it look so easy.  I tried to imitate his stroke.  That didn’t work.  It seemed like a real fight for me.  Course I left 20 minutes later because 10 minutes of trying to do laps was all I could take. 

The most comfortable stroke for me is the side stroke and that I don’t do very well.  If I ever want to do a triathlon, there is some heavy duty training in my future.  Besides, I still have to learn to ride that bike!


There was no sun bathing for this chic. My skin is so white, the only way to turn it brown is to apply tan from a bottle.

On the walk home from the pool and approaching the house, I was admiring all the gardening that my parents have done. Their home looked so nice.


Right before taking the steps to the front door, there are clusters of snap dragons.  I stopped to let my mind go back in time. 


As a little girl, my parents always had snap dragons in the garden.  As most of you know, snap dragons open when you gently squeeze the side.  When I was little, I used to pull the flower from the stem and pretend to make them talk.  I would have “warring”  dragons: one for the right hand and one for the left.  Poor snap dragons, there was nothing but a stem left after I was done playing.



I also used to lay flat out in the driveway and make animals out of the clouds, but that’s another story.

Tropical Fruited Shrimp – Serves 3

My father and I enjoy shrimp so tonight’s meal was all about us.


  • 1 lb raw shrimp – deveined.  Peel and take the tails off the shrimp
  • 1/2 cup cubed fresh mango
  • 1/2 cup cubed fresh papaya * save one half of the shell. cut it in half (or in thirds if serving 3)  and scoop out the seeds.  take a knife and slice horizontally and vertically but don’t cut through the skin and leave 1/4” of fruit on the shell all the way around.  Remove the cubes you just made to a separate bowl. 
  • 1/2 cup cubed fresh pineapple
  • 1 sliced kiwi
  • 1 cup snap peas
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 TBS orange juice
  • 1 TBS Balsamic vinegar (or salad dressing)
  • pepper

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Put the shrimp into a bowl with the cubed fruits, slice kiwi, and snap peas.  Mix the lemon juice, orange juice, balsamic and pour on the shrimp – fruit mixture.  Stir gently to coat. 

Place the papaya shells onto a foil lined baking sheet.  Top with the shrimp mixture and let the rest of the shrimp mix over flow on and around the foil pan.  Sprinkle with pepper.  Bake for 15 minutes or until shrimp turns slightly opaque.



There is no strong flavor in this dish. No salt was used because my dad doesn’t eat salt. I would normally add a pinch along with the pepper.  Also, a little bit of curry powder (pinch) mixed in with the juices would be perfect!


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  • At 2010.05.28 10:49, Lindsay said:

    This dish looks so refreshing. I wish Molly would be good off of a leash at the beach. She’d take off for sure!
    .-= Lindsay´s last blog ..And The Story Continues =-.

    • At 2010.05.28 20:19, Joanne said:

      Shane is good that way, but if people approach, I put him back on the leash quick.

      • At 2010.05.28 11:03, Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said:

        I can’t sleep when it’s too hot, I keep the window open in the winter, lol.

        That shrimp looks fabulous. Love the snap dragons!!

        .-= Jenn (Jenn’s Menu and Lifestyle Blog)´s last blog ..BBQ Pulled Plants =-.

        • At 2010.05.28 20:19, Joanne said:

          I love the windows open when it’s cool. So refreshing.

          • At 2010.05.28 11:16, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

            Shane looks like he is having a blast! I love snap dragons and have them in my garden every year.

            You can do a triathlon. I did a sprint distance one last year and I stink at swimming. My best stroke is the back stroke, but I couldn’t really do that during the tri. That’s the shortest part of the event and you get it over with first, so don’t let that stop you.

            Of course, I love the duathlon because there is no swimming!! 😀
            .-= Lori (Finding Radiance)´s last blog ..Banana soft serve and protein power! =-.

            • At 2010.05.28 20:20, Joanne said:

              I’ll have to do more investigating on the swimming portion of the Tri.

              • At 2010.05.28 11:40, kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

                shane is so cute! love him in the ocean……when i had a big rottie before pepsi he would get so hot in the night and pant and pant-it was awful……for some reason pepsi seems able to tolerate the heat better-not sure why. happy 3 day weekend. looks like you are having a great time 🙂
                .-= kalli@fitandfortysomething´s last blog ..Continue the Feelings =-.

                • At 2010.05.28 20:21, Joanne said:

                  It’s a good time. Things aren’t perfect but it’s nice to get away.

                  • At 2010.05.28 17:48, runnerforever said:

                    Your parent’s house is gorgeous, just my type.
                    I am not sure what we are going to do for Memorial Day weekend, we used to go up to a guest ranch and that was a wonderful time.
                    .-= runnerforever´s last blog ..Happy Spot? =-.

                    • At 2010.05.28 20:22, Joanne said:

                      That sounds interesting.

                      • At 2010.05.29 02:54, Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

                        Looks like a great day 🙂 I love the shrimp dish!

                        • At 2010.05.29 08:14, Joanne said:

                          Me too. One of my favorites and it’s so easy.

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                              • At 2010.05.30 19:33, Emily said:

                                Looks like a great day 🙂 I love the shrimp dish!

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