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Scary stuff from the road. Happy Halloween!

1. Skulls of Seattle

2. Bone Fish Grill, Daytona Beach, FL

3. The Malcolm’s Denver, Colorado

4. Walter White Art, Seattle, WA

5. Zombie Warning, Delaware

6. Bad Baby, Port Charlotte, FL

7. FrankenBerry, everywhere this month!

8. Back to Yoda, Seattle, WA

9. A cat saying no. Florida

10. Chocolate Habanero Peppers- Elk Garden WV

Babies make everyone smile.


They bring hope for a better future and aspirations of monumental achievements. We rely on our children to be the next generation of activists, politicians, and model citizens.

Our smile is particularly wide this morning as we are now the great aunt and uncle of twins! Proud parents Holly and Cody Hardesty, welcomed a son AND a daughter to the world last night. Cash Jennings and Carley Grace are both healthy and enjoying the outside world for the first time.

A special shout out to my sister Geri for earning the new title of grandmother!

“Babies are a sweet new blossom of humanity.”

Feeling happy.

Eric and Lori Malcolm

Our marriage is simple.

Our marriage is simple. We stay in love by spending time together.

Eric and I celebrated our 25th wedding this entire month. In honor of our commitment to the longevity of love, we spent time enjoying Florida’s best beaches…together.

1. Topping the list, Sanibel Island, a barrier island that works like a shelf, collecting seashells from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. As the shells make their way to shore, you hear a sound similar to a wind chime as they waves carry new shells to a beach already covered in shells. We quickly learned the Sanibel Stoop, eyes to the ground, slightly bent at the waist, looking for the perfect shell…and we found them…together.

2. Next stop, sunset on Siesta Key beach , an island off the coast of Sarasota County. Every Sunday the beach welcomes the sounds of percussionists young and old with a weekly drum circle to celebrate the sunset. Siesta beach is 99% quartz and is the consistency of powder. The sand is millions of years old and said to have originated somewhere in the Appalachians, flowing through the mountains and rivers and finally depositing on the shores of Siesta Key. We enjoyed a tropical sunset…together.

3. Last stop for the celebration, Cabbage Key. Located in the Pine Island Sound, is the historic Cabbage Key Restaurant, built atop an ancient Indian shell mound ( they had me at ancient Indian shell mound). There are no cars on the island and you can only get there by boat. The interior of the restaurant is covered in $1 bills taped to the walls and ceiling, left by visiting patrons. As the humidity pulls an occasional dollar or two to the floor, the money is donated to AMI Kids of Fort Myers. How cool is that! We taped our $ bill to the wall… together…all in the name of love.

To another 25+ years together. 
Eric and Lori

Relay for Life

We were invited to attend the Port Charlotte FL Relay for Life Kick off meeting by our new friends Ken and Betty. Ken, a cancer survivor, has been a Relay for Life activist, including serving as the event chair in the past. There were 60+ teams represented at “opening night” as their relay theme “lights, action, cure” creates a fun platform for their spring 2015 event. It was inspiring to see the enthusiasm and support for Relay for Life. Port Charlotte raised over $175,000 last year and hoping to exceed that goal this year. It was great to see Relay for Life from another towns perspective. Check them out on Facebook: Relay for Life of Port Charlotte. It almost made us homesick…almost.

Are you ready to Relay?

Eric and Lori

#relay for life

#Port Charlotte Florida

Beer vs Wine

Whether your choice of libation be wine or beer, the fermentation process has a way of bringing good folks together.

We attended a Wine and Beer Festival in Port Charlotte FL at Live Oaks Park along the waterfront. While seeking shade to drink our beer samplers, we met Betty and Ken Johnson, fellow shade seekers, sipping on oatmeal stout. Ironically, Betty and Ken are wine drinkers and decided to try the craft beer. We are so glad they did. Starting with one beer together we ended up being the last group to leave the festival. What great fun with inspiring and delightful conversation in a beautiful setting.

The festival spotlighted Fat Point Brewery of Punta Gorda, FL, who makes a tasty oatmeal stout. We don’t remember the wineries that were there, but that could be because we traded all our wine tasting tickets for beer:)

Life is good when the beer is cold.

Eric and Lori

House-Pet Sitting in Port Charlotte, Florida


A fairly new concept for us, house sitting fits nicely into our plans of exploration and it gives us an opportunity to help home owners by caring for their home and their pets while they are away on vacation or business.

As we researched possibilities for housesitting, we came across; a subscription service that provides access to hundreds of house-pet sitting assignments worldwide. Home owners with pets seek individuals or couples to stay in their home with the pets rather than boarding them. Check it out!

Eric and I are currently on assignment for 3 weeks in Port Charolette, FL, pet sitting for two fabulous Abyssinian Cats (Koko and Fero) in a gorgeous home in southwest Florida. Temps are still in the 90s; and the Gulf water temps are in the high 80’s. Fall feels fabulous!

Life is good!

Eric and Lori

The Humbleweeds


Florida Coast with the Humbleweeds

1. Biking on Daytona Beach old school style.

2. Not a shark attack; but rose petal remnants from a shoreside wedding. (Although there were 2 shark attacks at New Smyrna beach on Saturday just minutes apart. )

3. Sand Dollar on Daytona

4. Eric and Lori sea side

5. Manatee Love at Manatee Deck at Haulover Canal

6. Eric and Lori Ormond Beach park.

7. Ponce de Leon lighthouse at Ponce Inlet

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