We have had company for the past couple of days. I met Kathy in 1956 in college. We have remained close friends ever since even when we don't see each other for a couple of years at a time. I was a bridesmaid in her wedding when she married Guy. Our kids played together. I am God Mom to two of her kids. She is the one who got me hooked on theatre. And yes, we share a lot of history. One of her daughters (our goddaughter) lives north of Tampa now which is only about 4 hours from us. So, after their visit to Jenny's for Thanksgiving, they came on down here for a couple of days.
Early yesterday morning we headed up to Captiva to board the Lady Chadwick for a trip to Cabbage Key for a Cheeseburger in Paradise. It is said that after Jimmy Buffet visited Cabbage Key and had one of their delicious cheeseburgers, he went home and wrote Cheeseburger in Paradise. But of course, there are quite a few other restaurants who make the same claim to fame. Of course, we all had a Cheeseburger. I had totally planned to take a picture of one--and forgot. But, following the tradition of the Cabbage Key Inn, we signed a dollar bill and taped it up on the wall with thousands of other dollar bills. Each bill that falls off the wall is donated to a local children's charity. They donate about $10,000 a year! One neat thing about a Captiva Cruise is that you get to see dolphins--sometimes one or two and sometimes, a whole pod like we saw yesterday. Once the captain spots a dolphin, he speeds up and people of the boat start yelling and pounding the side of the boat. The more noise, the more the dolphins perform. Well, we hit the jackpot yesterday. Even the crew said that they had never seen so many dolphins at once and perform for as long as they did. There were about 10 or 11 females (maybe a juvenile male or two) and at least 3 babies who weren't much more than 6 weeks old. They swam along side the boat, jumping, flipping, and being totally entertaining for about 10 minutes. It was amazing.Last night, since we had had a huge meal on Cabbage Key, we ate leftovers then headed to Pinocchio's for ice cream. All that food and fresh air made for an early bed time!
Guy and Kathy left about 7:30 this morning to drive back to Jenny's and then on home to Michigan. It was so great to see them and we can't wait until they come back again.