Florida's Welcoming Arms

June 4, 2013 - Posted by Queen&King Lear at 8:48 PM
Let me set this up for you.

Our kitchen. I’m attempting to clear the counters of the ever growing pile of trash, tools, or what have you and putting things in the pantry. Love the pantry. During the unpacking chaos, stuff from boxes marked “kitchen” were haphazardly grouped by likeness and therefore it needs more organization. {Enter lizard} I’m placing a bowl in the pantry from the counter as a teeny orangish lizard crawls lightening fast down the back corner. {insert freakout here}

EMILY: “Michael! Michael! Michael! There is a lizard in there. There is a lizard in there.”

MICHAEL: (Ever so calmly does he say) “Welcome to Florida.”

EMILY: “Are you going to kill it?”

MICHAEL: “That could get messy.”

EMILY: “Ew. That's true. Outside?”

MICHAEL: “Hand me some Tupperware, yes we will put him outside.”

EMILY: (handing over Tupperware) “Is he poisonous?”

MICHAEL: “We aren’t gonna find out. Now the lid please.”

EMILY: (handing over lid) “Do you suppose he has a family out there?”

MICHAEL: “They are probably all waiting for him. (a beat) I can’t find him.”

(a few minutes of moving around the pantry items)

MICHAEL: (talking to lizard who we have now named) “Come on little guy.”

EMILY: “I just saw him, there he is!”

MICHAEL: (after a minute of coaxing him into Tupperware) “Got him.”

EMILY: (relieved he didn’t get poisoned) “Phew.”

After this we ran errands and the lizard (we named him Bet) came with us... we weren’t sure where to put him. We ended up keeping him the whole day, and found another lizard on the back porch that evening (inside the screen) and so we trapped it too. Much the same way. We named this one Midler. We think this lizard was part of the family awaiting Bet’s return to the wild.

About 30 minutes of watching them and admiring the details on their weird looking little bodies we threw them far into the woods behind our backyard. Yes, we have woods.

Goodbye Bet, Goodbye Midler, this one was “for the boys” ;) And thank you Jesus for little moments, details, and screened in porches... not that they matter.

-Queen&King Lear

Finally Here

May 29, 2013 - Posted by Queen&King Lear at 12:58 PM
The Leary’s moved, its real. Even with my feverish attempts at prevention. (new adventures are good. new adventures are good. new adventures are good.) We’re officially living in sunny Florida. For the last few nights as more things are unwrapped, and we make a mediocre effort of finding a place for it... we find ourselves asking questions like,

“How do we have so much stuff?” and “Will the counter tops ever be clear?”

To answer those questions: I have a problem with shopping, and Michael has a problem with throwing things out. And yes, the counter tops will one day be clear, if only for a fleeting moment.

A fleeting moment of joy tonight turned into this post. I guess it didn’t fleet so much as it did linger. Which is good. I think I'm gonna like it here. ---> As you may remember from one of my first posts I was leery about starting a blog just because so infrequently do interesting things happen to us. It seems that has changed! During the last month we have said goodbye to our sweet life in Oklahoma, set out on a grand voyage, and safely arrived in Florida! During these past 20-some days we’ve encountered family, friends, dirt, weirdos, bugs, and yes... lizards. We will elaborate on that later ;)

Please by all means, come visit.

My mom says, “You find out how many friends you have when you live by the beach.” To which I followed up with: “Or how many friends you don’t have living in Oklahoma." Sorry Oklahoma, we love you.

Warmly, (literally)
-Queen&King Lear


January 17, 2013 - Posted by Queen&King Lear at 5:54 PM
The Leary's are moving to Florida. We got our orders. We shall be reporting in May to Whiting NAS! Congratulations, good thoughts, and air hugs are accepted via email, snail mail, and facebook.

Next weekend Michael and I (+puppies) are taking a mini trip down to Pensacola to take a look at the area, some homes and you know... go to the beach and eat some good food. Good thoughts and prayers are appreciated as we need to find a house quickly, need it to be just what we want... close to the beach, not too far from base, etc etc.

I'm going crazy trying to gather all my to-do lists that I've written over the past couple weeks into one daunting list. (there are a lot of little lists) I'm weary of not be able to get it all done the way I want it, having a garage sale, coordinating movers, company, various events, and finally a road trip.

You would think that this was my dream come true because I'm always wanting something to run more efficeiently, and be uber organized... but this whole thing is so unorganized at this point its making my hair fall out.

Ok, not that dramatic, but I'm not having fun yet. Maybe when we HAVE a place to live. Fingers, toes, arms, legs, ponytails crossed.

Any tips for military moves???

Here is to our next adventure.