Tortoises are taking over!

A few months after moving into our home, we noticed a HUMUNGOUS tortoise in the woods-like lot next door. Months later, there was a tiny hole in the backyard. I thought it was a snake hole (do they have holes?) or maybe my son stuck a stick in there or something. I don’t know? Anyway, every few months the hole got wider and wider.

Soon after, I noticed a few baby tortoises crawling out of it. I guess the two who remained are teens now because one of them has a shell about 7 inches. Every few days when I look out that window, I can see this damn tortoise digging and pushing the dirt behind its feet. It’s really cool and cute to witness, but this cute little creature’s normal routine is wreaking havoc in my yard. The hole is now an entire foot wide and there’s nothing I can do about it. I called animal control and the local code enforcement because I know it must be illegal to take matters into my own hands. But, they said if they move it, it can either find its way back or another nearby animal will just take over. I really don’t want them to lose their home anyway, but the dirt pile it created is now being occupied by ants. Can you imagine a 1 ft hole with tortoises and behind it, a mountain of dirt full of ants? 3 ft from a bedroom window? Not to mention the rabbits, snakes, raccoons, armadillos, very large and strange looking birds and other things I see on my manicured lawn.

Now I know, God’s creatures were in this area before homes were built on it. I honestly do not mind the turtles sharing the space, but I don’t want them to cause permanent damage with a hole so big. If we have the tortoises removed and relocated, then the hole filled…they’ll probably just come back and start digging in another area. I’m worried about their safety and the safety of my kids. We live between two vacant, woodsy lots. That’s where the HUMUNGOUS tortoise lives, why don’t the other creatures stay there too? What makes my yard so desirable?

Sincerely,

Ronda

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Reggae Love Concert at the Port St Lucie Civic Center

The concert that was supposed to take place last month, came in August with a bang! Unfortunately, I was unable to attend last night’s concert at the Port St Lucie Civic Center, but from the photos provided by Lee “Infared Photos”, I feel as if I was there. The crowd looked awesome, and I know from having listened to the artists who performed for many years, this was a great day for our small town!

To view the gallery, click here!

Bealls Back to School Open House

This Sunday was the Bealls Back to School Open House at Florida Locations. I made it my business to check out the one on US-1 in Port St Lucie, since Tracey, the Area Manager there was kind enough to allow me to add a printable coupon to my web site, for our visitors.

I was halfway there when it felt as if Port St Lucie was being hit by a mini hurricane. The rain was pouring down, hard on the windshield and that’s when I noticed it was time for new wiper blades, lol. I didn’t want to waste the gas spent so I continued on my journey. I was surprised to see that the parking lot at Bealls was pretty full. Geez!?! No matter what day of the week it is, the time or the weather conditions, Floridians sure can shop!

I raced through the rain and paused at the entry door, trying to shake as much rain off of my umbrella that I could. I went in. This place was huge! I headed for the back since thats where the action was and came across teen deputies, they’re so cool!

I was just in time for some browsing, chit chatting and the fashion show! It was so cute watching the little ones walk and pose in back to school outfits put together by Bealls (see pics). After the show I chatted some more, with a few customers, teen deputies and a woman with an amazing and inspirational story from the St Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. My quick trip to Bealls turned into a 2 1/2 hour stay, so I did some quick shopping and it was time for me to leave. 🙂

~Ronda

No sleep, but busy day still…

Today was a busy day!

I didn’t get to bed until 5am this morning, but I couldn’t let my lack of sleep ruin my opportunity to check out some of the day’s events. There’s way too much going on. First stop on my list was the Back to School Fun Day hosted by Dem Damn Diamondz!

This event took place at the Martin Luther King Dreamland Park in Fort Pierce. Yesterday I worried about a tropical storm raining on our parade, but it turns out the sun beaming on my forehead would become the real issue. Boy was it hot!

As soon as my husband, kids and I got out of the car, we heard the music playing and saw my 2 year old who is a character bopping his head to the beat. First thing we did once in the park was buy ice cream. Thanks so much to the person who decided to place the truck right near the entry, not only was it a convenient location…but it provided shade when I needed a break from taking pictures and didn’t want to stand under a tree. Bugs scare me, lol.

Music was provided by our local favorite, DJ DA. I didn’t know what to expect for a Back to School Fun Day, but I had a great time watching the entertainment. The event was packed with children, parents near by and the great thing about it was that the school supplies weren’t just handed out to kids. The Diamondz had the kids compete in dance! Although all the children were ultimately winners here, seeing them dance for specially designed backpacks, school necessities or simply for the fun of it made the event engaging and a lot more interesting. There was even a performance by two talented and adorable little girls, who sang and rapped.

I had to go shortly after because we still had three other venues to visit, but I was happy to see a group of young women plan and succeed at something so positive.

To see photos from this event, click here!

~Ronda