#OscarAndFelixCats

#OscarAndFelixCats

I wanted this to just be an update about Oscar and Felix but, while there is plenty to say just about them, the story would be incomplete without mentioning that the construction to “shore up” our floating home is in progress right now.You may remember back in...
Dance of the Monsters Under the Bed

Dance of the Monsters Under the Bed

My musical foundations, laid down in my earliest years, were “kids” shows (like Sesame Street and The Muppet Show), church choir, and film scores (like John William’s music for “Star Wars” and Jerry Goldsmith’s music for “Star Trek the Motion Picture”).Jump forward in...
Food Stories : Would You Like Some Salad?

Food Stories : Would You Like Some Salad?

I met my husband, Brian, 25 years ago when we both lived in Southern California, he in San Diego and me in Los Angeles. I had been raised in between the two, in Orange County, and while I was not a California native, I definitely considered myself to be a Californian....
Potted Garden Update

Potted Garden Update

I’m very excited that I seem to have figured out how to keep our Bearss lime tree happy and fruitful. Last year I ended up with only two limes on the entire plant. This year it looks like it will be closer to 20. Here’s one standout, to the left, and you...
FireSpike LLC – 20 Year Anniversary

FireSpike LLC – 20 Year Anniversary

We frequently ask our clients to fill out a questionnaire so we can include them as a success story in our monthly newsletter.This month, for our 20th Anniversary in business, it felt appropriate to have me answer the questions and to share about our own...
Behind the Curtain : An Exciting June

Behind the Curtain : An Exciting June

So many plans were cancelled last year, and that included our trip to the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Fortunately we were able to postpone, and Brian and I finally were able to take that trip early this month.Kauai is a stunningly beautiful place, and has suffered so...
Behind the Curtain: Twenty Years Ago Home

Behind the Curtain: Twenty Years Ago Home

Twenty years ago (the same year that I started FireSpike), Brian and I were living in our first “owned” home at 11414 Galleria Drive in Tampa, Florida. It is a townhouse neighborhood, and our home was on the end of one of the buildings. Each unit in one of the...
New Master Bedroom in the Floating Home

New Master Bedroom in the Floating Home

by Arthur Breur When we moved into our floating home in 2017, the upstairs was very much like a loft: the master bedroom and the living area were connected over the top of the master bathroom. We always joked that the original master bath was like a Las Vegas hotel...
The World Is Going Mobile

The World Is Going Mobile

Mobile-First Indexing It is pretty obvious nowadays that people are using their phones to search for things on the Internet more than they are using laptops or desktop computers. Google and other search engines have taken this fact into consideration, and now give...