Monday, December 26, 2011

New Year's Wishes

Peace and light in the world

Good Health

A little happiness and laughter

And maybe an extra penny
or two in our pockets!

Blessings in 2012

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A gift, appreciated...

photo from Jane Coslick's blog
A gift, appreciated

Today, I received a gift.... a huge surprise.  I have my favorite blogs and while many are about art/artists/gardens, my favorite treat is to go to the Interior Design blogs and dream!  There are so many ideas in these blogs created by another kind of artist.  

I do not always leave comments on a blog, either.  Unless, it is very special....I just don't.  However, last week, I felt compelled to leave a comment on Jane Coslick's blog ( ) .  It's an amazing site and always a treat to see what she does with design and color.  She was giving away a "Design Session".  Oh, I just had to comment.... in the hopes of getting some help with our little abode, here in Florida.

Can you believe it??  I actually won!  What a gift!  Seriously, how could that happen to me?  I am so delighted.  I did the happy dance all around the house this morning.  

I know that the season is about giving.... but, I will receive this gift of ideas, with gratitude and appreciate it, because that is important also.

Merry Christmas to all of you!  Thank you for being my guests through out the year!  You are a gift to me, that sustains me through the seasons.  I want you to know that I appreciate you, as well.    

Happy Hanukkah, too!  We are lighting the candles every night with miracles in mind.  

Blessings to all faiths... 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Winter Solstice

Blessing on this Solstice evening

Monday, December 19, 2011

A new sort of Holiday season

My favorite way to celebrate the season
Flowers in bloom!

Enjoying a Concert of Holiday sounds
What could be better?

Add in a perfect sunset
Oh, pure joy!

lights glowing from a bamboo forest
Let Nature Sing!

Sweet sandy beaches, to warm the bones and the heart
I love my walks on Siesta Key
especially when the beach is a little bit empty of people

And that is it.... True Joys of the Holiday Season
Celebrating in a new way this year.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A touch of Christmas color

These look to be Heliconia
(correct me if I am wrong)

A beautiful example of a Pitcher Plant

What a Bromeliad!!
I have never seen one this big....or in bloom!
(but I saw three in bloom, by flashlight,  the other night.... truly amazing!)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


The Marie Selby Botanical Garden is my oasis here.  It is such a gem of a Botanical Garden.  We spent a cool day (cool, as in "it was really wonderful" and cool, in that it was in the low 60's, but sunny) last week, exploring all of the epiphytes and bromelieads and banyans....all many more plants.  They also have a home on their property that was originally owned by the Payne family.  It has been decorated beautifully for the holidays, in the Southern style.  Of course, the batteries ran out in my camera, just about the time that we strolled to the front door.... so no photos (unless we go back.... a distinct possibility).

Here is what we did enjoy:

Lush beauty of leaves and blooms

The delicate elegance of an Orchid


Monday, December 12, 2011

The Boat Parade (after the sun set)

It is hard to see this one, but it was draped in soft lights.

The littlest boat gets the biggest photo......
the lighting was perfect.. for this 'racing car'

This 'Grinch" was just plain adorable.
It received the loudest cheers!!

It must be no small feat to put these together.
Penguins and their igloo!

This one had a little of everything on it.
I loved the Dragon
(for my dragon boy, Andy)

Enjoy these photos.  I had a little camera with me, but it did manage to get some really good photos.  The mist and rain did not start until the last boat had passed by.  What a delightful way to spend the evening.  

Harbor Boat Parade for the Holidays

Here is something that is new to us:  A boat parade!   I have since mentioned it to several family members and friends and they had wonderful memories to share!  Since we had not heard of it and we were rather curious, we went down to a local park on Lido Key and camped out until the sun went down.  

Well..... what did we know about this 'event'....Nothing, that is for sure.  The Family Campers showed up, tables appeared, wine, food, and friends.  It was a 'happening' right there in the park by the Harbor.  From 4:00 until was party time.... and then for dessert.... the boat show.  All ages were there (mostly local families and friends.... kids on skateboards.... jumping, running, fishing off the little pier...)

I will put the "Before Sunset" photos on this blog, followed by the official boat parade, in the next blog.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

waiting for the sun to set

Some people just sail out into the bay to watch the parade

Boats head toward the gathering space to line up.
They do not turn on the lights until the last minute.

This was a charter boat....seriously decked out with real Palms!

The 'Grinch' is not going to steal this Christmas!!
(wait 'til you see this in lights!)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Winter brings thoughts of Summer

When it is cold out, or the sky is gray.... it's nice to think of Summer's gifts.  Just a photo today, that says it for me and I hope, for you:  (these plaques are around the grounds at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens....done by a local artist, I presume.  They add so much to enjoying one's journey through the gardens).

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Winter's Day

Today is very cold.  We are bundling up and heading out to the Botanical Gardens, to visit their Christmas house and to see how the orchids are surviving the 40 degree temps. (that is cold for here).  Two days ago, we were on the beach, and so very hot, we had to leave.  Crazy!  

Hope to have some interesting plant photos to share:

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....

Nine gawking birds......

Two French painters......

...And a shark's teeth hunter and his first mate!

Enjoy your holidays, where ever you are!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Weather patterns

Winter is here.... well, not here, but it is Winter in the Northern Hemisphere.  In Colorado, it is mighty cold (so I have been told...brrrr!) but in Florida, it is strangely summerishly Winter. Everything is out of whack, but we are truly enjoying the warmth.

Today, we went to the beach because it was 80 degrees.  Oh, my, it was wonderful.  We walked along a very special beach, where many people go to find sharks teeth.  I found one today.... but others were working much harder to find them,and were being quite successful.  I will take photos soon, of the many varieties of shells that we can find around here.

So, things are a bit upside down this year.... but I am going with it.  Cards are finished.... presents sent..... donations made.... so, I am going to relax and start enjoying this Holiday season.

I hope you are doing the same.

Taking a nice walk on the beach....

Shelling on the beach.....


Monday, December 5, 2011

Project complete....

I thought that you might enjoy seeing the project that I have been working on.  It is a painting project of another sort. I also changed the settings for a bit.  The other was perfect for Fall, but this one feels more like where we are at the moment.... so bear with me, as I change things up on occasion.

I didn't even realize that a week had passed.  Time is flying and I am embracing it, instead of panicking.  Christmas cards are complete and on their way.... presents are being wrapped and tomorrow is the national matching day for donations.  

So, if you are inclined to help others (and I am pretty sure ALL my readers are thus) Tuesday is the day to go to (and I hope that I have this correct....) (or check in your area to make sure this is the right one).   All donations will be matched, which means that we double the giving on Tuesday!  It just can't get better than that!

Okay... here is my latest 'work of art'  with a bit of the Holidays thrown in for good measure.  (These are the bulk of my holiday decorations this year..... and those that know me well, will be astonished that I could possibly simplify this much).  Anything is possible.

Happy Holidays!
I can't even tell you how
awful the original piece was.
Horrible - Terrible
but much better now!

I had fun painting the inside
a wonderful turquoise.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend

We had a very relaxed and fun weekend with half of our kids and my Dad.  The sun was out, the food was great, the company was most excellent.... we even passed the phone around with our other Son and daughter-in-law... so that it felt as if they were with us.  That was as good as it can get.  

We hope that you also had a wonderful Holiday, and if this is one that you do not celebrate.... at least, we hope that you had a wonderful weekend.

I still have not gotten the bug to draw or paint.  When I do, I promise to share.

We love to head to our favorite
small beach for sunsets.
It's called "Turtle Beach",
on Siesta Key

(If you look closely,
you can see the seabirds
flying past the sun)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Artists from Brazil showing there stuff in Florida!

Several weeks ago, we went to the Chalk Art Festival and enjoyed many Artist's work.  Several artists came from Brazil and created one of the most endearing chalk art works of the show.  Only problem, is that I didn't show it on the blog because my photo didn't do it justice.  

At any rate, the Brazilian artists were asked to stay in Florida and create a mural on the side of an apartment building.  We happened to be at lunch across the street and were watching them work.  Within two weeks of the show, they had created this incredible wall art.  I just had to share it with you.

So, enjoy.  These artists are hoping to break into the Art Market in the United States....  I sure hope that they make it.  

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.... we certainly did.  ....reminds me.... time for some pumpkin pie.

Happy weekend.

Where did this exciting work happen???
 Why, Herald Square, of course....
an area filled with fun shops and great art.

This photo does not do it justice.
The Artists created the most endearing work.
The sun was too bright to really capture the work well.

The Artists at work during the Chalk Festival.

A new commission for the Artists from Brazil.
This is a three story building!

Another look at a beautiful piece of work,
that will be enjoyed for many years to come.