Remi, my Abyssinian cat, seems quite content buried under fabrics being shown to me by one of my fabric reps.
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. With all the disturbing events happening close to home and overseas, I linger longer than normal looking at the small, individual efforts that people make to embrace the season. These efforts seem to touch me the most….The single lit tree outside, the Christmas tree peeking out through a front window and candles reflecting in the windows for us all to see. I look in those windows and imagine families gathered around the dinner table laughing and sharing stories and the little ones anticipation of morning to come. Excitement and peacefulness fills the air while all the while shutting out the world around for that brief moment of time.
Visiting from Massachusetts, my grandniece and Godchild, Kaleigh, spent the morning with me. We had fun making ornaments for Mommy and Mimi (Grandma).
As winter settles in, I dream of the afternoons my husband, Rick and I played golf. Enjoying the game of golf and becoming more proficient at it, I found myself taking an afternoon and playing nine holes by myself. To me it’s not about the game but about a chance to walk and get exercise, to enjoy the fresh air and de-stress as I’m focused on the game and surroundings. Lucky were we when, my husband and I donned in shorts, played golf at The Links at Erie Village on December 24th. That was a memorable day.
We were able to get away the first of December to celebrate my sister’s birthday. My sister, her husband, Rick and I flew into Miami and stayed at the beautiful Thompson Miami Beach Hotel where we sat on the beach soaking in the sun’s rays. As Rick and I strolled down the beach, we happened upon the Miami Beach Art Fair or commonly known as the” Art Basel Week” that was taking place. There were amazing exhibits. One exhibit, showcased wooden crates placed sporadically around the beach. Upon opening them, one could select a free art poster showcasing the various artist’s work. Continuing on our walk, there was an actual rollerskating platform that had been erected on the beach. With skate along music playing, one only had to put on rented skates and skate along with the music and rolling waves. Being that it was a year ago I had broken my toe so badly, I opted out on venturing into the arena.
The next day, the four of us jumped into the car and drove the Overseas Highway sometimes called, “The Highway that Goes to Sea,” to Key West. As we came upon the island, I felt an urge to sing Jimmy Buffett’s song, Margaritaville. Noting this to the other three in the car, don’t you know shortly thereafter, as fate would have it, the song came on the radio. As the four of us sang along; I think they were singing…I know I was… we had now entered into another world. We stayed off island at the Sunset Key Cottages. A seven minute taxi boat ride from Key West. You felt as if you were in paradise. Life was good as we had our own cottage on the water complete with a hammock and a beautiful view of Key West in sight. Every morning I walked the brick lined streets passing homes that reminded me more of the cape than Florida. Being there during the holiday season heightened the senses to overload. Awaiting us on the front porch every morning was a basket filled with fresh fruit and homemade muffins. Can I retire here!!??
Below are a few pictures from the cottage we stayed in.
A few of the homes on the island where we stayed.
The beautiful lobby at the Sunset Key Hotel.
So different was the Island itself. With so many bars, restaurants, stores and wild chickens and roosters roaming around. We, of course, had to take a tour of the Ernest Hemingway House Museum complete with 57 polydactyl (six-toed) cats. About half of the cats at the museum have the physical polydactyl trait but they all carry the polydactyl gene in their DNA. Ernest Hemingway was given a white six-toed cat by a ship’s captain and some of the cats who live on the grounds are descendants of that original cat. We also visited the Butterfly and Nature Conservatory which I loved. I told my husband when and IF I ever retire, that would be something I could do. As I meandered around the conservatory, three butterflies decided to hitch a ride on my legs. After seeing the butterflies on me, one of the employees came up to me and said, “they don’t land on people very often but, when they do, you know the person has a gentle and soft spirit.”
One of the polydactyl cats poses on a rock while the tour guide wraps up his speech.
Butterflies clinging to my legs at the Butterfly and Nature Conservatory.
Very soon my photographer, Jonathan Beach, will be photographing a few of my client’s homes for me that were recently completed. Keep your eye on my site on www.houzz.com to view the photos. One of the beautiful homes I completed recently will be photographed in February as my clients were recently married and are off on their honeymoon. My husband and I were in attendance at their wonderful wedding. We wish them much happiness in the years to come.
I love David Bowie’s wife, Iman’s Instagram she posted after David’s death, “Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” Enjoy every moment!!!
Wishing you a Wonderful and Glorious 2016!