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Sun and Fun

I’ve been enjoying the “off season” of Florida.  It’s hot and humid and wonderful.  Here are a few snippets…….

Enjoy!

cate b

Back to Reality

A new adventure coming up in two weeks.  Stay tuned.

In the meantime…….a snippet of a great vacation……….. and now back to reality.

Enjoy!

cate b

How To Take a Proper Vacation

Happy 4th of July, USA!  I have been on the east coast of our fine nation for almost two weeks.  Here is how I take a vacation:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_horseshoe_crab

And when I wasn’t laying on the beach…….

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddy_Valastro

and meeting up with very precious friends……..

and that is how I roll……….

Enjoy!

cate b

This Land Was Made For You And Me

I have had the opportunity to travel across my nation at least ten times.  I have lived in about six out of fifty states.  I have entered many more – but not all fifty -yet.  There is such a vast difference in landscapes and climates in the USA.  I have yet to see the Grand Canyon and Alaska………. so much to see.

I am presently vacationing in the state where I grew up.  Therefore, this post will be short – but sweet.

This Land Is Your Land
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me.

As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
I saw above me that endless skyway:
I saw below me that golden valley:
This land was made for you and me.

I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;
And all around me a voice was sounding:
This land was made for you and me.

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting:
This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
By the relief office I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this land made for you and me?

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me.

More pictures will follow soon.  But until then, here is a pic of the New York skyline – minus The Twin Towers of The World Trade Center 😦

New York Skyline

New York Skyline

Enjoy!

cate b

What Was I Thinking?

How can I possibly complain?  Well, I can, of course complain.  It’s a free country.  But it’s more like – why would I complain?  Sometimes when my life is full of questions and very little answers I tend to wander…… in my mind mostly.  Wander and wonder – should we be doing this?  Should we be living here?  Should we, should we, should we…….???????

Well all that in the first paragraph takes a lot of energy!  I pooped out.  When I get restless and tired of waiting for things to unfold I dream of tropical islands.  Do  you know why?  I do.  I realized it yesterday.  It’s because the few times I visited tropical places was on vacation.  They represent peace and rest and comfort and carefree living.  But I know that living in these places is not all of those things I just listed.  Living in them is exactly that.  Day to-day responsibilities just like here exist in day-to-day life on an island in the Caribbean.  I lived in a beach town. Tourists everywhere all summer long.  I was not tan!  Day-to-day life!

That said, my favorite flower is the Plumeria.  Not only are they beautiful to my eyes but the scent is magnificent.  I live in the mid-west of the USA and it is far from tropical weather.  With our harsh winters and extreme summers we cannot grow tropical plants outside.  BUT!  We can grow them inside.  Since last spring I have been nurturing a Plumeria that I named Lelani  and she bloomed this summer!  I am also nurturing a Plumeria named Carmen Miranda – she has not bloomed yet but is thriving in our perfect, yet rare, summer weather on the front porch.  She is getting big.  Joining them is a Pony Tail Palm I named Sandra Dee and my Hindu Rope Plant that I named Slumdog Millionaire.  It’s alright – I do have a very active imagination and I am fun! And here is a picture of Lelani:

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Miranda

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandra_Dee

sandra-dee2Slumdog_millionaire_ver2one of my favorite movies…………………..

May you all find a corner of paradise in your everyday world!  It’s there.  You just have to look for it.

Enjoy!

cate b

The Re-Entry Blues

Just got home last night from a lovely vacation with family.  I love vacations.  I dislike coming home.  But we must re-enter the world of “normal”.  Blah!

While we were away we missed torrential mid-west rains and, thank God, gigantic tornadoes.  I am heartbroken for Oklahoma.

We did come home to a jungle of tall grass and weeds and more moisture in the basement – which prevents us from turning on the air conditioner because the house becomes permeated with the smell of damp basement.  I have a very sensitive nose.

On the bright side, a lovely teenage girl came by and mowed the jungle in the 77% humidity on the 76 degree day – not a good ratio.

The moisture in the basement is dissipating and the sun is trying to come out.

Things are looking brighter – the thoughts of packing my bag and running away from home are lessening……

I will tell more of our trip very soon.  Thanks for listening.

Enjoy!

cate b.

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