Wednesday, September 2, 2015

'If I'm alone too long I think too much, and I'm not interested in doing that. That won't lead anywhere good, I'm sure. If I'm busy I tend to stay out of trouble." Lisa Marie Presley

The pier at our complex (hence its name: Pier Point)
Well, a week here in Florida on my own! I admit that it feels a bit odd. While I have never thought of myself as someone who is always on the go, I realize that I AM someone who always has something going on. Craft project; household undertaking; gathering. It is honestly taking me a bit of adjustment to having entire days at my disposal. I certainly have not been idle - at least not too much. It has been wonderful to get together with knitting friends, and to do some fiddling with my new camera. I have also read a couple of books - nothing very deep, which suits me just fine. The terrible weather never really materialized, which of course is a good thing! I can laugh now at my preparations - canned food - tuna and mandarin oranges (no sugar added) - that was it. I figured that I should stock up on things that I knew would ultimately get eaten - but really - what a horrid combination!

Yesterday and today are my only days without substantial rain. I'd like to spend some time at the beach, but I've had busy mornings, and frankly, the afternoons are just so hot, it's not what I want to do. I am thinking that tomorrow may be the day!

Bruce arrives next week - can't wait!

In the meantime, as I learn some of the bells and whistles on my camera, I'm leaving you with a few random shots!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

"Sometimes you just need to disconnect and enjoy your own company." ~ Kushandwizoom

Well - I'm in Florida! Bruce and I agreed that since we now have the condo, we should take advantage of it! This is the only window that I saw as doable for me, so I started down on Monday and arrived safely on Wednesday. Bruce helped me plot out my route, and I did not encounter any trouble whatsoever. He will join me in a bit and we will drive back north together in a few weeks. I have fun-time planned with my knitting friends, and I am really enjoying the freedom of doing as I please, without any household tasks facing me. I have books, knitting projects, and the HGTV schedule to keep me out of trouble.  Additionally, I hope to spend time really learning my new camera.

Of course, I arrived to sudden predictions of a hurricane, but as I write this, it seems as though it will remain a tropical storm, and not hit directly where I am. Monday through Tuesday seem to be the key days at this point - I have water and canned food in the event that I lose power, but it does seem that it will not be as bad as it could have been. It's fair to say however, that the weather each afternoon has been very turbulent. I remember this from when we were here at this time last year to do renovations.

I headed to the beach this morning (in order to avoid the once again forecast afternoon storms). I had hoped to get some shots of wild waves (I went at high tide and given the afternoon storms, I thought I might catch some), but found the water very calm and tranquil. I have posted shots of this spot many times in the past, but I am shooting and sharing it again!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening." ~ Larry King

I love podcasts, but admit to not listening to any of my favorites in recent months! Just like YouTube videos, there are podcasts on every conceivable subject. Some good and some horrid. When the recommendation comes from Food 52 (one of my favorite sites, newsletters, etc. with a podcast of their own listed below)) then I feel fairly confident that I will love what I listen to. Now I need to find the time! Check out their newest recommendations!