Wednesday, February 3, 2016

"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." ~ Bob Marley

We have been in Florida for about a week and a half now. We are well into enjoying seafood and good music! There are so many opportunities for both where we are located. There is music right on the water every Sunday.

(All cellphone pictures, so please excuse the quality!)
 Rockin' Riverwalk  
And an endless stream of artists at local theaters.
Graham  Nash (you will have to take my word for it) at the Sunrise Theater A totally awesome concert!
And other outdoor venues with an assortment of artists on a regular basis. These last pictures are from a spot called Terra Fermata, here in Stuart. It's fair to say that it is home to a variety of musicians and patrons. It's as much fun to go there for people watching as it is for the music!

Next week I hope to bring you pictures from a rocket launch up at the Kennedy Space Center. With it being only two hours away, we thought that we should take advantage of it, so I signed up for "launch alerts". Should be fun!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it." ~ Sydney J. Harris

Well, we are finally in Florida. We left with the blizzard on our heels, but did not have any real trouble. While it has been chilly here, there's nothing to complain about. The sky is blue and all of the colors are vibrant!

One of the first things that we did was head to the beach, just to get our first glimpse. We went to one of our favorite spots, which is always a bit wild and wooly. Not so much at low tide though, when this picture was taken.

I have finally gotten together with my Florida knitting friends, and returned to my Jazzercise group down here. It's so good to see all of their friendly faces!

It is quite a wonder to just pull into our parking space and begin our southern living. This is one of the huge advantages of having our own place, and this winter, we really are able to just live, having completed our renovations and decorating. Quiet days with not much of anything scheduled. We can still hardly believe it! Heading back north, and beginning our house-hunt in earnest will be here soon enough. We intend to enjoy every moment of our respit!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

"Hygge" - A fundamental activity of Danish culture, Hygge cannot be translated using a single word. Rather,think "warm and cozy".

I have been reading "The Year of Living Danishly" by Helen Russell. Helen moved from England to rural Denmark when her husband, Mr. Lego, accepted a position with Legos at their corporate headquarters. She writes about all aspects of Danish life in a quest to discover why Danes are so notoriously happy and satisfied.

I was very close to the end of the book, but in my travels over these last few weeks, I have lost it! It's not like I will not find out how the story ends, but I know that there will be some missing pieces about life in Denmark. At some point I will check the book out from the library, but while I am still in the snowy north, I want to share with you the part of the book that drew me to it in the first place - Hygge. 

Hygge - (pronounced "heurgha") is:

1. The Danish concept of creating warmth, connection, and well-being.
2. Presence. committing spirit, pleasure, and warmth to ordinary rituals and gestures that comfort and make us feel rooted and generous.
3. The appreciative method of giving and receiving that occurs while around the table for a shared meal, sheltered from the rain at the bus stop, or alone in bed with a hot water bottle and a good book.

These are just a few of the loose definitions of hygge; a means of finding comfortable warmth in the long, dark, frigid winter days and nights in Denmark. It is an active pursuit, and one that I think that I have been practicing all along!

I have always loved to sit by the fire while a storm ragged outside. With knitting in hand, music or an audio book playing in the background, and a glass of wine nearby - this is heaven on earth to me. Yes - the beach is calling, but I am going to enjoy my last few days of the chilly north, and get my hygge on!

For further reading on the subject - try the links below. They will have you feeling cozy all over!