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Dog Days

August is the hottest and most humid month of the year. The ancient Romans named these days “dies caniculares” meaning “Dog Days”. When we look to the stars to find the Roman inspiration for name “Dog Days”, we find Sirus the “Dog Star”. Sirus is the brightest star in the Canis Major constellation otherwise known as Large Dog and these are the days that the big dog shines his brightest.

Traditional Modernity

Use of mirrors in design has deep roots in the past. Louis XIV, a very stylized King, understood the use of mirrors for multiplication and used them frequently in palatial décor. In fact, The Hall of Mirrors was built to make a statement on the economic and the artistic triumphs of France. Most rooms with his stamp would have several mirrors reflecting chandeliers or window light, and definitely decadent art. You may not live in a French palace but certainly…

Old Florida

My Grandmother used tin foil against the windows of her living room to keep the hot Florida sun out. She could always be found with her feet on a pillow on the coffee table between 1 and 3 in the afternoon watching her “stories”.

Key West Time

On the last day of vacation, we decided to stay at the hotel beach all day and the weather was perfect! With the tide retreating and carrying away all the floating seaweed that is so prevalent in Key West, we were left to enjoy pure crystal green water! I grabbed my snorkel and mask and set out to see what I could see. Stingray were quite active kicking up sand as they moved from pier to pier and the occasional…

Living it Large

Fred the tree is still standing! He is an Australian pine tree that has been growing on the unusable portion of the old seven mile bridge otherwise known as The Oversees Highway. Fred has become an Icon of survival and perseverance since Irma could not take him down. He is a great testament to the power of putting down roots and sticking. At Christmas time he is a lighted beacon offering hope to all who pass by and he has…

Melting pot of Color

It is official, Key West was just named the “most excellent cities to visit” by Trip Advisor in an article in Southern Living. We are on a four day countdown until we leave and life will slow down to a lovely crawl. The tropical hot days will end with amazing sunsets full of brilliant color. Key West is a colorful melting pot of interesting things but they come together somehow and blend to create something unique, eclectic and now nationally…

Coastal Calm

Though I enjoyed the four days away with my niece and nephews; when kids are with you there is always something happening and the vacation is very active. Having said that, I am ready to sit in a chair at The Southernmost Beach Resort and stare for hours into crystalline water where the, “blue of the sky, meets the green of the sea”. The only sounds that I want to hear are the waves gently lapping against the sea wall,…

Open and Light

I pushed open the sliding doors high on the seventh floor of our room at Hammock Beach, walked onto the balcony and looked out to the rolling ocean waves. The warm salt air filled my lungs and I could feel relaxation begin to flood through my body as I breathed in through the nose and out through the mouth. “Aunt Ruth! This is an amazing hotel room and I can’t believe I get my own bedroom and bathroom!”

Pretty in Pink

The shores of Florida in the days of James Audubon were filled with Flamingos in the wild but settlers and habitat invasion pushed them away to extinction in Florida. However, for the past 11 years, a small flock returns each year to the West Palm Beach water management district. Hopefully, the word will get out to others that it is great in Florida again and our shores will be filled with pink!

The Art of Display

When I was first married twenty years ago, I made it known somehow that I liked palm trees and pineapples; so then everything that I received as a gift from that point on had something with a palm tree or a pineapple. I think that is how the collecting process gets started and through the years I kept my favorite pieces and let go of the ones that I did not like. The way that items are collected through the…

Change is Good

I often hear that “change is good”, but what if the change is not good? I don’t like trying a new meal at a restaurant and not liking it. I don’t like getting a different haircut and crying when it is done. I don’t like getting low fat cheese by accident because I did not read the package!
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