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Iris, the goddess

The “Iris” is not just the name of a popular model home in The Villages and an “Iris” is not just a flower. Iris is a goddess and according to Greek mythology, her father was a marine god and her mother was a cloud nymph. I am sure you are wondering what you get when a marine god and a cloud nymph get together and you would be right if you guessed, the goddess of sea and sky, Iris!

Blue on Blue

Of all the colors that you can think of, what color is the hottest and the coolest at the same time. What color has been proven to lower the heart rate and is associated with serenity? What color promotes intellectual stimulation and trustworthiness but sometimes can be perceived as cold and without emotion? What color is found the least in food we eat?

Sunrise to Sunset

The islands name in Spanish means deep bay and her name is Bahia Honda located at mile marker 37 and she is 500 acres of lush green life. Her surrounding waters are filled with great snorkeling and from her shores you can see a piece of history! Henry Flagler’s, Florida East coast highway constructed between 1905 and 1912 ran beside her as the first railroad to take the original “Snowbirds” to roost in Key West for the winters. They would…

Let’s Go Hawaiian

I stood on my front porch in the strange balmy winds of last week’s storm and tried not to worry about tornados. The warm winds felt like Hawaii so I closed my eyes and took a trip back in time. I remembered the flames from the torches that leapt toward the sky and those warm trade winds that wrapped me in their wispy embrace. All eyes turned toward the sea as strong brown arms raised the conch shell sending out…

Grand Floridian

We entered the small boat that would take us the short distant to her shores. The sun was beginning to set as we approached and I felt as if we were going back in time to an era that was grand. Her red roofline was reminiscent of the southernmost house and her architecture was iconic and decadently filled with fretwork and sprawling porches. We followed the beautiful pathways winding through lush green grass. Children were laughing as they ran around…

Memories

We held our hands close to our heart as the haunting refrain of Taps rose high above us. The sound dissipated note by note up into the vast entwined canopies of large and ancient oaks. We were there beneath those trees at the Florida National Veterans Cemetery to celebrate the life of my Father-in-law. Shots rang out against a bright blue sky; the final salute was done.

Refresh and Renew

From the last week of December into the first week of January is a great time for personal projects. Often, my clients are with family, Christmas trees are up and decorating is on hold until the holidays conclude but for me that means time on my hands for my house.

New Discoveries are powerful

“I feel so powerful!” my niece said with excitement. “I love my fingernails like this!” She said, again with more enthusiasm. “What is different about them?” I asked because I was working and she was with Grandma. “Well Grandma bought me press on nails so now they look like real nails!” she explained. “I can send you a text so you can see!”

Coastal Latitude

The Key West Christmas sky was bright azure blue and the wind whipped in light breezes tinged with just enough coolness that a light sweater was appropriate for the day. As the green water and blue skies congealed into a calming teal, I stared out toward the horizon and let the relaxation wash over me. So often I hear, “Well we don’t live near the coast.”

Christmas Three Hundred Sixty Five Days a Year

Golden strands of hair pulled up into a perfect ballerina bun are highlighted by a sparkly silver bow that shimmers under the stage lights. Her dress is layers of silver tulle that cascade out from a beautiful silver lace bodice tied at the back with a silver ribbon creating another beautiful bow. My niece was standing at the back left stage in the choir but she was obscured by the young man in front of her. The only time I…

Letter to Santa

I clicked on the subject line “Wide hallways near front door” and my email popped open. She liked my column! Thank You! I thought. She goes on to write that she has been watching but has not seen an answer to her problem of a large foyer and what to do with it. I felt a little like Santa getting a letter and a request! I was so excited that I immediately pulled the photo card out of my camera…
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