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It’s officially summer here in this part of the world and it’s Friday! This photo was taken on my sunrise foray onto the beach when we were in Miami Beach. This young lady, Samantha from @Revived_Living, is a former competitive gymnast who was having some photos taken for her website; she is now a health and lifestyle coach.
Hope your weekend is a joyful one 🙂
I’ve forgotten why we had wandered up to this part of Southbeach but I found this to be an interesting building. I wasn’t sure at first what it was until we crossed the street and found that it was a very expensive steak restaurant. For the prices they were charging I sure hope the meat was quality… too rich for us but they did have some fantastic offerings.
This side of the building (not including the traffic cone) had a great island vibe to it. Which version speaks to you?
Unless you are quite the world traveler (and most definitely before the age of media inundation) there are some things in this great wide world that you may have never seen in person. I recall my nieces, then very young who were born in the Philippines where my brother was stationed, being totally amazed that ice (hail) fell from the sky during a storm one day. We had to stop them from going outside while the hail was falling because they wanted to see what it felt like – they probably wouldn’t have liked the sensation. I remember my anthropology professor in college who was born and raised in Hawaii; somehow in a lecture he told us how he didn’t know what a fireplace was when he had to identify it on a standardized school test as a boy. He was trying to tell us that just because someone has never seen nor experienced something that doesn’t lessen their intelligence.
The first time my very young offspring saw a palm tree was during a road trip to Disney World. We had stopped at a gas station and one was there on the lot. They circled and patted the tree examining it like little explorers before asking me what was it. At the time I believe the only palm trees they had ever seen were in books or in cartoons. That memory still makes me smile but now palm trees mean I’m someplace warm and hopefully – but not always – with an ocean nearby.
But not quite back. I am missing the ocean, sand, sun and almost 90 degree heat; the humidity was hair frizz city high as well but who cared! If you follow me on IG then you know where we were and if not why not? 🙂 Will show and tell more next week but now it’s time to fire up the grill to welcome the unofficial start of summer and to give thanks on this Memorial Day weekend for those who gave their all for us.
The Superstition Mountain Museum has several old mining buildings, mining equipment, signs that say watch out for snakes and the chapel here known as the Elvis Chapel because he once filmed a movie here.
This has been an incredibly fast year to me. We’ve traveled to Arizona, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Maine and back home to Missouri – twice. I had a birthday party, during a heat wave of all things, that was attended by family and friends; some I haven’t seen in years. I went hiking in Arcadia, had really really fresh lobster and Maine blueberries (they really are smaller than the ones I usually get at the grocery store), was slightly terrified driving along the Apache Trail, went up in a pink elephant hot air balloon at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and I got to meet three blogging buddies in real time. I also discovered that I like green chile sauce – didn’t see that one coming at all. I’ve also gotten wrapped very tightly around the little sweet finger of the new grandson.
While this year has been wonderful in many ways it has also been stressful and sad in others. I won’t get into politics because if you know me you know how I feel about things and that is none too chipper. This year has seen many entertainers that I have enjoyed for so long leave us far too early – Prince, Bowie, Rickman, Reynolds and Princess Leia (yes I know her name is Carrie Fisher but she will always be Leia Organa to this nerdy girl) to name a few. I have prayed for friends that were very sick and fighting serious illnesses and I cried with a dear friend of mine who lost her husband of 35 years. It finally reached a point where I couldn’t and wouldn’t turn on the news because I just was tired of seeing all of the vitriol, violence and senseless killing that was going on across the globe and here in the states. Peace on earth and goodwill towards human kind? It does occasionally happen… occasionally.
There are no immediate plans on the horizon for us for 2017 other than we will be back in Arizona sometime in January. I do have my eye on photographing my way through parts of the parks in Utah and DH has even suggested we rent an RV for that. That will be a first but I have friends who can help me get over my hesitation about that. Other than Utah we still have St. Lucia, Hawaii and Scotland on our wish list and DH’s Aunt and Uncle have invited us to visit them in Devon, England again.
I hope to meet some of you in person this year if at all possible but even if we don’t I hope we continue to “see” one another here in the land of blog in the new year. May 2017 be a blessed year for all of us. See you next year 🙂
Happy New Year!