Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Florida and The Ability Not To Think :^)

 Have you ever taken a two week vacation, or longer? The knots and habits and worries get slowly untied the first week and the second week is just coasting. At least, that's how it is for me. 

I am in south Florida with JB and we have done a lot of nothing: breakfast, morning paper, pool, gym, lunch, paint, beach, dinner, Olympics, Beatles reunion. We tucked in a couple of special gallivants and dinners, but mostly we have unwound. Relaxed. Talked. And marveled. 

We rented a car and drove 200 miles to Key West, crossing over 42 bridges connecting hundreds of small islands that make up the Florida Keys. Yesterday we hopped on the local river taxi and instead of getting off at one of the stops we just coasted along to all of them and back again, taking in Fort Lauderdale's man made intercoastal and amazed that one house could cost 20 million dollars and one yacht could cost 50 million. 

I have just about finished my Dr. Seuss-like story of two children who fall into a magic tunnel. It rhymes :^)  I am sending it to my very talented friend Mim to see if the story calls to her to illustrate. 

But enough words from me. Here is my camera's wondrous view of Florida. 

love
kj













29 comments:

  1. These pictures are a sight for cold eyes!

    Jealous and drooling here.

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    1. Thank you, 8. I'll be joining you in the snow banks in a couple of days. I'll be shoveling with a tan!

      Stay warm xo
      Love
      kj

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  2. Florida looks lovely. One day.

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    1. Deb, now I want to come back next year to key west; that is, long after I am able to get a flight home tomorrow--12 inches of snow, maybe more :-)

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      kj

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  3. Well, the place looks wonderful! Ideal for "breakfast, morning paper, pool, gym, lunch, paint, beach," etc., etc. A nice counterpoint to the routines of daily living.

    Glad you are enjoying your time in "the south."

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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    1. Rob, I thrive on no schedule. I am now determined to finish up my current work project and leave myself some wide open space. I'm old enough and lucky enough that I can do that

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      kj

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  4. Nope except for the needed trip to MA last July, haven't left my slum paradise in over a decade.

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    1. Mark, slum paradise is an awesome and rich term, even in its poverty

      Love!
      kj

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  5. I think you must be home by now, hope you like the snow after all that beautiful warmth. Hope all is well and snug for you both.
    am waiting with baited breath......

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  6. Mim, just now home and yes, all is well.

    Could be this weekend for bated breath. xoxoxo
    kj

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  7. I admit to being jealous. Warmth. Warmth. Warmth. What the hell is that? I believe that I have forgotten.....

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    1. Maria, now that I'm back home with 15 inches of snow surrounding me, I have just about forgotten too :-)

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      kj

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  8. Florida is not that far from Georgia but it seems like a world away this winter.
    Great photos and I love your header photo! Take care.

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    1. Hi Kay! When we looked at a map of the u.s. One day, southern fla was the only warm place! Damn were we lucky

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      kj

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  9. Check: Florida is okay.
    All pics are awesome, but I love the first one of the two of you under the ehm....flying umbrella. ;-)

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    1. Wieneke, hahaha, right! How did you know that was JB and me? Hahaha

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      kj

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  10. Oh, wish I was there. Wish I was there....

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  11. Amanda, it did me a world of good....

    Love
    kj

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  12. Some nice shots.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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    1. Thank you Andrew. I'll be by to visit you

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      kj

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  13. Back to the snow... but none the less a beautiful trip yes? Such lovely shots! long time no see... I am making the rounds some... nice to be back here...

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    1. Zoe, I looked for your blog yesterday, also thinking it's been a while. Damn I wish I knew when you post. Or I wish I were more organized!

      No doubt you too have snow to your eyeballs. I am channeling spring :-)

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      kj

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    2. I think I may have to change my server...blogger is giving me real problems and my email list isn't even being sent out this past week... I cant seem to resolve it or get them to. Are you having issues?

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  14. Looks and sounds like a perfect holiday! The book sounds great too ;)
    ♥M

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    1. Thanks, Marianne.it's been fun. I hope you are home and cozy. xoxo

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      kj

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  15. Ah, but where are the mountains? Ha. I would trade all the mountains in Oregon for a little summery weather and scenery right now. I'm glad you're having fun. Peggy retires in July, so maybe next winter, we too will get away, that is if I don't break my back, throw out my shoulders, or make some other stupid mistake.

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  16. I have a brother in Florida, but I have never been, lack of enough money prevents me from travel, it is a choice, paint or work and I usually choose painting :-). Now if I could just make a living doing that perhaps I can travel, that is the plan. Glad you had fun.
    I could swear I already commented on this post.
    xoxox

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  17. ... We humans are a funny lot - we always want the opposite to what we have- too many sun filled days here always has me dreaming of snow*!*

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  18. Love, love those photos. I'm a Florida girl myself (grew up there) and have never been to Key West. I really want to go. There is a half marathon there in January and my husband and I have been talking about doing it in 2015. I think this post might have tipped me over the edge to doing it.

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