Saturday, March 7, 2015

WHAT WE LEfT BEHIND, and WHAT WAS WAITING FOR US

by Mary Kennedy                                   
 
Not to bash the North East (hey, it's my home) but here's a look at what we left behind 2 weeks ago as we headed for Ft. Lauderdale for our annual winter vacation. Yes, the snow can be picturesque and there were some cute photo ops at home (see the doves balancing on a tree branch outside my bedroom window.)                         
 
But what was waiting for us--as it does every year--was so spectacular that it took my breath away. Gorgeous blue sky, puffy white clouds, shimmering blue-green ocean and sugary white sand. If I sound like a travelogue, you'll have to forgive me, I love Florida and even set one of my mystery series there. (The Talk Radio Mysteries. It's all about a New York psychologist who closes up her Manhattan office and moves to south Florida to become a radio talk show host like Frasier. Oh, and she solves a murder in every book).
 But back to Ft. Lauderdale. It was wonderful to see that nothing had changed in the oceanfront condo.   
 
 The beach was still quiet and unspoiled, the air was soft and intoxicating. I loved walking out of the condo and feeling my toes hit the sand. Here are a couple of views from our balcony.
                                                          
 
And one I took leaning over the railing.
 
I love the idea that the condo is right smack on the ocean. The ocean's colors are ever-changing. Someone thought I Photo-Shopped the pink color on one below, but it's natural, I swear! Whether the day is sunny or cloudy, the ocean is always beautiful. Here's sunny...
                                                           
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And here's cloudy.
 
So that's my Florida escape! Do you have a favorite place you like to escape to--a place you can relax, rejuvenate and kick back? I hope so!
by Mary Kennedy