Monday, February 3, 2014

Bon Voyage, Key West

by Kate Collins

First shock to my system was all the whiteness. White everywhere. Nothing but white.

Second shock was the bitter cold.

To think that only one day ago I was wearing a sundress and sandals, walking down streets lined with palm trees and purple, pink, and yellow bougainvillea, and gigantic bird of paradise plants -- and now I'm shivering in a thick sweater, jeans, boots and a winter coat.

I know. Boo hoo.

It's amazing how quickly a body gets used to the warm climate and forgets what it feels like to be really cold. As I watched stories on TV about the horrendous snowstorms that have pelted my hometown near Chicago, there was such a feeling of disconnect. Wasn't it June, not January? It felt that way to me.
So now I'm trying to reset my internal temperature as well as my internal clock to the different time zone.
I don't really have a point other than that I wanted to share some of the photos I took. I hope you enjoy them. Maybe they will help you feel just a little bit warmer.

Photo 1: Isn't this the most gorgeous bird of paradise plant? It was in a planter on someone's front porch.

Photo 2: Just your average Wookie doing some window shopping on Duval Street.









Photo 3: A wacky clock that I bought simply because it looks like something Abby's mom would make





















Photo 4: My last Key West sunset before heading home.






And don't forget! THROW IN THE TROWEL comes out tomorrow! (Feb 4, 2014).  You'll love it. Wait till you see what Abby's mom makes in this story.


Did you get away this winter or have plans to?




19 comments:

Bernie said...

At the moment I would gladly trade you some snow, for some heatwave.
Here is SE Australia, we have a Total Fire Ban, so my dreams of a BBQ steak have been put on hold. Again.

However I do have plans to go North for our winter.

Karen B said...

I can see the clock in the flower shop - too funny! Who's trying to hide it?
Keep warm. We're still freezing in MN.

mary kennedy said...

Love the photos, and the clock!! Abby's mom would fall in love it. Congratulations on THROW in the TROWEL, going to remind everyone that release day is tomorrow!

Kate Collins said...

Sounds like SE Australia and California are suffering the same weather! I'll send thoughts of a break in temps your way, Bernie.

Kate Collins said...

My thoughts exactly, Karen. And now I can see it in my kitchen. LOL

Kate Collins said...

Thanks, Mary!

Paula Ratcliffe said...

great pictures looks like you had a great time

Ellery Adams said...

That Wookie must have been hot! Great photos, Kate!

Elaine Ellen said...

My husband hates winter and he retired at the end of December so we are spending a few months in Arizona. I miss winter and I think I am going to feel really cheated when we head back north and I don't get to walk in snow. But we will see. We have been keeping very busy here and spend a lot of time outside but I was excited last week when it cooled off and I got to wear my jeans!

Danielle Plassmeyer said...

The plant us beautiful, the Wookie us hilarious, the clock is fabulous, & the warm weather is envied! :) Can't wait to pick up Throw in the Trowel!

Carrie P said...

It was cold even here in SC ... but today, once the fog finally burns off, it will be in the high 70's, I miss the 80's plus weather. But, like you, I get to read all about how my family and friends back in NH and Mass, are having to dig out that nasty white stuff, and all of a sudden 50 doesn't fell quite that cold. :)

Kate Collins said...

I did! I love Key West. It's so laid back …. and so much warmer than where I live!

Kate Collins said...

I think he was a young Wookie on the prowl for a Wookette!

Kate Collins said...

Elaine, that's how the native Key Westers often feel about January. They get to wear jeans and jackets! But for just a few weeks, and then it's back to warm weather outfits.

Kate Collins said...

Yes, yes, yes, yes, and YES!!!

Kate Collins said...

It's all about perspective. I heard people complaining about the cold weather in Key West (65) while my family was suffering through -15 temps. No one heard me complaining though. LOL

lavendersbluegreen said...

Loved the wookie pic.

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Aurian said...

Lovely pictures Kate, thank you! And I can understand how the big change in temperature is a shock to your system. Keep warm, and think back to your lovely vacation.