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?

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