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

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW! That is gorgeous! When I read the Dixie Hemingway Cat Sitter mysteries by Blaize and now John Clement, those pictures are exactly what I see in my mind.

I don't really have someplace like that but, because I live in the Portland, OR metro area and we have had a really dry and warm winter, some of the flowering trees and spring flowers are already in bloom. Cordella

Aurian said...

Gorgeous! But did you come home to picture 1 again, or is the weather finally gearing towards spring where you live?

Dru said...

Anyplace that is not my hometown is a place where I can relax and rejuvenate. Love your photos and thanks for sharing.

Dru

mary kennedy said...

HI Dru, I hear ya!! It does the soul good to get away! Thanks for stopping by, stay warm and safe!

mary kennedy said...

Hi Aurian, sadly, I am back home, right smack in the middle of the snowy northeast! I miss Florida so much. Thanks for stopping by.

mary kennedy said...

Oregon is beautiful! The contrast with Florida and the northeast was pretty dramatic.It sounds like Oregon is much more temperate. Thanks so much for stopping by1

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I'm a Northeast girl and love it here most times. This Winter was not one of the times. I am not fond of Fla. and been there quite a few times. That being said, this was the first year I really thought of visiting friends who Winter there. Your pictures look so nice and I do love the beach, I really don't know why I don't care for fla. I think when I have been there, it has been humid and I hate humidity. I do like the Caribbean but have not been there for quite a few years. At least the weather for this coming week has NO SNOW in it. I look forward to Spring like most of us here in New England. The change in time tonight will help too.

Zena Weldon said...

The place is Siesta Key off Sarasota, Florida. I learned it was much cheaper and more friendly to rent a condo. It was right on the Gulf, with both warm salt water with beach for walking and shell collecting and a pool. A weekend for discovering the area and a week-long watercolor painting workshop followed by a weekend of discovery...heavenly. This year home in Vermont with plunging temps and snow. Warm memories.

Maggie Sefton said...

I'm an East Coast girl (Northern Virginia/DC), so our winters were a bit milder than the bitter, bitter Northeast. Whenever I visited daughter Melissa in Manhattan (my father's city), I nearly froze to death. My family regularly visited Miami Beach for summer vacations. With 4 kids you look for bargains. Where I live in Fort Collins, Colorado (hour north of Denver), we actually have milder winters. We'll get cold and snow in December and January but regularly our Februrary is mild and 50s and 60s. And of course Sunshine, Sunshine, Sunshine all the time. Your place in Florida looks FANTASTIC! Beautiful. You guys need to stay longer. :)

mary kennedy said...

Hi Diane, I hope you decide to visit you Florida friends--it's good to feel the sun! a lot of people have problems with the Florida humidity. I hear ya on that. In fact when one of my characters talked about the "famous Florida humidity" in one of my books, I got a few angry e-mails from Floridians. Geez. I wrote back a polite note to each person and reminded them that it was a "character" saying that, not me. The idea of NO SNOW sounds really good, I hadn't checked the weather!! You brightened my day...

mary kennedy said...

It sounds wonderfujl, Zena, Did you post a photo on FB, I'd love to see it. And the painting workshop sounds terrific. I'd love to see some photos if you can post them.

mary kennedy said...

HI Maggie, I love your travels!! You combine the best of both worlds. Yeah, I totally agree with you, two weeks wasn't enough. Barely enough time to decompress and boom!! Back in the snow and the cold and deadlines. Ugh. I wish I could be a snowbird. But I don't know how we'd leave the 8 cats.

Anonymous said...

Zena, if you haven't read them, the Cat Sitter books mentioned above are set on Siesta Key. Cordella

Mary Jane Maffini said...

So snowed in this winter, Mary, that I can't imagine escape. My favorite place is Paris, but I couldn't make it work this year.

XO

mary kennedy said...

MJ.I love Paris, too!! I lived in Grenoble for awhile and used to escape to Paris and the south of France. (ah, the good old days.) Hope we both can get back to Paris soon.