Chicellarose's Blog

Musings on life, family, and the leading interest of the day..

I found this little guy on our chair outside. Did he choose this one because he knew the color was so complimentary? He could have chosen the red…no… too much like Christmas. I liked that he held the pose for me. Now why can’t I choose the right colors for both my wardrobe and my house so easily.

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We spent an evening exploring the historic downtown of Fernandina Beach. It had a lovely quaint feeling to it with live music playing at several of the restaurants in the area. The music provided a nice background to our stroll to see the boats and for window shopping. We bought some ice cream and sat on a bench to listen and people watch.













Does anyone have any small, cool beach towns they love?

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So it took me until now to recover from vacation! Getting ready to leave and then catching up … is it really worth it? Okay okay I still think it is. So here is my first photo from our trip:

Every year for about the last twelve years, we have gone to Florida. And every time we cross the ‘border’, I begin to search and find a source to get my Cuban food fix or alternately some Spanish food. Since the majority of the years have been spent on Anna Maria Island, we were in close enough proximity to get to the Columbia Restaurant numerous times each stay. I do own their cookbook and that’s all good to cook at home…but NOTHING beats when it’s cooked on the spot.

This time we were on Amelia Island and the closest thing anyone could tell us was a Puerto Rican restaurant that had opened up recently. Hmmm. I wasn’t sold. So since this was a shorter trip and we didn’t want to drive another hour and a half to St. Augustine, we decided to eat at a restaurant on the beach. I tell you live music and brisk ocean breezes as we sat on the upstairs deck made up for the disappointment. Add in some scrumptious hush puppies with an unexpected bonus of sweet tea and I was in a good place!

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Home again after a week at the beach and while it was great fun, always good to be back home. I will post photos as the week goes on, but for now just some random thoughts…

1. After being gone for over 30 years, I don’t think of Florida as home any more.

2. Body surfing never gets old.

3. Getting beat up by the ocean on red flag days does.

4. Going to Florida and not finding any good Cuban food just isn’t as fun.

5. Eating outside with a view of the ocean and ocean breezes is always fun.

6. Screened porches make all the difference.

7. Seeing all the other dogs on the beach without my Daisy along isn’t fun.

8. Coming home to her unadulterated joy at seeing me makes everything all better.

Hope you all had a great week and weekend!

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Just realized I never posted a photo of our bedroom after we had repainted it with the new color. You may remember I thought I could go with an all white room, but no. I did find that it took forever for this brand of paint to stop smelling like paint. I did all the tricks I researched on how to dissipate it quicker. There were little bowls of coffee grounds and cut up onions scattered about. I brought every single one of our houseplants in there and hoped they wouldn’t die overnight because surely that would be a very bad sign! And then finally burned candles for about 3 days straight. I exaggerate. I did blow them out at night. So that explains the delay in posting the photo, but here it is. I still have to finish up with details, but I’m happy with it.

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So it’s been a few days since I posted. Almost a week in fact. What has been going on around here…let me think because it’s gone by so quickly. Two days of working at the barn so our barn manager could have a week off. Rough work, but always good to be around the horses and get to know them better. A bonus 4th of July celebration since it was the first year in so many that I can’t remember that my husband did NOT have to work. Yay. Moving furniture. Trying to move furniture and getting it stuck in the hall between doorways. Oops. This behemoth piece won and it’s back in its rightful place. Gardening. And picking and eating some delicious vegetables. Reading. Lots of reading. A Yin yoga class with some hip openers held for a long time. Good for the summer and definitely good for my hips since they are evidently where I hold my tension.

And a few photos to brighten your day!

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