Six-Week Blog Hiatus

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I am so, so happy to reconnect with the Blogosphere World after taking a 6-week hiatus in mid-November.  During my absence, Hubby and I traveled to Wisconsin.  We enjoyed the face-to-face time with the children, grands and friends over the Thanksgiving Holiday.

We came back home to face the monumental task of  decorating the inside and outside of our home for Xmas.  It was not an easy task for two people on the other side of 70 to:

  • dig out Xmas decorations and lights stored randomly in closets when space ran out in the garage.  I so miss my Wisconsin basement and attic space;
  • separate tangled lights, haphazardly pulled down and thrown in red containers when the season ended last year;
  • setup the 5-year-old artificial Xmas tree, which is becoming more difficult as we age and it ages; and
  • figure out how to work the new fangled laser lights purchased to heighten our holiday visual experience when focused properly.  We were not able to get the proper focus.

In between these tasks we readied the house and shopped for enough food to host our three children, five grandchildren, two cousins and one nephew for eight days.

When everyone arrived, seeing them and knowing that I would be in their presence for more than a week was the greatest Christmas gift.  The preparation tiredness disappeared and in its place happiness and joy entered my space.

Rested, Relaxed, Restored and Ready to Re-Start Blogging!

 

 

 

Photography 101, Day 3: Water

Today’s Assignment

“We want to see your interpretation of water — your image reveal more about you.”

In May, my friend, The Librarian, visited from Wisconsin.  We proceeded with our plan to visit Leu Gardens despite the rain.

The Gardens were closed because of the rain.  But, we did get to see beautiful art pieces by local artists on display in their administrative building.

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The Librarian – Leu Gardens – May 2014

Day Three: Happy Time with The Librarian at Cocoa Beach

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In the post last week, I shared Day One and Day Two of Happy Time with The Librarian who came for a four-day visit.

Though, exhausted after a full day of activities on Day Two; I woke up at 5:00 a.m. ready to start Day Three of Happy Time. The Librarian and I were going to Cocoa Beach, despite the rain, forecasted to last the entire day.  However, unlike the second day with the two broken umbrellas; we, were prepared with four newly purchased umbrellas — two golf sized and two minis. photo Pre-Beach Happy Time

Take a look at Hubby’s Photo, one would think he was going to Cocoa Beach.  But, Hubby dislikes sand, being in the rain, and should the rain stop — he really, really does not enjoy being in the sun. So, he only agreed to join us breakfast.

I am going to breakfast and afterwards Cocoa Beach.  Hubby chose the right attire, but he is just joining us for breakfast.
Seasoned Sistah2 and Hubby

 

Hubby and The Librarian
Hubby and The Librarian

We had breakfast at one of my favorite restaurants located in Winter Park, Florida  a short drive from where we live.

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Starting the Day with Breakfast

This beautiful sculpture was on display in the park across the street from the restaurant.  Since this was the first time I had seen an alphabet sculpture, I wanted to know more.   So, I went to GOOGLE IMAGES and keyed-in “alphabet sculptures around the world.” I did not count the number of sculptures created in different sizes, shapes, and materials.

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Alphabet Sculpture – Winter Park, Florida

Cocoa-Beach Happy Time

Breakfast over.  Hubby back home.  We are off to Cocoa Beach which is about 60 miles from my home.  We arrived.  It was still raining.  But we, along with a few other brave hearts, were at the beach.  Let the day begin.

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Our First Stop – Passerby Offered to Take a Photo

 

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A Quick Few Steps in the Water Enough for Me

 

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The Librarian Looking Out Over the Ocean Ready to Dip Her Feet In

 

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The Cocoa Beach Pier

 

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The Librarian wondering, “Where’s the lifeguard?”
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Heading for the Mai Tiki Bar at End of Pier
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Why?
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Pelican Perched on Pier
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Crane Perched on Pier

 

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Our Time at the Beach Coming to an End

But one, last stop before we go.

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Guess which drink belongs to? (a) The Librarian (b) Seasoned Sistah2  Will let you know in next week’s post
Homeward Bound – Still Raining