Thursday, February 23, 2017

Birthdays are Ordinary Days Sprinkled with Stardust

Birthday celebrations have been ongoing for me during our Florida vacation for a couple of weeks and I'm proud to say that as of today, I am officially a senior! Sixty-five, and proud of it... but I wonder where the time has gone? 
The celebration started on February 15 with an afternoon tea at The Wisteria Tea Room in Fort Myers with our youngest daughter and granddaughter.
Birthdays are filled with yesterday’s memories, today’s joys and tomorrow’s dreams.
Hubby gifted me with a ruby necklace and a cross for my Valentine's/birthday gift.
The weather in Florida this February has been better than any other year - in the 80s almost every day producing gorgeous sunsets like this one on the canal at the back of our rental house.
Hubby and I came home from our after dinner walk with the dog one night to excited whispers from the grands and a party table set up.
We put on our party hats.. (granddaughter Alexandra on reading week)
and had a decadent chocolate fudge cake with chocolate dipped strawberries on top.
Birthdays are ordinary days sprinkled with stardust.
Sometimes the guests at a party have too much fun! lol Above is our grandson Sam with 6 hats on, there's one sticking out the back too. 
Decadent macarons from Le Macaron were picked up for tea one day.
Lavender and pistachio were my selections with a cup of Earl Grey tea.
After filling in a temporary form for the US mail, I received a birthday card with a dishcloth and new variety of tea to try from my sweet blogging sister Kitty in Texas. The cloth is perfect for a doily on my teacart back at home, so pretty in my colours. 
Tonight we're getting dressed up to go out for a nice dinner as Alexandra heads back to northern Ontario tomorrow. I'll have the birthday cards from our card and tea exchange group to look forward to when we go back home next week and other surprises that have been hinted at.
A few other bloggers have their birthday this month and a shout out to them for best wishes.
My lavender sis Diane at Lavender Dreams has already celebrated, as has Phyllis at The Relevant Tea Leaf.
Kitty at Kitty's Kozy Kitchen celebrates tomorrow. 
I'm sure there are many more, please include in your comment if you are a February woman.
Each birthday is a new beginning, full of promise and opportunity 
and the chance to make dreams come true.
Take time for tea.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Carefree Sunny Days

Life sure slows down in a sunny climate when one is taking leisurely walks, swimming, reading on a lounge chair in the lanai and eating when the whim strikes.
At this point I don't think I could spend 6 months in Florida as is customary to Canadian snowbirds but do enjoy a month of this type of rest and relaxation.
It's kind of like floating around in a big hot air ballon without a care in the world. This one drifted over the house on the weekend.
Saturday mornings mean a trip to the farmers market to buy homemade guacamole and salsa as well as fresh fruit picked the previous day.
 A female anhinga visited a couple of times, sitting on the rail of the boat launch and then diving into the canal in search of a meal.
In the pool our grandson Sam stopped long enough to pose for me while the sunbeams danced on the water in crazy patterns.
My daughter who bakes extraordinary cakes made this one for a fellow police officer before coming down to Florida. 
We're going out for afternoon tea for my birthday on the 15th as she and the kiddies will be gone for my actual birthday next week.
Take time for tea on Valentine's Day and invite a friend.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Flower Therapy

 Sharing some flower therapy with you from our morning walks in Florida.
My day starts around 6:30 am with half an hour of yoga and then the donning of my purple gear, sunglasses and off for another half hour of walking. With the weather in the high 70s to low 80s every day I also spend time in the pool exercising. 
 Yup, daily exercise is necessary for the treats I've been eating like this scrumptious key lime pie surrounded by pretty lines of lime gel.
 A lobster roll at a farmers market.
 Getting in the mood for the Valentine's Day party we'll have with the grands next week. They arrive Saturday with their mother.
Chocolates from Noela, a chocolatier I like in Cape Coral. Everything hand made and I was able to get in on a program last February where I bring my box in for a discounted refill and a free fill on my birthday. (chocolate therapy)
 We haven't seen the huge iguanas that were around the last couple of years but this baby has been sunning itself on a metal beam of our pool birdcage.
The burrowing owl family that lives two lots over is still there.
I discovered a palm tree with a heart in the bark on our walk one day and although it could have had some human help, a perfect find for the month of February.
To my friends at home, stay warm and I hope the expected ice storm is not too sever.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sunshine and Blue Skies

We've arrived at our rental house in Florida and both hubby and I love the drive through the mountains. The scenery is breathtaking and I can only imagine the colours in autumn.
 Here's a pair from the welcoming crew, part of a big flock of ibis that hangs around our neighbourhood.
Sunshine, blue skies and palm trees that are a welcome sight for two from wintry Ontario. We back along a canal which is brownish murky water but that's not obvious in this photo.
A couple of days before we headed south I went out for dinner with 18 other members of my garden club. Teapot, teacup and creme brûlée belong to yours truly, as well as the tasty vegetarian pasta dish I had.
 For everyday use my iPhone is a handy camera but when I charged up my Canon DSLR I found some pretty summer flowers still on it. Above the stunning baptisia 'Lemon Merengue',
 peony 'Sarah Bernhardt'
and Itoh peony 'Bartzella.'
From these photos and flowers in Florida I'm photographing, I'm really wanting spring to arrive soon. 
Happy February everyone! Afternoon tea by the pool this afternoon. 💜
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