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.

27 comments:

  1. Love your photos. Haha, what a cake! never seen such one. Beautiful!

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  2. Such a lovely post, dear Judith!
    The cake made also me curious. Is the green grass edible? Wow, I would really like to see how the cake looked inside. :)
    Wishing you a very happy Valentine's Day!

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  3. Lovely photo's.
    The colours in the balloon against a blue sky is very striking.

    Lovely picture of your grandson and that cake looks amazing.

    Have a lovely early birthday tea and a Happy Valentine's Day

    All the best Jan

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  4. Great cake!

    Enjoy Valentine's Day and your early birthday, Judith!

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  5. Happy Birthday Lavender Sis! I hope you have a beautiful day and enjoy some more relaxation! Love that hot air balloon...how exciting to see it in the sky! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  6. What a lovely post from Florida! It is wonderful to see that big balloon floating,the whole sky is perfect blue!!
    I hope you have a lovely early birthday and Happy Valentine Day,Judith.

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  7. Sunny FLA!!! I could use some warmth about now. My sister lives in Stuart and I always say it's pretty much 'Paradise' down there. :-) Looks like you are enjoying your trip. Have a Happy Birthday!!!

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  8. I think renting a house with a pool is a wonderful way to holiday in Florida. It looks lovely by the pool. Happy Valentine's day to you.

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  9. Looks like you are having lovely weather. The anhinga looks like an interesting bird, nice photos. Have a happy birthday and enjoy the early celebration.

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  10. Happy Valentine's Day, Judith! Glad you are enjoying some R & R! The hot air balloon is gorgeous against the bright blue sky. The National Hot Air Balloon championships used to be held about 25 miles south of us and we would often have balloons fly overhead; also would see balloons dotting the horizon when they had their "Mass Ascension." An early Happy Birthday to you too.

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  11. Now you have me wondering why you couldn't stay there for six months? I just heard secondhand from some of our snowbirds and they were heading off on bike rides. They left just after Thanksgiving and won't be back until May. I suppose one risks not being able to tolerate the Northern home at all as my aunt and uncle did...just too cold after a while even in summer. Talked myself right back into thinking along with you that a month is enough. Glad that you enjoyed some wonderful company.

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  12. Happy Valentines! Glad you are having a wonderful time!

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  13. I always thought my husband and I would be snowbirds.....but.....it wasn't meant to be. Here I live in New Hampshire where I tolerate the winters. LOL.
    That cake is amazing!!! Nice job to your daughter!
    Enjoy the blue skies and warmth.
    diane @ thoughts&shots

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  14. Happy Valentines Day! It sure looks like a good time down there in Florida. I might be able to spend quite a bit of time down there if I had my own garden. Great job on that cake!

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  15. Some relaxing by the pool in warm sunshine would be welcome to me. Glad you're enjoying your time there. Happy Valentine's Day, Judith.

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  16. That cake is amazing! Wow! And the fruit looks delicious! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  17. Looks like you had a lovely Valentines Day in the FL sunshine! The hot air balloon is beautiful, I love seeing their bright colours against the blue sky!

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  18. Very cool cake! We celebrated Valentine's Day at the office with a tea social. Enjoy your birthday tea tomorrow!

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  19. Just stopped in to see what you've been up to...that sure is a pretty picture of the big balloon! I like the bird pictures too---sitting and watching those can be entertaining for hours!

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  20. It looks and sounds like pure bliss, Judith! I'm so glad your family came for an early birthday. Your daughter's cake is awesome!! I guess you're enjoying your tea today. Hope you took pictures!

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  21. What a fun post! Love that blue sky shot. Hope you enjoyed your tea!

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  22. Oh I have missed your birthday, so I will say today= HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! It sounds like you are having a great time in Florida.

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  23. A lovely vacation indeed, a perfect illustration of the hot air balloon! How sweet that your daughter and grandson are able to come down and spend time too! Enjoyed the picture of the anhinga, I've never heard of them, so pretty! Hugs to you to day :)

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  24. So it is that time of year - time for your stay in Florida. It looks like you're having a good time in good company. There's nothing quite like watching grandchildren having fun!

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  25. Good morning, lovely Judith. What a joy to be able to spend some time in Florida and it's an extra blessing to be able to enjoy it with your family :)

    The cake your daughter made is simply fabulous! She certainly has been blessed with a gift.

    And speaking of birthdays....I sent you a little something for your birthday which I am hopng it will be waiting for you when you arrive home.

    Happy hugs to you!

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  26. I hope that you are truly enjoying your time away sweet lady. Happy belated birthday. GREAT people born in February I must say! LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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