1 month ago

Swaying branches — Florida (May 2014)

"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." —Warren Buffett

Whenever we visit Florida, I am struck by the beauty of the trees that majestically line the streets.  From palm trees to stately oaks, covered in Spanish moss, the green contrast against the brilliant blue sky is remarkable.

Having just described the vivid colors, in reflecting on this trip, it seems (more) fitting to share this image in black-and-white.  For me, it accentuates the moment, feeling the love and history of this special place.

This weekend allowed us to cherish time with family and friends.  So very grateful and honored to be part of wonderful traditions.  Looking forward to creating many more memories…every day!

1 month ago

Special Disney scenes (May 2014)

  • Kid-at-heart magic — Wishes Nighttime Spectacular
  • "Adulting" magic — Starbucks {venti iced Americano} AT Walt Disney World on Main Steet
  • T-I-DOUBLE*G*-E-R! — The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Disney power (literally) — Mickey Mouse!…Mickey Mouse!
…heart full of love!

Magic moments — Walt Disney World

Glorious (unexpected!) time with favorite people in a magical place! Love being “kids” {at heart} always and forever.

1 month ago

Growing sunshine — flowers near Bok Tower (May 2014)

Sunny wishes from Florida! Loved exploring landmarks yesterday, seeing beautiful flowers — including Julia Child roses {left and middle pictures}.

Currently: spending precious time with family, gathering dinner ingredients, and getting excited for an unexpected, *magical* adventure tonight with dear friends!

1 month ago

Blue skies smiling — Florida

Captured en route to dinner after a lovely day filled with long talks and exploration — so special!

2 months ago

Sunrise over Reno-Tahoe Airport (May 2014)

"Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo." —Al Gore

Whew — what a crazy seventy-two hours: (snow) storms, intense bouts of debilitating nausea, driving to the airport with no visibility before a long day of flying yesterday…but, now, we are resting in *hot* and sunny Florida, fortunate to have relaxing, quality time with family! {Plus, everything is made easier and worth it with the best travel partner!}

Here’s to a wonderful holiday weekend!

3 months ago

…and then the storm cleared — near Mountain Lake’s 18th green - Florida

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots." —Marcus Garvey

Relishing special time with family. Spellbound by every detail of incredible stories from the Greatest Generation. Sharing one-on-one time in bright outfits. Weathering crazy rain and watching close upsets.

History can teach us so much and help guide our future. Heart is very full with admiration, gratitude, and love.

3 months ago

Beauty thrives (all around) — south of Orlando, Florida

"The family is one of nature’s masterpieces." —George Santayana

Long, draining hours of travel are oh-so-very worth it for good quality family time. Past 48 hours included driving through a snow storm, three flights, delicious Cuban food, two breakfasts (in the same day), March Madness viewing, and hours of catching up. Celebrating being in the moment and appreciating this special time.

7 months ago

Thanksgiving: a spectacular chance stop, breathe, and celebrate life, love, family, friends…the beauty all around us!

Here’s to giving thanks every day and being *extra* grateful today for peas-in-pods, joy, coffee, strength, blue skies, family (of every relation!), and full hearts.

7 months ago

Leaning tower of…*treesa*!

One of my favorite palm trees, seen on the walk back to the house. So grateful for beautiful walks around Mountain Lake and love.

I say this often, but I cannot reiterate it enough - especially on Thanksgiving Eve. So thankful for *all* the varieties of love - from family to friendships to soulmates and self. It is the happy foundation for great adventures!

7 months ago

Twin trees seen near Mountain Lake’s 18th Hole

As Michael J. Fox said, “Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.” So thankful for quality time with new family here and long walks around this beautiful part of Florida. Eagerly awaiting more arrivals and the rest of the holiday season!

8 months ago

From snowy Tahoe pines to sunny Florida palms

A beautiful twenty-four hours *made* by quality time with family! Looking forward to a wonderful holiday week — feeling deeply grateful

1 year ago

Blossoms at Mountain Lake

1 year ago

Great place to enjoy lunch in warm weather - Mountain Lake Halfway House

1 year ago

Hello Orlando - let the (too short) family time to celebrate Mother’s Day begin!

Keep Calm and Drink Tea theme by Polaraul