Several months ago, I moved from the Orlando area…busy, bustling, heavy-populated to Sebastian where my two daughters live.  It’s small and quiet but still the Florida that I grew up with.  I love the beauty of my home.  Nature abounds in all her glory.

Quiet, it sleeps nestled along the river
that merges with the Atlantic.

Inlets allow entry of myriad
sea life easily spotted by
a walk along the edges.
Waterfront winds for miles;
I never tire of the

drive along the coast.
Pelicans diving into the
shallows, dolphin
slowly undulating through
the waves, their fins
breaking the water
while osprey and
eagle fish for lunch.
Men fish too, seafood
is abundant and fresh,
sometimes plucked
minutes away from
where you may be
enjoying it.
Our house sits in almost
constant sunshine…open
and welcoming, flowers
line the walkway up to
the bright red door.
Doves, Blue Jays,
Cardinals and Red-
Bellied Woodpeckers
are daily visitors to
the bird feeders and
baths situated among
the lush greenery.
On occasion, a fox
has been spied
in our backyard
on an early morning
forage for food
or maybe a mate.

Warm most of the year,
The Sunshine State is
aptly nick-named.
Subtropical, our home
is verdant and flowering
most year ‘round.
We have gators, lots
of gators—almost all
bodies of water have
an alligator in it.
We’re home to manatees,
those gentle, slow-moving
“cows” of the inter-
coastal waterways who
are vying with motor
boats for their lives.

We also are host
to a special
bird found no
where else in our
country, the Florida
Scrub Jay.
It is endangered
because of loss
of habitat.  It is
a stately blue-gray
and has an endearing
quality that I have
never seen in another
bird…they will take
food from your hand.
Wherever you go,
in whatever place
you find them, they
will fly out of the
scrub and eat peanuts
out of your open palm.
Very cool…I hope
they survive.


Pamela Sayers hosts us today at dVerse Poets for sharing the places we live:

Dear friends…

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I may be a bit scarce for a while as I’m in the process of moving.  I’m packing up and heading to Sebastian where my two daughters, and now, new baby granddaughter, Mira lives.  When my daughter and her husband return to work, I’ll be caring for Mira.  I’m really looking forward to this new chapter in my life and creating a loving relationship between Mira and I.

And look forward to getting back into the swing of posting and visiting all of you as soon as I’m settled.

Wish me well!



Mira Jaya

I was on a wild adventure this past week.  No apologies when I say I didn’t mind being away from the blogging world for one minute…excitement was happening.

Mira Jaya and Gigi (Grandma Gayle)

I was in Sebastian where my daughter and her husband live to attend the birth of my granddaughter and first grandchild.  I left home last Saturday to be ready if the labor began over the weekend.  Sebastian is on the east coast of Florida, south of Melbourne.  It’s a sleepy, small retirement community…quiet and breezy from the winds coming off the Indian River and Atlantic Ocean. 

Mira Jaya Rose-Hutner was born Monday night, September 3rd (Labor Day) at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach.  She weighed 8lbs. 6oz. and was 20 ½ inches long.  She came into the world very curious and looking around and seemingly listening when you spoke quietly to her.  Her Daddy held her close after she had been checked out…you could feel the love.  My daughter and the baby are doing very well. 

I arrived back home last night still flying high over the addition of this sweet, precious, new being in our family.  The best news of all…I’ve been asked to take care of little Mira when her Mom returns to work in a few weeks.  I’ll be moving over there within the next couple of months.  I can’t believe my good fortune.

Mira and Dad

Sharing this today with Occupy Blogosphere over at Soul Dipper’s place.  What’s more inspiring than a new little being entering our world?

Weekend in Sebastian

Last weekend was spent as the guest of my youngest daughter at her newly purchased home in Sebastian.  Her company gave her the day off on Friday, which was her birthday and she invited me for a long weekend stay.  She picked me up in the early afternoon on Friday.  I had my own “wing” and a bathroom in her spacious four bedroom home.  I also was able to spend time with my grandkitty, Rumi.  He’s very special to me and it was fun to hang-out with him again.  I don’t know if he realizes it or not, but he’s a very unique individual.  He always brings a smile to my heart.  He’s enjoying his own bright, sunny room where he likes to spend time sitting in the window that has a perfect vantage point to watch the goings on of the neighborhood.

A close friend of Mahan’s treated us both to a lovely meal at a charming restaurant that evening that was right next door to the historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, established in 1924, to which we went after eating.  We saw “Windy City” based on a hit Broadway comedy that has also been remade several times into films.  The one best known to me is “His Girl Friday”, made in 1940, starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.  The cast were all skilled singers and it was an amusing and entertaining presentation.

The next morning, we took our time getting breakfast and dressed and later met up with a friend of hers at an antique store in Vero Beach.  Mahan found five sturdy, painted, dining room chairs that looked as if they had been recently reupholstered…very pretty…and at a price she couldn’t pass up.  Now, she’ll have to keep her eye out for a great table to go with them.  From there we went to the Vero Beach Museum of Art where antique dealers were having a showing–and selling.  We had a great time looking at the high-end, way-out-of-our-league offerings, one painting we admired when we first arrived had a price tag of $86,000.00!

We were meeting her sister and her husband for dinner early that evening but by now had worked up a need for a snack.  We decided to go to a nearby Panera and have a cup of soup.  But first, Mahan asked me if I wanted some chocolate.  Chocolate?  Well, sure.  She’s discovered a charming little shop called Faith, Hope and Chocolate that she likes to visit when the mood strikes.  We both found some to try and Mahan bought some favorites to share, and I ended up buying some dark chocolate nonpareils for Tom’s birthday this week…his favorite.

We later shared a relaxing, mellow dinner with my oldest daughter and son-in-law.  It’s always a treat to spend time with all of them together.

After we returned home, Mahan wanted to watch a football game.  What?!  I’ve never known her to watch football.  I don’t watch it..ever.  She and I had been Magic fans when they first came to Orlando and she had often attended the games when she lived in the area…but football?  I was floored.  But some friends of hers were storing their huge-screened television at her house and she said it was fun to watch sports when you can actually see the action so close.  Well, okay…so I gave it a try.  A guy friend of hers came over and I actually sat through the whole thing…and actually enjoyed it.  It was an abysmal match though between Denver and New England.  I’m sure all you football fans know all about it…New England won.

On Sunday, we had a late brunch.  Mahan has become quite the expert at making omelets with the help of this cool little omelet pan and then she really got industrious and made us pancakes from scratch.  Yum!  She also likes to buy fresh coffee beans and she served up flavorful cups of coffee each morning using her French press.  I’m proud of her domestic abilities and so is my stomach!

Later in the afternoon, the two daughters, son-in-law and I went to a matinee showing of “The Barber of Seville”–my first opera.  It’s hard to believe that I hadn’t been before.  But we all enjoyed it immensely and had a quick dinner out before Mahan drove me back home and ended what was truly a very lovely weekend.  We’ve already talked about doing it again.

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