Showing posts from August, 2015

Enjoy the Polynesian Resort at Disney for Free

Many people book the Disney Resorts and then spend all their time at the parks.  They rush out first thing in the morning and then come back to their room so tired they fall into bed to rejuvenate for the next day at the next park...spending upwards of $400 a night.  However Disney invites everyone to come and visit the resort even if you are not staying and many of the people wandering around are visitors. The resort hotels are designed to transport you to another place, so even though you are in Florida you are for all intents and purposes actually have traveled to the western Pacific!   First of all parking is free.  You can park up to four hours for free in the hotel parking lot. Inside the resort there is shopping at the gift shops, restaurants open to all and beautiful floral arrangements everywhere.    The decor and art glass are divine! There are two floors of lobby seating areas where you can enjoy the music and people watch! Every day at 3:

Cleaning the Patio

I have a big job on my hands this Blue Monday! It's time to pay the piper and get the  yard and patio  straightened up. I had a paint can sitting on the table that had rusted, it sat there so long after I  painted my old shed.  So out it went..finally!  It's such a simple thing but it was a hike  to the back of the yard and I haven't felt like doing much of anything this year. I then gathered the two loungers that have been in the yard,  I bought new cushions for them last week and they are still in the trunk of the car,  I have one scrubbed down and looking perfect and will be working on the next one this afternoon.   The reason for all this industry in the middle of the hottest month of the year?   I have company possibly on the way.   My daughter and her family were coming down  from North Carolina but my son in law's service dog has been deathly ill and is just out  of the veterinarian hospital.  He may not be well

Storm Results

Last week we had a very heavy day of rain on Monday after a few weeks of lots of rain. It was apparently too much for this tree at the end of my street. It toppled over, silently apparently, as I didn't hear a thing even though it's only about 100 feet away. I discovered it on Tuesday, the day after the big rain. So what is that saying about a tree falling in the forest without anyone to hear?  The city came out on Friday I  I asked the foreman if the tree was just old and rotted but he said no, it was the weight of the water on the tree and the saturation of the sandy ground from the rain was unable to hold it up. My favorite beach My previous blog post " My Favorite Beach "  is on the other side of this group of trees at the end of my street.   This is what is left today.   When I went out to photograph the stump there was a glorious scent of pine. I wish I could bottle it! Sharing with: Sundays in My City T

My New Favorite Beach

It's new and it's local!   The nice thing about this beach is that it isn't on the ocean...well it's not on the Gulf of Mexico, it's actually a lake! Tons and tons of white sand was trucked in, soft, fine white sand.   The lake is large enough to do some serious kayaking, (which they rent for $10 an hour.) Do you see a figure in these clouds blessing us sunbathers?   I enjoyed a wonderful afternoon under my pink and yellow umbrella just one day before the Tampa area was deluged with rain and flooding. Reading my book, people watching, I enjoyed the delights of the cool lake water. The palms behind me are newly trimmed but will fill out soon and much of the landscaping is still under construction but it's a great place to spend the afternoon! The weather here is nice enough to enjoy this lake all year around.   It opened this month after years of planning and more it to be added in addition to the activities that are


Windswept shadows here Recalling happier times Now all in the past Sharing with  Shadow Shot Sunday2 Amaze Me Monday Blue Monday Ivy and Elephants