Do you have those places that just make you smile? They might not be specifically meaningful for any particular reason. But whenever you encounter them you just find yourself smiling somewhat awkwardly to yourself until you realize people are looking at you strangely. A quaint little street in Cambridge, Maryland has that effect on me. Cambridge is a small, coastal town on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay where we lived for 5 years before our move to Curacao. (more on why I was back in the area here) High Street is my smiley spot, it is a cobblestone street that in it’s hay day housed top level executives of the Phillips Packing Company and not only do I find the stately, historic houses amazingly gorgeous, but during the holiday season it’s always fun to see how the current owners do up their festive decor … or don’t do up any decor at all. :) Lucky for me, I found myself smiling to everyone I saw on that street on a sunny December day and here is what I saw. Double chimneys galore and apple wreaths and arrangements above the door. (If you expect this whole post to rhyme, I will just warn you now that you will be sorely disappointed.) :)
Over a month after vacation is the right amount of time to post the pictures, right?!? Yeah, sorry about that. :/ And thank you to everyone who has repeatedly requested the pics. It’s nice to know you want to see our random take-aways from our little worldly excursions to sometimes obscure places. And this time around I was armed with a few new tools. You know about the new camera we bought in August, but I didn’t tell you that I had also been studying up a bit. A little refresher course on some photography basics and then a little more advanced photo mumbo jumbo in the form of e-books. Specifically, these e-books from Kristen Duke Photography. Both of these books print out in a convenient 4×6 inch page size … perfect for stashing them away in your camera bag for continual reference. And trust me, you will want to do just that! I have found the info I learned in these two little books invaluable as I continue to learn and experiment with my photography skilz. :) Say NO to Auto is the perfect book for anyone ready to take that first step and get your camera out of Auto mode. Kristen gives easy to follow instructions on how to find the appropriate buttons on your specific camera, great insight into aperture adjustments (which I loved since I’m all about adjusting my aperture these days) and breaks down the 3 basic steps to understanding manual mode. If you feel like you have that all under control, Get Focused is the e-book for you. This is the perfect follow-up for those of us who are working in manual mode, and now need an understanding of how to make our photography more creative and unique. Kristen shares 12 of her personal tricks for … continue reading
Last weekend we had a last minute opportunity to go to the 3rd Annual Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival and Had. A. Blast! It was our first time going and I was so pleasantly surprised at just how creative the event set up was. Previous year’s headliners include Sting, Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder. This year the headliners for Friday night were Marc Anthony, Santana and an all-star salsa band that I actually watched rehearse a few days before the show. That was cool. We went to the event on Saturday night and were greeted by this great, lively little band from New Orleans. I didn’t get their name. :(
Happy, happy Friday y’all! I don’t know about you, but it has been a great week around here. Mico got her stitches out yesterday and is progressing everyday. We won’t find out until the end of the month if her blood work has gotten back to normal. But for now, we are content … and feeling quite a bit lighter than a week ago. So I am doing what any normal person would do under these circumstances … I’m planning a par-tay!! A pool party to be exact! With a few of my favorite gal pals. A day where we can just hang out and DIY chill by the pool. You don’t think I’m getting a group of friends together without putting them to work, do you?!?! So yesterday, my friend Liz and I did a little party prepping and found ourselves in a store here in Curacao called Techniek & Design. We were actually on the look out for seat cushions for her poolside stools … but you wouldn’t know it from these pictures. ;) Here’s a little store tour if you will.
HAPPY FRIDAY, Y’ALL! Said in an exuberant tone with a sigh of relief . :) If you’ve been reading along you know we’ve had a stressful week in real life. And, because I am a moron crazy, I have also decided to tackle a living room overhaul throughout the next 8 weeks. I am definitely still looking for you to share your living room inspiration here if you have any. Please!
Happy Friday, y’all! Being away for 4 days last week and coming home to workers painting the exterior of our house this week … and trying to snuggle as often as possible with a sick 10-year-old puppy … … oh, and trying to tackle some of the items on my 67 item long to-do list, has made for me not getting out of the house much this week.
Today it’s Friday, and I’m at Haven. Having what I’m sure is a fantastically good time meeting fellow bloggers and talking about our blogs and learning all kinds of inspiring things. And I’m hopefully not saying too many stupid things or making embarrassing hand gestures while talking too loudly or laughing at inappropriate times. But I probably am. Sigh. But, I know for sure I am missing this gal. And this view, er, girl. And seeing these characters do this every night. And this cracked me up so I had to take a picture of it. Right before I left for this little trip I did some grocery shopping to stock Joel up on some necessities (read: ice cream, supplies for homemade garlic cheesy bread and frozen chicken pot pies) in my absence. And when I came out of the store the guy beside me had done quite a parking job. hahaha Now that I look at the pics I did a mighty fine job myself. Clearly the parking space lines and asphalt are mere suggestions. Hope you’ve had an awesome week. I’m stoked to get home and make this blog better than ever … or at least continue on the course. :) I do thank you all for sharing in the fun … I would have no need to be at a blogging conference right now if it wasn’t for my desire to create a blog that keeps you wanting to come back for more. So, Thank you! Now go enjoy the weekend. :)
Well, hello there! We had such an awesome time on vacation last week! Don’t you just love vacation? No matter what, there is just something about being able to do exactly what you want to do all of the time that is just the best! If you’re a Facebook fan, you know our first dining experience of choice was Sam’s Club pizza. Do you guys love it, too? We LURVE it! We also got our cravings satisfied for PF Chang’s, American pancakes and loaded nachos. Yes, this girl came home with a little more jiggle to my wiggle. :) Before we headed to Key West for the weekend we spent a few days chillin’ around Miami and enjoyed these views from our hotel. The first one got us laughing at ourselves as we kept saying – ‘oh, it’s so nice to have a view of water and palm trees’. The irony! :)
Well, we are still enjoying our little vacation so I thought it only fitting to share with you some photos of a vacation we took last year to the Dominican Republic. Most people know of places like Punta Cana and Puerto Plata and stay in all-inclusive resorts with all the amenities anyone could wish for. But we tend to travel just a little bit differently. I hope you enjoy some of the highlights from our very off the beaten path journey through small fishing villages in the DR.
Happy Friday y’all! I feel like this week has TOTALLY gotten away from me. Wasn’t it just the weekend of the triathlon?!? Yes, that is totally a fake smile! lol And that little cold towel around my neck was a life saver, along with those clouds in the sky. A big thank you to Carol for the picture and to David and Ria for refreshing the cold towels every loop. Much, much appreciated. Anyway, I had a very interesting little shopping endeavor this week and thought it might be fun to share some shots from one of our hardware stores. Oooooohhhhhh Aaaaaahhhhh!!!!!! ;) This post may or may not be a good idea. haha The store is called Kooyman.
This is a very short, but very heartfelt foto friday tribute to a very good dog … a legendary dog. RIP Zebbie. And I will be back in a bit with a very rare second post to show you our new and improved space in The Great Outdoors to kick off the Memorial Day weekend and get you all in the mood for The Great Outdoors link party here THIS Tuesday, May 29th. Link here to be seen on 5 fabulous blogs. Here’s a sneak peek … You can check out previous foto fridays here, here and here.
I really don’t ever mean to rub in what my current life is like. But, I know sometimes it just happens. And, today, might just be one of those days. So, so sorry. ;) I found myself spending the day at my friend Suzie’s last week and here is just a little of what we endured enjoyed on a random pretty typical day. The view to the right.
I don’t know about you, but me and sunrise don’t really get along. We’ve just never quite seen eye to eye. Like ever. Never ever. Well, maybe, just that once. Yep, OK, I’ll give her one time. But mostly she just finds me a little grumpy, irritated and in need of more sleep coffee. And I find her a little smug, pushy and in my face. In a “here I come, ready or not” sorta way. But, me and sunset … we are BFFs. With a capital B. F. F. Is there really anything better than a lazy summer night with a sunset in the distance? No, I say, there isn’t. And in honor of my relationship with sunset, here is a collection I have had the opportunity to enjoy over the years.
I admit it, I really am spoiled. Living on a Caribbean island with all of the free time a girl could ask for really is just crazy talk. Especially when I take the time to remember we were chin deep in 3 house renos just a few years ago. And to say that I am soaking. it. up. like there is no tomorrow is the understatement of the century! Seriously! And that’s the 20th century. The 21st century is young yet, there are sure to be many more understatement opportunities. :) So, when I have the perfect excuse to play like it’s 1999 on this here island, I take it fo’ sho’. And you will most likely find us at any of these spots at any given time…
Happy Friday y’all! It’s no secret that I have a love affair with these ladies. We got them both at 8 weeks old and they really are my best buds. Mico will be 10 this year and Marley turns 11 in July. And to say that I am dreading everything that comes with watching them age is an understatement. Deep sigh. One little bit of random island information is that there are A LOT of dogs. Street dogs, stray dogs, house dogs, you name it. But, it’s not common at all to put your dog on a leash and go for a walk around the ‘hood. But the girls and I, we’ve never really been common, so we take our daily stroll and attract quite a bit of attention. I brought my camera along one day to try to capture some of the craziness.
TGIF! Seriously, I always find it funny to hear people say TGIF. I’m pretty impartial to the day of the week really. Other than Sunday, Sundays are my absolute favorite for many, many reasons. But I am happy to toss this week to the wind and refresh with a little time at a vacation resort. And, if you like a deal as much as I do, you too, can rejuvenate with a 20% discount on all food and beverage at the Hyatt Regency Curacao, Golf Resort Spa, and Marina.
So yesterday my dear friend Kari from Thistlewood Farm posted a fun little post about where she walks … and it turns out, it was for a good cause. I learned that one of Kari’s sisters, Whitney, (exactly how many sisters Kari has is unclear…they seem to be coming out of the woodwork these days), works for The American Heart Association and in honor of National Walking Day (April 4, 2012), they launched a contest on their Pinterest page. All you have to do is pin a photo of where you walk and you’ll be entered for a random drawing and a chance to win one of five iPod Shuffles and a $25 iTunes Gift Card. Fun right?!? I first showed you where I walk when I trimmed back the overgrowth as part of my little Kindness Project. And I just so happened to be back there walking some more on Monday with my handy dandy camera. Mico also does some swimming … and always learns the hard way that the birds are farther away than they seem. Always! This is also the same walk where we found the long board. And this time we came across a bit of a ship dingy wreck. So I suggest you all “take a hike” this weekend. And then pin a picture of it. :) If you’d like to see previous foto fridays you can check them out here, here, here, here and here. And if you’d like to know more about National Walking Day or get tips and info for your health find your local Facebook page here: www.heart.org/swaonline or follow them on Twitter: www.twitter.com/heart_south. Contest Guidelines 1. Take a walk and snap a pic of your favorite path. 2. Pin it on your Pinterest account and add #walkit in the description. Then tweet us your username @heartsouth or … continue reading