Monday, August 3, 2009

I'm Ready to Stay PUT for a While....

I'm back from visiting my dad. It was so nice spending time with him - just the two of us. We divided our time between Key Largo and Boca Raton and basically, all I did was float in the pool, read and watch the boats whizz by.

These first three pictures are from my dad's home in Boca Raton - which is where we moved from when we moved to North Carolina. Boca is in Palm Beach County and is still considered South Florida. The house sits directly on the Intracoastal waterway and has an incredible view from all angles. Here you see his boat "Yo Eleven" parked right outside the living room door. Care to go for a cruise???
My Boca Raton itinerary - visit with my dad, float endlessly in the pool, read Wuthering Heights, drink iced tea and watch the boats go by.
This is the view from my bedroom. See my Kindle on the chair??The other house in Key Largo is on the Largo Sound (in the Atlantic Ocean) The Atlantic ocean is just outside of that little land bridge you see in the background. Not much boat traffic, but the sky was very busy.
My Key Largo itinerary: visit with my dad, float in the pool, eat Key Lime pie, read and watch the seagull, pelicans and egrets whiz by.

I don't think I've ever had more than a few hours to myself in my entire life. It was kind of weird at first - I had to acclimate myself to not having to answer to work, chores, corgis, children or a husband. That took all of about 5 minutes!!

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME..... Upon my arrival home, I was greeted by a spotless house, two freshly bathed corgis, NO laundry, some flowers and a plate of cupcakes in my office with a teeny tiny note next to the flowers from my man ( HE made the cupcakes) I had to pinch myself. My husband and girl are AMAZING!

Oh - I can't forget to mention -- I was also greeted by FOUR - yes FOUR Girlfriend's Sketchbooks to work on. Babs sent out four at once so I will certainly be kept busy with that for a week or two. So Lynette - get ready 'cause they're coming your way soon.

The plan for this week: get back into my exercise program, fire up the Janome, and get ready for the POISON CONCERT ON FRIDAY!! I'll be making the blog rounds this week. Can't wait to see what you've been up to.

P.S. I did NOT forget the contest I promised. It's coming, I just need to get organized.

Laugh as much as you breathe....
and love as long as you live.


Lindsey said...

I am quite sure that your Dad is living the perfect life...I would do anything to be on the water like that...he must love it...I think it's great for the soul to be able to see the water every day like that...What a beautiful boat! Glad you had a great time and spent some time with him.


Wow what a great time you had, the houses looks amazing, so glad you had time to recharge your batteries before busy life starts again! What treasures - your husband and daughter - to give you that special gift of a clean tidy home and extra special cupcakes - you must surely be feeling appreciated and loved

I missed you too!

Hope you soon settle back into your stitching. Looking forward to seeing the girlfrinds books, they sound fun!

BFN - your friend xx

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

oh wow...That looked like a wonderful vacation. A lovely area. nice time with your Dad and well that chaise with the view is calling me right now. :)) Congrats on the weight loss while gone too.

Mary said...

I'm glad you had such a great trip. Your Dad must love living on the water like that. 4 Books at one time - eek.

Lynn said...

Wow! Where does he go for vacation? LOL It's all right there!
Way to go.
Glad you were able to kick back and put your feet up and relax.
Looking forward to those sketchbook pages!

katie jane said...

Okay, YOU don't need to create a virtual fantasy house in Blogland like the rest of us. You have an ACTUAL fantasy house to escape to. This is dreamy and if I were you, I'd be there one week out of every month! And isn't it nice to be so missed and appreciated while you were gone?
Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my blog. Flattery will get you everywhere.
P.S. Congrats on all your weight loss!!! Sounds like your program is working very well for you.

soulbrush said...

what a truly fabadabadoo holiday you've just had, and what a marvellous homecoming...tee hee i'm lucky to get a cup of tea when i get back! is that where all the books are? get going girl...tee hee. glad you're back.

~Babs said...

Hi Cathie,,,WOW, what fabulous homes! Must be very inspiring too!

I'm sure you'll have those sketchbooks wrapped up in no time!
I got them 4 at once also,,,makes for getting 'at it' in quick order!
Sooo nice to come home to everything neat and orderly!

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

It sounds like vacation in Paradise! I've been to the Boca Raton Resort once, and felt like royalty! Glad you got to indulge yourself with such a restful vacation.

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

Sweet! Trip away with your father AND you lost almost 2 lbs!!!

You are my hero!

Thanks for comments on new home, I'm overjoyed!!! And soon can call my OWN place HOME SWEET HOME, doesn't get much sweeter than that?!!

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

It's a hard life lazing by the pool in two beautiful locations for days at a time and then arriving home to a clean house, no laundry and cup cakes as well!! Nice to see you back again Cathie, glad you had a lovely time. Best wishes.

3rdEyeMuse said...

:) ... I think they missed you A LOT! your dad's looks gorgeous ... so glad you had the chance to simply be.

welcome home!!

Cestandrea said...

Wonderful, woooow, what a view! And how great to have some time just for yourself. But I must say that the surprise waiting for you at home sounds soooooo sweet:) Have a wonderful weekend my friend,
ps I'll be in Germany from tomorrow on for 4 weeks, but will stay in touch as I take my laptop:)
xxxx to you and Sabrina and the corgies:)

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