Welcome to my "Florida" blog

Being a third generation Florida native, I'm completely enamored with the diverse beauty of this gorgeous peninsula. For most of the year the weather is divine which makes exploring its unlimited nooks and crannies fun and easy.

Wherever I go I appreciate nature and the world around me. Come along with me as I share the places I visit and perhaps a few other amusements I find interesting along the way.

(FYI: Every post prior to January 1, 2009 was previously published and imported from my garden blog)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Beachside: A Good Routine

Is there a more beautiful or peaceful place on the planet than the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico! Maybe. But I haven't been there.

An easy drive to the shoreline on any given day is just plain good for the soul. It's a place to leave all the challenges of everyday-life behind and deeply breathe in the goodness of God and His creation.

Sand, water, sun, sky, birds, rocks, and fresh salty air will melt away the petty and trivial things that life tries to throw our way.

Mr. Meems is a great date. No question. And he and I love to take day trips or sometimes just an evening to eat out and walk on the beach.

But every once in a while it's fun to get away with a girlfriend or just the female family members. Nothing like a day to chit-chat the hours away with the girls.

Mom is always game for a drive over the bridge for a day of some of our favorite things.

We kind of have a routine going lately.

There's the most adorable coffee/gift/lunch place on the north end of Anna Maria Island. (It's the place I take anyone actually who goes over to the island with me- one of my dearest friends first took me there.)

We go for the eclectic, beachy ambience. We go to relax and drink coffee. We go to look around. And once in a while we bring home a trinket or two from there. All of it. But truth be told, mostly we go for their homemade cinnamon buns. Out. Of. This. World. Delicious.

On the bay side, in the same area, is one of the few working piers left on the island. Walking along its planks will make you feel as if you've crossed over into a whole other world.
Snowy Egrets

The crystal clear green waters and fishermen with their live bait. Water lapping gently against the pilings. Rods and reels whistling through the air with each cast. People from all over the globe milling to and fro. Myriads of tiny fish visible through the water.

And there's the sights and sounds of shorebirds flying overhead, swimming close by and those waiting for a free hand out.. (Hand feeding is actually not encouraged as it makes wild birds dependent on humans.)

Sitting outside and enjoying lunch on the pier with the gulf breeze blowing makes even a warm day pleasant. But lately the weather has been divine.
The pier-fishers are within feet of the lunch tables.

We are talking beach casual at its best. Tables equipped with irrigation around the dock provide a place for on-sight cleaning of each fresh catch.

I'm so very blessed and thankful my mom is in good health and ready to go on quick notice when we can both manage a day to get away.

We find the shady places or set up an umbrella on the Gulf side to chatter away some more as we bask in the moments of beauty in Florida's perfect fall weather.

It doesn't matter to us what time of year it is or if the weather is perfect or not. We just LOVE, LOVE to be at the beach.

There's really never a great time to leave.

Sunset is our cue that we've had a full day and life is good. But most often we stay right there beyond the darkness to greet the moon. It is with reluctance and sighs we pack our things and call it a day.

The simplest times in life can often be the best times when spent doing something to rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit.


Patricia said...

How lovely, and peaceful. There's an emptiness in my heart, for this is the first year I can remember in nearly 30 years that we have not made it up to Anna Maria/Longboat Key. *sigh* I'd love to know the name of that coffee/gift/lunch place.

Suwannee Refugee said...

I'm totally with you about the beach being a calming place. Some say the mountains do it to you, but for me there is no place better than the ocean.

gigi said...

this post just makes me return to those moments and relish every one of them! your photos are as good as on site views, and remind me that the day can exist again & again through your camera lens. i agree with you that there is no more serence beauty and tranquilty anywhere than a west coast Florida beach. we always return to the regular routine invigorated and revitalized. i am so blessed to share these days with you. thanks for letting me tag along!

Pat said...

Me next, me next!!!

Meems said...

Maybe you could make a day trip out of it... it would ease the longing believe me. Of course you have Captiva so close... oh, how I would love another trip there.

I DO love the mountains,too, and always wish for more time there. Each time I'm there I wonder how it could anymore peaceful and how I could feel anymore connected to the beauty. Mountains are a close second to the Gulf Coast.

So many good times... so refreshing and great getaways. Thanks to you, too.

Definitely. Let's get it on the calendar, busy lady!

D - Wing said...

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