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)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sandy Shores for Diversion

Oftentimes the month of December is (overly) consumed with preparations for family and holiday activities.

No matter how many ways I tried to persuade myself to get away this December it was the case again that no spare time was made for escaping ... not even for a day.

One of these years I'm going to get that figured out and right in the middle of the Christmas hoopla a day will be spent lolly-gagging and splashing my feet in the cool waters.

Although I'm remembering, as I write, the extra-long December weekend a couple of years ago when all of us... the kids and their kids ... stayed in a large house together on the Atlantic coast. Treasured times! We had a blast.

But that was different. It was a plan and that type of scheduling always works better for me.

Florida had such an abnormal cold spell just as the new decade turned a page on the calendar.

But as our faithful Florida weather returned with a warming trend the last few days a drive to the beach was in order. Oh. so. needed.

It wasn't the clearest, most pristine afternoon.

Regardless, it was SO good to feel that wintery sand under our feet. Mr. Meems and I concurred we don't think we have ever felt the sand so cold. Stands to reason. The Gulf had reached record low temps as had the climate around us.

The winter months are simply delightful for strolling the shoreline with thoughts adrift and wandering. Or, as some would rather, lying on a blanket staring into the sky taking in the wonder of it all. Or just sitting in a chair reading a good book or magazine with toes squishing the cool, sugary white earth.

Paying attention to the changes in seasons one will see subtle differences in the plantlife and birdlife along the Gulf of Mexico.

Each visit promises a brand new and uniquely breathtaking skyline. You just never know how all the elements will come together to delight your senses.

But if you happen to be a lover of the sand and sea there are a few certainties about a visit to the gently lapping shore.

The beauty and wonder of the vistas provided will most assuredly soothe a weary soul, lift a troubled heart, avert selfish endeavors, center one's being and turn one's eyes to heaven.

Thankful and humbled by God's endless mercy toward each one of us.

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand...
Psalm 139:17-18