It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new.
But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.
There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
Alan Cohen
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Room with a View

This was the view from our living room .. which instead of regular windows that most of us are used to ( in the US anyway) our windows were like this window. Glass / French doors leading to small sometimes just for looks balconies and always very tall.
We had the best view, at night they threw the doors open and the huge chandeliers would sparkle and sometimes there would be a party and the doors would all be open  .. with glimpses of people and paintings on walls.
It was a good reminder to me to know that when evening came and I opened my doors and windows, the same thing would happen, someone would get a view.

Today I have views ... from this room I am looking out of the second floor window next to my desk, at a pine tree forest. And skies, blue blue Southern skies.
At night the sky is totally dark with stars to be seen .. a big moon and sometimes, a shooting star.
The cats and I saw one not long ago, I was thrilled, they were a bit  blasé about the whole thing.

I was thinking of the views I have had in the past few years.
Back in the US from Argentina, we stayed in a rental in Egremont,  Ma .. a 200 year old house.
I loved it and would have lived there .
We found the house we (My Husband) liked in NY State. It was a house just like the one I grew up in , in North Carolina. 1950's Ranch. I hated it.
But it was on a gorgeous acre of trees and flowers and an inground pool that never had the cover taken off.
We never had time to make it our home. We were there for only 3 months when my husband died suddenly. I stayed long enough to get my senses back ( sort of ) and sell it.
And now here I am in Florida.
I am already muy contenta .. it is warm, pretty, friendly, I get lost all the time and the food is fab.
I have views of trees and amazing birds and now and then a little creature ambles out of the trees and snacks on grass and wanders back into the woods.
People take care of the grounds, I just take care of my home.  I like that deal.
I will be here for one year. This is the year that will see a lot of decisions made. Perhaps a bit of traveling done ... both in Florida and beyond.


  1. For those of us who may one day (or now) find ourselves on a similar unanticipated adventure, it's interesting to follow what the year has in store.

  2. My wish for you is that your year ahead is nothing but happy.


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