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.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Live Like a Cat

Hurricanes make beautiful skies.
We are not having a storm , at least not yet, hopefully not at all, but the skies were gorgeous today.
Sunset just showed it off more ... the clouds look solid, as if they could be walked on ...

The cats and I had a totally lazy day.
It is their fault, they are teaching me to live like a cat ...

*Don't get all fussed over things,

*Don't worry, Eat and Sleep then Eat andTake a Nap .. Bath, Nap, Eat , I did it all.

I am relaxed and now we are all going to bed ... to Sleep. .

Only cats are allowed to Purr though ..

Thursday, June 29, 2017

How To Register So You Can Leave Comments on Blogs (my blogs)

To Comment  you can be a Registered User, Anonymous, a Member/Follower of the Blog or a User with a Google Account ..

You can see at the bottom  of the blog post, 0 comments etc ... if you click on that, it will take you to the form where you post your own comment.
It is so easy that I have forgotten how to do it but this is generally what you do.

I hope this makes sense and is helpful. I love hearing your kind, helpful, funny comments .. I don't want advice but everything is else good ...

Thank you !

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

It's Wednesday

yawn ~

I made all kinds of plans, sitting downstairs having coffee, watching the cats decide where to get the best nap in the sun spot .. which sadly for them was non existent, no sun today, although it is quite warm, there is a storm on the way.

I got panicky, then realized there is plenty of food and no warnings to worry about or be worried by .. it will just be a summer storm and I am staying home and being lazy.
It's the cats fault, their laziness is contagious.
Soon I will be fascinated by a string hanging on a door .. or that stuffed toy on the chair..

I have some good books to choose from, I will read and nap and have pasta and salmon for dinner.

My day is all planned ..  I have the music picked out ... listen ...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tuesday Photo

Along the boulevard, Buenos Aires, Argentina ...

It's Tuesday Already ??

When you have no job , no  appointments to keep, when there is no one besides a couple of cats to feed and the weather is nice every day ...One sort of loses their concept of time and space .... a little bit like a Star Trek episode.

I wake up to the same sounds .. lack of ... to the same little warm bodies ( unless Honey chased everyone else away) then there is just one very large soft cozy body ... in my own bed, in a lovely bedroom, in a beautiful 2 story condo that is at least as large as my last house.
And a similar view of forests and green lawns with a bird or two.

Hummingbirds , stork-like birds, tiny tiny birds that sing and sing ... buzzards floating overhead sometimes, making me remember those scenes in old Westerns in the movies, desert, heat, buzzards circling a dead cow ..

Now and then, there is a sound, that I can't explain, but it makes me drop what I am doing, run to the lanai and look Up !
And there go the jets from the Naval Base .. sometimes almost straight up .. sometimes just loud and (silly me) thrilling ..

I never hear traffic. I never hear other people talking , I heard a dog bark maybe twice. There is a man who walks a collie, the collie is small and insane. Beautiful but totally insane.
It barks as it walks. Not upset, not aggressive, just mad as a hatter.
And the owner has no clue as to how to walk a dog that barks down a street of homes .. when there are people who might be sleeping or just not wanting to hear his poor insane dog bark.

I had forgotten what it was that made Florida hard on me the last time I lived here, Jacksonville anyway... it all looks exactly the same.
Flat, development after development .. same architecture, same trees and churches and buildings..
So I find it a challenge to not get lost when there is no "landmark" to go by when finding my way back home.

Right about the time I am ready to leave here, I will know the way around.
Lucky for me, the highway is not far away .. I can't get lost, getting to the highway headed North .

We are in some sort of storm watch.
It is super humid and very warm and very still .. not a breath of air, not a hint of a breeze  .. the cats are preparing for their morning naps.
I am tempted to join them.

But instead, I might do a bit of Online Shopping.
The websites that are my current favorites are ....

Amazon (of course)



Trapp Candles

Jacquie Lawson


So how is your weather ? Are you shopping today too ? Where ?
Have a good Tuesday ...

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Bedroom

This was our bedroom in Buenos Aires.
I have the same bed, rug, furniture but somehow, that room looks nothing like the bedroom I have now. Here. In Florida. In a modern condo.
The ceilings are high here but no one can put up a chandelier for me. That's ok ... I am not staying long enough to bother.
Yeah, that is the New Decision made this week, more on that later.

I have always liked architecture .. I thought I was going to Art School to be a Fashion Illustrator, too bad I didn't go for the Architecture courses instead ..

So here we are ... in a sterile loft style condo in Florida.
Behind my home is a forest ... a State Forest so it is relatively free of bears and humans.
A green snake came out of that forest and stopped by for a quick visit .. the cats still haven't gotten over that and I am more alert to surprise visitors but so far, everything is quiet and peaceful.

I had the wrong thing or too much of something last night so I am not feeling well and will be spending a bit of time in that bed  there ... naps are good when you feel icky.
Of course, with my perfect timing , I got sick when my baby brother comes to visit.
I never have visitors and I rarely see my brother ... my timing sucks.

The cats and I are in our pajamas, it seems later, I have been up for hours already .. they will nap out in the sun .. I will go lie on my bed and moan quietly ...
Talk to you later ... she whimpers quietly ....

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

London Fire Tragedy

My heart goes out to the people in London, the families and children and all of those who have lost loved ones, lost their homes and pets and belongings.

This is the most tragic news ..  London Fire

Monday, June 12, 2017

No words

Because I am just bereft of anything to talk about unless it is Sephora, computers making life difficult rather than easy and bad weather in Florida ... I have nothing to say.
So I will leave you in lovely peace and quiet with a photo of happier times ...

Talk to you again soon ...

The view from inside our home in Buenos Aires .. looking out at the big wide street full of sound and light and life and enchantment.

Sunday, June 11, 2017


I woke up a tiny bit later ... closer to 8 am than 7 am ... why ? why ?

Cats ... that is why. They absolutely hate to see you sleep when they are awake.

So I put   off  getting up, as long as possible then trudged downstairs to ladle out the kibble and    canned food then noticed the blanket on the dog bed was all tangled up.

I groaned and said Minette !!!

You see, for some reason .. Minette has decided to use the dog/cat bed as her morning toilet.
This little cat has never had an "accident" in the house, even when I know she was "holding it " .. but for some reason, she has lately decided to use the dog bed as her giant litter box.

So things are in the wash ... it is just 8:30 am !!!!

She and I had a talk ... I know she has always had stomach problems since I got her ... she saw many vets and was even given anesthesia and had things looked at ... but there is no explanation for her not using the litter box when she can go on the dog bed.
Which has not seen a dog in years and has been washed countless times.

So the washer is on.
Everyone in the feline way of thinking is napping on the lanai. I am blogging.
It is Sunday .. in the old days, someone would have brought me my first cup of coffee and a lot of kisses.
Now I clean up cat mess and trudge back upstairs with my cup of coffee to the computer to read the NYTimes.

Life sure has a way of changing..

This is what the bed is like .. we bought it at Orvis years ago.

I put a bath towel on the bed and so far no one is using the bed as a toilet.
If they/she does, it is just a towel and not a big dog bed cover.
So .. maybe things are settling down and everyone is feeling secure.

Thanks to "anonymous"  who emailed to let me know how offensive the title to my post was, I changed it a bit.
For anyone who was offended, I truly apologize, being an American, it was a day of the week to me and the title came to mind because of a song on the radio.
So I hope I am forgiven for my ignorance of certain issues that  certain people have in other countries.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Back Streets

No matter where we walked, there was always a delight around the corner, across the street, over in the next neighborhood.
We never tired of walking and exploring and discovering.
We only took a taxi if the weather was bad, or if the destination was really too far away. But we just loved to walk .. discovering streets and shops and parks .. sights .. soaking them in.
At the time, I never thought that I was not going to be living there forever ... or at least for many many years.
I enjoyed the discoveries of streets and parks that we never knew about ..
This photo was taken on one of those walks .. on a little back street, where the driveways and garages were, the next street was where the front doors were .. but even a back street had its beauty.

Friday, June 9, 2017


I never got tired of the sight of Jacaranda trees in Buenos Aires .. I was tiresome, I oohed and ahhed over the sight as if I had not seen them before ... every time I saw one.
This photo shows, perfectly, a typical day ... those amazing blue skies and then the colorful trees .. even when the trees were just green, it was So green !

Where I live now, I am glad to say that everything is very green.
But I think I prefer the green in Buenos Aires ... with a dash of purple here and there ..

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Flood Watch

You know those words do not thrill me, nor do they make me think to myself, Gee, I love living here.

We are not getting the hurricane or whatever storms there were down South but we are getting a lot of rain. Apparently it will be the cause of floods here ..

I have hope that the way my building is situated, the way the property slopes down-away from my building  ... that the woods in back will be safe , you know, like all the trees stand up, don't lie down.

I will be busy going through closets and making lists and talking to my realtor in New York.

In the world of Things to Watch .. Floods are not on my list ..
I would much prefer, Watching squirrels raiding the bird feeder, Autumn leaves piling up out in the yard, deer wandering around the fields .. Winter snow has lost its hold on me, I no longer fear or dread it.
I have been alone here since I arrived, it is actually worse than when I was so alone in NY.
In NY at least I knew my way around and shop people talked to me, I was familiar  with the place and the people and felt at home.
Here ... well,.. none of the above.

So the cats and I have been watching some silly show on television , videos of people doing crazy things or crazy things happening .. now I will get dressed and go find that big empty box ... I have some things to put into it.

I totally appreciate every comment I get.
I appreciate the fact that you stopped and posted your ideas or thoughts and show that you care.
What I would ask though , is that everyone refrain from giving me "Life advice" ...
I rarely take advice, yes, I am one of those people. And the truth is, as much as I feel like we are all friends, most readers have not met me and don't really know enough about me to give me personal advice.
So thank you for trying but thank you for not doing it anymore. Candice

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

It was a dark and stormy .........

It was a dark and stormy night    day in Florida ... the lights are all coming on automatically, it is pouring rain, , steady downpours that will flood streets and neighborhoods.
There is no  terrible wind so far ... we can only hope it stays that way. .

Someone might call this a monsoon.
I call it a pain in the arse.
I also call it the Last Straw.

You know what I mean. A person can only take so much.

Moving to Florida turned out to be not my best idea ever.
I am just hoping the next idea is much better.

So this is about nothing but just being chatty ...
Does anyone use Sephora online for shopping for perfumes and make up etc ?
I have for years and when I moved here I thought I wouldn't have to, I could just stop at a shop.
But Florida being the way it is .. highways and a gazillion neighborhoods that look exactly alike, I get lost easily.
Yeah, I drove here from New York, alone with cats .. I did not get lost once.
I live here, I get in the car to go to a nearby neighborhood ... A NEIGHBORHOOD !! not a tiny shop on a tiny street that no one knows ... a whole big neighborhood and I couldn't find it.
I got lost. I stopped finally and asked the nice lady in a shop, where was I ... when she told me that I was basically closer to home than where I was going, I turned around .... and went home.
 I gave up.

When I moved in here, I did a bit of laundry. The washing machine just kept filling up. And filling up. And filling and overflowing and flooding.
Oh yes, the laundry room is on the second floor which is completely carpeted ... white carpet.

The next couple of weeks were spent with giant fans drying things, men cleaning things, new washers being delivered, being terrified to do that first wash .. still nervous every time I do a wash.

And now it rains. Buckets.
I should run out there and do a wash ...

The cats don't care. They kind of like it ... they sleep outside in the sun or inside on soft sofas and cushions .. I am definitely coming back as my cat when I die.
They can come back as me ... see how karma works in that scenario ...

These profound thoughts have been brought to you by Me ... on a dark and stormy day in Florida.

You may now tell me / us , what kind of day you are having and where ...

Monday, June 5, 2017

No words

                          Trees and moss growing on the roof ....

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Honey, You can stop mowing now ....

He was mowing the lawn. His wife took his photo. It was not coming towards them but away .. so no one was harmed taking this photo ..

photo: Times Colonist

Saturday, June 3, 2017


Saturday in Florida ... sunshine, warm, lazy, sleep late, take a nap, eat whatever you want, whenever.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Jacksonville , Florida

This is what Jacksonville Florida, the city, looks like from across the river ... where I live.  I don't live close to the river ..but there you have it, Jacksonville.

Now for the pretty Southern stuff ...

Yeah, you drive down roads where the trees are lined along the sides with moss hanging off of them.
Even the churches are a bit glamorous ..
So there you have it .. a wee taste of Jacksonville Florida.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

That Face

Someone I miss , he lived around the corner from us .. his family owned the market we shopped in, almost every day.
Now he is walking and talking .. I miss seeing that face every day .. even if we didn't actually go shopping in their store, we would see him .. Oh that face .. he cheered up the day ...

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