March roared in like a lion, bringing high winds and roller-coaster temperatures ranging from lows in the 40’s to highs in the 80’s. Despite the winds, we have enjoyed being outside, tending the yard, washing windows, biking, and playing our new favorite sport with the strange name. We have also managed to complete a few indoor projects, including another closet decluttering (I just did this about 6 months ago) and a complete pantry overhaul.
We met with friends for lunch a few times, hosted family game night twice and even ventured out to dinner, where we chose an inside table. (How daring!)
Malcolm resumed his weekly coffee dates and I continued my scheduled Mahjong game. I played a golf tournament with a friend during week three. It was a themed outing, (Roaring Twenties). We donned 1920’s accessories and played a round of ‘not so serious’ golf. It was fun to be silly for a while and it all seemed rather usual.
Good weather, being active, seeing friends, and accomplishing a few things around the house contributed to a very balanced and satisfying month. But, the single most positive thing to happen lately is the receipt of a Covid vaccine.
Malcolm and I got our first Moderna shot on February 10 and our second on March 10. The phrase, ‘it is now safe to move about the cabin’ immediately entered my mind. While we know we will need to proceed with caution, we do feel a sense of freedom and relief.
Borders between states are opening, and we are hopeful the world will follow. We have no immediate plans to travel internationally, but we are considering options for a couple of stateside trips that will include boarding flights. More to come about that.
I just finished ‘Escape to Curlew Cottage‘, written by one of my favorite Aussie Bloggers, Joanne Tracey. This one has a bit of a sinister plot, and will keep you guessing about the ‘bad guy.’ But, as always, expect romance, amazing food and a happy ending to Jo’s latest book. Congratulations to Jo for another page turner.
I also downloaded ‘It’s Not About the Wine‘, by Brian Metters and have been inspired to pursue ‘wine appreciation,’ as apposed to wine consumption as a new hobby. I wrote about that in my last post. I’ll keep you informed about how that goes.
We recently booked Beaches, Bourbon, Barbeque, and Beer, a culinary event we had planned to attend last June.
It is a weekend affair at the Gasparilla Inn on Boca Grande that we are looking forward to with much anticipation. We attended their January Food and Wine events in 2014, 2016,17 & 18. You can read the 2018 post here.
We are also in the midst of planning a road trip to Block Island, ME and Watkins Glenn, NY for May. Accommodations for both locations have been booked, so now, we just need to sketch in a few details to fill the gap between Florida and Maine.
I have lots of ideas swirling around already.
If we were having a conversation over a glass of Bourbon, or wine, (maybe we’ll just stick to coffee), these are the things I’d tell you about that made me smile during the month of March.
Of course, I can’t leave without showing you my favorite springtime photos and one from a recent trip to the beach.
If you have read my blog at all, you already know that Springtime is my favorite time of year. I’d rather be at home in South Florida more than anywhere else in the world for this season. The weather is nearly perfect, my energy level is high, and the future looks bright. Spring, is the promise of fresh starts and renewal – a coming out of darkness and into light.
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