Even as the heat and humidity descended upon South Florida, June got off to an entertaining start. A belated Mother’s Day celebration in Palm Beach, followed by a weekend in Boca Grande quickly became our first and likely our last hurrah of the summer. Life happens.
In early June our daughter treated me to an overnight stay at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. Our weekend included dinner, shopping, cocktails by the pool and a fun bike ride around the island. It was the perfect girl trip.
Since we were celebrating Mother’s Day, she obliged my request and played ‘model’ for a few fun photos. The architecture in Palm Beach is world renowned, but adding a pretty girl to the scene kicks it up a notch.
I have always been enamored with the doors of Palm Beach and this one is a favorite, mostly due to its color. It is one of three similar doors in Villa Giardino, a Venetian style estate built in 1931. The villa is privately owned, but the owners seem to not mind that the door has become something of a tourist attraction. You know your home is famous when you Google ‘blue door Palm Beach’ and an image similar to this one pops up!
The photo on the left is from a building just one street over, and highlights the pecky cypress ceiling and wrought iron hanging lanterns that are synonymous with the Addison Mizner style that is dominant in Palm Beach architecture. What I love about this photo is that with or without a subject, the leading lines capture your attention.
Spending this time with Morgan was energizing and just the reminder I needed that frivolous fun is still allowed in a post-COVID world.
Speaking of frivolous fun; our B4 weekend in Boca Grande celebrated Beaches, Bourbon, Barbecue and Beer! Hosted by the Gasparilla Inn, this was a fun filled weekend of cooking demonstrations, bourbon and beer tastings and lots of amazing food. Sharing the weekend with the fifth B (Buddies) made it even more special.
Back to the Real World
Two days after returning from Boca Grande, we received a contract to purchase our house. Okay, that was fast – five weeks from the date we listed it with a realtor. In this market that might seem like an eternity to some, but to us it was fast. We still have a long way to go in the process, but considering all goes well, we will close on August 3rd. And so the fun begins.
If you have been in this situation, you know that there is nothing to celebrate until the ink is dry and in our case the ink won’t be dry until mid July, which will leave us about two weeks to pack up and move out. We have a very large home that we have lived in for twenty years and that simply is not possible. Soooo…. Malcolm and I have begun the pre-packing phase commonly referred to as ‘Pitch, Donate, Keep’ starting in a sweltering hot garage. So much for being all lady-like and feeling frivolous!
What made me smile this week and what I want to share with Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Crew is a simple reminder to stay positive, even when life reveals its not-so-attractive underbelly. Getting ready for the next chapter. Fingers crossed.
P.S. Wanna buy a used Golf Cart? How about a tandem kayak?
Addendum: As the world mourns with Florida, our hearts go out to the victims of the Miami Surfside Condominium tragedy. The unimaginable happened in the blink of an eye and changed lives forever. Yet another reminder to live every single day with joy and thanksgiving.