Back from some downtime

January 16, 2013

Hello everyone!  It’s been a while since I’ve been active with my blog and Etsy shop.  As many may understand, the disruptions of life, including a couple of hurricanes and several serious family illnesses, make keeping up-to-date a huge challenge.   In fact, I’ve tried  keeping in touch through my iPod and it’s ITSY-BITSY keypad among its other limitations.  Ugh.  I’m sure I’ve almost faded away to some but am resolved now that my own health is improving to  re-establish those contacts.

Fripp Island House2012 ended on a very strange note, with the Newtown incident being so close to home (literally 30 miles away), and the horrible and long-lasting effects of the monster named Sandy (also so close to home).  My future mother-in-law went into a coma while the storm raged outside the hospital, and then my mother was surprised to be laid-off on New Year‘s Eve.  Meanwhile, I’m suffering that nasty flu that has been in the headlines on the local news channels.  Just before Hurricane Sandy I had a terrifying automobile accident that resulted from a stuck accelerator with a loss of brakes and steering.

Except for the larger picture of the Newtown and Sandy aftermath, all of my personal crisis’ have worked out for the best with everyone’s health returned to  normal and everyday life on an even keel.  Even my own car accident resulted in only minimal damage and no injuries, so I am thankful that we are all well and together and safe.Fripp deer

The picture you see here is from one of my trips south for a wedding on Fripp Island, S.C.  It’s a lovely and exclusive location where the deer walk up to you and alligators bask in the sun while you golf.  In fact the only way to really experience the island is by golf cart.  I was lucky to have been on the invitation list, or this would probably never have been a place I would ever have seen.

2012 had its great moments for me and my family – and this was one of them.


Thanksgiving Anticipation

November 8, 2012

Setting the table…

With storms devastating the eastern seaboard as of late, time seems to have slipped away from me.  I’ve just realized that it’s time to update my Pinterest  page for my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.  In giving thanks our thoughts should be with those who have lost their homes or have been displaced somehow by Sandy and this early winter storm.

I am very thankful myself that even though I was in the same storm path as everyone else here in the Northeast, my home and surrounding areas suffered only slight inconveniences and hiccups in the power.  Sandy swirled around my town, and trees came down, (none on my house) but all in all,  I was incredibly lucky.  So many of us have friends and family directly affected by Sandy that we will all need to reach out to them and be there for them.

I hope you enjoy my page.  My goal is to create the feelings associated with family and home, and to remember the things we should be sincerely thankful for.   https://pinterest.com/janepurcell/


Do I hear a lawnmower?

March 21, 2012

Award winning gardens

Okay, I’m working from home again today-  I have neglected my blog and my peeps, tweets, tweeps, twits or whatever we are called.  😀  (Where are my emoticons?)  Windows are open, heat is off, I can see a tree with white flowers in the neighbors’ yard, and I think I hear a lawnmower. Or is it a chainsaw…

I call this a nice day. Especially for Connecticut in March.  71.6°F.  Oh yeah…

My Disney trip is still fresh in my mind- I went down to Florida this time with thoughts of my mother retiring there and also myself  living out my life there.  I can tell you, my impressions were very pleasant this time around.  Lovely breezes, pelicans, beaches, and sandpipers.  Sand, golf carts, shopping and palm trees.  Very relaxing…

I didn’t see any alligators.  Where were all the alligators?  Chris (my fiancée) took a picture of a mess of alligators on the side of a road down there.  The picture was dark, and all you could see was the reflection of lots of pairs of eyes.  Great shot!  So of course, I wanted to see the gators!  I was also supposed to be able to spot at any given time a manatee or dolphins.  I got a quick glimpse of a fin from far away.  I did see one at Dinsey – just floating in his pool.  They don’t do much, do they?

Just let me brief you on my first experience in the Sunshine state.  I was in college (I think you know where this is going) and my sister and two friends wanted to go down for our Spring break (NOT for Spring Break as it’s known).  My friend’s parents owned a condo in Daytona and invited us to visit them from Boston.  It was March and when we arrived it was drizzling freezing ice.  That was okay because we all heard it would be warm enough for the beach the next day.

Well, it really wasn’t, but we toughed it out anyway.  The water actually wasn’t too bad but there was a shark feeding warning on the beach.  We could actually see them from the condo deck on the 11th floor.

Eating out was not very pleasant all anyone on the wait staffs could see were four teenagers on SPRING BREAK.  So everywhere we went service was rude (except for MGM Studios).  We had fun at MGM but after that our little group started to break apart.  The nightlife was crazy and we only went out once for clubbing.  Ugh.  It was like there were no rules or boundaries.  Traffic was jammed the whole time and it was too cold to sunbathe.  My sister started picking fights, one of the girls (that I didn’t know very well) sneaked out of our room at night and sat alone in the dark drinking, (a horrible insight for the rest of us, and shocking to the parents), and my other friend started retreating into herself and going off alone to get away from all of us.  I’m not sure what I was doing, except trying to cope.  But I do remember doing my homework and watching a movie our last night there (all four of us did that together and started being friends again).

Okay so now we were all in a rush to get back to the frigid calm of Boston relatively speaking and the flight got delayed due to ice on the wings.  We finally got home and I was quite thrilled that I did not have to make excuses about my homework not being finished.

Just think  two weeks later it would have been an awesome trip!  What could be better than a trip to Florida, staying in a beautiful condo just yards from the beach with family and friends?

Valet Parking

So now that I am done with my cautionary tale, my last few words will be about my latest impression of Florida.  While there, see some friends, make new ones, go for a ride and get some oranges!


%d bloggers like this: