The Perfect Read

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The pelicans swooped down on the water as the sun peaks over the waves. Alexia, my friend from Texas, and I pack our boat bags and drive to meet the fishing guide.
The wind is blowing a bit more than I would hope, it may be a bit challenging to cast.

The morning slips by and the warm sun mixes with occasional rain. The fishing is slow. Late in the morning we find some small snapper.  We cook them for dinner. Ahh a day well spent.

Now, today is a reading day on the beach.
Thought I would share some of of my favorite summer reads.

In the silly but entertaining category: Perfect beach read.
“Where’d You Go, Bernadette”, this quick read is so much fun, with no big thinking required.
“Big Little Lies”, the author is from Australia–great quick fun book.
“Lessons from Madam Chic”, I love this look at French life. It made me want to upgrade my own life.
“Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand”, a quick and simple lovely story.

On the serious side:
“Lost Wife”, a tender and enjoyable love story.
“The language of Flowers”, little bit too dramatic or me, but I enjoyed it.
“State of Wonder”, this book is very special to me because I have been to the Amazon River. Terrific story.
“The Nightingale”, I love a World War Two book. Great read.

On my list to read:
“A house of Wonder”
“H is for Hawk”
“Paris Architect”

I am anxious to hear about what you are reading and what you think of the reading list.

New 58

She was not the most beautiful older woman on the outside.  She was a little over weight, and lumbered a bit when she walked.
Her glasses were on a chain around her neck that clinked with her necklace. Bright strings of slick colored beads with matching earrings. I used to love those beads.
As she tucked my sister and I into her bed that summer night I remember well something she said.
“Susie, you have to learn something new every day. You have to practice those new things to get really good at them too.”
I was complaining about not knowing how to play “jacks” like the other girls.
“Tomorrow we can work on learning that game” her bent fingers pulling the blanket tight above my chin.

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Introducing: Fishing in Pearls

What? Huh?

Fishing in Pearls?

I know it sounds silly, but this title illustrates perfectly what this part of life is about.

Hear me out…..

I love to fish, anywhere, anytime.

I love to wake up early, head to the dock and set out on the boat.

I always add a little scarf or a pair of earrings or pearls.

Just to remind myself that although I am heading out to get dirty, compete with nature, and try to catch something wonderful…

I am still me.

Slightly prissy, a lover of beautiful things, and generally, kind of a Barbie, except with something real in her head.

Fishing can be hot and sweaty with no bathroom.

Sometimes it’s bitter cold and windy and you ask yourself, “do I consider this fun?”

It often requires intense strength as you struggle to hold on to the rig while fighting with a big fish.

Fishing can also be part hiking, carrying your gear, wading in the mud and the rocks,

But even after all that…

there is the joy of catching something, the delight of the big fish being pulled onto the boat, the quiet of the remote stream as you release the wild fish.

Some days you catch a glimpse of a whale off the side of you boat, or a rare wild duck paddling nearby.

It sounds like life, huh?

Plugging along in the everyday muck, climbing over rocks just to get a glimpse of the big prize fish.

Knowing that all the hard stuff will eventually lead to something outstanding.

The thrill of winning.

As you wonder thorough all the unpleasant stuff, you can choose to dress it up.

You can add pearls and remind yourself of who you are.

Now that I am on a new page of my life. I hope you will join me on this journey.

We are going Fishing in Pearls.

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Life Can Become A Habit

I sit quietly in my bed looking out at the water and reviewing the past few days.

I am lucky, I am rarely tired, but this morning I wake up overwhelmed.

It’s late October, 2014.

Last night’s event is over, a big success for the charity.

I smile with that thought.

The cleanup will be finished by noon.

I must think of getting to the office that has been neglected for a few days.

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As Time Goes By

I see her walk in to the restaurant.

I can see her before she can see me.

She looks so much thinner now then the last time we planned a lunch date.

Time sure has a way of tricking us.

When I think of myself, it is not as a 58 year old woman, but instead someone who is closer to 38.

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What’s Your Shade?

A friend and I sat having tea this week discussing our lives, new books we are reading, and lip stick.

Yes, right up there with our children is the very appropriate conversation of lip color.

I have been an unabashed lip stick lover from an early age.

One vivid memory from my child hood was finding a small mini sample from the Avon lady and applying it heavily in my grandmother’s bath room mirror.

I also recall the scrubbing I got when I appeared at dinner all dolled up in my lipstick.

For me, lip stick is part of my persona.

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Picture Perfect

Several years ago I had a photo taken with Barbara Bush.

I was excited to receive the picture in the mail.

I was a real fan of hers and felt so honored to be in a photo with the First Lady.

The flat brown package arrived two week later.

I pulled the much anticipated picture from the envelope to see lovely Mrs. Bush with her poised look next to me with my feet far apart and a slightly shocked smile on my face.

Oh Gosh

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What’s Your Look?

I walked into the store this morning and it looked like a garden.

Each rack divided by color.

Sparkling pink tops paired with white jeans.

Printed dresses line the wall with green and pale blue patterns.

Patton leather handbags in brilliant hues with matching scarves fill the shelves.

It is spring!

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Out With the Old, In With the New

Some days here in Florida you feel like you could not get a more perfect day.

That is how I felt about yesterday.

The shiny new neon green leaves have pushed their way out onto the trees.

From the front door of the store I have the most exquisite view.

There are two small trees that are in full bloom.

Their white flowers rain tiny drops of spring on the side walk below.

Inside Hutton the racks are full of new fresh colors.

Pink and yellow, navy and crisp white.

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6 Favorite’s For Spring

After a few days in NYC, it is hard to express how thankful I am to live in Florida.

The cold biting wind, the feeling that your feet get after a few days, you know the “let me out” feeling of boots.

Spring is definitely in the air here.

This morning as I dressed for work I had to think spring.

You know it’s weird, we wish for the cooler weather, then once it arrives….

you find yourself wishing for warmth.

I made a quick must have list for spring:

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