A violent afternoon thunderstorm descended yesterday while I was out. The amount of rain that came down in 5 minutes was incredible. It made walking across the parking lot impossible. I just took off my shoes, because I was wading, not walking to my car. The return of big boomer thunderstorms are always a reminder that the wet-season has arrived. Their rumbling shakes the house and sends my dogs into a panic-shaking mess. An hour later the sun was back out and you could almost hear everything starting to grow in that prehistoric way.
You also know summer has arrived in South Florida when the orchids all decide at once to burst into boom.There is a lot of weeding to do. The weeds never stop growing! But the blooms are out -it’s almost as if nature wants to apologize in advance for the next six months of 92˚ weather and 24/7 sticky humidity. Come walk through my garden with me.
So surprised to see the amaryllis plant that I threw into the clump of gingers two years ago decided to pop up and bloom this week. Either she’s a little late or very early for the typical Christmas blooming time. Doesn’t matter, she’s spectacular!
The frangipani aka plumeria are in bloom. They make leis out of these, and they also smell amazing. I pick up the dropped flowers every morning and place them in a shallow dish of water at my desk so I can smell them all day. did you now you can cut a branch off a frangipani and just stick it in the ground and it will grow into a new tree in Florida?
The last of my heirloom green grape tomato crop. The summer heat kills most all tomatoes here in South Florida unless you plant a very southern variety. Sigh.
Spice ginger flowers. I was told these wouldn’t bloom, but I guess no one puts baby spice in a corner. When you walk through these grassy-like gingers the entire yard smells like a mix of pepper and cloves.
SO DELICIOUS IT’S RIDICULOUS This healthy protein packed smoothie combines the tropical flavors of lime and coconut with the natural sweetness of banana. Adding high-quality protein powder transforms it into a no sugar added, rehydrating (thanks to the coconut water) and totally natural tropical powerhouse smoothie. So often smoothies have way too many flavors […]
If your lower back isn’t happy, chances are nothing in your life is happy, either. I’ve had struggles with lower back pain. When that tightness comes on I always do lots of reclined hand to big toe pose. It’s a restorative yoga pose that’s subtle miracle worker to release tension in the hamstrings and reset the pelvic […]
As I was massaging this kale last night I thought what a shame it is that 20 years ago kale was only ever used as a garnish to make a plate look pretty. Usually it had a thin orange half-moon twisted into an s-shape sitting on top of a single curly kale leaf that sat […]
Hey Big Girls, It’s no secret that I use the Tone It Up Nutrition Program and follow their workouts to get in shape (no affiliation). Their annual 8 week Bikini Series challenge began this past Sunday. It worked well for me last year and helped me to lose over 10 pounds. Tone It Up members […]
Oh, Costa Rica; I can’t get you off my mind. My surfing vacation last month was memorable in so many ways; especially the vibe of those hot afternoons spent lounging by the pool. Every afternoon and evening we’d gather on the pool deck, have some beers and listen to some laid-back surf-inspired tunes through the […]
Let’s play with the idea that we can manifest all of our dreams. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? To begin, you must become conscious of the existence of what you desire as real and possible for you. If you are conscious of it’s potential existence for you, then it is also possible to actually experience […]
Quote is from Letters To a Young Poet hat tip to Elizabeth Piper via The Lively Show podcast. p.s. more inspirational quotes here. Like this:Like Loading…
The time feels right to resurrect the semi-monthly Book Club but with some changes. There will be much less cliff notes and background on my part. I’m keeping it simple this time, just sharing the basics really. I’ll pull from both my own real life book club picks and my own nightstand side-pile that I […]