June 3, 2017

Even though I am in my fifties, nearing sixty, there is something about the first days of summer that has me feeling like a kid again. I start dreaming about going swimming, sleeping in, reading some good summery books, going to the beach… I pull out my white shorts, button down men’s shirts and sandals, which is my summer uniform, let my hair go crazy curly, and I am ready for whatever adventure lies ahead!

For many years I would stay in a cottage in Apalachicola, which calls itself a drinking village with a fishing problem. It is a quaint little fishing town a couple of hours away and has always been the perfect getaway. I spent my days reading on the front porch, shopping in town at the cute little shops, eating at great little cafes or finding supper at a wonderful restaurant in town. Nights were for movies, lots of wine, and sitting up watching the shrimper’s lights twinkling out on the water of the bay. It is pure heaven when you are there.

These days not so much traveling, but I can still achieve that wonderful feeling of summer here at home. My husband is getting one of those neat galvanized horse troughs for me for those cool dips in my back patio. I light candles all over the house, prepare simple dishes that are light and slightly on the Mediteranean side, watch movies like Mama Mia, Under the Tuscan sun, A Good Year, that take me to the places I dream of traveling to, without leaving home.
All in all, I feel a change coming over me… to enjoy life, maybe a slower life, and be grateful for wherever I am at the moment.

Here’s to a fun, slow summer! xoxo,


p.s. photo of Apalachicola, Florida by Shannon Lease, resident of the town and chief enjoyer of life there!

Life As I Know It…..

March 23, 2014


  I have come home from a wonderful town called Apalachicola, Florida from an art show, my first there. It is a sleepy little fishing town and I so love to go there for rest and relaxation. This was not that trip but it was exhilarating to show my work, to tell my story, and share some laughter and tears with some awesome folk. I am humbled that I have a voice in my art and can’t wait to go back there and do it all over again! I found a friend from Blountstown ,Suella McMillan, that had the most awesome art made from found objects that I LOVE ! I reconnected with a friend that I had not seen since Jr. College that blew me away. She is beautiful, stunning even and works for RiverKeepers there in that wonderful little town. She is a mighty force, you have to be, when you have a job like that! Here’s to us Shannon Lease for weathering storms over these many years and we can still laugh and love and be moved! My darling daughter Lulu came with me to help and I love this creative force, I look at her and thing wow, she is amazing! So wrap all this up, tie a bow on it and call it Life as I know it…. and be thankful for the people that God puts in my path. Oh yes, Miss Ruth who let me live in her wonderful tree house these past two days… what an awesome woman and she radiates with love and energy. I want to be her when I grow up! Until next time my friends ….. love, SuzImage