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Writer On Vacation.

This is pretty much me on vacation. Being a writer never leaves you fully turned off….in a good way. Funny writer on Vacation scene.

Though I iPod language currently (French currently) , anything writers podcasts, etc. Political podcasts (Listening to Bernie at the moment even though I am not a Bernie fan) and TEDtalks as well as other along those lines while biking. Hiking I am more quiet, nature and music if any headphones at all, I always take time to listen to just nature.

Running I am music.

Music is an important part of the day. It does many things to the brain and to the spirit. Running is a good time for music for me, as well as cleaning, and cooking. I don’t write too often to music unless in a particular mood and place as well as focus. And I don’t read to music at all. But I love enjoying different types of music through out my day….typically anything from the 1920’s and jazz at dinner making and eating as well as during conversation going more mellow is always a good one. Running I need motivation and uplift and it’s a time for me to enjoy some fun music, it raises my spirits and helps me push farther.

When hiking I prefer a calm and meditative sound that put’s me into deep thought. I will write entire works in my head while hiking. At times, and even most times, I prefer no music at all and will take in the sound of nature, or the thoughts in my head.

When biking I like to learn, it keeps me from being bored, music and cycling don’t seem to totally mix for me, but the learning and listening really does.

When on “vacation” I don’t really work at all. It’s hard to do in an RV with Joe ready to go do something for the day…and really our days are usually pretty tourist jam packed, this coming trip we even have added our biking together (he found a bike!) and plan on A. Getting fit together, B. Quality time together not involving movies or tv. C. Exploring together by bike. D. Being more physically active this year while having fun (as in not through a gym or class but doing more fun entertaining activities).

I do keep up with emails (somewhat).

And I do end up jotting a notebook full of notes. I also read, catch up on my magazine and journal readings on my nook or in hard copy (I still have to read Texas Monthly hard copy, I have The Atlantic Yoga, wellness, Vegetarian, NYT news, New Yorker, Garden and Gun, and about ten other journals at a time, and about ten other magazines as well as about four newspapers running at a time (some just the Sunday and some daily) I also often have a book going on there, this vacation I will be reading a book started through Google when they began taking care of their employees health in alternative ways, I had come across the info several times but read about it in more depth in my Living Well on the Road by Linden Schaffer, the book this week on my nook I am ready to dive into is by Author Chade-Meng Tan and the book is Search Inside Yourself. I just finished the Linden Schaffer book and will be starting The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington after the Chen-Meng Tan book in those categories.

I’ll also have a novel to read (just finished In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri and Getting Naked for Money by Edie Jarolim and am starting A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and then Peaks on the Horizon by Charlie Carrol). Reading IS a part of being a writer. I defiantly look forward to some lazy hot afternoon time with a book in hand.

I always check out and update a bit on what is going on in the book world everyday, not just vacation but that continues. And I often spend a little time organizing on my laptop as well during vacation. So a little work still always happens.

Perhaps I’ll work/vacation with a Bloody Mary in hand.

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Almost Vacation Time.

IMG_5880_Fotor_FotorToday is my last pre-vacation day.

The way I work is four weeks on, two weeks off. In those two weeks, Joe is home and we travel, move (our home on wheels) and vacation pretty hard (not hard as in like liquor but sites, hikes, foods, naps, stuff like that.)
Prior to starting vacation I always do a deep clean, fresh laundry and grocery lists as well as plan out travel, ideas, To Do stuff and all that good stuff before J arrives home and before I clear my work space for the coming weeks. But I also lay out my work for the next month so that when I start I am able to sit down and review and get to work right away rather than figure it out then.

Now is when I have the momentum of the work I’ve been doing in the previous month to easily roll off if, know where I am ending and where I need to pick it back up. I don’t always have projects finished but sometimes projects to start back on after a break. The vacation really gives me a needed break and clears my head.

I end up jotting down notes and filling with fresh inspiration the entire time. I also end up stepping back and seeing where my work has gone and is headed. During my four weeks in work my head is buried pretty down into work and I am very focused, often working about 18 hour days.

And where I am also often depends on what I do during that month. So, today and tomorrow I will wrap up altogether and be ready to rest, but be set up and prepared to come back to it and jump right back in.


#writing #Amwriting #Writeratwork #Writer #success #Goals #schedule#Workandtravel #Vacation #Rest #takingabreak #WriterMood #focused#linedup #Achieve #Boss #likeaboss #Career

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Book Recommendations.

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Need some recommendations:

It’s a book club thing.

Name one book which you would recommend for a Democratic left or 3rd party side to read regarding and IN THE VIEW OF the Republican right, conservative side?

And

Name one book which you would recommend for a Republican right, conservative side to read regarding and IN THE VIEW OF the Democratic left or 3rd party side.

Also, if you have a great rec for a 3rd book, give me a regarding and IN THE VIEW OF strictly a third Party.

And last, if you have them to add, the Alt-right (Nazi), White Supremacists, KKK, and the Terroristic-this can be ISIS, Taliban, American radicals, rioters of all over the world and for all things, Abortion clinic bombers, 9/11 related, Oklahoma Bombing related, Sandy Elementary School related, Vaccine vs non-Vaccs related, Pro-Gun related, anti-gun or Gun-Control related. And war of any kind and time and place related.

And one more time. If you have any book reeks relating to anything to do with economics…feel free to throw down. Please note the category your rec is for.

These can be dated in history and current at any time, they don’t have to cover ALL, every issue, or be 100% eye-opening, way of understanding everything in the today (though that would be great) they can be memoir/autobiography/biography of one person or of one particular issue. Etc. It does not have to be a “Make this person see where I am coming from and get it all” book. but…a good conversation and debate of course would be great. Learning, knowledge, understanding, comparison. Etc. And if you have two perfect opposite views of the same exact subject…throw them in, too. They can be of politics, of politicians, of a politicalized issue (including say, Science, because even issues which we wish not to be politicalized, are, so let’s not lie to ourselves). If you’d like to include your thoughts, talking points, questions and pondering with the rec, please feel free.

Thanks #Books #BookClub

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Don’t tell me Happy fur-Mom Day.

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Ahh, that lovely cusp of society that feels that if you are over 23 and unmarried, much less an independent think for yourself woman….WITH a career! Gasp! Lord, 2017 and e’rything.

Those video’s and well wishing your friends give you to not leave you feeling left out on Mother’s Day.

I’ve been a mother, once, for 28 days. I’d be a mother to a teenager today if those 28 days had continued. I went through a time, later, when I was married and tried desperately to get pregnant. Each month I felt like a failure seeing that splash of red. I am now drawn to paintings with splashes of red. I think it’s a call of my womanhood. I went through the feelings of a bad wife, a failure as a woman. Not full. Useless. Broken. I hadn’t even wanted children of my own womb, but he had, and now that I couldn’t, it was all that I thought about.

I began the adopting process which I had always wanted. The two were not the same, one no lesser or great than the other. And then divorce happened. And thirty happened. I exclaimed I am woman! I can do it by myself! And then, my own mother said the best she’s ever said to me “Peg, I don’t regret any of you. But had I made it to thirty without, I would have kept on going. You are not making a life for yourself, or struggling to figure yourself out. You have a very set life style, you HAVE an actual lifestyle, wether you realize it or not. And it doesn’t really fit a child. Think about if you really want one, or if you are trying to prove to society that you can have one.” Or something like that.

And then I realized, over the course of following years, that she was right. I could admit it. And not only that…I couldn’t actually imagine my life with a child. Well…as a woman we all have those fleeting moments when we could, I won’t lie. But over all and mostly….I didn’t find my friends babies any more than cute…for them. And good for them! I finally felt…without feeling jealous or ashamed. Or both. And now, I feel content, and settled, and happy. If the Gods sent a child into my life, my life would adjust and it would be meant. But motherhood is no longer, nor ever will BE my planned or even wish for journey.

However….so many women today still have that society pressure, as well as their own natural instinct and urge. Their own wants.

But then we become over 23 and educated, and successful, and independent, and somehow happy with our Here & Now, until we find our meant to be. And we have careers which we love…but society now sees those women, with a dog or a cat….as someone filling a void, as someone who perhaps Can’t. Or who just hasn’t found the right partner or or or…..

And so their pet must be like a baby, for the baby they don’t have or can’t have, or haven’t been given. Society forgets the Yet.  Even when these women are so young yet…young enough to say “Don’t have a baby…yet.” But society doesn’t want to give you a yet, they expect you to be miserable now, unfulfilled, trying to curb a craving with other than. Wanting more…now. Because….how can you be a woman, with an education, living on your own, independent, with a career, doing what you love to do and have a dog or a cat but perhaps no husband…even if maybe an occasional date, occasional lover, occasional boyfriend? Somehow….you must not be quite complete…even if for you, you are…so VERY complete…for the Now. But just not quite to your Yet. Yet. Because though you are not 23, you are not dead and done.

My dog goes on a leash, my child would not so much (even if I make the jokes). My own cat is not enough to be my ‘baby’ to fill some void…though I love her greatly and might even squeal when I come home “My Baaaaabbbbbbbyyyyyyy!” I don’t actually mean it exactly so.

Though the video’s are perhaps adorable and make me smile….and when Joe said happy birthday to my kitten mom, I knew the way he meant it (very much a joke about how our cat owns us more than anything) and I know him. He knows she is not a filling to a void at all. He knows me. But he knows a pet is not because I can’t…or to fill the space until a yet for me either. If anybody else said it to me, I would know they don’t mean it the same way he did. There is a difference. Also, hopefully, my child would not poop in my neighbors yard. Though that is always a possibility.

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Saturday Get-Out.

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Long but great Saturday. I woke today, rode my bike…I am getting better at waking earlier and getting on the bike once in the morning as well (I also ride in the evening), yoga in the morning too. Not consistently in my mornings but getting better. Then I sat down to my coffee and at my laptop…and said naw, it’s a beautiful day and regardless of my bike rides, I need to just be outside.  Not wanting to go anywhere in particular, I grabbed my camera and set out, took one bus to an area and then set out on foot. I probably walked five miles or so. I took a coffee break at one point and read my weekend read (Getting Naked for Money-Edie Jarolim) and later before heading home I’d hit a hangry moment…as well as I had been in the sun and NOT remembered to have enough water moment. So I cooled down, drank and read and then ate a bite before heading home. At one moment I was standing near a building and adjusting my camera and felt a hand on my elbow tugging me backward. I almost flipped a bitch. But caught myself before and realized it was a nice looking lady a bit older than me (by perhaps double) she said “Chil’ you’ve got that burn skin, get over here in the shade when you’re standing around”. Lol. So apparently I was getting my fill of sunshine. I also want to wear hats like she had when I am older and can carry them off.

I’m glad I got out today. Writing AND Full-time Rving both can sometimes be super isolating. I often work from my own home and might not talk to anyone all day…except the cat. And even days I work from a coffeeshop my only words might be my drink order. I try, and usually succeed without even trying, to strike up random conversations here and there, or I even find fellow same age women RVers or other like minded to meet up with in an area traveled. I am currently training for two of American’s largest hiking trails and would like to have a women group to do each of them with (different or same group for each trail)… There are always other RVers to talk to…but at age 35 it’s nice to find someone under retirement once in awhile. Today I ended up not talking as much as I probably should have…another way to isolate yourself is enjoying the view through a camera lens. But I did manage to put it down from time to time and enjoy the most random conversations, even if short. I did at least get fresh air, sunshine, movement, and didn’t spend my Saturday nose to screen. I did have that one moment when you need to suddenly speak but you haven’t spoken in so long that the words don’t work.

Other ways I try and keep from being isolated while full-time RVing is meet up groups or RV forums for  buddy meets to museums, camera days, hiking, biking, running, get togethers. Yoga classes, outdoor fitness groups (ok, this is a good idea and I’ve seen it done, I even watched one while sipping an ice tea at a restaurant, but have yet to actually join in)  attending area college lectures, book reading, author signings, etc. Perhaps I’ll get into doing an author resort type thing eventually, or even a yoga resort would be nice. REI and other like places offer classes all over the nation you can look up in your area, currently REI also has special womens month ones in particular. I don’t always just meet up with women only groups but sometimes we girls need girl talk time. Music events, poetry events, writing clubs and events for writers, cooking classes, etc are all ways to meet people. Now…actually speaking up and saying Hello, My Name is, and I travel full time.” and beginning actual conversation is another. Really though, once you get me started it flows pretty well. I meet a lot of people at museums, art shows, and what not. Because I often contact before hand to particular galleries, museums, writers situations, colleges, I often have someone willing to meet with me for at least a coffee, a walk through a gallery or museum, or even a tour around their city. My best talk today was with a young artist about Mexican and Mexican-American and Spanish Artists all through the South, from San Antonio to Florida. A lot of great stuff in that conversation.

#RVing #RVlife #Writing #WritingLife #Traveling #TravelLife #Saturday #Outdoors #OptOutside #MeetingPeople

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Kitchen Adventures: Beer Cioppino.

IMG_5190_FotorI picked up this book from a random in travels Half Priced Books. Here I am with my new Nook and still even walking into about seven bookstores a week. And out I walk with piles of Books, not even actually on my To Read List at the moment even. But this was a good pickup and one I’ll likely pass along to my sister with her three kids. It’s very funny to read as a novel before bed even if you never actually try the recipes or follow the advice. I don’t even have kids and it’s about family dinners and with kids. (Joe and I always have and always will make our time to have a meal together important). I got it though because when I flipped through it I was immediately reminded of some things that are just easy to forget in busy lives. And also for the recipe and meal plan ideas (even if I don’t follow exactly and shape to my own likes and needs). I read it, I took notes, I was reminded and now it will soon be in the mail to a sister to read next. One meal I was encouraged to try directly from it so far was so easy and so yummy and so very flexible (and freezable) Coippino (Italian Fish Stew). Soon good so, let me share with you my first go at it….. #cioppino #Cooking#Food #Author #Read #AmReading and #Cooking #Book #Reading #CookBook#Recipe #MealPlanning #Ideas#HalfPricedBooks #Dinner#dinnertheplaybook #Writer #Mom #Wife#MealPlanner #theartoffamily#JennyRosenstratch #Publisher#BallantineBooks #RandomHouse #Blog#BlogWriter #Dinneralovestory#trynewthings #inthekitchen

IMG_5109_FotorSo I ran (took the bus) to the #Grocery (at the moment we were near a very good one too so this was extra fun) and headed home, turned on some Sinatra, poured some red #Wine and enjoyed a great evening…Joe was at work so this was just me and the cat. Since this was my first time making #Cioppino I chose to work on the base first before buying, spending money on, and cooking with the seafood that normally goes in it. However, I bought a wonderful Seed bread, I only eat good and real butters (this particular was a European salted) and I planned to basically enjoy a “tomato soup” as a meal with a salad and then freeze the rest…should it come out edible at all.
#TryNewThings #adventuresinthekitchen#publictransportation #ClothBags#Bought this one in a neat Mexican shop in #Austin in January.

IMG_5126_FotorI got home and realized that my favorite #Garlic #Toolwasn’t here (Joe, at work) and yet I also learned that I am really enjoying non mincing my garlic and eating it in full cloves. I also learned a but on an easier way to #PeelGarlic so this made me do a happy dance. I loved the #Colors here. #Colorfulkitchen #PegsKitchen

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I take pictures of #Cooking and in my #kitchen and the process because I love it. I don’t actually write about food (though you’ll see me add a #Blog post from time to time on it) and also because I simply fall in #lovewith the #Colors that #food can give me. From the beginning of days #Artistswould #Paint stills of Food and leavings on a table…and I see why. Now If I had the skill of painting in my soul and fingers…..Otherwise it pleases me.
#PegsKitchen #colorfulkitchen #Food#InTheKitchen #Making #Cioppino for the first time.

I LOVED #Cookingwith #Garlic #freshBasil #Lemon, and…yes, that is #Beer .
I totally did not follow the actual #Recipein #Dinner #RecipeBook as is my usual. I read it once…and just go and have fun. I didn’t even shop by it. I also never use measuring (almost ever) and this got a lot of lemon juice fresh squeezed, garlic until I was tired of peeling it…and #Beerbecause I had forgotten the White Wine it needed! haha…Joe had a bottle in the fridge and I gave it a squinty faced look and said “Ok, let’s try this out and see how it goes”. And OMG, I have to tell you, the end result was amazing (I also added just a splash of red wine later. I made the Garlic and later the onion with the beer, cooked it down, added more. And added more beer into the pot of tomatoes soon along with water and the red wine splash). It came out pretty sweet but super refreshing and so good, especially served with a buttered seed bread.
#InTheKitchen #nomeasuring#guesswork #ASplash of #wine#Experimenting#experimentinginthekitchen he kitchen #Pegskitchen #colorfulkitchen #Neverfollowing the #Recipe

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Add the #onionsand lord my #Kitchen #Smelledsooooooooooooo #Good !!!! (also added more beer and some #Butter here)
#Cookingwithbutter #PegsKitchen#MakingCioppino #FirstTime

#tomato and #Basil and #beer
Not your typical #Cioppino but when ever have I done things typical?

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This was the bottle of #Beer I found in the fridge of Joe’s and used to make my forgot-the-wine #Cioppino but hey….I made it #texasstyle#ziegenbock #Cioppino might be a first. And it turned out damn good.
#RVliving #RVkitchen #RVCooking#RVdinner #PegsKitchen#ColorfulKitchen never following the #Recipe

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Follow my #Cioppino making #Adventures

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I take pictures of #Cooking and in my #kitchen and the process because I love it. I don’t actually write about food (though you’ll see me add a #Blog post from time to time on it) and also because I simply fall in #lovewith the #Colors that #food can give me. From the beginning of days #Artistswould #Paint stills of Food and leavings on a table…and I see why. Now If I had the skill of painting in my soul and fingers…..Otherwise it pleases me.
#PegsKitchen #colorfulkitchen #Food#InTheKitchen #Making #Cioppino for the first time.

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TADA! And last but not least! the finished product! It was SOOOO yummy!

Cont from previous: Turned on some Sinatra, poured some red #Wine and enjoyed a great evening…Joe was at work so this was just me and the cat. Since this was my first time making #Cioppino I chose to work on the base first before buying, spending money on, and cooking with the seafood that normally goes in it. However, I bought a wonderful Seed bread, I only eat good and real butters (this particular was a European salted, I never buy American butter because it’s tasteless unless I try an odd find here and there and always #Amish #butter if I can find it because it’s the best) and I planned to basically enjoy a “tomato soup” as a meal with a salad and then freeze the rest…should it come out edible at all.And it did! It was sooo good! I didn’t measure, or follow the actual recipe *from the #book a few pictures back called #Dinnertheplaybook , and I forgot wine so I used a splash of red wine and a bottle of Joe’s #beer from the fridge (a #Texan beer so it’s #Cioppino done the #Texanway ) it was sweet but incredibly good and I’d do it again, even with the beer!
I’ll do the Seafood next.
#TryNewThings #adventuresinthekitchen#pegskitchen #Colorfulkitchen #Meals#freezermeals #Cookingforone

 

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Florida. The Art-Deco Heaven.

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So the travels have begun with a long (very long) drive to Florida from Galveston Island. In Joe’s little car with no A/C. So much for my start back to life on wheels after five and a half years of car-free living. Florida is a place that I have been in and out of a few times for equestrian related things in my long ago past but I never really got to see it and never have I been to Hollywood or Miami where I’ve been able to go this Spring/Summer.

We started here to pick up the RV that Joe and I will begin our American Road Travels in, as well as to visit, while there, some of his family.

I was also getting to see Florida with the new eye’s of a traveling tourist rather than work or mission.

And I’m in love.

Art-Deco ANYTHING is my favorite…my love…my choice in all. And so of course the houses, the cute little motels all over the place…even the frickin trailer parks have grabbed my heart here.

Joe thankfully is all about the get out on foot travel and that we have done. But the sun shines very bright and the heat itself isn’t felt long before the sun exhaustion is…so we also end each day rather tired…simply worn out. Even our feet hurt, but we’ve had so much incredible joy walking for hours and hours among these buildings, these houses (many mid-century as well so a double whammy of perfect love.)

The water here is blue blue blue and the way much is built for walkable living….the artistic community…the food trucks and oh. my. gosh the most amazing food and restaurants and so unbelievably cheap but GOOD….ok, the list grows of why I have played with the idea of just staying here. In any case….I will forever have Florida on the map to come back to…and we haven’t even done the Keys yet! Not even Hemingway’s house yet! There is so much more to do!

On this trip I have lost about half of my pictures sadly but as I said, there is still more time and so I hope to be able to recapture some of those as well as much more new.

I have been utterly fascinated with Cuban food (Can’t wait for an actual trip to Cuba) and the fact that Florida is SO preserved! The historic Art-Deco entire cities and the houses are in great shape, and for such a hurricane hit state, too. I mean, coming from Galveston, this is a big deal. I truly think that Galveston should check out the preservations processes here.

Another item I have been absolutely in love with and just can’t get over is all the greenspace and trees and grass area’s and the lay out of places, such as Miami beach. Ok ok, I am comparing Galveston a lot but seriously…the beach, the park space, the baordwalks, the restaurants, shops, hotels and the houses are laid out in such perfection that this is truly a city to take note and example of. PEOPLE. Especially in the size of space and amount of people…this state really knew how to build for the people and for growth while keeping comfort and beauty.

Hollywood is very much a mix of Burbank, California and Galvesto Island, Texas in a way.

The one thing I see a lack of and am pretty surprised at is the bike community, but much of it is car-free still. Where I am staying, in Hollywood, I am smack dab in the heart of Down Town and there are about a hundred restaurants at my feet. I’ve eaten three meals out daily and have yet to be able to have bee to all of them. And the gelato is not helping bikini season at 500. There are parks and grocery store and library all in walking distance and the beach is less than a mile and a half away but an easy walk or a hop on the trolley (bus style…again, Galveston take note for the bringing back of the island trolley) take care of that, too.

http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2015-02-20/10-great-art-deco-cities-you-might-not-know-about/1 Doesn’t even name Miami in this top 10 list but it is apparently the largest area of Art-Deco in America. On the list I have been to 5 out of 10 and it is a pretty good list that I hope to finish the next five of but in the meantime I am super happy that I decided to come to Florida and see a state that I seriously never had given thought to…and was very very wrong to have done so. Especially in my love of certain types of architecture. Not to mention food. And art…and….oy. Florida.

I will talk much more but in the mean time…here is a thousand words in each picture of simply gorgeous Art-Deco architecture.

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Florida. Livable Community.

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So my travels have begun with Florida. Florida is a place that I have been in and out of a few times for equestrian related things in my long ago past but I never really got to see it and never have I been to Hollywood or Miami where I’ve been able to go this Spring/Summer. Btw, anybody know any ideas on natural safe sunblock? I can’t stand slathering cancer causing chemicals on my skin only to prevent cancer but even staying covered up my skin is needing it here.
I am meeting family and playing tourist and living the food, art, walkability, of the community.

I am still surprised not to see much of a biking community here (In Hollywood area mostly) though the traffic, round abouts roads and such are a little scary. Though Miami Beach and St. Augustine, Florida are listed on Wikipedia as car-free communities in the world. And I have found Hollywood and Miami Beach to be incredibly walkable with a decent pubic transport. The grocery is easier and closer to get to than Galveston for me and the sidewalks and safe neigborhoods give me no reason to see why you couldn’t live car-free here.

The Street list’s Miami as a car-free place to retire.
But not everybody likes the Heat either.
I am a huge fan of both mid-century and art-deco architecture and living by the water. The water ways here are so awesome and the way it is but and laid out is just really…well thought I think. There are more yachts then boats and the amount of sailboats has me swooning.

I have lost some of my pictures from this trip but will take some more. Frankly I can’t get enough. It is so sunny and pretty here and the entire state seems to well thought out. From living young or retired to vacation and tourism to shops, Entertainment and restaurants and parks and greespace and on the water life and fun.

The food is very affordable. I have been really surprised, though Joe keeps reminding me that I live on what we call “Island Prices” back in Galveston. In one other comparison is how different the menu’s are from restaurant to restaurant and in a two bock radius there are no less than forty restaurants. The island really offers very little in type and then on top of that the problem there is that each place has the same menu…and usually even the same cooks who have rotated around to each place. Small town living. Sigh. I am not trying to bash but there it is.I love it. Sometimes I want to fix it. Like a bad relationship.

Joe and I have loved it here and got really interested in the thought of investing in a home here. We are still looking into that and I am still trying to figure out why so many homes are in foreclosure but also something about not being forced to move once you are? Not sure so if anybody can shed some light that would be great. Aside from foreclosure we are finding beautiful homes for half the price they would be on the island. Not bad at all…and swoon…many mid-century or art-deco ! And pools!

I’ve been a bit surprised by having read that a lot of people say that there is no diversity here….as in no Asian or Indian, very little African-American or black and mostly Spanish. I have found a wide variety of Spanish from all kinds of places (Cuba being only one) and a lot of Jamaican and Thai and even Indian (maybe not as much in restaurants is all.) Though Spanish is probably the heaviest of all of those it seems pretty even with white. Of course for me I change and travel to a lot of places and each place will be heavier in one or two than another so it doesn’t freak me out or even bother me. It just seems to be a heavy topic when looking things up about Florida on the www and an observation.

And how I love the Cuban’s for the food….my heart belongs to the Cubano sandwich.
BTW, a really cute recommended movie is the Chef , but be ready to be hungry is you watch it. It’s on Netflix.
I AM very pleasantly surprised at the huge artistic community that Florida offers, especially in the Hollywood area. There are Artwalks here and not far there is a (soon to be visited) Artist Lofts of Artspace. The parks and greenspace really blows me away…and the tree’s ! It’s very family friendly here but seemes a very bend of young and single, older and retired, lower and very upper class, family and children, business and art. I am still hunting out some live local music spots that aren’t about and for the tourists.

We haven’t headed to the keys yet and are actually planning to come back in winter for that and head up to Chicago before snow weather happens. But there is still so much more to see in Florida and cant do it all in one trip.

The trailer home parks and tiny old motels still fascinate me. The historic preservation . Especially in a hurricane hit state.
The colors…oh my…the colors.

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