Category Archives: Island Dreaming

Morning Coffee and Beach Dreaming

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It’s here! It’s finally HERE! Spring is done with its tantrums of warm and cold and I can finally enjoy time on the Tiki Deck! Sundays are my fav for enjoying coffee al fresco with the sights and sounds of our little oasis. Read the rest of this entry

Winter Solstice; Find Your Sun

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December 21, 2013 marks the winter solstice for the northern hemisphere. Here, just outside of Chicago it’s gray. The sky…. and the dingy snow pushed aside by plow and shovel. Gray. There is a chill in the air as we wait for a cold front to decide if the sky will deliver freezing rain or snow, and just a few minutes more than 9 hours of daylight. (sunrise 7:16, sunset 4:25)

But since I’m a glass-half-full kinda gal, I’m happy to realize the days will start to get longer now too. Before you know it, it will be summer.

Let’s find the sun….   Read the rest of this entry

Grand Cayman: An Island to Love

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Grand Cayman: An Island to Love

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You must get to the Cayman Islands. We easily chose to go back for our fifth visit to this great Caribbean destination for a handful of reasons. Coming up I’ll share some of our favorite things about Cayman… the beaches, the sites, the great people and more.

For now, enjoy a few images to put you in a Cayman Island state of mind. Read the rest of this entry

Urban Oasis: Visiting Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory

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It’s late winter. I’m surrounded by palm trees. Sweat beads are forming on my brow. …. and I’m in Chicago.

I’m not dreaming. I’ve just found my way to an urban oasis. Come see…. Garfield Park Conservatory Entrance

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Him got thuh sand on he brain, mon.

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Him got thuh sand on he brain, mon.

Controversy-shmontroversy.

Seriously people. Turn da frown, de udduh way aroun’.

This was my absolute favorite super-bowl ad this year.

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Volkswagon Happy Commercial
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Tropical Blooms (Slideshow)

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I am always in awe in the islands when I see such beautiful flowers that just naturally grow there; fragrant plumeria trees on Oahu whose blossoms fall to the lawns and land on the beach…. seems almost wasteful; a sunny yellow hibiscus bloom at the Dole plantation… just as much part of the destination as a pineapple whip, no?; the hot pink bougainvillea at the Hell attraction (ironic?) or the assorted blossoms at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park  on Grand Cayman. And every summer, while the weather is right for them, bright hibiscus and intoxicating gardenia on my  own”Tiki Deck”.

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Snowmen At The Beach (Slideshow)

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I love the irony of snowmen (and snowomen) at the beach.  I’ve had these little beach snow figures for many years. Each holiday season I unpack the storage bins and they bring a smile to my face…. I think they have the right idea!

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