Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My Florida

My sweet lil' retro trailer...isn't it quaint...
Wetlands across from my house that I walked to many times to visit the Sandhill cranes.
Vero beach after hurricane Charlie...
The beautiful Cypress forests that harbor many a creature you have no business befriending...
And the colorful sunsets that gave me cause to dream...

When I first moved to Florida five years ago, it was a dream come true. I just rented my house, packed my bags and headed South...easy right...

On an earlier visit to my Mother's place in Lake Placid, it awoke in me the love of Florida I had as a child, spending summers with my Grandparents in Daytona Beach. Oh, the smells of Florida...I can smell it the minute I drive over the state line. The warm salt airs of the sea...as the memories of childhood come flooding back, the drive to the center of the state seems a lifetime, but the rows of orange trees and smells of the blossoms in the spring, remind me of why I'm here.


My Grandfather loved the ocean and the warmth of the state, I guess I inherited it from him, but the flora and fauna of this Southernmost state was so exotic compared to the seasonal flux of the Midwest, it was like vacation every day...


But as my son-in-laws brain cancer progressed, it was decided I should move back and help with her candle biz, as he would no longer be able to be there.


So now back in Iowa...I dream of my love...my Florida...and the magic of this beautiful state. The intricate, delicate beauty crammed with people in the winter...but devoid of people in the heat of the summer, my favorite time in Florida...the sunshine state.

24 comments:

High Desert Diva said...

Love the green and orange on the trailer.

It looks beautiful there...

M.Kate said...

Looks wonderful there. Sorry to hear about the son in law cancer, but I guess you had to do what's best. Maybe one day you'll go back there again to stay.

Gallery Juana said...

This is certainly a side of Florida that I haven't seen. The grove of cypress trees is beautiful, but I guess the wildlife would keep me out. I miss California and my Family, so I can easily understand how you'd miss Florida. But I guess, we make the best of what we have.

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Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Sharon, I'm sorry to hear about your son in law. Do you see yourself ever going back to Florida?
Marnie

lulu Redstar & Lauri Evans said...

Hey, I know you hate it but that snow in your header photo is so gorgeous. We never get snow. Once in a while, but rarely sticks. Love all your fab photos. And love that ironstone pot with the blue flowers in a passed post, I'm having a thang for blue lately. Are you selling it? Lauri @ chippys

willow said...

Charming little retro trailer! I hope you will one day be back to the place you love.

Cynthia said...

I hope that you one day realize your Florida dream...life is too short as you wrote...<3

Kelly said...

Sorry to hear about your son in law.
I lived in Fla. when Charlie went thru...heck, there were three of them back to back that year, if I remember correctly.
Anyhoo~Yes, the smell of Florida is unlike anywhere else I've ever been too. Even the scrub palms and cypress trees grow on you after awhile.
But your house in Iowa looks pretty.
Are you going back to Fla? It's changed ALOT in the past 5 yrs.
Which is one of the reasons my husband & I left. But thats another story for another time...

Kelly said...

P.s. My heart is still there too...

Anita said...

Well Sharon- we are just so glad we have your here in Iowa, promoting great vintage shopping and our wonderful state, even if it is colder than billyhell right now.:)

Anita

trash talk said...

I know you have got one heck of a sweet set-up where you are, but man that would be tempting. It looks warm! Debbie

Wildeve said...

I does look like a little slice of heaven. I can see why you miss it.
I've never spent much time in Florida- but I fell in love with the Florida in Rawlings book, "Cross Creek." The cypress swamp reminds me of it.
I'm sorry to hear about your son-in-law.

Jeanne said...

We got six inches of snow in southern Ohio today and, girl, I am with you. When do we leave for Florida?

Utah Grammie said...

It is beautiful-almost as beautiful as what you did for your daughter - you are an angel and you will turn to your beloved Florida one day :-)

paisley said...

my heart will always be in florida too.. i am hoping to go back some day,, maybe not permanently,, but to stay and enjoy the beauty that is only florida once again....

my parents still live there so it isn't as if i can never go back... its just actually doing it that is the challenge.....

CatHerder said...

I love florida..love to visit upstate ny too (when its warm) but would LOVE to live in the keys....and glens falls ny in the summer!

summersundays-jw said...

I couldn't leave my home for good but sure wouldn't mind spending Jan. & Feb. in Florida -- especially in your little trailor. If it makes you feel any better, my friend just called from Eureka Spgs. where they've had an ice storm. They have no electricity, limbs all over, & can't drive on the roads. She's longing to go back to Iowa. Stay warm, Jan

dulcy said...

Beautiful post....thanks for sharing your memories. Your blog is one of my very favorites to visit. Stay warm!

Shab-n-Chic said...

Maybe someday you will move back...but honestly, I cannot imagine you and Scratchy moving out of the pink chateau. Any chance you can take it apart and put it back together again...on the beach? hey...a girl can dream, can't she?
ps: You were a great Mom to come to your daughter's side.

The Muse said...

keeping your family in thoughts and kind prayers :)

mmm the scenery is divine! and i love the little trailer abode! :)

Lisa B. said...

I LOVE that retro trailer!!

cconz said...

Wow sharon, i totally missed this post!!! I'm glad your here in iowa with us fellow ice bears. I also vote Keep the Hair. I can't imagin anything else. LOVE YOU cathie

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