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May 1st Already

Can you believe it is May 1st already?

It is May Day.  I always think of attending my younger cousin’s May Pole dance when May 1 rolls around.  She was in 1st grade .  I was a little jealous that we didn’t have this celebration at my school.  I’m also reminded of one of my other cousin’s son birthday on that day.

May 1st means that the year is already 1/3 over.  Time flies when you’re having fun.  I ‘ve had a great first 4 months of the year.   Here’s why my year is going by so fast.

First of all, in January we went on a cruise to the Panama Canal with friends and family.  This was a magnificent experience as we toured areas of Central America and South America.

February seemed to fly by as we spent time in Florida enjoying the beautiful weather, working on our place, and viewing the ocean and its wildlife.  We had great times with some good friends.  I mustn’t forget to tell you that I shopped till I dropped.   Yes, Florida is a great place to shop consignment shops and retail stores.

March was split between Florida and Our Old Kentucky Home.  I sure do adore the green, green grass of home.  Florida weather and the ocean are beautiful, but their grass is nothing compared to the grass in Kentucky.

April was a fun time with visiting family at Easter and planning our garden.  Flowers were planted and the weather was warmer than usual in Kentucky.  No frost yet on our plants.  Daddy always said not to plant flowers, tomatoes, or corn before Derby Day.  But this year has been different.

Amazingly here it is May 1st.  Surprisingly the year is 1/3 gone.  It sure is true that time flies when you’re having fun!   Now onto more fun throughout the rest of the spring and summer.  I’m anticipating the Kentucky Derby party at my cousin’s place in Louisville.  Also Mother’s Day with family and going to Lake Cumberland.  Hopefully we will be selling my late Mom’s house.

Wow!  What a year so far!  Thankful for every blessing the Lord has sent down.  Good health, great family, and fun times.  What else could a person ask for?  Of course, there have been a few struggles, but many more good things than bad.

Be thankful for what you have!  Anticipate a good future.  As my yard flag says,  “MAKE TODAY AMAZING” .

So long until next time.

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The Old Kapok Tree Inn Restaurant

Back around 1970 my grandparents took my husband and me to the Kapok Tree Inn Restaurant in Clearwater, Florida.   Since that has been 47 years ago I’m not sure we ate dinner there, but I do remember the humongous kapok tree and the fountains.  I remember it being the most beautiful place this young Kentucky lady had ever seen.

My parents took yearly trips to the Tampa Bay area, but they never took my brother or me.  I often heard them speak of eating at the Kapok Tree Inn.  I even remember seeing pictures of the tree that they and my grandparents had taken.  Finally in 1970 I took my first trip that I could remember to the Sunshine State.  We stayed at my grandparents house in St. Petersburg while we visited.  And that is when I visited this sensational place called the Kapok Tree Inn.

Here it is 2017, and my husband and I have retired.  We have spent the winter months near Clearwater for the last three years.  I have often thought of the Kapok Tree Inn Restaurant but I had not seen it.  Finally I looked it up on the internet and found out that it had shut its doors in 1991.  I found an address and decided I would look for the now defunct business not really expecting to find much left.

Wow! Was I surprised with what I found!  This place is still magnificient.  Although not as well kept as it once was, one can still enjoy the beauty and massiveness of this place.  The Kapok Tree Inn once was busy with the hustle and bustle from customers from all over the U.S and world.  Now it is the location of a music business and is rented out for special occasions.

Take a look at my pictures to see what you think!

The Kapok Tree

The Fountains

The statues

The Gardens and Wall

Today it is home to the Sam Ash Music Store

Now that you’ve seen the pictures do you see why I was so excited to reconnect with this place?  I could just imagine ladies dressed in expensive dresses and men in their suits and ties dancing to romantic music.  In my mind I visioned couples eating fine dinners with candles lit on tables covered with white table clothes.

I am so appreciative of the artistic work of the creators of this special, magical place.  And I sure am happy that the beautiful place hasn’t been torn down .  The Kapok Tree Inn property has been this way since the 1950’s. I’m hoping that the owners continue to have it open to the public.  It is free to walk around in the gardens.  The place is also available to rent out for special events.  For more information click here.

I hope you felt some of the magic of the Kapok Tree Inn as you viewed my pictures I took with my iPhone.  And don’t forget to check this place out next time you are in the Clearwater, Florida area.

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Until next time,  Have a Great Day!

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A Winter Wonderland

We chose to spend our last evenings of 2016 walking in a winter wonderland in Largo, Florida.  There was no snow, but it was cool enough to need  to wear jackets.  The light shows were amazing while walking through Largo Central Park and Florida Botanical Garden.  I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures I took of the many bright displays of lights.  Click on the blue words to check out this video of Largo Central Park that I found on You Tube.  I’m sure it will help you understand why we enjoyed this place so much.  Then take a look at the following pictures I took from the Florida Botanical Garden.  I used my iPhone so they are not great pictures, but I think you will be able to see the beauty in this park during the holiday season.

If you are ever in Largo, Florida try to check out these nice parks, especially during the winter holiday season.  I hope you enjoyed my winter wonderland post.  Happy New Year to all.

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