Auspice Maria

My first visit to Vizcaya was surprising because the day before I’d gotten a tattoo of an Auspice Maria. Inside the house, above one of the massive gates… well, it’s a horrible angle but there it is, a beautiful tribute to our Lady.

After reading about James Deering, the owner of the property, his influences of Italian Renaissance and Mediterranean Revival architecture make perfect sense.

Here it is! My crazy hair is in the way, but then I just mowed the lawn.

Wisdom

In the bathroom. LOL!

I’m one of the hapless who have manged to reach the age of 65 without a smidgen of wisdom.

Oh, I know stuff. Mostly useless. I know that if you have an infection, soak the offending digit/limb in salt water. Well, it has worked for me.

I still remember how to do things from long ago, like tack a horse up. Conversely, I took three years of German in high school yet can’t recall how to count to 10 in the language. Use it or lose it!

Here’s a bit of knowledge learned in the past year for those turning 64:

Move. Change your phone number. Get a guard dog. Perhaps some razor wire.

Little did I know that upon reaching 64 things would become so bizarre. I’m a hermit by nature so when people started knocking on my front door all my feral instincts had me hiding behind the blinds. Of course, that does little to deter salesmen, so my jaunts out to the mailbox became littered with landmines. It comes as a jolt when someone springs from a nearby car and yells “Pam! Can I talk to you about Medicare Part B?”

My phone rang almost every day of the year with sales calls and the mail was full of color flyers. Each salesperson had the best plan and I just had to hear it right then!!

Oh, I told each one that I didn’t need them, that I had everything was in order. Didn’t deter them a bit!

Happy Birthday to me!! Thank goodness I’m finally 65. And I never thought I’d say that…

Sisters

My favorite picture of Stacie and the old broad.

Stacie is on the right, of course. She’s so beautiful, inside and out! I’m so blessed! ❤

I need a haircut.

Sky

7.25.2022

Thank goodness we live on a corner lot or I’d miss so much, including amazing sunsets! It was truly lovely.

Vizcaya Part II

A few years ago Mike and I took his sister to Vizcaya. There are some photos from that trip here.

This time it’s my sister visiting, so we went back! My camera has been dropped too many times, so the pictures are somewhat lacking, sorry.

Sorry about the toes!

My beautiful sister!

Lovely inside and out, yesterday was her birthday!!

Sis!

See what I mean about my camera? Half the time it wouldn’t focus. Pictures were either blown out or way too dark. Weird.

Here we are, older yet no wiser. 😉

I really, really need a haircut.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

June is the month of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Jesus, I trust in you.

It’s also pride month, and I have nothing against gay people, it’s just that every time I see ‘pride’ I think of Jesus. And I prefer it that way.

Red

The people next door planted their bougainvillea immediately upon moving in ten years ago. I’ve taken many pictures of it, since the color is such a vivid fuchsia.

Full sun again; wow!

So… where did this red spring from??

It really is red. The tips look a bit different, but it’s red.

Old growth, right next to the pink stuff. Nature is glorious.

WOOT!

Please click on me.

Have mercy! I’ve got to get this plant into the ground! It’s called “Fiesta” and is a tropical hibiscus, the only sort I can grow down here. Lucky me!

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