Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sailboats on Biscayne Bay.......

Differently from other bays, coves, ports, beaches and the like, Biscayne Bay doesn't seem to attract sailboats.....I have no clue why. While living and traveling in the Caribbean, while visiting Panama's coastal towns and in any other place by the sea...I have been soothed by the sight of sails out against the blue sea. Very seldom do I see them on Biscayne Bay. There are sailboats alright, but with their sails rolled up and using their motors.......

In the late afternoon on weekdays, there is a type of Asian junk with a large red sail that takes tourists on a tour of the Bay. Coming back, with the sun setting, it presents a glorious view. That is about it, most of the time. On the other hand, there are motor boats and Skidoos galore. Why is that? What is it with people and speed? The waters of the Bay can be so blue and calm, reflecting the light and the planes that fly low ready to land at MIA. A small white sail would look breathtaking.....or maybe it's only me.

Well, this week, when the weather has been at its best, cool and sunny , with a slight breeze......I saw one sailboat! Alone on the water and listing with the breeze, the sail fluttering, it looked beautiful! I went out into our balcony just to follow it until it disappeared towards Key Biscayne.
It brought back so many memories and it made me smile. What a simple look outside and lose oneself in the sight of a small sailboat cutting the waves on Biscayne Bay!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

2009 looks like a good year...

Alright, the year is only a couple of weeks much information could I get out of that? You'll be surprised! The weather is finally cooling and it's the best time to live in Miami. It has taken a while this year......we had 80 degree weather for too long....

So, I have started to walk in the late afternoon. It is such a nice way of unwinding at the end of the day. My new iPodsuffle is loaded with walking music: some Latin beat (merengue, salsa, cumbia), ABBA, Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, The Doors, The Eagles, Elton John, me, it keeps me moving and sometimes makes me want to dance! This will help keep me fit.

My freelance work is picking up and some of my pieces have appeared in travel magazines and you can find them in Google.....not bad! This is also so much fun, keeps me involved and takes me to such interesting places around the city. Who would have known? This will help keep my mind fit!

At home, I have been organizing papers.....sort of a early Spring cleaning. Throwing things away, has to be one of the best therapies..EVER!!! Doing this I have discovered so many things: Christmas letters from friends, years worth of these; invitations to weddings, baptisms, bar mitzvahs and showers, baby and bridal; letters from friends with good news and not so good news; thank you notes and sympathy notes; boxes of journals, I have kept for longhand!!! It's been like going over parts of my life, all over again. This will help keep my heart fit.

I have also started to organized my kitchen, living and dinning rooms. Now I am SURE I don't need to buy anything new for my house...well, maybe for the kitchen. Appliances can always be replaced, knives, pots and pans, too. BUT no cutlery or china, maybe some wine glasses..NO knick-knacks or vases or silver of any kind. This will keep my wallet fit!

Finally, I have discovered that the ONLY things I will keep buying on a regular basis are: books, clothes and shoes......and handbags!!! Why not? I do want to look good at all times and my mind needs the constant infusion of knowledge and entertainment. One thing I plan to do, though, is try more vintage places, look for things that have a history and still look good. This will include pieces of jewellery that are not expensive, but look good. Yes, this is going to be a good year!!!