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These pictures were taken Sunday afternoon. It was extremely windy and we don't usually have a "surf's up" here, but there was one this time. Not exactly Maui or even East Coast Florida but it was certainly different for the usually calm Gulf waters. I couldn't stay out on the beach long because the sand was blowing so hard it was biting. As you can see, there were not too many beachgoers. Later, a tornado came through and flattened a jail in a neighboring county. Temps are cold (to me), about 45 degrees, but we will have high 70's again by mid week. That's the Christmas season in the sub tropics!
Even Johnny looks a bit hunched against the chill. It was funny watching the gulls get pushed around by the wind.


This green water is usually blue. If you enlarge this one, you can really see how the wind is pushing the surf as it rolls over.










This will be my last post for this year. Taking a blogging break since I'm off work until January and maybe I can get some art and writing done. I will still be visiting blogs though, and of course my email is always open. I wanted to post the lovely holiday cards I've been receiving as a sidebar decor, but....drat....my scanner seems to have bit the dust! Oh, Santa baby...

The photo below is the International Peace Choir. I want to leave you all with the spiritual poem these precious children recited on the Peace on Earth CD by KITARO....If you have holiday stress, get this CD and get lost in the amazing musical talents of KITARO.




GREAT SPIRIT
All living things come face to face with the Great Spirit
And the Great Spirit dwells within all living things
Trees
Flowers
Water
Birds
Wind
All things.
At times the Great Spirit is severe,
At times the Great Spirit is soothing,
Encompassing all life.
Every place the Great Spirit dwells
Is a source of gentle, crystal light.
And within that light we become one,
Floating as in the mothers's warm body,
Living together as children of the earth,
Without time...
Without end...
Without time...
Without end...
Without time...
Without end...
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Blessings.........from me to you!







IT'S STILL CHRISTMASSY AROUND HERE.....

A few more photos of Christmas in Florida. These are homes in my neighborhood that people have decorated. Some went really all out. Some are subtly beautiful. And some are, well....you decide. ;)
This is the dock at McDonalds. There was only one small boat there this morning, but later in the day there is usually waiting room only and lots of larger boats. The wind wasn't blowing when I took this photo so it's hard to tell, but that little red dot at the end of the dock is a Golden Arches flag! Get your burgers here! This looks across the intracoastal to the beach. The Gulf of Mexico is on the other side of those buildings.
And back to the hood! See? We have snowmen in Florida!
A manger scene. Was very beautiful in reality. My camera doesn't do night very well.
Oh geesh! An orb!
This may be Dancer and Prancer...
Notice the orange tree towards the front...
Can't have Florida without palm trees...


Somebody is into Nascar...
And Mickey Mouse...
And more Nascar... Isn't that Tony Stewart dressed in a Santa suit?

That's all folks.


MORE AROUND HERE.....

Roxie guards her new Christmas teddy bear (complete with squeaker). She couldn't wait til Christmas day. Spoiled little brat dog!

An origami Christmas ornament made by the Japanese Sumi-e instructor at work. She said it takes about an hour a day for a month, folding these little papers into a ball. The photo does not do it justice. It's totally amazing and I treasure it. An adult Wood Stork. This wader with it's 66" wingspan, is on the endangered list. A flock of them hang around my neighborhood. In the 1980's, there were only 250 pair left, down from about 40,000 pair 30 years before. The wood stork chronicles the deterioration of the everglades ecosystem, which was their original home. More evidence of global warming, development, and Big Sugar farming!
Santa sits in a lawn chair under a neighbor's palm tree, waving at passersby in today's 84 degree sunshine. Yep, this is the Christmas season in Florida! :)
to be continued.........

AROUND HERE.....

Christmas time in Florida is not what one see's on TV, with the snowy yards and kids making a snowman and having snowball fights. Rather, it's usually mildly warm (in the 70's) and sunny. If Santa wears his suit, he will be roasted. He would have to even shave his beard and catch some rays.

I'll try to take some more pics and show what it's like here, so we can all have a variety of holiday scenes. (I've been visiting some really snowy blogs!!!) These pictures are of "Holiday Cards" that are in the park across the street from where I work. I forget the size, but they are bigger than a door. They were painted a couple of years ago by myself, along with the previous art director, and a couple of volunteers. Together, I think we all did a pretty good job! These "cards" (painted on wood) were done at the request of the City of Indian Rocks Beach and are put up in the beautiful park each year. There are about twenty in all. I only took pictures of a few.


This tree is the one in the lobby where I work. All the ornaments on the tree are hand painted by members of the art center, and are being sold as a fund raiser.











More later. Have a HAPPY day!!!
EDIT: After reading a couple of the comments (thank you!) I thought I should clarify that this is not "my" art, but rather a combination of all of us who worked on these cards, and the artwork and ideas mostly came from altered, old holiday cards.