Sunday, February 20, 2011

Beachy

I am not sure if I ever mentioned that I lived in Florida for about 20 years.  Actually I lived in Florida from 1971 until 1980.  Then I moved to upstate New York. 

I moved back to Florida in 1992 and stayed until April 2002.

You can click on the pictures and then click again to super enlarge them for detail.

This picture above was taken this past November in Naples, Florida.  I lived in Naples from 1992-2002.  I have family that lives there I always love to go see them.

I keep a few beachy decorating pieces around my house to remind me of Florida and my family.

This shell is one that I found while living in Florida. Mr. Comforts of Home and I were walking the beach on Marco Island and the top part of this shell was sticking out of the sand.  When I dug it up, I was surprised to find a whole shell!  Usually, they are broken when they are this size.  I keep it on a stack of books in my bedroom.

The piece of coral above is not from Florida.  It is actually from Hawaii.  When my parents went on vacation to Hawaii in the late 60's, they brought this back. 

I love having this piece.  Every time I see it I think about my Mom and Dad and what fun they had in Hawaii, listening to Don Ho and drinking Mai Tai's...

Do you have anything beachy around your home?
Welcome Home,
Penny

32 comments:

  1. I don't really have shells or anything other than lighthouses around but I have shells in the garden in NC around my rose bushes. I love seeing them there instead of mulch. That coral is beautiful and such sweet memories.

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  2. When I moved to Florida I left my shells behind...I like to use colorful beach towels though!

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  3. I love that piece of coral. It is gorgeous! And what a great way to remember your parents. Beautiful.

    Angie

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  4. Because we live so close to the Pacific - on an island - I have lots of beachy things around. There are shells in the garden, shells for table decoration, net floats, driftwood in the garden - I love it all.

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  5. What a small world. I live in Tampa now but lived in Naples when I first moved to Florida 15 years ago. I lived in Naples for a few years, then Marco Island for a few years, and then back to Naples. I do miss the beauty of the beaches there.

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  6. Penny, When you go to visit family you can stop off in Orlando to see me! I love to decorate with shells and I always have a few out. My husband has a collection of nautical antiques from when we lived at the beach. I love your coral and I see you used it in your blog button too.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  7. Naples is a beautiful place. I have shells from trips to the beach over the years and my new sea fan that I love.

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  8. I have shells from past beach trips. And white star fish in my guest room, along with sand dollars. I priced coral at the beach this past summer, but was surprised at how expensive large pieces of it are. I have never been to Naples, but hear it is a beautiful place. Love & blessings from NC!

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  9. I love to incorporate "beachy" elements here and there amidst my eclectic other stuff. You have lovely shells and memories to go with them, Penny!
    Brenda

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  10. Penny, I grew up near the beach. Sea shells and driftwood were a part of my childhood. I went to Hawaii in the early 70s. Don Ho and Mai Tai's were part of my 20s. ;-)
    ~ Sarah

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  11. You know I am a beachy girl with a beachy family. I lived in Florida from 1956 until 1990 with the exception of six years. It will always be home to me.

    I have a grouping of shells on a shelf in my home office. Like yours, they bring me smiles.

    You bring me smiles, too, Penny.

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  12. beachy things and warm weather sounds so wonderful to me.....

    I could use a vacation to Fl. or anyplace that there isn’t snow.

    Don Ho, those were the days....

    Louise

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  13. There are beachy bits in the house and garden here by the Bay. Perhaps Abalone shells are my favorites as they are great for holding little odds and ends - soap in the bathroom, spare change on the dresser. I really like that piece of coral you have.

    Darla

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  14. Fabulous photos, Penny. And yes....I do indeed have beachiness around my home.:-)

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  15. I have always loved those big pieces of coral used in decorating. Such beautiful texture and color! You have live all over the place! I have a girlfiend in Florida who has been calling me and jokingly complaining about the heat down there. What a scamp she is. We got 8" of snow last night, just after most of it had melted last week and I could finally see the ground again. Ah well, I tell myself this is the last snow...I hope. I feel spring coming!

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  16. I had a starfish for years and years. No idea what happened to it or where it is now. I don't think I have anything beachy in the house now. What brought you from Florida to North Carolina? Is there a story waiting to be shared?

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  17. We moved to Florida in 1980 but didn't stay long. Lived in Englewood near the inlaws but I wanted to be back in Ohio with my family so I won and back we came. Now my sister lives in Sarasota. Wonderful place to visit...but. I do have some sand dollars displayed in my bathroom...that is about as beachy as I am right now. Interesting how people end up in different parts of the world during their lives, isn't it?~Hugs, Patti

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  18. We went to Hawaii last summer with our girls for 9 GLORIOUS days! Best vacation we've ever had! I have a seashell on a shelf that my girls found a couple of summers ago when we went to Cape San Blas, FL.

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  19. Penny,
    I finally finished my guest room that is "beach" themed. My back surgery has slowed me down, but I will post photos as soon as I can.

    I grew up in Redondo Beach CA, and spent most of my life on the beach :-)

    Hugs!

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  20. What fabulous memories you have to go with that shell and coral. That's really what it's all about. Yes, I have shells. My first one came from a trip we made to Hilton Head Island when I was 15. The rest of the shells came later. I also have glass floats that I love. One of the things I enjoy is having them on my outdoor table in the summer.

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  21. Hi Penny, I lived almost 60 years in Florida. I do not have anything beachy in my house. I love the mountains and I am very traditional with a French Country interest. No coastal decorations here. I do love the look though and find it charming in anyone's home. Your treasures that mean so much to you are wonderful.
    Warm hugs, Jeanne

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  22. I love the beach! I live 1 mile from a beach on the Maine coast. Not quite the same as being in Florida! I know what you mean about the coral. I have a piece of brain coral that my grandparents picked up somewhere in their travels and had around for the longest time. It alsways reminds me of them.

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  23. I LOVE THE BEACH ALSO...WE USED TO PICK SHELLS ON SANIBEL WHEN WE LIVED IN FT. LAUDERDALE...TOO FUNNY ABOUT THE FOLKS...MINE ALSO USED TO ENJOY GOING TO HAWAII TO SEE DON HO AND THEY ALWAYS USED TO GO ON AND ON ABOUT HOW THEY COULD SEE DIAMOND HEAD FROM THEIR HOTEL ROOM....BUT THEY ALWAYS USED TO LEAVE ME HOME....NO FUN.

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  24. Very nice beachy touches. Yes, I have a conch shell, which I love and some sand dollars. We don't find the beautiful shells that are found in Florida and Hawaii. Your mention of Don Ho has me humming "Tiny Bubbles." ;D

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  25. I absolutely adore things around me that bring sweet memories.:)
    xoxo bj

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  26. I do have some shells that I found when I was just a little girl in California. And a few things that I got while in Hawaii last year but that is it! My hubby loves, loves the ocean but for me I love the mountains alittle more!

    That sand is so white!

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  27. Hi Penny! Oh, I love shells and that's a pretty you found while in Florida! My daughter and her family have just moved to upper New York and they still have snow!
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  28. Thank you so much, for noticing my blog name, and coming by, and leaving a Comment. Ahhh yes, Comments rock!!! :-) We find lovely new blogs, because of sweet Readers leaving a Comment.

    From the Header pics on your lovely blog, I'd think you still live in NYS. S-n-o-w! We do still have it, up here. But you certainly don't have snow cover now, where you live, from the lovely working-outside pics posted. :-)

    Oh my but I do love that piece of coral, brought back by your parents. It's simply beautiful.

    No, we don't have anything "beachy" around here. Unless you count the Ukelale [spelling?] which my husband made. :-) I guess that would be considered "beachy" because of how a FL person, was connected with it. The red-headed guy who was on radio, way-back-when. Arthur Godfrey! I remembered his name. My Senior Moment passed and I remembered it. -giggles-

    Gentle hugs...

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  29. Penny, I love the beach, and I love anything beachy. I do have a few shells around the house and on the back porch for decoration. That's a beautiful piece of coral!

    Hugs,
    Donna

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  30. Hey! We lived in Florida at the same time! I was there from May 2001 to August 2003. We lived in Weston which was half way between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. I hated every minute of it. I think it wouldn't have been so bad if we had been in another part of Florida. I do have some beachy things I like to keep around but not because of Florida, just because I love the beach in general.

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  31. I'd love to hear more about the time you spent in upstate NY (which is where I'm from) and what brought you eventually to NC. The coral is beautiful. I have a collection of shells which came from my parents home (they found them on their trips to FL). My mother used to display them in glass containers on a beautiful shelf which my father made. I used to love looking at them!

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  32. Hate to say it....but I have quite a few bags of sea shells! I always find one that I think is prettier than the rest. My daughter loves the beach and has one room at her house as the "beach" room. I remember when Don Ho used to be on tv too.

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