November in Florida

Chalk Festival

Chalk Festival

For a few years we weren’t home for much of November. So last year I told Jerry we were never traveling in November again. There’s just too much going on here in November and I don’t want to miss any of it.

img_3696This year several of our favorite events were all on the same weekend. First was Bowls of Hope, a fund raising event for All Faiths Food Bank.  Local potters make bowls. Local restaurants are there with soup…maybe thirty different soups.  Other restaurants amd bakeries donate bread and desserts. You contribute $30 and get three different soups, bread, dessert and your choice of a bowl. We have quite a few that we’ve collected over the years. It’s crowded and crazy and such a happy event. We always end up having one  soup and bread there and each brings home the other two. I always thank the restaurants at workers and they always say the same thing.  “Are you kidding..  this is my favorite thing all year.”

img_3749The chalk festival is at the Venice Airport. I went over alone after yoga on Monday. We tries to go on Sunday after Bowls of Hope but the traffic was just awful. Jerry missed this one.  He volunteers at the library on Monday mornings.  The theme was  “Peace and Love” and there were so many beautiful pieces and lots of 3-D ones.  And early Monday morning was a great time to go.  img_3724

img_3747I left the chalk festival, picked up Jerry at the library and we headed to Siesta Key to the Sand Sculpture Classic.  Perfect day…NOT  a great beach day…gray, some sprinkles…so, not impossible traffic and a decent number of parking spots.  This, too, was spectacular…how on earth do they do it?

Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek

img_3805Thursday, we saw The Wiz, at the Westcoast Black Theater…oh my, they were so good.  And then this weekend was the Englewood Garden Tour…magical yards with Florida friendly plants and bushes and trees…places of peace.

So all I’ve seen the last few weeks is the the result of gifted artists…potters, chalk painters, sand sculptors, actors, musicians and gardeners.  There is no way I’ll leave Florida in November.

And yes, I am so very thankful so so much.  I’m fine and Jerry gets better every day  our children and grandchildren are happy and healthy.  What else matters?  Life is good.

Our quiet (?) life is about to get a bit crazy.  The Texans arrive tomorrow.  I have no doubt but we’ll be at the beach for the next week and the very brave (all people under twelve) will be in that water.  Not me…the Gulf is 68° and I get whiny when the pool water is under 86°.

Happy Thanksgiving.  I am so thankful for you all.


From the Garden Tour










11 thoughts on “November in Florida

  1. Wonderful. Especially liked the photo from the garden tour. So glad you are well and Jerry is doing better all the time. Happy Thanksgiving – Brad and family will be here and our new great grandson! 🙂

  2. What great fun! Thanks for the photos.

  3. Sounds like a great holiday! We share your gratitude for family, good friends and the joys of Venice!

  4. Never leave Florida in November again Mary. Pictures great!

  5. Deirdre Christman

    Love the fact that no grass grows under your feet! Especially glad Jerry is doing so well and you’ll be together with the littles for Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

  6. Bernie and I are on a spur of the moment trip to Phillie to see our 6 mo old grandson and go to our granddaughter’s soccer tournament. The weather was awesome when we came on Friday. Plenty of sunshine, warm temperatures, and fantastic fall color. Saturday was spectacular as well. We couldn’t ask for better. It’s Sunday now and November reality is back. It was 71 yesterday. Today’s high is expected to be 44 with high wind to make it feel about 34. Still plenty of things to be thankful for and we know it. Heading back to Massachusetts tomorrow. It’s the place to be on Thanksgiving! Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving.

  7. Yes November is a very busy month here…so good you were able to be home to enjoy it all! I would like to know more about the Soup Bowl…when we meet again you can tell me more about it! Have a wonderful time with your visitors this week…and it’s going to warm up!😎 Happy Thanksgiving my friend!🍗🦃🎉

  8. And I am so very thankful for you, my friend! Happy Thanksgiving! Loved the pics, you live in such a fun place!

  9. This post was a feast for my eyes. There is so much we can be grateful for. Enjoy!

  10. Great pics….so much to see and do!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  11. And we are so thankful for all the good that has come your way.

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