My beloved iMac needed surgery and just got a new hard drive. Is that considered heart surgery for computers, or is it brain surgery?! I don’t get it … Aren’t Apples supposed to be better than oranges in that respect? ! Aren’t they supposed to be above all that mundane suffering?!
Two or three months ago my computer started acting sluggish and it only got worse with time. When we got to Florida, it pretty much stopped working, it was making these painful noises, like if it was struggling to breathe… I was heartbroken. The last days have been frustrating, I had missed blogging and didn’t want to lose momentum. The fact that I was finally posting on a more regular basis (at least compared to my own self!) made me feel more confident and kind of hopeful for at least consistency, until I find my substance…
We have been dealing with The Geek Squad, she and I . Actually, she had to deal with them more than I ’cause she was the one who had to stay overnight in the Jacksonville store while I went back to St. Augustine. To say that I was surprised to find out St Augustine didn’t have a Best Buy store is an understatement! Who doesn’t have a Best Buy?! Not that I like that store particularly. Actually, I don’t. But in this day and age, you can’t survive without an Apple store and one with a geek squad nearby, can you?!… Well, I know! Jacksonville is nearby….I get it! Who can survive without that kind of stores I asked?! Answer to self: Those wholive with beautiful, white sandy beaches in their front and backyards and don’t want anything to ruin that! That’s who! and that’s why I’m moving here! Duh! Because it reminds me of my absolutely beautiful city, Trujillo, in Peru, were I was born and where I grew up, the way the city was during my childhood…but that is a subject for another post! PERU (Where the heck is the accent wordpress people?! -I know where the accent is. Don’t answer. I just don’t want to switch keyboards all the time) Today I tried to use my computer with its brand new heart, or brain, or heart …whichever! only to realize it was still slow, but in a different way. It might have to do with the internet speed. Tomorrow I’ll have to call the geek squad again and deal with those mundane maladies. ( The viruses, not the actual geeks!) Actually, the Geek Squad said it was the hard drive, no viruses.
The good news for me was that because I had to go to Jacksonville every day -only a 40 minute drive- I had plenty of opportunity to visit SWEET PETE’S, a one of a kind candy store that was featured in THE PROFIT (I like MARCUS LEMONIS! he seems to be a very nice guy) It was one of my favorite episodes and I really, REALLY, despised the bad guy and I really, REALLY liked the good guy, PETE!
I had a great time taking pictures and admiring everything. What a great, happy and colorful place to be! full of old fashion hand made candy and joyful children young and old!!! That Sunday I was actually dropping family at the airport and had a really nice brunch there at Sweet Pete’s, all by my self, it was Father’s Day. The only sad note was missing my husband with whom I spoke several times that day, and I was missing my dad… But I couldn’t do anything about that. I haven’t been able to do anything about that for almost four years in September.
Little moments in life that take your breath away…
There are some things in life that move me in a way that is hard to explain …Beauty in all it’s forms and expressions, like flowers and colors, textures and Nature, photography that captures moments of every day perfection, moments when art appears created by our souls… Not just Piccasso or Bernini, Chopin or Renoir, Klimt or Chagal, unattainable picks of perfection… but the simplest of things, like life itself …there is something to be said about when we strip down things and souls, we unleash so much beauty, power and truth… Like in a Symphony or an Opera, where there are moments of peace, calm, sweetness and reflection, and moments of intensity, picks of joy, sorrow, fear or elation…moments that take your breath away. Just like in life.
If we pay attention we can discover those moments of beauty that happen not only during the picks of our lives but during the valleys, when we go quiet and open our eyes to the beauty that surrounds us. Often we get distracted by stuff that interferes with the raw, honest, almost painfully beautiful reality of creation, the journey of so many geniuses has been one of desperately trying to capture and recreate it… Something we have in front and inside of us… we acclaim them, visit museums to witness their amazing work, their masterpieces, but we neglect to look around to experience it here, existing alongside us, inside of us, in front of our very own eyes.
Here are some pictures I love, that show the beauty of everyday little moments, I hope they inspire you and brighten your day like they did mine.
I am officially in Weddingwire since yesterday ! For those who don’t know, WeddingWire is a Website dedicated to all things weddings, conveniently “wired” together for couples to find the best professionals in all areas they could possibly need for their big day and everything around it. They can also read reviews and leave their own
Make-up artists, Hair stylists, Floral Designers, Wedding Venues, Rehearsal dinner Venues, Photographers, Bridal boutiques, Hotels, Wedding planners, Catering, etc. You can find them all there and now you can find ME as well! Here is the link to my weddingwire account: http://www.weddingwire.com/enchantedgardenfl
On April 25, I had the pleasure of helping, a gorgeous couple from Florida, with their wedding flowers. I flew to St. Augustine, the 21st and the flowers, arrived the 22nd in the morning.
Ana and Robert were surrounded by 80 of their closest friends and family, including two grandmas and a Great-Grandma! This was the most important for them, to celebrate with the people who love them and whom they love. The only ones who didn’t make it to the wedding, where their beloved pets, Baron and Luna, a couple of adorable British Bulldogs. It would have been too much for them!
Ana is this young, tiny and delicate girl in appearance, with an inner strength and intelligence beyond her years. Robert, on the other hand, is the perfect counterpart for her, tall, dark and handsome, gorgeous smile, and a great dancer! They are beautiful together. I wish them much joy and I hope they never stop dancing, the way I saw them on their wedding day, glancing into each other’s eyes and smiling with their hearts.
I have patiently waited for the photographer’s pictures to be ready… I can’t wait any longer! When I get them I will definitely shared them, but now, the ones taken with my iphone by a very tired me, will have to suffice.
The bride and groom didn’t have a wedding party, nevertheless Ana wanted to give bouquets to a close group of family and friends
Hello everybody! where did time go?! I’ve been really busy lately, traveling and working in a design project, among other things, in St. Augustine, and without realizing I almost forgot I have a blog … Not that I had been writing much since I started, I’ve been rather inconsistent about it, in spite of that I enjoy it immensely… What happens is that I have the impression, or at least I kid my self with the idea that nobody is going to read this, that it is just a kind of personal, kind of private sort of thing… and then I get a bit nervous when I see that I’d had visitors from all over the world…. how did that happened?! How is that even possible?! I know other bloggers are so used to it, not me, I still find comfort in anonymity and the lack of pressure that comes with not having a lot of people following you… in the other hand, deep down, you have the desire of being validated by people finding some value in your words… It’s complicated…
I took the time and looked, day by day, where all those visitors came from, WordPress shows all sorts of data like that, (I imagine also every other host in the planet) how many visits you had per day and where in the world your visitors came from… This is so COOL and I can’t believe it! People from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands, Greece, Russia, Germany, United Kingdom , Kuwait, Finland, Hungary, Chile, Austria, Kenya, Egypt, Korea,(I assume South Korea, right?! I don’t think Kim Jong-Un was reading my blog, since he is pretty much the only one with internet access in North Korea … I don’t take that matter lightly, just not the place or time to discuss it……. – And I went back and looked again, it clearly says: South Korea!) Perú, Slovenia, Argentina, India, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Australia, Poland, Norway, Spain, Portugal, Honduras, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong SAR China, Serbia, Jersey, Andorra, Iceland, Algeria, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Bermuda, Colombia, European Union, Brazil, Italy, New Zealand, Slovakia, Bangladesh, Romania, Mexico, Turkey, South Africa, Latvia, Czech Republic, Japan, Montenegro, Vietnam, Croatia and Reunion! Really? Jersey?! Is that even a country?… Never mind! I just Googled it and of course it is … I feel ashamed… (not really, not that much, how can I keep up with the new configurations of old nations and all the changes the world’s had and continue having?! … I should, but I don’t..)
– AND THERE THEY ARE! THE HAPPY CITIZENS OF JERSEY! SORRY GUYS…
I still can’t believe that somebody found me and took the time to read what I wrote… shocking…outstanding…mind blowing…scary… humbling…
Impatience has to be one of my biggest flaws. I can’t just write this and let it sit and then come back later or the next day and finish it. The way I see it, or I should say, the way I feel it, is that I’m just sharing this with a group of my friends, in a very informal and relaxed way….that’s why I talk about impatience, if somebody else apart from them is going to read any of these posts, I would/should take the time to correct them and try to make them better… But then again it wouldn’t feel right, it is not who I am, I’m not here pretending to be a writer, I’m just trying to share a little bit of my journey “Here on Earth” and the things I love…. My love of photography shows in my life in so many ways… pictures inundate every corner of it, my head and my phone, and I inundate the people in my life with them! My poor kids complain often, from wherever in the world they are at the time, about me sending too many photos, but I really believe that in time, they will be happy I did, and very glad to have them. There is a reason why when there is a fire, one of the first things people grab is just that, their pictures. Family is the great motivator in life, either the family you were born in, or the family you created yourself with friends and your own family.
I find photography fascinating, I see it as life itself frozen forever in time in a frame …. Isn’t that something?! perhaps that is why it is so popular to share your life in pictures in so many ways through the internet. People have a need to be seen or to be heard and they measure success with the number of “friends” or followers they have…. when success is found in the ability of living your life doing something you have a passion for, surrounded by the people you love, in peace with yourself and really liking the man or woman staring you back in the mirror!
Not to break a good habit, I’m sharing some pictures of the beautiful city of St. Augustine, where I spent my last month and a half, I hope you enjoy it and perhaps get motivated to visit this wonderful place. xx
My first night, dinner at O.C. White’s, a really nice place with live music and a dog friendly policy.
The next pictures are obviously from another day…
Up to here, all photos are mine.
At this point, after a long day of flying and emotional reunions, my phone had died, so it left me with no choice but getting some pictures from the internet to show you how pretty the city looked illuminated with thousands of lights for the Christmas season. I was told it had been very hard to walk, let alone drive, in the city up to a week before. I arrived on January 20th, so things had calmed down already and I was able to enjoy the sites without the commotion!
– SO…WHAT DO YOU THINK? HAVE YOU ALREADY VISITED ST AUGUSTINE? IF NOT, HOPEFULLY THIS HELPED YOU GET MOTIVATED TO DO SO AND ENJOY ALL THE BEAUTY AND HISTORY THE CITY HAS TO OFFER. I’M GOING BACK AT THE END OF APRIL, SO I WOULD LOVE ANY SUGGESTIONS ABOUT WHAT NOT TO MISS! MORE PHOTOS TO COME IN THE NEXT POST 😉