Morning song



New day



Backyard Blooms

Bird of paradise



Bird of paradise

Look for the bee in the center…

flower with bee


My mind races a lot.  Things to do, story ideas, the need to create…and keeping up with my kids.  This, is generally at the forefront of my thoughts.  Things like, “Where did I hide the step ladder again from my five-year-old?”  “Where is my five-year-old, and what is she up to this time?”  “Why are the tape, scissors, and glue missing again, and WHAT did they ‘create’ that will require calling a licensed contractor to fix?”

And then there is the general confusion I suffer from…Trying not to call Audrey, “Sabrina” and Sabrina, “Audrey”… Usually, I settle with “Ausbrina”, and they both respond, “Mommy!  You’re SO silly.”  I try to act like I meant to call them that and laugh it off.  “Oh, yes, I’m so silly,” I reply.

Sometimes, I step outside to clear my head.  Don’t worry, I bring the kids with me.  It always refreshes me to look at the pretty colors around my yard…especially the Birds of Paradise flowers.  Their simply beauty makes me smile.  I go back inside feeling more relaxed, thinking happy thoughts, and mentally refreshed.  Sometimes, you just need some fresh air… and backyard blooms.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’d better see what Ausbrina and Ausbrina are up to… 😉

Ain’t No Sunshine…


I was beginning to think the sun would never shine again in the Sunshine State.  It has been raining for weeks!  Literally, every time I walk my dog, Bill Withers, “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone”  plays over and over in my head.  I know the song has NOTHING to do with the rain, but I can’t help how my mind works.  Gloomy, cloudy, rainy weather is upon us, and as I walk my dog through the sunless streets, a classic tune accompanies each step, somehow making me smile through the cloud cover.  I love that song.

My local meteorologist has a keen sense of humor, at least that’s what I’m hoping it is, because he has promised that the rain will continue…until…OCTOBER 15th!!  Hello, Sunshine State, what is your problem?

Well, today I was singing my tune, walking my dog, when suddenly the clouds parted… Just when I thought I would lose my mind from the cloudy skies, the sun graced us with some rays.  I wanted to capture the sun shining on the plumeria blooms in my yard…just in case my dear, local weatherman is accurately predicting the summer forecast.  If it is going to rain, rain, and rain some more, hopefully, this glimpse of the sun and the photos of the plumeria basking in the rays will hold me over.  😉  (And one of my favorite songs, of course…)  Enjoy! 🙂

After the Rain…

After the rain…

Feel free to tell me what kind of flowering plant this is…Like I always say, I am just a woman with a camera…I like the way the bright pink petals glistened more than usual after a light rain shower…Made me smile…

Hiding on the Bird of Paradise Flower

Green tree frog on Bird of Paradise flower


I started off wanting to take a photo of this beautiful Bird of Paradise flower, but when I got closer, I noticed the tiny green tree frog.  I think it is pretty cute for a frog, especially, when compared to some of the other frogs that I see around here, (such as the much larger Cuban tree frog.)

Hello, Hibiscus!

Pretty, pink Hibiscus. Love the layers.
Yellow Hibiscus in the sun
Pink Hibiscus up close. So pretty…makes me smile.
Pink Hibiscus
Beautiful Hibiscus

One of the perks of living in southwest Florida has got to be the variety of gorgeous Hibiscus flowers dotting the landscape.  Here is a link to Hibiscus facts, if you’d like to learn more about the Hibiscus.  Personally, they make me smile, and I simply feel blessed whenever I see one.  Hope you enjoy my amateur photos!