Back to Reality

I’ve taken a little break from blogging the last two weeks.  I had several quilts to finish for some deadlines, then I was out of town for a week, and I’ve spent the last couple days playing catch-up.   My husband had a trade show in Orlando, so I decided to go with him.  We almost didn’t make it out of town.  We left during the beginning or a huge snowstorm.  I kept thinking our flight was going to be delayed.  They loaded the plane and we took off from the gate.  It was a total white out all around us.  It took them about 30 minutes to de-ice the plane.  Then the captain announced that they had to plow the runway for us to be able to take off.  Despite all of that, we did get off the ground.    Some areas in the Twin Cities got up to 20″.  My Dad said he has never cleared so much snow off his drive way.  I have never been so happy to get out of Minnesota!

Down in Florida, we stayed at Disney’s Coronado Resort.

Joel was in meetings pretty much the entire time – day and night.  So, I spent my days sitting by the pool, eating bonbons for two days.  Actually, there were no bon bons as any snacks from the resort cost an arm and a leg.  That didn’t really seem like an even trade for some chocolate, and I really love chocolate.

They had two pools, so I could change up the scenery every so often.  Can you guess which is the quiet pool?

I’m sooooo not used to sitting around all day, so I got really bored just hanging out by myself all day.  I’m sure you feel really sorry for me!  I did get lots of knitting done though.

The setting really was beautiful . . .

and the weather was perfect.  Every single day was beautiful, sunny, and just the right temperature.  That is so rare in Minnesota, that I was just in awe of the weather.

After Joel’s trade show was over, we rented a car and drove south to Punta Gorda.  Joel’s parents are newly retired and rented a house there for the month.  The house was located on one of the canals and has this lovely view.

 We invited ourselves over and spent a few days exploring the area with them.

This little island that we visited was called Gasparilla.  The island was so quaint ~  I loved all the flowers and the beach houses . . .

It is a quiet island, with little traffic, just a few shops and restaurants.  No mobs of people, just slow-paced and relaxed.

Oh, and beautiful beaches.

The boys enjoyed fishing off this beach.

The world record hammer-head shark was caught off this beach, though mackerel was the catch of the day.

We had some company that was after the boys’ catch . .

Back in Punta Gorda, we found a spot to watch the sunset.

We get beautiful sunsets back in Minnesota in the summer, which means I haven’t seen anything like this for about 5 months.

We made a quick trip down to the Everglades for an air boat ride.

We had hoped to see some gators on our ride, but this is all we saw there.

On the drive home, we noticed that the other side of the road was a nature preserve and was loaded with alligators.  We couldn’t get close enough for a great picture, but at least we saw some.  This one was HUGE!

On our way back, we stopped at Marco Island.  I loved this little island too.

It was so beautiful and pretty swanky.  We discovered that it was a great spot to go shelling.

The beach was just covered with shells, especially right by the shoreline. 

Time to head back home. . .

Back to reality

But at least I can afford the bon bons here! 

About Heather Peterson

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27 Responses to Back to Reality

  1. I follow your blog and have finished 3 of your quilt patterns in “Anka’s Treasures”.

    I just LOVE that book!

    Anyhow, I was lucky enough to be near Fort Lauderdale for 9 days, in February. I have never really been outside of Canada so you can imagine how jaw-droppping the whole thing was!!!

    Didn’t it make your “soul” hurt, at such beauty?!?!? *grin*

    Thanks for sharing pics!

    Rosa Robichaud
    Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

  2. marie says:

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures of Florida, we are now living in Oregon after 40 years in Florida. We lived on the east coast, Coral Springs (west of Fort Lauderdale) and then Jupiter. It was nice seeing the tropical beauty again. I’m loving the 4 seasons now instead of warm, very warm, hot and very hot.

  3. nikki scott says:

    what lovely photos, thank you so much for sharing they cheered me up no end, but I have to say I wouldn’t care about the cost of the bon bons if i could just have a trip to Orlando id be really happy! you lucky girl.

  4. Heidi B says:

    Thanks for the pictures! I love reading your blog! Since you were knitting I thought that you would have some pictures of your projects.

  5. Kelly says:

    Thanks for the mini vacation! My reality here in SD looks a lot like yours – to include 9.8 degrees right now!

  6. Munaiba Khan says:

    Heather, thanks for sharing your vacation. Florida looks stunning.

  7. Linda P. says:

    Heather, beautiful pics, and all the resorts at Disney are just like that. It really is hard to decide which one to stay at … well, unless you are there for a conference and that’s where it is. I have been visiting my daughter in Oviedo, which is the neighbor to Kissimmee – if I had known, I’d have zoomed over and brought you other bonbons!! or goodies from her kitchen!! We are still down here, and will be heading back Friday to our other home.
    I did want to ask about the Diamond Diva pattern – Is it in another book? I thought I had seen it. I saw it in a quilt shop the other day, and almost got it, then I thought I remembered it in a book. Looked on your blog & patterns but still wasnt sure. I loved your quilts using it.
    Glad you are home safe & sound!!

  8. Jocelyn says:

    So glad you enjoyed your stay in the Sunshine State. Next time you come, I’d be happy to take you around to some (uhum) quilt shops 😉

  9. Patty says:

    Loved your travelogue!! Glad you found some time to relax while you were away!! Isn’t it amazing that we are so conditioned to be active and be creative and produce, that it is so difficult to relax? Hang in there… spring is just around the corner!!

  10. Such a great vacation and your pictures are fantastic! I almost felt like I was there! Thanks so much for spreading around some sunshine here in the blogosphere!

  11. Marsha says:

    All I can say is “I’m really envious”. The pics are great. So glad you got to relax and get some sun. Now, go get those bon bons.

  12. Jill Finley says:

    Wow Heather, looks like so much fun. I’m glad you had a little break. Now you have to pay for it!

  13. Nicole says:

    What a fabulous vacation! I could practically feel the sun on my skin!

  14. Susan says:

    Great pictures, Heather – it looks like you had a lovely time – it’s been years since I’ve been to Disney World – I’ve never actually stayed at a Disney resort – we usually stay in cheaper accommodations off the resort.

    My sister-in-law has just bought a vacation property in the Orlando area, and my husband and son are heading there next week for spring break. I wish I could join them!

  15. Janice says:

    Thanks for the beautiful pics. Makes me remember why I love living in Florida, now to get a day off so I can go enjoy it.

  16. Fun photos Heather. We spent the month of January in Punta Gorda, quilt a few days on Gasparilla Island enjoying the beach AND the place where you watched the sunsets was within walking distance of where we stayed!!

  17. Pat says:

    Thanks for sharing your pics. I just love the beach, however I too live in Minnesota and see white snow 9 months of the year instead of sand. Welcome back.
    PS – You do take good pictures!!

  18. Bec Clarke says:

    Oh Wow that certainly looks like paradise on earth. We have some wonderful places like that here in Australia in the far north. I hope you enjoyed it to the maxx.

  19. Deb says:

    Absolutely LOVED your pictures!!! Florida is so beautiful! I’ve only been there one time, and that was this past October when I won a trip to the island where NASA is located (can’t think of the name at the moment). It was definitely amazing with the warm weather and all the flowers blooming–in October! I certainly can understand older people wanting to retire there! So glad you enjoyed your trip. I enjoyed your post about it!

  20. Oh Heather, wasn’t that so great to see the sun!! We live in a sunny place and while I think the snow looks cute… I just know I wouldn’t cope with the cold and the lack of sunshine!! So how wonderful for you to have a little break.
    Hugs Gloria

  21. Jan says:

    Sorry, I laughed when I got to the last picture!!! WHAT a contrast!!!

    Can’t wait to see the knitting you accomplished! Sounds like a great time to read, knit, drink coffee and of course, eat chocolates!

  22. AnnieO says:

    Thanks for the tour! I haven’t been to Florida but a lot of the Spanish style architecture is of course all over SoCalif where I live. Glad you got away for some sun, color, fun, and adventure!

  23. Beverley says:

    Glad you had a lovely time Heather.

  24. Michele says:

    Glad you had a nice time!

  25. meg99 says:

    I always love your beautiful pictures.
    Does anyone knows the name of yellow flowers on 5th picture from the top?
    So beautiful!

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