Anne Smith :: Blog for December 2011
Hi Everybody! Greetings from Florida! I'm sneaking in a December blog, just under the wire….
Marc and I left on Dec 1st from New York, with Luke in the back seat of the car, and our new GPS programmed for our final destination, a pet-friendly hotel in Virginia. The GPS, whom I immediately christened "Camilla", was great until we hit rush hour traffic in the DC area. "Recalculate!" she commanded, using her advanced programming to seek an alternate route in heavy traffic. Marc didn't want to trust Camilla, choosing to stay on I-95, the "devil that we knew". This was our first error in judgement. Never question Camilla's authority. As we sat in bumper to bumper traffic, we wished we had sought the alternate route.
Slowly we are acclimating to The Sunshine State. And getting used to driving places instead of taking a cab or train, or walking down the block. You have to plan your trips, because traffic can be brutal. But when the sky is blue and the sun is shining and the clouds are so amazing and diverse, it takes the edge off. Camilla seems to like it-she's never steered us wrong down here so far. There is a lake in the back yard that is home to three pairs of graceful swans and quite a number of ducks. They swim over to us and we can feed them over the fence. One night, under a full moon, the white swans were drifting alone together on the water and it really did look like a corny Hallmark card! But really beautiful, you know? Luke, ever the New York City dog, seems to think they are no more than just swimming pigeons and leaves them alone. I'm getting used to the sound of the wind in the palm trees. It's really different that any other kind of wind-in-the-trees sound. It's very whispery and crackly. I am missing my family and the Christmas holiday I shared with them for so many years. This year, I won't be singing with my dad in church, as was our tradition. I will be able to spend more time with GIRL A, a mere 3 hours away, and that will be fantastic. We will be working on seminars for her excellent series, "Help for the Healers". Marc's wonderful mom Carol, and her family are close by. The house we are renting is spacious and perfect for family and guests…and believe me, they WILL come! I look forward to that. The year will go fast! I am meeting some club owners and jazz columnists next week to start networking and looking for a little gig or two. I'm told there are many opportunities in Ft. Lauderdale, 20 minutes away.
So- I'm wishing all of you a safe, blessed & peaceful holiday season, and an upcoming New Year that is full of promise, good health and prosperity. FO'SHO'!! Please watch my website for news regarding CD-Baby and other updates!
Until Next Time xoxoAnnie
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