Summer and winter in November

Naples beach

So we went to Florida for Thanksgiving this year. It looked like this photo the whole time. Rain came the day we left. I don’t know what it is, but whenever my husband and I travel, the weather is always great. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever had a lousy vacation because of weather. One year it was over 100 degrees in Paris, but we coped.
This was taken in Naples, a very nice upscale beach town. I especially like this house near the beach:

Naples house

Naples beach

The beach was pretty crowded for November.

Naples pier

Quite a few people were fishing off the pier too. Some old guy asked me if I wanted a picture of a fish so I could say I caught something. I quickly snapped this, then he threw it back in the water….

a throwback

I assure you, no fish were harmed in the making of this blog post!

Florida palms

I love palm trees.

The only downside to the trip was the fact that my friends’ mother, who’s been like a second mom to me, has dementia. What a cruel thing that is. I went through it with my dad, and the day he no longer recognized me was one of my worst. Still, she remembered me, and we enjoyed our time together. Thank God we went when we did.

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14 Responses to Summer and winter in November

  1. 36x37 says:

    Heh heh. I love the story about the guy with the fish. He had a nice sense of humor.

    You’ve sold me on Naples, by the way.

  2. mindymilburn says:

    Gorgeous photos!!! The sky is gorgeous and the colors are so bright! What a gorgeous vacation. I don’t think I have had a bad vacation because of weather either but then again it is vacation so even bad weather is better than being at work 🙂 Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos!

  3. Caroline says:

    Summer, I can’t believe it. That little fishy is so cute. You should have been where I live. You would have done some incredible photos. A snow storm, within minutes everything was covered and the lights from all the Christmas decoration looked so eerie in the semi-darkness. Dementia is awfull. I read Lisa Genova’s novelat the beginning of the year, Still Alice. About Alzheimers or rather early-onset Alzheimer. So well written.

    • And I can’t believe all the snow you’re getting in Europe! Scotland really got hit hard, from the looks of photos from friends.

      One day I will write about the experiences with my dad’s dementia, but it’s still too painful now. Years ago, I saw the best documentary about Alzheimer’s on PBS called “The Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter.” It was funny and heartbreaking at the same time. I never thought I’d go through the same things one day.

  4. I hope the weather is as nice when I go down this weekend! I’m flying Southwest, too.

  5. Caroline says:

    I am so sorry for you, really. I think losing a perosn like this is almost worse than when they are dead. They are here and not here and you can’t even let go. I am sure this was very painful.

    • Oh, it’s OK. My mom died suddenly, and someone actually asked me which was worse! I have to say they were equally bad. All those words left in the air. At least I had time to tell my dad goodbye. Sorry to be so maudlin!

  6. Catherine says:

    Great pictures!! Looks like a wonderful time.

  7. Lady Jennie says:

    This vacation looks lovely. I’m glad you had good weather and a good time with your mom’s friend.

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