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Cooling with Jazz

Enjoy a little jazz instrumental while you take a tour of our favorite town to visit: Sarasota, Florida.

In April, the jazz club of Sarasota has a cool jazz cruise along Sarasota bay.

We look forward to it every year. My husband is a former jazz musician.

He enjoys the club and all of its’ activities.

These photos of the jazz cruise are from last year. We missed it this year due to my daughters wedding in New York.

The ferry leaves from the Sarasota marina. Le Barge was the host boat. 

The glass mirrored mermaid mascot was our guide along the waterways.

A light menu if offered along with alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages.

The band changes from year to year. Unfortunately, I can’t recall the name of this band.

It was a bit cool for April as you can see by the bands light weight jackets.

The sky was a beautiful azure blue. The condos dotted the skyline like sculptural statues.

The once laid back cracker traditional Florida houses and cottages now gone to progress.

Boats await their captains for a day on the water.

This sailboat far off by itself created the perfect picture postcard

of a Florida boating vacation.Since the jazz cruise takes place in the beginning of April our rains hadn’t started.

This is a photograph of what happens when the waters are low.

Boats, birds and pelicans all vie for water. 

There are many nests on those dry mounds.Of course, the mansions along the way showcase the wealth of Sarasota.

The rich and the famous, yes, stars do have homes here.

Many are part of the summer stock theater productions and the arts.

Each home is as individual as the people who occupy them.

People dot the waters edge at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

This is a favorite place I love going to visit. They  specialize in orchid growing.

They have lectures, different exhibitions every year,

greenhouses with unusual orchids,

concerts on their magnificent grounds; especially, on Mother’s Day

or you can enjoy leisure walks in their luscious gardens.

Speed boats race along the waterway creating sprays of salty air.

The white caps, their signature, left behind.

After a beautiful day of cool jazz on the water, a walk among the palm trees,

flowering trees and plants is a perfect way to end the day.

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

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Friday Fictioneers – A Fairytale – Once Upon a Time

She held the gun with stiffened arms in front of her. 

Coming into the bedroom, he said, “Hey, handle with care honey, it’s loaded.”

“Why?” 

“No sense in having a gun for protection that’s unloaded,” he said with a sarcastic tone.

“Is this the one you’re using for your wife?”

“I told you, I’m not taking any chances. I’ve hired a professional for that.”

“I could do it.”

“Really?”  “You’re a woman.” “What if you freeze?” “I’d be dumb to hire you or any woman.”

She moistened her lips as she gripped the gun tighter.

“Surprise, honey.” “Your wife did.”

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

 

Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 100 

Photo Prompt: Liz Young

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Mr. Blue Sky

 Friends  …. It’s been a while since I posted for you. I wish I could say I was on vacation. As you know, here in my little paradise world, I’m always on vacation.

Instead, I was hosting a family visit from my daughter. I enjoyed my grandson and new step-granddaughter for a week while she and her new husband went on their postponed honeymoon from their April wedding. It was a fun time.

Now that I’m back to my quiet little respite, I thought I would take time to gather energy from the wind and salty air by listening to the music of the waves while enjoying the bright sunny blue sky.

I’ll be vigilant to catch up on all of your blogs. In my absence, I’m sure I missed a great many things that you’ve done.  Please feel free to send me a note on those you’d like me to read. It would be disappointing to miss a single one of your stellar writings.  

Namaste  Isadora 😎

Enjoy a FUN video about Mr. Blue Sky and SMILE …..


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Sunday Song – Summertime

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AAAaaaahhhhh ….. the season of summer is upon us.
May the sun shine upon your life ….
And may the summer breezes gently sing a song of “LOVE”

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

A smooth jazz rendition of Summertime by Ray Barretto

A good one to grab you honey and take to the living room dance floor.

Now, that your legs are warmed up, time to have a sip of your Pina Colada.

It’s time for a beach song celebrating a favorite summer sound.

Grab that drink and sit back and rest with a little Janis.

Happy Summer …

 

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If you have a favorite Summer song, feel free to add it in the comments so we can all enjoy …..

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Florida’s been having temperatures in the low to mid 80’s. It’s summer.


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Friday Fictioneers – Job Hunting

From their bench, Vincenzo and Guiseppe take in the activities of everyday life. 

“Vincenzo, I gotta get a job.” 

“Why? We can show tourists around like we always do.”

“For tips and grins? Mama’s gonna kill me if I don’t get a job,” 

“Get out of this funk, Guiseppe, you’re starting to bore me.”

“Mama gave me 6 bucks for lunch. She told me, I better have a job when I go home today.”

“Hey, I got 4 bucks. Let’s go get a bottle of Chianti.”

“I guess I can look tomorrow.”

“Let’s go, Guisep, before you change your mind.”  

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

 

Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 100

Photo Prompt: Fatima 

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Footprints in the Sand

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I’ll walk with you
Footprints in the Sand
And helped me understand
Where I’m going
2018©Leona Lewis

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Love transcends through the nurturing of our future sons and daughters.
In this case, I chose my grandson who will one day be the voice that may change the world.
Where there is LOVE there is hope.
Teach your children well …
Isadora

For my grandson, Jeffrey. He gives unconditional LOVE

leona lewis – footprints in the sand lyrics

 

 


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Friday Fictioneers – The Class Trip

The crowd increased with every passing minute.

Deidra hated crowds. 

She felt the air disappearing around her.

Misty’s teacher had insisted all students attend the ceremony. 

“Extra credit for anyone who takes a snapshot of President Trump.”

Deidra turned to her daughter.

“Look, I’ve got to get some air. I’ll be right back. Don’t move.”

Deidra felt panicked anxiety.

She heard gunshots.

A guard grabbed her arm.

Deidra turned. 

He pulled tightly as she tried to release his grip.

“Ma’m, please,” he said. “I think your daughter’s been shot.”

“Misty?”

“Tye-dye jacket; blond hair?”

“Yes!” 

Unbearable, howling anguish cries!

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

 

Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 100

Photo Prompt: Roger Bultot

 

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Friday Fictiolneers – Wild Mushrooms

Boe was a good ole country boy; rich and handsome too. 

After daddy died, he’d had to run the farm. But, he was tired of milking cows and feeding hogs.

Boe took off for college in the big city. 

At a party, he met Victoria. Her sapphire eyes captivated him.

Eventually, Boe took her to the farm to meet Mama. 

He showed her around the farm. Pointing, she asked, “What’s that?”

“Wild mushrooms in dung. We feed ‘em to the hogs.”

She wrinkled her nose.

At dinner Mama announced, “Roasted hog and wild mushrooms tonight.”

Victoria wrinkled her nose again. 

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

 

Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 100 

Photo Prompt: Connie Gayer

 

 

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***** this is a rewrite of a story from 2015. The views were few back then since I had just started my writing journey.

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Wearable Art – Shawl

In November, I posted a few wearables I had knitted. Click here if you missed it.

I started attending a knitting group, that meets at our local library, once a week since August, 2017.

I’ve been relearning my knitting skill from my youthful years. I must admit its’ been a pleasure.

I’ve learned some new skills: working with round needles, better pattern reading, tunisian crochet,

brioche knit stitch and blocking your finished garment.

The two hats above are for babies. These two hats helped me gain an understanding of working

with double pointed needles after the hats stitches have been decreased.

The hat with 2 pom-poms was gifted to a friend who was having a baby boy.

The hat with one pom-pom is in a box waiting for additional preemie hats to be made for a Christmas hospital drive.

I must work on pom-pom skills.

The photos of the pink stripe hat was a gift for one of my grandchildren.

This peach shawl took me about 5 months to complete. The slide show is about the process of blocking.

I’ve been enjoying the calming effects of knitting. It helps with manual dexterity, focus of mind and

it isn’t a bad way to meet friendly helpful people. I’ve made new friend along the way.

We’re of all skill levels; meeting and helping those who pop in with a desire to learn to crochet or knit.

I hope you enjoy some of the items I’ve been working on. I hope to add more as I go on.

 Happy Crafting … Isadora 

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Friday Fictioneers – The Pink Dress

Mother asked me to get one of Oma’s dresses for the viewing.

Walking through the house, I could feel Oma in every room. 

She was with me; guiding me. 

Small things meant a lot to her; like working in the garden, a walk in the park or sitting on her front porch listening to the birds sing.

Oma kept an impeccable home. Her treasured crystal, Rogaska, bowl on her dining room table always had fresh flowers or plants.

Opa loved her pink gown from their 75 anniversary. 

He’d said, “My heart fluttered when we danced.” 

This will be the dress. 

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

 

Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 100 words

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