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I am a baby.  I hate cold weather…not dislike..or disdain…purely and simply…cold weather is not for me.  As you will or perhaps have likely discovered by now…I have spent too much time in the snow…frozen by frigid temperatures.  Each time I go near the ocean I have silently vowed to have a beach home someday.  There is something about the ocean that calls me like the whisper of the wind in the prairie.  I could sit for days on end doing nothing but watching the waves lap their way to shore and back.  As luck would have it…funny circumstances came along and an opportunity presented itself for me to add a home by the bay for everyone to enjoy.  My baby sister has three girls…and a husband who loves to play golf.  My older sister has a new home not too far to travel for for lunch or dinner.  My folks like to come and visit everyone…but want to bring their little dog along with them when they travel.  They also like having their own space so they can retreat when they are tired.  Having a little home by the bay seemed to be the perfect solution for everyone.  It provides a fun holiday spot for my younger sister…a retreat for my folks…close proximity to be there for my older sister…and an escape from the snow for me. It is also only a hour or so away from an incredible sea port that we have all come to know and love quite well.  And so…the little house by the bay came to be part of our lives.  Nestled in a private little gated community…the bay home offers plenty of recreational choices.  Nearby islands dot along the waterfront begging to be explored.  There is a pool and golf course…duck ponds and club house…beach front park areas and a marina for the boats and yachts I admire from a distance…wondering what kind of brave souls would tackle so large of a venture.  I am romanced by blackberries growing wildly in my back garden…and am infatuated by the whole jungle feel of the wild outdoors.  Over the next year or so…I hope to get back on track building the nest like paradise I had envisioned…with props I brought along for that very purpose in mind.  A black wrought iron arbor will find itself being climbed by roses and clematis.  The only entry to the back garden along one side will be through the arbor itself.  Baskets of overflowing flowers will grace the sides of the arbor.  New lilac bushes and  an abundance of perennials will adorn the fencing…further obscuring views into my world.  There will be a zen fountain and water features to sooth the soul after a long day spent exploring.  Self explanatory are the bbq, chaise lounges, patio set, garden lights, wistful statues…and an outdoor fireplace.  In keeping with pretty much everything else I do…this will be a place built with comfort in mind.  I secured all my "retirement" furniture well in advance of any anticipated move.  The quest began quite innocently as a simple search for furniture that had never been touched by animals… had not been spilled on or carelessly mistreated by teenagers.  The old mahogany upright piano was a starting point…as the darkened wood seemed a wise choice.  Each of my homes sports a deceptive exterior…small, modest and in need of updating.  Once inside…an altogether different story emerges as comfort and elegance are intertwined like twins that were simply meant to be together.  I rather enjoy anticipating every creature comfort…chairs that lull you into afternoon naps you did not intend to take…a sunroom that is bright and light…and a bedroom that persuades you to stay long after you had intended to be elsewhere. Interior renovation is an ongoing process…a new bedroom will be added…flooring changed, jetted tubs installed and much, much more.  Each new home has been added for reasons as unique as the sunset on any given day…offering more reasons to come and stay. Picture this as you glance through the beginnings on this album…"just sittin’ by the dock of the bay".  Mmmm…Mmmm…Mmmm

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