I am a former city girl living in the country with my hubby and my cat, Scout. I am a fundraiser, event planner, writer, blogger, Latina/Tica, avid traveler, social media junkie, a wannabe chef, willy nilly foodie and all around goofy girl. Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Afternoon is my favorite time of the day. Cool fall afternoons are the most beautiful.
I don't know why. It might go back to when I was a child. One of my first memories is of afternoon at our house in Los Angeles. I always remember waiting until my sister and father got home. I would wait in the driveway and it was always at that time of the day.
I used to spend the day with my mom who worked from home. I was also alone most of the day playing. I never minded that because I loved being alone playing games with imaginary friends. I have always liked being alone. Yes, I was a strange child.
Afternoons meant that my sister would be home and we could play. It also meant my papi would be home and we could play.
I would sit outside alone and wait. I remember those beautiful Los Angeles afternoons. The light would filter through the trees in our yards. I remember the poinsettia plants in the driveway. I remember the fresh air. The flowers and watching the other kids come home from school. After 5pm the neighbors would start slowly trickling into the neighborhood.
Now these could all be false memories since I was very young. This was when I was like 4-5 years old, not quite school age, but I do believe it is why I love afternoons so much.
The other day, we got home from Asheville in the afternoon. It reminded me of those long lost days in Los Angeles. Maybe it was the breeze blowing through the trees. Maybe it was the light filtering down. I don't know but it made me happy and I decided to document it. So here is my version of afternoon at our house. Enjoy.
I cannot tell how beautiful this week has been. The colors of Fall are freaking amazing!
My drive is so great that I am sure I will crash one of these days because I get so distracted with the colors. It honestly looks like someone threw a blanket of orange, red and yellow over the mountains. They look like they are on fire.
And every day is different but more beautiful than the next. This will probably only last another day or two because I think it is peak season this week and possibly this weekend.
It is almost a crime that I take pictures because pictures cannot do the colors justice. You have to experience it for yourself.
Here are a few pictures from where I work. Look at how much has changed in a week. Wow.
Almost two decades ago, I met my friend Dion. I remember I was living in Coral Gables in a house that was chopped up into 3 different living quarters. The landlady lived in the biggest section. I lived in a studio apartment that had a small kitchen, a full bath and a walk-in closet. There was a smaller apartment in the back next to mine.
I lived there while attending the University of Miami. People came and went from that apartment so I was never surprised when I had a new neighbor. One day, I was at home doing yoga and someone knocked on my door. Of course, my first reaction was WTF? Who the hell is knocking on my freaking door? So I look out and there is this young kid at the door.
I opened the door and he introduced himself as my new neighbor. That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. From the get go, I think we both knew we would be friends forever. It was just written in the cards. Yes, there were ups and downs but we survived and are still friends. I actually consider him the brother I never had.
Dion is an architect and a brilliant one at that. I remember seeing the designs he would create while at UM. I knew that he would succeed because he was that good. I always had faith in him.
When he told me he was going to create furniture, I never doubted that would be some kick ass stuff and I was right. He started Sketch to Form . He makes some of the most incredible items I have seen. And they are made in the USA!
He even donated a wonderful piece, the ballena, to a charity auction in memory of Clarence Clemons a few weeks ago. It was an awesome piece.
This past weekend, Dion and Sketch to Form were featured Miami Herald which is so damn awesome. Go read the story because it is really good. I needed to share it with you all because I am so proud of him.
Today is also his birthday, so I figured I could feature him and his work. Trust me this is the only present he is getting.