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Friday, March 9, 2018


A few months ago I moved off of Sanibel and into a dream. I feel so blessed. Every day I am exploring the house and the beautiful property. It's an old home built in 1925. Finding something old with loads of character on the Gulf Coast of South Florida was not easy, but we did it! Nesting has been so much fun! And I'm also getting to know the grounds that someone so lovingly created many years ago...from the old grape arbor to the beautiful garden paths to the side lawn that leads to the water. We've named the side of the property the orchard because of the old fruit trees. I guess it is fitting that an old property would have old trees. I was hoping the lush sweet smelling fruit were tangerines. After one bite there was no doubt that it was absolutely not a tangerine! It was my mom and dad who identified the fruit immediately when they were visiting...calamondin!
What on Earth is a calamondin...?

Well I might not know what they are, but I knew exactly what I was going to do with them!

Over the past few years I've been doing my best when life kept handing me lemons. Now it's handing me calamondins so I'm making calamondin-ade!

I dug out my old glass juicer and strained out the pulp and seeds...

...added some ice...

...and a lot of sugar!

Then I cleaned a few cute sections...

...topped off the pitcher with ice water...

...and calamondinade was born!

A sprig of mint was the perfect way...

to spruce up my refreshing treat.

When life gets tough you might get handed lemons or calamondins or something else altogether. But when it does, do your best to make the most of it. It is easier said than done and I know that all too well. Maybe we can all encourage each other through the good times and the bad. I wish I could share my pitcher of calamondinade but this is the next best thing. Sending out hugs to anyone who needs one!
Thanks for visiting...


  1. love the pictures. looking forward to more

  2. You look as beautiful as ever, Melinda. I miss seeing you on Sanibel, but am so happy that you found a water-front home that you love so much! I pray that you are doing well! Sending you love and hugs!

    xo Laurie

    1. I miss seeing you too! I am happy here. It's been wonderful nesting in my new surroundings. I hope you are enjoying Sanibel!

  3. That is some awesome looking “Mondin” juice! Send a pitcher or two my way!

    1. It is pretty awesome! It's good to know you visited my little blog!!! Thanks so much!

  4. Happy to see your update, Melinda. I know last year when Irma struck it was beyond frightening for you. Whether that was a contributing factor to your move doesn't matter. What matters is peace of mind and growing the spirit. May your new home bless you with much of both!
    Rita C at Panoply

    1. Well I was already keeping my move under wraps when Irma hit. We had just placed an offer on the new house and were under contract when Irma hit. We were terrified we were going to lose both homes. Fortunately both came through unharmed. We are now on the water so I guess I'm not letting the fear of hurricanes chase me away from the Gulf Coast. It's so good to hear from you and I really appreciate you taking the time to visit and leave a comment.