I Can Help You Let It Go. Unless It's Red.

We of a certain age realize we really just want to look the best we can, with minimal effort, while we're still vertical. 

I have a killer red dress that's been hanging in my closet for several years now. I deeply, madly love this dress and remember every occasion that I wore it.  But if you coated me in Crisco and dropped me off the roof of a building, I'm not sliding into that dress ever again. Just not going to happen! Once I came to grips with that, I decided to leave it in my closet as a piece of art. Seeing that fabric in the perfect shade of red makes me happy, as I move on to the black pants. The key is, I don't have any obligation to it. I don't have to do anything to it, it just has to exist and make me happy.

This, my friend, is the same concept for plants. 

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Lanai Living: Joy By The Numbers

To this transplanted New Englander Joy #1 of Florida living is outdoor dining. Thanks to the climate I'd say there's less than 10 days a year that I don't have my morning coffee on my lanai, and 7 of those days are because it's too cold! I know, it's all relative, but it really does get nippy.

Joy #2 is year-round greenery. Buh-bye Seasonal Affective Disorder! No 50 shades of dreary gray anymore. Green grass 365 days a year is like one giant shag comforter. 

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Implants, Imitations and Begonias.

Let's be real: fake is everywhere. Its in our life whether we want it or not. For the sake of playing nice, let's stay with fake objects and not humans for this. Fake can make our lives easier, prettier, happier and but it can also make it unhealthier, deceitful, uglier. Let's focus on the positive.

It's interesting how individuals react to the word fake. For the most part it's seen as negative, but I think that subconsciously it brings up images of fake used badly. Fake tans. Fake boobs (am I dating myself by calling them falsies?). Fake butter. Fake flowers.

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5 Ways To Be Productively Lazy

I call it productively lazy. Or should it be selectively productive?

We've all been worker bees for many moons now and it's time to downshift a bit. Still fight the good fight, just don't swing at everything. Use your energy wisely. Aim for zero cleanup. Here are 5 of my favorite things to make life easier yet productive:

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Paula Doherty
These 4 "S" Words Will Help You Choose The Right Planters For Your Lanai.

While your plants are the stars of the show, the containers are the supporting actors. One can certainly outshine the other but if they are aligned in their performance, the display is superb.

Give careful thought to these 4 planter guidelines before you accessorize your Florida lanai, terrace, entryway or courtyard: 

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