It’s better than SNOW but not ideal beach weather! El Norte means “the north.” You guessed it … Mother Nature whips in strong winds from the North across the Gulf of Mexico, pushes waves in against the shore and whips the sea’s bottom into a frenzy of frothing sand. It is not the best day for my morning beach walk. It’s a gray day but 69 degrees at 9 am. There’s not a drop of rain and better yet …. no snow!
Here’s a YouTube video from a few years ago that shows you what I’m looking at right now from our dining room table. Yes, so much better than snow!
We will be spending the next seven weeks here at the beach between Progreso and Chicxulub, Yucatan, Mexico. This is our fifth year and the fifth winter of my husband’s retirement. Seems he detests Ohio winters! Isn’t he lucky that his wife (me) is a former Spanish teacher. Spanish – Maya language is universal here with shop owners and school children speaking a bit of English. But, the caretakers here at our home-away-from-home do speak very little English. So, I find myself expanding my school-book Spanish when I need to explain a plumbing issue or if I need to learn the best place to buy fresh grouper and what to ask for.
Follow our adventures during the next seven weeks while there’s no shipping from the celebrate365.com web site. You can still order … but I won’t be shipping until mid-March!
One of the perks of being a retired Spanish teacher is avoiding Ohio’s frigid winter. For the fifth time, my husband and I are heading south to the Progreso – Chicxulub coast of Yucatan, Mexico. This year, we will be spending seven weeks enjoying sunshine, sand and hammocks!
Mother Nature seems to be having a little laugh at our expense this morning though. Seems our 6:30 AM flight from Dayton to Detroit was delayed. Delta has re-booked us later this morning through Atlanta and we are scheduled to arrive in Merida, the regional capital, just before midnight. Keep your fingers crossed on our behalf!
This year, I have opted to leave the store open for browsing and pre-ordering. BUT, be aware … the products are in Ohio while I’m on the beach in Mexico. I will not be able to ship any orders until my return in mid-March.
The shelves are stocked and organized … the new ornaments have arrived. We are ready to roll ‘n roll for the holidays!
Climate controlled storage … but poor lighting for me! I often use a flashlight when finding ornaments to fill your order! But, the owners are so nice … they let me use their WiFi so I can adjust inventory errors as I go. Let the shipping begin!
Just arrived and available online … 2015 Styles from Thomas Glenn Holidays
Year business began production: 2000
Country of production: Poland
Designer: Thomas Glenn (deceased), Brent Lawyer
When contemporary artist Thomas Glenn created his first ornament collection in 2000, he infused it with ultramodern colors and graphics. Chartreuse, magenta, turquoise, orange … Are those the colors of Christmas? They are for Thomas Glenn Holidays!
The Thomas Glenn collection has always been known for using a unique color palette, and I want to continue this and broaden the spectrum even further,” explains Brent Lawyer, current company owner. This year’s collection includes traditionally colored “Pop Art”* in red, green and white. But, that’s where “tradition” ends. You won’t find a Christmas tree or Santa on this ball ornament. It’s fully glittered with circles and squiggles. A sunburst-style graphic creates the central motif. Lawyer also created a blue and green version of the design.
Lawyer also continues with Glenn’s more “traditional” style designs as well. Thomas Glenn collections always maintained a strong Asian theme. This year’s “Koi Pond” depicts these brilliantly colored ornamental Japanese fish as they placidly swim through still blue waters.
Collectors can delight in bringing Thomas Glenn works of art into their own home and onto their holiday trees and year-round displays with these exceptional European crafted ornaments. Artistic vision continues in 2015.
*Pop art is a movement that emerged in the mid-1950s in Britain and a few years later in the United States. Artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein attempted to connect fine art traditions with pop culture elements from television, advertisements, films, and cartoons.
See moma.org/learn/moma_learning/themes/pop-art for more information and examples.