The weather has been amazing in Florida this Winter. We hate to brag, but I think there have been a total of 3 days below 50 degrees in Cocoa this Winter season. Cocoa Girl wasted no time in getting her front porch spiffed up and ready for another season of many enjoyable hours--starting with coffee in the morning, ice tea in the afternoon with a good book, and last but not least, a glass of wine while watching the sunset to the West in the early evening. These comfy chairs were picked up at a local estate sale. Cleaned, painted and new cushions in place, they are ready for chillaxing!
A favorite time for all guests we have learned, is a morning walk along the Indian River before sunrise. How can these this be? You are on vacation--you don't want to get up earlier than sunrise! The proof is in the pictures:
Oh, now we see...
Fellow sunrise watcher:
These amazing photos were taken only a short walk from Cocoa Girl Cottage along Indian River Drive. The bird was found near the dock at MacFarland Park, which is also within a short walk from Cocoa Girl Cottage. Okay we get it now! See you at sunrise!
A favorite spot to visit for all Cocoa Girl guests is Cocoa Village. It is a quaint, small, river front shopping and restaurant area in downtown Cocoa with a wonderful park, boat ramp and boardwalk on the Indian River. www.visitcocoavillage.com.
There are beautiful streets to walk along, full of a variety of shops, bakeries, casual and fine dining, art studios, old Florida style homes a mansion or two and this adorable small chapel. Isn't this a perfect spot for a wedding?
Recently we stumbled upon an antique car show in the village. There is always something going on here. Let's check it out!
Cocoa Girl needs to find her Sugar Daddy cuz she just found the car she wants to park in her front yard!
My contractor said lets gut the bathroom and start over. I groaned, no--I really want to save as much of the retro green bathroom as possible, because Cocoa Girl Cottage loves her retro look. So, we compromised and settled on removing only the tiny green toilet and the old cabinetry. Before:
We found the old dresser at Adjectives Market in Altamonte Springs, FL. www.adjmkt.com. My husband was able to salvage the sink and drop it into the dresser. We love it! We retiled the floor with this awesome retro black and white tile found at Home Depot. This is the same tile we used when saving our pink retro bathroom (earlier post). Hope to see you soon at Cocoa Girl Cottage.
Yea!!! The new stack-able washer and dryer are in. The delivery guy walks to the spot where I direct him and I say, "put it in there." He looks at me and says, "Lady, it ain't gonna fit." I reply, "you haven't even measured--I measured, it will fit." He pulls out his measuring tape and quickly does his thing and says, "Lady, it ain't gonna fit." I reply, "Yes it will, I measured!". He stomps out of the house and unloads Cocoa Girl Cottage's new washer & dryer and brings them in the house. The entire time, he is mumbling and grumbling, it ain't gonna fit.... Then my husband walks over and he loudly proclaims to my husband, "It ain't gonna fit?" My husband looks at me for direction. I say, "I measured, it's gonna fit!" Wa laaaaa!!!!
They fit!!!! Never doubt a woman on a mission! They work awesome and my guests are so happy to have brand new laundry facilities to keep up with their vacation clothes.
Sorry we've been absent for a bit. We didn't plan it, but we bought Cocoa Girl Cottage a big sister! Her name is Flo and she is a 90 year Spanish bungalow designed by famed architect Martin Luther Hampton.
Isn't she gorgeous? We are in the process of doing some rehab work on the inside and underneath (plumbing) and then we'll update the landscaping outside when it's cooler, but she's pretty great looking already. Best of all, she is in within walking distance of Cocoa Girl Cottage! We love it when our Cocoa Girl Cottage guests walk over for a visit to check on our progress and share a glass of wine on the outside deck (which also needs some help!). She's a work in progress. She'll keep us busy for years, just like Cocoa Girl Cottage did.