Life in Polk City is slow and easy. It starts early in the morning with the sunrise . . .
A little “cafe con leche” by the dock . . .
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Life here languishes through the day and is filled with unexpected visitors stopping by to sun themselves on our dock, or on the Bimini of the boat.
When fully unraveled, the hibiscus’ wave their velvety petals in the gentle summer breeze.
After my morning shower, I’m off to indulge in extreme decadence and hedonistic behavior down in Auburndale. My first stop is at my favorite day spa, Comfort-Zone Massage Services located across from the Police Station in Auburndale. Linda Walker, LMT, the owner and an absolutely delightful lady, greets me with a big hug and then guides me to a very relaxing experience. As soon as I walk into Linda’s establishment, my stress begins to diffuse. The soothing scents, sounds, and calming Salt-lights encourage relaxation. Linda hands me over to Susan who delivers a one hour full body gentle-CranioSacral Therapeutic Massage, then I am given back to Linda to perform her magical one hour Classic European Facial with a “red-white-blue” twist. These are two added treatments consisting of an exfoliation with a strawberry-vanilla mask, blueberry-clove peel, and finished off with a cucumber toner and yet another head-neck-shoulder massage.
Uhhhhhhh . . . you’d think I had enough . . . you’d be wrong!
Still basking in the afterglow of my decadent morning pampering, I took a walk down the four-or-five city blocks that make up downtown Auburndale. Along the way, I find a really cool breakfast eatery, a fabulous custom-cake bakery,
a couple of hair salons, and a nail/hair shop called Tanglez. There is hope!
Unfortunately, the hair salon and nail shop both required advance appointments. The nail tech at Tanglez doesn’t work on Saturdays, really? That’s the only day I have to indulge in decadence and hedonism. Oh well. Moving on, just a quick jaunt in my car up to hwy 92 I found a full service-no-appointment needed- nail shop. Owned by Asians! Yes! I love their work ethics:) Open just about everyday, and late hours.
ANGEL NAILS – My kind of place! They were great! Tom, the nail tech who did my hands, removed all the old acrylic and shellac from my fingernails,and gave me a full manicure, then he turned me over to Alex, who gave me a fabulous pedicure . . . more like an excavation to remove callouses, cuticles, dry skin, and removal of shellac from my toe nails. He followed all that hard work up with a 30 minute massage on my calves and feet, then a hot stone rub on my legs, and a paraffin soak for my heels. When Alex was done, he brought me to Mary who completed my pedi with a new gel-pink glittery-polish. Did I mention the pedi was done on a pedicure tower with a massage chair of course. Okay! I can do this on a regular basis.Yes, I am falling in Love with life in Polk City:)
We ended our Saturday evening with a date night at the Texas Cattle Company in Downtown Lakeland and while waiting for our food, I took advantage of the last bit of sunlight before the sunset over Lake Parker.
I can never get enough of the unexpected public art installations one finds throughout Lakeland.
People watching is always interesting, but I always seem to encounter a wedding taking place on the grounds of the local lakes here. People in Polk County are into getting married:) I love the Brides Maid I caught taking the Plunge!
and of course the feathered guests
On our way home we saw a large fireworks display at Marchant Stadium, and now I’m sitting in my living room, listening to the frogs serenade, in between Tom’s Classic Rock n Roll videos. The Who, Deep Purple, Santana, Rick Wakeman of the Yes, Procol Harum, and his all time favorite the Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood jam sessions. Yes, he is still a huge Rock n Roller at almost, well over 66:)