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I would have to flip the arrows around on this sign so both were pointing in the same direction – towards me, which is towards the beach.

Martinis and Bikinis

Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida.

Quote of the day: “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”  —  Rumi

Daily gratitudes:
That MKL will buy me a rose when I am down
Thai comfort food
Loving energy between two people
Sore muscles from doing squats
That I can leave work at 5:30 and it is still light out

 

So, I was doing a Google search on a medical symptom yesterday – because of course, when you have a medical symptom, you look at the Internet instead of going to an actual doctor – and while I found some reassuring answers to my symptom, Google also suggested that I might find the following searches pertinent:

Why can’t I own a Canadian?

Why is there a dead Pakistani on my couch?

And apparently, from the image below, I’m not the only person this has happened to.

Just wanted to share…

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It’s getting better here in Colorado – we had blue skies today – but I’m still wishing to be here on the wide white beach.

The Wide White Beach

Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida.

Quote of the day: “There comes a time in every life when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn to know the sound of it. Otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s saying.”  —  Sarah Dessen

Daily gratitudes:
Friendly bus passengers
The positive attitude of the one-legged woman
Getting to see MKL today
Blue skies
A bit of a tan

Rainbow umbrellas, sculptures, and sea shells create a little piece of art.

Seaside Still Life

Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida.

Quote of the day: “God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.” —  Elbert Hubbard

Daily gratitudes:
The still beauty of the Flatirons in the cloudy night sky
Compliments on my Holstein gloves
Books
Sea-green
Bad jokes

 

I think we visited this little shop three times while we were on the island. It had a plethora of amazing and adorable things, and this is just one little corner that I wanted to share.

Styling

Anna Maria Island, Florida.

Quote of the day: “Love, whether newly born or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, that it overflows upon the outward world.”  —  Nathaniel Hawthorne

Daily gratitudes:
The mysterious meteor I saw last night
Home safe
Today’s workout
The cold when you have hot flashes
Books

Our little slice of paradise reflects the sunset every night. This evening, we dug our toes in the sand and sat on our little seawall, drinking wine as the sun sank into the sea.

Sailfish

Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida.

Quote of the day: “In still moments by the sea life seems large-drawn and simple.  It is there we can see into ourselves.”  —  Rolf Edberg

Daily gratitudes:
Small treasures
Mimosas
Friendly strangers
An infinite number of books
Art

The small waves wash in over crushed shells and golden sand, leaving a trail of foam and sea frizz.

Sea Foam and Golden Sand

Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida.

Quote of the day: “There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.” —  Victor Hugo

Daily gratitudes:
Like minds
Kelsea’s texts – today’s was “We should adopt a pig”
MKL
Sunsets
Tan lines (with apologies to my dermatologist)

People come out on the beach just to watch the sunset, and applaud afterwards. We continue to look for the Green Flash…

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Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida.

Quote of the day: “A fragrant breeze wandered up from the quiet sea, trailed along the beach, and drifted back to the sea again, wondering where to go next. On a mad impulse it went up to the beach again. It drifted back to sea.” —  Douglas Adams

Daily gratitudes:
Friendly souls
Long, long walks
Soft sand
Laughter
Naps

When we arrived yesterday, to cold and stormy weather 20 degrees below normal, this gentleman was here to greet us on our patio. He is tame enough that if you dine outside and don’t feed him, he will jump up on the table to help himself. We haven’t had that happen yet, but once it warms up, we’ll look forward to it. All that matters right now is that we’re here, with the sand and the sea at our doorstep.

Harry the Great Blue Heron

Holmes Beach, Florida

Quote of the day: “We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable.  We can never have enough of nature.”  —  Henry David Thoreau

Daily gratitudes:
Excellent dreams
Harry the Great Blue Heron
Grocery stores in different parts of the country
Finally getting to the sea again
MKL
My amazing daughter

This lovely random heart was temporarily tattooed on a brick wall on 15th Street.  It was gone by the next day, but it made me smile.  Happy Feast of Saint Valentine.

Heart Love Graffiti

Denver, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Age does not protect you from love, but love, to some extent, protects you from age.”  —  Jeanne Moreau

Daily gratitudes:
MKL
Sherp
Birdsong
Packing
Snuggly cats

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