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Well, sort of. It was a very quiet Halloween. No trick-or-treaters. Honestly, between my tall fence and my creepy dead tree, I wouldn’t be surprised if the neighborhood kids think my house is haunted. Oh wait, it is. 🙂 So I give you this little creepy goody, taken at Kelsea’s favorite place in the mountains.

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Central City, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Remember your name.  Do not lose hope–what you seek will be found.  Trust ghosts.  Trust those that you have helped to help you in their turn.  Trust dreams.  Trust your heart, and trust your story.” — Neil Gaiman

Daily gratitudes:
The little girl in the unicorn costume at the grocery store
Being warm inside when the wind is blowing
The crunch of dead leaves underfoot
Watching Mr. Man watch the falling leaves
Feeling a little better

It is turning colder here. My house spirits are enjoying their newly learned trick of playing with the thermostat. Mr. Man is about the warmest thing around, when MKL isn’t here. So I turn back to the Out Islands, which seem like months, rather than weeks ago. My mild case of breakbone fever, combined with the change of seasons, means my joints are painful and I am already dreaming of our next trip to someplace where there is sand between our toes and sunsets into the sea.

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Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “A journey, after all, neither begins in the instant we set out, nor ends when we have reached our door step once again. It starts much earlier and is really never over, because the film of memory continues running on inside of us long after we have come to a physical standstill. Indeed, there exists something like a contagion of travel, and the disease is essentially incurable.”  — Ryszard Kapuscinski

Daily gratitudes:
Morning fog
Days that warm up to sunshine
A full tank of gas
That the Red Sox are winning
Plans and dreams

We had the perfect view of storms moving across the horizon, with the occasional kayaker (this is Alan) thrown in for good measure.  Alan and his son would kayak out to the Three Sisters every morning – I’ll share a photo of them soon.

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Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” — Paul Coelho

Daily gratitdes:
Our beautiful fall colors
My playful house spirits
Deadline extensions
MKL
Pumpkin patches

 

While this doesn’t look particularly comfortable, it did make me feel like I was sitting in the lap of nature.

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Because even if the lie is beautiful, the truth is what you face in the end.” — Lauren DeStefano

Daily gratitudes:
Amazing fall afternoon light
People with lovely souls
Millie
Getting lots of hugs in one day
A perfumed bath in the clawfoot tub

The Exumas were known for their salt production back in the 18th and 19th centuries. This Tuscan column, situated on a hilltop across from the salt ponds, was a marker to guide ships into the bay to pick up the salt harvest.  The salt ponds are right across the road from this spot, and we could imagine how miserable the slaves who gathered salt must have been. The heat emanating from the water was unbelievable.

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Little Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “I don’t know much about being a millionaire, but I’ll bet I’d be darling at it.” —  Dorothy Parker

Daily gratitudes:
Pain medication
Cold sheets
Small victories
Mr. Man
Beautiful frost patterns

MKL caught these stars for me in the blue, blue sea. Two of them. And this is one was ready for her close-up. The starfish were surprisingly heavy, surprisingly hard, and surprisingly pokey. Of course, we put them back.

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Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” — John Green

Daily gratitudes:
Pretty fall colors
A beautiful morning
Making it from my bed to the shower to the bus stop in 20 minutes
That MKL is home with me tonight
The birdsong of those migrating south

We did not make it here for dinner or sunset, but I thought our short stop here was beautiful nonetheless. Hope you think so too. It has been so hard to come back to chill winds, long work nights, and having to scrape my truck windshield in the mornings.  Memories and dreams can keep me warm for now.

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Catchafire, Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.”  — Ayn Rand

Daily gratitudes:
Two Bichon Frise sightings
MKL and a lovely date night
Mr. Man’s paw on my hand
My comfy couch on a day I’m not feeling good
The movie “Gravity”
My new zebra frying pan

And on a sad note, please say a prayer for the family and friends of one of Kelsea’s friends who passed away on Friday. 17 is always too young.

And a pure reflection of the colors of the flag of the Bahamas. This was taken at Big D’s Conch Stop, which was an absolutely gorgeous place to eat by the sea. I discovered that I am indeed allergic to conch (sorry conch, three strikes and you’re out). I don’t like eating conch anyway because of the time I dove one out of the water at Cow Wreck Beach and it looked at me with its little eyes as if it were saying, “Are you gonna EAT ME????” It looked so scared that I put it out far away from anyone else who might be looking for lunch.

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Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “Falling in love is as simple as opening your eyes, when you see the one.” — Mark O’Brien

Daily gratitudes:
The crazy beautiful sunset sunbeams through the fall leaves
MKL
Honesty
Soup on chilly days
Hanging up my clothes when I take them off instead of dropping them on the floor

 

Walk with me, down the tiled path from the dining room. Fill your eyes with the blue. Step down the whitewashed cement stairs – one, two, three, four – and onto the weathered boards of the little landing to the very edge of the sea.

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Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “There is something fresh and crisp about the first hours of a Caribbean day, a happy anticipation that something is about to happen, maybe just up the street or around the next corner.” — Hunter S. Thompson

Daily gratitudes:
Reading about writing
New ideas
A warm coat
Using Mr. Man as a blanket
Having breakfast already made before bedtime

I’m back and I had an awesome time, and you will all get to see and hear all about it! Here’s a taste..

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Over the Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “Love is like..waves.. you ride one in to the beach, and it’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever felt. but at some point the water goes back out, it has to. and maybe you’re lucky–maybe you’re both too busy to do anything drastic. maybe you’re good as friends, so you stay. and then something happens–maybe it’s something as big as a baby, or as small as him unloading the dishwasher–and the wave comes back in again. and it does that, over and over. i just thinksometimes people forget to wait.” — Erica Bauermeister

Daily gratitudes:
That we didn’t quite miss fall
That Mr. Man missed us
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Butternut squash soup
My shower

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