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Kelsea has always wanted to find whole sand dollars. One year when she was small, she found enough pieces to fill a half-gallon plastic bag, but no whole ones. As you know, they are quite fragile, and I’m amazed when one makes it to shore in one piece. On our adventure to Cape Lookout this year, she found a dozen whole sand dollars, enough to leave a few slightly less than perfect ones on the beach for others to find, and enough to give one to a small boy on the “Mule Train” track on our way back, and still feel the richness of her bounty.


Topsail Beach, North Carolina.

Quote of the day: “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” — Dalai Lama XIV

Daily gratitudes:
The sea
Family even when we disagree
My heart
That MKL and Kelsea are getting along so well

This is where I am right now. Home. And loving every second of it.

Topsail Beach, North Carolina.

Quote of the day: “A kiss on the beach when there is a full moon is the closest thing to heaven.”  — H. Jackson Browne, Jr.

Daily gratitudes:
The beach
My egg salad
Pool tables
Having MKL and Kelsea in the house

It seems as if he is saying, “Oh, darling, what is that glorious  perfume you’re wearing?!” These two were so lovey it was adorable, nuzzling, and giving elk kisses. He was about the only male in the herd, so clearly this was his chosen inamorata for the evening. (Sorry it’s a little blurry.)


Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “That life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time. That each day should be spent finding beauty in flowers and poetry and talking to animals. That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered.” — Nicholas Sparks

Daily gratitudes:
The lady styling the SpongeBob Squarepants  spike-heel ankle bootsHugging Mr. Man
When the day isn’t as hot as they say it’s going to be
That the beach is just days away

Because we have such an amazing place as Rocky Mountain National Park and Trail Ridge Road in our backyard. We had a girl’s trip yesterday to Silverthorne and back through Grand Lake and the Park, and it was wonderful. Great views and great talks. We saw oodles of elk and two moose (though I have yet to see an antlered moose). Love you, daughter, sister, niece.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “All things pass in time. We are far less significant than we imagine ourselves to be. All that we are, all that we have wrought, is but a shadow, no matter how durable it may seem. One day, when the last man has breathed his last breath, the sun will shine, the mountains will stand, the rain will fall, the streams will whisper—and they will not miss him.” — Jim Butcher

Daily gratitudes:
Children playing in dancing waters
Leftover wedding flowers
Ice cold milk
That the beach soon come


I love shooting reflections. At the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, they usually do a dip and drag in the lake, but conditions were warming up too fast this year, so only one or two balloons accepted the challenge.


Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” — Charles Dickens

Daily gratitudes:
That Bridget’s dad is such a remarkable fighter
The Voodoo Donut fairy
That the passive-aggressive postman did NOT leave my package of paper in a puddle


Peace and quiet were encouraged at Ojo Caliente Hot Springs. Not only did the management have people walking around with “Whisper Please” signs when it seemed people were getting too loud at the pools, cellphones were prohibited in most public places, the rooms did not have phones, and this was the public telephone. I was struck by another mild anxiety attack this afternoon, perhaps brought on by more prospective storms, so I am home curled up with Mr. Man, and remembering being happy and relaxed over the last two weekends.


Ojo Caliente, New Mexico.

Quote of the day: “I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” — Chaim Potok

Daily gratitudes:
The man holding two tiny toddlers hands crossing the street this morning
Cowboy boots
Lunch outside
Cold milk
Mr. Man’s paws crossed on the computer


Because we love our hot air balloons. We have hot air balloon rodeos, like the one we went to this weekend, and in the mornings, I often see them floating in the blue as I am heading to work. Once at ex-Pat’s house, one flew so low over the backyard that we heard the whoosh of the flame as we were laying in bed in the morning. They represent light and freedom, and the epitome of air. I have never been up in one, but someday…though I think I’d prefer the basket to the chair that this gentleman is riding in.


Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” — Terry Pratchett

Daily gratitudes:
Cheryl and her gratitude challenge
Seeing MKL for the first time in a week
Janalee for buying us our birthday lunch
A cool bath at the end of the day
My little workhorse of an air conditioner

And tonight, I send special prayers to my friend Bridget and her family. My thoughts are with you.

Kelsea and I took our annual trip to Steamboat Springs for hot air balloons, pro rodeo, and pizza that is so good we call it “crack pizza”. We had too much traffic on the way out of town, but it was the Universe making sure that we saw this most incredible rainbow. We could see from one end to the other, and took off down a muddy dirt track hoping that we could actually get to the end of it. We could see the end, in a field, but couldn’t get far enough off road to actually stand in the end of the rainbow. It’s now on both of our bucket lists. But it was an incredibly special moment for the two of us to share – one that will last in both of our memories.


Grand County, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.” — Nora Roberts

Daily gratitudes:
Curvy roads
Actually hearing someone say “This is my first rodeo”
Getting lost
Talking late at night



Ojo Caliente, New Mexico.

Quote of the day: “Love is a flower that grows in any soil, works its sweet miracles undaunted by autumn frost or winter snow, blooming fair and fragrant all the year, and blessing those who give and those who receive.” — Louisa May Alcott

Daily gratitudes:
My bed
My new salt and pepper shakers

MKL and I have been off the grid, spending three blissful days at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs in northern New Mexico. It has taken me some time to grow to love New Mexico, and some of the landscape is still too stark for me to feel it in my soul, but the sky is a clear blue that I have never seen anywhere else, the quality of light is magical, and the earth has little to hide. Ojo Caliente was historic, lovely, and soothing. They had six soaking pools, and each had its own energy. I”ll share more pictures from our trip this week.


Ojo Caliente, New Mexico.

Quote of the day: “Even today the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear night sky studded with thousands of twinkling stars. When it happens to me after all these years it still takes my breath away.” — Carl Sagan

Daily gratitudes:
Birds flying motionless on air currents
The trees in the yard whipping in the pre-storm wind
Being away
Coming home
Cinnamon red dragonflies


July 2014


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