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I am captivated by the colors of the Caribbean. Never in my life have I seen anything so constantly changing, eternally beautiful, and purely perfect. Always. The sea always calls to me, no matter how far away I may be.

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Cozumel, Mexico.

Quote of the day: “I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” — e.e. cummings

Daily gratitudes:
A very happy weekend
My darling husband
Friends who stop by to visit
A new heating pad
Salmon

 

There were a lot of views from Rasta’s on the South end of Cozumel, but I love this one, taken through the window of the massage room. I doubt it’s the most relaxing environment for a massage (I didn’t get one), being above a crowdy rowdy bar, but the scenery was fabulous. The food was only fair, but the beer was cold, and the vibe pleasant enough. They bus cruise ship passengers in, which makes it rather crowded, but everyone deserves a piece of paradise.

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Cozumel, Mexico.

Quote of the day: “It’s all in the view. That’s what I mean about forever, too. For any one of us our forever could end in an hour, or a hundred years from now. You never know for sure, so you’d better make every second count.” — Sarah Dessen

Daily gratitudes:
Forward progress
Morning birdsong
Sprouting iris
Breakfast with my in-laws
MKL

I love the way the little palm spawn are playing around the grown-up palm in this image. This was taken at a very odd little resort that my niece and I passed through as we walked back from the main Tulum ruins to our little hotel. If I were younger, it’s a place I might have liked to stay, because each room was just a little tiny house, all painted in bright tropical colors. But there were communal bathrooms (no) and no cross-breezes in the tiny houses (oven) – neither of those things feeds the soul in need of sanctuary.  But palm trees, and the sound of the wind through the fronds, always does.

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Tulum, Mexico.

Quote of the day: “In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.” — Ben Aaronovitch

Daily gratitudes:
The Stock Show parade
Hearing coyotes howling in the open space near my bungalow
Old fashioned radiators to warm MKL’s feet
Island dreaming
Only 72 days until spring

It’s Stock Show weather here in Denver – meaning it’s soooo cold and the 110th National Western Stock Show kicks off tomorrow.  (At least we are not at Denver’s record low for this date, set in 1913, of -21.) You’ll get some photos and details over the next two weeks. We’re still sticking with beach images, since MKL and I are landlocked for another month, and the winter blues are getting a bit overwhelming for us both. On a lighter note, am I the only person who immediately thought of “Married With Children” when I read about the Bundy crew barricading themselves in a BLM office in Oregon? I actually thought it was a joke at first. But I’ll say no more, as I seldom get political here, unless I feel exceptionally passionate about something, and this is not one of those things.

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Tulum, Mexico.

Quote of the day: “Winter is nature’s way of saying, “Up yours.” — Robert Byrne

Daily gratitudes:
MKL
The fostered cats at The Happy Beast
My orange earrings
A brand new blue bus for my daily commute
Shedding tears at the loss of a friend of a friend

 

 

The sea changes from day to day, as do I. Serene one day, restless the next. And ever sleepless. Forgive me for being gone a bit, and don’t forget about me. I am throwing myself into working on my novel (well, one of them) with a passion inspired by NaNoWriMo. Otherwise, I am still broken-toed and gimpy-armed and just managing.

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Great Exuma, Out Islands, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “You have to write the book that wants to be written.” — Madeleine L’Engle

Daily gratitudes:
Noticing the details but not getting trapped within them
Coffee shops
A good massage
Talking with Kelsea
My surprise from MKL

NaNoWriMo Day 2 word count: 3657

Maybe all I need is a little seawater, sand, coconut water, and time with MKL to cure what ails me.

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Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end.” — Elizabeth Wurtzel

Daily gratitudes:
Color coordination
Flocks of birds with white underwings
That the grass is still green by the Prairie Flour apartments
Remembering clothes from your childhood from out of nowhere
Sleeping with the window open

As Hurricane Patricia pounds Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, and little fishing villages such as my much-longed for Yelapa tonight, my thoughts and blessings and white lights and prayers are with the people who try to scratch out happy lives there. I have been dream shopping for trips back Puerto Morales, Isla Holbox, Yelapa, and Cozumel for February, and am always a fan of patronizing a place trying to recover from a disaster, just so I can help a place and its people recover. These areas, while know for tourism, are also homes to families who do not have steel-reinforced structures, and who can lost everything in 175 mph winds. I have seen the damage a strong hurricane can cause in North Carolina, a place where people have the resources to rebuild, and my heart goes out to those in poorer cultures who don’t have that kind of help.

I know that this worst-ever-hurricane pounded areas north of my previous stomping grounds, but I wanted to post an image of the white sand beauty of the area from when Niece #1 and I took our wonderful trip down there and I thought she’d been kidnapped looking for hielo. She’s an excellent traveling companion and the trip was a blessing I’ll always remember. So join me please, in prayers for Mexico and its lovely people and to many more beautiful, mystical trips there.

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Tulum, Mexico.

Quote of the day: “Some things just couldn’t be protected from storms. Some things simply needed to be broken off…Once old thing were broken off, amazingly beautiful thing could grow in their place.” — Denise Hildreth Jones

Daily gratitudes:
Big skies today
A morning that looked like Scotland
A toast to the success ofAnastasia Fawni
Making it home just in time when your stomach is upset
MKL’s hugs

Sharing some Caribbean love tonight…nothing deep or witty. Have a lovely weekend.

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Little Exuma, Out Islands, 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:
A good sleep
Less pain
A cuddly cat
The coolness of the coming autumn
Music to do dishes by

Not here, for we have clear weather here, and have been most fortunate for this time of year.

In Great Exuma, a place that MKL and I have come to love very much. The place that apparently Hurricane Joaquin loves very much as well, so much that he has decided to linger over the Out Islands, and seems to hate to leave. Bright waters and beautiful days will return though, and Georgetown and Hoopers Bay will dry out. That is the way of islands and islands along with them. Those who live by and love the sea know that, as I saw in tattoo form on a woman’s arm in a little café in RoadTown, Tortola, “the sea always wins’, but its people never give up. They love it too much.

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Great Exuma, Out Islands, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “she lived with hurricane eyes and fell in love with the way the waves collapsed against her cheeks.” — Christopher Poindexter

Daily gratitudes:
The couple getting wedding pictures taken in front of the train at Union Station
That Joaquin may be moving out to sea (but you can never tell with hurricanes)
A call from Kelsea this morning
That they caught the Trojan virus on my computer before it did any damage
That having the Tabasco bottle fall from the cabinet above the stove into the oven through the cracked open door (because I was broiling things) and roll into the back of the oven – not once but twice within five minutes – did not result in another kitchen disaster

I know I’m a little late, but that’s me. Yay me! It has been a very busy new year so far, and it hasn’t slowed at all. I do have a plane ticket which makes me feel much more content – though it’s for the Pacific Northwest in March to do a whirlwind two-state tour of colleges with my college-bound baby. We’ll have fun. Even if it’s not a trip to sunny somewhere, it feels good to know I’ll be going. Always need to be going. Especially to places like here.

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Bodden Town, Grand Cayman. (Off the reef there are at least half a dozen wrecks for diving. This was a beautiful spot.)

Quote of the day: “People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.” —  Audrey Hepburn

Daily gratitudes:
Slightly warmer weather
Broncos in the playoffs
Getting the dishes done
Sleeping in today (just a little bit)
Sloths

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