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A little beach dreaming on a Sunday morning after a long work week. This is from one of our favorite spots, Great Exuma in the Bahamas. Unfortunately, the place we loved to stay (and in fact, the country) has disposed of it’s wonderful manager and chef and seems to be in decline. I have scoped out a lovely little house on the Tropic of Cancer beach for our next trip, but we’re going to explore a new island first – another that we hope to capture the heart of before it becomes overdeveloped.  In the meantime, back in Colorado, a trip to Mt. Evans is in store for today!

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Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: ““Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. And never regret anything that makes you smile.” — Mark Twain (perhaps?)

Daily gratitudes:
The wedding I worked last night that made me smile
Sunflowers in sunshine
Seeing Kelsea and Joy
Cool breezes
My truck
The new girl at work yesterday who looks just like my friend Tina did 25 years ago – it took me aback every time I saw her

The sky was blue today, but it is still freezing outside. I made the child shovel the snow before she went to a Super Bowl party – isn’t that why we have children in the first place? Although she did ask me if she would still have to take care of me in my old age if she went out to shovel in the bitter cold. I told her she did.

The countdown to warmth continues.

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Stocking Island, Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.” — Marianne Williamson

Daily gratitudes:
My Broncos, win or lose
Books
The relief I felt from finding Mr. Man hidden beneath the bedclothes
Folger’s instant coffee
Loving someone enough to miss him when you don’t see him every day (that’s you, MKL)

 

I have books brewing in my head, three of them, and I started work again on my first novel, so I’m excited. I told Kelsea that each book would pay for one year of college. So I’d better get on with it.  I had forgotten that when I am in writing mode, I lose track of everything else. I got lost walking down a city block today. Fortunately, I was holding MKL’s hand, so he kept me from getting run over or covered in paint from the workers on scaffolding.

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Topsail Beach, North Carolina.

Quote of the day: “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”  —  William Wordsworth

Daily gratitudes:
The man with the turquoise tennis shoes on the bench this morning
Swirls and spurts of creativity
Inspirations
Good hair days
Pink

I have seen countless sailors curl their lines like this, and it always makes me smile.IMG_1799

Southport, North Carolina.

Quote of the Day: “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” — Ernest Hemingway

Daily gratitudes:
Having a good partner
Sore muscles
Drinks at Chatauqua on the porch
Looking for a new cat
Storm clouds

I do not spend my life wishing for things that I cannot have (right now), but as the rain falls, along with the temperature, and snow starts to swirl in the darkness, it does not hurt to remember that there are places like this. I remember this morning. It was warm, with very little breeze, just enough to make the palms trees whisper in that special language that they have, and I was standing on my little balcony in Marina Cay, watching this single sailboat wend its way out into the channel to have adventures.

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Marina Cay, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “It is the tenderness that breaks our hearts. The loveliness that leaves us stranded on the shore, watching the boats sail away. It is the sweetness that makes us want to reach out and touch the soft skin of another person. And it is the grace that comes to us, undeserving though we may be.” — Robert Goolrick

Daily gratitudes:
MKL
A light day at work (after two months)
Turquoise
Head tilts
Listening to the rain before it turns to snow (10 inches of snow)

 

A much-missed, familiar view….

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Setting Point, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s important—you know ” —  Marilyn Monroe

Daily gratitudes:
Pigeons with pizza crusts
A rose for my love
Water
Spring approaching
Staying hopeful

I need a calming image today, as my insides are trying to kill me.

Seattle, Washington.

Quote of the day: “Sometimes a wind comes up, blows you off course. You’re not ready for it, but if you’re lucky, you end up in a more interesting place than you’d planned. ”– Nora Roberts

Daily gratitudes:
My Father’s birthday today (I miss you, Daddy)
MKL – in general, but today, he’s my plumbing hero
Love
A day that’s warmer than it was meant to be
MoMos

 

Photo title: At the Anchorage

Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.”  —  Buhdda

Daily gratitudes:
The brand new baby calf in the field on the way to work
Llama shapes in the dark
Hot toddies
Memories
Sharing other people’s Christmas spirits

[I’m off to Santa Fe for the weekend. Hopefully, I’ll have service and be able to share some photos. If not, I’ll see you next week!]

Photo title: The Lady Argus Resting

Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Photo title: Boats

Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Our mistakes won’t irreparably damage our lives unless we let them.”  —  James E. Sweeney

Daily gratitudes:
Sushi for breakfast
Tea
Betwixt and between
Clean sheets
The SpeediCath commercial that inspired a huge fit of giggles

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