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I was hoping to share pictures of our weekend in Steamboat Springs, but haven’t had a chance to download them yet. Suffice it to say, Kelsea and I had a wonderful time. It was filled with balloons, and mountain hurricanes, and new people, and pretty shops, and muddy rodeo riders, and trashy TV late night marathons, and crack pizza.  AND A MOOSE.

So instead of pictures of all of those things, we will retun to a beloved spot: the sea.  Enjoy!


White Bay, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “All stories are love stories.” — Robert McLiam Wilson

Daily gratitudes:
That there’s a bus stop close enough for me to catch another bus when mine leaves early
Mr. Man snuggling with my feet
Watching one of my favorite movies from when I was five years old
Healing scars

A white sunset on White Bay.  Sometimes the sky reflects the brilliance of the sand, just as the bellies of the seagulls reflect the turquoise of the water. This is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been under a full moon. Magical.

As The Sun Goes Down

White Bay, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Do not be afraid; our fate cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.”  —  Dante Alighieri

Daily gratitudes:
A seagull’s call
My first robin of the season
Tulips coming up in front of my fence
Wearing one of my favorite shirts

We’re island hopping today, going over to Jost van Dyke from Anegada. It’s a tough trip in a day, but I would take that tough trip ANY day over the -25 wind chill we had yesterday morning when MKL left for work.


White Bay, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Cuddling literally kills depression, relieves anxiety and strengthens the immune system.”  —  Anonymous

Daily gratitudes:
Memories of my parents
Feeling slightly sophisticated
Noticing the change in light – winter is moving along

It would be a very nice thing to be on Jost van Dyke tonight. It’s been a tough day.

White Bay, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “When in doubt, choose change.”  —  Lily Leung

And may I add, ‘because often change is chosen for you.’

Daily gratitudes:
The pair of coyotes in the field this morning
My flame-colored rose
A small tax refund
Getting the last seat on the bus
Stormy skies at sunset

Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

This little sign hangs at Ivan’s Stress Free Bar on White Bay.  It speaks to my heart, and seems timely for our Denver winter weather. Wish I could find one for my Bungalow here!

Quote of the day: “When people walk away from you, let them walk. Don’t try to talk another person into staying with you, loving you, calling you, & caring for you. When people walk away from you, let them walk. Your destiny is never tied to anyone that left.” – From “Lessons Learned In Life”

Daily gratitudes:
Warm apple pie in a diner after a hard day
The excellent company of MKL
The classical music coming out of the entrance to McDonalds on the 16th Street Mall
Taking the stairs faster

Photo title: Ivan’s Stress-Free Bar.

Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.”  —  Mark Twain (and happy birthday, sir.)

Daily gratitudes:
That it’s still nice here so far from the sea
That the cat missed me very much
That the cat furthermore did not go emo on me
That the llamas are growing shaggy in preparation for the coming cold

Photo title: A Change of Scene

Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

Photo Title: Having Paddled Far Away From the Snow, She Found Herself Here…

White Bay, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.  (okay, not quite yet, but in two weeks, this “she” will be there.)

Quote of the day: “Each forward step we take we leave some phantom of ourselves behind.”  ~ John Lancaster Spalding

Daily gratitudes:
My upcoming trip
The latest in a long line of suitcases
Cocoa on cold days
My Holstein gloves and my Happy Hat


Photo title: Gearing Up For More Snow

Sandcastle, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Be everything with so much love in your heart that you would never want to do it  any other way.”  —  Amrit Desai

Daily gratitudes:
Curving docks in the Caribbean
Iced green tea
The amusement it caused me when my toast burst into flames this morning
Flapper dresses


Photo title: Rose Colored Glasses

Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.”  —  Betty Smith

Daily gratitudes:
Gorgeous fall days
Thrift store finds
The reaction of that dogs that don’t recognize themselves in mirrors


January 2023


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