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I’m sorry we didn’t get a chance to stop here, but we did drive by several times. Our timing was just off. Playa Islita is lovely stretch of white sand and swaying palms trees, with carts selling fresh coconuts (coconut water out of a coconut is the only way to go), families picnicking, and people walking the long arc of beach. A few hours there are definitely part of our plans for the next trip.

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Playa Islita, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Quote of the Day: “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” — Anita Desai

Daily gratitudes:
Baffling the doctor
A tiny girl on a tinier bicycle
A tropical color palette
A clean bill of health for Mr. Man
Chicken noodle soup

 

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

Hello! We are having a lovely spring twilight rain here. I love the sound of rain, and the gentle singing of the wind chimes on my front porch. The breeze through the palm fronds is another of my favorite sounds, and beneath the trees at Exuma Palms, my ears can drink their fill.

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Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates.” — Nisargadatta Maharaj

Daily gratitudes:
Getting the refrigerator fixed
Babies in footed jammies and Rockies ballcaps
The varying grays of a rainy sky
Books
That my plastic geese (Roger and Gertrude Carlotta) are wearing Mardi Gras beads

Yes, I am homesick for Anegada again. For sand, and sun, and turquoise water, for floating off Cow Wreck, and diving for conch, and walking for miles without seeing another soul, except for stingrays cruising in the shallows. For water from freshly cut coconuts, and for lobsters in their cages, and for Lauren and Linda. For days that drift by like seabirds, and nights that sound like the breeze in the palm trees.

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Neptune’s Treasure, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the Day: “Her grandmother used to tell her that a pink sky meant someone in the distance had just fallen in love . . . .”  —  Sarah Addison Allen

Daily gratitudes:
Outpourings of goodness
That Dutch is stil hanging in there (hence, the pink quote)
When Thunder Cat makes herself into a ball on the bed
Having MKL to snuggle with
Meeting some wonderful people today
Ninja tacos

 

I thought it was time that we remembered the beach.  It’s been several months since I’ve seen one. and will be several months still.  But hopefully in February, we’ll be off to somewhere new.  I am thankful that it has been such lovely weather, as usually it’s cold and snowy by now, and yesterday was almost shorts weather.

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Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “I’m always going to be with you, you know. As long as you remember me, I will exist. Memory is a form of existence, life after death.”  —  Andrea Speed

Daily gratitudes:
The warmth of the sun on my back
The pink crests of cloud waves in tonight’s sunset
Future beaches
Frank Sinatra
Pettable dogs and cuddly cats

My day at the Place of Refuge on the Big Island was rather grey, but it made for some lovely images.

Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Hawaii.

Quote of the day: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.”  —  Oprah Winfrey

Daily gratitudes:
Politicians who dig their own graves
Finding a new mystery series (well, new to me)
MKL
Having Christine back in the office today
Two dozen roses and a little vase of snapdragons from people who love me

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