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I’m not a huge fan of resolutions, but I am hoping to try some for the blog.  I was soooo good about posting every day until the last two weeks or so. I’m not sure why I’ve fallen off. I think it’s partly because of the winter blues. I’ve actually been writing more than usual, just on paper not on this keyboard.

Right now, I’m snuggled in bed, working, fighting what seems to be a perpetual rundown-ness, with a cat snuggled at my thigh, a bottle of San Pel at hand, and something old on the TV.  As hard as it was to get any enthusiasm together for the holidays, I’m sad they’re over.  The New Year is off to a good start though – we spent yesterday at the auction, where we bought some cool and strange things. MKL and I bought our first thing ‘together’, which was really cool on a lot of levels. And Kelsea had, as usual, the patience of Job.

Work starts in earnest again tomorrow, along with the year.  So what can you expect from the blog this year?  Well, a few things.

1.  I’d like to continue to share a photo a day, along with quotes and gratitudes.

2. I’d like to provide you with more travel tales, since that’s what I love – so I plan to publish some older travel tales, taking them from paper to screen.

3. I wish to revivify the Weekly Wednesday Poem. I enjoyed learning about new poets and introducing them to you each week.

4. I want to revivify the Original Thursday Poem.  I miss my poetry.

5. More essays and opinions – from me, of course. I miss thinking about things other than work.

6. I’m still going to try for a post a day.

Anything else you readers would like to see?  I’m curious.

So, that said, he’s the Photo of the Day for January 2, 2012.

Photo title: Centerpieces

Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Going home means getting comfortable being who you are and who your soul really wants to be. There is no strain with that. The strain and tension come when we’re not being who our soul wants to be and we’re someplace where our soul doesn’t feel at home”.  —  Melody Beattie

Daily gratitudes:
Ahmed the coffee merchant, the latest member of the household
Old quilts
Knowing that spring is coming
Geese thick in dead cornfields

Photo title: Drink … Or Else.

Santa Fe, New Mexico.  (Clearly, a dangerous town for dogs.)

Quote of the day: “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.”  —  Benjamin Disraeli

Daily gratitudes:
The slow, short train with the caboose
The moon on its back
Erin in the Fortune Cookie Restaurant
Catching the bus with one second to spare this morning
That Pam was born today
Wonderful company

Photo title:  Doorway To Somewhere

Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Quote of the day: “To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce

Daily gratitudes:
Getting work done
The chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy
An upcoming long weekend
Flying dreams
That the painting I bought on Anegada finally got here

Photo title: Storming the Beach

Hidden Treasure, Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada.

Quote of the day: “Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can.” ~ Martha Graham

Daily gratitudes:
Boxes in the mail
The Santa Hat
Old Christmas movies

Photo title: A Window On Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Quote of the day: “When you make a change in your life, you will be tested. Especially if the change is a big, life altering, decision. The Universe will test you, and poke you, and make you very uncomfortable. She will bring to light your insecurities, making you question yourself and your decisions. She will say to you, “Are you sure you don’t want to go back to your life the way it was before? You knew it then, you were comfortable then. Things weren’t so hard to manage.” It’s up to you and your strength to fight it. You know what is right for you, and what path you should be on. Don’t listen to the tests… they’re only tests.”  —  Unknown

Daily gratitudes:
A lovely weekend
Skies full to overflowing with stars
Promises for the future
That my cold is improving
Sauza tequila

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
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: Dish of Dreams

St. Thomas, USVI.

Quote of the day: “Trust is like a mirror..once it’s broken you can never look at it the same again.” – unknown  (Thanks, Lauren.)

Daily gratitudes:
The bank vault in Broker
Getting all the laundry put away
Island time
Lima beans
Paintings on silk


Photo title: Just In Case…

Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.”  —  William James

Daily gratitudes:
Dog footprints on frosty sidewalks
Christmas lights in downtown Denver
Sharing the cooking
Long-lasting roses
Squash soup

Photo title: Just Me and My Jeep At The End Of The Road

Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.”  —  Rainer Maria Rilke

Daily gratitudes:
The occasional nap
Huevos Rancheros
The brightness of the full moon
Catching up with old friends

Photo title: Ass Stand-off

Pomato Point, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see Life with a clearer view again.”  —  Alex Tan

Daily gratitudes:
How traffic lights remind me of Christmas
Counting the full moons until I am back on an island
Chuck Testa’s commercial

February 2023


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