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The rooftop bar at La Fonda Hotel is scorching in the summer at cocktail time, so they have been most considerate in putting up canopies that shield the sun while unveiling the sky. We have had enough hot in our western world in the month of July, and while I would never expect to hear myself say it, I am looking forward to cooler weather. If I must be hot, then let me be by a beach. Soon.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Quote of the day: “We love easily in summer, perhaps, because we love our summer selves.” — John Updike

Daily gratitudes:
The look in MKL’s eyes and reassurance of his presence
Kelsea and early adult heartache
My bracelet from Tam
Random exercise
A suspected new comrade

My sister (you know who you are) before she took to the road, had a house with an amazing western view. When sunsets were particularly spectacular, she would put out the call, “Emergency sunset”! She would call throughout the house, holler to the kids, call her husband on the car phone, and just revel in the splendor. It always made me smile. Tonight’s was indeed an emergency sunset, coming on the heels of a lovely day. The sky was full of just that shade of blue, and the clouds had a life of their own. I stood in the grocery store parking lot, taking pictures with my phone, and watching the colors shift and swirl.

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Lafayette, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy.” — Swami Satchidananda

Daily gratitudes:
Our solar eclipse observation group at work today
Sending Kelsea emoticons even if they all show up for her as rectangles
Having a chance to write post again
MKL
Cool vintage finds

Because a day can start out really lousy, and wind up with skies like this.

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Lafayette, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.” — Nora Roberts

Daily gratitudes:
The smell of warm asphalt
Glowing rain clouds
Helping others
MKL
The man in the elevator who cheerfully took the earful I gave him when he asked me how my morning was going

It was a lovely sunset today, so I thought I would share it with you. The days are, little by little getting longer. DSCF0841 DSCF0844 DSCF0845

You may have heard about the legalization of marijuana in much of Colorado. As of yesterday, people could legally buy pot at the numerous “green dispensaries” that have popped up one to a block (at least) in downtown Denver. For the second day in a row, as I was heading for the bus for home, I saw a line wrapped around the block outside of a particular dispensary, and it gave me pause. I’m not opposed to pot. It’s fine. But it saddens me that people are standing in line to buy it. What happens to them next? Do they go home and get stoned? It just seems like a waster of time, life, and spirit. And money. One ounce of pot is selling for $400. I don’t know about you, but there are a lot of lasting things that I could spend $400 on. And I’d still remember them the next day. I hope the hype dies down shortly, and people realize that being present in the here and now is priceless.

Quote of the day: “The moment you fall in love feels like it has centuries behind it, generations – all of them rearranging themselves so this precise, remarkable intersection could happen. In your heart, in your bones, no matter how silly you know it is, you feel that everything has been leading to this, all the secret arrows were pointing here, the universe and time itself crafted this long ago, and you are just now realizing it, you are just now arriving at the place you were always meant to be.” — David Levithan

Daily gratitudes:
How challenging a basic yoga class is – but I went (my new thing for the day)
MKL
Flowers from Kendra
Pigeons
Making my deadlines

And a pure reflection of the colors of the flag of the Bahamas. This was taken at Big D’s Conch Stop, which was an absolutely gorgeous place to eat by the sea. I discovered that I am indeed allergic to conch (sorry conch, three strikes and you’re out). I don’t like eating conch anyway because of the time I dove one out of the water at Cow Wreck Beach and it looked at me with its little eyes as if it were saying, “Are you gonna EAT ME????” It looked so scared that I put it out far away from anyone else who might be looking for lunch.

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Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “Falling in love is as simple as opening your eyes, when you see the one.” — Mark O’Brien

Daily gratitudes:
The crazy beautiful sunset sunbeams through the fall leaves
MKL
Honesty
Soup on chilly days
Hanging up my clothes when I take them off instead of dropping them on the floor

 

Can you see the faint edge of a rainbow next to the  center monument in this image? I noticed it while we were waiting for dinner, and we both had a wonderful time trying to capture this slight piece of magic.  Things here, after the flood, are still in clean up and anxiety mode, but I have been doing a lot of processing, not only about the value of “things”, as I mentioned in a previous post, but the concept of home, which is something I have struggled with my whole life. Hopefully, the words that are running like an army of motorized slinkies in my brain will chill into something I can put on (electronic) paper soon.

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Monument Valley, Arizona.

Quote of the day: “There are some things you can’t learn about just through words. There are some things you can’t really understand until you’re living them.” — Kim Dare

Daily gratitudes:
Happy children on the shuttle
An early bedtime
A vat of pork green chili on the stove
Nine quarts of roasted green chiles in the freezer
The boy down the block who used his trampoline to make a perfect, unwobbly landing on the top of his fence

And that my blessing, otherwise known as my amazing daughter, just called me out of the blue to tell me how awesome she thinks I am. I love her so much.

No, not actual flames. We’ve seen enough of those in Colorado this year. These are flames of sunset, sparking through the clouds over the Intercoastal Waterway. There may be buildings in the way of our view of the Sound and its sunsets, but they have come to be old friends in our line of vision, and the end of the day would not be as lovely without them.

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Topsail Beach, North Carolina.

Quote of the day: “You want proof there’s a God? Look outside, watch a sunset.” — Frank Peritti

Daily gratitudes:
Mr. Man snuggling and snuffling
Pork green chile so hot it makes me cry
Thunder
That I never get sick enough to be sick – just under the weather
Clothilde’s new little sidekick

It was a gentle weather day, a blessing in January.  We are preparing for Stock Show weather, which means C-O-L-D.  It will be a high of 20 on Saturday for opening day.  I know I’ve been rather boring lately, with little but the weather and an occasional thought. Trust me, I’ve been thinking, but mostly I’ve been workingworkingworkingworkingworkingworking.  Another two weeks of constant work and I hope my thoughts and my blog will be more expressive.  I miss me.

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Somewhere in time, Planet Earth.

Quote of the day: “Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.”  —  Norman Juster

Daily gratitudes:
Geese in flight
Soft pajamas that you can’t wait to get into
Not having to wear a coat on a Colorado January day
My chicken purse
Space cowboy boots

Sometimes it seems like there is a window straight into heaven.

anywhere.

Quote of the day: “It was November–the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines.”  —  L.M. Montgomery

Daily gratitudes:
Unusual emptiness and silence downtown this morning
The calls of strange birds flying south
The beautiful moon this past week
Water
The apparently-reproducing mass of pillows in my bed

I love flying. I especially love flying when the clouds are creating magic, as they did this day.

Somewhere above the southeastern U.S.

Quote of the day: “There is no shame in being a victim; the shame is in living like one.”  —  me

Daily gratitudes:
Puppies
Swooping birds
Iced green tea
The vintage jewelry store on Larimer Street
Soft sunsets

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