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It may not have a sunrise like this, and even if it does, I won’t see it, but I’m ready for today to be done, so here we are. Having spent most of the weekend grappling with my fallen tree, I can honestly say that I hate this tree. And if you know me, you know I’m a tree-hugger, and have probably never said such a thing before. This tree is evil. It didn’t want to be here, and it doesn’t want to leave – worst guest ever. It slaps and cuts, it bites and bruises, it’s stubborn and pervasive. It’s a Siberian Elm that really should have just stayed in Siberia. There are logs and branches and twigs everywhere and I feel like it will take forever to make it go away. So I’m calling it a day. As my FB Friend Scott says,  the white flag is up. Tomorrow is another day.IMG_6570
Cozumel, Mexico.

Quote of the day: “A sunrise shows a new day has started, that whatever happened before is the past.” — Shannon McCrimmon

Daily gratitudes:
A beautiful day
Being clean after being super dirty
The scent of hyacinths
Oversized T-shirts

A rare, but beautiful, sight for me. And through the camera’s eye, you can see the curve of the horizon.

Cozumel, Mexico.

Quote of the day: “This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” — John Muir

Daily gratitudes:
The velvet softness of pansies
The scent and memory of daffodils
Pie and coffee at Sam’s with MKL
Finding a favorite movie on TV on a sad night

Prayers for Belgium.

Living in a hole on the seaside edge of the rock wall of out little patio was this lovely iguana that I named Pancho Villa Sue. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know. Sometimes animals just tell me their names. She hung out on the wall, in the sun, around the grounds, by the pool, and according to another guest, could be handfed if done carefully. I’ve made iguana friends before in Little Cayman, and have petted and fed them, so I didn’t need to do that, but Pancho Villa Sue seemed to like me, and hung out with me quite a bit, occasionally doing her little head bops. She, along with MKL, were all the companions I needed.

Cozumel, Mexico.

Quote of the day: “Mexico admits you through an arched stone orifice into the tree-filled courtyard of its heart, where a dog pisses against a wall and a waiter hustles through a curtain of jasmine to bring a bowl of tortilla soup, steaming with cilantro and lime. Cats stalk lizards among the clay pots around the fountain, doves settle into the flowering vines and coo their prayers, thankful for the existence of lizards. The potted plants silently exhale, outgrowing their clay pots.” — Barbara Kingsolver

Daily gratitudes:
Green things sprouting in the backyard
Lovely nights
Healthy cooking
Dancing with MKL
My cuddly cat

Because I was having sharp beach cravings today.

Grand Cayman Island.

Quote of the day: “The scattering of light over a long distance creates a sunset. The crashing of ocean waves on a beach is created by tides, which are themselves the result of gravitational forces exerted by the sun and the moon and the rotation of the Earth. Those are causes.The mystery lies in how those things become beautiful.” — Matt Haig

Daily gratitudes:
That my daughter lives by a bay
Huge, character-filled old trees
Feeling summery even though it is autumn
The burly female security guard who passed me on the street today and murmured, “Be safe, Honey”

Carib Beer is not available in my neck of the woods, so I have to indulge my fondness for it when I’m in the islands. As the leaves are turning, and the winds are blowing cool, and MKL even reported a dash of the “s” word tonight, I’m thinking about golden days on a warm beach.

Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “I move in the university of the waves.”  —  Pablo Neruda

Daily gratitudes:
Flying flocks of pigeons
An empty I-25
Jim Lehrer
Admiring other women’s shoes while being glad I don’t have to walk in them (literally)

Sometimes, I get homesick for one of my other homes. Let’s hope the islands can play keep away successfully with the storms approaching later this week.

Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “You can’t know who you really are until you’ve tasted all the things life has to offer…otherwise you’ll just be standing there with an empty plate and no stories to tell.”  —  Amber Mosby

Daily gratitudes:
That my niece is home
My gumbo
Photographs that look primordial
Abilene boots

June 2022


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