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I have been sick for what seems like forever.  At first it was a horrible cough, which I worked through until yesterday, when I was so sick I couldn’t work.  I was still too sick to work today.  My darling MKL came to visit tonight and brought me two perfect early Christmas presents to make me feel better – even though just seeing him was enough.  At any rate, this picture, or any picture of Anegada, is a tonic for my sick and tired spirit.  Sorry for the slightly crooked horizon, and I promise I’ll be back to my merry Santa-hat-wearing, holiday-loving self before Christmas.

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Pomato Point, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.”  –  Groucho Marx

Daily gratitudes:
My chicken purse
Soft pillows
Naps when you’re sick
26 acts of kindness
Moments of silence

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

A little somewhere beautiful to brighten your night.

Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Nothing is built on stone; All is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.” –  Jorge Luis Borges

Daily gratitudes:
Cats perched on fence railings
Large dogs watching cats out the window
My red boots
Clean sheets
The privilege of being able to see beautiful places

For those of you still under the bad influence of Sandy, this is just a reminder of better days to come.

Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”  –  Willa Cather

Daily gratitudes:
The dance of dewdrops in the back of my truck this morning
A lovely day
The man downtown with the silver cowboy hat and the snake around his neck
Writing
Sharing anxiety

I miss the view, clouds or shine.

Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”  –  Chief Seattle

Daily gratitudes:
Painkillers
Beautiful days
My comfy bed
Old t-shirts
Peanut butter and crackers

Or at least one of the views from Marina Cay. Every view is fabulous there, but I always love hanging out on my little porch.  Guess I’m feeling a touch homesick for the islands.

Marina Cay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”  –  Mary Manin Morrissey

Daily gratitudes:
Housecleaning, even though it hurts sometimes
Bacon
Kisses
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
People walking their horses on a dirt road

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
Raspberries
Jim Lehrer
Admiring other women’s shoes while being glad I don’t have to walk in them (literally)

Most days at Cow Wreck Beach are not quite this quiet, but they are quite often this beautiful.

Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Have patience, heart.”  –  Homer

Daily gratitudes:
Peach
Being a shoulder to cry on
Taking Kelsea to school
Healing
Someone to call darling

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

Anegada is a haven for wild orchids. Finding them takes a bit of bushwhacking, but the rewards are lovely.

Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”  –  Sarah Ban Breathnach

Daily gratitudes:
That it is slightly cooler
A lovely birthday yesterday
Kale chips
My new fly rods
Snuggly cat

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