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I love the way the sea paints endless pictures in the sand.

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Topsail Beach, North Carolina.

Quote of the day: “Sensuality does not wear a watch but she always gets to the essential places on time.  She is adventurous and not particularly quiet.  She was reprimanded in grade school because she couldn’t sit still all day long.  She needs to move.  She thinks with her body. ” — J. Ruth Gendler

Daily gratitudes:
Hugs and kisses when I am teary
Trying to help Kelsea find a metaphor for herself
That when Mr. Man sits in my lap, he covers my entire torso
Pigeons when they are flirting
Throw-together spicy dinners

It’s still brrrrrr here. Something like -12 with the wind chill. So we’re still hanging out on Anegada for the photo of the day. I guess I’m a little homesick.

Pomato Point Flotsam Sculpture

Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Grief is a most peculiar thing; we’re so helpless in the face of it. It’s like a window that will simply open of its own accord. The room grows cold, and we can do nothing but shiver. But it opens a little less each time, and a little less; and one day we wonder what has become of it.”  —  Arthur Golden

Daily gratitudes:
Geese, geese, geese
Iced green tea on an icy day
How my cold-spurred tears froze when they fell on my coat
Soft black leather boots
A shoulder to lean my head on waiting for the shuttle

It’s 5 degrees here in Colorado this morning, and Kelsea and I are heading out to opening day of the National Western Stock Show (woot!). The Broncos are primed for today’s playoff game against the Ravens, and all is right with the world. Except for the fact that it’s 5 degrees outside, so let’s imagine we’re at Cow Wreck.

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Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “I believe in the baby Jesus, and I believe he is handsome and lives in the sky with his pet cow.  I believe that it is essential the cow like you, and if you pet the cow with your mind, it will lick your hand and give you cash.  But if you make the cow angry, it will turn away from you, forget you exist, and your life will fall into shambles.  I believe that as long as the cow likes you, you can get what you want.  In order to keep the cow’s favor, you need to ‘let go and let God,’ meaning you can’t obsess about controlling every little thing.  You have to let things unfold naturally, and not try to change things you cannot change.  On the other hand, I believe that if you’ve made the cow happy by living this way, you’re allowed to ask for favors…” —  Augusten Burroughs

Daily gratitudes:
That MKL protects me in dreamspace
Yummy salad (and you’ll rarely hear me say that)
That I’m feeling better today (so far so good)
Payton Manning (or “P”, as I call him)
My tribe of wise women

Photo title: Coconut Retriever

White Bay, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Even if we think we can see where we are headed, that still might not be where we end up.”  —  SuziCate from http://suzicate.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/across-a-clouded-dune/

Daily gratitudes:
The Thin Man movie (s)
Sleep when it comes
Sunshine
That the trees are still green
That there are parks and square designed with writers in mind
Closet space

that I can look at my daughter and marvel at how beautiful she is.

that I know the postmistress by name and that she is the same woman who has been here since I was a child, that she still recalls my parents, and that I now know her sad past.

that the roller rink is still above the post office.

that Mr. Godwin also remembers my parents and shared with me his frustration with the DMV not renewing his license because he couldn’t idenitfy what all the roadsigns meant.

how hot is was today.

remembering my Dad walking to the post office every day, and the few days when the heat index was so high that my Mom would drive to get him, even though it’s less than half a mile.

that I have been here for three days and have read two books and have a glow to me from the sun.

that the new chairs on the back deck are an awesome shade of purple.

that it was a pretty fair day for boogie-boarding.

that we have an excursion planned for today (even though it will mean being away from home).

that I can always rely on the waves to tell me the truth.

The Back Porch

 

Photo title: Shuttered

Little Apple Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Love makes the wildest spirit tame, and the tamest spirit wild.”  —  Alexis Depl

Daily gratitudes:
Work
A well-cooked steak
My courage
My stubborness
The Universe

Photo title: Goodbye Sun

British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “You have only good memories of me because I never hurt you.”  —  Unknown

Daily gratitudes:
The stark beauty of dead trees
Birdsong
How cool the air is after a good rain
The amazing astounding spiritual gift I received yesterday
Quiet times

Photo title: Neptune’s Sunrise

Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Intense love does not measure, it just gives.”  —  Mother Teresa

Daily gratitudes:
The smell of juniper bushes
Pedicab drivers racing each other down a Denver street (with terrified passengers)
Thunder and lightning
The Madison Blanket
A new project at work

Photo title: View From the Bar

Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “When love is not madness, it is not love.”  —  Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Daily gratitudes:
Compliments
Red hawks
Independence
My co-workers
My creativity

Photo title: Wild Caribbean

Anguilla.

Quote of the day: “All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy, for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another. ”  —  Anatole France

Daily gratitude
That I am feeling better
That I missed going to work
Oolong tea
My Mother’s jewelry box
Sarongs

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