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There are so many people for whom I say a little prayer in my heart daily – Lea G. as she fights the good fight against breast cancer, Megan Bouge and her family as she struggles on this anniversary of the day she lost her Wyncie, for my sweet co-worker whose father is facing a bone marrow transplant. For Colonel’s Mom. For all those people and animals suffering from the long cold of this winter.

When I was on Anguilla, shortly after my mother died, I went for a drive to explore the island, and found a little cemetery atop a hill overlooking the sea, and across the street was a little whitewashed church. It’s blue shuttered windows were wide open to the soft ocean breezes, and lovely lilting voices raised in a gospel hymn were floating on the air.

This is not that church, but it seems that the spiritual practices of so many islands are housed in similar places of worship, like this one on Little Exuma.  In fact, the Exumas had many little churches, which speaks to the strong faith of the islanders. I know that for me personally, anywhere beneath the blue sky is an excellent place for me to send prayers up to heaven.

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Little Exuma.

Quote of the day: “One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” — Henry David Thoreau

Daily gratitudes:
A day with my daughter
Beach dreams
Charley the elephant
Having heat
Warm drinks on white cold days

AND, OF COURSE, GO BRONCOS!!!!!

Because even though it was not quite as cold as yesterday, it was a damp cold today, and I was miserable. The bus was late, my toes were frozen, and I had prepared myself for a slightly warmer day. My mistake. I was shivering from the inside out. So let’s retreat to this place in the middle of the sea, with my feet in warm water, covered in soft sand, my hand in MKL’s, and my gaze on the future.

In The Midst of the Sea

The Caribbean Sea, Exuma Islands, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” — John Steinbeck

Daily gratitudes:
The adorable little girl on the shuttle
Elisa
Creamy carrot curry soup
That the grocery store has hyacinths in pots starting to unfold
Getting into the swing of the new year
My new computer

And I’ve updated my About page, so you can know a little more about me.

Still too cold here in greyish Colorado. So I will wander back to the shore of Anegada, making the short trek down the beach between Neptune’s Treasure and Anegada Reef, towards the anchorage at sunset, heading for a dinner with my toes in the sand. Will you join me?

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Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “With my last breath, I’ll exhale my love for you. I hope it’s a cold day, so you can see what you meant to me.” –  Jarod Kintz

Daily gratitudes:
That I can make an acceptable grilled cheese sandwich for my sickie MKL
Texts from Kelsea
Books where you can’t guess the ending
Baths in the clawfoot tub
Cozy days

I’m back and I had an awesome time, and you will all get to see and hear all about it! Here’s a taste..

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Over the Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “Love is like..waves.. you ride one in to the beach, and it’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever felt. but at some point the water goes back out, it has to. and maybe you’re lucky–maybe you’re both too busy to do anything drastic. maybe you’re good as friends, so you stay. and then something happens–maybe it’s something as big as a baby, or as small as him unloading the dishwasher–and the wave comes back in again. and it does that, over and over. i just thinksometimes people forget to wait.” — Erica Bauermeister

Daily gratitudes:
That we didn’t quite miss fall
That Mr. Man missed us
Hawks
Butternut squash soup
My shower

Today was a big day, a day of big changes, and while all change is scary, this one feels like a door has opened instead of closed. I like that feeling. It’s scary and exciting. I am hopeful.

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Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. When you do, the words get inside you, become a part of you, in a way that words in a book you’ve read only once can’t.” — Gail Carson Levine

Daily gratitudes:
Peaceful partings
Journeys
New beginnings
My Kindle
Public transportation on days when the roads are bad

 

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)

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

Island churches have a little simple magic all their own. While I didn’t get to see this church is operation, I did hear the congregation of another church on Anguilla sing their hearts out through the open windows overlooking the turquoise sea on a Sunday morning.

Island Harbour, Anguilla.

Quote of the day: “In order to rise from its own ashes, a Phoenix must first burn.”  –  Octavia E. Butler

Daily gratitudes:
MKL
A much more reasonable plumbing repair quote
Loco Moco from the 20th Street Cafe
Opera tonight
That Kelsea called me when she heard “our song” on the radio today

This storm passed over Jost van Dyke, sharing its brief blustery winds with those of us on Tortola.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”  –  GK Chesterton

Daily gratitudes:
The little old man on the street rocking out along with Kelsea and me to the music from the truck radio downtown last weekend
Not setting the house on fire when I cooked pork chops
How the curtains move in the breeze from the storm that never came
The curiously strange dogs at the small farm down the road
Paint horses
Getting to see MKL today

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

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