I’m not sure. Considering the weather predicted for the South, I’m just not sure. Sigh. Help me hope.

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Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” — Rumi

Daily gratitudes:
That I could walk home without my coat because it was 38 degrees – warm is all relative
That I feel safe walking home after dark
The smell of woodsmoke from chimneys
Lunches with MKL
My snuggly Mr. Man

But this morning, there was some beauty.

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Daily gratitudes:
Houses that still have their Christmas lights up
The warmth of my Sorels
My low carb tortilla pizzas
Hot sweet tea
Blankets

It was too cold to be out of bed. For someone.

Cat Tail

But we did emerge yesterday and had breakfast at Leenie’s.

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And did a little shopping. Who could resist this enticing sign?

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And yes, I did get some socks. And a creepy vintage Valentine.

Creepy Vintage Valentine

Along with a slightly freakish addition to the décor of the salle de bain. (Apologies for the blurry image.)

Creepy canoe child

I visited with an old roommate today and had an excellent snuggle.

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And now am properly attired for tonight’s episode of Downton Abbey.

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I am doing serious battle with the winter blues. Friday can’t come soon enough.

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They say it will get down to -30 tonight with the wind chill. I know that I came close to frostbite on my fingers and toes today, even in boots and gloves. So, let’s look at this picture, shall we, and know that places like this actually exist.

MKL and I have both about had it with cold weather. We are starting to discuss more temperate options for our future together. It’s so lovely to have a true partner to plan with. Tonight, I comfort myself with polar bear pajamas, Mr. Man, and re-watching Season One of Downton Abbey. Oh, and packing swimsuits, but I don’t want to rub that part in.

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Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the Day: “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring.”  – Oscar Wilde

Daily gratitudes:
Anything warm
Green chile soup
Discussions of religion with Kelsea
A tot of rum on a cold night
The man at O’Reilly Auto Parts who fixed my windshield wiper for free
The pretty girl who left a warm scent of vanilla behind in the elevator

 

The sky was blue today, but it is still freezing outside. I made the child shovel the snow before she went to a Super Bowl party – isn’t that why we have children in the first place? Although she did ask me if she would still have to take care of me in my old age if she went out to shovel in the bitter cold. I told her she did.

The countdown to warmth continues.

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Stocking Island, Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.” — Marianne Williamson

Daily gratitudes:
My Broncos, win or lose
Books
The relief I felt from finding Mr. Man hidden beneath the bedclothes
Folger’s instant coffee
Loving someone enough to miss him when you don’t see him every day (that’s you, MKL)

 

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!!!!!

My fun little new camera (taking center stage until I can afford to replace the Big Gun Canon, which I discovered was broken when we got to Monument Valley) can do these swell panorama shots. These were my first efforts, so please pardon the bulges in the sea. I think it’s particularly fitting on the day that has been nothing but black and white in Colorado.

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From our hotel on Great Exuma.

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Elizabeth Beach, Great Exuma.

Quote of the day: “As long as this exists, this sunshine and this cloudless sky, and as long as I can enjoy it, how can I be sad?”  – Anne Frank

Daily gratitudes:
Soft things
Snuggly cats
Stark contrasts of nature
Ice cold water
Low carb pizza

 

NEED MORE WARM. NEED MORE BEACH. NEED MORE BLUE WATER.

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Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “Some of the choices you make might not always turn out to be the best ones, but at least you are learning as you go.”  – Elizabeth Berrien

Daily gratitudes:
That the rain/snow reminded me of an old folk song that I cannot quite remember
The virtual gift of a cardinal from a blog friend
Homemade Moco Loca
Counting down the days
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And on a sad after-note, the world has lost a wonderful being. Colonel Meow passed away last night. Rest well, Colonel. I’ll toast you with a glass of single malt.

Colonel Meow

This is a fun sight in tropical locations…the directional arrow pole. This one was at our wonderful lodging on Three Sisters Beach, and there was another on Stocking Island. And I’ve seen yet another in Empire, Colorado – I’ll have to find those images and share them with you. We’ve had some lovely times in Salida, which is in the “Banana Belt” of Colorado, and so has a milder climate than some parts of our state. In fact, we make “rum runs” to this cool little town, because yes, it is the only place that we have been able to find our favorite Antigua rum for sale. Given our current temperature of 21 degrees, I think I’d stick with Great Exuma. As they say, soon come.

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Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “A smile is the most beautiful colour in the world.”  – Xingyun

Daily gratitudes:
Clean dishes
Warm blankets
Doing research
Sweet tea
Head bonks (which can lead to lovely Maine Coon mind-melds)

 

Perhaps this wasn’t what you expected to see, based on the title of this post? But if you know me, you know I don’t have two sisters, and if you know this blog, you know you can probably expect to see a photograph of some lovely warm place – like Great Exuma.  (In fact, that’s something you can generally rely on – finding an image of someplace warm and beautiful when you visit this blog.)

These rocks, which are right in front of the place we stay, are known as the Three Sisters. I asked several locals about the legend and got a different variation of the story each time. The essence of the tale is that an English sea captain came to the island and met three beautiful sisters. Each of the sisters fell in love with the captain, and when he sailed away, each sister tried to swim after him, and drowned. These three rocks rose from the sea to mark the spot the sisters died. Bahamians consider this to be a very romantic spot and  a place of good luck (though I suspect the sisters would disagree}. It is bitter cold here in Colorado again, with snow and accidents and light breezes that freeze your earrings in your ears. And the countdown to a warm and wonderful return continues….

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Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “Better to be strong than pretty and useless.” — Lilith Saintcrow

Daily gratitudes:
Being able to ride the bus on long, cold commute days
The pigeon downtown with the white mohawk
Toddlers bundled up for winter
The softness of the snow this morning
Snuggling under the blankets

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