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We spent a blissful afternoon here and didn’t see a soul. This beach is on Little Exuma, down an unmarked, sandy side road. We parked beneath the trees and relaxed on the beach and played in the water. The rock to the right had steps carved into its side so you could climb up from the water and soak in the sun.

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Little Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” —  Sigmund Freud

Daily gratitudes:
Being part of a new family
Trust
Helping hands
Babies
Cats
Ginger ale

Hi! I’ve been spending so much time in front of a computer at work that I haven’t wanted to spend time in front of a computer at home.  (And I’m doing NaNoWriMo, which is coming along fairly well, but not quite well enough.) At any rate, I’m back now, so if you’ve been holding your breath, you can let it go. There. Doesn’t that feel better?

This image is nothing like Colorado today, where it is snowy and icy and dropping into single digits tonight. The good news is that a return  to this paradise is in sight on our horizon and that will make the weeks of winter between now and then far more bearable.

This shot was taken on Stocking Island, just a short ferry ride from the Government Dock in George Town.  The lovely little island offers hiking, a gorgeous beach complete with hammocks, and the Chat n’ Chill bar.

The welcoming yellow chair provided the unique opportunity to have your toes tickled by a baby stingray that you can see swimming in the blue shallows.

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Stocking Island, Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Quote of the day: “It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” — Vincent Van Gogh

Daily gratitudes:
That Ali Boo Boo is back in my life – best thing ever!
Feeling like I looked a bit like Grace Kelly today
Having a warm home and cat to come home to
The light in MKL’s eyes
Happiness

Sunrise at Topsail is like a glimpse of heaven.

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Topsail Beach, North Carolina.

Quote of the day: “And when we’re no longer speaking, thinking or dreaming, we will dance with the ghosts of whales that have beached themselves long ago, long ago on the Barbary Coast. ” — Jesse Huestis

Daily gratitudes:
The rain and thunder and lightning tonight
Cobalt blue
Going off sugar
Toddlers in sparkly silver shoes
That I live in a place where a man can ride a horse down the street in the middle of the day with a dog in his backpack (unfortunately he got arrested, but that’s beside the point) (and I just found out the dog was a pug named Bufford, which adds a whole other dimension of awesome.)

A peaceful beginning for your Monday…

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Loblolly Beach, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “I want to walk on a beach with you, dragging a big stick behind us, making a message in the sand that we try to believe an airplane will really see. I want to kiss saltwater from your lips. I want us to listen to music with our eyes closed; I want to read musty books while lying next to you – books about fascinating things like mummies and eccentric artists and old shipwrecks in the Pacific. I want to have picnics on our bed and crawl into cotton sheets that smell like summer because we left the windows open when we were gone. I want to wake in the night with you and marvel at the stars and try to find the moon through the trees. I want all the sweet things in life. But only by your side.” — Deb Caletti

Daily gratitudes:
The elk meandering down the main drag in Estes Park
Men riding motorcycles with dogs in the sidecar
The inflatable Nessie in Lake Estes
Pretty wedding gowns
New friends

I finally downloaded what pictures I have left (meaning what pictures my phone didn’t erase) from our last trip. So you’re in for some peaceful treats (at least I think they’re treats) over the next few days.

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Topsail Beach, North Carolina.

Quote of the day: “In the end, it’s only the moments that we have, the kiss on the palm, the joint wonder at the furrowed texture of a fir trunk or at the infinitude of grains of sand in a dune.  Only the moments.” — Susan Vreeland

Daily gratitudes:
Discovering a new destination
Playing fashion police
How Mr. Man likes belly rubs
Falling asleep on MKL’s shoulder
Storm clouds over the mountains

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 was a lovely, relaxing day. I’m adjusting to having the house to myself, and spent most of the day tidying up, playing classical music, and reading in Thunder Cat’s Chair in the sunshine. Kelsea and I celebrated a late Mother’s Day by going to look at wedding dresses, stalking babies, and having Chinese food for dinner.

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Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the Day: “Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” — Louisa May Alcott

Daily gratitudes:
Organizing
Pretty things
Hugs
The motion of the clouds
Having my daughter drive me places

Have you ever been on a beach with sand so brilliantly white and water so passionately blue that it moved your spirit and sparked your soul?

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Pomato Point, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the Day: “On soft Spring nights I’ll stand in the yard under the stars – Something good will come out of all things yet – And it will be golden and eternal just like that – There’s no need to say another word.” — Jack Kerouac

Daily gratitudes:
A lovely day
Getting the knee-high grass one-third mowed with the push mower
Air conditioning
Old friends
Kelsea

Still waiting for warmth worth basking in here in Colorado.

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Anna Maria Island, Florida.

Quote of the day: “Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star…” — e.e. cummings

Daily gratitudes:
Lingering goodbyes
My duck robe
The rain at night
My faux holstein cowboy boots
MKL’s wonderful texts

 

It was cold today – yes, apparently I am talking about the weather – but my hot flashes make the cold tolerable, though my floor felt like ice this morning. The hot flash phase of a woman’s life would be a perfect time to visit an ice hotel, though I fear I would melt anything I touch. And I don’t think MKL is too keen on accompanying me. 

Today’s photo is in honor of Dutch, whose story is to be found here:

http://dailypuglet.blogspot.com/2013/04/mother-of-all-emergencies.html

Dutch loves pink. And even though he’s not mine, I love Dutch. He has survived (so far) where my Tug did not. Please send him prayers and healing juju.

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Topsail Beach, North Carolina.

Quote of the Day: “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”  —  Audrey Hepburn

Daily gratitudes:
Loving cyber-communities
The writer’s group I attended this evening
Seeing MKL
Touch
Novels that make me talk back to them

 

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