Thursday, November 23, 2017


For sunshine and jaw-dropping leaves. 

For safe drives in this week of INSANE and hostile drivers. 

For students who share their treasures from home.

It's day to say thanks for family~I feel lucky to have the relatives that I do. With a very special thanks for my baby sister who celebrates her birthday today! She arrived after a Thanksgiving dinner at Bob & Ellen's a few years ago and I am thankful to live near her again.

May your tables and hearts be full today. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

life hack

Bam. Save yourself the $8, the syrupy sweet, and the long line at Starbucks!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

savoring the last bits

It still is so odd to watch a sunrise on the ocean. But I was happy it cleared up~got to see many stars at night and to have one last glorious walk down the beach.

It is so hard to walk away and make oneself get in the car and drive back to work. But working is what provides for the holiday, so.  Until next time. 

I didn't manage to capture the five dolphins that were cavorting down the beach while I walked. So fun to watch!

Monday, November 20, 2017

so far, so good

While I enjoy a stormy beach, I had hoped to get several more good beach walks in (and yes, I can walk in the rain, it's just not quite as fun when one has a limited wardrobe/shoes packed).

Within a couple of hours, we had brilliant skies.

In addition to the usual gulls, there were seals, pelicans, and several dolphins frolicking about the day. 

Housekeeping had a sense of whimsy with their chores.

This was the moment when my Littles called to belt out Happy Birthday~one of those moments of exquisite happiness.

Soaking up every last bit of sea spray before I head into a week with double shifts and a move.

The ending from Stuart Little seems apt for this transition ahead~"The sun was just coming up over the hills on his right. As he peered ahead into the great land that stretched before him, the way seemed long. But the sky was bright, and he somehow felt he was headed in the right direction."

Sunday, November 19, 2017

#48 Cadmium

I don't remember where I heard/read the idea of counting your age by atomic numbers, but I like it. 

Birthday treasure! 

Who says you can't serve yourself breakfast in bed? Thank you, Trader's for almond pastry.

Beginning of a new year.

Wait for the pun to hit...

Some of the twinkles from last night's beach walk.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

eating peaches

Even though it's overcast, it is almost 70 degrees at Virginia Beach.

One of the best feelings in the world!! 

Listening for mermaids. 

Nice to be back at the same beach where 47 began.

Santa is getting ready to fly.

Here's to a new year!

Friday, November 17, 2017

poetry Friday, the birthday edition

One bright morning in a restaurant in Chicago
as I waited for my eggs and toast,
I opened the Tribune only to discover
that I was the same age as Cheerios.

Indeed, I was a few months older than Cheerios
for today, the newspaper announced,
was the seventieth birthday of Cheerios
whereas mine had occurred earlier in the year.

Already I could hear them whispering
behind my stooped and threadbare back,
Why that dude’s older than Cheerios
the way they used to say

Why that’s as old as the hills
only the hills are much older than Cheerios
or any American breakfast cereal,
and more noble and enduring are the hills,

I surmised as a bar of sunlight illuminated my orange juice.

~Billy Collins

Thursday, November 16, 2017

bits of my loot

A festive smelling soap~ready to be used in my new digs. 

Luck and evidence of kitty cuddles on the bed. 

Sparkly little earrings~perfect for winter wear. (Long ones tend to get tangled in scarves and hats.)

I think my family knows me well. More to come!