Winter Getaway

Cold and cloudy days have been more the norm of late, but then again it is mid January after all… so nothing unusual.  And in the morning, the little bit of snow that fell this evening will give everything a fresh clean look… for a a little while at least.   Still, I can’t feel a little envious of those who take that winter getaway, some place warm & sunny.Dune-Way

Since this is not something that is in the cards, at least not this winter, I’m doing the next best thing… revisiting my beach vacation photos from this past summer.

Moonlit-stroll

So tonight, as a burrow in under mounds of blankets on this cold winter night, I will drift off to sleep with visions of a warm moonlit stroll along the beach… on my winter getaway.

Til next time,
Maria

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer’s to-do list…

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Love my ph-ab-let’s (Samsung Note 2) camera ❤

Oh well, it will just have to wait until next summer.  It really is September… and summer is over.

I had so many plans for this summer …to do this and that around the house, teach myself a few new photo techniques, find new places to explore, read a book or two, just to name a few on the list.  {sigh} The patio furniture is still unpainted, I’m not sure I will ever get the hang of “painting” in Photoshop, and my explorations were limited to those all too familiar places.   I can, however, check off read a book from the list 🙂  tiny-treasures-from-the-sea

The problem with that summer scenario is that expectations are just too high… at least in the beginning.  Then reality sets in… summers are for kids and we [adults] still have work and other responsibilities.

But … if fortunate enough, we can chisel out a week (maybe two if real lucky) to take a break, to rejuvenate our souls… to get us through… until the next summer vacation. Mine was at the end of August with long walks on the beach, finding tiny treasures in the sand, and sitting under my brightly colored umbrella reading a good book (and a half).  The perfect summer ending.

duneWhat to-do list?

Til next time,
Maria

 

 

Jump Start

Does anyone know a cure for writer’s block?   While we’re at it, how about photographer’s block?  I seem to be suffering from a little bit of both lately.

I’m going to take my cue from a movie I watched this afternoon (probably for about the fourth or fifth time and still love it) Julie and Julia, the story of a woman (Amy Adams) that starts a blog and self-challenge that revolves around the recipes of Julia Child’s (Meryl Streep) recipes.  Please excuse my super short synopsis but I don’t think I could give it the kind of movie review it deserves (I’m just not that good a writer), so you’ll just have to watch it if you haven’t already.   Back to my blog . . .  I’ve been sitting here trying to think of some sort of self-challenge . . . a photo a day . . .  a weekly critique or review perhaps . . .  or maybe  a blog about nothing (why do I get the feeling that has already been done).

For me the hardest part is always just getting started . . . or in this case restarted.   I don’t have enough fingers or toes to count on the starts and restarts over the years . . . the exercise programs, the diets, hobbies (I have a whole case of beads that I never got around to stringing, yarn earmarked to be crochet into a blanket or something).  Even my blog has been started and restarted.  I think I might even still have a blog or two out there (One Red Poppy is one . . . I have no idea how I came up with that name or what blog site I started it on at this point) and I even restarted this one a few times with new themes, etc.

So today’s post is nothing more than a jump start for my blog’s dead battery.

I’m calling it a fond farewell to summer . . .

Did you know Labor Day was actually created to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers (thank you Wikipedia)?  But it somehow it has transformed to mark the end of summer.  But I’ve got good news for all you diehard summer lovers ~ you actually have 18 more days!  Summer is not officially over until September 21, 2012!   I had plenty of time to ponder this as I did actually go to work today.  Not that I minded really, it was a perfectly gray and rainy day to work on a holiday. . .

                                                                              joe reedle/getty images

” The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choicless as a beach ~ waiting for a gift from the sea.”  ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I have tried multiple times find the words or even a single word to describe what I feel when I look at this photograph.  Sure, there’s angry, devastated, sad, disgusted, just to name a few.  But the feeling that just keeps coming back to me is lonely ~ no people playing in the surf, no one building sand castles, no one gazing out over the blue waters, no one walking hand in hand with someone they love ~ such a lonely place.

You can check out more powerful images from the Gulf at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36880053/from/ET/?beginTab=1&beginSlide=6#