Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Last Day of 2011 by the Sea

Sunrise on the last day of 2011


Spent quite a bit of time cleaning and sorting pictures in the computer picture folder
The ocean looked like glass just outside my window. David took this picture.

A love letter in the sand

 David brought me a snack. With the sand message and now this I think he is telling me something and I like it.

Sharing an early New Years Eve sunset with  friends
What a wonderful thing to share the end of a year with friends.

The last sunset of 2011

Sunset on Topsail Island

Friday, December 30, 2011

A Long Walk With a Friend by the Sea on Day Four

I rested/slept alot today. I have been refusing to admit I have a cold. Today it tackled me to the couch. I rested with the warmth of the sun coming through the sliding glass doors on my back.  The sound of the ocean in my ears.  Such good deep rest.  A rest to my soul came today with  a long walk~talk on the beach with a friend of many years.
Sharing a sunset with a dear friend. My friend Linda snapped this photo as we were involved in conversation of life past, present and future. Friends like Linda are few and far between. I am very blessed to have her as a friend.

 Because I rested most of the day, I took only one photo of a shell David found on the beach. 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

By the Sea Day Three Sunrise to Sunset


Dolphin. Seeing them always excites me.

David tried using an umbrella to soften the glare on the computer screen.  I am going thru old photos.

Yes, I will pose for you.

Looking for rocks to bring back home for the garden path

OK David, Give me back the camera.

Searching for the best rocks.

a Jelly

My sweet man makes me laugh

He is still making me laugh

Oh how I love this man with my whole being.

I love seeing the sunset glow in your face.

The horizon showed up in the wine glass. Sunset....Beautiful....Again

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

By the Sea Day Two

Cooking a spinach, mushroom, broccoli, brown rice, turkey soup by the sea. Lovin' every single minute.

I brought my huge container of photos to be sorted thru. Trying to downsize.

Beautiful gems of earth

Sand quilt. I thought this looked like a quilt with pulled through threads and buttons.

Wrapped in love

Oh, Lord, You are a Most Wonderful Painter of Skies

Heaven and Earth

Just before darkness falls.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Clouds and Waves

David and I are away for a week by the ocean. This is day one.

No power. Rain. Winds. I sort through a box of family photos by the window. So lovely and peaceful by the window.

Heavy rains and winds. Loved every minute.

Taking a nap while the power is out. With out power for 2 1/2 hours.

It's Sunset!

Love winter sunsets over the ocean

My handsome man

Watching the sun set

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Aaaah... Dogs

Dogs are...just,... so... great

Dogs in Cars from keith on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Around the Table

Papa and Malachi and I have been enjoying evening time sitting around the kitchen table by candle, Christmas tree and computer light. Malachi and Papa on Papa's laptop counting and singing in Spanish. I have been perusing many links and sites on my lap top.

I will share a some of my finds.

I like Fleet Foxes. Found this cool video. They really get going close to the 4 minute mark. Enjoy.

"You don't HAVE to take the stairs, you GET to take the stairs. Exercise is not a punishment, it's a gift. Plus it's profitable!"



Thursday, December 8, 2011

Morning Window

I noticed the shadow of the smoke rising from our chimney on the side of our neighbor's home.

Then I noticed this woodpecker

I enjoyed this fleeting,less than two minutes, show just outside our kitchen window.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I like Saint Nicholas

 Family traditions. Jesus. Festivities.  Lights.  A child's excitement.  The Christmas tree. I like all of these ALOT. 

Comparing Santa Claus and St. Nicholas
Everybody loves Santa Claus. He embodies holiday cheer, happiness, fun, and gifts—warm happy aspects of the Christmas season. How do Santa Claus and St. Nicholas differ?

Santa Claus belongs to childhood;
St. Nicholas models for all of life.

Santa Claus, as we know him, developed to boost Christmas sales—the commercial Christmas message;
St. Nicholas told the story of Christ and peace, goodwill toward all—the hope-filled Christmas message.

Santa Claus encourages consumption;
St. Nicholas encourages compassion.

Santa Claus appears each year to be seen and heard for a short time;
St. Nicholas is part of the communion of saints, surrounding us always with prayer and example.

Santa Claus flies through the air—from the North Pole;
St. Nicholas walked the earth—caring for those in need.

Santa Claus, for some, replaces the Babe of Bethlehem;
St. Nicholas, for all, points to the Babe of Bethlehem.

Santa Claus isn't bad;
St. Nicholas is just better.

J. Rosenthal & C. Myers taken from this LINK

A little history lesson

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Tree

We all were going to get the Christmas tree this afternoon. It is raining. Papa went to get the tree. Oma and Malachi had a Christmas party with cocoa, cookies and a Christmas movie while we waited for the tree. The Christmas hat was a must for the party.

Cocoa and a silly straw

THE TREE!!! Malachi was a terrific helper


Yes....I think this is a great tree

This is a BIG wonderful tree


Oh Christmas!!!!