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     I went to the beach today and it was wonderful.  The water might be a little too warm for some but I thought it was perfect and refreshing.  I don’t swim I only go out and dip but that is enough to get wet and stay cool.  Yes… yes I know I should have been writing on my manuscript but after all I am retired from my day job so I really must acknowledge my freedom at least once a week by doing something just for fun.

     Let me tell you one of my secrets.  I believe Coquina Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Florida.  It is never too crowded; maybe because it is not as popular as some of our other beaches like Clearwater Beach.  At the parking area there are picnic tables among the Austrian Pines then a short walk over the sand dunes takes you to a stretch of white sand that ends at turquoise water.  Simply perfect!

     Today the waves were small; nothing big enough to knock you down but just enough so you know you’re at a beach.  Some people were parasailing, some boating at a distance and some on jet skis.  We are so blessed in Florida to have both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.  If we want calm we go to the gulf and if we want bigger waves we take a short drive to the ocean.  The best of both worlds.

     I’m ashamed I left my camera home today.  But I have taken lots of pictures of Coquina in the past and so I’m sharing one with you above this post.

     I’m almost afraid to publish this post in fear too many will find my secret and Coquina will become too crowded.  But I won’t be selfish; I hope you do visit my beach and you enjoy it as much as I do.

     Thanks for stopping by and until next time remember it is all right to take a leisure break at least once a week; especially if you are retire.  It will give you more to write about.

God bless.


Surrounded by Beauty

     I have been laid up with the flu all week even though I took the shot in the fall.  My doctor said this is a different strain, so what do I know?  Only that I was very sick and I am glad to once again be back with the living.

     The weather here has been in the high seventies the last couple of days and so beautiful.  I sat out on my back porch enjoying the sunshine.  At the far rear of our property a large Laurel Leaf Cherry tree was bustling with robins as their “cheerio cheerio” call filled the air.  A few wrens joined their sweet melodies to the songs with the occasional chatter of a gray squirrel.  This is nature’s music and so pleasant to the ear.

     I took a stroll around the yard and discovered some tiny wildflowers.  Yes, to many they are weeds but their blooms are still beautiful works of art.  Several small yellow butterflies flirted from plant to plant and up in the clear blue sky a hawk circled and squawked.  My banana trees are coming back, along with the Angel Trumpet and several other trees and plants that I was certain the cold had destroyed.  I am so blessed to live in such a beautiful peaceful place.  I thank God for it.  Yes, I love to travel and see different things but one of the most serene places I have found is sitting on my back porch or taking a stroll through my yard.

Thanks for stopping by.

God bless.

Singing Wires

     It is such a beautiful day here in Florida.  It started out cold, in the high 30s which I know is not so cold to some but believe me I stay snuggled in when it gets that low.  But by midmorning it had warmed up.  The sky is a clear blue so sharp and beautiful it tugs at your heart to look at it.  I took my dog for a walk along one of the paths where we go quite often.  Never before had I noticed this.  Don’t ask me why, maybe because I’m in my own world over half the time or so my husband says.  Anyway, we have to walk under some electric power lines in one place.  As we trudged along, my dog sniffing and me constantly saying “Off”  I suddenly noticed the humming coming from the power lines over our heads.  Yes, absolutely, it made me pay attention now.  I began to wonder if I was doing us more harm than good by taking this particular route.  Like I said we’ve gone there so many times before and it is one of our favorites because the course really gives us a good workout.  I’ve heard stories how people living under and close to high power lines get cancer but then that might just be an urban legend.  I know one thing I will definitely have to give it some thought and research.  But in the mean time we did enjoy our walk and I believe our hearts are saying “Thank you, thank you.”

I must run now and go over and play with my precious grandson.  He is eleven months old and crawling everywhere and getting into everything so I’ll get another workout from being with him.

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God bless.