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Tuesday, May 27, 2014




















Happy Tuesday. I hope everyone stateside had a nice long weekend. Our was quite nice. I didn't get to the bigger projects this weekend as I had planned. Though I did work a bit on a couple, like getting some fresh dirt in my garden and I got started cleaning my work storage area - which if I don't leave it long enough for it to get disheveled again should make the organizing part much easier. Oh and I cleaned our little aqua farm fish tank (which I think counts quite enough as a "bigger project"). It was just so quiet. There seemed to be a hush in the air and I found myself simply relishing in that. It was rainy for the first time in awhile (well, for me, i missed most of the rain last weekend). The stores were empty, the streets were empty. There wasn't the kind of buzz in the air that usually sends me happily into a corner of solitude and projects. So I went with the flow of the uncommon serenity of my surroundings. I picked up a book from one of my several stacks around the house after finishing one I that left me feeling "meh," and ended up spending most of Saturday and Sunday reading it. Monday I forced myself to emerge from my second book of the weekend to enjoy some breakfast out with my boys and some sunshine in the park. We ended it all with a bbq. So I'd say this all turned out much better than my original plan of painting my kitchen cabinets.

I think, in fact, I may still be in 'beach mode.' As I mentioned in my last beach post, it had been so long since I really truly relaxed, read without feeling rushed or guilty. Felt nonchalant about the dishes in my sink. And walked away, as opposed to hiding, from my to-lists. I am having a hard time letting go of that state of being. But I am okay with that. Really, that was the whole message I took away from my mini-vacation last weekend. Relax and let go, it's okay.

As you can see I took so many photos at the beach. It really was like a photography retreat for myself, and everyone else was in a relaxed mood as well, so they were all happy to let me wander around the house grounds and beach front and cliff-sides with my camera, often following after me and helping me spot shots. I wonder if any of that had anything to do with not having the internet? I am thinking so. We all unplugged and I suppose I am in no rush to plug back in (figuratively in this sense.).

ps. we only held the starfish long enough to find him a spot back in the water (and take his photo of course). apparently the tide had not been out so far in this spot in years!

24 comments:

  1. Oh, Lordy. I hear ya. My husband is SO tired right now. He's just exhausted. We have a trip coming up, but because it's tied to a meeting for him (and due to the nature of the trip), it won't be restful. I'd love to give him some days like this. Sitting, walking, exploring and doing nothing. Living at the beach has its pitfalls, believe it or not. Sure you can go everyday, but you never really leave your cares behind the way he needs. I'm on it. ;)

    Also, your pictures are stunning.

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    1. days like this are sometimes few and far between because it can take a few days to wind down i think. and then by the time you wind down it's time to "get back to it." so it really was lovely to just relax in a actual relaxed state of being. xo

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  2. Another set of beautiful photos from your lovely beach getaway. Oh, a fire on the beach, it's been too long since I enjoyed an evening like that.

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    1. thank you so much. it had been a long time for me too. xo

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  3. I feel like those weekends always turn out to be the best. The ones where you just can't motivate to do the projects, but instead find the pure joy in lazing about with family and friends and just living life, without feeling rushed or stressed. I had a very similar weekend. It was really perfect. :) Love all of your beautiful beach shots. They look like they belong in a book!

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    1. yeah, it was good. i think i thought i'd be ready to tackle something after such a mellow week, but i guess it was more reading and relaxing. and thank you for your generous compliments! xo

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  4. The colors!! That shot of the seagull against the sky is everything. The way the light turns pink in the corner, my god. And look at that little cutie of yours threatening to throw sand at you! ;) As you know, I'm anti-beach, but this seems like a beach I could do! I think I've been ruined by Jersey beaches and their...visual loud-ness and dirty sand and water. Does that make sense? I'm in a baguette coma. xo

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    1. honestly i am not a beach girl either. at least not the oregon coast. i think this was the first time i really enjoyed it. of course i can always appreciate the beauty and awe of it, but it's usually overridden by the sand in my face and the rain and an over all "okay, let's go off the beach and look at it through a restaurant window" attitude. this was the most i have ever enjoyed the actual beach here by far. i am sure the weather and seclusion helped. so with that, you'll just have to come with me to this one someday. xo

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  5. I'm not over that beach. I made Siri promise me that we're going there when I go visit. I'm so glad your weekend was serene and calm - every one needs little pockets of time like that to retain her sanity (esp me)

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    1. i've been thinking about you. hope you get one of those weekends really soon. xo

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  6. Pretty photos!! I just have to say that I love beach candy shops, they are the best! That photo says it all!

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  7. Beautiful pictures ! The colours are amazing ! Once time I would like try the mashmallows like this, it's like american's films. Love it!

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  8. This is making me want to go to the beach. Your photos are stunning and there's something so relaxing and fun about them. And I couldn't agree more about unplugging every now and then and really be in the "now" and being "together". We get distracted way too easily nowadays ;-)

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  9. This photos are so stunning, it looks like such a refreshing. I love the "let go" attitude, I wish it would be linger in my heart and head a little bit more.

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