A gloomy, rainy day here, but thankful to be inside, enjoying a nice cup of tea, while finding sunshine in quotes for all of you. Plus “chatting” with all of you brings smiles and sunshine to my heart. Wishing you all a great Tuesday filled with some of your favorite things!
My body instantly relaxes as I step into the warm sand, feeling it squish up between my toes. I smell the most wonderful scent of all, the smell of the salty sea. I hear the joyful sound of the seagull’s call, as they fly free. They are welcoming me back to the place that has forever captured my heart.
Where my soul is refreshed, and worries washed away by the waves of the sea. Where time stands still as I soak in the joy of the moment. When the pleasures of the sea grab hold of me like an octopus and don’t let go. My heart smiles as I pick up seashells; my gift from the sea.
My friend and I walk along the edge of the sea, talking, laughing and sometimes just being silent, letting the waves speak.
Knowing in our hearts that there is no other place we would rather be!
Could we be mermaids in disguise … probably!
** We aren’t at the beach yet, but I am dreaming, as the countdown has begun! **
I went to the chiropractor today and he was happily surprised at how easy my neck and shoulders adjusted this time. Sometimes they can be very tight. He said vacations are good for me! 🙂
How can they not be, especially this one, where gold nuggets were found!
Hope you all aren’t tired of pictures yet, for I have more.May seeing a glimpse of the beauty help bring some smiles to your heart.
Watching the sunset from way UP HIGH in the city of Vancouver. I was feeling very tall!
Walking along the seawall was great. Breathing in the sea air, and just taking our time, enjoying the moment. Any guesses on how many miles it is to walk around the whole thing?
I had to include another picture of this wonderful hideway place, and remember how I mentioned about sitting on the rocks and just gazing into the clear water in my other post? Here is a pic of my wonderful husband doing just that. 🙂
This little guy came by while my daughter and I were sitting by the fountain outside our hotel.
Did I mention that I love the water? Like the ripples of the water, there were many ripples of joy and happiness that were spread on this trip.
This is Washington State from out the train window as we headed home. We may be home now, but stay tuned, you haven’t heard the last about our vacation! 🙂
We made it back from the beach last evening. As much as I did not want to leave the beach it is always nice to come home to those you love! My dear daughter really didn’t want to leave. At the last minute her work schedule changed and she wanted to join me and my friend Sherry. I am so glad she came, she has liked the beach before but this time she caught the bug, the beach got into her soul. When you see sights like the following pictures, how can it not?
I was just so touched by the sunrise yesterday that I had to share it. To try to give you a glimpse of the beauty that was displayed right in front of us as we took our front row seats on the sand. These pictures were all taken within a hour as the sky kept changing.
Enjoy! For those who enjoy writing poetry, if these pictures inspire a poem I would love to hear it! Or perhaps they may inspire a short story which would be great to hear as well. If they make you smile and take a deep breath and feel relaxed for a moment in time that is the best. In this busy life we all need time outs and I can’t think of a better way to have a time out than to embrace the beauty of this wonderful world!
If you missed it here is the link to Part 1 that was posted on Thursday. “The Starfish of the Sea Cafe”
Lana and Lucy continued staring at each other and started guessing the names of people that they thought may perhaps have sent the flowers. As they started walking again in the soft sand their minds were still going.
Lana shook her head at the last name that Lucy had given. “I don’t know, I am so confused. If only the card would say a little more on it than just my name. More details surely would be helpful!”
Lucy nodded her head as she bent down to gently pick up a pretty pink butterfly shell. They were so fragile.
“I agree. It really does make you wonder who your secret admirer is.” She smirked as she looked at Lana, who rolled her eyes in return.
They enjoyed the rest of the day walking and talking and lying on the beach as they read.
Thanks to Lucy, they had a a whole flock of seagulls making a large circle around them. They were drawing closer and closer to their towels. Lucy had a pack of unsalted sunflower seeds that she was throwing out to them. She had read that they were very good for seagulls.
They stayed on the beach to watch the sunset. Seeing the sun set over the water was so beautiful, nothing compared. They were quiet for awhile as they watched, each lost in their own thoughts as they listened to the waves speak and felt the magic of the night.
Later on that night they enjoyed walking through the town and visiting their shops. They stopped in at the Starfish of the Sea Cafe to enjoy a late night bite and some tea. Lana had ordered a piece of coconut cream pie. It was served on a cute seashell plate. She really was going to miss this place when she went back home.
They finished up their cups of soothing Chamomile tea and walked back to the hotel. When they entered the lobby, Lucy saw a bouquet of purple orchids sitting on the front desk. She gave Lana a little nudge and pointed at them.
“They are so pretty!” Lana said as she looked at them. Then the clerk at the desk looked up and met her eyes. He smiled as he called her over.
“These flowers are for you Miss.” and he pointed to the orchids.
Lucy was grinning ear to ear and Lana managed to stammer out a Thank You as she picked up the beautiful orchids.
When back in their room she pulled out the card and this time there was a little more written on it. “For the lady whose smile makes my heart bloom!:
“We are definitely dealing with a secret admirer here!” said Lucy
Lana tried to hide her blushing face behind a pillow as Lucy laughed.
Downstairs in the lobby Roman was sitting and staring straight ahead with a smile on his face.
A couple came up to the desk to check in. After they left , he picked up a book to read as it was getting late and he wasn’t expecting any other new guests to arrive.
After a few minutes of reading he stopped and pulled out a piece of paper writing a note to himself. Call Sherry’s Chocolates and order a box of a dozen chocolate covered strawberries. He thought they would be a nice addition to the Star Lilies that he was also picking up tomorrow.
Lana walked into the quaint cafe and sat down by a beautiful fountain that resembled the ocean. She loved listening to the water cascading down like waves. The walls were painted with ocean waves and seashells in the sand. There was a variety of brightly colored fish and starfish swimming in the waves. She was mesmerized by the paintings, it looked like the waves were coming off the wall. This may very well turn out to be her favorite cafe for the week that she was here.
Lana had decided to take a week excursion to a place that she had never been before. She was a teacher and her summer vacation was almost over. She wanted to relax and enjoy some solitude before the school year started.
She was looking forward to the school year starting, was planning on this year being much better. Last year was her very first year and she had been so nervous about it. This year she felt much more prepared.
Yesterday her plane had landed. She was excited to explore, but jet lag had got the best of her, so she didn’t see much besides her hotel room. Though she did walk outside her room and sink her feet into the sand while she stared at the waves. Really she didn’t need to explore any further than here, here was her happy place and she was at peace! Her curiosity though got the best of her today, so after a morning at the beach she had cleaned up and got dressed to take a walk into town.
“The Starfish of the Sea Cafe” had captured her attention by its name and that was how she had walked into this lovely ocean cafe!
Lana realized that she better look at the menu for the waitress would probably soon be coming. She picked it up just as the waitress came to her table. To Lana’s surprise the waitress put a bowl of Cream of Crab soup in front of her along with her favorite Latte.
“Wait! This can’t be for me, you must have the wrong table, I didn’t even order yet.” Lana said to the waitress.
“You are Lana, right?”
Lana’s eyes got big as she replied hesitantly “um…yes, that is my name, but…”
“Then this is for you.” replied the waitress with a smile. She turned around and her red curls bounced as she quickly walked to the next table to take their order.
Lana stared at what had been placed in front of her. Goosebumps were breaking out on her arms. How did the waitress know her name and how did she know her favorite kind of soup and latte??? Lana couldn’t even eat at first, she was in too much shock. Finally she did start sipping at her Latte and tried some of soup, it was simply delicious.
Kelly, her waitress came to ask how everything was and Lana told her but then she quickly said. “I need to ask you a question. How did you know my name? ”
Kelly blushed, ” I am sorry, but I can’t tell you. Just know that all the meals you get here have already been paid for, have a wonderful day!” and again a smile lit up her face reaching all the way to her sea blue eyes before she turned and walked away.
Lana gulped! Now the wheels were really turning quickly in her mind. What was going on?? She started wondering about the week ahead of her, feeling like she may be in for much more of an adventure than she had planned on!
She left the cafe and thought that perhaps she needed to go lie on the beach to stop her whirling mind. So she walked back to her hotel room to change. When she walked past the front desk, the lady behind the counter called out her name. Lana turned and the lady motioned her to come up to the desk. Sitting on the desk was a beautiful bouquet of pansies and baby’s breath. It was so colorful and it almost took her breath away when she realized it was for her. There was a card with her name on it and that was it, it had been left unsigned.
As Lana carried them to her room she felt like she was walking in a dream. Someone obviously knew she was here. Were they here too or had this been planned by the “mystery person” all in advance?
She opened her door and was grabbed from behind. Lana let out a shriek until she realized who it was! It was her crazy and amazing friend Lucy!
“You didn’t think I could really let you come to enjoy this wonderful little island all by yourself did you?”
Lana was speechless as she stammered out, “but … but…I thought you had other plans?”
“I did, but they got cancelled and so I thought I would surprise you and have a little fun with it at first. Did you enjoy your latte and soup?” she say with a coy smile.
Lana bopped her with a pillow.
“Oh my gosh! You had me totally freaked out you nut I can’t believe you are here! We are going to have a blast!”
They were laughing as they quickly changed for the beach and headed out the door. Soon they were walking along ocean’s edge talking and looking for seashells.
“Oh, I forgot to ask you, who were those gorgeous flowers from that I almost knocked out of your hand when I surprised you?”, asked Lucy.
Lana laughed, ” I am pretty confident they were from you my tricky friend! You can fess up now, and Thank you, you know that pansies are my favorite flower.”
Lucy stopped walking as she turned to Lana and said, “Those pansies weren’t from me, I had nothing to do with that! Wasn’t there a name on the card?”
Lana felt a wave hit her in the back as her heart started thumping. “No, there wasn’t any name on the card except mine!”
Lana asked the question that they both were wondering, ” But if you didn’t send the flowers than who did?”
They stared at each other dropping the seashells that had been in their hands as another wave crashed down on them.
Happy Tuesday to everyone! How is your week going so far? Wednesday is almost here. You may remember me mentioning in my “Smile Time” post last week about how my hubby has a special surprise for me on Wednesday. The wait is finally almost over. It won’t be until Wednesday evening but at least I can say that it will be tomorrow! I am sure that we aren’t hopping a plane to Hawaii, but its not about how big the surprise is, its just the fact that he likes to plan surprises for me. He was like that while we dated and its been that way throughout our marriage.
Here is a funny memory that just popped in my head when talking about surprises. When we were dating it was a lot by letters and phone calls, for he lived over 500 miles away from me in the state of Indiana. I remember one time when I was really missing him, even though he had just came and visited me not that long ago. The weekend visits just always went too fast! We were talking on the phone and I was telling him to come back out the coming weekend. I told him if he did that I would eat a whole can of green beans that weekend. Green beans are not my favorite vegetable! He didn’t come but he said he really was thinking about it and had planned to bring the biggest can of green beans that he could find! I would have been eating them breakfast, lunch and dinner! I had not even thought at how there are different size cans, I was of course picturing a small can in my mind. To this day he still says he wishes he would have done that just to have seen my face. LOL!
Okay, it is Tuesday so I should move onto the quotes. Sorry, took a little longer getting there this morning. Enjoy and have a great day! May little surprises fill your day!
Tianna was enjoying her day, swimming around in the crystal blue sea. She never got tired of living in her underwater paradise. There was such a vast array of colorful fish and plants. Any color that you could imagine.
Swimming on the back of a emerald green sea turtle was always a treat. As was catching a ride on the back of her shiny, silvery dolphin friends.
Presently she was having a fun chat with her buddy Sammy, a bright golden fish. He always seemed to be happy. He would swim around making sure to turn everyone’s frowns upside down.
As they were chatting about Charlie the crab’s birthday coming up they were interrupted by a big splash! The strangest sight appeared before their eyes.
There were 2 elf like creatures tumbling down through the water. All Sammy and Tianna could do was stare in shock, they were transfixed. The creatures were thrashing about so much that Tianna couldn’t get a good look at them. She did know though that they were in trouble. They didn’t look capable of breathing underwater for too long!
Out of the corner of her eye she spied Ollie the Octopus moving slowly towards them and from the other direction she saw a group of jellyfish on their way as well. Tianna knew there wasn’t time to waste. She grabbed her special pink seashell and put it up to her mouth as she called her friends, the dolphins.
They appeared in front of her in a flash and Tianna pointed out to them the tumbling elf like creatures. They quickly swam underneath them lifting them and Tianna up to the surface.
They broke through the water and the 2 creatures took a breath as they clung to the dolphins.
“Wow! I must be dreaming! Jinx are you okay?”
Jinx didn’t reply for he was still catching his breath.
The dolphins gently landed them on the sand and Tianna thanked them as they dove back into the dazzling sea. Jinx and Jangle just stared in wide eyed disbelief.
Jinx was breathing fine now, but was he really awake? Was that really a mermaid in front of him? They weren’t real, were they? Jangle was talking a mile a minute to her and she just kept cocking her head from side to side as if she was trying to understand.
Jinx thought he would chime in and try to communicate with her by talking slower. It didn’t work though for as the girl and Jangle looked at him they burst out laughing. Jangle was totally confused, what was so funny? Then he felt it, his whole head was covered in seaweed.
“Hey Jinx, you have hair now. How does it feel? Very unique hair if I may say. Never saw emerald green hair before.”
Jinx just shook his head at a loss for words, as the seaweed was falling to the sand.
Tianna kept laughing, she had never seen such unique creatures before. She wished that she could understand what they were babbling on about. One was making faces at the other as he kept picking the seaweed from off his head.
They looked like they had fully recovered from their tumble into the sea, so she figured she would dive back in. She couldn’t wait to tell Sammy more about the 2 mysterious, babbling creatures. You never knew what was going to happen when you lived under the sea.
Jangle opened his eyes. He still felt groggy and he banged his hand on the reindeer alarm clock. He banged it so hard that it fell on the floor. The sound of it hitting the floor woke up Jinx.
They didn’t say much as they sleepily got ready for the day. When they were more awake Jangle looked at Jinx.
“Hey Jinx, I had the strangest dream about … wait a minute … what is that on your head?”
Jinx reached up to touch his head as a a emerald green piece of seaweed fell to the floor.
The seagull’s feet may make no sound walking across the sand, but the simple act of watching it can leave resounding echoes of peace in the soul.
Hearts silently alight with simple beauty watching the seagull take flight.
Words aren’t always needed. Sometimes more is said in the silence of one who cares. They cast their light into your soul with the love of their unspoken words.