Day 1: The First Full Day

Today, we met up with our hometown friends (yes, from Canada) for breakfast on the boardwalk. Continue reading

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Day 10

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¬† I didn’t go on the beach today.¬† I know!¬† Very sad.¬† However, in my defense, it was pretty cool here today.¬† As in, 10 degrees Celsius, and *very* windy.¬† People here were wearing touques, no word of a lie.¬† We were watching, amused, as a construction worker who was in charge of guiding traffic was trying to arrange his touque under his hardhat.¬† We had a good few minutes waiting to watch the hilarity.¬† It really was quite chilly though, especially considering two days before, I was getting a sunburn.

¬† In the morning, I went for a brunch cr√™pe at Julio’s, and chatted with him for a bit.¬† You Are Always On My Mind, sung by Elvis was playing, and¬†Julio sang a little as he prepared.¬† So entertaining ūüôā The cr√™pe was delicious of course……

¬† We went shopping today and I bought a few little things.¬† After, we went to Crabby Bill’s for my second crabs’ legs meal, and it was even better than the first….. actually quite a bit better.¬† The original location is still my fave.¬† On the drive back we saw quite a few of the rich rich people’s houses/mansions with their backyards on the beach facing the water…… it’s rumoured Tom Cruise had a home in that area, so we always joke about going to see if he’s still got his Christmas lights up.

¬† Somehow those seemingly few activities took up our entire day.¬† Tonight we might be off to play some pool, but we’ll see.¬† I have to get working on my applications so we might be tied up doing that instead.¬† Anyway, have a good night folks!

Day 3

Gorgeous day today.¬† It started off cloudy (my dad and I were going to go fishing but since it was cloudy, they decided to let me sleep in instead haha), but it was still fairly warm, and then the sun worked its way out and it became quite warm.¬† We went and did a few errands while it was still a bit overcast, and my mom and I played some tennis.¬† The sun came out during our 15 minutes (we’re both still coughing up a storm), so my mom decided it was too hot out for her and walked to the library to reserve the new Sue Grafton book.¬† (She later told me she was 123rd on the reserve list….. I’m not even kidding.)¬† So I went and hit against the wall…… man, it was¬†relentless.¬† (joke courtesy of¬†Mitch Hedberg ūüėČ )¬† I love hitting against the wall though.¬† I can serve and not have to go pick up balls for every minute of serving, if I make a mistake it still comes back to me….. it’s¬†just a good practice tool.¬† I did that for a bit, then we went back to the condo for lunch.¬† I went for a long walk along the Pass, well, many trips back and forth anyway.¬† Then I visited Julio at his cr√™perie and chatted a bit with him.¬† He’s still the one making the cr√™pes….. I don’t know how he’s managed all year, unless there is someone else trained and they just weren’t working.¬† I have a feeling the guy with him helping him prepare the stuff may have been there last year too.¬† I’d normally wonder if they were related but by the pale (in comparison) looks of him, maybe not!¬† The cr√™pe — strawberries and Nutella — was wonderful.¬† I wandered the Pass eating it, and saw many eyes drawn to it — one hispanic lady asked me what it was and where to find one….. after I’d passed I heard her say, “I want one of those!”¬† So Julio, there you go, some more business for ya!¬† Last year it was the same story — we’d walk around eating them, and would usually get stopped at some point with inquiries….. especially if my parents were also having one, because they’d usually have one with whipped cream which of course makes it look even more sumptuous.¬† I even got to hear Julio singing a little as he prepared it…..¬†quite the lungs, and not a bad singer either!¬† Elvis, of course ūüėČ ¬† After he’d finished making the cr√™pe, he thanked me for coming back and wished me a good trip if he didn’t see me before then,¬†at one point calling¬†me “princess” — which, from anyone else, might’ve been seen as strange or even sarcastic, but you just know he’s sincere.¬† He’s just¬†the type of person¬†who always makes you smile.¬†¬†¬† ūüôā

¬† After finishing my treat, I walked the beach for a bit, through the water one way, then on the water’s edge the way back.¬† Here’s my daily list:

  • Maddy!¬†and friend(?)
  • fishermen
  • fisherboys(?) with a net of little fishies they’d just caught, intending to use them as bait
  • 2 whistling construction workers ūüėé
  • again, not too many shells of interest (there haven’t been high winds lately, so that makes a difference)
  • a few butterfly shells appearing to be occupied (thrown back)
  • several sand fleas (dead)
  • 1 large crab — live!¬† He was in my path, scuttling around….. man was he cute.¬† I walked cautiously closer, and I guess frightened him because he lifted one of his front claws a bit above his head, threateningly….. it was hilarious and adorable at the same time.¬† I love crabs.¬† Anyway, I didn’t want to scare him too much but at the same time I didn’t want him to wash ashore and die (he appeared to be old….. I am aware they can come out the water normally haha), or stay in the shallow water to attack/get attacked by little kids, so I tried to usher him back towards the deeper water, even though the waves made me lose sight of him and I had to avoid getting pinched, myself!¬† He was definitely the highlight of my beachwalk.
  • 2 kids trying to bodyboard (again, waves <1 foot high…..)….. quite funny actually.
  • seagulls, herons, egrets, pelicans, skimmers, the little tiny birds that run around the shore…..
  • dolphins (well, that was when I was on the Pass — they were quite active today, almost jumping right out the water, splashing around playfully)….. actually I saw a few schools of them….. and moronic seadoers trying to get close and in the process frightening them away……¬† Seriously, let this be my one and only message to boaters: if you want to get close to dolphins or any sea creature for that matter, PLEASE turn off your engines!¬† If they want you around, they’ll swim TO you, you don’t have to be 5 feet away at all times.¬† Enjoy the scene, but don’t ruin it by scaring them or, Heaven forbid, hurting them.¬† Sure, you may have seen them following boats, but that’s up to them!¬† You¬†certainly are not going to tempt them by having¬†5 boats speeding toward them every time they surface.¬† The people on the Pass enjoy seeing them too, so have a little respect for the other viewers, as well as¬†the creatures themselves.¬† There.¬† I’m done.¬†¬†¬† ūüėõ
  • not many jellyfish today, maybe 2 little guys washed up
  • generally not much debris washed up either, actually….. good thing once in a while!
  • 1 gorgeous sun¬† ūüôā

Day 2

Today was Christmas!  Merry Christmas everyone!

It started with me waking up late, daydreaming myself awake.¬† Kinda lovely to do sometimes.¬† I got up, had a small breaky, sat on the balcony.¬† We’d already exchanged gifts beforehand (since my sister couldn’t come with us, we had our celebrations last week), but my dad still had a couple gifts to give to my mom, so after that we sat on the balcony and took in some sun with our coffees.¬† After a nice morning walk around the Pass with my mom, we went back to the condo for bacon & eggs and cleaned the place up for our dinner company….. then another walk …… and another….. then friends came over for Christmas dinner and we had a blast.¬† Such fun people.¬† I hope I’m that fun when I’m their age.¬† Of course, they’re my parents’ age too but umm…… no, I really don’t have a way to get my foot out of my mouth there.¬† New topic!

So today on the beach I was walking mostly in the water to search for the bigger shells, so I didn’t see as much interesting stuff today, but here’s the daily list anyway:

  • dolphins several times, lots of them including the mutant one!¬† In years past, we noticed a dolphin with a sliced dorsal fin….. we suspect it was from a boating encounter.¬† There very well could be hundreds like that, but we like to think it’s the same families that stick around the area, with his sighting meaning all is well with them.
  • several decent-sized shells with their residents still alive inside…… I threw them back into the ocean to hopefully have a few more days (or more!) of life
  • a large shell with resident inside…… I’m gonna research what kind he was, because I’ve seen the shells before and they’re beautifully decorated, so I’m curious anyway.¬† I’m told I found a sunray venus shell….. go here to view and learn: http://www.shellmuseum.org/Sanibel/shells_nimbosa.html¬† I had seen it near the beginning of my¬†walk, and was dumbfounded when I couldn’t find it after the¬†initial sighting (I’m a pro at shelling…… I don’t often lose a shell to the waves¬†once I’ve seen it), especially since it was so large.¬† Anyway, after giving up (doesn’t come easily to me), I continued my walk, well, shelling session anyway haha….. and on my way back I was about to leave when I saw it again.¬† I’m sure it’s the same one I’d been searching for earlier because it was like a rose in a field of thorns — nothing else had been that large, and that particular type of shell wasn’t even found in pieces anywhere where I’d walked….. so I went to get it, and sure enough I lost it two more times before I finally grabbed it.¬† The problem was that it was so heavy it only strayed to the visible area on occasion — otherwise it stayed where the waves were crashing (hence the water was sandy and I couldn’t even see my feet in less than a foot of water) and there¬†his colours blended in.¬† But I got him.¬† And of course threw him far into the ocean again.¬† I have to admit, there’s something¬†kinda humbling about holding an entire creature in your hand who created this beautiful piece of art to house himself….. used to living almost entirely at the hands of the ocean.¬† He really has no defenses besides his shell….. anyway…..
  • Maddy and another heron!¬† …… they weren’t hanging out though.
  • fishermen
  • seemingly more people…… I think partially because it was a fair bit warmer today, plus everyone’s done their Christmas shopping!
  • (earlier, by the Pass) ~12 foot tall bird of paradise plant!!!!¬† seriously incredible.¬† I vaguely remember discovering it last year but boy is it impressive.¬† The flower parts are different colours from the regular bird of paradise wild oranges and purples….. I found out from here http://www.mgonlinestore.com/Juncea/¬† that it’s the white variety…… much larger than the regular orange kind.
  • 2 dogs in motorboats, 1 laying down for a nap, and 1¬†riding at the bow of his boat.¬† It’s not that uncommon really, but I always find it amusing.
  • 1 dude paragliding?¬† I’m not sure the term for it.¬† Yup, turns out that’s it.¬† Only this dude was motorized.¬† And boy was he flying LOW!

Well that’s all I can think of right now, mostly because I’m tired!¬† If I remember more, you can be sure I’ll get back to you with it.

Again, happy holidays to you, and I hope you all had a Merry Christmas¬† ūüôā

Virginia

like in movies
you can’t see the top
every one looks the same height
with trees disguised as shadows
and now the snow
lays accent on the slopes
peppering the hillsides
like cold sprinkled sugar
then we pass the slanted walls
pencil straight incisions
mark layers of sediment
showing hints of age, life
as the water tickles, trickles down
let’s raise those to the level they ought to be
oh gorgeous grazers of a sometimes He

    

    

Copyright L.M. 2007. (written in Virginia — ha! — on way to Florida.).

Ascent

far below me lies
a river too deep to swim
it snakes all around me
and beckons me in
I reach for the branches
but, snapping, they fall too
and suddenly I realize
that I’m flying for you

the rapids, they squeeze me
and siphon my strength
the bitter chill of the water
testing my faith
somehow the branches
they keep me from death
and give me a chance at
a new kind of breath

Copyright L.M. 2007.  (written in West Virginia on way to Florida.).

Castles (September 2006)

This poem¬†was¬†written last year, when my sister challenged me to write about Florida.¬† Castles, castles, in the sand…..¬† Anyway, hope you enjoy¬†¬† ¬†ūüôā

      

Castles         

it isn’t silence
the sound of light winds
muffled by the white
soft underfoot
recently blessed by sun
sings to the water
tucking, buckling,
racing chariots of miniature waves
leaving treasures to be found
and closely examined
by little hands and feet
the passing curious
whose eyes stray easily
landing upon the pier
with the fishermen ready
dinner in mind
(or maybe pizza tonight)
looking from face to smiling face
everyone knows
everyone feels
it’s love at first breath
sound
touch
sight
and smell
cleansing salty air
performs a miracle
delivering its message of peace
infiltrating lungs with purity
seaweed and all
inciting song and dance for many
and adoration for all

  

    

Copyright L.M. 2006.¬† (yes, this is a repost, but if you didn’t want to download the .doc file you can now read it here.)