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Beach town … Surf City
shares it’s history in this
Surfing Museum

today’s temp’ratures
will reach the low 80s and
draw more people here


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others participating in Almost Wordless Wednesday,
Watery Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Window Views,
Midweek Blues and Wordful Wednesday

Thought for Today
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein

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Last week I shared a goose
from Cerritos Regional Park

… and today I share some interesting bird activity.

occasionally
these pigeons took flight ‘en masse’
in sweeping circles







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Outdoor Wednesday
, Watery Wednesday, Wordful Wednesday,
Midweek Blues, and Camera Critters too

Thought for Today
“People learn something every day, and a lot of times it’s that what they learned the day before was wrong.” Bill Vaughan

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stormy skies above
as we walked out on the pier …
surveying the scene


very different
from the ones I shared last week
at this local beach


just a few people
brave enough to swim, walk, and
lay upon the sand



For Ruby Tuesday
here’s the bright Barefoot Bar sign
and menu outside


My sister likes her fish tacos ‘battered’ …

I prefer mine Cajun style

and THIS is Hula Pie … delicious!

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My World, Ruby Tuesday,
Outdoor Wednesday, Watery Wednesday, and Midweek Blues

Thought for Today
“Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again.”
Menachem Mendel Schneerson

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Watery Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday,
and Outdoor Wednesday

 

Thought for Today
“Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.” Steven Wright

 

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My World, Macro Monday and Monochrome Weekend
are in the next post

Enjoying the rain
here in California …
watching TENNIS too 😉






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Ruby Tuesday, Watery Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday,
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Thought for Today
“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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I spent yesterday
with my sister walking and
taking photographs

“Walking gets the feet moving, the blood moving, the mind moving. And movement if life.” Carrie Latet

“Walks. The body advances, while the mind flutters around it like a bird.”
Jules Renard

I intended to take and share additional photos this morning (since steady soft drizzles are falling outside) and add a brief update about yesterday with my sister as a follow up to my Wordful Wednesday post at Sacred Ruminations … however methinks I’ll allow the two quotes about WALKING augment the eleven watery reflective photos to make ‘requisite’ thirteen. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the disastrous earthquake in Haiti.

9:30am Addendum
While visiting blogs this morning I found this lovely award at Hootin’ Anni’s. Since she shared so generously … I wanted to pass it along as well to all of you who bring ‘sunshine’ to MY life by visiting and sharing your thoughts. Hope you’re having a lovely day.

Thought for Today
“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.” Soren Kierkegaard

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Sharing holiday
reds for Ruby Tuesday here
… forgot earlier

Finally the rain’s
come to California
and might stay all week

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Thought for Today
“It’s Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” W.T. Ellis

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Thirteen photographs
of my world here at the beach
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Original – Straight out of the camera

Poster Edges – lightened
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Watery Wednesday, Midweek Blues,
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“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” Thich Nhat Hanh

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South Breeze Farm hosted the Giving Thanks Challenge and I participated at Small Reflections in November of 2008 and decided to continue indefinitely … generating the following list one day at a time throughout the month of August. I’ve decided to transfer the lists at the end of each month from Small Reflections to Happily Retired Gal … just because. Click to see previous lists already published here.


1. for the pair of season’s tickets to the Pacific Chorale concerts that I won in a drawing. The first concert on Sunday evening was magnificent 😉

2. I was home with ‘L’ called this morning to let me know she was going to be in the area and wanted to meet for breakfast. We had a wonderful visit and a tasty meal.

3. I had time & opportunity to REST today when I realized I wasn’t feeling top-notch … and that the Vitamin C, chicken soup, extra water and rest seemed to stave off whatever bug was trying to take hold.

4. I managed to finish creating Peace Globes and posts for each of my blogs in time to post before I went to class tonight.

5. for all those participating in today’s Blog Blast for Peace: Dona Nobis Pacem.

6. for wonderful ‘catch up’ cell phone visits with ‘C’ and my sister … both of whom are traveling in RVs with their husbands.

7. I’ve managed to stay ‘functional’ …(if not totally healthy)… by mindfully limiting my activities the past week or so.

8. the folks (vacationing from New York) renting the house next door for a month seem friendly and have two standard poodles — Katie, the elder white one, is standoffish but Molly likes to play with Ned, the young black male 😉

9. I managed to visit the grocery store today so I’ve got fresh produce in the house again … finally!

10. for what I learned in my first ‘Fix Your Own Computer’ class tonight … and for the lessons to follow. Hopefully I’ll figure out what causes my Dell 1720 laptop to crash so regularly and get it fixed … finally 😉

11. Service Champions checked out my furnace this morning so I can turn it on to take the ‘edge off’ on chilly mornings again.

12. for my DVR so I can fast- forward through commercials when I do watch televised programs … saving about 20 minutes out of every 60 to use for other endeavors.

13. Stephen King has written and published a new book … I’m looking forward to reading it 😉

14. for a fun catch up phone visit with my writing buddy from Taos this morning and a beautiful warm sunny day outside as I watered my overly dry yard.

15. my sister called last night after having no cell signal for the several days.

16. to reconnect with a former student in the Jury Pool yesterday … we had a nice chat before getting sent to a court room for Jury selection that will continue tomorrow morning at 9am. So far I’m still in the audience watching and listening … so I guess we’ll see what happens next.

17. that even though I was selected for a jury, we were released in time for me to drop by home to feed the fur-kids and still make it to my my evening Adult School class by 6pm. It was a LONG day, but I managed to stay focused until 9pm and drive home safely.

18. California courts are ‘dark’ on Wednesdays giving me the day off because tomorrow will be another LONG day starting with Jury Duty and ending with an Adult School class from 6-9pm again. Hopefully I’ll have time to drop by home to feed the fur-kids between the two activities.

19. after coming down with the flu yesterday morning and coping with nasty symptoms throughout the night, I was able to keep a few soda crackers and a bit of chicken soup down … then sleep this afternoon … finally.

20. that (although not totally healthy yet) I’m feeling much improved this morning and even managed to create a Haiku Sky Watch Friday post at Sacred Ruminations using a mosaic I created last week … though I don’t know how much energy I’ll have to visit blogs today because my head hurts. I’m hopeful the trial continued yesterday without me since there was an alternate juror, but no one called me back after I called in sick.

21. to be feeling MUCH better today!

22. my sister called and we had a nice catch up visit on the phone … they’re visiting with friends in Northern California and will spend Thanksgiving in McKinleyville.

23. I had energy enough to take Molly to Dog Beach in the morning and to the groomer in the afternoon … so she’s clean, soft & sweet smelling for the holidays 😉

24. I went to the Water Store today because it will be closed tomorrow through the weekend. I also did my grocery shopping today and saved almost $50 with coupons!

25. to be celebrating my 1st Blogoversary at Happily Retired Gal, my WordPress blog.

26. for phone calls from family & friends today.

27. I walked down to the beach to watch and photograph this afternoon’s glorious sun set over the ocean.

28. the laptop didn’t crash during the 6 hours it took to make a full backup of my PSE6 catalog.

29. my sister and her husband are finally headed for home and should arrive in a couple of weeks so we’ll spend Christmas together this year. Hopefully they’ll stay here for a while before hitting the road again.

30. I’ve kept this daily gratitude list for 13 months. I’m trying to decide whether or not to continue the practice. Guess I’ll see what I do tomorrow 😉

Thank you Joy

FYI – My previous Gratitude Lists can be found here at Happily Retired Gal, my WordPress site. It is my intention to keep this ‘Daily Gratitude List’ in my sidebar indefinitely because I believe it makes sense to focus on what’s right in our lives regularly. Click for:
2009 Lists – October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January
2008 Lists – December, November

Thought for Today

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” B.B. King

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More photographs from
my sister in Canada …
RV traveling

 

Collaboration..
I create the mosaics
then share on my blogs.


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Thought for Today
“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” Sir Winston Churchill


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Last Thursday I walked
out to Ruby’s Diner for

breakfast with a friend


This seagull took flight
tucking low its head … perhaps

diving for a fish


 

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Thought for Today
“Each spiritual journey begins with a step forward — the moment when you realize that there’s more to life than you’ve been living.” Vicky Thompson

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13 Sky Views from
my sister in Oregon
RV traveling

Collaboration..
I create the mosaics
then share on my blogs.

First mosaic has
13 pictures ‘stroke-outlined’
but no ‘layer styles’

Second Mosaic
features soft drop shadows and
beveled edges too

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Watery Wednesday (a little bit late)
Thursday Thirteen

Sky Watch and Haiku Friday

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can be seen by clicking
the two links below

Sacred Ruminations

Thought for Today
“If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.” Chinese Proverb


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Today’s Flowers are in the next post.

Scenic photos from
my sister in Canada

RV traveling

Collaboration..
I create the mosaics

then share on my blogs.

These natural blues
against subtle ‘ruby’ reds

create lovely views.

Until embiggened
dif’rences seem minimal …

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Originals – Straight out of the Camera

Accented Edges

Ink Outlines

Palette Knife

Poster Edges

Ruby Foliage

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Thought for Today
“Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.” Standing Bear

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Whoopee … signs of rain
even though it’s quite short-lived …

13 photographs

snapped this morning then
arranged carefully by me

in these mosaics

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Wordless Wednesday, Thursday Thirteen and Haiku Friday t00.


Thought for Today
“A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods.” Rachel Carson

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One watery view
of the ocean … summer’s end!

Of course, then I played ;–)


Until embiggened
dif’rences seem minimal …

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Straight Out of the Camera

Poster Edges

Ocean Ripple

Palette Knife

Watercolor

Polar Coordinates

Polar Coordinates with Poster Edges

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Thought for Today
“Each spiritual journey begins with a step forward — the moment when you realize that there’s more to life than you’ve been living.” Vicky Thompson

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More photographs from
my sister in Alaska

RV traveling

Collaboration..
I create the mosaics

then share on my blogs.

Rainbow Falls – Woodland Hike

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Thought for Today
“Everywhere is walking distance
if you have the time.
Steven Wright
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I'm a happily retired teacher. Originally blogging as storyteller, I've changed my avatar early in 2010 to reflect my recent growing interest in photography. You might recognize me from one of my three original Blogger-based sites:

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happily retired gal
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