Wednesday, January 28, 2009


It's yours...
your life.
Take nothing for granted!
Harmony with nature, all things that are right,
a sense of calm and goodness...
Life should be hassle-free...
filled with what matters...
family, home and love...

Monday, January 26, 2009

Wintering by the Seashore

Sharing a blissful island moment.....
Nothing compares to the pleasure
tranquility of salt air and sea birds,
while listening to the song of the sea.
Our little island offers
the perfect escape from a busy world.
Dreaming of the picture-perfect seaside sanctuary,
in harmony with nature,
just waiting to be explored
on yet another island adventure.
Imagine being gently rocked to sleep
by the symphony of the sea.
It's time to breathe deeply,
slow down
soak in the atmosphere of peace.
Such beauty on a winter's day
on an island.....


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Looking for Hats

is doing a Saturday photo search.
The theme is 'hats'.
Okay, I decided to play along.
A cute lil' green hat...
And another big green hat...

We can't have green hats
without having
pink hats...

And old worn out beach hats...

And red hats...


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A Splash of Pink

Yes, I love pink and green...
It feels bright and tropical
on such a cold day.
And, when the oleander blooms
the entire yard is bursting with pink.
I hope you are snuggled in by the fire
on this very cold winter night.
Winter blessings while dreaming in pink and green.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay

Watching the time slip away.....
I'll be sitting on the dock of the bay
watching time.


Friday, January 9, 2009

Another Island Sunset

Approaching the island by boat
and seeing it in all of its glory...
Kissed by a sunset.

Alligator Watch

Is there really an alligator
the bird sanctuary?!?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Sunset Lullaby

Music provided by 'The Seabirds'.....

Where Dreams Begin

Being little.....
Wrapped in love.....
Encouraged to dream.....
And told to chase your dreams.....

Because you can do it.....

And always knowing
there is a beacon of light
to guide you.....
Someone believing in you
your dreams.....
Let your spirit soar.....
If you can dream it,
you can be it.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

My Southern Sunset

Sunsets and salt air...
If one could only bottle and sell it...
It is more healing than all the medicine.
Sunset Blessings

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Gift From the Island

Peaceful Serenity


The Essence of Bliss

On this island I have had such a glimpse...
Such peace...
Such beauty...
Blissful Blessings

Monday, January 5, 2009

Winter Beach Days

Treasured days...
There are places that call out to one's spirit,
giving us their secrets,
mingling their magic into our lives.
Escape to an island...
the outer banks of paradise.


Sunday, January 4, 2009

On Island Time

Our little sugahbear, Jag
as excited as we are
to be on island time.....
It always feels so good
when I step inside our little island cottage
and see

My hand painted signs remind me to
"Relax By The Sea".....

Relaxing ocean breezes...
lazy island days...
books to read...
paintings to gaze upon and move the soul...
I love my "DD" painting...
Thank you, DD!
Now, to find the perfect frame.
This painting will always be one of my island treasures...
You can visit her island blog at

This makes me think of Katrina Key...
An empty stretch of island that was split from our island
during Katrina...
thus the name, Katrina Key...

Another oh-so-special painting,
painted by a dear friend.
It is suppose to be the two of us on island time!
I love it, Sandi!!
It will forever be a treasure...

And a lovely little journal to
jot down my
"Thoughts by the Sea".....

Coastal Living...
It's soul soothing...
Just what the doctor ordered.....


An Island State of Mind

If ever you sleep on an island,
it will call to your soul
forever and ever.

The Duck and the Prince

Prince Jagello (yag-lo), Jag for short,
arrived at the Kentucky lake house
and spotted a new duck...
inside the lake house...
under the chair!
Rrrrffff Rrrfffff!!

Yes, it's a duck!
Hey Mama! LOOK!
There's a duck in the house!

Mama, I'm going to sit on my bear rug, by the fire,
and you need to do something about that duck!

I really don't like that duck, said the prince...


Thursday, January 1, 2009

A Beautiful Thursday

I love the drive to the lake house.
North Alabama has beautiful rolling hills
and I-65 takes you along a pretty area of
gentle rolling hills and pastureland.
From the heart of old Nashville,
we turn West for a short distance
and, once again, North.
We travel the Tennessee back roads
right into Kentucky, an hour and half out of Nashville.
This is our 'off-the-beaten-path' road
that leads right to the door of the lake house.
As I took an afternoon walk today,
the crisp, cold Kentucky air
was filled with the scent of smoke.
The old tobacco barns are still smoking and curing the tobacco.
It's a most unique scent
combined with wood smoke from firewood.
The lake...
reflecting the sunlight
and sparkling like diamonds...
And, the twitter of a few birds...
crunching leaves
and a 'splash'...

Ice and leaves...

Back inside the cozy lake house,
the smell is divine!
A bacon-wrapped pork loin slow baked in the oven
all afternoon.
It was sooo tender
it melted in your mouth like butter.
And the Black-eyed Pea Soup was delicious, as well.
It was full of smoked bacon, collard greens, onions, tomatos and potatos,
seasoned with a Tuscan seasoning.
The cornbread...
What can I say?!?
What's not to love!!?!!