Saturday, October 2, 2010

October 2, 2010

breezy blue

for the past for 7 months
we have had sun and heat
and the occasion trade wind blowing.

today the weather is sunny and coolish
am i loving it?

the rainy season is coming
it has been raining every night for the past few days
and today the sun came out, yet the wind remained
so it was sunny and not hot!
making it, literally, the perfect day!

i  gardened,
practiced spanish with carlos,
got caught up on correspondence,
shared my birthday cake
with carlos, candy and of course bob,
ran some errands with bob,
wash floors,
cleaned the bathroom,
did laundry
and hallelujah.. i didn't sweat!!!

i know you might be thinking that is more information that you need
but truly after 7 months of almost constant heat i am 
thrilled about the change in the weather.


October 1, 2010

his thoughtfulness

i woke up to this sight
what a beautiful birthday greeting!
i guess bob did this after i had gone to bed

isn't he sweet?
he is!
bob is the best surprise giver ever.
he has given me many surprise birthday parties,
once surprised me with a trip to florida for our 10 anniversary.
he got me to the airport and i didn't have a clue that we were
going on a trip.

in the 28 years of marriage we have learned something
those who give surprises like surprises
but those who receive them often don't.

that means:
i should surprise BOB!
but i can't keep a surprise to save my life.

bob has learned to consult me more before
throwing parties and whisking me away on trips!

he asked what i wanted this year.
i didn't want a big party
i gathered together some of my island friends 
and took them out for dinner to a local dive..
oops i mean favorite restaurant.
it was fun to bless them!
we had a good time together

brandi surprised me with flowers picked from her yard!!

and then in the evening we had a few couples over for
a time of sharing, singing and support spiritually
and yes..
we had cake!!  

a lovely lovely day.

one thing that did surprise me was that
the kids are arranged to all meet up and skype together

mmmm cake!
looks like a small piece but that is because..
that was my third piece!!!


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sept. 30, 2010

a little light

my day starts early
i am usually up at 5:30 am
while it is still dark
but within a half hour the light is dawning
it is the sweetest time of my day

i watch the light kiss the clouds
i watch the birds come to feed
i listen to the sound of the morning with joy
i am in awe of the beauty that behold my eyes
i try to grab my camera when i get up
for moments such as this

the door on our bedroom is warped so it makes quite a racket
upon opening and closing so i hate to go back in the bedroom
for my camera
as i don't want to wake up bob
(sleep is precious)

thankfully i had grabbed it before leaving the room
i was drawn to the deck by the light in that one cloud
it wasn't til i was standing there that i saw the cruise ship 
coming in bathed in early morning light

light in the clouds
light shining 
through the dark cloud
always hope
it stills my soul
knowing He is there
no matter what is all around us there is always light shining

as i write this i am listening to kari jobe
and i want to share the lyrics to a song 
that is so fitting


He is here for the broken and life to the one who is undone
He is peace to the wounded and hope for the helpless one
He is here, He is here

Be still my soul, be still
Be still my soul, be still
Wait patiently upon the Lord
Be still my soul, be still

When the waves rise against me and the wind tries to draw me away
I will stand on the mountain, safe in Your arms I will sing I will sing

Be still my soul, be still
Be still my soul, be still
Wait patiently upon the Lord
Be still my soul, be still

Be still I know He is God
He is here, He is here
Be still I know He is God
He is here, He is here

no matter what you are facing
may there be enough light
for you to be still
and know 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sept. 29, 2010

a gift

last night we had chuck and tia over for dinner
i was so surprised when she handed me this beautiful candle!
i wasn't expecting anything other then a lovely evening together
connecting after too long

a pleasant surprise
you know how much i love hummingbirds.
how beautiful is this?
it got me thinking about the art of being thoughtful
i believe in some ways it is becoming a lost art
the art of thinking of someone else
and doing or saying something for them

tia is thoughtful
and caring
and alive
here is a quote off her fb page:

Love through me, Love of God.
Make me like thy clear air
through which, unhindered, colors pass
As if it were not there.
--(Amy Carmichael)

i encourage you to do something for someone tomorrow 
or today
whenever you read this
write them a note, give them a call, 
buy them a cupcake,
make time for them in your busy schedule

practice the art of thoughtfulness
it is such a blessing

i am blessed by my little candle
it's soft glow warms my heart 
because i know the heart who gave it to me

what about you?
who are you going to be thoughtful towards?

go for it!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sept. 28, 2010


this is one of my favorite tropical flowers
it is called pride of barbados
i can see why they would call it that

we have a beautiful tree on the far side of the property
i got tired of making my way over there just to see it
or pick some flowers for the table
so i decided to try to grow some from seed.

i am happy to say it worked!!!
today the first flower bloomed.
small joys.
life is full of small joys.

was it worth the wait?

most good things are worth the wait
i am also happy to say that the wind is blowing,
rain is falling and that heat that plaqued us is now
a vague yet real memory.

there is a huge storm all around us
a tropical storm
so far it doesn't look like it will be bad
but truthfully i love a good storm

i feel terrible about the terrible mudslides and flooding 
in mexico
please lift them up in your prayers
many lives were lost, 
many homes were destoyed
sorrow prevails for them

on the topic of prayer please pray for our gardener carlos
he had a severe migraine today
he has the aura flashes, vomited twice
and  yet still resisted me taking him to the clinic
but.. i won and he went!
he has special meds to take and the doctor ordered some bloodwork 
to see if it might by acute malaria or anemia.

thanks for sticking with me as  i blog blog blog away.
i am on day 271 out of 365
less then 3 months til the project is done.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sept. 27, 2010


the blue crabs are out in full force these days
you see them in the garden
(destroying plants.. argh!)
on pathways
on the road

i knew a gringo here who hated the blue crabs
so everytime he saw one on the road he would run it over
it was a sadistic pleasure of his
'ahha got another one!!'
but the problem was that they 'got' him in the end
when one of their pinchers put a hole in the tire of his car

i know it wasn't nice but i laughed when i heard that

it isn't just gringos that hate these little critters
but so do dogs
today moto, our dog was going crazy barking at it,
nipping at it, and basically trying to eat it
it is strange
can you imagine a north american dog trying to eat a crab??
i can't
but island dogs enjoy the crab meat.

strange eh?
who told the dogs that crab meat is good eatin'??!

i am happy to say that no crab was injured in this photo shoot
carlos managed to pick up the crab and throw it over the fence

i was proud of him because the local people love crabs..
in their soup!
i am glad he didn't kill it and take it home to mama

it isn't easy being a blue crab here in roatan
tis a dangerous place..

and for the record...
this blasted heat is making me crabby!
september is unbearable here because the trade winds stop blowing
and it is just HOT

the good thing is that in my crabbiness no one tried to run me over,
no dog tried to eat me
so i guess it is okay

i just regret not going out to run errands with bob in the a/c car today
instead i stayed home and roasted to death

yes i am complaining.

moto get away from that crab mister!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sept. 26, 2010

liquid light
sunday is "west bay day"
we usually visit with friends and snorkel
alot of friends are off island right now (sigh)
and today i tried to snorkel but, my back was too sore after
stupidly trying to take a hibsicus out of the garden yesterday.

i think i did a real number on my back
so instead of snorkeling i went for a nice beach walk
poor bob had to snorkel alone
i know, i know.. i should have left the hibiscus for carlos to deal with
but sometimes i just like puttering in the garden
removing a large tree is a bit more then puttering though.

 anywys, as i was walking i saw a friend in the water 
and so i meandered in
(with my camera in hand, of course)
as she was talking i couldn't believe how beautiful the light
was on the water 
i was listening to her.. yes i was, BUT
i was also thinking 'man, i need to get a photo of this before the light changes!'
i am glad i did

isn't this gorgeous!?!
i am so blessed to live in such a beautiful spot

now in case some of you are having thoughts of envy
let me also share this:
the sand flies were terrible today on the beach
and i got eaten alive.

but you have to take the good with the bad in life
it is all about that.

i hope you had more good in your day then bad...