in the earth
a stem and leaves
sunlight and shadows
blossoms and pollen
the winds and time
The sun is sparkling over the crystal turquoise water. It’s warm as I lie on the sand staring at the sky. A warm sensation fills me with extraordinary peace. I feel free. I’m in the center of this beautiful landscape.
Colorful sailboats skim across the water. Beautifully dressed flamingos settle by the water’s edge. They resemble little gentlemen wearing pink shirts with yellow spotted ties. I watch them for some time. Their pink bodies blending with the turquoise water.
Upon a mossy tree filled mound sits a young man painting. His brush capturing footprints left behind on the grey speckled sand.
As sunset begins, he picks up another canvas ready to paint the night sky. The sky changes from a sunny yellow and blue to pink, red and orange. Stars dot the darkness. I’m feeling exuberant as I watch the changes. Another day’s set. Tomorrow, the exquisite scenery will return.
Genre: Short Story
Word Count: 150
Photo Prompt: aFrank
aFa Writing Challenge – Footprints in the Sand
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We were spared the drastic chaos of this category 5 hurricane on the west coast of Florida where I reside. If you missed my post on #hurricane #matthew click here.
Hurricane Matthew pummeled through the east coast of Florida and continued along the coast up to South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Many, many were flooded. Cars disappeared under the high-rising waters while homes were threatened with powerful winds and water destruction along with live electrical power lines which could cause fires.
The islands of Cuba, Bahamas and Haiti were devastated. Haiti was among the worst. If you’d like to donate to their recovery fund click here.
It’s the U.S. Fund for UNICEF helps save and protect the worlds most vulnerable children.
Rated one of the best charities to donate to, 90% of every dollar spent goes directly to help children.
I’m sure there are a great many organizations asking for help.
If you can find it in your heart to donate click here – please help.
We had prepared for the impending storm. There were news broadcast announcing #HurricaneMatthew’s arrival for weeks before. Having been through a few hurricanes I took their words seriously. We were fortunate to have had no incidences at all. A lot of rain and wind was all we experienced. Our family that resides on the east coast of Florida weren’t fortunate. They were without power but managed to get through until it was restored almost 18 hours later. There is still the aftermath of cleanup that comes with these hurricanes.
We all feel truly blessed with the good fortune to have been spared any discomfort. Now, it’s time to help those who weren’t spared.
Joyously appreciative and beaming with gratitude.
This last week has been a roller coaster ride.
We’ve been on hurricane watch.
Originally, it wasn’t coming our way. The islands of Cuba, Haiti and the
Bahamas were right in the eye of the storm. They were all hit. The devastation seen on television is frightening for us waiting for news of what will happen next.
We were advised to prepare with supplies of water, flash lights, batteries,
non-perishable can foods, a battery powered radio and a plastic bag with important papers.
I rode out the storm ‘Hurricane Charlie’ in 2004. One of my daughters lost her home in that one. We lost electricity and water for a week. Roads were blocked by fallen trees and debris. We had no air conditioning, no stove (electric), no water (forced bathing in our pool) and friends crashing at our place because we were slightly safer from the more severe areas.
The best predictions can’t say which way the storm is going to head.
Although it’s heading to hit the east coast of Florida, the storm surges, high winds and torrential rains will still effect me here where I live on the west coast. In addition, we have family and friends who live on the east coast in the area where the storm is supposed to hit.
I’m sure I will lose internet service. Plus, my mind isn’t in a writing mode.
Once, all is back to normal I will be back.
Stay Safe … Stay Happy … Stay in Love …
I live 2″ above the 2 AM Friday notation on the map …
Today started with a beautiful gift.
I’ve been growing this orchid plant for 2 1/2 years.
The green stems on the plant, always look healthy but no flowers.
color this one was going to be. BUT …. no flowers for 2 1/2 years.
I fertilized. I watered. I placed it in different garden areas for better light.
Then, this morning, I was given my gift. These glorious yellow and orangey edged blooms.
I love Mother Nature. She never disappoints.
Have an orchid smiles day ….
Sunset at Venice Beach in Florida
My daughter and grandson escaped to Florida for a little rest and relaxation.
Searching for sharks teeth, swimming and enjoying the beautiful sunset.
Sea of Love- Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
They were people like you and me. They left the safety of their homes for an evening of dancing, laughter and fun. It never crossed their minds that this would be the night their lives would end.
When we leave our homes, how many of us think that we’ll never return?
I think, none of us.
Our lives have been changed by a horrific tragedy that happened in Orlando, Florida.
Fifty Forty nine people lost their lives and another fifty-three are struggling in hospitals to survive. Families transfixed on hearing news of whether ot not their family member, child or spouse are okay.
It’s a scenario that’s happening too often.
The losses of innocent people has burdened us with heavy hearts.
I hear these news reports and it paralyzes me. I can’t believe the hate. The lack of human empathy for others who are not like us.
When will this end?
How will it be stopped?
To all who are suffering from this tragedy of lives lost in Orlando:
May your troubled hearts find peace and comfort in the knowledge that you are not alone.
May God’s presence ease your trembling spirit and give you rest.
He is there to cast sunlight into all of your darkened shadows,
to send encouragement through the love of friends and family,
and to replace your weariness with new hope.
Blessings to All …
John Lennon – Imagine
My hubby and I have had cats all of the years we’ve been married. He grew-up with cats.
I grew-up with German Shepard dogs.
When our children started asking about having a pet he suggested we get a cat. It was a big change for me to switch but I rationalized that with 3 children it would be easier to have a cat. And, it was. Then, there were 2 cats and, eventually, 3 cats. We had one for each of our daughters. To my surprise it worked well.
When my youngest daughter went off to college, we inherited her cat Marshmallow.
He was a beautiful white cat that she had saved from an abusive incident. He didn’t have a tail as it had been chopped off or couldn’t hear. Everyone thought he was a Manx. His personality always won everyone over even the non-cat lovers. He died 4 years ago at the age of 28. He lived a long and happy life. We still miss him.
Two years after he died we decided to adopt another kitty. We always adopt from no-kill shelters or animal leagues. Immediately, we were smitten with 2 kittens in the kitty enclosure.
Unfortunately, the shelter preferred they be adopted together since they were sisters. As much as I wanted to limit myself to one cat I couldn’t see leaving her sister behind. We took them both home. They were polydactyl cats which meant they had 5 toes. For that reason, no one seem wanted to adopt them. We did.
They kept each other busy with their antics and preening. They were each others constant companion.
Sadly, they were killed by what we thought was a raccoon but instead turned out to be a Bobcat. They escaped my caged lanai enclosure. If you missed the post click here. It was devastating. We swore that we’d never adopt again.
They kept each other busy with their antics and preening. They were each others constant companion.
Sadly, they were killed by what we thought was a raccoon but instead turned out to be a Bobcat. They escaped my caged lanai enclosure. If you missed the post on their demise click here. It was devastating. We swore that we’d never adopt again.
Here we are 2 years later with a new fur-son named Pelu. He’s 4 months old and a bundle of energy. Since his arrival, he’s made us smile and laugh everyday with his amusing behavior and adventurous discoveries.
If you’re a pet owner you know how life changing they can be. They bring love, affection and a great deal of distraction.
Did you know that pets can have the ability to help with mental and physical health benefits?
Pets can reduce stress, anxiety and depression. They can ease loneliness and help calm you which helps reduce health issues such as high blood pressure and hypertension. Walking a dog can help with weight loss and cardiovascular disease. Children learn responsibility by caring for a pet.
If you want to bring joy into your life than a pet might be for you. If you are going to get a pet seek one at your local shelter or no-kill leagues. You can save a life.
Have you hugged your pet today?
If you could see the miracle of a single flower clearly,
our whole life would change. Buddha
A morning delight was waiting for me today.
New little green orchids were smiling and wishing me a good day.
As you can see, there is another bud that needs to open but I just had to photograph it.
The miracle of Mother Nature surprising me everyday.
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We dined at the famous Sandy Hook restaurant which offers a variety of items on their menu.
Fish, steak, salads and scrumptious deserts like Key Lime pie.
The photo above is your beautiful view while dining.
Leoma Lovegrove – Colorful Home
Leoma Lovegrove, local artist in residence, should be elected the queen of color. Her home is as colorful as her gallery.
The gazebo, in the rear of her gallery, offers a quiet place to take a short respite after you’ve viewed her artwork.
There is an abundance of outdoor art offerings you to view, too.
She showcases other artists in addition to her masterful works. She does little to hide that she is a huge fan of the Beatles.
She pays homage to them in some of her paintings and by playing their music inside and outside the gallery.
Artist Leoma Lovegrove
Florida artist, impressionist-expressionist painter, wife, celebrity, local historian, patriotic,
colorful, energetic, business savvy, kooky, vibrant, marketing genius,
Midwest transplant, animal lover, fisherwoman, devoted friend and did we mention colorful?
These are just some words one might use to describe the fun-filled gal that is
Matlacha Island, Florida artist extraordinaire Leoma Lovegrove.
Take a step inside her color-filled island life and enjoy the ride.
She’s known worldwide for her colorful artistic depictions of flora and fauna.
She calls Matlacha Island, Florida her home.
It is here that she is inspired within her own waterfront gallery
and gardens where she greets thousands of visitors each year.
Leoma’s contagious love of Florida has been instrumental in encouraging tourism to the state.
Her works are on display in galleries throughout the world and are in two Presidential libraries.
She was also honored at an artist’s reception at The White House given by First Lady, Laura Bush.
These are just a few of the reasons Bealls Department Stores
has partnered with Leoma as their Florida Artist.
Her Good-Day Sunshine collection created exclusively for Bealls is currently in stores statewide.
info from her web-site: http://www.leomalovegrove.com/
Leoma Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens Matlacha, Florida
Matlacha Island, Florida
Lovegrove Gallery and Gardens Matlacha, Florida
Leoma Lovegrove Paints painting in Three Minutes