My Wordless Birthday


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Smooth Sailing

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The Golden Hour

THE GOLDEN HOUR

No destination, no compass
Sixty glorious minutes passing by
Taking in the golden moments through my eyes
Savoring every second of the journey
For wherever the wind may take me

The Golden Hour

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The Sun’ll Come Out… Tomorrow…

The sun’ll come out
Tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There’ll be sun!
Just thinkin’ about
Tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs,
And the sorrow
‘Til there’s none!
When I’m stuck a day
That’s gray,
And lonely,
I just stick out my chin
And Grin,
And Say,
Oh
The sun’ll come out
Tomorrow
So ya gotta hang on
‘Til tomorrow
Come what may
Tomorrow!
Tomorrow!
I love ya
Tomorrow!
You’re always
A day
A way!

New Year Sunset and Guilty Conscience

After weeks of rainy days, the sun finally broke through. This is the first sunset for the New Year.¬† Sunsets are amazing. It doesn’t take much for its beauty to leave a lasting impression — just like your wonderful compliments about my work and all the awards bestow to me. I can’t express enough how much your support means to me. I know lately I haven’t been keeping up with my responses and visiting your blogs. I apologize for the neglect. It is my hope that this New Year will pave a better road for me. And I will be free to be… ūüôā

And that’s why it is not easy for me to write I’m going to write next… and hopefully, I don’t sound rude or ungrateful. But I feel it’s time I clear my guilty conscience regarding this matter.

Yesterday, I received another nomination for the most Versatile Blogger award. While I have received many awards since I started this blog, I never did follow the rules for getting the awards. And that is to write 7 things about myself and then to nominate 15 other people’s blog for the award. I want to apologize to those people who have taken the time to honor me with these awards but I chose not to follow the rules. It’s not that I am not grateful; I really appreciate your acknowledgment and I hope we continue to support each other. For those blogging friends who have follow and commented regularly on my blog, I show my appreciation by putting their links on my Blog Roll. While I appreciate any future nomination, I sincerely hope you will not take offense if I don’t follow the rules. Thank you.

Wordless Wednesday

Cloudy Opportunity

It was late in the afternoon when I finished my errands. As I was heading home, I noticed the sunlight burst through the unique looking cloud formations across the sky. There were patches of blue sky covered by tall, ominous looking dark clouds — ready to release the rainstorm — and at the same time; intermingle with fluffy white clouds. I decided to take the furry kids to the beach where they can get rid of their pent-up energy and I was sure with clouds like that, the sunset would be absolutely amazing for a good photo shoot. Lucky me, I live only about five miles from the beach.

When we got to the beach, I let the furry kids play and do their usual stuff. Evie likes to run around and dig in the sand like a mad dog. She also enjoys chasing seagulls.

Max… he only has one thing mind — he runs straight into the frigid water ready to play fetch. Speaking of frigid, the bay water is very cold. It doesn’t get past 50 degrees even in the summer. Last month, I had to wade into the freezing sea, up to my chest to rescue Max because I thought he was snare by the giant sea kelp forest. But that’s another story…

As the sun began to set, the sky and clouds morphed into spectacular colors and shapes.

Everything took on a reddish, golden hue.

Even though the temperature was cold, it warmed my heart and soul to enjoy such an amazing cloudy opportunity. ūüôā

It’s About The Destination and Not The Journey

“It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey…” I have thought about this well known quote many times in my life. And while this statement may sound like a noble¬†wisdom to follow — from experience, there are times in life; I wouldn’t mind skipping the journey and just get right to the destination. ūüėÄ

For Evie and Max, it’s always about the destination and not the journey.

And I’m certain these migrating birds are eager to get to their destination…

Road to Recovery

The surgery was a success! And I am doing as well as can be expected. The doctor was able to remove all the tumor, plus only the right thyroid. So far, it looks like the left thyroid is working well and I don’t have to take thyroid medication for the rest of my life. For someone who doesn’t even like to take aspirin, I think I have received enough drugs¬†during this ordeal¬†to last me a lifetime — morphine is definitely not something I would ever want in my¬†body ever again.¬†Though I still feel a little weak and my¬†memory still seem kind of foggy —¬†the nurse told me I woke up at the end of surgery, complaining of extreme pain and¬†began to cry loudly¬†—¬† glad I don’t remember that part. But¬†at least the neck pain is¬†now more tolerable¬†without drugs and the incision is healing nicely. It’s also¬†a relief to hear¬†my voice is starting to sound more normal instead of like Marlon Brando in the movie: The Godfather. Overall, I was in very good hands. My doctor and his team of nurses were great. Their professionalism and compassion¬†without doubt,¬†made the whole experience a lot less traumatic for me.

Finally, after a week of drug induced comatose state — I was able to get out and enjoy the rare sunny day yesterday. Here are some shots capturing the end of a beautiful day…

Max and Evie watching sunset.

Even dogs know when to appreciate the beauty of nature.

Thank you everyone for all your supportive comments and prayers on my journey of health. Slowly but surely, I’m on the road to recovery. ūüėÄ