February 5 – Something Blue

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Thursday.  Today’s photo challenge is Something Blue.  Since it is also Throwback Thursday, I thought it would be fun to include this photo of Ian at the beach.

I love his calm face, his posture, and the setting.  I don’t remember exactly why he was sitting like that, but he looks like he is saying a quick prayer.  Or he is enjoying the sound of the ocean and the feel of the breeze and thinking about what he will be doing next.

I am pretty sure, however, that he jumped up soon after this picture was taken to go and play in the sand.  Sitting still at this age was rare.

I love the color blue — especially the blue of the ocean and the lovely sky.  I can look at both the ocean and sky and be calmed and happy.  My favorite shade of blue is actually turquoise.  I also like royal blue.  I like these bright bold colors.  One of my favorite blouses includes both of these colors of blue.

Today I am thankful for:

  • A bright blue winter sky
  • Looking at Ian’s blue eyes as he tells me good morning
  • Memories of fun times at the beach
  • Incorporating the color blue in our baby shower decorations before Ian was born
  • The lovely blue ocean as it touches the horizon
  • The turquoise blue beach house
  • Handwritten notes from my hubby and son telling me they love me
  • Getting better after feeling blue
  • Our soft blue and white blanket on the couch
  • Family vacations
  • Homework that gets done quickly

I wonder what else I will see that is blue or that makes me smile?  Can’t wait to find out!  Have a great day!

Photo 101 – Water

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Wednesday.  For the month of November, Word Press is doing a series of photo prompts for Photography 101.  Yesterday’s word was Water.  I decided this would be fun to try since I am always looking for new ideas for blogs and photos.

This photo was taken at sunset in July 2012 of the Pacific Ocean.  I love the reflection of the sun on the water, the movement of the waves, and the massive ocean which goes all the way to the horizon. I have always loved sunset pictures over the ocean.  I also like sunrises over bodies of water, but often am not early enough to capture them.  So, the majority of my water photos are the ocean.

Water is important and vital for life.  We need fresh water to drink and cook.  We also need water to bathe, wash, and safely dispose of waste.  Water is also used in baptisms.  Until we see on the news that water is restricted, we forget how much we need it.  There are groups working to bring fresh potable water into parts of the world that don’t have it. I applaud them.

Salt water is also important.  One of my favorite quotes about water is by Isak Dinesen — “The cure of anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.” I totally agree with him.  We sweat when we exercise, which is vital for good health.  I am working now on exercising more. Tears flow when we are sad, happy, or just need a good cry.  Or, if you are like me, you see a touching ad on the television and start to cry.

And the sea!  I LOVE the sea/ocean.  I love to feel the waves on my toes, I love to listen to and watch the waves break, I love the smell of the salt water, and the breeze in my hair, and I love to look at the ocean that goes all the way to the horizon. When I am at the edge of the ocean, I am calm and at peace. It is an amazing feeling that I have had for many years.

LeeAnn Womack has a great line in her song, “I Hope You Dance.”  It says, “I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean.” We are small compared to the vastness of the ocean.

May we take care of our water — the lakes, streams, oceans, and other bodies of water. May we keep pollution out of it.  And, may we realize how important water is for us and our health.

A few quotes about water:

  • “We never know the worth of water until the well runs dry.” ~ Thomas Fuller
  • “Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” ~ Slovakian Proverb
  • “A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
  • “Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.” ~ Loren Eiseley
  • “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),It’s always our self we find in the sea.” ~ e.e. cummings
  • “The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.” ~ Isak Dinesen

I wonder when I will see the vastness of the ocean again.  I hope it is soon!  I am so ready to breathe in that salt air and watch the rhythm of the waves.