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EDDD 3: Risk Driving Icy Roads In Pursuit of Happiness

A piece of frosty driftwood in the yard. I think this look means, BRRRR! PHALL PHOTO 2013

A piece of frosty driftwood in the yard. I think this look means, BRRRR!
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My horoscope: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 “Positive thinking increases our chances for success now that the high-spirited Sagittarius Moon reminds us that we can be the masters of our own destinies. We may overextend our reach because our self-confidence spurs us on to greater possibilities. Thankfully, a cooperative alignment between talkative Mercury and assertive Mars motivates us to speak clearly about our intentions. We’re inspired to take a risk in the pursuit of happiness.”
Close up of some frost on a log. PHALL PHOTO 2013

Close up of some frost on a log.
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My pursuit of happiness wasn’t really that big of a risk, but when I saw that we had our first overnight freeze, I knew I had to get my truck thawed and go take some photos! My tires only lost their grip on the icy pavement about 4 times. Just for a second. Then I channeled my Alaska family and I was fine. (Don’t tell my mom, she will hyperventilate.)
The sunrise cast everything in an orange glow, add the layers of frost, and it was a double dose of amazement. Did you really think I was going to write about writing? Or tell you some story? Nah, maybe when things aren’t as exciting outside. As if.
Icy road and frosty grass. PHALL PHOTO 2013

Icy road and frosty grass with orange sunrise glow.
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The biggest thrill was seeing the huge rolling waves and the way the weird orange glow made the driftwood and dune grass look. I was so startled by the beauty and power, I was exclaiming out loud. Freak! So glad that the gull was the only one in hearing range. That could have been embarrassing. Hey, maybe that’s why he wouldn’t talk to me…the gull, the one I posted on facebook..I’m so lost!
Who made this morning for me, sat this stunning driftwood art here, made these waves roll and crash behind it? I know it was the mermaids:>) PHALL PHOTO 2013

Who made this morning for me, sat this stunning driftwood art here, made these waves roll and crash behind it? I KNOW it was the mermaids:>)
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I am so not done…

Three waves, one after another! PHALL PHOTO 2013

Three waves, one after another! That’s Ocean Shores in the background.
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Maybe one more and I’ll put the others on my photo site…

Another one that took my breath away. PHALL PHOTO 2013

Another one that took my breath away. Ocean Shores in the background.
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Okay, the last photo. The ones above were taken at Half Moon Bay, where the surfers usually are. Wait until I show them what they missed! It may be worth risking human contact to take a slide show down to the Mermaid Deli. Nah, then I’d have to learn how to make a slide show:>{

And the last photo is at frosty Bonge Beach in Grayland.

Frost on the sand here at Bonge Beach. More crazy wild waves. PHALL PHOTO 2013

Frost on the sand here at Bonge Beach. More crazy wild waves.
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Did you notice the weather thingy I put on the site? If you want to be cool like me (total sarcasm) click on mine and get your own weather thingy. (That’s a technical term)

Thanks for tolerating me:>)

Patti

From writing challenge at Every Damn Day December http://treatmentofvisions.com/2013/11/26/evdadadec/


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Beach Farewell…Again

It has been nice to be home this week, but Mrs. M. has called and I will be returning to Oregon tomorrow. One last, late afternoon visit to my beach, and I collected some sand to make her a beach scene in a glass dome. She loves the beach too, so I will take her one of her own. (Beach therapy in glassware)

The driftwood bull carving was still there and I told him how much you all enjoyed him:>) Here are a few other beauties and oddities that I gathered with my camera today.

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What? Don’t ask me…
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Results of stormy weather. PHALL PHOTO 2013

Results of stormy weather. Some incredible finds. This is my therapy and I see stories here too!
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Beach art. PHALL PHOTO 2013

Beach art. Another view, still odd.
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I could actually smell winter at the beach today. I didn’t last long outside, but found some pretty beach glass, a Westport moonstone (round, smooth, clear rock), a heart-shaped stone and a piece of petrified wood. No agates, but still, some goodies to make Mrs. M.’s mini-beach!

Have a great week and I will be back online as soon as I can.

Peace,

Patti

 

 

 


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Sunset, Sand, and Sacks of Clams; Reflections

Sunset and clam diggers. PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Sunset and clam diggers.
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I’m am still filled with adrenaline from my impromptu visit to the beach. Drove to Bonge Beach in search of agates and other beach treasures (and the solace that the beach provides) at 6 P.M., then drove all the way down the Grayland Beaches. Just in time for a spectacular sunset and to watch the excited clam diggers harvesting enough razor clams for several meals.

They go home wet, sandy, and cold, but also filled with satisfaction for a hard job done. It looked like everyone got their limit, by the happy smiles and bulging bags. A few were in groups, and some had fires built on the beach. We are a dog-friendly community, and many folks had their furry friends along. I saw at least six families with children.

Taking all this in, while I am still reeling with the recent loss of my aunt, was like a meditation. I thought of her sisters, children and grandchildren. I ache for the raw pain they must feel. I thought about how much they all would have loved seeing what I am seeing. I hope they come here and look what I found tonight, and get a moment of…comfort?

All 22 photos are at my site: www.phallphotos.wordpress.com

Peace,

Patti

Not Writing, but What The H Have I Been Doing?

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Oh, this and that. Crafting and reading to my little grands, taking over daughter Sara’s kitchen to make Chinese Chicken Salad, visiting gr’son in Tacoma, having a quiet week with my fishing & gardening son in Westport, building secret garden with pond, and taking a lot of photos. Will post more on phallphotos.com later this week….including a variety of bees on a variety of flowers and a tattooed seal!

Saturday (later today) I play leader of our writing group and Jon is going to be my assistant! Trying to convince him to read a poem he wrote. We are taking both laptops to show everyone some of the cool writing sites and our group’s new blog site that we set up.  Also, get to announce date for our first mini writer’s conference this winter. Should be fun…especially if I don’t get any sleep:>)

I’m reading a little bit and will have some reviews up soon.

Grieving is an interesting journey. At times, I can hold grief in my arms and rock until it drifts off. Sometimes grief walks beside me like a shadow. Sometimes I have to carry its heavy weight on my back everywhere I go. Other times it slams me to the mat like a wrestler does his opponent.

Grief has this thing about mixing things up too.  I cry over anything/everything, yet I get immense joy at the smallest things. I’m exhausted, yet I can’t sleep., or I sleep for 12 hours. I want to be close to my peeps, yet I have to have my solitude; I pull you close, then push you away. I can’t think straight, misplace everything, forget everything, yet I can upload photos and (hopefully) lead a writing group. I crave food, yet I’m too unmotivated to make or eat it, and when I do, it doesn’t taste right anyway.  I have a very difficult time making any decision and am allergic to commitment.  I mean even tiny ones; “Mom, you want to come out to the docks while I fish?” “I’m not sure, I’ll let you know when we get there.” If I can force myself to get out of my truck, I go, if not, I sit and read or head back home. You just never know with me. And I never know with me. That’s grief for ya.

Don’t fret though, I AM pulling myself off the mat and watching for a brighter day.

Take it easy and thank you for hanging in there while I regroup.

Patti

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Bastet’s Pixelventures; Sunset

Half-Moon Bay Sunset Through The Dunes PHALL PHOTO 2013

Half-Moon Bay Sunset Through The Dunes
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To blue skies flew the Phoenix,

below a sunset fire end-of-day.

Black silhouette of dune grass,

beyond purple water of the bay.

For Bastet’s Pixelventures.

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Phoenix Rising from the fire and ashes, into the blue clarity.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

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