I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, January 3, 2014

Back to the Beach for the New Year

snowy beach
Hello! What a beautiful day it is today! Too bad I am snowed in. And oooh, is it cold. Same for most of us, I am thinking. I can't open my back door. I took this pix by sticking my phone out the 2" crack that the drifts allow.

Despite being stuck inside for today I am feeling re-invigorated by the gorgeous open and empty beach and I am trying to again have my daily hikes, to rebuild some stamina.
I have a new iPhone app called Map My Walk:

Kinda cool. I love the somewhat inaccurate map that clearly shows my meandering trail.
But MMW sent me a hilarious email earlier this week. Above the purple line it says"Hi, you kicked laziness in the butt in 2013. Bask in the glory." LOL. Picture me, like, basking, please.

Because if you then scroll down you can see I walked FOUR times with a total of 3 1/2 miles. Sure I just got the app...and I forget to use it sometimes...but before my sudden illness last July I regularly walked 3-5 miles six times a week! But if I look closely, I can see that even with this small record, I have walked further each day [inhaler in my pocket, sigh] and with faster times. Inspiration/ incentive indeed.

So---off to the beach.
Before the snow came: dawn, New Years Day. The year dawned so sweetly, so gently.

Note how the sun is so far to the east-southeast.

I took my annual New Years walk. Snow squalls towards New Jersey [below, far right] hint of the storm to come.

The big tankers all lined up, waiting for the Port of New York to reopen on the 2nnd.

Quiet ocean, smooth and flawless beach.

A beautiful sea duck, a merganser, I think, all by herself. (the males have a sort of mint green with their white patches.)


 A few treasures, finally! My pockets have been so empty. The black disk is a mystery. It must be man-made, shaped with straight sides, like a biscuit!

And a doggy tag. I hope only the tag was lost long ago and not the dog herself. ''Sasha".  Should I send it to the owner? Or use it on one of my found object bracelets? I can't decide.

Indoors today, I tried hard not to clean or dust or put away the Christmas stuff. Instead I am making lavender hearts and putting finishing touches on last year's quilts. Hot chocolate in my mug.

Wishing you all a cozy, happy weekend.



gone to the beach..........

click to enlarge the photos, please....


  1. I can't quite wrap my head around snow and beach. OK, so the only beaches I know are California and Hawaii, really.

    I'm so proud of all the walking you do. It's inspiring. Dear One has said we're going to use our bonuses from work to join the neighborhood gym. Yipes.

    Happy New Year. It's going to be a great, healthy, fun year. I just know it.


  2. Mmmm, hot chocolate indeed! Sounds like my kind of day. The photos of sunrise on New Year's are beautiful. As always, thanks for sharing.


  3. Love your pictures, especially the drifts on the deck! I have a few like that myself. It's very nice that MMW actually sends you feedback on your walking, I can see where that would motivate anyone to keep going. And Good for you! Don't waste your nice home-alone time cleaning! You can do that when the kids get home and school is back in session!

  4. Love the pictures and I'm going to share the app with my daughter who walks regularly and has an iPhone. When you make your hearts, do you hand sew them or use a machine? Just curious. I love them all. I still have the little one you sent me. I move it from knob to knob to find just the right spot. I think I have it now. I'll send a picture one day. (I hope) Take care and hope the weather gets warm enough to get us outside soon.


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