166: We shall get there one day

Sailboat just after sunrise

Another great search engine term.  I’ve decided it’s a good way to come up with post titles.  It sure beats most of the stuff I come up with.

Tuesday sunrise

My apologies for the extra post yesterday.  If you didn’t see it, you won’t find it now.  I had an auto-post set up and forgot to cancel it or move it to another day.  It posted.  I deleted.

As you can see, we had a cloudy sunrise this morning.  It was also warmer and a bit more humid than yesterday morning.  Still, it was lovely.  There were a few other folks out on the beach as the sun came up.  There was another woman out there with a camera, but she must have either been in a hurry or lacking patience.  She left before the best part of the sunrise, when the sunlight started seeping through the clouds.


I’m having a bit of an off day today.  I’m not exactly sick but I don’t exactly feel well, like my old self, either.  I attribute that to the food.  We have been buying our lunches and dinners, either going to a restaurant to eat (usually for lunch) or getting take-out (usually for dinner).  The problem with foods prepared by restaurants, especially here for reasons I think I fathom, is that it is WAY over-salted.  I suspect that’s because this is a popular vacation spot for senior citizens who, having weak taste buds, prefer their food heavily salted or heavily sweet.  Sweet and salty, I’m told, are the last to go, if the ability goes away at all.

Morning walk on the beach

Someday I may want my food heavily salted or sweetened.  Today is not that day.  Not all of the restaurants are heavy with the salt shaker, thank goodness.  There are one or two that manage to season their food just right.  I do think when it comes to salt the chef ought to err on the side of caution.  That’s why there are salt shakers on the tables.  Add it if you need it.  But you can’t take it out once it’s in there.

Anglins Fishing Pier

All rants about salt and food aside, it was still a good day.  M and I spent the day on the beach, by the pool, and back on the beach again.  I had a friend sitting behind my chair on the pool deck.  A curlytail lizard.  He (or she) seemed to like it there, and I liked being able to get such a good look at him (or her).  I hope I can catch him (or her) tomorrow with the camera.  Curlytail lizards are natives of the Bahamas and were introduced in Florida in the 1940’s to combat sugar cane pests.  They are common in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.  The curlytail likes to eat ants, grasshoppers, crickets, and beetles.  I think it looks a little like a mini alligator (except for that curly tail that it holds up in the air).

A pair of umbrellas

I’m going to leave here with more color than I arrived with.  I’ve been slathering on the sunscreen.  Unfortunately I think that bottle of sunscreen that is more than a few years old may have lost some of its potency.  I purchased a new bottle, a tad late.  I’m not burnt badly, thank goodness.  I am very fair skinned and spent my childhood summers burning, blistering, peeling, and burning some more.  I do tan eventually but it’s not a brown tan.  It’s very reddish and looks like I’m still burnt.

Gull in flight

I guess that’s about it from paradise for today.  I’m going to go sit on the balcony and let the sound of the waves lull me into a little nap prior to dinner.  We’re having food from a local Mediterranean restaurant tonight.  We picked it up earlier, mostly a collection of salads (such as tabbouleh) with some hummus and other good stuff.  That sounds a lot better than what the curlytail lizard dines on.


30 Comments on “166: We shall get there one day”

  1. Beautiful sunrise, Robin! So glad to hear you’re continuing to enjoy the beach!

    Hugs from Haiti,

  2. Bo Mackison says:

    Oh so lovely. The photo of the disappearing pier is especially intriguing. And I always love a good sunrise from a beach. Very lovely, indeed!

  3. SWK says:

    Sky in that second picture is absolutely amazing.

  4. Your Tuesday Sunrise is gorgeous!! Looks like you are having a nice time while missing the snow. That bird is flight is really great too!

  5. Marianne says:

    I love the beach cafe’s. It’s been many years since I’ve been on a beach. Like your title says, “we shall get there one day.” lol!

  6. Wow, Robin, the first three shots are SO beautiful. I love the lightbeams and the sailboat. Nice toenails :).

  7. Karma says:

    The relaxing feet are great! I can’t wait until it is time for sandals again. Your umbrellas are very cheerful too. I hope you get a picture of the lizard tomorrow.

  8. penpusherpen says:

    I’m staring at the beach (I get an urge to spell it Beech? for some unknown reason!!) anyway, whichever way I spell it, the beach is there, and I’m staring at the photo…and I can just ‘see’ me (minds eye) walking the foaming waves, head down, and chilling out. Thanks to you!! Many thanks to you, ‘cos it’s what I love to do!! Dig in the toes and feel the wet sand, the white foam, and listen to the ‘shushing’ of the sea lazily lapping the shore…
    Are those your feet? shapely!!
    and I think chefs should ‘hold’ on the seasoning, and let people choose their ‘poison!!’ … that’s why salt and pepper condiments are on the tables.
    Looking forward to seeing a shot of the curly-tailed lizard, anyone who eats up bugs is a friendly sort!! xPenx

    • Robin says:

      I keep waiting to spot a pirate ship on the horizon, Pen. The water is such a beautiful combination of blues, greens, and turquoise, it reminds me of one of your favorite movies (or series of movies). Did I ever tell you that I have friends who were living on the island where they filmed those movies? And they met your favorite pirate?

  9. Sounds very relaxing. Take care of yourself, now.

  10. I love the photo of the pier. Wish I was there! I like the umbrellas too! Enjoy yourself!

  11. Another beautiful day in paradise… love your pictures.

  12. milkayphoto says:

    Still jealous!! Lovely photos! My favs are the sailboat, the sunset and the pier. I did see that ‘mystery post’ and actually had a clever comment for the image! Oh, well! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      So now I’m curious, Tracy… What was your clever comment? Or will I have to go out on the pier and get another photo of a pair of pelicans? (Actually, I’m going out tomorrow with hopes of catching at least one.)

      Thank you! 😀

  13. SkP says:

    Amazing pictures – would love to sail away like in the first pic one day 🙂
    Second one has incredible depth …

    • Robin says:

      I would love to sail away someday too, SkP. I’ve never been sailing but it looks like it would be quite an experience.

      Thank you. 🙂

  14. Barbara Rodgers says:

    More beauty – you have an eye for great shots… I love the seagull in flight! The colors in the fishing pier picture are amazing!

    My aunt, who is 96, when ordering in restaurants, always tells the waitperson “No Salt, Please!” Nine times out of ten her meal arrives without being salted.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Barbara. 🙂

      I’m thinking of starting a “no salt, please!” policy when I eat out from now on. I almost never salt anything at home as I just don’t feel the need for it. I had to give up the salt during my second pregnancy and never went back after my son was born. I like the natural taste of good food and if it needs a little boost, I find that vinegar or lemon juice work really well (and I like them better than salt).

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