D is for ducky

(Ducks on the pier.  Ocean City, NJ.  September 2008.  Photo © Robin)

I thought you might enjoy a music video to go with the ducks.

(Bath accessories.  June 2006.  Photo © Robin)

D is for Dolphin

(Pacific Beach, CA. April 2008.  Photo © Robin)

It’s not a great photo, but it’s the only one I managed to get as we watched the dolphins swim by.

I’ll be heading home today.  Regular posting will resume by the weekend.  I hope to get caught up with the comments and your blogs soon.


D is for Desert

(Anzo-Borrego Desert State Park, California.  April 2008.)*

M and I didn’t get to spend much time in the desert.  It was a quick day trip to see a little outside of San Diego when we were there last April.  Not really knowing what to expect, I was astonished at the stark beauty of the desert.

I’d like to go again someday, or explore another desert.  I’d like to see the stars at night from the desert.  Or watch a sunrise or sunset.

We were there just after the wildflowers had bloomed.  Luckily, there were still a few blooms left to be found.

Sometimes we had to wander down a path…

To find a few of those blooms.

Sometimes we had to look very carefully…

All in all, I enjoyed my visit to the desert.  I’m not sure I would have appreciated it as much if we’d gone during the hotter months.

*All photos © Robin.

D is also for…

Damselflies and…


And for the divine warm weather days that are their season.

D is for…


For instance, walking across this ice and snow covered suspension bridge, the kind modeled after the Inca rope bridge.  It rocks, it swings.  It’s not my kind of bridge.  But I took a deep breath, put one foot in front of the other, and made it to the other side.

I knew the Slippery Rock Gorge Trail would be a rough hike, but I didn’t know it was going to require daring.  We wandered off-trail and had a bit of an adventure when we encountered very large boulders blocking our way.  We ended up having to retrace our steps and hope we were moving fast enough to get back on the trail before the sun set and left us in the dark.

The proof of what an adventure it was lies in the fact that I took very few photos once we were off-trail, and none of the pictures were of the boulders because it was dark in the gorge and I was too busy trying to climb back over a rock I’d struggled to climb over in the first place when the decision was made to go back the way we’d come.

Or there was this trail, near Slippery Rock.  It was steep, rocky, wet, and slippery.  Perfect for mountain goats.

These were posted every now and then along the trail because if you slipped and fell down the steep slope you were walking on, you would likely end up here:

These were neither heroic feats of daring-do nor were they extreme in any way other than stepping outside of my comfort zone.  I’m not fond of heights and I like to have firm footing on the earth.

But sometimes it takes a little dash of daring to do something new or different, to deliberately take the steps needed to confront a fear.  It’s just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other.

(Note:  This is one of several posts — including yesterday’s — that I prepared ahead of time.  I’m visiting with my parents, my sister and her family, and will be back to boring you again with daily views of the pond in a few days.  Hopefully I’ll get caught up with everyone then, too.)

The Letter D

I finally got around to asking Marcia at Are We There Yet? for a letter.   I am now the proud advertising executive for the Letter D.

I’m going to spread out my 10 things I love about the letter D, one post at a time.  Isn’t that what NaBloPoMo is all about?

#1: Daffodils.

Journal Prompt: 10 things that make me smile

I picked this up at JournalingPrompts.com:  List ten things (or more, if you like) that make you smile.

I thought I’d make it a little more interesting by including photos.  In no particular order, and certainly not all inclusive, ten things (or more, if I feel like it) that make me smile:

#1: Walks and hikes in the woods with M.

(On the Buckeye Trail.  October 2008)

#2: My granddaughter.

(Princess Emma watching the sunsetAugust 2008)

#3: The beauty of the pond and property on which M and I live.

(The pond on an early autumn dayOctober 2008)

#4: Evil cats.  (Nah, they’re not evil.  It’s just a bad picture.  The glowing eyes crack me up.  And Izzy and Bella almost always make me smile.)

(Izzy and Bella on the kitty condoOctober 2008)

#5: Moonlight on the water.

(Light of the full moon shining on the sea.  Ocean City, New JerseySeptember 2008)

#6a: Play and goofing around.

(Toys on the beach.  Ocean City, New Jersey. September 2008)

#6b: Miniature golf (which, in my opinion, qualifies as both play and goofing — or is that golfing? — around).

(Margate Miniature Golf at the Bay.  September 2008)

7. Autumn colors.

(On the Buckeye Trail.  October 2008.)

8. Watching the sunrise (especially at the beach!).

(Sunrise.  Ocean City, NJ.  September 2008.)

9. Big, bright, happy sunflower faces.

(Sunflower.  August 2008.)

10. Fireworks!

(Fireworks at Blossom.  August 2008)


What are 10 things that make you smile?