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Play dates and Walktober

And it rained and rained and rained...
It rained and rained and rained…

Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and some pure foolishness.

~ May Sarton

And rained some more.
And rained some more.

As of 1:00 this afternoon, we have had a grand total of 4.25 inches of rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen.   She’s pretty prolific.  She also brought warm temperatures with her, making it feel sauna-like outside.  The winds are not as strong as yesterday although we get a few good gusts from time to time.

We’re under another coastal flood advisory, and the path to the woods has been flooded again twice since I last posted.  M walked out to the dock yesterday evening, and said a small part of the dock was underwater, too.

Me, underwater.  A self-portrait.
Me, underwater. A self-portrait.

I have some photos from our last visit to the beach (5 October) to share with you.  The one above doesn’t look much like me, but it is me.  I took Lulu into the water with me, ducked under, and snapped a shot.  My bathing suit is the turquoise blue, the greens are probably the water, and the peach colors are my skin (which is not really a peach color at all, but must appear that way in the ocean).  Other than resizing, I left the photo as is.  I’m assuming the waviness is due to the waves of the sea.  I like being an abstract.

One foot at a time
One step at a time

No pedicures for me this year.  I keep meaning to do it myself, but can’t find the time.  Now that beach season is almost over, I’m not sure there is any point in making the time.

Since it’s a rainy day, I took a few minutes to play.  I used Photoshop to add a painting-like effect to the image of my foot above, and to the next two images.  Lulu’s photos come out with a slight painting look to them.  I enhanced it.

Swell
Whitecaps

M and I might go to the beach again tomorrow.  I’ve been wanting to visit Ocean City again, and take a walk on the boardwalk as well as check out some of the sales now that beach season is over.  We’re aiming for a rustic beach theme here in the house at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.  The right amount of beach kitschiness might provide good accents.

Tilted
Tilted

We’re going to see Gravity in 3D sometime this weekend, too.  The reviews are good, and it’s been a while since we last saw a movie at a theater.

Curl
Curl

What are your plans for the weekend?  Do you have anything playful in mind?  I hope so.  You know what they say about all work and no play.

Rollicking
Rollicking

Before I forget, something I do a lot lately, for those interested in the group walk, hereafter known as the Walktober Event (in case you need a refresher, some of you voted for it here), the dates for this year’s walk are Saturday, October 12 through Sunday, October 20.  Get out there, take a walk, blog about it, leave a link on this post, and I’ll put it all together sometime after the 20th.  The weather here looks like we’ll have a few good days to pick from over the next week so hopefully it will be the same wherever you are.  If the weather doesn’t look good for you, or you need more time for any other reason, let me know.  I don’t mind in the least extending the deadline.  It will give me more time, too.

Rolling
Rolling

I reckon that’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for today.  Thank you for visiting.  A big welcome to my new visitors and followers.  Have a delightful weekend!

Ripples of light
Ripples of light

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Channeling back to the sea
Channeling back to the sea
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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

22 thoughts on “Play dates and Walktober

  1. A lovely selection of photos today. Very soothing. Is there a Christmas Tree Shops within reasonable driving distance of the Wabi-Sabi ranch? (I found 2 in Maryland when I looked at their website) That a is a great place to shop for beachy kitsch at crazy low prices. I always make a visit to one when I visit Cape Cod. Looking forward to Walktober. Planning to try out a corn maze tomorrow – do you suppose that would count for my walk?

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  2. You are describing the January weather in my part of the world today Robin, the heat combined with the humidity. It’s my least favourite month of the year, yet since following your 365 day outdoor challenge I have learned to accept the weather for what it is at that time of year (whilst secretly longing for it to be over! 😉 ) The beach looks fabulous! My daughter has a small water-proof camera, I should borrow it from her the next time I go to the beach. I agree with Carol, but your stories usually do bring a sigh of contentment to me anyway. 🙂

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  3. Lovely photos…love the abstract…so YOU were underwater and the camera was above water? Or is Lulu waterproof. I’m somewhat confused….love that last photo as well…so nice that you are close enough to the ocean to enjoy it so frequently. I had forgotten about the walk. I need to write it on my calendar. I have next Friday off…I think that’s during the period of time…love the idea and would be mad if I forget! Wait. Tomorrow is Sat Oct 12…and Katie and I are going on an adventure. I’m pretty sure a walk will be involved…still…maybe I’ll make THE walk next Friday…just me. We’ll see!

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  4. Robin, your banner photo is the perfect way to start this lovely liquid post! I miss the soft blues and greens in the water. LOVED the Curl photo – I felt I could smell it and hear it and feel the light reflected from it. As others have said, contentment reigns.

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  5. Oh so glad I read this post–will try to do the Walktober. It’s a busy week coming up, but surely a walk at least can be fit in. (But a walk worthy of a story? That’s the way this mind always thinks.) LOVE the toes! What a cool picture. Hope things dry up.

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  6. Oh no ! I almost missed out on the group walk this year, I did enjoy it last year.
    I took a stroll around the quiet streets of Oxford on the weekend with Little Sister and Eldest Daughter and I still fit inside the dates with that one so I’ll drop you a link. 🙂
    Phew. 😀

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    1. I am running late on putting together the follow-up post, Sallyann, so you have plenty of time. (And if anyone else is reading these responses — you have time, too! Go. Walk. Post. Link. lol!)

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  7. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Here I am a month behind again. I suspect it will be so from now until forever. But I do want you all to know how much I appreciate your comments. Thank you. 🙂

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Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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