Sunday Morning at the Watering Hole…

“Nature itself is the best physician.” 

Hippocrates 

Double C’s…not that🤣…where is your mind at….Cancer and Covid…each on their own are incredibly stressful circumstances to walk with…together, they can become an overwhelming daily event…

To find a place of peace and calmness to breathe in…Mr. P and I headed into nature…we are lucky that Addo Elephant park is only about a 45 minute drive…a place of solace from the current “norm”…

I think I have gone over the edge a tad…for every photo that I came across…seemed to have a conversation with me…but I wanted to share and hope that you might find a respite from your own place of chaos and turmoil or just a laugh…btw…it did work…both of our resting heart rates did come down…❤

Did you hear what’s happening down at the watering hole today?

Oh…OK, Mabel…nothing’s happening here…let’s go check it out…

Hey, Wait for me…I can hear everything…if you let me go too…I’ll tell you everything

…There’s the boy’s again…fighting over that prissy girl…won’t they every learn?

There goes George…all in a huff…I guess he didn’t get the girl this time…

Yup…the party is starting…you better hurry, girls…

There’s Bertha…definitely hasn’t lost all the “pregnancy fat” yet…and that child of her’s…so spoilt and noisy…

And there’s Secretary Martha…always looking for her lost bugs…and that outdated feathered cap!!!!… really needs to go…

Quite eating, Ziggy…we’re going to miss all the fun…

Let’s keep going, Pumba…it looks a little crowded here…

…Psst,,,those nosy girls are on the way….want me to head them off at the pass…I’ll take them both on…you know I will!….

Which way….come on, guys…which way….this is not funny…you know I can’t see which way to go….

The Gang’s all here…

Sending love, laughter, and some magic for your day!!!! ~Renée

Fermented Fruit of the Ancient “Elephant Tree”…

There is a phrase…”curiosity killed the cat…but satisfaction brought him back”…and that is how we got in wonderful trouble…

…After reading about how the animals so enjoyed the fruit…my curiosity about this aromatic, juicy plum-sized fruit rapidly grew…so I had to ask Mr. P if he had tasted the fruit…he HAD tasted the exquisite Amarula cream Liqueur… and of course I just had to give it a try…

Anything that has withstood the test of thousands of years…it must be exceptional…yes, believe it or not archaeological evidence shows the marula tree was a source of nutrition as long as ago as 10,000 years B.C….

It is a botanical treasure…nearly every part of the tree can be used in one way or another…from the bark which can be chewed for stomach issues…the nuts can roasted and are considered to be a delicacy…the leaves used as a spice…and then there is the fruit…raw, cooked, made into jam, a home-made beer called Buganu, in Mozambique the fermented marula fruit is used to produce a wine called Ucanhe…and of course Amarula Cream…

This magical tree is also dioecious trees….what in the world does “dioecios” mean…it means that the tree has a specific sex…and of course, it is the female ones that bear flowers and fruit…the males only “look pretty” by blooming…

I tried it and it is extraordinarily delicious…and Mr. P said it gave him psychedelic dreams…and as I said in the beginning…”satisfaction brought him back”…it is now in our stash of alcohol…just in case we forget why the elephants (and all the rest of the African animals) love it so much…

https://youtu.be/hBzqy5a–WE

*Beautiful Feature Image by Jabulani-Keith-Ladzinski

Drunk and Not-So-Drunk Elephants…

I believe that I can hear you say..,”Really?”…the truth has been debated…but I tend to lean towards the probability that it is true…

Drunk elephants or for that matter…or drunken antics by any animals was never even near to being within the scope of things that I might have given a passing hmmmm…🤔

In research for my novel, I am in the process of reading a translation of Adulphe Delegotgue’s two-volume Voyage dans l’Afrique Australe produced originally in 1848…a young 24 year old aristocratic Frenchman, whose lust for adventure and scientific curiosity provoked him to take an incredulous 5 year journey of exploration in southern Africa…BTW…it is a most delightful read…

Delegorgue considered the biological aspects the most interesting part of his travel memoir and devotes a significant portion of his writing to the majestic elephant…

“The elephant has in common with man predilection for a gentle warming of the brain induced by fruit which has been fermented by the action of the sun: the omkouschlouane and the makano of the Amazoulous”

Travels in Southern Africa,1990

Enjoy a little laughter today….

Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant; the only harmless great thing. John Donne

A few days after starting this blog…Mr. P & I took a needed day in nature…an excursion to Addo Elephant Park only few hours drive from home…although we didn’t see any drunk elephants…the ones we saw were incredibly interesting and humorous…reminding me of my own family get-togathers…a tribe with 5 brothers and sisters…all the accompanying nieces and nephews…and added friends…each holiday was just a noisy and raucous as this herd that we found around a waterhole in the park…

Did you know that you can identify the African Elephant from all their Asian cousins by the fact that they are larger and their ears are larger and bear a resemblence to the continent of Africa…

“One cannot resist the lure of Africa.” ~Rudyard Kipling

Their trunks have over 40,000 muscles and 2 fingerlike features at the end of their trunk that they use to grab things…Their Asian cousins have only 1…

“It was the wildest, untouched Africa, and it was magic.” ~Jane Goodall

“Of all African animals, the elephant is the most difficult for man to live with, yet its passing ― if this must come ― seems the most tragic of all. I can watch elephants (and elephants alone) for hours at a time, for sooner or later the elephant will do something very strange such as mow grass with its toenails or draw the tusks from the rotted carcass of another elephant and carry them off into the bush. There is mystery behind that masked gray visage, and ancient life force, delicate and mighty, awesome and enchanted, commanding the silence ordinarily reserved for mountain peaks, great fires, and the sea.” – Peter Matthiessen

https://everydaypower.com/elephant-quotes/

“The strange rhythm seemed now to be coming from behind me, from the land, so I turned to look across the gorge … where my heart stopped … Standing there in the shade of the tree was an elephant … – Carl Safina

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We Interrupt this Program…

…and that’s exactly what it felt like…watching a beautiful love story and floating blissfully in it’s sweet enchanting dream to be violently jolted by the loud jarring sound of the Attention Signal and the words…”We interrupt this program. This is the Wartime Broadcasting Service. This country has been attacked with nuclear weapons. Communications have been severely disrupted, and the number of casualties and the extent of the damage are not yet known. We shall bring you further information as soon as possible. Meanwhile, stay tuned to this wavelength, stay calm and stay in your own house.”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four-minute_warning

It wasn’t a national emergency…but a bomb had been dropped on our own personal world🌍…no warning…in a few seconds our world that had already been altered drastically with Covid…now became totally decimated…everything stopped…my heart…my very breath…

Photo by Jens Johnsson on Unsplash

…everything became surreal when I heard the words…the tumor was cancerous…a sigmoid cancer…adenocarcinoma ( a type of cancer that starts in the cells that form glands making mucus)…a stage II with 9 out of the 20 lymph nodes in the colon affected and was metastasized in the peritoneal area…all facts that are machine fired at you in such a perfunctory fashion…each new fact that was like a slap in the face that you are stunned by… with no understanding as to what is happening..

Mr. P had been suddenly thrust into a club that he did not want a membership to…he had even kept it all to himself until he knew that he had to be scheduled for surgery…I was quite perturbed about that…but he was trying to process the information and protect me from any unnecessary grief…so he was forgiven…and I didn’t really have time to dwell on that fact…

Within a couple of weeks…on Sept 29th surgery was scheduled…after about 4 hours of surgery…he was back at home within just a few days…doing better than most patients…he is such an incredibly strong man both physically and emotionally…with the doctor’s assessment that all the cancer had been removed…the infected section of colon, the lymph nodes in the thin tissue that attached your intestines to the back of your abdominal wall, …I didn’t even know that we had lymph nodes there…and the metastasized portion..he was cancer free…the future brightened a little…

…after a month of healing from the physical side effects of the surgery…chemo had to be started…12 sessions that would eradicate any last possible floating cancer cell…that horrible cocktail of drugs and chemo…

The hardest part for me is the helplessness that I feel…a hug or hand holding does not obliterate the nausea, the extreme fatigue, the unusual side effect of “cold dysesthesia” or cold hypersensitivity (where even drinking anything cold can cause your throat to close)…or the photosensitivity…or any of the myriad number of effects that he must endure…

I hate that I am cannot sit with him during his chemo sessions…where he must sit alone and watch those like him that suffer…sometimes with excruciating side effects…the best I can do pray and wait…send a care package with love note…learn how to remove his port and inject his immune booster shot in his stomach…all with love and care…

Yet my heart is filled with gratitude for the life that I share with this man I love…the good and the bad…the nightmares and the sweetest of dreams…true, authentic, raw love is boundless…for better…for worse…in sickness and in health…

Yes…life is currently on hold for me…the photography and the writing are not at the top of my list at the moment…other “normal” activities don’t warrant my concentrated attention either…but that’s perfectly OK …for until our world stops wobbling I will just hold unto Mr. P and close my eyes…embracing it all with a heart of thankfulness for what I have in the moment…

I can’t wait for the day that we can start planning our future again…the list continues to grow of the things that we plan to do…the travels…the new adventures…and more hand and heart holding…

The rain will pass and the sky will clear…the sun will shine and the flowers will bloom…just waiting for the storm to pass…

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The March of the Ants…

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I really did not know that I was supporting the environment or providing extra protein and iron for the health of our guests when I unknowingly feed them “puds” (puds is the South African all encompassing word meaning dessert) with live ants…it really is one of those life experiences that make you cringe and laugh at…all at the same time…

Mr. P asked someone who did him a favor to stay for supper…just to set up the scene…I do enjoy being hospitable and am usually pretty good at it…I was happy to do so…totally unprepared to feed the gentleman and his 10/11 year old son on a 30 minute notice…

Grabbed some steaks out of the freezer…baked a few potatoes and made a salad…easy and perfectly acceptable…but what to serve for dessert🍮…hmmm…now I had leftover chocolate cake and “Crunchies” (Crunchies are a nonbake bar made with oats, coconut and honey)…not a bad ending…I asked if (we’ll call the son “E”) E liked chocolate…now what kid does not like chocolate…and he grinned…warming my heart…

Grabbing a bowl…I add some chocolate cake and “crunchie” and sat it down in front of “E”…he was sitting at the table diagonally across from me and I couldn’t really see what was happening…but I noticed that he wasn’t eating his chocolate cake…and just a little bit of his crunchie…hmmm🤔…a question mark briefly tiptoed across my mind…but just let it keep going as I continued conversing and trying to play hostess…

Then I saw his father briefly reach across his bowl and pick something off…still didn’t register….

…And then when I brought his father dessert…all was revealed…they had been so polite that they didn’t let me know what was going on…though I tried to serve chocolate covered ants unknowingly…

I cannot even imagine what “E” told his mother about the “crazy” woman from America serving live ants with his chocolate cake…maybe that is how I got away with it…because even though I was embarrassed beyond measure…and was probably my worst dinner disaster…I will forever remember how grateful they were with the sharing of our home and meal…even receiving the warmest hug from “E” before they left…a truly memorable evening here…

I firmly believe that the ants own the land here in South Africa…the birthplace of man…and apparently that of the ant too…huge ant hills are a familiar sight…especially in the game reserves…

Out of curiosity, I searched for what countries served “ants” for food…I came across some new and interesting information that I had never really seen before…about Entomophagy, the consumption of insects as food…very nutritional and even promoted by the U.N. for the following reasons….

Adding insects to our diet resolves a lot of problems!

https://www.edibleinsects.com/entomophagy/

Making Entomophagy a trend here in the West will change the trajectory and make eating insects more popular worldwide. Doing this will reduce the demand for traditional meat and help limit the destruction it’s causing. We need to adopt insects into our diets for many reasons.
Key points are listed below.

Food Insecurity: Edible insects are available to just about anyone anywhere. They can be grown in homes, small farms, and large commercial enterprises.

Inhumane Treatment of Livestock: Insects raised for food can be grown and harvested humanely without the need for growth hormones and antibiotics.

Deforestation: Two-thirds of the deforestation taking place in the Amazon is for beef. Insects can be grown humanely just about anywhere, in rural and urban areas. You can even raise insects in old warehouses.

Pollution: Fertilizers, manure, and pesticides are major causes of land, water, and air pollution. Livestock is responsible for around 14 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

Land & Water Resources: Two-thirds of our potable water and over a third of our arable land is used for livestock. As our population increases by 50% in the near future, finding solutions to this is imperative.

Our Health: Edible insects are a real animal protein that includes all nine essential amino acids; they’re a prebiotic fiber (nutrition for probiotics), very high in antioxidants, a perfect Omega 3:6 balance, high in B12, Calcium, Zinc, Iron, and more. Insects are also a very bio-available food source.

Just in case you are interested😂…Here is an actual recipce from https://www.bugsfeed.com/locusts_with_ants_and_wild_garlic…

Even though there are over 36 African countries that are “entomophagous…and “bugs” may be a mass produced food source in the future…I don’t think I’ll ever be a “bug” connoisseur anytime soon…or contributing much in the way of this new cuisine…but hey, that’s just my personal aversion to bugs in any shape and form …

Would you be willing to create a meal with bugs…

Sending much love…laughter and magic…no “bugs” though…

Fine…Like Wine

…or at least a beautiful French Brandy…1956 was the year… Armagnac…fuller and more complex than the Cognac…definately me…expensive and better every day……born January 26, 1956

“Baron de Sigognac 1956 Vintage Armagnac has a beautiful amber colour with gold highlights. There is a delicate nose with an impressive wealth of aromas, where the light scents of pink grapefruit and apricot meet the clear aromas of dried fruits and cinnamon. A true olfactory pleasure. Mouth is as wonderful as nose, and delicately develops a marriage of crystallized citrus fruits and roasted coffee aromas, before merging in a beautiful and long finish of vanilla rancio.

https://www.vintagewineandport.co.uk/vintage-wine/1956-wine/

Yes…definately me 🙂 turning full bodied..hopefully not sour and vinegary…although I do probably give Mr. P a headache now and then…

…Yesterday was my 65th birthday…always a great deal of contemplation during the month of my birthday…never believed in New Year’s resolutions…probably because like most people…they never lasted longer than a few weeks…

So at the beginning of the year…until my birthday I take the time to reassess the past year…what progress of my life goals I made and what might need to be changed…who do I need to be to accomplish the desires I still carry …where do I want to be in 5 or 10 years…and the years after that…

But 65…whoa!!!! I CAN’T be…Refuse to be…I really don’t want to be 65…ok, I am 😦

Today, I recieved an email from My Notes to the Universe©www.tut.com asking…”Does the fact that each earthly life is so incredibly brief add to or detract from its sublime magnificence?” …great question

My personal response would be…that each day…each year…each decade that we experience upon this blue marble in the vastness of time and space bursts with new and unfamiliar experiences to live…ends and beginnings…there is such breath-taking magic in appreciating every new breath…the beauty is in the “now”…the joy is in the appreciation and embracing of the present…

Aging is an inevitable metamorphosis…yet it isn’t the end of a beautiful life…but a beautiful thing itself…

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”

― Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967

Think I’m going to splash in the puddles now… with a young heart… “for Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.” -Walt Disney

Paw Prints on Our Hearts🐾

It’s 5 o’clock and I catch myself waiting to hear the clicking of her toenails as she abruptly skids into the kitchen…asking for her dinner…but there is only the silence…Mr. P thought he caught a glimpse of her in when he was working in the garden…she loved being outdoors

No banal platitudes or trite quotes…words feel meaningless or at least extremely inadequate at the moment…with an inability to convey the heaviness and tumultuous of emotions…

Summerstrand, PE

Arriving in South Africa in July 2019…often I felt lost and alone in a place where everything was unfamiliar and devoid of family and old friends to hold unto…Mr. P and the lady Whiskey were my saving grace…

…when I arrived here last year…she & I started out with a common bond being two old ladies…well, I should say…just more mature…with bum left hips🤣…when Mr. P would go to work…I talked or cried…and she listened…and she understood…we became inseparable…where ever I went…she followed and laid down beside me to keep me company…it was as if she knew that it was her job…she was my friend…

Mr. P was of course her first love…her alpha…she had been with the family for almost 15 years…he trained her…took her for her favorite walks…she really adored him❤ and he loved her❣

Two worlds swirled together…creating a love that doesn’t make a lick of sense to the rational part of our brain…but somehow it touches the dreamy and devoted parts…our heart…and that is where she’ll always be…

…I wish she could have stayed just a little while longer…at least until Mr. P completed the chemo…and I think that she tried…when she ran limping down the hall her last morning to say good morning and give her love greeting…

People (and Pets🐾) come into your path for a reason, a season or a lifetime

When you know which one it is, you will know what to do with that person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.

They have come to assist you through a difficulty…

To provide you with guidance and support…

To aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually…

They may seem like they are a godsend, and they are.

They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then without any wrongdoing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.

Sometimes they die…

Sometimes they walk away…

Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand….

What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled…

Their work is done.

The prayer you sent up has now been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON.

Because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.

They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.

They may teach you something you have never done.

They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.

Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons.

Things you must build upon to have a solid emotional foundation.

Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.

It is said that love is blind, but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part of my life…

Whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime

–Unknown author

Most everyone and everything in our lives is often transitory…and life is brief…with your whole being…embrace the sweetness of life…and even the pain for it teaches and imbues with wisdom (if we let it)…fill each moment with gratitude, passion and purpose…forgive, forget and release each transgression quickly… relentlessly pursue joy…and never bypass a moment to express your love…

Prayers that your day will be filled with love, much laughter and the magic of life.

Braver. Stronger. And More Beautiful…

We can’t control what happens to us…but we can control how we handle it…

The next 6 months are a journey into the unknown for Mr. P & I…I thought seriously about not using this blog to document this journey…to only keep a private journal…but this blog was created to show that our life tapestry is beautiful…not in spite of… but because of the dark…

The dark skies that cause the stars to shine all the brighter…and that there is always hope…there is always the present🎁

And so I write…

The unknown is always the worst part of life…I think…Mr. P & I have lived long enough that we know how to prepare for the storms that we know are on the way…

Yet we were definitely not prepared for Mr. P to be the one to have any physical issues…no family history of serious issues…always very health conscious in eating and exercising…we had discussed the possibility of the “old age” aches and pains…and possible physical ailments…many…many years down the road…but not so soon…

It has been a whirlwind from the first knowledge of the tumor to surgery…waiting for genetic DNA diagnosis of the tumor…listening to the oncologist tell us that that it was a stage 4 type of cancer…that all the visible cancer had been removed…chemo only needed to remove any floating residual cells… another surgery for implanting the port…waiting for that to heal…seeing nurses…making appointments…

51 Days…8 weeks…2 months…no matter how you count it…such a long time…such a short time…

So much to be grateful for…that the tumor was found before it spread any further…that the doctors Mr. P had were exceptional…love and support of family…and our faith…we are blessed beyond measure…I try and stay in that place…I definitely not perfected that spiritual attribute yet…

The first chemo treatment was today…and they found that his port was blocked…so the beginning already seems to have began with step backwards…

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

I look out the window as I wait to hear something..anything…and even the skies seem to be weeping today…

“Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there.”
― Meister Eckhart

An X-ray showed that there was a hole in the catheter…now we wait…the doctor is out until Monday…not positive if the port needs to be replaced…which would mean another surgery…another two weeks before the chemo can begun again…

All in the midst of an increase of Covid cases…

Yet…the colored threads still travel through the minutes and hours of our days

Last night we had a beautiful chat with his son and his girlfriend via Skype who are living in France…it was my first time meeting them…and it was light hearted and fun talking of religion…philosophy…….

We are having a dinner with Mr. P’s sister and her husband in a couple of days…able to keep up with the rest of the kids via WhatsApp…everyone is healthy…we recently had our second pleasurable excursion here in town…and so much more…we are blest beyond any imaginable measure…

But most of all…our love threads the tapestry with such unbelievable colors of happiness…I am so appreciative of every moment that I have with this man who stole my heart…I waited a long time for this love and this is not going to be the end of our story…

Even when he drives me crazy…He is always my biggest support and my number one fan…  he cuddles with me…He never fails to wipe my tears away…We respect each other, even when we disagree with one another…I never have to question his love for me…and❣❣❣❣❣❣❣❣❣❣❣

and we will keep holding on…till the end of time

The Balancing Act

What started out to to be a slightly anxiety producing event morphed into an exceptionally magnificent morning…

Mr. P and I had been tossing the idea of taking a whale and dolphin watching cruise since I arrived…well…even before…since my son-in-law showed me the videos of the jackass penguins and their true-to-life sound of a braying donkeyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVF9F28SY4c…so belly laughing hilarious🤣to watch…

In an effort to keep my social skills from totally atrophying I joined a photographic club…this happened to be their first ‘outing’ that I decided to join…Mr. P became a member too…on account that I haven’t learned to drive on the left side of the road with a left-handed stick shift… and sharing the road with crazy drivers and he makes me feel safer…my own personal bodyguard😎…seriously, it was more about being to be able to share the things that we both enjoy…

We were anticipating a distraction from the current situation that we are experiencing at the moment…although surgery had gone well…the previous day’s appointment to the oncologist was difficult for me…a reminder of the anguish inflicted on the the lives of 46 family members who had fought the same darkness and the few who survived it’s aggressive assault on their lives…and the special one❤ who lives with the presence of the gene that she carries with her every day of her life…

It started the night before…the combination of a glass of wine and seasick pills laid me out me out quicker than Tyson’s 90 second knockout…I could not keep my eyes open for anything…and at 8:30 gave it up…Mr. P did promise not to tell the kids that I wasted the night sleeping😂…

The morning dawned and set off early…the early night definitely helped to being “bright-eyed and bushy tailed”…with slight apprehensions about being accepted into the group…being the new kid on the block and an American to-boot…we set out to expand my knowledge of the marine life here in Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth…it still feels so unbelievable to live so close to all of this miraculous splendor of nature…

The sea was flat and calm after a few days of winds…yet trying to walk gracefully on a narrow floating pontoon bridge was not an easy feat for me…like navigating life (particularly in our now)…finding balance is most important…

Balancing Family Life Through Uncertainty | Resilient Educator
Dr. Seuss said it best…

By the time I got to the boat, evidently I still hadn’t found my balance…Lost my sandal climbing up the boxes to get into the boat…I tried so hard to look like I knew what I was doing…to be elegant and graceful…put the camera bag on the seat…gave my hand to the owner of the boat and most gracefully lifted my leg over the side and promptly my sandal flew off and landed on the floor of the boat…

“It’s about finding that balance where you have one foot in the familiar, one foot in the unfamiliar.
If you have two feet in the unfamiliar it’s overwhelming….

― Humble the Poet

Algoa Bay

oh, well…I was too excited to dwell on it for long…living in the moment…not the past or the imagined future is a critical component to balancing the good and bad in life for us right now…

Looking to the Future

… this day was going to be a positive memory in our lives…

And it was/and is…the postcard perfect day… weather was cooperating fully…acres of bright blue canvas of sky with puffs of white magic…blown with playful gentle breezes…what more could I ask for…

…but it was just the beginning…I became lost in the enchantment of the sea…

“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too” ~Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

…and so are our lives

Such a incredible day…warm ocean painted memories to cherish and hold within my heart❤

I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Watchin’ the tide, roll away
I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time
~Otis Redding

..the white heaven bound birds reminding my soul to glide freely from the fear and a wave of sweet earthly joy and hope for the future began to dance…

…with all my love and wishes for magic🎈 and laughter in your life

~Renée

*Special shout-out to Raggy Charters for this beautiful cruise experience