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Saturday, March 06, 2010


Even though California has a mild winter, I still miss the sun filled days I have taken for granted.

Oh, to be able to sit outside, sip coffee, tea, or another drink in the shade of a tree or parasol. And solve the world's problems as hours go by. Maybe strange to miss the shade, but I do!

 Or spend a quiet day at the waterside. Having your fishing poles out. Lunch in the cooler  (icebox). Looking at the boats coming by. Feeling a light breeze in your hair.

Or have a walk in a garden heavy with the fragrance of with roses. Admiring the statues.

Or musing about the jagged shadows of palm trees on a sun drenched wall. For me this scene just screams "Paint me, paint me." Small gifts each day, taken for granted.
What do you take for granted?


This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Jeannette: Nice to see your beautiful photos from your world.

jeannette stgermain said...

Tom, thank you! Have a good weekend! Has the snow gone where you live?

Diane AZ said...

These are all lovely images, my favorite is the rose garden. Perhaps the fragrance of roses was something I took for granted when I lived in California. Here in AZ colorful sunrises/sunsets are the norm and could be taken for granted.

Dick said...

Nice pictures and I can tell you I miss the sunny days also, lol.
It's not that I don't like the dark days but there are too many of them.

jeannette stgermain said...

didn't know that you once lived in California Diane! The rose garden was that of the Huntington Library's.
I am amazed at so much rain coming down these days -even in your and my state (still remember your pic with the reflection of a cactus in a puddle!!)

For me the winter is too gray in Holland - that would be very hard to get used to again! Can imagine that on Texel it's also very windy?

Reader Wil said...

I take for granted that a nice person like yourself, comes to visit me!! I agree with you that we take our easy life for granted, while every moment the world is shocked by new disasters or terrorist attacks.Your photos are great! Thanks for sharing!

Ken said...

Interesting blog. Thanks for stopping by. Blue Skies.

Pam said...

You photos and thoughts are delightful.
I think we take most things for granted until we see something or someone that makes us stop to think about it.
Thanks for making me stop to enjoy the roses!

neetzy said...

I miss the sun as well. I was able to walk the dogs through the woods yesterday. There were still some snowy parts, a few solid parts, and a lot of muddy areas. February tends to melt into March mud. Oh well. Most of the snow is gone!

jeannette stgermain said...

Reader Wil,
Haha, you're such an upbeat person, Wil:) Yes, like you I'm so thankful for the good things in life instead of taking it for granted!

Your blog is always interesting to visit because of your travels and awesome pics!

In my pursuit of art, the older I become the more contemplative and evaluating what is really important in life:) Am glad you smelled the roses!

Sounds like an in-between scenery in your neck of the woods!
As long as you have some paintings for the show (smile -I'm sure you'll get them done!)

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VioletSky said...

I missed this post...
but I'm going to join in anyway, even if a bit late.

I also take for granted sitting outside on a patio with a drink. (was surprised to find the town next door to mine had no patios at any of its downtown restaurants or coffee shops)
I would also miss being able to walk everywhere - to the water, parks, shops, pleasant streets.

P.S. you hubby takes very good night shots.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you for your info. I'll check it out:)

I'll join in at others' previous posts all the time! ah, and you are giving me inspiration for more angles for another post like this!

Thanks, I'll be sure to pass this on to hubby!

happily retired gal said...

I sure know what you mean ;-)
I enjoyed all your beautiful views here and in other posts too. We So Cal residents are spoiled when it comes to weather so windy conditions like we had overnight and all the recent rain seem alien. LOL Thanks for dropping by Sacred Ruminations ... it's always nice to read your comments. As for the puffy clouds ... your observation that they looked like someone smoking a pipe seems right on to me, and I took no offense.
Hugs and blessings,

jeannette stgermain said...

Happy Retired Gal,
You're welcome, Friend! Couldn't believe I had my boots on -on Sunday. Of course a Northerner would have laughed (I did the first 5 years I was here LOL). It's a lot winder now I live 20 min. from the beach!