Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hang on to your dreams

Another autumn Tuesday and it was so foggy until early afternoon, it was eerie. But, alas the sun is shining brightly now and wowzer, how it does effect the spirits!! Mine, anyway - not those Halloweeny spirits. I'm not sure what it is, but when the sun is shining, all is right with my world. Truly amazing how it effects my state of well-being. That being said, there are probably more appropriate climates for a sun-loving gal to choose to live. Ahh, there you have it - I didn't choose to live here. I was born here; in fact, I live within 10 miles of where I was born. Not exactly a world traveler, I guess.

I did live at the beach for a little over a year - didn't think I would like that at all, but I loved it! It was a tiny beach side seasonal community - not really a town at all - named Tierra del Mar. We had a house right on the beach and it was built on stilts over the garage. The entire west side of the house was a wall of windows facing the ocean and the views and sunsets and moonscapes over the water were amazing! I remember waking up in the middle of the night and wandering out to the living room and just gazing out at the eerie effervescent quality of the moonlight casting over the ocean waves - lovely. We also had a deck on the front side of the house where we spent a lot of time. Our dog, Abbey was her name, used to bark forewarning us of someone approaching her domain when people would walk along the beach. We had no yard, just sand and beach grass and our house was no more than a few hundred feet from the actual beach, so she just assumed that the entire coastline as far as she could see was ours. And, looking back, it did feel that way sometimes. The only real signs of life in the off-season were on the weekends when cars, campers and sand toys showed up to go dory fishing in nearby Pacific City or playing on the dunes at Sand Lake. Our little house was right in the middle and we loved it. We would get home from work and go surf fishing and catch dungeness crab for dinner. Once, my husband rescued a deer from the surf. She was young and disoriented and kept trying to jump the waves and go out to sea. He caught her and pointed her in the right direction, and moments later she seemed to regain her faculties and bounded away from the ocean and disappeared in the trees up into the hills. There were these little goats that lived across the road from us. I don't remember who owned them, but we used to feed them fresh veggie treats and scratch their heads. They were so cute. Those were the first goats I ever knew personally. Amazing the things that a person remembers when you start reminiscing. Those were good times and someday, I wouldn't mind living at the ocean's edge again. Sleeping is supreme when you have a cool, ocean breeze to lull you into dreamland...

But, I've never lived in the mountains yet and I love, love, love the mountains. I love the sweet pungent smell of the forest, a mixture of fir and pine trees and summer berries and warm, sweet earth. If I could have what I wished for, it would be a cabin near a babbling creek sitting at the edge of a beautiful meadow where I could gaze out my window and watch my horses graze alongside the deer. Oh, doesn't that sound just divine? Maybe a view of a gorgeous snow covered mountain peak and an abundance of trails just waiting to be explored on horseback...oh, maybe someday if I'm truly blessed I'll get to experience that. I know just the place too. We spent a week there a couple of years ago and it was just magical. A place where sweet dreams are made to be sure.

What's your wish?


allhorsestuff said...

Hi ther again!
Yes the extra Sun days are feeling so right with me. I have S.A.D. and my circadian does not function in the wintertimes well..I have been loosing some sleep already due to the fact that I am not outside in the light on work days. Though I own 3 Lights for therapy and have my phone's alam set for the 4 times a day I must do the "light Therapy".
It is all good..what a wonderful summer and fall we have had.

With you on the beachscapes living..think I could be lulled nicely by the ions there and the constant wave sounds.
Though the forest has it true and pure mountain terrains that I adore and the rich colors and diverse wildlife...hummmm

Forest are where I'd live, I do believe..Just on the edge of a very large meadow where my mares could graze very content and with a watchful eye on the trees and hills from the open.
Thanks for asking..the DREAM IS ALIVE!

Melanie said...

Well if you love the mountains, you can just come right up to my house for a little respite!

Of course I live in the foothills, but that means that Mt. Rainier is only 50 miles away...as the crow flies.

I want to live in the desert...I am thinking NM or AZ!

PS- I ghosted you over at my blog! :)

Train Wreck said...

Hey I live in the mountains! There is no babbling brook! I got jipped! he he! That does sound lovely! I want to sit with you! I wanted to make sure since you are following me , I could follow you! I added you to my blog roll! Now we can make circles!!

Five O'Clock Somewhere said...

I wouldn't mind trying out your beach spot for a while, sounds so nice.

C-ingspots said...

All horse stuff - thanks for visiting. I enjoy your comments. Those lights you mentioned, do you think they help?? They've been recommended to me, but I've never really checked them out. And yes, we have been blessed this year and we're still having beautiful days - like today!!!Where were those pics of you trailriding taken?? I want to go there - right now, let's go!! We can do some ridin' and dreamin' - sounds fun!

And Melanie, thanks to you for your wonderful comments. I enjoy hearing from you too - it's so much fun getting comments from so many wonderful and interesting people!! Hmmm, you live in the mountains huh?? I get off work at 5:30 - what's for dinner girlfriend?? I'm on my way!! My dream place I was talking about in the mountains where we spent a week?...is at the base of Mt. Adams near a tiny town called Trout Lake - maybe we'll be neighbors someday! And yes, I am intrigued by New Mexico as well - I've never been there...yet.
Ghosted me??? Aaacckk!! what's that?? Remember, I'm on a very steep learning curve here!!?? Maybe I can figger it out - ya think?

Trainwreck - thanks so much for adding me to your blog roll - yes, now we can do circles sista!! And, I want to visit you in the mountains as well - you could show me how to take beautiful pictures like you do!! I just ordered my new camera a couple of days ago!! I'm so excited!!! Now, I'll just need to learn about downloading and putting them on here and and...yi yi yi help**

5 o'clock somewhere!! Welcome! I love the name...I am going to go visit your blog right now!! This blogging business is sooo much fun!

Melanie said...

You crack me up!!!
If you need any help with the ghosting thingy, just let me know. ;)

This one is pretty easy, because you don't have a specific picture that you have to upload to your blog, you can just pick a Halloween picture of your choice.

fernvalley01 said...

Hello ,caught your note on my blog
Thanks for the kind words , come back any time and I will check this one for things to chat about

Mrs Mom said...

Hey SPOTS!!! (OK, so I have a huge weakness for Appies!)

I spent most of my life in the mountains, buried under snow. (AKK!!) Now, I live where there is no snow, and love every second of it even in the humidity drenched summers.

Thanks for popping in at my blog! ;) Always nice to have someone else out here to play with!

Looking forward to getting to know you and your crew here!

Train Wreck said...

C-spot laugh! Hey just checking on you and your babbling! he he! Thanks for all the kind words, don't worry I will post a witty post soon and you can make a wise crack or two!

Jenn said...

My mom lives in the moutains and I've been out there to ride with her. I loved visiting and riding those amazing trails out in the middle of nowhere...but I couldn't live there. By the end of my visit I was feeling a bit "trapped" by the mountains. Give me my vast, wide open spaces over the confining mountains.

My dream is to live in Ireland, near the ocean with all those big, green wide open spaces in my back yard. And horses. Lots of big Irish-bred Thoroughbreds.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I'm a military brat so I've lived all over the country. I love the ocean and spent many summers on Edisto Island in Sc before we moved out here to the New Mexico mountains. I love it here and can't imagine living anywhere else.

My wish would be to still live in the mountains but own a large property than what we have now. At least 20 acres and also be close to National Forest so I could ride right off my property onto miles of beautiful trail.

Wish me luck!

Oh and I'm wishing that your wishes come true, too :)