Monday, October 22, 2012

Signs of change

Yes, our weather has changed and we've been in a wet pattern for the last several days now...sigh.  I'm not ready to say good-bye to the warm sunshine on my face.  But it is, what it is, and I have no control over such matters.

My grandma used to say that the only constant in life, was change.  And change, we must.  We're continually evolving, growing, aging, changing.  Nothing in life ever remains the same.  It's a good reminder to embrace what we have in life to be thankful for.  Recognize our blessings and the people in our lives whom we love.

For tomorrow, everything could well be, very different from what we have today.

Our weekend was low-key.  I was perfectly ok with that.  There aren't many times when I can say that I'm at peace.  I've always felt an inner turmoil that I've never been able to explain.  I'm rarely satisfied for long, or with the status quo.  Always feeling the need to be doing, going, seeing...never quite content with what is.  It's a situation that I'm always at odds with.  So, when I feel content - I'm quite often surprised and always thankful.  This weekend was one of those rare times.  I didn't feel the need to be somewhere other than where I was.  How nice.

Friday was a chaotic day at work.  I have no reason why, it just was.  The phones started ringing the minute I walked through the door and never for a moment, seemed to stop throughout the day.  People wanting things, needing help, questions...always the questions, that never seem to end.  By late afternoon, I had a headache and was thoroughly depleted.  All the life had been sucked out of me.  I was ready to relax, and be somewhere quiet.  When I arrived at home, the smell of dinner cooking wafted through my senses the minute I walked through the door...hmmmm.  And it was warm, and cozy in our little home.  My husband had our supper all ready and a fire was going in the wood stove.  We ate a quiet dinner, did the chores and relaxed while watching a movie before heading off to bed.   Sabbath morning we went to church; the first time in a while.  We listened to a sermon by our new pastor.  It felt wonderful, and I felt peaceful.  Afterwards, we went out for lunch and headed back home.  I had a nap.  Delicious...

Sunday we spent the day cleaning, cooking, doing chores, and I had a very good session working with Eagle.  I'm ready to start riding him.  He's ready, and so am I.  He's a good, sensible, kind and loving horse.  He trusts me.  Now, I need to learn to return that trust.  I also want to get a helmet.  That'll be a first for me.  I've never even had a helmet on before, but it just seems like a good idea.  Not that I think Eagle will buck, or do anything unexpected.  I just have that thought, and I'm going to pay attention to it.

I have a few more pics of my wonderful trip to the beach a little over a week ago, that I'd like to share.  Beautiful little Neskowin Beach and their many signs...

 This house is named the Eishirlou...they have 3 daughters.  Eileen, Shirley and Louise.  Eishirlou.

 The Green Dragon is a rental cottage.

 This little community is all about the dogs.  They are very dog-friendly and it's evident everywhere.  I like that.

 This family really got into the spirit!

The following pictures are from Cape Kiwanda, the beach at Pacific City...Dory capital of the world.  The Dory fishing boats launch directly from the beach into the surf, and when they come back ashore, they slide way up onto the sand.  It's fun to watch!  In the last several years, Pacific City has been changing.  It's becoming quite popular with surfers.  You can see what a beautiful day it was...wish I were there again!
 The Oregon coast is famous for two different "Haystack Rocks".  This is the larger of the two, and the other is further up North, at Cannon Beach.

 The beach we lived on is just on the other side of this rather large sand dune...down the beach a couple of miles at Tiera Del Mar.
Looks like fun!!

My beautiful girls...tired from walking and playing.  We picked up a pizza and headed back to our little cottage away from home.  It was a perfectly lovely time spent at the beach.  It was wonderful to get away for a few days and relax, spend some time rejuvenating our spirits and just "being", instead of always "doing".
What a blessing and possibly one of the last warm and perfectly gorgeous fall days before the rains settled in.

Like I said before, life and everything that goes along with that; is in a constant process of change.  We need to learn to embrace that change...and like the sign says - "go with the flow".

Happy Monday all,


Carolynn Anctil said...

Flow - my word for this year. I'm loving it so much and what it's manifesting in my life that I might just hang onto it another year. We'll see what the New Year brings.

Your dogs look like they had a blast at the beach. Tired, happy puppies - those are the best.

How slow is that dragon, I wonder?

Strawberry Lane said...

Love the photos! I'm thinking I should move to that vacation spot,since "slow" seems to be what they do. I could do that ... maybe, I think.

Question:You said: "Sabbath morning we went to church". Does Walla Walla, Pacific Union College mean anything to you?

Beach scenes are beautiful! What a time your girls had!

Life=change. I really need to concentrate on that.

C-ingspots said...

Marvel - Yes, I have several friends who went to WWPUC and many more friends who still live in that area. I'm not, but am a SDA. The beach trip was just what I needed, and I'm wishing everything could just slow down! Come on up, we'll go again!!

Grey Horse Matters said...

Your weekend does sound peaceful. Love your pictures too. I hope you do get a helmet before you ride Eagle. It's just extra insurance. Good luck with him and have fun.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Beautiful shots, they almost seem to come right off of the page, and I can smell the ocean...

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Paint Girl said...

Sounds like a nice, relaxing weekend... just what you needed. I love this time of year mainly for those quiet weekends with a fire in the wood stove and dinner going in the crock pot.
You beach vacation looked fantastic and thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures!! I should really get away more often!
I can't wait for your post on riding Eagle!

aurora said...

Awesome beach photos - they just glow! Glad you took time to slow down. I've always felt the ocean speaks volumes, I miss the feeling...

I absolutely hate how helmets look on me, however for some reason it gives me a little extra layer of confidence - you might find it does the same for you.

Victoria Cummings said...

How lovely to come home to a dinner cooked for you and a fire in the fireplace! Please do get a helmet, but it sounds like you and Eagle are ready to soar together.

Lori Skoog said...

There's something very special about beach communities. Love all the signs.

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

I'm like Jen... I can practically smell the ocean from your photos. There's something about north coast beaches that smells different than any place else. It's a wonderful salty smell that I love. Your photos have taken me to some wonderful memories... memories of slow-paced walks along deserted beaches with the salty north coast breeze blowing through my hair. Thank you!

panthercreekcottage said...

Glad you had a relaxing time and the surfing photos are fantastic as was the weather it seems. So wish I could have joined you. Let's get together soon Missy.

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