Silent Sunday – Chose to Chance the Rapids

rafting on the Animas River in Colorado

“Too many times we stand aside
And let the waters slip away
‘Til what we put off ’til tomorrow
Has now become today
So don’t you sit upon the shoreline
And say you’re satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids
And dare to dance the tide…yes”

Inspired by Marsha’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday #29 – Rivers

Til next time ~Dare to Dance ~JP

I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts and an FOTD

We’re in a heat advisory here in the Bluegrass. Temps in the 90’s and high humidity create a heat index of 109 and chances of heat illness are much higher. The air outside is sticky and it’s like breathing through a wet sponge. People with chronic illness or over 65 are requested to stay in air conditioned areas as much as possible so we’re inside our nice cool little town home with the shades drawn (to block sun heat), the air conditioner running, and cool beverages consumed.

Although we generally consume tea and water until this passes we’ll be adding in the electrolyte balancing coconut water, which got me to thinking about well – coconuts, and of course, that led me to Hawaii and this shot of a coconut palm near our hotel. Ahhhh…. the thirst quenching goodness of a just popped coconut. In Kauai they keep young green coconuts in a bin of ice, you purchase one, they lop off the top, dig out the plug and stick in a straw. Voila, instant health food. High in potassium and antioxidants, coconut water is an extremely hydrating beverage brimming with electrolytes. No fat, no sugar and cholesterol free, coconut water offers more potassium than four bananas. The coconut’s sweet, nutty taste makes the water quite refreshing, plus it is great for replacing lost fluids. So here’s to you *raising a young green coconut in salute*.

Coconuts on the tree on the Island of Kauai

“I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts
There they are, all standing in a row
Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head
Give them a twist a flick of the wrist
That’s what the showman said”

~Fred Heatherton

Challenge Prompts:

Cee’s FOTD
Marsha’s WQW prompt “Water: oceans or lakes”

Til next time ~Stay safe, stay sane, stay hydrated ~JP

Something Wild — PPAC # 36 and Weekend Coffee Share

Shared with Marsha’s PPAC#36 at alwayswrite Wild Animals in Public, I can do that! Let’s dig into the archives and see what kind of public art I can come up with.

The extinct Moa bird in Queenstown, NZ

Greetings at TaoYuan Airport, Taipei Taiwan

Wood carving from Deadwood, South Dakota

Dragon waterspout at Kurama-dera Kyoto Japan

Tribute to the Omarama Rams and their beautiful merino wool.

Also shared at Natalie the Explorer’s weekend coffee share

If we were having coffee this weekend, I’d tell you that it feels kind of odd to not be traveling. It’s been years since I’ve done much international travel. I’m making the transition from “world wanderer” to “retirement living” it’s wonderfully relaxing, albiet sometimes a little on the tame side. But I’ve taken up new activities including new on-line classes and art projects, reviving my yoga practice. I’d ask about your world and what’s new in the blogosphere. 🙂

til next time ~Peace ~JP

February Love Me 7 — Travel Archives

Paula is hosting February Love Me where we’re finding something we’re loving every day in February. Today, I’m loving my photo archives. When the temps drop and going places isn’t a viable option, it is lovely to take a little virtual vacation and revisit some of the places we’ve visited. This is from Bryce Canyon, Utah. Christmas day, a few years ago.

Til next time ~Stay wild moon child ~JP

Sunday Stills – Thanks for the memories

For Sunday Stills our theme is “Thankful”

It’s been a crazy year, that’s for sure. If you feel yourself a bit uninspired in the thanks department this year (and who isn’t), please do pop over to Terri’s site and get yourself a dose of thankful reminders.

Early in the 2000’s Superhubs and I left our home and family behind us. We abandoned the 5 year plan and the 10 year projections and became pilgrims, seekers, voyagers. We became Wide Eyed Wanderers. For the next 13 years our home was a 30 foot class C motorhome christened the SS Minnie.

I am so thankful for that little home on wheels. Ah the adventures, the views, the fun we had with her. Oh the places she took us.

The historic beauty we found in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

the magic spires of Bryce Canyon, Utah

and the places where the Minnie couldn’t take us, Opaekaa Falls, Kauai, Hawaii

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, NZ

We let her go last year to a new home for more adventures, but I am thankful for the memories. Mostly, I think I’m thankful for all the goodness of life. Let’s raise a song of harvest home, the glass of good cheer, the heart overflowing with joy. I have so much for which to be thankful, so much about which to smile. Chief among those is:

Status board at the hospital after Superhubs first brain surgery

I have so much to be thankful for, al I have is truly all I need. Life has bestowed upon me an extravagance of riches, but still I hope for one thing more. The gift of a thankful heart, a heart that does not forget the blessings I have received.

Til next time ~Peace Peeps ~JP

Weathering the Storm – a Sunday Stills perspective

For Sunday Stills, Terri asks us to considered “weathered”

A weathered statue at the Byodo-In temple on Oahu, Hawaii

A weathered archway entering Honen-in temple near Kyoto, Japan

The weathering of eons at Canyon Lands, Moab, Utah

The weathering of wind and surf on Kauai, Hawaii

and last, we have weathered much the tree and I

Touch of the Master’s Hand — voiced by J.D. Sumner
poem by Myra Brooks Welch

Til next time ~Peace ~JP