Home Sweet Island Home
This summer has been a particularly hectic one. With what? The usual “island busy” with homemaking, freelance writing, organizing summer kids’ program, social events, etc. Plus, more travel than usual – some for family/health, some for fun. And all of it contributing to the 7 pounds I packed on from my inability to resist the “bad” stuff on Stateside menus! Sigh. Not to mention my extreme absence from this beloved blog.
But I’m home now. And oh so happy.
Yesterday was my first full day back after two weeks gone. Even during the busy Monday of beginning the catch-up process, it was soul-nourishing to be next to the sea, under the sun and in the midst of this special community.
As the sun set, Beau and I enjoyed a glass of wine in the breeze and then made dinner together. I finished cooking the smothered fish and rice I’d started, while he steamed a freshly caught lobster head and “fins” that a buddy speared that afternoon. (Oh, how I love lobster season!)
Yum! Lobster legs in garlic lime butter was a great surprise appetizer. After a tasty meal, I cleaned up dinner, and Beau broke down the lobster head meat. I love using that for lobster alfredo, but I stored it in the freezer since my belly should avoid alfredo sauce until I get back into bikini shape!
Today, I awoke to another beautiful island day.
Sipping my coffee as I straightened up the house and began my morning routine, I paused to breathe deeply, admire the sunrise, smile and give thanks for my Better Life.
After a dog walk and beach run – for them, not me! – Angel enjoyed her kibble ball while Milo caught the breeze on the front porch with his breakfast.
As the sun rose higher, I remembered my newest chore – watering plants. This is more a delight than a chore because I am so happy to have these plants! The marigold flowers are a gift from local children, and they were blooming for the first time upon my return. Then, Beau came home with discarded and near-dead basil and tomato plants that have already perked up from water and TLC. I’ve been saying for a while that I wanted to garden here, but it falls lower on my priority list, so what a great gift to kick-start me!
After lunch with Beau, I turned to some computer work while Angel dozed on the cool tile behind me.
Our dogs definitely have a great life. And, really, so do we. Life is good. Oodles of appreciation emanate from me today.
I’m so glad to be writing again with you, Better Lifers. Have a fabulous week!