Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
We took these photos on Saturday night and they each bring a smile to my face. I had some printed out so that the dear husband could take them with him. He said he's going to miss me and our puppies more than anything.
And I have to send out a very special HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRONSON!! to my little guy here. Today is his 8th birthday and I still think he looks pretty handsome! The dear husband told the boy that we're gonna celebrate his birthday more properly when the hubby gets home. There's going to be so much to party about come May!!!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
These were my selections(minus one magazine) and it'll all only cost me about $6! I love their clearance section and can get a few novels for about $1 !
If you want to get the best cup of coffee anywhere here in Corpus Christi, you HAVE to check out the coffeeshop located in the book store! They have two flavors of daily coffee(and they will all be from various parts of the world), each for under $2 for a large and half-priced refills on those. They also offer specialty coffees and my dear husband's and my personal favorite is the " Turkish Delight". Trust me...if you ever get down this way and happen to stop in...try it!!
The service is also excellent and the staff couldn't be nicer! I love their decor too and they have various national flags hung on the ceiling, mismatched tables and chairs, and travel photos on the walls. On Saturday evenings, that I know of, they have different local music groups come in and you never know what kind of music you'll get to hear. All in all I would have to say it's definitely become one of our favorite spots here in Corpus!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
So in the spirit of welcoming spring, I decided today would be a great day to price mulch and some edgers for the front flower bed. We first stopped off at the NEX(Navy Exchange) here on base and found some really cute edgers that are imitation stone and some half-way decently priced mulch. Moving on to our local Wal-Mart, I was a bit shocked to not find any mulch at all, but I was caught by the profuse array of colors and types of flowers they had in stock. Seeing as I had my camera I just had to grab a few quick shots of ones that I liked.These(on the left) were my favorites because of their vibrancy and texture.
I liked these because they matched the color of the flowers I was wearing in my hair today.
My camera couldn't quite capture the true deep red of these flowers, but they were breathtakingly ruby.
Seeing as I am a coffee addict and a tea fanatic, I thought these planters where just the thing to go next to my front door.
I'd like to check out a couple of the local nurseries first before purchasing any flowers, but I have to say that I am impressed and thoroughly captivated by the promise these pictures above show for the spring to come!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
So, I got a creative bug this morning and instead of cleaning my house like I should be, I decided to try to paint. It's still really rough and unfinished, but so far, I am pleased with how my attempt is turning out. I am basing it off of a photograph of my mother on the day she married my dad. I decided not to make her gown and veil the white that they were, but rather to infuse some color into them. I guess I'm a tad excited and hence why I wanted to share the beginning stages. Will keep you posted on how it turns out.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Today, has been one of those moments you wait whole lifetimes to experience, yet I haven't been anywhere other than my home and I haven't won the lottery. I think perhaps my journal entry from this morning might be able to better clarify what I mean: " Woke to sun-fired breezes and low lying fog. Dew still stains the windows, but heat and bird song seem intent to burn it away. A feeling, a sensation, a tingling awareness of being alive, coursing through the veins and capillaries. Watch the gulls aerial combats over a morsel of sustenance. Sing, twitter, soar to the heart's contentment. Throw face, skin, limbs and lanks, into the welcoming inferno of sun's gaseous rays. Feel burning, conflagration, scorching, cleansing of soul and mind. Welcome the radiated, sea-salted, spring breezes and feel their life-growing forces. Refresh, restore, reconfigure the essence. Lap in the milky health from nature's breasts. You are alive! ALIVE, ALIVE, ALIVE!" Yes, today is one of those days when the soul feels rested, revived, buoyed, and uplifted. I don't know what has made today so different from the countless other days before, but it's left me with a bubbling giddiness that only waits for the slightest pretext to issue forth in belly-felt laughter. In fact I spent almost a full hour doing nothing, but laying on my back, laughing as if I'd gone completely round the bend. Maybe I have, but if so, I'm enjoying every single moment of it! I feel expansive, open, full of love and tenderness, inundated with a magnanimity towards all creation. I want to share, to give, to be awed by the symphony of living! Today, is a very blessed day!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I can't seem to fall asleep tonight, so I thought I'd stroll to the computer room and take a turn at browsing the web. Faced with my desktop background, I found it dull and lacking inspiration; so off I ventured , seeking something unique. Where, who, and what to look for though??? I wanted something fresh, engaging. Thanks to Google, I stumbled upon Ilya Repin's work and was fascinated, but even more pleasantly shocked when I found the painter whose work is displayed here. Her name is Zinaida Serebriakova and from the paintings that I've had the pleasure of surveying, her work is utterly prodigious! I have not yet had the opportunity to research more about her life, but do know that she was born in what is now the Ukraine and that she was heiress of a rather artistic family. There is a luminosity and enticement in the faces of her portraits and I could sit for hours, lost in the time and space of her work.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The dear husband and I stared out at the overcast, drizzling sky and both agreed....we didn't want to be trapped in the house all day. We brushed ourselves off, grabbed car-keys, my purse, and hit the road in search of something to do. We thought to stop over at one of the local smoke-shops to see if they might be open...but sadly, no...no purchasing of cotton-candy flavored hookah shisha for us today. Then we strolled into the quaint pawnshop next door, and not seeing anything we just couldn't live without, we thanked the proprietor and left. Back on the road again, we drove down one street till we hit open country and turned back. What to do and where to go??? The dear husband then had the idea of going over to Padre Island and I enthusiastically consented. So over the bay and through the storm we go...watching the windshield be pelted with fat raindrops, and wondering....did I wear the right shoes for this(nope). Not really finding any adventure in the shops that lined the highway, we noticed a sign for the Padre Island National Seashore ( http://www.nps.gov/pais/) and decided to check it out. Eight miles and $10 for-the-week later, we hit paydirt( or should that be paysand??)...there was the gulf in all it's watery-splendor. Thankfully, the rain had stopped for the most part and even though the clouds threatened with deluge, they respectfully held off. Now you have to understand, our first duty station as a married couple was Jacksonville, Fl. It was there that I fell madly, passionately in love with the ocean; the smell of the salty air, the sound of the crashing waves hitting the beach, the squishy feeling of wet sand between your toes....oh there's almost nothing better on earth! Living in Pa, for the last 5 years, I had forgotten just how much I truly love the shore, so my first whiff of salt-scented breeze and I was near 7th heaven. We walked down along the beach( remember those shoes I mentioned earlier? Yeah totally not right for the beach) and I snapped pictures of birds playing in the surf, the shore meeting with the sullen sky, my husband freezing, and anything else that caught our eye. That's when my husband spotted this large object, lying on the sand, and we went over to invistigate. The beach is always a great place to find treasures from the sea and this was indeed a prime example of such. Sitting there, covered with barnacles and sea grass, was the T.V. pictured above. Yes ladies and gents, I said a T.V. It seems you can't go anywhere these days and escape the reaches of television, but I digress. Even with the storm, the chilly air, definitely the wrong shoes, and the camera batteries running out at just the wrong moment, it ended up being one of the best days I've had in a long, long time. I love impromptu excursions to the beach!!