Merry Christmas ~ Favorite Christmas Quotes ~ Dec 2020

Wishing you and your family and friends a beautiful and very Merry Christmas

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future ~ Agnes M. Pahro

 Christmas is the day that holds all time together ~ Alexander Smith

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly ~ Andy Rooney

 The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood ~ Richard Paul Evans

 May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve ~ Unknown

 We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

 Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection~ Winston Churchill

There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor ~ Charles Dickens

More Cat Quotes ~ Photos ~ Dec 2020

You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals ~ George Mikes

Dogs come when they’re called. Cats take a message and get back to you ~ Mary Bly  

For a man to truly understand rejection, he must first be ignored by a cat ~ Anonymous  

Meow is like aloha – it can mean anything ~ Hank Ketchum

There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats ~ Anonymous

More Favorite Quotes ~ Journeys ~ Photos ~ Dec 2020

It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end ~ Ursula K LeGuin

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes ~ Marcel Proust

There is only one journey. Going inside yourself ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Direct your eye right inward, and you’ll find a thousand regions in your mind, yet undiscovered. Travel them and be expert in home-cosmography ~ Henry David Thoreau

When you come to a fork in the road, take it ~ Yogi Berra

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Photos ~ November Draws to its Finale ~ Gig Harbor, WA ~ Nov 2020

I have come to regard November as the older, harder man’s October. I appreciate the early darkness and cooler temperatures. It puts my mind in a different place than October. It is a month for a quieter, slightly more subdued celebration of summer’s death as winter tightens its grip ~ Henry Rollins

Fallen leaves lying on the grass in the November sun bring more happiness than the daffodils ~ Cyril Connolly

This is the month of nuts and nutty thoughts,—that November whose name sounds so bleak and cheerless. Perhaps its harvest of thought is worth more than all the other crops of the year ~ Henry David Thoreau

In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year ~ Cynthia Rylant

Photos ~ Lingering Fall ~ Gig Harbor, WA – Nov 2020

Another fall, another turned page ~ Wallace Stegner

There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been! ~ Percy Shelley

And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves ~ Virginia Woolf

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns ~ George Eliot

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all ~ Stanley Horowitz

Photos ~ Beautiful Fall Day ~ Gig Harbor, WA ~ Nov 2, 2020

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower ~ Albert Camus

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns ~ George Eliot

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all ~ Stanley Horowitz

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree ~ Emily Brontë

Favorite Photos ~ Orcas Island, San Juans, Washington

As I was not able to visit one of my favorite places, Orcas Island, this year, thought I’d post some favorite photos from my past journeys.

Your vacation starts when you board the ferry in Anacortes and immediately you are on island time. The views from the ferry are spectacular, as is driving about Orcas Island. Eastsound is a beautiful town to explore with good restaurants, a neat bookstore, local shops beckoning you to browse and a labyrinth to walk. It is magical anytime of the year and I am eagerly looking forward to visiting next year.

Check out the following site to virtually explore events on Orcas in October:

https://www.visitsanjuans.com/savor

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual, near or far

I feel we are all islands – in a common sea ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Your life is an island separated from all other islands and continents. Regardless of how many boats you send to other shores or how many ships arrive upon your shores, you yourself are an island separated by its own pains, secluded in its happiness ~ Khalil Gibran

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep  ~ William James

Quotes ~ Journeys ~ Photos

We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us ~ Marcel Proust

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome ~ Arthur Ashe

The only journey is the one within ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

In school, I could hear the leaves rustle and go on a journey ~ Clint Eastwood

Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages ~ James Madison

The longest journey is the journey inwards. Of him who has chosen his destiny, who has started upon his quest for the source of his being ~ Dag Hammarskjold

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual, near or far