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this tiny shell, about 1/2 " has little spikes for anchors, was near the shore break small pleasures and great treasures are found at the seashore


happy feet....beaches mmmmm

This is the beach where I can walk for 20 miles if I wish. Today I walked a few miles with my dogs running in the dunes that frame the bay, they were frantically chasing lizards, down to the water to look for little fish, then back and forth and around and around.  Their antics make me smile as I breath in the day, the fresh air, hear the crashing of the shore break, the sounds of the birds saying good morning sun.  I danced along at the waters edge with my ipod playing peppy music like -You Can’t always get What you Want, the Stones of course…..but you get what you need.   Dolphins swam inside the turquoise waves close to the shore, darting and swooping for their breakfast. I thought about my life and how I want to vibrate at a higher level, turn up the volume, so to speak. When my body says it hurts and tells me I am close to going  into my 7th decade, I sometime shut down or slow down but then I  feel worse.  Keep moving I say, never stop. When I stop I freeze, thats not where  I want to be.  The life I live here feels carefree and breezy, sandy, salty, soft and sweet.  I have so much to feel grateful for.  Walk, breathe, dance, sing, paint, write, surf, laugh, live love……. do it all I say, joy is there for the choosing.                      Then I got so hot and sweaty from the walking, dancing and the thinking, I jumped in the cold ocean fully clothed…ahhhh baja.


I played in the sand like a kid and made a rancho for turtles

I sent this photo to several friends and asked the question, what/where is it?  A clever friend told this tale ( gee I wish I had made that up)   This is obviously a portal to the turtle shelter, it is called XIBALBA, if you look closely you will see offerings made to the Turtle God TURTAN. If you were to visit at night you would see CERBERUS, the 3 headed dog guarding Xibalba to make sure the offerings are not stolen by bats. I am surprised your digital image showed at all, if you try to print it the page will be blank. Do not try to get a photo of Cerberus, not only will you piss off one or all of the heads it will also be blank if you attempt to print.    My words:  A Tsunami wiped out the shelter in the middle of the night so we do not know where is Turtan and Cerebus. I know they will turn up somewhere.


the girls came to find good waves

this is where you find waves

waves found here, not always this big!


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Beans are a member of a family of food called pulses. The edible seeds of legumes such as dried beans, lentils, chick peas, split peas…from the Latin word puls which means thick soup or potage.  Pulses are very popular in Mexico the Middle East and India, providing a low fat and inexpensive protein source. Eat them for fiber and essential nutrients. Pulse flours can be used in baked goods or noodles to support a gluten free diet. Beans are filling and when properly soaked and cooked, also chewed well do not live up to the reputation of being a gas producing food.  Dried beans must be soaked as they cannot absorb  water into their skin, it has to come in at the opening where they were picked from the plant.  Legumes are tilled into the soil for nitrogen balance. Pinto beans mexican style, cooked in water then add a tsp of salt in the last 15 minutes, all you taste is the beans To properly cook beans, soak 8-12 hours then toss out the soaking water, add new water to cover. Bring to a boil then simmer as long as needed until tender.  Spices and salt or onions garlic etc can be added after the beans are tender.  a quick way is to bring to a boil, let sit for 1 hour then discard water, start with fresh and cook until tender.

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Tennis balls, slobber, sand in the mouth, what could be so fun about that? Do they do it to please me or do they just like the action, a little of both I suspect.  Knowing dogs they must think it makes me happy to get that ball back because I keep throwing it. Maybe they think this is their designated job, dog experts say dogs need a job to be content.

I once had a non-dog lover tell me she could not understand why people keep dogs. The dirt in the house, the barking, the feeding, finding a sitter,the demands they put on us, the poop.  I looked at her in disbelief, I knew I would never invite her to my house again. I could see that she could barely tolerate the dogs while she was here, they sensed it and stayed far away.  Dogs are all of the above but what greater friend could you have?  They are always there, they aim to please, it is a win win situation, they get fed, you get to live with a creature who is meant to be wild and you are constantly entertained. Exercise machines with hair, that’s what my dogs are.  The stares I get in the morning are my prompt to go out and walk, breath, love the air, the sun, the beach.  If I am as excited as the dogs are about each day and each walk, I can stay on the bright side of life. I feel like they are saying, “Why not be excited about everything?”

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