Have I Told You Lately

That I am over winter? Have I told you lately that I’ve been dreaming of sun, sand, water, warmth?

Have I told you that I have been yearning to walk along a sandy beach with people I care about?

Have I told you that even a foggy day would be good with me, as long as there was sand, water, and people I care about?

Have I told you I’m wishing my life away, sitting here wishing winter away? Silly, isn’t it? Yesterday, when the rain had fallen and temperatures had risen and the snow was turning to slush, making driving in it an interesting adventure, I thought I was winning. I thought I was defeating the yearning, and I hoped I would waken this morning to the green, green grass of home. Yes, it’s true – sometimes I suffer from delusions. Or you could call it having hope.

What did I wake up to this morning? Gray skies, with a momentary glimpse of bright color as the sun rose over the hill. I checked the weather forecast, as I do each morning, and what did it say? It did not say blue skies, sandy beaches, ocean waves. It did not even say blue skies. It said – are you ready? – it said inches of snow are to fall upon us today. It said there is a winter weather advisory. It said words I did not want to hear.

So my dreams of sun, sand, warmth, and ocean waves will remain just that. Dreams. But dreams are good and my life is good and I really should not complain. I really do have enough. I just need to remember that when the dreams of sun, sand, warmth and ocean waves wash over me.

The sun, sand, warmth, and ocean waves will be there later in the year, when it is really spring or summer. When mountain roads are clear again, and it is time for Girls’ Week at the coast.

Have I told you lately that in the meantime – this life is enough? I will dream, but I will know I have enough. And there are those pictures of warmth, sun, sand, and ocean waves to drool over. Yep. But still, have I told you lately that I am over winter?

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I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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16 Responses to Have I Told You Lately

  1. Dreaming with you from snowy, cold Ottawa.

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  2. Dawn says:

    I know. And it’s so early in our winter to be over it. I think we here in Michigan were spoiled by a very long and very warm fall…that lasted until mid January. Now it’s snowing and the weather is what it generally is in January and we are all over it….after about 10 days. You are right. We must dream.

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  3. Carol — My toes are itching to dig into sandy shores!

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  4. Dear Carol,
    We are at a tipping point, and spring will be here before you know it. Is there any chance you can rendezvous for a weekend escape with The Artistic One? Maybe a quick flight to San Francisco or Tuscon to hold you over until spring has sprung? Thinking of you and sending you warm thoughts in these last lingering days of winter!

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  5. leendadll says:

    I honestly don’t know the last time I touched snow… probably in the 80s.
    I believe we will be continuing to have blue skies, sandy beaches, and waves through the weekend – I’ll try to take a whale watching cruise for you. If I do it out of Newport (not likely), I’ll also put my feets & toesies in the sand.

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  6. This is a moving, lovely post – I can feel your longing speaking through the words.. Your photos are fabulous, and I can see why you are itching to get to the beach.

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  7. What is it about the sea, sand and waves that makes us crave them? I definitely fall into that group. I was fortunate enough to be in such a place during the Christmas vacation. Swimming in the Gulf of Mexico or the Keys and lounging on the beach in the sea breezes.That is when I feel I have to drink it all in and fill my tank until the next time. Hopefully at least once a year.Until then, I have enough.

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  8. Chris Donner says:

    I always just take comfort in knowing that the days are getting longer all the time. Sunshine will come soon. Hugs!

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  9. Heather says:

    I think you may have mentioned being ready for a new season. Perhaps 😉
    In the meantime, at least you have lovely windows and photos!

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  10. Karma says:

    Good dreams! I am with you!

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  11. Lisa says:

    Delusions….hope….not much difference in my opinion. I’m trying hard to follow my Word this year and be present, regardless of the circumstances. It’s hard when the weather seems to want to do nothing but drag the attitude into the gutter. Thank goodness for hot chocolate and Bailey’s! xo

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    • Carol says:

      Could you be “present” in plans for your vacation? Call it planning instead of dreaming? Okay, so have another cup of hot chocolate with a liberal dose of Bailey’s.


  12. pattisj says:

    We have sand and ocean–still working on sunny and warm! We did get some snow today, but then it turned to rain. More snow for tomorrow, and WIND. Next week is looking better.

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