Yesterday we drove to Florence (on the coast) to run a few quick errands- books returned to the library, recycle-ables to the dump, and to get some groceries. The weather in Florence was so gorgeous- sunny, warm, and not as windy as usual (it seems it's always windy there.) Jeff and I got the same inspiration at the same time. We had a full day ahead of us and needed to get back home, but we also needed to go to the ocean, even for a quick visit. The opportunity was just too perfect to pass up.
Many beaches we enjoy are a drive or are a long walk to the water, but we knew just the place, where the beach was right out the door when you park your car.
I ditched my shoes and headed straight for the water. I wanted to feel that cool refreshing water on my feet. Ocean water is magic and I was craving it. And breathing the ocean air.... ahhh... it's magic too.
I thought Bracken might like to have his feet in the water too, since he loves water at home in the bathtub or in his pool in the yard. And he had never had his feet in the ocean yet, that would be a special first.
But he wrapped his arms around me so tight. He wasn't excited about the water. He kept pointing over to the dry sand, so I held him close and then we headed over to the sandy spot next.
The water felt so invigorating!
And the warm sand was so soothing.
(Shadow of camera and windblown hair.)
The feeling of barefeet in the sand is truly therapeutic, isn't it?
We weren't planning on the beach, so we didn't have a bucket or anything, but Bracken didn't care, he just picked up hand fulls of sand, clenching it in his fists with excitement.
Jeff lounging in the sand (and squinting in the sun.)
At first I took this picture and said "oops." But then I liked it.
We weren't there long, but just long enough. Just long enough.
It energized us for the work ahead of us, reminding us, once again, how beneficial taking breaks are. Today has been filled with lots of activity revolving around preparing for market. We are going to be at the Eugene Saturday Market tomorrow, booth 350. The weather forecast says 98 degrees. Yikes! We've decided not to bring our salves or lip balms, it's just too hot for them. But we will have lots of other new things. If you are a local, we'd love for you to come visit us (and maybe crack a joke or two to make me laugh and lighten my mood, as I tend to get miserable in hot weather.)
Enjoy your weekend friends.