Hold onto the Twinkles

I’ll be the first to admit it.

I start thinking of Christmas lights well before Thanksgiving, and I hate letting them go after New Years has come and gone.

So starting January 1st, when I’m on my sunset walkabouts in the ‘Port campground…

I look for them.

I look for those twinkles in the windows, swirling around a lamp post, fence rail or tree.

Hoping to catch a glimpse of glowing light around every curve in the road, just one more glimpse of the Christmas magic I can’t seem to let go of.

And much to my delight it seems there are others, like me, who aren’t ready to let them go, either.

And as I gaze out at the ocean, aglow with sunset’s hues…

How could I not want to look back and see sunset glowing with those splashes of Christmas sparkle?

I guess I’ve never understood why some are in such a RUSH to pack it all away.

To douse all the lovely candles, the white lights and wreaths.

All those lovely things that, to me, aren’t just tied to Christmas.

As much a part of winter as the silhouetted pines against a symphony of sunset light…

Are my beloved twinkles, lighting my way, at least for now…

As I walk into the night. ❤

Simple Kindness

A simple gift of kindness.


‘Seems almost like an old-fashioned concept these days, doesn’t it?

marmee-andi-2016christmas-3-blogStill, for me, it’s at the heart of all things that truly matter.

And not just at Christmas time.

marmee-andi-2016christmas-2-blogThis was the perfect gift this Christmas from Andi, my Sweet sister from St. Louis.

But she could have sent it to me anytime of the year and it would have felt just as special.

Because she know what matters to me, what is in my heart.

Marmee62Thank you, Andi, Merry Christmas, today and every day. ❤




Christmas to Me

Christmas has become a very simple time for me.

The “what do I want for Christmas” isn’t about “the stuff” anymore. It’s about the moments.

Like seagulls chattin’ on a jettie.

redriverbeach36-blogThat splash of Christmasy red, here and there.

redriverbeach39-blogA quiet walk somewhere special, the kind that makes your heart sing.

forestbeachloop1010-blogA meal shared with friends…

forestbeachloop1009-blogAnd the new friends made in the process.

forestbeachloop1006-blogThe real lights of Christmas that never lose their glow…

forestbeachmarsh58-blogThe unexpected whimsy of the season…

forestbeachmarsh54-blogThe real “presence” of Christmas. The only ones that really matter.  ❤

marmee416-blogMerry Christmas, everybody.  ❤








Take a Stroll with Me

We didn’t make it to a single Christmas Stroll this year, too much on the Making-a-Living plate you might say!  😉

Soooo… I thought I’d share some of my favorite images from past Strolls to brighten the holiday…

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