Daily Reflections From My Window

October 18, 2021, Monday: A Full Day Ahead With My Friend

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“Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.”

Leo Tolstoy

I’m sitting on the balcony of a very nice resort where the wedding of our friend Edyce’s daughter just happened on Saturday. I think this qualifies as a destination wedding, because we decided to turn it into a vacation and had to fly here. It’s paradise. Palm trees are gently swaying in the breeze, the blue crystal water is in sight and I’m still in my pjs. It’s pretty darn nice! But, I think I’d really miss the seasons. I took a peek back home and bring you our fall colors. Yes, I’m feeling the pull of sweaters and warm layers. I’m not a fan of living in air conditioning. It’s noisy and I always feel sealed in. I do like heat though! And sun.

Today’s view in two special places.

Yesterday we regrouped and spent the day pretty much poolside. Most of the wedding guests were heading out and the rest of us hung out by the pool and the beach. The die-hard sports fans rented a cabana and tv and watched football by the pool in their little shelter. We got to spend a few minutes with Edyce and chat a bit. Our plan today is to spend the day with her. She’ll be alone and we’ll head over to her place here. It will be nice. Last night, we headed to the beach to catch the sunset, one of John’s favorite things to do, with Edyce and the kids and happened upon this guy!

Oliver was thrilled (and I was too!) I love to see the native creatures. He was moving fast too! For some reason, my video of the turtle walking along the beach won’t load.

We squeezed in a game of giant Jenga and were happy it didn’t collapse on these sweet kiddos.

Here’s the amazing sunset, and some beach pics. They may become a colorway. After we all went our separate ways for the night, because of more departures, Jay and I decided to head to town for a late dinner. The nice thing about this town is that it was Sunday night and places were still open. We chose Caffe’ Milano and it was wonderful! We each had a fish dish, Jay, the Branzino, and I had Sicilian tuna, complete with a sassy waiter who said his real job was as a professional photographer and his brother was the chef. He was happy to take our picture. Our meals were great and then off to a short walk up and down the street lined with palm trees wrapped with lights. Old Naples at its most beautiful. Here are the trees behind Jay. Sorry! Caught you chewing! We happened upon an accordion player who was playing “Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do!I’m half crazy, over the love of you…” Reminded me of my own Pappy, who used to visit us on Raven Drive and sing that song to us as he cradled us in a chair swing he made with his arms and swung us between his legs. He’d do it to all of the neighborhood kids and there would be a line! THAT accordion player was a Godwink for sure.

I didn’t get a picture. Maybe he’ll be there again tonight.

What’s going on here? Looks like I have a leak in my cup. I guess I don’t need a whole cup of coffee anyways. We only have one cup each.

So off to start our day. If you can imagine, it’s a little more relaxed today.

In the meantime, do something you’ve never done before. Find your passion and explore it. Every single day is a gift.

Have a blessed day!