|GRATITUDE. (photo by Hallelujah Truth taken at The Sacred Place)|
Hallelujah for new beginnings and cultivating practices that make our lives delightful! In 2013, I fully intend to cultivate habits that perpetuate movement, voice, and fulfillment! However, the single most important habit I intend to practice is GRATITUDE!
I will practice my GRATITUDE by blogging once a week for what I am thankful for. Today, I will begin by posting California photos taken with my Chiboogamoo during the first week of our winter holiday.
|THE VOEGELI FAMILY. My Chiboogamoo and I got to celebrate the homecoming of the Voegeli's daughter Elyse, who had spent the semester abroad in Ghana. Their son Hans is notorious for his collection of hats. Here he sports a fish hat which he selected especially to wear to the performance of "Spamalot" that we had just attended at the Golden Bough Theatre in Carmel by the Sea.(photo by Halllelujah Truth)|
|ANNIVERSARY KISS! (photo by Sandy Voegeli)|
This past week brought the spectacular acknowledgment of eight wonderful years of my marriage to Chiboogamoo, husband extraordinnaire! We had the good fortune to elevate this occasion by tasting wine with Sandy at Heller's, an organic winery and eating a yummy meal with the Voegeli family at a vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant. I am so grateful for my Chiboogamoo, friends, and celebrations.
|HIGHWAY 1. Wow, on our way to Santa Barbara from Carmel Valley, my Chiboogamoo and I got to see spectacular mountain scenery accented by the deep blue Pacific Ocean! (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
|ELEPHANT SEALS! Along our Highway 1 journey, we stopped at Piedras Blancas elephant seal colony and witnessed these seals' life-cycle in all of its resplendence. This photo shows male elephant seals and younger seals resting after their long and perilous journey to this location. Females were on another part of the beach and some had already given birth. We were able to see the pups nursing. Thank you MOTHER NATURE! (photo by Halllelujah Truth)|
|CARPINTERIA, CALIFORNIA, HOME OF CURIOUS CUP. I am so happy and grateful that we got to visit Kiona and her bookstore, Curious Cup, in Carpinteria. I knew Kiona long before she moved to California and began this wonderful bookstore. The city of Carpinteria is delighted to have her, and her business is blocks away from this beach! (photo by Halllelujah Truth)|
|KIONA and SID(photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
Hallelujah for visiting former neighbors! We first met Kiona and her daughter Sid in Decatur, Georgia. At that time, Sid was only 12 years old. They were great next door neighbors and we miss them dearly. On this visit to Carpinteria to see Kiona and Curious Cup, we were happy to welcome Sid home from college. She arrived by train from San Diego. The train station is just a few blocks away from Kiona's bookstore. Here Kiona and Sid pose for a picture at the local Carpinteria brewery, Island Brewery. No Sid was not drinking beer!
Thanks to Kat at "I Saw You Dancing," for managing #REVERB12, and for giving me this idea of a weekly "gratitude" blog. I am looking forward to this important new habit of expressing gratitude 4 times a week through photos.
That's Coffee with Hallelujah! SOUL BLOG with me and tell me about a new important habit you will cultivate in 2013.