coffee, kayak, paddle

Ready to go … almost.

Today I love this wonderful world and the fact that many people who grumble are just focusing too closely on negatives to see that they only know things could be better because they see better things all around in this wonderful world. I love that at least one of my friends faces every day with “excessive, manic enthusiasm” (her words) and that she is such a joy to experience the presence of in this universe because of her attitude (my words). I love friends who share their good times and their good feelings. I love when two friends share a friendship so real that it shows to the rest of the world that they are friends without apology, I love seeing friends like that. I love that friendship is one of the truly great things in this world and one of the things that people long for and recognize as good even before they’ve ever actually had a best friend.

I love that we paddled yesterday and are going out again today. I love that we were photographed by the paparazzi (my friend Ruth Miller) in the harbor in our kayaks with a giant rubber duck in the background. I love being out and about in my little city in unusual and unique ways, like kayaking through town on the main river. I love looking forward to fun things like that we plan on kayaking a lake this morning that I’ve only ever sailed on once and canoed on once, but have been to many times. I love that there is so much water around here, and that there are so many lakes and rivers and bays that we could go see from the water side. I love that I’m hoping to go swimming again soon.

Today I love that fresh picked herbs are so rich and flavorful. I love that this city is pretty rural in many ways. I love seeing kids with popsicles on hot summer days. I love the smell of dry warm days. I love that my family reunion is coming up soon. I love that the color of my PFD is not orange but “Mango” according to the manufacturer, because … Mango! I love memories of my mother’s rules, like her rule for cooking scrambled eggs, “two eggs for each person and one for the pan.” I love that my grandmother always had cookies and doled them out judiciously so that they were always a treat when she deemed the day worthy, which she often did.

Today I love chugging down coffee as I contemplate heading out to paddle on the waters of my home area.