Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Lucky Enough


I posted this picture yesterday on Instagram with the caption - "Steve and I are at one month of walking at least 6 miles every day - it helps that each walk is along the Pacific Ocean".


Many of the comments were about how lucky I am to have such a beautiful place to walk and they reminded me of this bottle I have sitting in the bathroom.


As we walked through town today, I focused on my luck.


I live in a beautiful place with gorgeous views.


While many of my blogger friends are housebound, we are bathed in sunlight.


After months of being ill in the fall, I now have the ability to walk 6 miles each day.


I am retired 


so I have the leisure time


to walk through town looking at cute houses.


And, if you are still with me,


I am lucky to have blog friends


who'll bear with me while I ramble on


an on.


I give thanks daily that this is our home and I know that I truly am


Lucky Enough!


63 comments:

Barbara Lilian said...

What a lovely place to live. I adore those charming cottage type houses, Just the size I'm hoping to down size to. Enough space to live and easy to look after. It would make me be tidy. Lovely photos. I can understand why it's easy for you to walk 6 miles along your beautiful coast.

Kim said...

I too live at the beach, Carol, and I never take it for granted. I'm glad you're feeling better these days and can take, advantage of your beautiful surroundings! :)

Gina said...

Oh yes, you are absolutely lucky! Beautiful views for walking!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

And you've got me, Carol. I am lucky to have made such great friends, loyal readers who may not come back to me when I do return, but for the meantime, as I stroll through blogland to keep the chain strong, I am delighted to see you all.

OH HOW THOSE SMALL HOMES speak to me! The little stucco cottages with the arched entrances, so much like my childhood home!

Yes my dear, you are lucky enough. PEACE! Anita

Rita C. said...

I consider myself lucky to be counted among your friends, Carol! Wow, congratulations on achieving 6 miles nearly every day! That's double what my husband and I regularly walk and, although I love our paths and the river views our town provides, your view is doubly better in all honesty. Certainly the weather is, without question! Thanks for sharing.

Debbie Freitag said...

What beautiful views. I would say you are lucky but I would also say that you probably worked hard to get to this beautiful place. An inspiration for others to see dreams and goals paying off. Such an inspirational post.

Sue Silva said...

We're "lucky enough" to live by a lake ... but it's COLD out there, lol! Still ...... lucky US!!!

chateau chic said...

And we are all blessed to know you and call you Friend, Carol!!! I love that you share the beauty and charm with us!
Mary Alice

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Carol,
I do enjoy your Instagram photos! Thank you for sharing, the joy, beauty and blessings of your life.
Our middle daughter, her husband and son just moved to Northern California, and although I am sad that they
Left us behind in Dallas- they are already thriving in your golden state!
Glad you are feeling better and getting stronger each day.
Jemma

The Quintessential Magpie said...

And we are blessed that you are "lucky enough" because you share it with us! :-)

Carol, those shots of California are breathtakingly beautiful. I have always said that if I didn't live in Florida I would love to be in California. I love perpetual sunshine. I love the ocean. Yes, it is a blessing, and I consider myself blessed as well.

Thank you for sharing this loveliness with us!

xo

Sheila :-)

Lady of the Manor said...

You are lucky!! It's 17 degrees this morning here in Missouri!! I'm happy for you, though, and so glad you're feeling well enough now to enjoy your 6-mile exercise. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous (and warm looking) photos with us!

ANNE said...

Love you Carol! Yes, you are blessed but then you bless our lives too with your uplifting posts.

xoxox

Kelly said...

Could you please send some of that gorgeous weather across the country to my house? It is so ugly here right now. I'm hopping on a plane and coming to stay with you this winter! You lucky gal!

Poppy said...

Gorgeous shots of your neck of the beach, Carol. Those adorable cottages would be incentive ENOUGH for me to walk 6 miles every day, too!!

Poppy

Mimi Sue said...

Lucky indeed! Your pictures are making me homesick for the central coast.

Consider It All Joy said...

You are! Yet, if each of us will take the time to stop and look around, we will see how lucky and blessed each of us is! Sometimes, we just have to stop and reflect on the beauty that is America and our Creator! And, I will admit, the beach has always been my hearts home! Love your photos and thoughts today! Blessings to you my friend!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You live my dream! lucky enough for sure.
hugs,
Linda

Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG said...

You bet you are!!! I was lucky enough to be able to shovel snow this morning...but at least the sun was out!! Thanks for sharing your views - it makes the winter here in Ontario Canada just a little bit better!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

I'll say you're pretty damn lucky and I am glad you are healthy to enjoy it too! Take care!

cynthia lee designs said...

Wow...that is great to be walking 6 miles a day.!! Wish I could do that here...but it is too cold and snowy. So I will walk on the treadmill until Spring gets here.
~Cindy

Debbie said...

I so miss living near the Pacific Ocean...you are one lucky lady for sure! I now live near Lake Erie in NE Ohio...but it's nowhere near the same. Thanks for every one of your pix of life in CA...by my beloved Pacific Ocean...I'll be there vicariously through you.
xo
Debbie
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SoiledRotten: A Blog with a RePurpose said...

How darling are those homes?? You are truly lucky and we are lucky to have you share your experience with us : )
Alison

Debby said...

I'm so glad that you are feeling so well. You do live in a wonderful place near the ocean and beautiful little homes. It's luck, it's hard work and choice. Love your blog, you and your photos.

bobbie said...

:))))))

Freda said...

I could do with some of your sunshine, but I too am lucky to live by a loch in Scotland - great walking country too, but not very flat! A lovely post.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Oh how I LOVE the beach and grew up 1 minute walk to our own private beach. I miss summer and I feel like it goes too fast. I LOVE looking at all of your gorgeous photos on Instagram! You are lucky. The beach air is very good for you and those long walks. Take care yiu lucky girl!
Julie

NanaDiana said...

Yes-You ARE a lucky girl. The best part is that you are healthy enough to enjoy it and walk 6 miles a day. Good for you! I miss the ocean and hope to get back to it one day. xo Diana

fiona anderson said...

Yes you're lucky to live by the beach and have the great weather and we're lucky that your posts always brings the sunshine with them, it's great to share your luck.
Enjoy it, you deserve it. x

Pamela Gordon said...

You are definitely blessed to be there where it's warm and sunny and you have the health to walk so far every day. I'm glad you appreciate your surroundings and enjoy them and are thankful. Enjoy!! Blessings. Pam

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

This area of California is one of my favorites. :) xoox

DeniseinVA said...

I have just surfed into your lovely blog and have had such a great time. Enjoyed all these lovely photos. I used to live in San Diego and Long Beach and Monterey at different stages of hubby's naval career, so it is always lovely to see a blog from California. Thank you so much! Retired and living in Virginia now.

Melanie said...

Yes, I live vicariously through you in the winter! It was -3 here this morning when I woke up. :-(

Junkchiccottage said...

Yes yes yes I want to be your neighbor and walk with you. Hopefully one day soon.
Love ya,
Kris

Junkchiccottage said...

PS: I do not want you to be jealous but we are going to hit 45 degrees on Saturday Wooooo Hooooo!!!!
Kris :)

Vicky Hunt said...

Lucky enough and blessed as well! Congrats on the one month anniversary of your 6 mile walks. That's quite an accomplishment! I have been doing well with walking almost every day, but if I lived near the beach, it would be a whole lot easier to make myself go every day! Have a blessed rest of the week!

111 LaLa Lane said...

Lucky enough indeed! And blessed to be able to walk 6 miles daily. Keep up those miles.

Leslie Harris said...

well I've already told you how proud I am of you and now that you've reminded me about those times when you didn't feel good.,I have to share how happy I am that you have your health back. We don't realize how blessed we are when are bodies are working fine..at least I don't :)
xo
Leslie

Canadian Chickadee said...

Great post! Love the house tour! xoxox

A Joyful Cottage said...

First, Carol, let me say how happy I am for you that you are feeling so well. So well, in fact, that you can handle 6 mile walks with Steve. That's fantastic! Second, seeing these photos makes me want to plan a trip to the coast. That would be the Oregon coast, which wouldn't be warm like Ventura, but it would still make me happy to see the ocean again. I used to live near Seal Beach and loved going for walks there. (sigh). I loved this post. xxx ~ Nancy

Pondside said...

Good for you for persisting with your walking plan! Like you, I am 'lucky enough'. Our beach is two blocks away, and a little north of yours, but I love it too!

littlesunshineegirl said...

What a stunning view! I absolutely loved the photos above! We all are lucky to be alive and I'm glad you live in such a beautiful place!

May I just ask if I could use one of your photos on instagram and add quotes on it? :)

Sarah said...

Oh, how I'd like a bit of your sunny blue skies. We've had nothing but gray, cold, wet days of late. Not that I don't appreciate the rain. It's just cold!
Beautiful photos, Carol. Lucky enough, indeed!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
Yes you are lucky enough to see the beauty of the sea everyday and we are lucky and blessed to have you share its beauty and return back to health. Very cute houses you walk by indeed!
xoxo,
Vera

Renee said...

That sunshine looks so pretty. We have had days of rain and clouds. But we are lucky enough not to be having a drought. You have such pretty views. Great that you are feeling better and able to walk every day.

Barbara Fisher said...

You are lucky indeed, but I do believe we make our own luck – so good on you. I wish I lived where you do, I don’t, but I still feel very lucky to be able to share your walk through your lovely pictures. I hope the sun shines on you today, enjoy the walk. Barbara.

Terry said...

Carol,

I am lucky to receive your blog in my in-box. Thank you for blogging. Thank you for blessing me with dreams.

Terry

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

I always love seeing your pictures of beachiness! It has been below freezing for the last week but today we are heading into the 50's! I'm going to get out and take a walk and see what beauty surrounds me as well. Thank you for a lovely reminder and some gorgeous pics!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, yes you are a very lucky girl and so blessed to live in such a wonderful place on earth. Your pics are gorgeous. We are heading for sunshine this weekend as they predict the temp to be 66 degrees by Saturday. Yes, we have a few days of cold but never any snow and for that I feel we are lucky enough too.
Enjoy your walks. 6 miles is a real accomplishment.
Hugs

Art @ Home said...

What an achievement, and I agree….how lucky you are to live in such a beautiful area!

Bliss said...

Mmmmmmmm..... I can always smell the ocean when I stop by your blog.

lynn said...

you are so lucky to live in that little piece of heaven:)

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Love the amazing views, the quote on your bottle, walking past great houses with you and reading your ramblings!

HWIT BLOGG said...

Oh so many beautiful and lovely pictures...just love it! Warm and sunny, here we have a storm coming again and it´s so dark, windy and cold...
Have a nice day, take care!
Warm hug,
Titti

Ivy and Elephants said...

I'm so glad that you are up and about and able to put in six miles a day? God is good!
Sounds like you are living a beautiful life in a beautiful place, and indeed, you are lucky enough.
Blessings,
Patti

Jeanna said...

I enjoy your ramblings so you can count me as a blog friend.

Keep up the good work, you and Steve are doing great.

Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

Isn't it nice to dwell on your blessings. I feel lucky enough myself, but it's always good to have a reminder.

Kathy said...

A welcome reminder and loved the gorgeous photos!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I know you guys worked hard for your luck. You are blessed. And you are a blessing!

Down by the sea said...

We are lucky to have you as a blogging friend and share your wonderful location and home with us too! Sarah x

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm so glad you are well now and enjoying this time of year. We are both very blessed my friend. Happy weekend! Hugs, Diane

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I am so happy that you are able to walk 6 miles a day and that you are back to good health. Your pictures are truly beautiful and yes we are so lucky to live in paradise.
enjoy your weekend.
Mary

CatieAn said...

I am so impressed that you can walk 6 miles a day...that is a huge. And to walk along the beach is an added bonus for sure. It is so nice to walk along with you and see your part of the world. thank you for sharing

Katie Mansfield said...

Gorgeous. What darling homes.