Two weeks ago, talented writer, WANA alum, and travel blogger Tami Clayton, shared her list of 10 things she loved that began with the letter A. The letter posts are an interesting and intriguing way for bloggers to learn more about each other. They’ve been so entertaining, I had to join in, so I left a comment on Tami’s post and was gifted with the letter C. Thank you, Tami!
And yes, you read that right – 2 WEEKS ago! I’ve been a bad blogger. A VERY bad blogger! Since returning to full-time employment, I’ve been running out of daylight before I can even find or read my to-do list.
Since I’m feeling particularly rebellious today and have an affinity for the number 12, I decided to unleash my inner rebel and add two – one for each week I was late with this post. The additions will serve as penance for my tardiness. Won’t they?
So in no particular order, 12 C-words that rock my world are:
Chihuahuas: I’ve been owned 24/7 by a Chihuahua since 1979. While I love all dogs and have had a variety of breeds, my first chihuahua left lasting paw prints on my heart, and I’ve had at least one ever since. I’m still trying to determine how such big heart and personality can be packed into such a tiny body. My two girls, Hope & Grace are my best friends, snuggle buddies, and cheerleaders (although I think the big bowl of popcorn is what they like best about game day).
Coastal: If there’s sand, water, and a salty breeze, I’m there. No place on earth calls me with such insistence as the ocean. If money wasn’t an issue, I’d be a full-time beach bum and island hopper. Sadly, it is, so I’m not.
Cabin: My dream house is a log cabin … by the sea and minus the snow. Cold is definitely NOT one of my C-words. The cabin would come complete with rock fireplace, cozy bedroom loft, and huge deck overlooking the ocean. While I’m dreaming, it would also come with no mortgage.
Cetacea: I’ve always had an affinity for marine mammals, particularly dolphins and whales. Having the chance to dive with wild dolphins in the Caribbean in 1991 was one of the most magical moments of my life. When a wild soul chooses to interact with you in their environment and on their terms, you have been truly and beautifully blessed.
Celestial: The sky and the heavens have always fascinated me, whether it’s identifying shapes in the clouds, or looking for shooting stars. I’m not as fascinated with the scientific facts as the sheer beauty and magnificence of their being.
Chesney songs: Music has always been a big part of my life and my favorite recording artist is Kenny Chesney. I especially love his island music as it takes me to my happy place where I feel sand between my toes & waves lapping my feet. Release day for new KC albums should be national holidays. With Welcome to the Fishbowl debuting on June 19th, I’m feeling downright festive!
Calmness: I’ve never cared for city living, the party scene, or noise in general. They make my head hurt. I love country life, peace and quiet, calmness, solitude, and serenity. As the years go by, I find this more and more essential to my overall physical and emotional well being.
Candles: If it weren’t for the all-important computer with internet connection and cable TV, I could happily live by candle and fire light. But while I need electricity for my digital addictions, I burn candles, fires, or warm Scentsy at every opportunity. Maybe it has something to do with loving the idea of ‘a light in the darkness?’
Chickadees: So many beautiful birds visit the feeder daily, but the year-round resident Chickadees remain one of my favorites. These little wonders can intentionally lower their body temperature to produce a hypothermic state called torpor to conserve energy during bitterly cold weather. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could do that? I’d stay unresponsive until spring.
Chapstick: A serious addiction and something I can’t leave home without. Some people can’t go anywhere without their cell phones, laptops, or tablets. For me, it’s all about the Chapstick and where I left it. Even I don’t understand this one. Maybe a psychologist could offer some insight?
Camping: I don’t get to go camping as much as in years past, but I love it nonetheless. From tents to RV’s to cabins, camping is soothing to my soul. I’d much rather sleep with bears, raccoons, and skunks, than suspect linens, stale air, and bed bugs. Sorry Motel 6, you can turn the light off. I’m roughing it and loving it just down the road.
Forrest made me promise he could choose one word and says without a doubt, it’s crickets. Naturally, he was thinking of dinner and not God’s Cricket Choir but this is too amazing not to share.
The video contains two overlaid tracks. The first is the natural sound of crickets chirping in real time. The second, that sounds like an angelic choir of human voices is actually the chirping of crickets slowed to the equivalent of an average human lifespan.
Now if we can just keep Forrest from eating the choir …
What C-words are close to your heart? Please share them in the comments section, and if you’d like a letter of your own, just let me know!