Mission Accomplished! I am completely de-stressified!

Would you be interested in seeing all 550 photos from our time at Laguna Beach?


Well, how about just a few.

Here’s a brief look at coastal Southern California and the first day of December.


I do wish I could REALLY share it with you.

December. All is calm, all is bright!

60 thoughts on “Mission Accomplished! I am completely de-stressified!

    1. We were watching 3 little boys who had to be about the age of seven, splashing and playing in the ocean. We think they must have been from out of state and finding the weather warmer than from wherever “home” is. It would have been too cold for me, certainly, but temperatures are certainly relative. It was so much fun watching them just loving their activity! I hope your winter isn’t too harsh this year. You have been through enough already!

    1. It’s been a nice weekend, Frank. A little rain, but not too much. I take hundreds of photos just because with digital I can, and sometimes I get lucky and find a few that I really like! πŸ™‚ I hope you’re having a nice weekend, too!

    1. I hadn’t thought of it before, Carl, but now that you call my attention to it, when we’ve been in Miami and other parts of the coast we were at hotels–so of course we had beach. I can recall that I didn’t see much, if any public access. That would be frustrating. On the California coast it is mandated that even hotels provide public access way every several hundred yards. One of the on-going struggles is that even in Malibu with very expensive homes belonging to celebrities, they are not allowed to “own” the beach in front of their properties. They must provide some public access. We are tremendously over-regulated, but once in awhile it does seem to work in our favor! Thanks for commenting, Carl.

    1. It probably is considerably warmer here even now, Perpetua. We have a true Mediterranean climate and we just don’t get much cold weather. Somewhere this winter we will, however, get an Arctic blast from the north and then I really do struggle. The reason it can be so difficult is that we don’t have clothing to accommodate those changes. I don’t have a heavy coat or boots or anything like that. That “chilled to the bone” feeling is really something. I am sure I’d need to stay indoors as much as possible! oxo

      1. That had never occurred to me, Debra. I’m so used to dressing for the season and wearing layers and layers of clothing in winter that I can’t imagine only possessing clothes for warm weather.:-)

    1. The California coastline is unbelievably beautiful from the top of the state to the bottom, Charlie. I head in that direction every chance I get. We live a good hour inland, so I don’t see it every day, but I find ways to make an excuse often! It’s my go-to spot when I need to recalibrate–which seems to be often! πŸ™‚

    1. I know that a great deal of my ability to stay so active and be on the go is completely tied to the fact that we have so much sun. I turn into a completely different person if we have several consecutive days without sun–even if it isn’t really cold. I honestly don’t know what I’d do if I had to transition to a much colder climate. I’m sure I’m not that hardy! I hope winter isn’t too harsh, Kate. I hope it doesn’t seem cruel to share my photos! oxo

  1. You have shared with us Debra! and I can see how you would become de-stressified taking a stroll along the beach. In fact looking at your photos is warming me up, it’s bitterly cold here and the sun is so low in the sky. Right enough wimpering, let me have another look at those glorious photos of yours !

  2. Such a great start to the month of December, Debra! I must confess that such photos would normally bring about a twinge of jealousy within me. Well, not so much this year. Right now it’s 60˚ and it will be warmer yet tomorrow. Granted this can — and will — change with the next wind shift but, for today, we’re doing OK. I’ll put the jealousy on hold for a few days. πŸ™‚

    1. I do understand that showing photos of the beach in December is a little hard to take, John. I am really glad to know that for you it isn’t too cold yet. It’s almost hard to believe that just a few weeks ago we were experiencing a horrible heat wave. I just got my water bill this weekend! Yikes! πŸ™‚

    1. The water would have been a little cold for me, I think, but there were three little boys who were having so much fun. I watched them for the longest time. I think they may have been from another state. We can almost always tell when people are from across the country. They’ll be in shirt sleeves or bathing suits when we are still bundled up! I have a friend from Phoenix who needs a sweater here in the summer, reminding me that temperatures and our adjustment to them is all relative! I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, Penny. We were there for a special occasion…I’ll share about that, too, this week! πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos, Debra. I’m looking forward to read about what the special occasion was all about.
    We have lovely summer temperatures at present here at the East coast of Australia. I’m longing to go to the beach soon. So far I’ve been kept too busy since we returned from Germany. Uta

  4. Thanks for your long comment on my Mission post. I feel torn too between loving the peace and beauty of the missions and knowing what happened there. I think we have to leave it to history though. In Stockholm, where I am from, the Danes killed off hundreds of Swedes in the Stockholm bloodbath, sometime in the 1200 or so, forget when now. But that wouldn’t stop me from visiting Denmark and enjoying friendships with Danes.
    So I think one has to put some historical perspective on the missions. What boggles my mind though is how the Catholic church managed to convert all of Latin America to its faith. I wonder what church, if any, the Mission Indians of today belong to. Anyway, what is important to me is how we treat people today and there’s been some scary backsliding on that lately.
    I think I will pass on joining the Mission Society (was it?) I’m so old I forget from one page to the next. At least for now. I am so glad I met you and I love your blog. I have been reading it in my email.
    The photos you posted make me want to take a trip to the coast.

  5. Lovely pictures, Debra, and yes, it’s clear that you are much more conscious about the pictures you take, as you wrote in my latest post. A beautiful collage with very nice colours. It’s almost a little strange for me to look at those pictures, since I have just returned back to Bergen, Norway with snow and temperatures below the freezing point.

    1. Thanks for noticing that my photos are taking shape, Otto. I am looking forward to having some of my favorites printed and then to be able to critique them a little differently. I have a few I’d really enjoy framing, perhaps for my office at work. I would love to bring “vacation” into my work space! I am glad you like to ski! It sounds like your snowy, freezing weather would at least offer the promise of some good slope time! πŸ™‚

  6. Looks gorgeous! But I’m up here waiting for more snow! I can’t imagine not having a white Christmas. πŸ˜‰ We’ve had some years where we had no snow on Christmas and it was really depressing to me. Can’t imagine it being hot and green! πŸ˜‰

    1. It’s funny how “all we know” is what we’ve experienced, isn’t it, Rita? I think that’s particularly true about weather and wherever we call home! Can you believe we had Thanksgiving outdoors in our backyard? Ha! Not very Norman Rockwell, is it! And yes, typically Christmas Day is at least warm. I have many times lit a fire in the fireplace early, and then by the time my brother and his family arrive we are opening windows trying to cool it off. Someday I’ll have to travel to experience a special White Christmas! πŸ™‚

  7. Dear Debra, I’d so like to live next to water. It wouldn’t have to be that magical ocean that laps the sand in your photographs. It could be a lake or simple a creek like the one that gurgled its way through our farm when I was growing up. Water, I think, speaks to the beginnings within us. Peace.

    1. I agree with you about the sound of water, Dee. Just the sound is so calming. I think that’s why so many people now have small desk fountains in their offices. I was cleaning out some papers and came across a poem I wrote in high school about the ocean. I had to smile…I have always found it wonderful and whenever I feel too constrained by schedules or a hectic pace I know one day on the coast and I have a bit of renewal. Thank you, Dee. oxo

  8. Ahihihi. I do use collage. So I hate to say that some of the pictures here are, I think, demands to be bigger esp. That splash of water hitting the rocks. A request for your future post from Rommel. Hehe πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks for the kind comments on the photos, Rommel. I haven’t yet figured out the balance in the photos. So many of my friends read the blog on their phones…and the photos aren’t as easy to see, I guess–or so they tell me. πŸ™‚

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