Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Friday, April 8, 2016
Live life. Give joy. Be at peace.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
|F is for friendship. Today's A-to-Z.|
How many friends do you have? How many friends do you need? Who is really a friend? According to Facebook I have 160 friends. These are 160 people I have met or have interacted with to some degree. Do you consider your social circle your friends? How many of your social media friends would you call on for help?
There are several things from this 3/18/2015 TIME article that I find interesting. Friends are necessary for our good health and our happiness. I believe that.
According to data from the General Social Survey (GSS), the number of Americans who say they have no close friends has roughly tripled in recent decades. “Zero” is also the most common response when people are asked how many confidants they have, the GSS data show. And adult men seem to be especially bad at keeping and cultivating friendships.
My best friend is my husband. I have three others that I consider close friends and we correspond regularly, but have not seen each other in years. I have some "friends" that I see on a semi regular basis but I would not share intimate details with them or call if there was an issue. There are very few people I would actually call with any problem. If my three besties were closer I wouldn't hesitate to call them.
Apparently 15 is the magic number for how many close relationships we should have when it comes to our best mental and physical health. I don't know that I have 15 individuals, friends or family, that I would consider close. I also do not feel deprived.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Tiki is our 12 year old red dapple dachshund. Where Pachabel is the princess of the bunch, Tiki is the queen. Rachi may assume the role of alpha but let's be clear about who is really in charge here. Tiki might as well be a cat. Everything is on her terms. She wishes to lay close to you because you are warm. You may rub her ears if you wish, but you had better not stop. She will continually nose you every time you try. Her ultimate goal is to get you to give her something from your plate. She hovers at our feet during food prep and will poke you with her cold pointy nose hoping it will startle you into a drop. She is the most social of our pack, loving all other people and animals. Tiki will greet you with a wagging tale and leave a happy puddle at your feet. Her favorite person, grandpa. He's the only one old enough to understand her life woes.
Monday, April 4, 2016
Saturday, April 2, 2016
We are saying bye to the Island and bye to the bakery. Today's A to Z is about it favorite place on the island, Lighthouse Bakery.
Dauphin Island is a spot in the Gulf off the coast of Alabama. It is as non-commercial as you can get, and our favorite place to get away from it all. There are no touristy chain stores. The businesses are all locally owned and operated. If you need hardware to fix your house plumbing go to the Ship and Shore. You don't want to drive inland for grocery items, S&S. You need liquor, same. Want to rent a bike? You have a few options. S&S has them, but you might want to call Lynn. She's the bike and kayak lady. Her office is her Jeep and she will deliver what you need. There are a few places to eat on the Island, but I can't say I recommend any of them. Islanders is the nicest, but it is over $100 for four people. Not something we want to do every night so we buy groceries inland and cook while in the Island... Except breakfast.
Breakfast comes from the Lighthouse Bakery. They have the best food, and the best coffee, on the Island. You won't find the most popular coffee chain anywhere close by, but you will hear just about everyone who sips their coffee say, "oooh, this is better than..." My next sentence was to explain my favorite delicacy from the bakery, but I can't choose! I just finished a pecan roll. Yesterday was an amazing cinnamon bun. Thursday was another pecan roll, with a chicken salad croissant for lunch, and Wednesday was an amazing cream cheese danish. The turnovers come in several flavors and are superb. There's also the oatmeal pecan cookies, which I found out this morning the bakery is willing to mail to you if you ask nicely. Breakfast, lunch, and snack the bakery is our first choice on the Island. In the years we have been visiting there hasn't been anything ordered that I didn't like.
The service is as good as the food. The Lighthouse ladies work hard to provide great food with a smile. Year to year we see the same familiar faces. Visiting the Island gives us a sense of coming home. It is not our home, but it is our home away. Dauphin Island is a place to relax and enjoy the beach without all the touristy crap to steal your attention.
Lighthouse Bakery, best buns on the beach.
*Disclaimer* Spelling and grammar errors resulting from phone typing in a moving vehicle must be ignored and forgiven.
Bye bye beach. Bye bye bakery.
Friday, April 1, 2016
Is it April already? Yep!!! So much going on this month. We are enjoying the final day of our spring break vacation before heading back to reality. It is rainy and blah here on Dauphin Island and we are still loving it. Am I ready for the A to Z challenge? Nope. I will be winging it for the month of April and that's OK. No real theme, but I will probably have a related quote for each post. It is a challenge of creativity and blogging. Looking forward to it.