Saturday, July 23, 2011

You've Got a Phone Call

This unquenchable thirst of mine




 
has finally found its sunset



that CALLS OUT from afar





then sail away


 towards a bottomless well


of gratifying refreshment.





But I cry

"I have no craft capable enough to take me 

the distance."


"It's not a vessel that you need to get you to

PLEASURE'S EDGE

but the

NERVE

 to take the first step


walk in


and

SWIM."

But

"I DON'T KNOW HOW.

I'LL DROWN."


I BArgain and insist and beg,

"CAN'T I JUST

fly there


DRIFT SLOWLY


the safest way

I KNOW HOW

on the

WIngs of my DReaMS?"



"Your FANCY has brought you to the shore of your  

IMAGINATION


but

MUSCLE

is necessary now because




in order to reach destinations

UNIMAGINABLE."


The CRASHING WAVES of

difficulty resound that I am

UNABLE.


while a still voice on distant shores whispers

"God does not call the able.


HE ENABLES THE CALLED." 

-unknown.

COME...
there is

a feast of rejoicing waiting for

you.

But first...



You've Got a Phone Call.


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142 comments:

  1. I love your words. They capture me and I find myself reflecting as I read through them. Beautiful images too.
    xo~
    Karen

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  2. Hi Anita...I'm reading another wonderful post from you whilst sitting here totally full from our Christmas in July dinner...I'm looking forward to the summer and the sea side...our seas here are a little on the wild sider here at the moment due to the weather!!! How sweet that your dear Hubby brought home a new laptop for you...and of course I totally agree that you need to keep in touch with everybody!!! Dzintra

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  3. Very beautiful! A magical way to start the weekend! Maybe someone will call me! ♥

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  4. Beautiful and cool photos....cool as in "images to make us feel some relief from this heat"! Hope you are staying "cool".~Hugs, Patti

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  5. Dear Anita

    This is just the thing I need to hear from time to time, and now is such a time. It is a ray of encouragement and hope in the midst of the dank and dreary news events that reach my eyes and ears everyday. Oh that everyone could see the world as you do, my love.

    Thank you for your sweetness.

    Ruben

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  6. Ah Anita si seulement l'harmonie, la beauté pouvaient changer le monde !
    C'est juste un souhait, une prière, un appel ... peut-être !
    Je t'embrasse
    Marie-Ange

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  7. This is unbelieveable, the words the imagery. Perfection, thank you for this beautiful post and all of your talent and effort that goes into such a beautiful display of your thoughts, Kathysue

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  8. What a beautiful post, and I love that quote about God enabling the called. Those photographs are amazing, and I adore the one with the wagon full of sailboats.

    Wishing you cool inspiration this weekend.

    Karen

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  9. The "call" can be closer or father then one think but it is there and it is free to all.
    I love the most about you is your sense of love and depth that you bring to us and sharing this beautiful world that is not perfect but it is beautiful.
    Life is good! God is good!
    Love you Nita! I sent you an email just now!

    "learning to live a full life, not a half one"!

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  10. Yes..we are just a phone call away...later we will cross the ocean..I'm sure..A Bientot my dear..xoxo

    p.s..and I so agree with Ruben..:))

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  11. Very, very, very beautiful PIC´s! I love it ♥ ♥ ♥

    best wishes Nicolina

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  12. """"ring a ling a ling"""
    "hello anita, this is your dreams calling".
    i LOVE this post! i hope you are staying cool up there, my dear. happy weekend to you.
    erin
    xxoo

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  13. Mon Ami , a wonderful a thought generating post with such beautiful images. It is so true we need to take a change if we are to reach our full potential... Your posts are such a wondeful way to start the day! When you have not posted for a bit, I often go back through to your past posts and often find a bit of inspiration that I had not thought of the first time I read it. wishing you a blessed week-end..xo HHL

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  14. LOVE this post Anita once again!!!!!! Your ability to take me away to a beautiful and magical place is a wonderful gift. I love the quote about God calling, and how true it is. Thank you for a beautiful start to my Saturday morning (PS featured your post on my post today)

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  15. This post is absolutely impeccably heart and soul wrenching! I love it! Accompanied with a great song too! Your images are so captivating! I am so happy I visited! If there is ANY call we should accept, it is that of God, and His Holy Son!xo

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  16. ...oh my...
    i have pondered this oh-so-lovely post 3 times and i am STILL drawn in!
    gloriously divine...
    the images, your poetic words, a small glimpse of your beautiful soul...
    WOW!!!
    i am in awe ~
    today, i shall have the courage to loose sight of the shore
    ...thank you for your gift:)

    xo, Rosemary

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  17. Wow! Just Wow! Your pictures are amazing... The ones with the kids are so adorable and the baby holding balloons is just so lovely.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post ♥

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  18. A viset into your world always leaves me breathless; you recently said you want to move the world... you do. quite simply you do. wonderful post.

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  19. Anita Dear,

    First of all, what an absolutely gorgeous photo you took of "the special room". Simply stunning and dreamy...

    And your post...WOW.
    Through your words, those incredible images, we feel. We feel, we think, we are challenged, we are humbled, we are inspired.
    I can only speak for myself, but this was powerful poetry. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful part of your soul, dear friend.

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  20. Oh Anita,
    You have definately been CALLED, Chosen and Enabled ...

    If I could not have these weekly visions from your heart to read and view, I would be so much less, so THANK YOU for this beauty that you share with us!!!

    It means so much to me.
    YOU mean so much.
    Oh how I love you!

    Oh! The phone is ringing, gotta GO answer!!! : )

    ~ Violet

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  21. I truly believe I am transported to another time when I read your blog. If there is such a thing as sudden and instant calm, that is what your posts do to me. Not only are your photographs beautiful, but I seem to hang onto every one of your lovely, poetic words and drift off....
    You have quite a gift, Anita.
    Thank you for making my day...
    Lisa
    Bilancia designs

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  22. Your lovely words and images have left me thinking.... A beautiful message that I will take to heart. Thank you.

    Danielle

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  23. Happy Sat. Morning Anita Love!
    Oh so glad you didn't miss you CALL!!!! Just keep it on speaker phone so we can join in, he he!

    "God does not call the able.
    HE ENABLES THE CALLED."
    Oh, how I LOVE this! ANd, this one..... sigh "Your FANCY has brought you to the shore of your
    IMAGINATION


    Look at all those gorgeous girls in their blue tutus, perfect! Oh, and the lil girl with the pink balloons, what an adorable image!

    SO sorry to hear of the death of your computer! Good thing you have such a wonderful husband :)
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    Lots of love
    gi gi

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  24. Altogether lovely!!
    I love where you take us Anita!!

    Deborah xoxoxoxoox

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  25. Hi Anita!
    Wow... this is a beautiful post! Do you mind if I share it with family?
    I'm blown away every time I stop here ~
    Sometimes I think that the "bottomless well of refreshment and pleasure's edge" is right here within us. It's within our own souls * ever reaching for His Kingdom.
    I love everything about this post, Anita! {The phone call at the end reminds me of the calling we get from Our Father ~ to enter into His JOY - an to reach out to our brothers and sisters ♥}

    How is your computer dilemma going?
    Hoping for good news :o)

    *wishing you a sweet Saturday*
    ~Maria

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  26. Beautiful images like always, Anita! Thank you for your words and thoughts and share a little bit of your soul.

    Kisses,

    Mary

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  27. Always uplifting, encouraging & capturing the imagination, Anita! Bravo! Love your posts. Have a lovely weekend! xo

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  28. So many calls we receive every day, dear Anita lady!! Nature calls us, friends call us. Words and songs call us every time, every day. We must be allert, we must relax and just let ourselves go, reach felicity.
    Love the hope green color today!!
    The fancy girls in light blue!!
    Love you!!
    Bela

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  29. *waves*

    I don't know which photo I'd love to live in the most, but, I know it's between Cinderella losing her slipper and the chalkboard talking about courage.

    All these pictures are the kinds that you wish were your reality--like for every tear their goes that pink sofa (driftly slowly). Thanks for sharing :-)

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  30. Oh Anita,
    Your posts take me to a different world...a world of sweetness, innocence, quietness, and kindness. Thank you for instilling in our hearts what is so beautiful in the world.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  31. So, friend, where do I begin? I miss you. I have been trapped by bugs and know that I would be here if I could get here more often. I am sending all the joy and blessings I have and I know you know my heart is with you, though, I can't always tell you. I am here and will be. Thanks for understanding and for the patience. Blessings, Amy

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  32. Dear Anita, as your lovely Ruben said these words help heal a sad time,the pictures so express the words. Ida xx

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  33. Hi Anita!
    picture this:
    ....my Husband asks me if I will play my guitar and sing for church tomorrow...even though I LOVE to play and sing praises (at home)...I shutter every time.....every time.....
    I should go up and play....I quietly bicker my case with the Lord....I "him and haw"... I whine of how shy I am......and unworthy of such a task....I look for a distraction...I go to the computer......I find Castles Crowns and Cottages......


    .............."HE ENABLES THE CALLED." ....sigh.... Thank You....Love Linnie

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  34. It's like a weekly fix, love the images, the words and the music, thanks for taking the time to inspire people with your blog, have a fantastic weekend x.

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  35. Dearest Anita
    You are like a rose... ever blooming with your beautiful words.. Love this post! I am blessed to have you in my life.
    Bisous!
    Penny

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  36. Such a refreshing post Anita, so many wonderful pix and a great message. Love the quote at the end. So true! We've got to have trust and be daring in following our dreams. You certainly are dear, and that's what i love about you! More rain today? here, it was a mix, at least some rays of sunshine came through. Just watched the film "the tree of life" with Brad Pitt in the cinema with Andreas, my hubby. Have you seen it? It's an unusual film with much to see and think about. Hope your weekend is lovely, sunny greetings and hugs! xx

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  37. Hi! I sent the email ;-)Have a wonderful day.

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  38. Well I have to say in all this sea beauty, the most beautiful to me is the photo image of your own dreamy hideaway of your settee above the post! Oh how I wish i could come have tea with you there...and dream of the sea together. It has been far to long since my toes have touched the sandy shores but I will find myself there in two weeks with my beloved for our 23rd wedding anniversary. ox amore` Kerrie

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  39. Wowwwwwwww....Anita !! waht a great post....i am so glad i found your blog !!......love you Ria...xxx...

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  40. Love all the pictures so much. The colors are all so beautiful... all of my favorites!

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  41. Absolutely beautifu images. I love your header!

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  42. Good afternoon dear Anita! Thank you so much for visiting me this weekend. It is such a nice here today as well, we had some storms this morning but nothing too bad. I am so glad that there was no damage to you window. I am painting my son's room today and the paint can slipped from my hands. BUT it cleaned up nicely so no worries. :)
    Your header is just gorgeous my dear and I love your post as always, so inspiring and so beautiful. Your images make me dream of a far away land to escape to. :) I love your settee as well, such a wonderful place to rest.
    Enjoy your weekend my friend.
    Much love to you!
    xoxo

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  43. Dear Anita,
    You have people who are very creative with their hands. There are people who can think creatively and create the most beautiful things. But there are also people who are creative with words. You have these three gifts and I'm grateful that you share them with us!!!
    I always look forword to your new enchanting post!
    Hugs,
    Liliane

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  44. Oh how precious is dear Linnie! See...we need each other...and the words that God gives us, help..affirm..encourage..calm..enlighten not just the writer but the reader. Once again, thank you for putting the pen to paper..( or fingers to computer keyboard;) and writing down what He lays on your heart...and for being still enough to listen.
    And oh, how I love your updated side bar pictures of your gorgeous studio..and absolutely beautiful summer projects!
    You are divine inspiration, dearest Anita!
    Bisous,
    Christie

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  45. Dear Anita,

    Your beautiful post could not have arrived at a better time. I realise your message is figurative of course. However on Monday I am embarking on a rather long journey with my three children, the youngest of which is barely 18 months. My husband, who is a huge support usually, cannot travel with us for work reasons. I am not very courageous when it comes to travelling with children even though I adore going the distance alone. Reading your words has given me the courage to travel WITH A SMILE because I will not be alone: my children will be there to accompany me.

    It is all about seeing things from a different slant.

    I am smiling and, the more I see your work, the more I fall in love with blue and green.

    Thank you Anita.

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  46. How happy are my eyes and my heart.
    Such beauty!

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  47. Hi Anita Sweetie...
    I love this post. Thank you for taking me along via sailboats, balloons and the oceans waves. I so enjoyed myself.

    I was so shocked when you started with green. NO teal I said, is dear Anita okay? I loved this one, green and fuschia and teal, even a beautiful darker blue. Oh my gosh, did you ever find your inner soul in this post. I LOVE it sweetie.

    Thank you for letting me dream along with you this evening. I so enjoyed Castles Crowns and Cottages this evening. A delightful share and a FUN post. YOU ROCK.

    Have a glorious weekend sweetie. Please say hello to Ruben. Many hugs and much love from Phoenix, Sherry

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  48. Very inspiring this post! Beautiful images and beautiful words. Marion

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  49. Dearest Anita
    Oh my goodness! Breathtaking! It is so true we cannot cross the ocean unless we have the courage to let go of the safety of the shore ..... to plunge into the deep water and see where it will take us. It can be calm and peaceful or it can be stormy and grey. It is how we deal with the weather of life ...... that shapes our character. You are incredible! Your ability to reach deep and give us such beautiful imagery and words is amazing! Thank-you! I have been so busy as the boys have been home but I am so glad I had these beautiful words to read this afternoon as I miss them already!
    best wishes and hugs to you my dear friend
    Frances xx

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  50. Oh this is beautiful, Anita. You must have the purest soul. Reading your post is like being in a lovely dream.
    I hope to not be too mushy, but you have such an awesome ability to portray thoughts. Have a very nice Sunday.

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  51. I am updating my little phone book!
    Love to you and Ruben,
    Bonnie

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  52. now, I know you won't believe me when I say this...but I do lack imagination! and your posts always ignite a little!
    happy new week my fabulous friend
    fee x

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  53. oh sweet friend
    sitting here @ 6:30 in the morn
    with my first cup of wake up
    this beautiful post has given
    me incentive to meet the day
    to walk the shores of my life
    to touch my toes in water
    i've never been able to before
    your words are my thirst quencher
    your pictures help my foggy eyes
    see more clearly
    now i must go answer the call
    the operator is ringing

    biggest BEAR HUGS to you ANITA
    ~victoria~

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  54. Hi Anita,
    I find myself linger a while on every photo, drink in each word, close my eyes, still seeing the image and the words and then digest. It's a satisfying meal my dear!
    The colours are tranquil and warm, pure poetry in image and word!
    Love
    Dianne
    XOXO

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  55. Im venturing into unchartered waters which start with sadness so I hope the water can take me to a better place. Fiona

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  56. Good morning Anita! Every time I stop here, another photo really captures my attention. Today, it's the beautiful ocean with the aqua hues -
    Thank for the thoughtful Comment on faith. As it is written in Proverbs, "Iron sharpens iron, so one sharpens and encourages another."
    Thank you for being an encouager to me and to all who visit here. You are a treasure!
    Happy Sunday to you!
    - Maria

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  57. Dear Antia,
    I have been away again it seems forever! Thank you so much for visiting me! YOur words and images create a painting that evokes such emotion! Exquiste as always is your talent. Creative almost beyond words! Thank you for sharing your wonderful post!
    It has been a very busy summer and a hot one too!I don't know where the days go, but they go too quickly!
    Hope you have a beautiful Sunday!
    xo
    Debi

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  58. I would love if you could email me at my new email. It is asperryfaldet@gmail.com. Thanks, friend, Thanks. Love your addition!!!!
    Blessings, Amy

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  59. Oh how lovely is this post? Pure eye candy to start my busy day. Now is that first image your home???? Oh I am in LOVE with it...such beauty! Just how I imaged your home to be. I have sooooo much work a head of me to get my home just like I want. I have lots of plans....painting...changing lights...maybe wallpapering a few walls...but the bones are lovely...big fat crown mouldings...lots of lovely hardwood...a kitchen that is a dream.
    Another busy day for me....pray my back holds out this week my friend...sooooo much to do.

    Have a great day...sending you oodles of love. xoxoxoox Thinking of you even if I do not visit...as this week will be CRAZY! But I will try.

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  60. Friday was such a boo hoo day and I found myself in the book store...escaping. I came across a chapter in a book my Dr. Phil. I am not a big fan of his but somehow my journey ended up there (no, he didn't call me!) and the words popped off the page as though he was talking to me....

    Jacqueline, one day you will wake up and find that you have been living the untold truth of who you are under it all. Find your authentic self...in other words, push off from the shore and sail into the ocean. I've had two days of going deep and I'm going deeper into that pink ocean...sailing away on those wooden sailboats, all the colors of a rainbow and more are ahead of me.

    So the million and seven dollar question is who am I? Other's may know, I called some of the "others" up and they said...
    Gnomes, Fantasy, whimiscal adventures...Life is changing for the good. I do believe I need to stay in my childhood and show the world who I really really am...I'm not sure what Dr. Phil would think of that but I know Anita will accept me just as I am.

    Inspiration in living color is found here on your blog. It gives me a push and a hug and allows me to set sail with dreams ahead of me, and Anita right beside me.
    Love you...more than you can imagine.

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  61. These are words we always need to be reminded of... over and over and over. Fresh paths in our lives are obstructed by so much thorny brush of our own creation. Bring on the machete! If you don't try, you can never find the open waters. We build our own walls. Thanks, Lovely Anita.

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  62. Hello dear Anita
    Happy Sunday, your home sparkles as ever before and you too my dear.
    Love
    Liefs en een fijne sprankelende zondag !
    Mapi

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  63. Happy Sunday, Anita! This was an especially exquisite collection of images, i felt like i was about to float right into those blue skies and waters! Have a gorgeous week!

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  64. Beautiful words to accompany beautiful images! Very inspiring...
    Isabelle x

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  65. Hi Anita!

    Yes, ha, I LOVE blogging; it's the world expression...according to whatever you want to say. And what is better than that? ;-)

    Glad you liked the post...I enjoyed doing it! Ok @ posting it next week. Have a wonderful day.

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  66. Dearest Anita, thanks for your lovely visit, i hope your sunday is as lovely as these pix in your post! I'd love to see "Midnight in Paris" - but it hasn't started here yet. Yesterday i saw the posters up though, so soon it'l be time! Such a great set of actors, i can't wait. Today i have a cozy stay at home day, and did, apart from an hour in te fitness, nothing but eat and lounge - so nice, in spite of the cold and lousy weather! Love to you and Ruben in your gorgeous cottage, xx

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  67. As always, a post filled of emotion and beautiful words....... wonderful Anita.
    I hope that you are spending a great summer weekend.

    Muchos besos desde Asturias, donde estoy pasando el verano.

    Cecilia

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  68. Dear Anita,

    What a lovely start to my week, dear friend. It was great to turn on my computer and see this beautiful message and images.
    Thank you for all the inspiration, gorgeous colours and the magical dream of the journey.
    Hope that you are enjoying the holidays and doing all the things you love.

    Hugs from New Zealand
    Carolyn

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  69. Just returned from my adventure. Wishing I could begin another tomorrow. But it's not be! I know how you feel though! Wishing you a grand week!!! Cathy

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  70. "Hello?...Oh, it's you Your Highness!"
    This is just the MOST delightful post you have put together. How? I don't know how you do it. But I'm sure you have been given this gift to delight others, and am so glad you do it so well! Always creative, and filled with enchantment....(and turquoise ;)
    Thanks for going to such effort with your wonderful posts. I always look forward to seeing what you next conjure up.
    Love to you, Your Royalness.

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  71. My journeys with you are a highlight of my week! Those scrumptious images and resonating words.... gorgeous! I feel invigorated and ready to DO amazing things! Thank you sweet Anita! X

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  72. Dear Anita,

    Thank you for visiting me dear friend and so sorry to hear that you have a sore back.
    Do hope you can get some relief and help from the Doctor soon.
    thinking of you, take care and hope you feel better.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  73. Anita, Where do these words of yours come from?Your posts are so well thought out and so well written ... thank you for taking the time to post them.
    Have a PRETTY day!
    Kristin

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  74. WOW, Anita! This post is sooo good. I love the encouragement in this post. That we must have the courage to take steps, even though it may not be easy. Oh how I wish we could fly or drift slowly on. But that wouldn't be any good for us, would it? We must exercise our craft and get stronger and better at it. And thank you for that reminder! And that quote that God "enables the called" is amazing!
    Oh there is so much encouragement here. Once again, I feel as though I am not creating enough or fast enough for my liking. I must learn that it all takes time!
    I hope you had a blessed weekend and are ready for the new week full of new inspiration!
    Have a wonderful Monday! Lots of love to you! xoxo

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  75. Anita, your post moved me so much. Dreams & courage hand in hand with a sprinkling of magic thank you x

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  76. Anita,

    I adore all of these summery refreshing images, so very inspirational!! Those of the sea make me want to paint!! Your prose is always poignant!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

    Exciting New Giveaway from Dr Perricone! Come and Enter!

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  77. Dearest heart, I could litterally smell the sea breeze when reading this post! You are such an amazing storyteller! Your words, coupled with the amazing images you find, make a perfect read..every time!!! Love it. Have a wonderful week, much love, Christel

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  78. Thank you for the inspiration as I start this new week--I'm looking for ways to step out and watching to see how God enables me to finish the task.

    Live your dream...

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  79. you always take us to another place. Beautiful! And gorgeous images!

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  80. Beautiful:). My favorite Bible verse is "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength." Phillipians 4:13.

    Blessings,

    Kim

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  81. I love your words.


    great!!!!


    hugs Conny

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  82. A blessing of words. Where do you find all your wonderful photos? I love the quote at the end.
    Blessings and bliss to you!

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  83. I just found you right now and love love love your blog. The colors, the clothes, the food, the sea I love it all. Thanks for sharing. Lynda

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  84. Can I just stay here all day???!! It is such an inspiration to stop by and visit, you have such exquisite tastes and talents...thank you for sharing them!
    Nathalie

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  85. You are a beautifully talented writer! Thank you for your so very kind words on my blog. I am so glad to be following you!
    Stacy

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  86. Beautiful friend with a peaceful soul!

    I needed this today!
    I have become a brave girl after this visit!

    Is that not the cutest beach party for those little girls? ...Oh my the look on there faces :)

    Love!
    Dore

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  87. The magic of the sea...I cannot live without it!
    Thank you so much for these words of wisdom, Anita!
    We must live life with courage, n'est ce pas? Only like that we make things happen!!
    Have a nice week, my dear!!! Besos!!

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  88. Dearest Anita...
    You have the gift to reach out to others with your inspiration and glorious photos which touch the very soul of our existence. I am in awe...
    Oh! It is so good to know the Lord...he is ever gracious to us...and has eternity as our resting place to be with Him and a vast company of angels and humble souls...forever.
    His children are truly blessed just for believing in Him. What a gift of mercy and graciousness.
    love to you,
    Teresa in CA

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  89. A post to read
    several times,
    for certain. It
    amazes me that
    you find all of
    these brilliant
    images to match
    your sweet words
    each week. Love
    you, dear friend!
    xx Suzanne

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  90. Such a great reminder to us all. The image with the little boy in the airplane is absolutely adorable!! Hope you are having a wonderful week, Anita ~

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  91. Hugs to you my dear...the movers come today...it has been sooooo busy..I forgot how much work moving is.

    Hope to be back to normal soon. xoxoxo Hugs tell then.

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  92. Just popping in to wish you a happy Tuesday :-)
    Di
    XOXO

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  93. That phone is a wanna-have. A jewel to any home!
    How are you sweet Anita? So sorry for not popping by regularly, I haven't been in blog land way too long. Guess it will stay that way three more weeks.
    These boats, I SAW them in Paris a few months ago, made a picture of them.
    Next week we are leaving for Oslo, we booked our trip weeks ago. Staying in Drammen, outside Oslo. I do not know what to think of our 'vacation' in Oslo this moment.
    Lots of love to you ma sweet amie xxx

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  94. gorgeous in every way! love the tutus on the little chicas! xo

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  95. What a sweet post! Oh, how true...it takes courage and faith to leave one's comfort zone.

    These images are perfect for your writing. Just beautiful.

    The phone is ringing for you. :)

    Love,
    Heidi (hi-d)

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  96. The photo below your banner took my breath away! Your room looks gorgeous!! Create away . . .

    Big hugs!
    Nancy

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  97. Such breath taking pictures, thank you so much for sharing! Makes me want to go to the seaside....

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  98. You know Anita, I've read this and loved it, and I am swallowed up by your beautiful images, but this time I also scrolled down through some of these comments, and it is such confirmation that so many are touched by your unique and precious gift of sharing here. SURELY there is a book coming??!!

    xo

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  99. Hi Anita,

    Have been thinking of you sweet friend and really hoping that you are feeling better. How is the back?
    Do hope that you have found some relief for the pain.

    Sending healing wishes & hugs
    Carolyn

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  100. Hello Anita

    I absolutely love this post and I am returning to re-read it.

    You have a magical way with words.

    Thank you

    Helen xx

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  101. Hi Dear Anita
    Well this post definitely speaks to me this week.. I decided out of the blue [sort of] to go to Europe and lose sight of the shore.. it took me a long time to work up the courage.. but when i did i just went for it,, I;ll be in Paris next week!!

    as always gorgeous images and inspiration today.. sorry I took so long to visit this week but only decided to plan the trip in last few days so my head is in a spin,. I'll be escaping the cold winter here and heading north!!!

    Have a wonderful week and thanks for popping over .. even when i am a slacker!!! ciao xxxx Julie

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  102. So beautiful Anita,
    Your post always speak the mood that i'm in each time i visit. We've had visitors and Uncle Sam sent the hubby off to war again yesterday. So, it has been a somber mood around here for days knowing that he would be leaving. Thus, no motivation to blog etc. However, i hope to return with a renewed and soothed spirit soon. This post is definitely putting me on that path... Besitos. XX

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  103. Your blog is the highlight of my day! I said this before in another comment, the images and the words are a feast for the senses and they give one pause to ponder. Thank you for making the world a more beautiful place with your art of words!

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  104. I am always amazed by the many gorgeous photos you find and how they inspire your words. I have been gone too much lately and have missed you. Hoping you're enjoying a sweet summer as one of it's too few months soon comes to a close.
    A bientot,
    Kirsten

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  105. Dearest Anita, thank you for comung today! A rain storm - OMG, how much rain do we need this summer? We had a fine day, and since it was the first one in a long time, hubby and i took the afternoon of and wandered along a little harbour and lay in the sun for a little while - so nice! But now, thunderstorm approaching! Let's enjoy every ray of sun dear, so we can appreciate the rain as well!
    P.S.: How i love that aqua phone up there! xx

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  106. Such beautiful images and captions....xv

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  107. hello dearest

    i have recently said goodbye (for now) on my blog. but i very much want to keep in contact with you my magical friend. therefore i will continue to drop by here with little messages from time to time. i will also send you my new email address (when i have set it up) as my old one is still not working.

    i hope that you and yours are happy and well and send warmest hugs xxx

    millie

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  108. Dear Anita,

    Thank you so much for visiting me today and to hear your kind words.
    So pleased to hear that you have got some help with your back.
    Exercise is a wonderful thing, and when I had lower back problems ( after our children were born) helped to strengthen and get me feeling well again.
    We have not replaced Heidi, maybe one day we will, but for now we will remember the happy memories we
    had with her.

    Hope that you are enjoying your holidays and summer, dear friend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  109. I do want to go over next spring, for sure. A cruise on the Rhine methinks. Still, before I go some of those wonderfully refreshing drinks to survive the summer heat. :)

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  110. a Big Happy Hello and Hugs Anita Love!
    I forgot to mention last time, how much I love your settee. Oh, I would spend much time in there! Although your entire place is so magical!
    Glad to hear your summer is going good, that makes me happy!
    Mine is too, going fast tho'!
    I guess time flies when ur having fun!
    Thank you so much for your kind words and being such a loyal follower!
    Much love to you
    gi gi

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  111. Thank you Anita for popping in to my 'feast'...I could sit down with you too and eat a bowl of those vegies...but without the bread for me ha ha!!! Happy Thursday to you...as always, a pleasure when you call by...Dzintra

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  112. Dear Anita,

    I should be in bed asleep but just had to say thank you for your note.
    I really do hope that you are feeling better and your back is coming right and free from pain. Do keep up the exercises and feel well again.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  113. Good morning dear friend!! I hope you are well this morning. It is rainy and stormy here today and very humid, no fun to be outside. I feel as if summer is slipping away. Thank you so much for visiting me this morning. I really wish that we all lived closer, that would be so much fun. I never thought of Skype, I should see if our camera is working. Meeting blogging friends is just amazing, it feels like you have found your long lost friends. :)
    Enjoy your day and I hope it is a beautiful one.
    Much love!!
    xoxoxo

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  114. Hi Anita,
    So much color, so much sweetness in your writing!!
    I always come here and leave throughly uplifted and with a zeal and freshness which your posts provide...
    Just love the way you present your posts, its incredible!
    Have a fabulous week ahead friend:)

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  115. Morning sweet friend...just popping over for a minute to say hi and doing a happy dance for you today...so glad everything worked out at the Chiropractor! I think I need one today....my poor back is not doing so well with all this moving and cleaning.
    Off to the old home today to tidy it up and get it sparkling for the new owners...off I go!
    Hugs and love to you.

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  116. Hallo Lieverd !
    You came to see me.....
    Fijne middag.
    Liefs
    Mapi
    Your Dutch is certainly improving !

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  117. Hi Sweet Anita,

    I so thought of you yesterday as I was reading a devotional from Joel & Victoria Osteen. It was titled: "When You're in Deep." In fact, I was going to email it to you, but I couldn't find your contact info. Anyway...the devotional spoke about how "We are supposed to go out into the deep things God has for us. But...when you're out in the deep waters, you can't touch the ground. You can't see the shoreline, at times..." Then they went on to say that "the scripture tells us that deep calls to deep....God is the one who has called you to the deep waters. He is with you, and He knows there are deep things on the inside of you." (There was more to it, but I thought it was SO good!) Psalm 107:24

    I hope you're having a lovely day, my dear. It's sunny here. Another day...another gift! Enjoy!

    xoxo
    Heidi

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  118. I remember a lot of "first steps" in my life and they're not over yet. Each day brings another step. Courage and faith will get us through.

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  119. Hi Anita,

    I just sent you an email. And, I think you should continue to stay on this theme and do these same kind of posts. :)

    Heidi

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  120. Hello Anita! I hope this week is treating you well! How is your back? I am sorry to hear that you were in pain!
    Those things always make it near impossible to work on art or writing I am sure. I hope you are getting the rest that you need.
    Every time I try to work on art this week, I get stuck. Maybe my mind is telling me I need a break? But, it feels far too long to go a week without creating, doesn't it?!
    Well, the weekend is almost upon us. I hope you have a wonderful one!
    XOXO
    Shawna

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  121. I just had to stop by real quick and say thank you so much for your wonderful words! That is encouraging to hear and I appreciate it!

    I am SO happy to hear that you are all better now! And that you had time to read and fill yourself up with inspiration!

    xoxo

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  122. "God does not call the able. He enables the called..." I love that!! I'll bet you've been wanting to include that saying for months and finally found the place! Perfect! Thanks for this "summer holiday" on your page!
    Blessings!
    Ann

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  123. Hi Anita ~
    Thanks so much for your visit!
    Oh well...it IS warm and humid again.
    I think we're getting some storms too.
    Tomorrow, {Friday} I leave with my sister to visit our father. He is only a couple of hours away. We have the most fun!
    Our traditional stop at Dunkin' Donuts for coffee.
    Lots of sister talk.
    and 3 days of making our Dad yummy food and enjoying each other's company until late!
    I hope all is well with you. Are you working on another book? I really enjoyed your story about Balzac :o)

    *happy weekend to you, Anita*
    ~Maria

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  124. Dear Anita,
    Don't be afraid to take a break - after working all year you need one! Even from something you love like writing. And don't worry - your followers will remain! You have something very special here! Next week will be soon enough for another posting! I love revisiting your posts even and I'm sure others feel the same way!
    Blessings for a happy week!
    Ann
    annnichols3@gmail.com

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  125. Anita, just stopping by to say hello. I love to visit your blog. You write so beautifully and your pics are stunning!

    I will be at a dog show this weekend, showing my Cocker Spaniel, Trigger. Keep your fingers crossed for wins!!

    Hope you have a blessed weekend :)

    xoxo
    Kerri

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  126. Hey there CUPCAKE : )

    Here's wishing you a wonderful inspirational weekend!!!!

    You are such a delight to my heart
    (and my home ~ where some of your sparkle abounds!!!!)

    Hugs and Happiness,
    ~ Violet

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  127. Oh Anita how I enjoy visiting your blog. I started just looking at the photos then caught part of a note and started all over agian. Your words along with the perfect pick of pictures just made me slip away and reflect. This was a wonderful distraction from work. Thank you for entering my mind and heart and letting me see the beauty in things. Grace xoox

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  128. Always gorgeous and inspiring! Sorry I'm late arriving. ~ Sarah

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  129. Oh my, I think you captured growing older and less able or fear of risks even if you didn't intend to do so.As Paul and I grow older together we need to fight this too - tendency to back away from spontaneous risk taking fun.You know, like leaving home without making reservations,nothing big HEHE.

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  130. Hi Anita
    This post is so inspiring, and that saying is so true. You just have to go with your inner voice sometimes and believe in it.
    Best Wishes Jan xxx

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  132. I just discovered your lovely blog and I look forward to popping by again for some more inspiration! I've just put the finished touches on my new blog ‘Coastal Style’ It will have lots of inspiration on beach houses, resortwear, summer food, travel and anything ‘beachy’. I had a lot of fun putting it together so maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.
    http://coastal-style.blogspot.com/
    x
    Melissah

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  133. Anita, I'm gasping at this beautiful post!! Words like the sound of the sea...and the sea, as well!!! I was just at the seaside, in France, and have returned home to all your aqua goodness! Wish I knew how to make this play on my blog: You'll love it!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQdjKWY0p3M

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  134. Thanks dear Anita, for your visit and kind words.
    Sending love and hugs and hope that you have a happy weekend

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  135. Dearest Anita, thanks for coming today! Wanted to comment back to you yesterday, but a friend of mine is doing an internship in my office this week and i have to show her lots of stuff. Your bookmaking party and evening sounded amazing! And - 20 days more is a lot, see it this way! And let's make the most of each one, celebrating August. Awwww, summer is always too short, isn't it? Soon more, have a lovely day sweet friend!

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  136. I'm back among the blogging world!
    Had to come by to say hi and tell you I love your SEA post! How I would love to be there, I have not been able to go to the island this summer...boho!
    Sending you loads of hugs :) ((( ))) HUGS.

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  137. hi!!
    No panic here! I am not that neurotic about my pictures been used by my bloggers friends,no need for you to worry...mine is the one with the bag and books in the beach,any way!
    Please do not feel like you've done something horrible,my image is posted in such amazing post anyway! ;)
    hugs
    lila

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  138. You have to be so tired of me ewwwing (however that's spelled) and ahhhing over all your words and pictures. You've inspired me to create just the right gift for my neice who is young and has a difficult life. I've been trying to come up with a birthday gift and some encouragement for her.

    THANK YOU!!!

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