It’s always hard to decide what to do on your last day of a holiday. Do you find that too? Happily, our last day in Maui was bright and sunny so we rented some snorkel gear and headed to the beach. To me, the ocean is a really magical sight. Living on the prairies we don’t get to visit as often as I’d like. The snorkelling was brilliant and we spotted beautiful fish just off the shore.
One thing that wasn’t so brilliant, was my return to the beach. Not entirely graceful at all, rather shameful really. LOL, following this nasty bit of drama, where I fell down in every direction and my splashing about had Mr B laughing wildly, I just decided to crawl out of the ocean.
Finally, after our perfect day on the beach, I had to make one last stop in Maui.
My loving friend Julia at Defeat Despair recently gifted me with a very generous prize. Julia’s daily quote and personal photographs are enhanced by her always eloquent and thoughtful writing. I’ve learned so much about life visiting with Julia. One of the many things I adore about Julia is her love of animals. So when I learned this generous prize was $50 to spend at my favourite store, I received a gift card to Barnes and Noble and I asked Julia if she could give half to a local animal charity in memory of our dogs, Pasha and Buddy. After careful consideration, a recipient was found and Julia also matched the funds ! Beautiful right? Our $50 joint donation was happily made to The Lost Dog & Cat Animal Rescue. They help animals who are languishing in shelters but are highly adoptable and have so much love to give. Here’s a visit to their ranch…..
It made me so very happy to know we’d helped in this way. At Barnes and Noble, it was really hard to decide what to buy because unfortunately it couldn’t weigh too much (I had a wee problem with this coming home from San Jose).
What I decided on was a fabulous new coin purse from Papaya Art. All their stuff makes me drool. I already use a small clutch as my camera bag and had actually just bought one of their large travel bags on our holiday at another store. Oh ya, and several gift cards too. I just love all their things, so this was just the perfect find. Just look at the beautiful art work :D
Then I found some fantastic tissue paper with vintage maps in wonderful colours. I’ll have to think of a grande project to make with it.
Last but not least, I bought my new favourite magazine, called Daphne’s Diary. Oh my gosh! Do you love vintage, home decor, travel, recipes, crafts as much as I do? Then you MUST look for this at your news stand. They’ve been publishing in Belgium and Germany for a while but just started publishing in English. I can’t tell you how beautiful this magazine is. I’ve soaked up their first two issues and can’t wait for the next.
A BIG thank you Julia! It was the perfect way to end our holiday. I always love our chats and I admire you so much. What a year you’ve had. I thank you for being part of my life. You’re beautiful spirit and kind messages mean the world to me, you’re simply wonderful in every way. Knowing you has been a beautiful gift.