Sunday, October 12, 2008

Can you believe I only took...

(this was on the way to surprise Jim in Pacific Grove)
a couple photos?! Geesh! I totally thought I had taken more! Oh well...that alone should tell you how much FUN we both had. It was marvelous to reconnect and fall in love all over again!!! This trip was so needed. Along the way on this trip I have rekindled my love for books, I have now read through 3 books. I know...I know...but you see I had given up the art of reading a fine book. I had fallen deep into the dark abyss of not finding fun in life. That has changed. If I can just say, that I think I have found the silver lining in my gray cloud.

This new diagnose of cancer has made me STOP dead (excuse the pun) in my tracks and grab hold of life once more and shake it up! No longer will I mope through a day...NOT I! Now I hold my head high and take on the day. I still work at my crappy job but boy oh boy! What a difference of indifference makes and a killer smile doesn't hinder anything either.
People come up to me now and say things like, "Robyn have you done something different to your hair or your make-up looks stunning!" WHAT?! No, nothing has's called a mega-watt smile. Ahhh, but I don't tell them. I just beam on.

Even when Jim and I were in Pacific Grove, people were drawn to us. Happy as we both were, people wanted to share and bathe in that positive energy. We had people take our photos while we were reading books on a bench on the beach. We had hot, steaming coffees and I had my legs thrown over Jim's while wearing hoodies.

While waiting for the sun to set! Hunkered down for a good read with the ocean swirling around us. I suppose people thought that an oddity. We did that everyday we were there. We were there right after lunch each day and then we would wait to see the sun set. Each one was so glorious to witness. Being by the ocean is truly where I am to be. For me to be truly happiest I need to be by the ocean. I feel more relaxed and my soul feels full!

(isn't it just breath taking...)

P.S. I have missed everyone so much...

With much love,


Charmingdesigns said...

What a wonderful photo...I can feel you beaming!! I'm so glad you have a such a positive and uplifting attitude. I think of you often.Laurie

Leah said...

Lovely post, Robyn! I've missed you.


Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

There's something about the ocean air that can lift the spirits like nothing else!!! Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I'm loving your positive attitude!

just bob said...

Awesome Robyn. I'm glad you've found a sanctuary to escape from the difficult times and bathe in the peaceful times. Thanks for sharing with us some great photos and even more touching words.

just bob

scrapmomof5 said...

I am glad you had such a great time. You deserved it. I love the ocean and it is even better at sunset.

Gina said...

Sounds delightful!

Skeeter said...

Hi Robyn! I know what you mean. We're taking this Columbus Day off and doing our own thing here.

Best wishes,


Anonymous said...


I love your positivity - I can feel it rubbing off on me. I'm also so glad you have rediscovered your love of books - books, for me, are a wonderful way to drift away.

Sending lots of love n hugs your way,

Peter xx

Fish Whisperer said...

Robyn, Glad you had a great time and in high positive spirits. I have lived by the ocean for almost 12 yeears and can never go back. In fact I am almost 1/2 mile away from it now and I am thinking I need to move so I can be closer. Maybe you should think about moving to the ocean. After all no better time than the present. Great to have you back.

Elizabeth Holcombe said...

Your attitude is to be admired! I love your post! So glad you had such a fabulous time!~~~XXOO, Beth

Scrappy Jessi said...

hey sweets.
wow you sound so upbeat and happy!!
im so glad you had such a glorious time.
it's nice to find each other again.
so happy for you.

Maija said...

Sounds delightful! I love your new attitude, too- enjoy life!
PS- find another job that makes you happy!

Rosemary said...

Hi Robyn,
Glad you two had such a nice time.
Sounds great to me!!
You keep right on smiling!!
I'm smiling with you!
Visit when you can.

Queen Goob said...

...and we missed you!!!

Robin said...

Ummmh, yeah, I can believe that you just sat on the beach and hung out. You know, we just back from HI and we did pretty much the same thing- not much! I know exactly what you're talking about. When was the last time I spent more than 1.5 days away with my husband? I know you know what I mean! Glad to hear that you are feeling refreshed from your trip. Hope to SEE you soon.

Tabitha Blue said...

Sounds like an amazing time! What a great post and outlook on life! You've encouraged me :)

Great photos too. I want to go sip some steamy drinks and read a good book with my hubby now! Happy Monday.

PS, found you through Little Mama today.

Leah said...

This was such a nice post that I just came back and read it again.


Reb said...

That is the only attitude to have going through what you are. Sounds like you had a great time.

Gypsy said...

Yes it's time to take stock of the simple things in life and the things that are the most important. I'm so glad you and Jim had such a wonderful time.

Travis Erwin said...

Good for you. I admire your attitude.

~Kristen~ said...

Isn't there something just so magical about the ocean?!? I love the mountains and lakes and streams, but I know I could NEVER live somewhere that took me totally away from the ocean.

Gorgeous pics girlie! And your amazing attitude toward everything is inspiring!!!

Kellie H said...

Looks like such a lovely time....& A good time for it! I hope all is going well with your radiation treatments. Cancer has crept into my world this summer with my momma(she is doing chemo) & now with one of my BBF's mom(she just had her first radiation treatment Wednesday) and it does suck. I am glad you are able to be around your loved ones this time.

Cece said...

The last post is breathtaking. I am glad that you have found yourself. I hope that I am able to find my silverlining in my grey clouds soon. I have started back to the community center. I go there to swim. Swimming always clears my mind and makes me feel good. I am going to try and make some positive changes in my life, in memory of my Dad. I know that is what he would want, and it is what I want too. Keep your head held high, my friend, and thank you for the kind words of encouragement during my own ordeal. I will call you soon. Perhaps tomorrow.

Charmingdesigns said...

Come visit my post!! Laurie

Mr. Shife said...

So happy to read this post Robyn and glad to hear all this great stuff. You are an inspiration to all of us and I hope things continue to go well. Take care and keep smiling.

Kookaburra said...

Hey Robyn,
I am really pleased for you that you had such a wonderful time with Jim in Pacific Grove.
Your positive attitude is shining through in this wonderful post. More power to you!
Thank you for sharing this with your friends.

Mark. xo
p.s. The photo of the sunset is awesome :)

Charmingdesigns said...

Would you mind sending me your address. I wont be able to get this out to you until the end of the week if thats ok. Laurie

The Joy of Nesting said...

Hi Robyn,

I'm so happy that you and your husband have discovered the IMPORTANT things in life!!! It's such a high when you discover the power of a smile!! :c} Have you noticed how you can change someone's sour attitude with just a smile and kind word!!!

Please come visit when ever you like I'll be sure to keep a sunset posted just for you.

Pattie :c}
Mazatlan Mexico

kirsten said...

sounds like a much-needed respite. you exude such peace and such power. you definitely sound like a well-rested woman ready to take charge.

so go for it!! we're behind you, cheering all the way.

Sandy said...

Hi Robyn! Fabulous PHOTOS!
Come on over and see a big surprise waiting for you at my blog!
Have a wonderful day.

Tabitha Blue said...

Thanks for coming by!! I don't think I noticed your header before... or you've changed it. Like the courage rock! Have a great week, I'll have to stop by soon to see if you've got something new to share with the world :)

Walker said...

Very nice post.
Reconnecting with life and those around you can only make you feel good and realize what you have been missing and why life has been a downer for so long.

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Charmingdesigns said...

I still need your address. I hope you are doing ok. Take care and write me when you. can. Laurie

Josh said...

very cool R

Suzanne said...

Yes, I'm late. What's new???!!! Honey, you know how hard I try!!! I've been watching hockey highlites over on my blog! Oh, you too???!!! What? I know ~ good stuff!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, hi honey!!! Okay, I'm going to stop laughing and get serious. Wow! Beautiful post. No really. I'm serious. This is really the first time Rob and I have been away from the ocean and it's odd at times being land locked. The ocean has always made me feel as if I could see forever, so of course I understand. I'm so glad you and Jim had an opportunity to get away and relax and so glad too that you've decided to embraced life with so much joy. I love you baby. You've found the pure essence of life and that is a beautiful discover.

I think of you every day. Hang in there. And honey, isn't it beautiful to see so many friends on the comment page? Lovely.

With so much love,

Pat @ Back Porch Musings said...

It feels so good to read this post Robyn! Keep that silver lining in clear sight!

CSI Seattle said...

Oh, this just rocks. You have described what all of us need in our lives. We need to smile, run fast, play hard, treat each day as if we were throwing ourselves a party.

You sure do a lot of fun stuff. And I am curious; what books did you read?


paige said...

you're awesome girl, just awesome!
i love your attitude
YOU inspire me

Anonymous said...

looks and sounds like paradise!!
your photos areas fabulous as your attitude...just getting over the giggles I had reading your "seeing drunk people" post..
have a lovely week

Louise said...

Though I've never lived near the ocean, I'm an "ocean girl," too. I can picture all of it. Especially your legs thrown over his while you're wearing hoodies. That IS life.

My favorite line was "What a difference of indifference makes..." If we could all find a way to find that everyday, what a better place we would live in...