Hello, beautiful readers! Today makes day 7 of the #RRBC 30-Day Blogging Challenge. I have survived the first week. :-) If you've been following my journey, you know that my days have been very busy. Sundays tend to be the exception. Unless the weather is bad, I go to the beach on Sundays. I have a great group of friends who have also established Sunday as beach day so we meet up at our favorite spot, put up a bunch of umbrellas, lay out a beach blanket for sunbathing, bring wine and cheese for the afternoon snack, and enjoy one another's company. We have been doing this for years, and it's become something I look forward to at the end of every week.
There are a couple of us who enjoy swimming, so we will swim to the buoy and back a few times if the waves aren't too rough. There is a couple who enjoys walking the beach, so sometimes I join them if the swimming is not an option. My knees (and now my ankle - after the slip this past summer) complain some with walking in the wet sand on an incline, so I prefer the swimming. And sometimes, we even do yoga on the beach. Even if all we do is sit and talk, I always have a great time.
I woke up early to read and comment on my fellow bloggers' posts. I had breakfast while clearing my emails. Then, I packed up and headed to Starbucks to get my cheat drink - a trenta, strawberry acai lemonade with light ice, extra green tea, and no strawberries. Strawberries are in the dirty dozen (most sprayed with pesticides) so I only eat them if they are organic. The strawberry acai is a refresher drink which is highly concentrated in sugar. I cannot drink it alone which is why I add their lemonade and extra shots of green tea. They put less of the refresher and more of the green tea for me, so it's more like a green tea lemonade with a shot of refresher. I love that Starbucks with customize it for me.
Cheat drink in hand, I headed to the beach. It's about 25 minutes from my house, depending on traffic. Today the weather was around 75-77 degrees. When the wind is a bit nippy, we will put up wind shields, which make our "camp" nice and cozy (sometimes too hot). But today, the weather was just perfect because the sun was shining with very few clouds. On the colder days, we forego the wine and bring hot tea.
I hung out with my friends and enjoyed the conversation and laughter. There is never a quiet moment. We always have topics to talk about. Our group can be as small as 3 and as large as 15, depending on the weekend. It used to be larger, but people have moved to other states. In the snowbird months (when Northerners come down during the winter months), the group grows a bit. No matter who is there, I am always in my happy place.
After returning home, I showered and made dinner. (Yes, I stay at the beach from around 11 am until the sun is almost completely down.) Then, my son and I watched our show. All in all, it was a great day!
Do you have a group of friends that you meet with regularly? Do you have a "happy place"? I'd love to hear from you. :-)