I took a mini-vacation last week (three whole days, woohoo!), so you’re getting photos instead of my usual essay. Here’s a happy beach scene to set the mood:
On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we experienced the lowest tide we’re likely to see for a while, with water levels actually below the mean sea level. Hubby and I went exploring and discovered tidal pools teeming with fascinating critters.
This pool was only four or five feet across, but the longer we looked, the more we saw. The big purple starfishes clinging to the rock were almost invisible in the shadows (gotta love light-adjusting cameras). There were two larger crabs (below and left of the starfish) and dozens of tiny ones; and there’s actually a brown starfish in there, too. The barnacles are farther left again, and we got to see one of them extend and retract a spindly spider-like leg from its white shell glued to the rock.
It’s been hot (36C/97F) for the past few days, and I know you tropical folks are chuckling because that would just be a pleasant little cool spell where you live. But earlier in the week we had some lovely rain, and our house was at the end of a double rainbow:
And in other news, I finally managed to complete a watercolour painting that didn’t make me want to hurl and/or creep away in shame. Hooray! I’ve got a long way to go yet, but at least I feel as though I’m making progress.
And, one more thing:
I’m thinking about making changes to my blogging schedule and/or the length and content of my posts. The usual 500-word posts take me 4 – 6 hours each week to write and edit. (I usually edit each one about 25 times. Yes, I admit I may have slight issues with perfectionism.) I love interacting with everybody regularly; and I’d like to free up more time to work on Book 14.
So… hmm. What to do? Please help me decide by voting in the poll below, and if you have any other suggestions, please drop them in the comments.
Thanks for weighing in!