Good Morning and Welcome to my Atlantic Life in Hatteras 😊
The “My Atlantic Life” blog is simply the stories of my daily life here on this beautiful and unique ribbon of sand, which lies 30 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of North Carolina.
As I've mentioned before life is a complex journey, one which I choose to embrace as a series of grand (and some not so grand🤭) adventures. My morning musings and meanderings are a reflection of that "complex journey"... the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly.
It's with this in mind that I wanted to share some of the highs and lows of the past few weeks (mostly the highs😊) ….
Although these weeks have been rather hectic (and somewhat emotional) for me, there have been some moments of incredible kindness, love and inspiration.
John’s Mom passing hit us hard, even though she was 91yrs old and in failing health, when it happens, your heart just aches in a way that is pretty much indescribable. And of course, there is the pain we feel for John’s Dad, who at 92yrs old, is now on his own after 70yrs of marriage.
Then....your own mortality slaps you hard in the face….and it’s all too easy to go down that massive rabbit hole of how much time has passed in your own life.... and how much you may have left. As someone who can easily become a little too focused on certain elements in my life, I made the very conscious decision to step back from that particular rabbit hole….and instead, remind myself that I have so many adventures yet to have, and in fact, am now using these feelings as a catalyst to plan some new adventures !!!!
Things that really made me smile, and remember how much love, kindness, and thoughtfulness there is in my world were all around me and made this super chaotic time so much easier. I thought it would be kind of cool to show in pictures as well as in words a few of things….
One of the things, I particularly love about our human nature is the way some people appear to step in and make things so much easier, and more manageable for you without even being asked…. just when you need them….and I want to take this opportunity to thank my friend Gina for being that person. Having all the rooms in the inn full to capacity with guests and John being in Nebraska with his Dad…. breakfast-time in particular was going to be pretty challenging. But Gina stepped in to help me out, which enabled me to concentrate on the cooking. As anyone who has stayed at the inn knows, normally John does most of the breakfast cooking, so it was a bit of a baptism of fire (fortunately only metaphorically speaking…..there were no real flames!!!) for me – 20 or so guests, many of whom were meeting at the inn for their reunion, so preferred to eat together at the same time, and who all seemed to want to order different variations of food, led to some fun in the kitchen.
.....Some really long days….and seemingly really, really short nights!
My culinary breakfast experiments!!!!
French Toast, Bacon and O'Brien Potatoes...
The "Atlantic Croissant" (Ham, Egg and Colby Jack Cheese) and Home Fries...
And the trusty Southern staple....Biscuits and Gravy, Sausage and Breakfast Potatoes
A wonderful lady that reads my blog on a regular basis, messaged me to ask if she could drop in to the inn to meet me. I let her know that I would love to meet her....
Not only did Debi pop in to meet me and have a quick tour of the inn, but she had made me an incredible bracelet that she had designed specifically for me. The bracelet was made of gem stones, and Debi even included the meaning/properties of each of the gems used! I was so super thankful for this beautiful gift and its healing/ strengthening properties 💗
The beautiful bracelet designed by Debi....💗
Debi even attached a labyrinth charm, having read in one of my earlier blogs on how in the past I have used labyrinths to answer questions I have.
On picking up our mail from the Post Office, I was amazed at the beautiful cards that we received with such kind words of condolences, including one from the absolutely incredible lady who made my beloved quilt (that goes everywhere with me!!), which let us know that a tree had been planted in a National Forest in John's Mom's name - what an awesome thought....I love the idea that a tree will now grow in her memory 💗
If you're a regular reader of my blog, you will know all about my favorite quilt, that 2 ladies that had attended one of my women's retreats made for me....I bring this up again, as I found in the last couple of weeks that there are certain things that I have around me that every time I look at them, they not only make me smile, but remind me of the precious gift of friendship that each represents.
My incredible Dancing Dolphins quilt...
Last month, we had friends visit with us that had started out as guests at the inn, but quickly became good friends. On their arrival Leigh let me know she had been enjoying my blog and loved my "Blue Mind" post that spoke of a "Million Blue Marbles"....she then gave me the most amazing large blue glass ball that had dolphins etched into it, and a teeny tiny glass turtle (she also liked my blog about the release of the rehabbed turtles)....and, every time the beautiful glass ball catches my eye, I'm reminded of my ocean, my dancing dolphins and the joy they give me....and the precious gift of Leigh's friendship.