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Winter vacations!

Whew! We got back from our annual winter beach trip about three short weeks ago, and I already feel like I need another vacation! (Of course, rushing to pull together the last few documents for the tax preparer has a way of doing that, right?)

Beach vacations–actually, vacations in general–are special because they are so restorative, especially when everything you do is diametrically opposite of daily work and life.

For me, that means leaving schedules and structure behind, to the extent possible. In other words, it means setting the Fitbit aside (no 5:30 am silent alarms!), no scheduled writing time, no scheduled anything time. Just lazy mornings full of reading and walks and mugs of hot tea.

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Snowy beach stairs

And this year that hot tea came in handy because it snowed at the Outer Banks, as you can see from the beach stairs. We’ve seen snow there before, but never 2-plus inches that then stayed on the ground for a full two days, very unusual for the OBX! On my first morning walk, I found this heart that someone had traced out.

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A snowy Valentine’s heart

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