Went to see Gma and all today for their soup family get together at her nursing home. It was really nice. I tried not to let my vested sadness show. But it seemed to seep out in other ways. I tried to think of things to talk about or questions to ask. But it seemed the best I could do was to listen and focus on not focusing on my sadness feelings. I also had time to do some introspective thinking.
1)the president has taken us out of the climate agreement, he’s repealed environmental protections that keep us safe in the air, water and land.
1a) He has opened up our national treasured parks to be sourced for “natural resources”
1b) he’s put into action navy sonar in the sea which is harmful to whales
2) My childhood sanctuary: Sanibel Island, FL is facing unprecedented disaster
2a)hundreds of whales, dolphins and manatees along with thousands of fish, birds and other sea life have died at an alarmingly strong red tide as well as other pollutants.
2b) Rick Scott in FL has done absolutely nothing to help the tides turn in a more positive direction. This disaster is being ignored. Thousands of people are becoming sick and/or dying because of respiratory illnesses caused by the red tide. They are still encouraging tourists to come despite the huge health risks.
3) the sea acidification is causing small molecular animals to dissolve. The seas are warming, causing the reefs to die off, creating stronger long lasting deadly bacteria in the waters. The love of sea shells passed down from my grandma to my mom to me and I hoped to continue that love. Sanibel, my heaven on earth, is currently in its own version of hell.
4) I didn’t realize that possibly I have been recycling in vain. Apparently all the recycling the USA was doing, was not being reused to make new products but being sold to China and China has decided to stop buying our recycling so our recycling is starting to find its way to the trash.
*~ then you know the other things that are relatively minor in comparison, I need to pay off some cc’s and I need to find a different job.
#365daysofus day 343, a few final captures from an incredible wedding weekend, it was so great to travel together with our two adult children, first time in probably 8 years to explore the beauty of a new area and celebrate our Amanda and Gil!! From the beautiful, cloudless sky and perfect temperature to the coconuts in the palm trees to the family and fun that we all were immersed in, it was one great memory maker and the only thing that would’ve made it better was if we were all in total there, Jess, James and the little girlies....thankful though that life continued as normal for them with the help of Aunt Connie helping J since he was working part of the weekend.
In our world, family is absolutely everything and though the years(hopefully not) may pass before we see each other again, we will pick up where we left off and continue the laughter and fun to the weeee hours of the morning once again and hopefully get to take to the dance floor and represent the joy we share!! #lovewillkeepustogether#wearefamily#bestiefortherestie#mrsadams#casaybel#sanibelisland
We got home from #sanibel last night.
I am left reflecting on the sound of the ocean. At times the roar of the waves, at others...the gentle caress of soft tide on white sand.
Shorebirds pecking for food as waves lap at their feet, running with incredible speed as they circle around you to avoid a danger that really isn’t present.
The cormorants, eagles, anhingas, alligators, pelicans, herons, egrets and much other wildlife is plentiful, colorful, and beautiful.
We rode bikes every day.
The island is flat with bike paths everywhere. “Good morning” and “hello”, both with smiles, are common phrases not often encountered in big cities.
The tone of my skin now, is foreign to those in Canada during the winter months. People will ask “Oh, have you been away?” Even though the answer thoroughly obvious.
I love #sanibelisland for it’s preserved lands, happy people, and peaceful way of life.
Also, there are no big box stores or restaurants, All Ma ‘n Pa.
Cheers Sanibel, I hope to return soon.