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User Image karen_lee_cason Posted: Jan 14, 2018 2:31 PM (UTC)
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The cold has affected more life in Florida than just stunned iguanas and slow moving sea turtles. Hundreds ...... if not thousands?.... of sea urchins were killed by the cold snap. This is just a small stretch (a mile or two?) of beach along the shore of the bay at the marina at TH Stone State Park on Cape San Blas outside Port Saint Joe, Florida. I’ve seen a die off before, but never anything of this magnitude. There were plenty of exoskeletons on Thursday but the strong winds overnight blew in SO many more .... some just the size of a pencil eraser. #capesanblasfl #thstonememorialstatepark #portsaintjoe #seaurchin #seaurchins #floridacoastalconservancy #gulfmarineinstitute #florida #floridacoast #theforgottencoast
User Image karen_lee_cason Posted: Jan 14, 2018 11:58 AM (UTC)
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Mushrooms..... grow in sand? I don’t think I knew this. We learn something new every day.
User Image karen_lee_cason Posted: Jan 14, 2018 3:04 AM (UTC)

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The ocean was wild as I drove away from the cape. Wind was strong and cold weather was blowing in. It was a gorgeous morning ... in the fury of fierce. #capesanblas
User Image karen_lee_cason Posted: Jan 13, 2018 11:00 AM (UTC)

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Condensation inside my tent layered upon the outline of rain droplets on the outside of my tent. #organicpattern #ihavethisthingwithpatterns #camping #ilovebackpacking #iloverain #capesanblasflorida
User Image karen_lee_cason Posted: Jan 12, 2018 9:59 PM (UTC)
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I’ve heard so much about these baked oysters. Bout to try ‘em out. @radicallovett .... wish you were here.
User Image karen_lee_cason Posted: Jan 12, 2018 9:51 PM (UTC)
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User Image karen_lee_cason Posted: Jan 12, 2018 9:47 PM (UTC)

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Open skies. Clear, calm water. Chilly sand. Soul renewal. ❤️ #capesanblas
User Image karen_lee_cason Posted: Jan 12, 2018 12:29 PM (UTC)

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User Image karen_lee_cason Posted: Jan 12, 2018 12:28 PM (UTC)

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It rained all night ..... such a soothing sound to be rinsed in water for hours and hours. Now, the moon is scooting across the sky, the surf is singing a fresh morning song and I’m ready to go searching for treasures in the beach.
User Image karen_lee_cason Posted: Jan 11, 2018 1:21 PM (UTC)
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I smell adventure up ahead. Yes, it is overcast. Yes, it is probably going to rain. Yes, I am probably going to get wet. I’m going anyway. And I am going to be thoroughly happy to be wet and drenched in joy in the rain. It’s going to be beautiful.
User Image karen_lee_cason Posted: Jan 9, 2018 6:06 PM (UTC)
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User Image karen_lee_cason Posted: Jan 6, 2018 12:10 PM (UTC)
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We all have triggers. It requires self-awareness to recognize them. I know there are people who feel more deeply than others. I would say that I am pretty trigger sensitive.
For a period of several years, the color blue made me tense to a point that I became noticeably uncomfortable physically. I have found that stress used to make me bite my lip. Looking at patterns settles me - and is in direct opposition to the way that I feel when I look at chaotic messes.
I LOVE this coffee cup. Cost me $20 in the gift shop at Yosemite national Park. $20! I still can’t believe that I bought it. But I’m glad that I did.

The sight of trees, seeing the expanse of wide open sky and inhaling the smell of dirt wash a calm over my spirit that is undeniable and overpowering.
And so the sight of this cup..... and all the beautiful memories that were made around the trip I was on when I bought it .... triggers for me a calm that is as powerful as the physical warmth of the beverages that I choose to pour inside it.
Cheers to each I love you this morning as we begin the first weekend of 2018. Listen to your spirit. Notice your triggers. Choose to surround yourself with the things that settle your soul and bring you joy. I raise my coffee cup to you and gently offer a *clink.* Happy Saturday.
User Image karen_lee_cason Posted: Dec 30, 2017 5:17 PM (UTC)
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Isn’t this gorgeous? Sunshine! After dreary, cloudy, cold weather, the warmth of the sun is inviting!
And a happy peach blanket. Such a contrast to your average blue or white or tan hospital bedding. #healthsouthrehab , good job!
User Image karen_lee_cason Posted: Dec 29, 2017 1:22 PM (UTC)
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I’m so grateful when things are quiet. There been A great deal excitement today.

It’s hard when you are the in-between .... the advocate who knows the limits, strengths and normal of the patient .... but you are under the authority of others.
When the patient is your child, you have the ability to make the ultimate decisions. When you are advocating for a parent, you feel more like you are on the side .... especially when the patient and the spouse are both alive and Doing the primary communication with the doctors and nurses.The decisions are made by the doctors and the nurses and my parents. So ..... if you speak up, you may not be heard or you may be intentionally disregarded or you may not be misunderstood or even considered an irritation.

This balancing act is quite exhausting.
I’m watching dad decline in strength because he isn’t walking. He neeeeeds to be walking the halls. Maybe this will happen today. I’m praying.
User Image karen_lee_cason Posted: Dec 28, 2017 6:33 AM (UTC)
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I am having flashbacks of a year ago when mom was the one in the bed that raises and lowers with a button’s help. Dad was the one sleeping in the chair beside her.... stiff and worried by the situation but loyal to stay Close and available.

I can’t bring myself to leave the hospital just yet . The waiting room upstairs is full of people watching a loud television in small quarters and snoring. So, I do what comes easily; I makeshift and make do. I head downstairs to the surgical suite’s waiting room.I keep ear plugs in my purse so I smoosh their softness into my ears so I can’t hear the television. I’ve searched the room for light switches to make it as dark as possible. And I use a towel to soften my leather purse to be a comfortable pillow.
Before I left upstairs, I pulled pillows out of the closet and laid them across two chairs turned inward with the single armless chair in the middle. With the blanket wrapped around the pillows and blanket for warmth, mom had a bed that would work well enough through the night. .... maybe we won’t have to navigate through many nights like this. Hopefully dad will not struggle as deeply as mom did a year ago ... in the same hospital .... on the same floor.
It’s after 1 AM and I just trekked the three floors to check on dad. He is still and quiet and pain free enough to be asleep. I will head back upstairs next time I wake up. Maybe 2 to 3 trips to check on him during the night?
If you have done so, thank you for praying. We are 12 hours in to this chapter of the novel. I am praying that it quickly becomes a dull read and dad returns to a new normal.
User Image karen_lee_cason Posted: Dec 27, 2017 10:31 PM (UTC)
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We have had lunch. We have moved from chair to chair to chair. We have napped. We have taken turns going to the bathroom and taking walks down the hall. Dad’s pastor has Come and sat and talked and had to return back home because he lives well over an hour away.

Dad has been in surgery for 5 1/2 hours. I’m worried that the doctor needs nutrition. I’m ready for dad to be out and In recovery and good. #praying
User Image karen_lee_cason Posted: Dec 26, 2017 1:23 PM (UTC)

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@wendeldfoster , IG can be our second tutorial session. I’d love to watch you really enjoy it!!!
User Image karen_lee_cason Posted: Dec 26, 2017 1:21 PM (UTC)

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Gifts created from pure imagination and beautiful, steady hands .... received with deep gratitude and hung where they can be seen often. Because I spend as much of my waking time at my desk as I do anywhere my home.
User Image karen_lee_cason Posted: Dec 24, 2017 8:07 PM (UTC)
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I love intelligent advertising.... ie, Advertisement that makes you think rather than advertisement that tells you how you lack and how buying their product will fill that void. Way to go #revlon
I realize that I had to run a few errands before it got too late. So I am with 3/4 of Augusta at Walmart shopping. They are evidently buying food to feed small armies and buying cheap almost-thoughtless presents for children at the last minute. I’m glad I opted out of the game this year. A small Christmas is a stress-free Christmas.
At least I am not in a hurry. I made a terrible nutritional decision and ate an entire pillow-sized bag of cheese puffs in the car before I came into the store. So we know I won’t starve and die while I’m in here.

After I get home, I plan to indulge in a Creamy adult beverage and spend some time horizontal in my hammock. It’s such a beautiful day. I love December in Georgia.

Merry Christmas, y’all.