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....{ finding my way back }....

 I have been home for over a week now....
and yet...
I don't yet feel settled.
Transitioning back has been harder than I thought....
and I'm not really sure why...

But a trip down to our favorite spot in Laguna...

 at sunset...sure made things feel better....

I loved everything I saw and experienced on our trip...
I truly did.

But by leaving
I came back with such a renewed appreciation...
of where we live...

 the life we have.

 a November sunset never looked so beautiful to me.

 Jeff and I played tourist in our own area...
and found a new to us stop in Laguna....
A prosciutto and mozzarella bar.

Afterwards we made our way to Newport and the holy grail of 
Christmas decor....
Roger's Garden.

 all the while on our search for this year's tree....
oh yes....
it is so very good to be home.

You know you really have missed Southern California...

even our freeways seem to possess a beauty of their own.

as always dear friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life



  1. Oh Roger's. I love that place. I'll have to make a trip up there one of these days. So super festive this time of year. Thanks for reminding me....

  2. You are so right Connie! It is certainly a Christmas destination worth the drive... especially at night!

  3. It is good to get home. You live in a beautiful place!
    Have a wonderful week my friend.

  4. Loving all the appreciation and gratitude Tamera. Indeed, the road full of cars can be a delight. Consider all the meditating one can accomplish just sitting there, calmly, waiting for the cars to slowly roll by. :-)

  5. I love playing tourist in my home town, but I can understand after a trip like you had how it would be hard to transition back. You live in a lovely area!

  6. The sunset on the beach is so peaceful and beautiful. Now we have the sunrise and it truly lifts the spirit. Thanks for sharing these gracious thoughts and photos with Visible Monday.

  7. Welcome home!! I find pleasure in the going, and the coming (home). Your photos are great. Have a lovely week with your sweetheart.

  8. Travelling is wonderful and I would love to do it much more often, but there is always a sense of relief when one crawls between the sheets of their own bed.


  9. If I stayed in Southern California I would never leave.

  10. Lovely photos and sentiments!

  11. You have such a wonderful way of capturing beautiful pictures and describing things so clearly that I feel like I could almost be there. There truly is no place like home.

  12. you are living in so a beautiful place and what a fortune for us that you are able to capture its moods in your fotos.
    to see my home and the place i live from a new view is one of the things i appreciate when travelling.

  13. Seriously re the freeways. There's no place like home!

  14. Travel is great, but it also gives a new perspective on my life and my home. It sounds like you had a similar experience. Your photos and commentary always give me much pleasure.

  15. Looks like a great time, I always miss home so much.


  16. love your last sentence about the freeways having their own beauty, so sweet and true!

    Hey you know what? I adore Laguna too, I have been there several times, and it's always my favorite in the OC:)

    Isn't it tough to transition after such a trip as that?! I empathize with you...
    sounds like it was divine!