Big Pass South Lido Beach

My Pocketful of Sunshine

Big Pass South Lido Beach

It felt great to feel the sunshine today after all the rain we’ve had.  I captured some photos to share with you, my secret place. It’s amazing how the water lifts my mood. When I’m around water, I crave to go in.  I am so drawn to it.  Probably because I associate so much good with it. Having Fibromyalgia, it makes me feel better, mentally and physically.  I can move in the water with less pain and I feel more normal.  So many senses come alive at the beach.

  Do you have your own secret place that you like to wander off to,  where you can escape and regroup?  

~ Melise ~

Big Pass Sarasota

Around the corner of the beach that I love so well.  Big Pass, lots of boating, jet skiing, wind surfing, kite flying,  fishing, etc.  

It’s fun to watch them while being in the water on the beach side. 

Big Pass

Big Pass Sarasota South Lido

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The park area is so shady and quiet.  Just a few steps away from the water! 

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“Pocketful Of Sunshine”

I got a pocket,
got a pocket full of sunshine
I’ve got a love and I know that it’s all mine
oh.oh,oh
Do what you want,
but you’re never gonna break me,
sticks and stones are never gonna shake me
oh,oh,oh

Take me away (take me away)
A secret place (a secret place)
A sweet escape (a sweet escape)
Take me away (take me away)
Take me away (take me away
To better days (to better days)
Take me away (take me away)
A hiding place (a hiding place)

I got pocket,
Got a pocket full of sunshine
I’ve got a love and I know that it’s all mine
oh,oh,oh

Wish that you could,
but you ain’t gonna own me
do anything you can to control me
oh,oh,oh

There’s a place that I go
That nobody knows
Where the rivers flow
And I call it home
And there’s no more lies
And the darkness is light
And nobody cries
there’s only butterflies

The sun is on my side
Take me for a ride
I smile up to the sky
I know I’ll be alright

The sun is on my side
Take me for a ride
I smile up to the sky
I know I’ll be alright

Writer(s): Danielle Brisebois, Natasha Bedingfield, John Shanks

Lido Beach 1

Let The Sunshine In

Lido Beach 1

Lido Beach 2

Lido Beach 3

It has been raining so much that I have not been able to go to the beach.  I’m tired of the dreary skies.  I like being able to get my vitamin D via the sun.  Unfortunately, that’s not happening.  So, I’ve decided to create my own sense of sunshine today.  I’m looking back on photos of a beach day that I took this summer in June.  It was a gorgeous, sunshiny day!  While I reminisce, I will resort to vitamin D pill form!   

I pulled up as many sunshine songs as I could….Better get your sunglasses!   ;) 

~ Melise ~

SRQ Bay Fishing

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

SRQ Bay Fishing

With my camera I captured a few of my favorite things.

So, when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad. 

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and they bring a smile to your day! 

~ Melise ~

Anna Marie Moon

SRQ Island Park

Coquina Beach Waves

Lido Bird

Coquina Beach

What are a few of your favorite things? 

My Favorite Things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things.

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites, when the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites, when the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad.

Songwriters
Oscar Hammerstein Ii;Richard Rodgers

Published by
WILLIAMSON MUSIC

Sarasota Bay Boating

When The Sun Says Good Night

SRQ Bay Boating

I love watching the sunrises and sunsets. There is just something so pure and magical as the sun is making itself known or when it is saying good night.  These are photos that I took as I was out on the bay or on the island.  I am blessed to live in such an environment.  It’s the simple things like this that calms the soul,while the world is going crazy.   ~ Melise ~

SRQ Bay Sunset

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Anna Marie Island Sunset

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Nostalgia

Nostalgia means a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.  

Nature always fills me with a sense of peace, it inspires me to enjoy life better. It lifts my mood. So, on days like this when I can enjoy the scenery around me, I like to make memories that I can recapture.  In the future I will be able to look at these photos and automatically it will transport me back to this beautiful day. I will be nostalgic for long summer days, when the heat is warm and the gulf breeze is fair.   ~ Melise ~

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If you look closely there is a turtle  cage to protect the nests in the center of the sand.

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I thought it was cute to see all the Egrets sitting on the posts. A Blue Heron over in the far left. They liked hanging around the mud puddles from all the rain we’ve been having.

Sarasota Bay

It’s so relaxing to sit and swing, listening to the water gently roll in. The view is never tiring.

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So many parks that encourage one to just sit, take in the scenery and breathe.

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It’s Not Far Down To Paradise

My time is so enjoyable at the beach, it is when I can relax the most.  The sound of the waves and the seagulls de-stress me.  When I took these I was thinking of the song “Sailing” and that I could easily sail away on a beautiful day like this!  I have to come back to Florida for a touch of paradise.      ~Melise~

Sailing 

It’s not far down to paradise,  At least it’s not for me

And if the wind is right you can sail away
And find tranquility
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

It’s not far to never never land
No reason to pretend
And if the wind is right you can find the joy
Of innocence again
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me
                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Sailing
Takes me away
To where I’ve always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

Fantasy 
It gets the best of me
When i’m sailing
All caught up in the reverie
Every word is a symphony
Won’t you believe me

It’s not far back to sanity
At least it’s not for me
And when the wind is right you can sail away
And find serenity
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

My Kokomo

This is Venice Beach in Florida.  It is further south, this beach is well known for it’s sharks teeth and shells.  When we feel more in the spirit to go searching we bring our Florida snow shovels and we pan for sharks teeth and shells that are in the water and have not made it ashore yet.  There is a bounty to behold.  This area is more rocky and the sand is gritty, harder on the feet.  But that is what makes the difference of this kind of beach where the waves bring in such fine specimens.  Another way of relaxing in paradise.  I realize as I look more and more at these photo’s that I have been collecting and storing away how blessed I am to have the pleasure of visiting these places. 

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