Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Oh, the places I've been in 2011

Oh, the places I've been in 2011.  Places in my work life. Places in my marriage, family, & friends. Places logistically. Places in my head & in my heart.

Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away! "

I traveled more than I ever have reconnecting with family & old friends. 

"You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights."

2011 was a fun year for shelling.

"You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest."

With Family & Blogger Friends

i Love Shelling

Snug Harbor Bay

Capt. Brian's Observations on the Water
Shedding the Wolf

Abbey Style Home

Shellbelle's Tiki Hut

I saw sunrises on Sanibel

and Sunsets on Manasota Key.

"You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted.  But mostly they're darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out?  Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?"

I finished a project.

Schwekie finished a project too.

"You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact

and remember that Life's

a Great Balancing Act.

Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)


be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!"  - Dr. Seuss

What are we waiting for?  Wishing for you that 2012 will be your best year ever! 


  1. What a marvelous year you've had - you were blessed. And I was truly blessed to get to meet you and I'm so proud to call you friend. Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year! HUGS!!

  2. What a great post! Keep on going on, mermaid!

  3. WOW you inspire me.......GOD has truly blessed the world with you...hugs kimmy xxxooo

  4. KB, it's so nice to know that we were part of your Dr. Seuss the text!!! And, thanks for letting us see your year in review....we all have one of those but never do anything about it. Clever girl!

    Talk to you soon, my friend...
    First, have a Happy New Year! Best to the hubbs!
    xxoo Becky

  5. You had an amazing year lady! I hope 2012 is just as wonderful!

    Oh, and that horse conch is HUGE!

    Happy New Year Karen!!!

  6. I enjoyed seeing your reflections in photo collages. My goodness you are a serious, shell collector and you've got some real beauties.

    What do you do with all of them?!

    All the best in 2012!

  7. Wow! What a great post! And what a nice year!

  8. LOVE this post, what a great way to record the milestones and ring in the New Year!

    Happy New Year Karen and thank you for always being there for me this past year. May 2012 be full of as many great adventures and moments as 2011 was. I know I'll be there for some of them!

    Love you

  9. So happy you had a beautiful 2011-

    Best Wishes for 2012!

    Happy New Year!

    Sand and Sea
    (aka beachside cottage)

  10. What a wonderful post, Karen!! Happy & healthy New Year to you and your family... have a wonderful beachy 2012!!!

  11. Hoping 2012 will be good to ya!!


  12. Perfect! I'm so excited about a new year and can't wait to see what it holds! You've had a fabulous year...and mine has been better knowing you! Happy New Year! ♥♥♥

  13. happy new year!! i love dr seuss : )

  14. Wow - looks like you have had an amazing year! Happy New Year.

  15. Karen,
    I just have to tell you that Blake and Hunter and their parents went back to Manasota Key and just sat on the shell piles (another strategy you taught them) that had recently come...the scooped up hundreds of shark's teeth in an afternoon!! Thanks again, for your kind attention to them and to me and a Happy New Year to you!!!


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