Missing the Weekend on Manic Monday

 I rarely have those stereotypical Monday mornings everyone gripes about.
For the most part, Mondays are fun. I get to start work developing ideas I had over the weekend, or just enjoy some quiet time catching up in the studio.

Today wasn't one of them.

I overslept a bit, which means that by the time I had coffee and a couple of hours sucked away at the computer taking care of overnight urgent emails (totally my fault for even opening them before I had worked out)
 my morning run was entirely too hot to handle.

By the time I was on my way back, the Florida sun was on full blast, and I couldn't keep my headphones in my ears because the sweat was just too much for the iPhone earbuds that are too big for my freakishly small ears. Oh, yeah- my favorite earbuds finally died. 
The small ones that actually fit right. 
So, there's that.

I returned to my loving dog. I was panting much more than she ever does.
She greeted me with her usual insanity, and as I struggled to peel off wet work out clothes and start Monday laundry while making to-do lists in my head, I spotted the spots...

Guess I'm not the only one in a weird mood today.
I'm washing the bedroom throw rugs, too.

So, this week is going to be a crazy one.
I won't get to start new ideas, because I have so many errands to run and things to take care of.

I'm just going to share a few pics of my hike at Lyonia Preserve from yesterday.
Well, the ones I have on hand. Somehow most of the files were in RAW format and I can't see them on the computer just now. I have to remind myself to fix that before I take anymore photos.
Lyonia is one of my happy places.

The Florida scrub is so silent mid-morning, except for the birds, especially the federally threatened Florida scrub jays.
Florida scrub is a very unique ecosystem.

The plants that grow there make it through harsh sun, sandy soil conditions, sometimes even fire, and they have to ward off would be predators with pungent and sometimes poisonous oils to preserve themselves.
I'm keeping that place in my mind as I plod through my week-
and extra laundry.

What do you do when your week starts off like this-

but all you really want is this?

 Spicebush Swallowtail
Spicebush Swallowtail 

I hope your Monday is mellow,


  1. Metzli was here - and enjoyed your post (especially that super cute puppy picture).

  2. lovely pictures! you dog is a cutie! hope you have a more relaxed rest of the week!

    1. Thanks! I'll let her know you said so. ;)

  3. Uh-oh - good luck with your pup! I'm still doing lots of extra laundry from our trip and it's no fun!

    1. Can't wait to see more of your gorgeous photography, Natasha!

  4. Beautiful photos and sweet little dog :) Mondays are typically busy here with packing orders from the weekend...

  5. I hope the rest of your week is going more smoothly! I agree, it's nice to not have to start the week off with an alarm and a mad dash out the door. I get to drink my coffee and catch up on emails before I get to work :)

    1. Thanks- it's getting there. :)


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