Sunday, June 20, 2010

Dusk at Doodlebug

It's Happy Hour and I'm sitting on a white wicker settee inside the screened-in porch at a cottage called "Doodlebug".

It's topped with a lime green, leopard print cushion...

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The view of the marsh in front of the cottage is like something straight out of a "Bellamy"...

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(BellamyArt.com)

The air is heavy, and moist- but it smells incredibly fresh.

Makes me wanna take deep breaths...

Clear my mind...

Connect with God.

(I just heard thunder in the distance)

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I've got my feet propped up on the coffee table in front of me...

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I can feel a blister between my pinky toe and the toe next to it.

Must have walked too much today.

(Is there such a thing as walking "too much"?)

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There's a big, black bird sitting on one of the curled up boards on the dock in front of the house.

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(Curled up boards on the dock in front of the Doodlebug)




I wonder if he was born on Tybee?

I like to think he was.

I like to think he knows just how magical his surroundings are.

I like to think he knows just how lucky he is that he can safely land on something that most humans would be too scared to walk on.

And I like to think he landed there because he wanted to watch the sun set beyond the marsh...just like me.

(Except he wanted a front row seat!)




(The marsh in front of Doodlebug)


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31 comments:

The Pennington Point said...

Poor you. :) Lisa~

Jenny Beth said...

nothing like good ole southern humidity to make you feel at peace with the world!! Can't wait to see your beautiful work. Thanks for all you do Layla!!
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Rhonda said...

I love this post Layla.
It makes me just as thankful to be alive and aware.

Sandra said...

It sounds as if you are in a very good place right now, and I'm not talking about the physical you...

Enjoy yourself, Layla, you have earned it.

Brighton said...

Beautiful! Doodlebug is what I called my daughter as a baby- love that : )

geri said...

Happy Monday Layla.
There is nothing better than hands that become stiff from too much painting, feets that have blisters from too walking, backs that ache from furniture moving or a screened in porch filled with moments of peace for thanking God for being able to do all those things.
You deserve every lovely moment. geri.

dleahy23 said...

O what I wouldn't give to be sitting next to you.Ahhhhh. And yes, I think he was born there too!

michelle said...

Nothing like putting your feet up after a hard days work! Take a break and breath for a while! It looks like a great spot to just empty the mind and let the blister heal! :) Take care!

Angela said...

Now that is just a piece of Heaven and I like to think the sound in the background was the ocean!!! Thanks for sharing and loving all your blogs on the house you are redoing. I helped my sister in IN redecorate her bathroom and I was in GA> She texted me about a color and I went crazy and I like to think you inspired me!!! I sent her pics of your kitchen to inspire she and her hubby in the redo of theirs!!

På vår udde! said...

First time I visit you and I really like it! Home alone for a couple of hours, will spend it reading previous texts!
Pardon my english...
I´m from Sweden!

Liz said...

Oh man are you in a real place. Thanks for sharing a spot for my feet on the table... :)

The Wife of a Dairyman ~ Nancy said...

What a beautiful place. I love the photo of the curled up boards on the dock.....makes for a great pic.

Polly @ Make Mine Beautiful said...

Looks like pure heaven for sure. I know you have a lot of hard work ahead of you, but I still envy you for the "at one with nature" surroundings you are so lucky to be a part of right now.

Ashley and Nate said...

This post makes me miss northern Michigan. I grew up on a lake up there... and it's absolute paradise in the summers.

Such a thoughtful post! :)

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Blacksheep Bliss said...

I wish I was in a beach town right now! Loved the pictures.

Ashley DeYoung Photography said...

Looks so gorgeous and peaceful on Tybee, I can't wait till I go this fall!

Simply LKJ said...

So peaceful! Love the pictures.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

I wish I was in a place as peaceful as this right now... but I've had to put my hoodlums into three timeouts in the past 15 minutes. Peace is a five letter word around these here parts.

And I have no idea what I mean by that.

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Ha! You're working so hard, aren't you? :)

Julie @ Sweet Chaos said...

I'm done living vicariously thru you--now I'm just jealous! ;) Sounds divine. You described that Tybee feeling perfectly. How I miss it there! Going in Sept, but thought about dropping in on you!

MommaHensCoop said...

Layla! I saw you in FleaMarket Style! I would just die if I were in a magazine! Congrats!

Ronnie said...

Thanks!

Nancy said...

Have you made happy acquaintance with the sand gnats yet? That's the only downside to our little slice of heaven! Bellamy is as amazing a person as she is an artist--I hope that you have the opportunity to meet her; you'll love her! Check out The Gray Horse on the Isle of Hope (now called Sweet Tea, I think) Lisa, the owner, carries her work and is good friends with Bellamy. Bellamy's in and out of the store fairly often and I'm sure Lisa would be happy to introduce you. One Fish Two Fish also carries her work--that's a store you'd also love, I believe.

Enjoy this little corner of the world--happy to have you!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Heaven on the curled up boards of a southern dock. I'm sure there is a song in that.


Peace...

Missy Langley said...

Thanks for the link to the artwork. I'm going to be in that area in a couple of weeks and wanted to buy some art. I'm going to check into Belamy's work.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Layla, it is so beautiful there. I know you are enjoying your visit so much. Can't wait to see how things are coming along. Love & blessings from NC!

Popcorn Served Daily said...

Very nice to see you take a moment to just be.

My Cottage Charm said...

I have to tell you after reading your post and watching your very beautifully quiet video, I exhaled with a big sigh of peacefulness. I can feel how relaxed you are...glad you're taking a moment to just breath in your surroundings. :)
Blessings
Melissa

Steph. said...

This reminds me of times on vacation when I would get up before the family with my coffee and a bible or journal and just sit in the stillness outside and take in the beauty of God's creation. Enjoy it! :)

Judy King said...

Hi Layla and Kevin,
My parents live on Tybee Island (where I grew up) and I've stayed at the Doodle Bug before....I'm going to tell my Mom about your open house at the "Screened Porch" this coming Sat. She'll get to meet you (for me). I'll be there, on Tybee, 4th of July week for our 'very large' annual family reunion... so I'll be sure to drive to Fort Screven to check out your masterpiece!!!