Today was so lovely. It was sunny, with a very brisk, chilly wind, and the perfect day for a white chocolate, raspberry café mocha. Yes, I know. It’s only about a million calories but, once in a while? Hey, a gal has to enjoy some pampering now and then.
I was just walking by The Coffee Place after running errands and the temptation was just too great! I caved in and walked in to see this – an invitation to a little piece of heaven!
Normally, this place is packed, but it was 4 p.m. and most people are thinking about dinner, not coffee. But not me –
While I waited for my delicious decadence in a cup, I started taking pictures like crazy. I’ve made it a habit now never to leave home without a camera (and, no, I don’t have a fancy cell phone camera.)
It’s very cozy…
But none of this, thanks!
I was so happy when my steaming cup of goodness was in hand that I literally forgot to take a picture of it.
So, close your eyes and imagine a steaming cup of delicious coffee with raspberry and chocolate and NO calories – just for today! Now, enjoy…
“It is a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love.”
Since I began posting on this blog for the first time New Year’s Eve 2013, my intention then was to achieve a new perspective on life, one based on appreciation of the little things, the overlooked things, the things I take for granted.
Now, with the help of my camera, I see shadows as beautiful, upside-down viewpoints as intriguing, and exquisite beauty in simplicity – as in these salt and pepper shakers.
Once filled with delicious honey, they have been put to yet more service providing the finishing touches to many a delicious meal.
This photo of these recycled honey jars is now part of a beautiful memory of a meal shared in the home of family.
Salt and pepper season our meals. Love seasons our lives.
“When a butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world it can cause a hurricane in another part of the world.” Author Unknown
During the warm summer night of July 20, 2012, Aurora, Colorado was the scene of the most horrific crime in its city’s history. The details of the Aurora Theater Shooting are well known.
Fortunately, I was not in the theater that night, though I had been on many other occasions. The last time I was there was just a few weeks before that unforgettable night. At that time, I had my one and only panic attack ever. Inexplicably, I kept staring at the exit door to the right of the screen in Theater 9 with a terror I had never experienced before – or since. I kept telling everyone to “Keep an eye on the exit door on the right.” They laughed, yet during the whole movie, I never took my eyes off of that exit door.
When the movie was over, I literally ran from the theater, struggling to breathe, grateful to be away from the hellish terror I had been experiencing. Once outside, I recovered quickly and couldn’t have felt more foolish. That’s when I laughed, too.
Immediately after July 20, 2012, everyone remembered how terrified I had been in that same theater only weeks before. They remembered how I kept telling them to keep an eye on THAT exit door. They remembered …. and they weren’t laughing.
I’ve read that all of life is connected energetically, like one big power grid. I don’t know if it’s true or not. I only know that I’ve never experienced such terror in my life as I did the last time I was in Theater 9 at the Century 16 Theater in Aurora. I was not there the night of July 20, 2012, yet somehow, I think I experienced just a tiny fraction of the terror that was to occur in that same place just a few short weeks later. And if so, all I can say is God bless the victims of that terrifying night.
The Century 16 Theater was remodeled and reopened just six months later. The original Century 16 sign was taken down and a new sign has replaced it.
To look at it now, no one would ever know that such darkness and terror stalked that theater one horrible night not so long ago.
Life goes on, yet I, for one, have seen my last movie at the Century Theater of Aurora.