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Exchanging gray for golden

Someone on my Facebook feed posted a bunch of sunset photos this week, and I thought, “I could use more of that.”

Everything about sunsets is good. The landscape is bathed in golden light, and time stops for a second as the sun dips over the horizon. It’s not day, it’s not night; it’s happy hour. In order to enjoy a sunset, you have to take a break for a moment.

I suppose I enjoy most sunsets when I’m on vacation, so I don’t associate them much with winter, and so pictures of the setting sun are a great escape right now when winter seems unending and the whole world is cast in various shades of gray.

fall day

Browsing through my recently organized family photos (prepare thyself for a vacation slide show, friend), I found only one picture of a sunset taken from my house. This shot was taken from the deck of my former house.

illinois sunset

I took this picture while walking my dog around my husband’s cousin’s yard, where we camped for a couple of months in 2017 when we were living in our RV. Cornfields were never so beautiful.

florida sunset

Here’s my most recent sunset shot, taken on my my recent vacation, a short business/pleasure trip to Fort Myers Beach in December. If you look closely, you can see this photo was taken through the screen on the deck.

sunet set selfie in 2015

Here’s another Florida sunset. Oh, those are some of the best, I’d say, what with all the water to reflect grandiosity. This selfie was taken in 2015 along the Florida Keys near Marathon.

croatia sunset

Getting warmer yet? This exotic sunset photo was taken off the deck of a mountaintop restaurant in Omis, Croatia.

2014 lake sunset

I don’t have to travel half way around the world to find a pretty sunset. This picture was taken off my sister’s deck at her lakeside home in central Minnesota. You can practically hear the loon calling over the water.

mom and dad at sunset

One of my favorite sunset shots doesn’t have the sun in it, but you can tell the sun was setting by the long shadow of the photographer (me) in this shot. This is an early spring picture of my parents walking hand-in-hand up the road in front of their house. That’s the Leaf River meandering by on the right, and that slough might be considered a swamp by some. But dripping in the sun’s golden rays, the whole scene gives off a warm glow.

Soaking up the sunshine vitamin

I spent a lot of hours laying on the deck in a swimsuit, sweating away my summer vacation when I was a teen-ager. A deep, dark tropical tan in the 1980s was the teen-age currency that  a cell phone with unlimited text messaging is today; you were a nobody without one.

That’s why everyone has skin cancer nowadays. That, and the ozone hole, I guess.

Anyway, I was reminded today of my days on the back-yard deck and my years as a life guard at an outdoor pool: I got a great tan today while I watched 5 hours of Little League baseball.

I was wearing sunscreen, so I hope instead of skin cancer (and wrinkles), I got a lot of Vitamin D. I got literally thousands of International Units of Vitamin D today to fight osteoporosis and autoimmune diseases.

Game 1 was pretty standard and unsurprising (click on the “Little League Latest” tab at the top of this page for details). Game 2 was easily one of the strangest baseball games I’ve ever witnessed (though I hear from my friend Stacy that Little League games for 4-year-olds can be pretty bizarre). The Hampshire Indians had only 8 players, so a player from the opposing team batted ninth and played right field for us. And we had only one umpire instead of two; after a 12-run bottom of the first inning, he announced he was expanding the strike zone and batters better start swinging.

The Indians were on their third pitcher when I left in the middle of the third inning.

I had had enough Vitamin D.