Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Angels at the Beach

One of my dearest friends, Dawn Marie and her boyfriend Steve flew out to Los Angeles last Sunday from Massachusetts. (I wrote about Dawn in a previous post, when I had taken a trip to the East Coast last January. (Yes, I went in January. And yes, I froze my buns off.)

Anyway, Monday Dawn was on a mission to get out to Santa Monica. It happened to also be the hottest day on record in Los Angeles (113 degrees downtown!) so the coast, only about 13 miles away, was the perfect destination. And by the way, it was so blazing hot that day that when I got home at 9:30 pm that night, the hardwood floors in my bedroom were so hot I had to put on my flip flops!

Our mission to Santa Monica wasn't to cool off however ...

Santa Monica, California 9/27/10

The mission was to sit with a view of the boardwalk in Santa Monica, margaritas in hand, and make a toast to Dawn's mom Jeanie. It has only been a month ago, that Jeanie went on to be with the angels.

Dawn's mom loved coming out to visit her on the West Coast, when Dawn lived out here. As soon as she arrived, she wanted to head to the beach, as soon as humanly possible.

I remember sitting along the boardwalk, having margaritas and listening to Dawn and Jeanie, two of the funniest women on the planet, cracking each other up, laughing the afternoon away. Outside of her great love, what greater gift could Jeanie have given her daughter, than her hilarious sense of humor?

Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel

Dawn Marie

Venice Beach

Venice Beach Basketball courts

Dawn and Steven

For Dawn Marie, my favorite Irish Lass ...

May God grant you always…
A sunbeam to warm you,
a moonbeam to charm you,
a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you.
Laughter to cheer you.
Faithful friends near you.
And whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you.

Irish Blessings

We love you Jeanie!


Victoria said... gorgeous post! Such a beautiful tribute to your special friends!! I am in awe of the very last for sharing this series..!Spectacular!
Have a sparkling wkd ahead!

Theresa said...

Beautiful post for a friend. And I love Santa Monica pier. We were there this summer

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Sounds like she has everything the blessing're photos are grand! Especially the basketball court...

Loree said...

I love the series of photos of Santa Monica. It is a place I have never seen. Very beautiful.

red ticking said...

lovely post ... and i can see you are a wonderful friend... sorry about losing someone so loved... it is
so difficult. xxxx pam

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Awwww. This post brought tears to my eye! Godspeed Jeannie!

Don said...

What a sweet post.

Candy said...

This is a perfect post - photos, text - perfect. Dawn Marie is beautiful. Please tell her I'm sorry about her mom. Your Irish blessing is lovely.

KathyA said...

A perfect place to toast angels!

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