Monday, September 26, 2011

The Afterglow


Got through vacation mostly unharmed. I know when i say it that way it sounds as if it were terrible. No. Just different. The first week was awesome in new ways...the beach was so very different from outer banks. It was serene, clean and placid. Sky was colored in pale blues & pinks , with some pink sand , and pale grey green water. Nothing like the torrential, vibrant, almost violent colors of Rodanthe this time of year. I figured it must be that this beach only gets the labrador current, while rodanthe gets labridor and the gulf stream- killer for surfing, amazing for sunrises/sunsets.The texture of the sand at Litchfield Beach was extremely smooth and flat, unlike the textured crunchiness of Rodanthe. Not many shells either. But, i am happy to report that i found another, larger starfish this year AND, for the first time ever, some sand dollars!even though they were a tad broken, i was ecstatic!
i had a lot of fun with my daughter. We laughed an awful lot. All of us went to a medeivil feast and the guys fished, played & boogie boarded while we shopped, and sat on the beach.
However, the next week, hubbs & went to pawleys island- a true island about 3 minutes south of Litchfield beach. What was great was being ocean front & closer to the water than ever before.What sucked was no washer/dryer, no internet, no dvd player, or any thing on the island itself as far as commercialism(this may be a blessing to some, but having to travel to the mainland everytime u need something got old.Plus the weather the second week mostly sucked...lots of rain. But i have to say that each day did have about 2-4 hrs of decent beach weather.Jim fished, we played trivial pursuit, i sat on the beach when i could drank wine and took a few walks.That was about it. Cable tv was basic and not much on. The house was shaker style, no amenties at all.It was like being at home . I could saved the money ..we were actually anxious to get home this time.
All in all , though, i guess i am grateful that God has blessed us with the opportunity to go anywhere when sooo many people cant.
Right now i am at a 2 day ventilator conference. Had to pack up & leave almost as soon as we got back- which sucked. But the conference has been excellent so far. Great speeakers, good food, good company. I had to dine alone, feeling like a reject tonight, but the food was nice(despite the price).
And tomorrow i anticipate more great stuff.
For now i sit in my room, anticipating a good cable movie, and savoring aloneness til time to curl up with a good book..ahhhh....g'nite!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Time is a'plenty...


Well, ok. It's been awhile since i posted. But life has been struggling along here on the "inner banks". Since we can't go to the outer banks, we will be staying on Pawleys Island ,s.c. with my daughter & her hubby, then moving our stuff down the island to another house for the following week. The condo for the first week is "pond -front" and a 3 min. walk to the beach. So fishing for the guys will be in order. The plan is (besides beach time) for the girls to shop and we may also go out to eat together once or twice. Hopefully we won't be too intrusive on their anniversary week together!
The beach house we rented for the next week is down at the southern tip of the island, ocean front...and creek out back..weird combo! but apparently the island is 1/4 wide at that point and only 1/2 mile wide at it's widest point...There is no commercialism on the island itself. We will need to take the causeway to rt. 17- on the mainland to eat, do laundry, get internet service, etc...They said at the agency it's only about a few minutes though.Our particular house doesnt have washer /dryer, no dishwasher, and has one a.c. unit to cool the whole place (not central air). So we are hoping we can "survive" ..lol!
But, hey, with the beach in the front yard, an umbrella, wine & a good book, i am suuuuuurreee i will be just fine!
Right now....our whole area (southern central PA) has major flooding everywhere. I havent been to work for 2 days , not just because of that , but also my classes were cancelled. I didnt work Monday due to the holiday either. Although it seems great that i will only work 2 days this week and i am on salary, i am unsure how this will play out in the end. A tad worried that something bad will happen, like them deciding to eliminate my position or reprimanding me for not driving to an office just to sit there all day & do nothing.
Well, come what may, i will have to deal with it. Hope y'all like my painting..as usual, still a work in progress!