I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, August 6, 2020

After the Storm

Hi everyone! I am back and all is well. What a strange and scary storm it was, Isaias packed a punch here, 80 mph winds. Luckily a friend had come Monday night and he took down my umbrella and helped me store my deck table and chairs. It was so calm, Isaias was supposedly a minor tropical storm that might glance off the coast of the Carolinas and dissipate. Far far away from me and my beach. I felt stupid putting things away, none of my neighbors was doing any storm prep.
 On Tuesday morning my same friend texted me that there was nothing to worry about---he was playing golf. It was a  hot sunny quiet day.

Then suddenly, about 1 PM, this crazy wind and rain started. I have never except during H Sandy been as frightened by a storm. My large deck bin that holds boogie boards and beach games blew across the deck!

My flowers were pulled right from their pots, any tiny item left behind,swirled towards the windows as the house shook and vibrated.

Then sand began to splatter onto my windows, big bangs.

A friend called to tell me there was a tornado watch---my internet, TV and WiFi services were long gone.
Lucky for me Mo is always calm during during a storm.

Oddly the power stayed on till midnight, but then was gone until the following day. No other services until Thursday afternoon.

The storm was scary and destructive but fast. The following pictures are from my after-storm beach walk. The beach itself was wet and pockmarked from the rain, so not so pretty, but the waves were beautiful.

A tree house remnant?

Mel had mentioned I should wait til after the storm to put out my shell on the beach installation.


lol, mystery gaggle of ducks?


I had planned quite a few hand-sewing things to keep me busy during the storm, thinking all along that there would be no storm...but I was too frantic to do quiet work.
Next time I hope the weather guys are more accurate, hopefully before al communication is lost. 80 mph IS a hurricane, is it not? {By the time we were told voluntary evacuations were in effect during H Sandy, the water was 8 feet deep on our only road and cars were floating alway...]



gone to the beach...

following pics are  earlier in the week's lovely gibbous moon.

And a few shell shards...

this stripey one looks like pottery to me.

Friday, July 31, 2020

July ~ Out and About

Hi! I can't believe July is over, how sad. July is my favorite month after November---both times of anticipation and joy. Today on the last day of this sad and unrealized July 2020, we are having a cooler day after last night's thunderstorm. The weatherman says hot and humid will be back tomorrow, with a possible hurricane coming later in the week. "Isaias"---I love that name. But oh my, just what we need, a hurricane.

a close up of a map

L and I did get out, we rescheduled our first tentative peek out into the emerging world on the hottest day of the summer so far.

Our first most important destination was the  gourmet grocery/health food store a few towns over. The store was clean and quiet, the cashiers behind plastic barriers like at a bank. I keep seeing these shields and think of how the Plexiglas manufacturers and  distributors and installers must be really making a fortune from the pandemic. I'm reminded of Mr Robinson, in The Graduate telling Dustin Hoffman that the future lies in, "Plastics, my boy! Plastics!"

This store is so expensive--- a very small jar of organic mayonnaise, maybe one cup volume? was $9.00; a small basket of local strawberries, 9.99. I go there to buy vitamins and supplements, which they stock in palatable liquid form. A small bottle of liquid iron is I think $27.oo; I really must look for it online.

I was also hoping to find whole wheat kernels for my planned project of wheatbags [here] Wheatbags are used either hot or cold for pain and stress tensed muscles. Or even just for extra warmth on cold days. No wheat here! I bought spelt and buckwheat to try.  Here are the instructions to make your own bags, though these are very reasonable priced.  how-to

Their cut  flowers are always beautiful and unusual, if out of my budget. I don't know what this flower is. Anyone?

Freesias in many colors, my fave is the pale blue.  

Astillbe as a cut flower, unheard of!

 Another I forget what these are, mallows? Lovely unusual color.

After that we stopped by Old Navy. I really need a few more t-shirts for everyday, stay at home wear. But we chickened out. The store looked crowded and I saw groups of younger people entering without masks. L was willing to try but I didn't think it worth the risk.

Then we headed to the church flea. I was SO excited, as you know, flea markets are my very most favorite thing.

Oh no---online hours and days are not correct and it was closed. And I am very unlikely to go at the times the flea is now open, so disappointing.

 I was looking for jeans to recycle the denim for the wheat bag project, plus I wanted to look for a couple old books with sewn spines for making recycled "junk journals" , a very intriguing craft I learned about from blog friend Julierose.  HERE

And last I had read about a new ice cream stand on the big town's reopened boardwalk. We are not sure we'd be allowed onto the boardwalk, as it is sometimes residents only and /or one needs a pass even in good years. But I thought we could try. Even L might eat a gelato outdoors? But then I read online that some of their workers, behind the front area, haven't been wearing masks, saying it is their Constitutional right to not wear a mask. Okay, if true--or even if just a rumor---that makes that treat another big fat No. How sad.

Maybe someday.



gone to the beach....