Beach, mountain, forrest, or somewhere else entirely? https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/places/
Growing up in my quaint little small town, we didn’t have much in terms of fun places to visit. We were in upstate NY, about 6 hours from NYC, the nearest big city was about 2 hours away. So any trip was usually exciting in its own way. As I got older, I remember going on vacations to the beach, in South Carolina. It was typically a 13 hour car ride. We would stay at hotels at first, then gradually started renting a house on canal. We would take lots of walks on the beach during the day and at sunset (I was never awake for sunrise), and explore the local restaurants and tourist attractions at night. I would always be taken aback at the vastness of the ocean, each and every time. There it was, sprawled out in front of me, fading into the horizon, the waves sweeping away bits of sand each time. It seemed endless. I would just sit in the sand, staring out into the water, wondering who might be on the other side of it, wherever its edges lay on the other shore. I would look for treasures washed ashore, such as shells, rocks or broken pieces of glass. Once I even found a $20 bill. The smell of the salt water in the air lingers throughout the day, and the squawk of the seagulls overhead, begging for food, can bring you out of the trance you were put in by the lapping of the waves on the shore. I’ve seen the waters still and calm, and raging from a hurricane, yet each time, it still captivates me. Any beach has always been my peaceful spot, filling me with such a calmness. And it also reminds me of our smallness in this world. It’s a good reality check. My husband also loves the beach. We actually decided to get married on the beach in the Bahamas. What better place to say “I do”. Now that we live in southern California, there are plenty of beaches for us to enjoy, and they are only an hour away. What’s your favorite?
here’s a link to a post I did a few years back with several ocean/beach pictures I have taken.
Andrea from The Andrea Project did a post the other day of a flea market as part of a photo-a-day challenge she is doing and the theme was Connect. She talked about connecting with others while shopping at the flea market.
I started remembering the times when we would go to Florida and visit my grandparents and that was the big activity of the weekend; to head to this ginormous flea market and scout for various treasures to spend our hard- earned allowance money on, and for my grandparents to pick up homegrown fruits and vegetables. I usually looked for little knick-knacks and jewelry. It was always a fun experience, as you never knew what treasures awaited you. As I got older, I also enjoyed people watching while there, and if I was lucky, finding a unique item and getting to talk to the seller to hear his/her story behind the item.
Next month it will be 4 years since my grandfather passed away. It has been years prior to that that we had gone for a visit. Those memories are so much more special to me now, and I wish just for even one more Flea market visit with them.
Where I live now, there really are no flea markets. There are similar places but I haven’t really ventured there yet. The closest I get is watching the tv show “Flea Market Flip” where 2 teams go to a flea market with a list of 3 projects they need to complete. They find items to incorporate into those projects, repurpose the items, and then try to sell them for the most profit, to beat the other team, and then win $5000. It seems like a fun idea that I would like to try with my son once he is older. I love the idea of DIY and repurposing items, and hope to build memories with him, as I have with my grandparents at the flea market.
I want to bring back Five Question Friday. This might be hard because the blogger that started it, has stopped doing it since 2013. But I’m working on scouring the internet for questions and hope to continue it regularly here. Basically how it works is answering 5 simple questions, either below in the comments, or in your own blog post. Simple. Its a fun way to post on a Friday, and get to know each other more. I’ve answered these questions before, but since its been awhile, I figured why not do it again for my new followers :)
1. What is one thing you have too many of in your house?
SHOES! even ones that don’t fit anymore (I swear your feet grow when you are pregnant).
2. Did anything go not quite as planned on your wedding day?
YES! Well we got married in the Bahamas. The weather had been amazing the days leading up to the wedding. Then the night before was a complete downpour and it was still raining up until about 1 1/2 hours before the ceremony started, which was outside on the beach. I had to be careful to avoid a few puddles, but otherwise the weather held off and it was beautiful outside. I did have a total hair disaster as soon as the stylist left. But they were able to track him down and he fixed it, outside, right before I went down the aisle. Then just after the ceremony and before pictures, we did a champagne toast and were given chocolate covered strawberries, one of which rolled right off my plate and down the front of my dress, and since it was hot and humid, the chocolate had melted. Luckily most of it landed on the bottom of my dress so it wasn’t too noticeable in the pictures. Then we changed our clothes and got a quick bite to eat, where a whole plate of spaghetti ended up all down the front of that dress LOL. We then went on a dinner cruise which was very romantic, and got to see several celebrities homes on a different island. But our taxi company never came back to pick us up. We sat outside for an hour waiting for a new ride, and ended up covered in mosquito bites. It was definitely a memorable day and we had a lot of laughs about it.
3. What is your favorite summer smoothie recipe?
I used to love kale, cucumber, mango and strawberry, with coconut water. But i really don’t drink smoothies any more.
4. What is the weather like where you are?
today is supposed to be 88. so hot and sunny.
5. What is your favorite books to read to your kids?
Any book! my baby loves looking at books and babbling words and pointing at this pictures. So any sturdy board book he can’t destroy, that is full of vibrant pictures is my favorite. He has a couple of favorites he looks for every time we read, most of which have pop-ups or touch and feel pages. It’s so fun watching him try to read.
Today’s #blogging101 assignment was to create a blog roll and share it. Again, this was something I had done years ago, so I decided to go through my blog roll and edit out people that I don’t really keep up with or follow anymore. I’m still subscribed to their blogs, but they either haven’t posted in a long time, or we just really lost touch. I have a few new followers that I am also following and am hoping to add them to the list soon. For now I like having my blog roll located on my sidebar, but if it gets bigger, I would consider making it have its own page.
Let me know if you would like to be added to my blog roll. I’m looking for blogs that are similar to mine and/or bloggers that will be continuing to read my blog, provide comments and feedback and overall encouragement.
Yesterday’s #blogging101 assignment was to add a custom header and Widgets to our blogs. Mine have been there for about 5 years now, so I could not remember how to do it. There were some directions, which I did try to follow, but it didn’t work for me. I did end up redoing the order and title of 2 of them, so it wasn’t a total fail. But really nothing to do a whole blog post about.
Today though, we are still working on building connections with fellow bloggers and were asked to follow 4 new blogs. I am going to highlight a few posts from people I am now following:
Arielle at With All My Affection just posted this about tiles but it first caught my eye because of all of her shoes ;)
Rachel at Create a Path posts about children’s books, crafts, and this post about a dream destination that got me itching to travel. How I miss seeing new sites and traveling on a whim, which I cannot do now with a baby.
Victoria at Victoria Feathers is participating in a photoaday challenge. This is a recent post that I liked, showing the before and after editing.
Edwina at Edwina’s Episodes posted this – a sad but funny mishap when getting a tattoo. It also links to another post she did the day before that was very similar, with getting one’s eyebrows tattooed.
So there ya go; just a few posts from a few new people I am following. Go check them out and give them some blog-loving! And again, to anyone reading that is a new follower of mine, Welcome and thank you for checking out my blog. I hope you will stick around and Walk With Me.
These shoes are my latest obsession- leopard print flats with a bow. They are super comfy and cute.
What do you think?