Monthly Archives: September 2011

Sugar And (Old) Spice

This is Motor Man’s dad with great-granddaughter, Livy.

The picture was taken last week by Motor Man’s sister, Carolyn, who was kind enough to allow me to feature it on today’s post.

Once I recovered from the pure sweetness of it, I couldn’t help but notice the contrasts within the picture:

busy little feet……a walking cane
love for Gee-Gee… for Livy

I’m so glad Carolyn captured this moment. We all know that times such as these pass much too quickly.



If I Didn’t Have To Work

Once again, it’s Thursday, and time for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. Today, I had some fun with this prompt:

4.) 10 things you would do if you didn’t have to work

Here’s my list, in no particular order:

1. If I didn’t have to work, I would have lunch dates with friends and former school classmates. Oh, wait….I did that last week.

2. If I didn’t have to work, I would go shopping with my friend, Bev.  Oh, wait….we did that Monday.

3. If I didn’t have to work, I would write a blog.  Oh, wait…..

4. If I didn’t have to work, I would visit my friend, Doris, and we’d rubber stamp all day.  Oh, wait….that’s on the agenda for the near future.

5. If I didn’t have to work, I’d meet my sister, June and my niece, Barb, for lunch.  Oh, wait….also on the agenda.

6. If I didn’t have to work, I would have breakfast every Monday morning with Motor Man and Marshall.  Oh, wait…. we DO that!

7.  If I didn’t have to work, I would invite my niece, Donna and her son, Connor, to visit from Texas and stay with us for several days.  Oh, wait….they arrived last night!

8. If I didn’t have to work, I would ride with Motor Man on out-of-town trips for race practice. Oh wait…. we just did that this week.

9. If I didn’t have to work, I would cook a gourmet dinner for Motor Man every evening. Oh, wait….can a grilled cheese sandwich be considered “gourmet”?

10. If I didn’t have to work, I would keep a spotless house.  Oh, wait….nope, that’s never gonna happen.

You’ve probably guessed that I don’t work a full-time job. (Motor Man and I are both semi-retired.)  So, once again, I took liberties with Mama Kat’s prompt.  She should be accustomed to me doing that by now.

Mama’s Losin’ It

($5) Cheeseburgers In Paradise

One of our local restaurants, which just happens to be located on the waterfront, features a $5.00 cheeseburger and fries combo every Monday evening.   So Motor Man and I usually go there for dinner.

Sometimes we persuade Marshall to join us.

My two favorite guys in the whole world.  I wish I could remember what they were discussing.

It’s nice to stroll along the boardwalk after dinner and enjoy the sunset.

I’m not sure if the restaurant will continue to offer $5.00 cheeseburger nights during the winter.

But even if they do,  we’ll miss the summer sunsets on the boardwalk.

Pumpkin. Vine.

My son, Marshall, is today’s guest photographer.  He sent me this photo of a sweet potato vine (grown by his dad) that is attempting to take over the world.

The pumpkin was just placed on the step a few days ago, and the vine is already overtaking it.

If that vine continues to grow at this rate (and barring an early frost), the pumpkin will be completely hidden from view by Halloween.


When Motor Man and I travel through Coinjock, NC on our way to and from the Outer Banks, we cross the bridge over the Albemarle & Chesapeake Canal, which is part of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Although the view is nice from either side of the bridge, one side in particular is very picturesque, with waterfront houses, boat slips, a marina and restaurant, so I usually make a point to look in that direction.

Normally the boat traffic in the canal is made up of sailboats, motor boats and the occasional yacht. So imagine my surprise on our most recent trip, when I glanced over and saw this.

Motor Man made a u-turn and we took the little country road down to the marina, so we could get a closer look at this boat ship.

When we got closer, we could see that the ship is the Seafair, and a crewmember told us that it is a traveling venue, used for art shows and the like. From their web-site, I also learned that it is “the largest ship built for commercial operation in the Intracoastal Waterway and requires a draft of only 6.5 feet”. (For those of you, like me, who are unfamiliar with nautical terms, that means it doesn’t require deep water to navigate.)

The web-site also states that the Seafair is the fourth largest privately owned yacht in the US,  and it cost $40 million dollars to build.

The crewmember told us that the ship was en route from Greenwich, Connecticut to Morehead City, NC, and that conditions on the ocean were so rough, they decided to travel by the inland waterway.

Several people at the marina were quite interested in the Seafair, and were all having pictures taken with the ship in the background. You know that Motor Man and I couldn’t pass up that chance.

But, believe me, no one mistook us for the owners.

A Sunset/Sunrise Ensemble

This was the sunset on August 31. The colors were a bit unusual.

It’s rare to see the sky that shade of….. teal? Seafoam? Mermaid green?

But what I found really odd is that the following morning’s sunrise continued the color scheme.

Nature is so coordinated.

Tuesday Morning

The winner of this week’s most beautiful sunrise competition is….. Tuesday Morning!

Tuesday dazzled in oranges and deep purples.

Her calmness prevailed throughout the competition.

We proudly present Tuesday Morning with this week’s most beautiful sunrise award.  Tuesday, you wear it well.