Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What I Wore at the Harbor

As the summer evening crept closer, and the blazing sun began to set, I wandered along the harbor, waiting for the boat that would take me out past the islands, and onto the sea.

I could explore the little islands all day!
I miss the ocean.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Weekly Journal #64

For our three year wedding anniversary we decided to check out a Thai restaurant downtown that we had never been too, and I ordered a delicious curry. I love curry dishes so much and I want to attempt to make my own, so I can eat it all the time.

It finally rained for the time in a month!  For a second I was almost tricked into thinking fall had finally started, but then the sun came back out and the temperature was back in the 90s. (Summer is refusing to go away this year!)

I am finally paying attention to my film cameras again. I got bummed out a while ago when my Canon AE-1 decided to break. But the other day I realized how many other 35 mm cameras I have and decided it was time for them t0 start getting some use.
(And maybe I'll actually start getting my film developed too!)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Beaufort Harbor

The Crystal Coast is bountiful with islands to visit and explore. 
The harbor is always filled with boats of every kind; ferries, yachts, fishing boats, house boats, and even the occasional pirate ship. (Pictured to the left!)

We traveled one evening, to the picturesque town of Beaufort, to wander along the boardwalk and watch the boats come and go, before boarding one for a sunset cruise along the islands. 

It was a peaceful weekday, not too crowded. The sun was bright and the wind was warm.

We boarded the little boat and set off on the adventure, weaving through all the other sea vessels and leaving the harbor behind. 

Boat travels are one of my favorite things about coming to this place!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Weekly Journal #63

I visited my Mom's house his week and go to see This Cat! It's been almost a year since she first showed up and she's doing great. 

I have been drinking sleepy time tea most nights this week and it has really helped me fall asleep. I have also been trying to get back into reading every night before bed. Something I have not done in many years!

One morning we walked to a local coffee shop for a coworker's work anniversary and got coffee and biscotti.

This week I became officially bored of summer and am wishing for fall. It has been in the 80s and 90s all month which is strange, usually it would have been colder by now... :( 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Cat Photos Friday #120 Litter Box Upgrade

The cat's bedroom is getting a remodel, and with it, comes a litter box upgrade, Party!!

Their bedroom will now double as a laundry room, and possibly my future office, so I wasn't looking forward to stepping on cat litter strewn across the floor every time I went in there. I choose this box because of the high sides and cover, and because it isn't too bad looking. I found it on amazon and had it shipped.

I was worried the cats may not like it because they are used to an open box..

But so far they love it!  Good news all around!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Forgotten Corners

The city I live in is changing all the time. Construction is happening around every corner.

And I want to remember what it once was. 

At one time this area was a busy industrial part of town, with a train passing through and many busy factories.  Over time it began to crumble, until all the buildings were eventually torn down and nature took cover, covering most of the evidence that this spot was ever part of the busy downtown.

The forgotten streets that were left behind are a memory of a different era, when most of the city streets were cobblestone.

This area will soon become part of the busy city once again.. 

I just hope they keep the cobblestone!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Walk Among the Dunes

On our beach trip we saw a sign for a 3 mile nature walk that we had never been on in our six years of coming here, so we decided it was time to check it out.

I brought bug spray with me, because on past trips we have been attacked by swarms of all kinds of biting bugs that live in the marshes of the sound side. But for some reason, I thought it would be a fantastic idea to leave it in the car, and come back for it if we needed it.. (What was I thinking?!)

Sure enough, after about a mile in, we started getting attacked by bugs, and the bug spray was far behind us. We contemplated turning around, but we were almost halfway, so we continued on with a bit of a sprint, in hopes that the bugs wouldn't catch us.

After sustaining a fair amount of bug bites, we crossed a road and found ourselves among the sand dunes, close to the ocean. No bugs here!

As the brilliant blue, late summer sky hung above us, we caught a glimpse of the ocean on just the other side of the dunes. The bug bites all of a sudden seemed worth it. 

We could see the ships coming and going from the port as we climbed along the sandy ridges. 

It was a lovely hike, but it was midday in the middle of august, so there came a point where I wondered if I would ever survive the heat.

 I ended up making it back, but just barely! It was definitely an adventure!