Sunday, July 30, 2017

Editor's Note

I am obviously not posting daily as I did for many years. I do not plan at present to resume daily posts, but will occasionally post as time permits and circumstances warrant.

Island Camp Out

The last time I camped out on one of my Louisville islands was the fall of 2001 while Sherry and I were dating. We returned at long last to the scene of that memorable camping adventure this week. My friend Tom, known as Brush, came in Tuesday evening and camped on the island until this morning. Our friend Terry and I came out Saturday morning, and we had a wonderful day on the island.
Brush cleaned the place up a lot before Terry and I got out there, but we cleared it out more during the day yesterday. We made good progress without wearing ourselves out.
The tree to the right has long been out landmark for our landing place on this island. At its base there now dwells a hive of bees. We aggravated them upon arrival by tossing gear on top of their colony and by chopping privet hedge with a machete. Once they got our attention we became better neighbors, thankfully without the lesson of anyone getting stung.
Brush and Terry pose for the camera with the lake in the background.
My canoe, the Enterprise, once red, is now a pinkish grey with age, but the old girl served us well and will still cross the lake at a good clip with two people paddling. May she carry us to more adventures in the near future.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Last of this Summer's Beach Pictures

Here are the last few pictures from this summer's beach trip. Sherry took the kids into Seaside for a visit.
There is a wonderful toy store in Seaside. How does a kid get out of this chicken outfit?
Joey and Abby pose in front of the Seaside church.
With only two days during which we could swim in the gulf, the kids occupied a lot of their time excavation the sand. I have an army surplus trenching shovel I bring every year, and they put it to good use.
Of the two boys, Joey tends to be the straight man and Jake the joker, but Joey never could resist a funny hat.
Joey, Sarah and Jake pose at the purple wall in Seaside.
Sarah and Sherry pose on the back porch at Beachcrest.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day

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Today is Independence Day in the United States, and citizens here celebrate it as our nation's birthday with a day off work, fireworks, patriotic music and ceremony and, of course, food.

Monday, July 3, 2017

More Snapshots from the Beach

Lest I leave the impression that we didn't get to spend any time on the beach due to the weather, I will post some pictures taken on the sunny days we had. The last two days were sunny, but the surf was to high to allow swimming.
Sarah poses with my beachcomber hat. I had a hat like this for years during my Louisville Lake days, but it fell apart due to wear and exposure to the elements. I finally found a place where I can order them for about five dollars each, so I bought five. I get a lot of compliments on it at the beach.
The brothers Ferrelli contemplate the surf.
We spent a lot of time, as usual, hanging out on the patio at Mom and Laura and Leslie's condo. Sherry poses for a selfie with Joey and Abby.
Sherry takes pictures of the kids in front of this purple wall in Seaside every year she can.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Seagrove Beach 2017 -- Tropical Storm Cindy

Here are a few pictures from our summer vacation week down in Seagrove Beach, Florida, this year. It coincided with Tropical Storm Cindy, which dumped constant rain on the coast for two days and nights before relenting. Even then, the beach was closed to swimmers every day we were down there except the first two. As you can see from the surf in the picture posted above, it was a smart decision by local authorities.
This is a shot of the flooded courtyard of Beachwood Villas taken from the condo unit we rented this year.
Sherry was thrilled at the rare occasion of having all three of her kiddoes together for a week. On one of the rainy days they went to Panama City, and these two pictures were taken there.
I hated to miss a trip to the Panama City Margaritaville restaurant, but I knew traffic would be awful. After ten hours getting down there Saturday due to congested traffic, I didn't fancy any more time in an automobile until I had to drive back home.
Laura and Grace flew in from a wedding in Canada, so Mom rode with us this year. Mark and Leslie drove up from Delray Beach, which is about the same mileage as we traveled from Tennessee. Jake rode from Nashville with Joey and Abby.