Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Beach/Shore Trip

With our storage shipment STILL not here and a break from all the rain we've been having, we decided to head east to the beach for the day. I learned that most people around here don't say beach, "It's the shore." Ok, but it's still the beach even when you get to the shore. :D
The crazy thing is we went to a state park on an island thinking it wouldn't be as crowded as a boardwalk area. Humph... yeah, right.
We had a good time anyway! The boys played in the water, catching the waves and challenging each other. I was not as brave. The Atlantic is cold! Or at least it's cold in this part of the world. The last ocean I swam in was the Pacific in Hawaii. Quite the change.
Finally, when they could stand the cold no more, we decided to leave and explore the rest of the park.
We discovered the beach access area on the southern tip of the island had much less people. There were trucks and Jeeps out there with people fishing off the shore.
And other fun finds among some of the trash that littered the beach. You could tell this park area wasn't supervised as much as the others.
These guys were packing up from their day of fishing and asked me to take their photo. "It's the first photo of the three of us together in over fifty years!"
We chatted for a few minutes about "Where I was from" and why I'm here. They were funny. They asked if the boys needed water or I needed a Heineken for the drive home, which I politely declined. LOL

All in all, it was a good day. A good introduction to "the shore". We'll definitely be going back!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Skimmer Swimmer

I've been saying that over and over in my head for the past five minutes.
"Skimmer Swimmer. Skimmer Swimmer. Skimmer Swimmer. Skimmer Swimmer. Skimmer Swimmer. Skimmer Swimmer."
Now, you try it. lol

This sort of has to do with the August Photo Challenge. And it sort of has to do with just an opportunity to shoot a photo today.

Day 19 - Where I Slept is the topic for today. But, I'm straying just a bit. This guy DOES have to do with my sleeping though! Since moving into the house last week, I've had to learn to fall asleep listening to the frogs croaking out by the pool. Today, while we were swimming, I spotted him under the liner cap. Teenager trapped him in the skimmer so I could run in and grab my camera to shoot him.
I shoot another of him trying to escape. Can you see that bit of orange on the underside of his legs? He is an interesting frog.
His colors were so cool and neutral on top with that flash of orange on his underside.
Then we were good and let him go. I was tempted to do otherwise though so my sleep would be more peaceful. :D

Project and Sinning

What do you do when you've moved into a new house and the furniture that was supposed to be delivered last week is still sitting in a warehouse in the middle of the United States, more than a thousand miles away from you? Well, you occupy your time any way you can.

The yard is mowed. The pool is clean. The closets are organized with what I had in my suitcases and what arrived via the Korea shipment last week. The kitchen is also organized after that shipment. There's nothing pressing for me to do at the moment, so I looked for a project.

The tv is sitting on the floor and I don't like that. I picked this little table up at Goodwill yesterday for $3.99. I'm waiting on my entertainment cabinet to get here, but in the meantime, I'm tired of my tv sitting on the floor.
It was in decent shape, but rough around the edges. There were years of abuse in the way of scratches on top, but it was ok to use temporarily as a tv stand. I can't leave well enough alone though. I took it outside and cleaned all the dust and junk that I could off of it and snapped this photo. Then I took it into the garage and started sanding it. Thankfully, the sheen came off quite easily and the wood was really pretty underneath. Oh, it pained me to think of painting it, but I wanted to paint it. The owner left paint and stain here from various projects they'd done around the house. I put a coat of mahogany stain on the top. It wasn't as dark as I wanted so I put another coat of cherry on top of that this morning. It looked so pretty that I was tempted to stain the whole piece, but I didn't want to do that. And Teenager didn't help by adding his comment, "I like it wooden, I wouldn't like it painted." *rolleyes*

I was determined to paint it! Some would say that painting wood furniture is a sin. I used to be of that thought, but then I have come back more toward the middle of the road in the furniture thought. I think furniture can look beautiful both ways. ;)

So, I pulled some white paint from the basement and have been dry brushing it with its first coat. Not sure how it's going to look. We'll see. I'm going to leave the top stained and just paint the bottom. The drawer causes me conflict because of that light detailing around it. Can you see it? The little offset center piece that is lighter wood? If I paint the drawer front, I'll lose that. So, right now, I'm thinking of leaving that stained along with the top and seeing how it looks with everything else painted.

The only thing it's costing me is time and the original $4 for the piece.

And it's giving me something to do! :D

Update to come later. ;)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Behind in many ways

I took a little detour from the Photo Challenge as we were moving or driving or yeah, moving. We made it safely to our new home and are impatiently waiting on our furniture which was supposed to be here last week. Sigh... always something.

In the meantime, I'm learning my way around and figuring out the hows and whys and wheres of this area.

I'm also learning how to remove mold from shoes. Yuck... As I was sitting out on the deck washing some of the shoes from one of the boxes from our air shipment from Korea - one that got wet and had moldy shoes in it, I started thinking about the things I never thought I'd ever do, but have done. Cleaning moldy shoes was at the top of the immediate list. LOL

I decided this pair of G-Dub's Doc Martin boots would just have to be the one thing I claim on the damaged goods/shipment report. I'm not cleaning that - not touching it! Besides, the mold is inside these boots whereas it was only on the outside of the other shoes.

While I was sitting there looking at them, I decided the moldy spots would be a good subject for Photo Challenge Day 12 - A CloseUp.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Day 6 - A Childhood Memory

One of the few remaining toys from my childhood that are still at my parents' house.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5

Kind of a crazy few days here recently, so I'm posting a three for one.

Day 3 - Clouds. We had NO clouds on Day 3, so I didn't even take the camera outside to fight with the foggy lens of humidity. But, it did storm yesterday, so I stood on the front porch long enough for the lens to defog and just short enough to not get struck by lightning that was all around or the big drops of rain that started shortly after this snap. It's not a great photo - but the previous sentence explains why! Geez!
Day 4's theme was Your Favorite Color. Well, anyone who knows me knows that is red. :) Most shades of red. Current fave shade of red is on my new to me vehicle.
Day 5 - Someone You Love
We're able to travel over 1000 miles and set up home somewhere new and unknown. So, what do we get to add to the mix? A sprained ankle and crutches! :D Joy! Woohoo.... the stairs in the new house should be fun with those crutches! Gotta love a rough and rowdy boy. Snapped with the ipod when leaving the hospital.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Day 2 - What I Wore

This is not a traditional or trendy post showing what I wore today. When I saw this challenge, I decided to pull from the past. And while here at Mom's, why not see what's still around?;)
I dug this out of my mom's cedar chest for this photo. It's the pink lamé dress I wore to my senior prom in 1988. "Totally 80's" I blame this dress on my not so girliness of the last twenty years. I don't wear pink and don't do bows. Add the poofy skirt and I think the few hours in this dress was enough to last me a lifetime. ;)

And just for good measure and since someone on Facebook asked to see it, I'll share a couple of photos from way back when of me in the dress. I had them saved online from sharing a few years back. Oh to be even close to that skinny again. LOL
Yes, that would be the young, blonde G-Dub in the back row with his date who had on the same style dress, just not in the cool lamé fabric like mine. ;)

Aug. 1, A Self Portrait

I've joined some friends in a 30 Day Challenge. I suppose we'll take August 31 off to celebrate completing the challenge! The idea for the challenge was shared by a friend and she'd found it here

So, without further rambling, I'll share my self portrait (though it was really taken by my Lil Man. :)

Though I see flaws when I look at this, I'll ignore them for the purpose of this post. Just be aware that I tried to cover some of them up in Photoshop! LOL