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The hubby and I recently spent a few days in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, relaxing and reading and soaking up the sun. And trying to avoid heat stroke in the nearly 100-degree temperatures. We had a great time, and I'm already wishing we could go back and do it all over again (but maybe without the crowded beach this time).
These are a few of the blue-ish sights I found there. (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Lots of blue here, even though it wasn't as spectacularly sunny as it's been during past visits.
Blue bicycles on the boardwalk.
Blue dolphins on a rooftop.
Blue water in a wall fountain. Actually pretty icky, isn't it?
Blue fishy banks in a souvenir shop. And even my travel doll, Kayla, found a spot of blue to recline against. She really needs some beach wear, doesn't she?
Didn't post a Friday Fill-Ins last week. We were at the beach, and I took a little break from blogging. But we're back now and it's been so amazingly hot these last few days, I've just been staying indoors and reading and playing with my computer. Fun, but it's making me feel really lazy. Oh, well, that's what summer is all about, right? Anyway, here goes another Friday Fill-Ins:
1. I feelpretty, oh so pretty. (Sorry. I was bitten by theWest Side Storybug at an early age.)
2. I'm just tryingto catch up. (Never gonna happen.)
3. Donot try to talk to me before I've had my morning coffee.
4. I always thought I wascompletely unique. (Until I realized I'm really just a slightly taller version of my mother!)
5. It's hard to know how muchchocolate is too much. (Of course you knew chocolate had to be here somewhere.)
6. If todayfollows suit, we'll be having record heat around here. (Bummer.)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward toplaying with the new computer and maybe watching the "It's Complicated" DVD we have from Netflix, tomorrow my plans includedoing some shopping, returning books to the library, and having lunch out somewhere, and Sunday, I want torelax with the hubby, and get some reading done!
Tomorrow we'll be heading off for a few days at the beach. Don't know how much blogging I'll be doing while we're there. Depends on the weather, I suppose. This is a shot from last year's beach trip. He (or she?) was very patient about posing, even though the wind was definitely ruffling a few feathers.
I have a huge collection of family photos, from both my family and my husband's. And I really need to get them sorted, digitized, and then put away in albums. A massive task, but it needs to be done. And I thought maybe posting some of them on my blog might be a nudge to get me started (or re-started; I've actually been working on this for a few years now).
So, for today, here's a little memorial photo. My father died on this day, July 12th, in 1957. He hadn't quite made it to his 37th birthday. This shot was taken (most likely by my mother) around that time. It's dated September 1957, but I believe it was actually taken at least a couple of years earlier (my mother was always pretty lax about getting photos developed). That's me with him. And, yes, he was very tall.
The 12th of July is always a little sad for me, even after all these years.
Wow, that week went by quick, didn't it? Here we are with another Friday almost in the history books. And another Friday Fill-Ins to enjoy. So, here we go:
1. Layers ofdark, rich, creamy chocolate. (Sorry. I just saw a recipe for brownies, and can't get the picture out of my head.)
2. Getting older has given me a lot ofinsightinto the behavior of my parents' generation. (Wish there was some way of achieving that wisdom without getting so old!)
3. I'd be willing to bet _____. (Tough one. I'm just not a betting person.)
4. The frog scares the dog. (I'm not trying to be a poet here. I used to have a dog who was afraid of frogs. And lizards.)
5. I'm fond ofchocolate! (See number one, above.)
6. I love chocolatetoo much!(Do you see a pattern developing here?)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward torelaxing in front of the TV with the hubby, tomorrow my plans includetaking some thing to our storage place, and having lunch out somewhereand Sunday, I want toget some reading done!
Vintage Thingie Thursday is hosted by Suzanne at Coloradolady, and as she says, "Thursday is the day to showcase your vintage treasures and to share your special things with everyone." Please visit her blog to find out more about VTT or to participate yourself.
I don't usually wear much costume jewelry, so it's a little odd that I've ended up with a fairly large collection of the stuff. Most of it was given to me by family or friends, and I've just hung on to it over the years. Today (for my first Vintage Thingie Thursday post in many months), I thought I'd share a few of my "critter" pins. Some of these are just about the only pieces in the collection that I actually do wear from time to time. The butterfly at the top left of the photo is a stick pin and is unmarked. The one on the right, with the two pearls, is marked Winard on the back. Each one is around a half-inch wide, and both date probably from the late 1950s to early 1960s. (Click on photos to enlarge.)
I think these little enameled honeybee scatter pins are probably the oldest pieces in the crowd. They date from the late 1940s or early 1950s and are unmarked, as far as I can make out. They're each less than a half inch wide, and I used to wear them all in a bunch on sweaters.
This blue and white flying bug is another unmarked pin. It's about an inch and a quarter wide, from wing tip to wing tip. It probably dates from the late 1950s.
I do wear these frogs occasionally. The larger one is almost two inches long, from his nose, to the the tip of his toe. They date from (I believe) around 1960, and they're marked Denicola.
I think this owl is my favorite of this group. He's a little over an inch tall, and he's marked Coro on the back. He was a gift from my Aunt Linnie. She worked most of her life as a costume jewelry buyer for several large department stores, and a lot of my collection has come down to me from her. I don't know how old this one is, but I know I used to wear it when I was in elementary school, so he's getting pretty ancient now!
Beach week is almost here! The week we wait for, all the year! (Gee, I'm a poet.) If all goes well, we'll be heading off soon for a few days of sand and surf and seafood on the Atlantic coast. I've been looking through some of the photos I took in Rehoboth last year, and found these shots of some strange-looking plants we noticed in a little alleyway.
I have no idea what they are, and the shop next to them was closed so I couldn't go ask anyone. But I thought they looked a little like the spore-producing plants in one of the classic Star Trek episodes. (Don't get too close, or they'll take over your brain!)
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I seem to have missed out on a few Fill-Ins last month. Almost said this month. Still haven't gotten used to it being July. Don't know where June went – do you? Oh, well, c'est la guerre. And here we go (my answers are in blue):
1. When it's quietI usually fall asleep.
2. Haven't done one of these Fill-Insin what seems like a month.
3. My heart isdoing just fine, thank you – gotta watch that blood pressure, though.
4. I don't trust the month ofJuly.
5. In the town where I was bornlived a man who sailed to sea. (And he told us of his life in the land of submarines.)
6. His unfailing ability to make me laughis something I really love about my significant other / friend.(Also his complete honesty, but that's also one of his most maddening faults!)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward tonot much of anything, really – guess I'll see what develops, tomorrow my plans includeshopping the July 4th sales, and having lunch at Chevy's in Arlingtonand Sunday, I want towatch the July 4thfireworks from our balcony, watch the tennis fireworks at Wimbledon, and get some reading done!