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  • Bathroom Spiders Bathroom Spiders Published on Friday, September 19, 2014 by
    My son’s first nightmare was about spiders. I heard his little cry, causing me to race out of bed and in to his room. “The spiders are getting me! The spiders are getting me!” My little guy had woken up in the middle of a nightmare in which spiders were crawling all over his body. F...
  • September 2014 Corolla Fire September 2014 Corolla Fire Published on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by
    I was on the last three pages of my book when I heard commotion behind me on the beach. I turned to see people gathering on the top of the stairs. And then I saw the smoke billowing over the dunes. Grabbing my phone I rushed to join them, gasping at a scene that I could have only imagined ...
  • Karma in Corolla Karma in Corolla Published on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by
    Earlier today I spent an hour typing up a story about Corolla red flags, vacationers who leave their brains at home and about Karma and her friendship with the beautiful ocean. But instead of posting it, I chose to simply blurt my story out. Keep it simple stupid, am I right? Last week...
  • Colorful! Colorful! Published on Friday, August 29, 2014 by
    The theme for this month's photo challenge is "Colorful" and was my favorite subject to date.  Color is everywhere!  The most difficult part of this challenge for me was whittling it down to only five photos. 1.  This month my oldest turned 21.  TWENTY ONE!  <insert Mom Tears here...
  • Rip Currents, Red Flags and Game Cams! Rip Currents, Red Flags and Game Ca... Published on Monday, August 25, 2014 by
    This weekend brought us red flags in Corolla. Red flags mean rip currents. REALLY REALLY BAD RIP CURRENTS. This means no swimming. A rip can take you even if you are knee deep. But for some, red flags mean, “I’m on vacation. The rules don’t apply to me.” Lucky for these folks, C...
  • IT’S STILL SUMMER, RIGHT?! IT’S STILL SUMMER, RIGHT?! Published on Monday, August 18, 2014 by
    When we passed this roadside warning, I should have known it was a sign of things to come. After all, everything had been pretty hunky-dory through the summer. Weekends in Corolla. Free BBQ every Saturday. No school lunches, extra evening time and college was but a blip on the future scr...
  • Boiled Peanuts Boiled Peanuts Published on Thursday, August 7, 2014 by
    My addiction. Do I think about them every day? No. But if I see them somewhere, I stop dead in my tracks and remember. The forgiveness of the shell as you squeeze to reveal the inner contents. The warm juice that trickles down your fingers. And finally, the salty, nutty innards that alw...
  • July Photo Challenge Means Baseball! July Photo Challenge Means Baseball... Published on Thursday, July 31, 2014 by
    Ahhhh baseball. My very favorite sport. I play it all the time, and see it even more. This is why I was thrilled that P.J. chose Baseball as the subject for the July photo challenge. OK. I cheated. I oh so TOTALLY cheated. 1.  The supermoon from our deck, ala baseball! 2.  Homemad...
  • Rats in Party Hats Rats in Party Hats Published on Monday, July 28, 2014 by
    Dusty Jr. Poor kitty not only has the name of a cat that “is no longer,” but has been called a boy’s name for several months. Indeed, DUSTY, as we call HER now, looks just like a feral male cat that several locals fed and took care of for many years in Corolla. At the beginning of...
  • Kids are Stupid Kids are Stupid Published on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by
    No, seriously. Kids can be really stupid. That includes your kids, my kids, your nieces, nephews or any shorties you happen to know. And it also includes you and me at some point in our lives. Thank goodness we are all here to tell about it. I am referring to that one time when a child ...
  • Shaggy Dog Stories Shaggy Dog Stories Published on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by
    My father was a great joke teller. His specialty? Shaggy dog stories. I thought I had heard most of his jokes. Until last weekend when my mother alluded to one of his jokes that didn’t ring a bell. (Those of you who are well versed in shaggy dog stories will catch that little gem I ju...
  • Deer Smiles and Super Moons Deer Smiles and Super Moons Published on Sunday, July 13, 2014 by
    Every Sunday while driving away from Corolla I think back on all the adventures we had over a short day and a half. Not once do I take any moment for granted. Here is a bit of this past weekend in pictures. Now that my kids are old enough to say, “Don’t take my picture!” I am forced...
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