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MEXICAN JUMPING BEANS!
Published on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by I shrieked when I saw them. “MEXICAN JUMPING BEANS! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!” The cashier at Five Below replied, “EVERYONE says that!” The last time I held Mexican Jumping Beans in my hand was in second grade in California. It was like stepping in to the past. I was literally holding something in my hand from a lifetime ago. What makes a Mexican jumping bean ...
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. Fast forward many years. This boy can gut a deer, shoot better than most and woul...
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 always leave you wanting more. And more. And more. My mother and daughter think ...
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 the season we were heartbroken to hear Dusty had not been seen in quite a while...
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 just referenced.) She proceeded to tell me the joke, causing me to instantly shoo...
FUN!
Published on Friday, May 30, 2014 by Here we are at the end of the month, meaning it is time for the 'Lilhoohaa photo challenge post.  This month's subject is FUN! 1.  Last weekend my son went surfing.  As he paddled out, I saw that three children were watching him intently, as if they had never seen a surfer before.  Once he started to turn, they began to get even more excited.  They waited with b...
Nature’s Creatures Start the Day
Published on Thursday, May 8, 2014 by My Corolla mornings begin far too early, thanks to my over excited, “Let’s go to the beach!” dog. What seems like only hours after I have gone to bed, Moon is waking me up for his morning walk. Despite my wish for more sleep, our mornings are one of my great joys. Off season, I am able to let Moon off the leash and walk an empty beach hunting for sea glass. Whe...
Katherlus
Published on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by I’ve been in Corolla with no internet and no television.  It rained for three days.  Not just rain… but RAIN.  Freezing rain.  Rain and wind and sand blowing so hard it felt like needles shooting in to my face. Do you know what I did for those three days?  I read a BOOK.  Yup!  I actually stopped my perpetual never-ending motion, plopped myself on to a cou...
Say My Name
Published on Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Nothing can make your day/week/month/year more than a simple, random act of kindness.  Last week I was the recipient of such an act. It was actually more than simple.  It was a well thought out act that took imagination, time, money and planning.  And it was done for ME! First of all… NO SPOILERS NO SPOILERS NO SPOILERS!  I have watched every single episode of...
Sun, Sea Glass and Snow
Published on Sunday, March 9, 2014 by In all the years I have lived in the Hampton Roads area, I have never experienced anything like it.  Last Sunday we were sea glass hunting on our secret beach.  We had made it through a huge snow storm just a few weeks before.  On this day, Mother Nature had melted the snow and given us a 73 degree afternoon. SEVENTY THREE DEGREES.  I was in snow boots just weeks...
Driving in to Buildings
Published on Sunday, March 2, 2014 by People driving their cars in to buildings.  This has become an epidemic in Hampton Roads.  Every few weeks there is a new car vs. building post.  Locals are crashing in to restaurants, stores…. and yes, even a car dealership. At some point I “liked” the local news station WVEC on Facebook.  I believe it was for a car giveaway.  How ironic.  Perhaps it is ...
When Hell Freezes Over
Published on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by Day Four of the WWFC writing challenge brings us the subject, “When Hell Freezes Over.” Have you ever paused to think, “What have I done in my life that I once said I would only do when hell freezes over?”  Maybe it’s time to do just that. After writing my own list of things I never thought I would do but did, I felt a rush of humor, pride and accomplis...
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