Morning Janey-- I checked that .it was pumkin and ,,I have one and a half yet
Morning all -- Audrey, Lynnae, Gwynn, carol The end of another week! Time is in fast forward. But it is a beautiful day here.carol, I think we all wish we could travel here some day. Although we have small beaches like this in Maryland, I still imagine this one is somehow more magical :) Must be a warm day as there are more people. Lynnae, your area of ND sounds wonderful. I love the sound of the "badlands" :)) And I have learned that there is beauty if every state even though I have visited very few. I laughed, too, about the changing temps. We have that here, too, but not like ND! I love your idea of day trips and finding local diners. Driving anywhere in this area requires dealing with lots of traffic until you are "in the middle of nowhere." I guess everyone here is trying to find that one beautiful spot all at once!Audrey, traveling coast to coast would be a fab trip, but something I should have already done. I used to commute to work on a bus and didn't mind riding, but not sure I could be on one for days. I understand what you mean though. There is something wonderfully old-fashioned about it. Days gone by. I love biking and have bike trails near my home. 26 miles round trip has been my limit so far. I'm not brave enough to travel on the roads around here. To find the place I mentioned, just search Google Earth for Point Lookout Lighthouse. You can even see the street view! I've gone into the lighthouse. That area is rumored to have ghosts as there was a confederate prison there long ago. We have done the "ghost walk" on Halloween, but didn't see any spirits.HT, you mentioned cooking/eating a gourd. What kind was it? Those butternut squash are VERY hard to cut. I love them, but you almost need a chainsaw to get them open :) Pumpkins are everyone now and crazy looking gourds. Corn mazes have become very popular in all our local farms. I love seeing the giant pumpkins and just everything about this time of year.Everyone enjoy their day. In my mind, I'm having espresso at the café rather than sitting here typing :))
Brill webcam. Surprised to see sunbathers in October, lucky folks! wish i was there....
Hi all, I didn't have a look this afternoon to see how many where on the beach so it was good to read your description Gwynne. What is your cat called?It's so nice to hear you all talk of the places I'd love to visit, New Hampshire and Montana are on my 'to do' list but goodness knows when that will be, if ever.I used to dream of riding on a Greyhound bus from coast to coast and seeing the real America plus mixing with a variety of people as I travelled.I have a book Travels In A Strange State. cycling across the USA by Josie Dew which my son bought me years ago and it's such a good read. I too enjoy cycling but that would be quite an adventure.Janey I'll look on the map to see where the rivers are you've mentioned.I have a North American road atlas which covers Canada and Mexico too - one of my favourite things to do is go through it and enjoy seeing the place names, a lot have gone across the 'pond' from here.Enjoy whatever you're doing today, it's late here so time for my art.I did smile about the mow one day and shovel snow the next, also children with snow suits under their Halloween outfits!
Hi Gwynn - if you traveled to ND as a child, I'm betting you were quite bored!! I know I sure was - when I was a kid, we couldn't get to our camping spots fast enough, and I hated 'day trips' anywhere...Now I enjoy them, and that's what we do when camping isn't in season... A good day trip to a small town in the middle of nowhere, searching out 'mom & pop' diners or interesting landmarks, and of course, lot's of coffee for fuel! :) And more than once, we've ended up in another state - LOL!
Good morning, everyone! Looks like a lovely beach day here. The sun is out, it's warm enough to wade, children playing. All is well in this world. Autumn is on its way here, also. Temperatures have cooled to the mid 70's with sunshine. I have my coffee in hand - but have to head to work in just a few minutes. I have a ginger cat, too! Our first cat - normally we are are dog people, but this one needed a home. She is entertaining and low-maintenance. Janey, Maryland is one of the states I have not yet visited. Some day I'll finish with a trip there and add in Maine and New Hampshire. Audrey, I didn't realize that England also changed times. Silly of me. And H.T.'s talk of having a slice of gourd (plus the cooler temperatures) has now made me think about butternut squash soup. I will have to make some soon. Lynnae, I have been to North Dakota but was too young to remember. I don't think that counts. Lol.Have a wonderful day, everyone!
Hi Janey - No, I don't think you mentioned your SIL living in Fargo :) Yes, Fargo is very flat!! It's 'potato country' as I call it - there's several large potato farms in the Red River Valley area as well as processing plants. I live in the central part of the state, which is lovingly called the 'prairie pothole' area, because there are so many little lakes and ponds for fishing and wildlife habitat. I'm also on the area of the 'rough country'; this begins half way through the state and continues west to the Montana border, and includes the badlands, steep ravines, tall buttes, petrified forests, and bison and wild horse herds. For a short drive, one can get a change of scenery rather quickly!Hi Audrey! Yes, the weather here is full of surprises. We should be seeing several days of upper 70s and low 80s here - wonderful for late October! One Halloween, the kids were trick or treating and the evening temp was 81! (We still make certain the snowsuits fit under the costumes - just in case!) But we've had a few chilly Mother's Days, complete with snow flurries! I'm sure very soon I'll mow the lawn one day and shovel snow the next! Have a wonderful day everyone!
HHii Janey--it's raining here ,I don't paint now ,I hate smell of paint, like you ,but I hate rusty door and gate as well :) I caught cold and bought a gourd yesterday baked a piece of it ( as my mother did)--first time I was cutting a gourd .Didn't know it's so hard I think lantern makers have special cutter to make gourd lantern..I started Halloween like this :) mean eating the gourd..I wear glasses since 18 ,(last year in high school that i had sever headaches). but as I hate wearing , don't wear it most of the time..even when driving!I've been in cc many times but I don't know where you are.give me the address of Illinois ,where you were.As I'm diabetic .I love those stores stack sweets up to the ceiling, before Halloween .Have a good day..I have a glass of coffee in my right hand raising it up toward west..mean Maryland..and cheers..
Hi Lynnae & Audrey -- since you were the only visitors today. I know HT is busy painting!Lynnae, wanted to tell you that my sister-in-law lives in Fargo. Maybe I already told you? Hope not, because then, in addition to bad eyes, I will have a bad memory :)) Anyway, we were up that way one year for a nephew's wedding. Stayed at a lovely, lakeside resort nearby in MN. There were individual cottages, and the wedding was held inside the main building with a big fireplace. There was a lovely lake and it was in June, but that day, it was cold and rainy. Fargo reminded me a of Illinois, where I grew up. Flat :) I'm sure one gets used to the bitter cold, but I am happy Maryland is more moderate. I like being near the coast.Audrey, we are about 45 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay, Point Lookout, where the Potomac & Patuxent Rivers empty into the Bay. Haven't driven there in a while, but at least it is close. While I love looking at the water, I think my beach lounging days are over -- too worried about wrinkles! I do still love enjoying the full sun on an autumn day though. Just not in a bathing suit.I meant to comment on your kitty, Tibby (love the name). Ginger & white is a beautiful combination for cats. I love a full, fluffy ginger cat, but truth be told, I can fall in love with ANY cat :)So, the outcome of the driver's license is I must wear my glasses when driving. No surprise. I have been wearing "readers" for ages, but knew that my distance vision was a bit blurry. Just one more reminder of aging. So it goes.Finally, a beautiful, crisp day. Although, I heard this morning our leaves will not be as bright this year. They are falling so fast now and still mostly brown and green.I hear a dog barking at the beach. Perhaps HT and Brian are visiting :)
Hi Janey, I looked in at the beach in the afternoon and there were quite a few enjoying the sun and waves.I'd love to live near a beach - a walk away would be lovely but here we're more or less halfway between east and west coasts.You'll never walk alone song from Carousel always makes me cry.The dark nights don't really bother me, in fact I quite like to shut the curtains, we did have a coal fire and it was lovely but now we are back to gas - not quite as homely.Our clocks change shortly too.The Christmas adverts are here and shops have cards etc. If I had my way a fortnight before would be soon enough. Too much hype and I'm afraid the true meaning is somewhat lost these days by some people.I hope all went well renewing your driving licence Janey.Hi Lynnae, I didn't think the weather would have been as hot as that now.
Good morning from North Dakota! Had to check out the beach for a bit before getting serious about work! :) It's going to be 80 here today so many of us will be trying to sneak away from the office for a round of golf or some boating/fishing! Enjoy your day, everyone!
Hi Audrey, HT and beach lovers -- Where is everyone :)) Just getting light in Maryland and it is almost 7:30 a.m! That is the only thing I don't like about this time of year. Our time will change soon and it helps. However, the darkness is always an issue for me. Off to renew my driver's license today, so I'm hoping there are no issues, like failing eyesight :) Still trying to decorate a bit for Halloween. We seem to jump from Halloween to Christmas. Many places already have Christmas decorations up and are pushing gift buying. When I was a child, my sister and I would walk around our small town buying gifts just a few days before Christmas. Maybe spend $5 for the whole family. I miss those times!Audrey, you mentioned It's a Wonderful Life. Have seen it many times and it always makes me cry! They sometimes show it nonstop on TV on Christmas Eve. Off to get my day started. Maybe I need more coffee! Enjoy the day!
11.10am and the beach is deserted.
A few children having fun.