Showing posts with label BEACH. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BEACH. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


One thing which George and I love when we go to Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina each year is to sit and listen to the waves as they roar. We even leave our door open during the nights so that we can sleep with that incredible sound in the background. Today, I'm sharing some more of our pictures from the beach ---and this time, we'll share some of the pictures of the waves. Hope you enjoy them.

Aren't the waves just gorgeous?

You can see the fishing pier WAY in the distance!!! See it?

Next to the fishing pier; The sea was angrier this day!

Looking under the pier;

Walking away from the fishing pier;

Hope you enjoyed more of our pictures from Ocean Isle Beach. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't get my dose of the beach at least once a year. George is trying to talk me into going back more often --and I'd love that. BUT---there are so many other places we enjoy going to also!!!!! Oh Well...It's a nice problem to have!!!!

My knee is still very painful --even though I'm on some pain meds... For an active gal like me, this problem is very frustrating. Thanks for your kind words and thoughts.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Over the Ocean

As I mentioned, this is the fourth year we have gone to the Islander Inn at Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Every year is a little different from the previous year. The picture above of the MOON over the ocean was taken LAST year. Look at the next picture to see where the moon was this year!!!!!

Look up---at the top of the picture... Can you see the moon????? It's there for us this year---during the DAYTIME... Not quiet the same, is it???? ha

Uh Oh----what's that in the sky above those beach houses, as we faced inland??? Looks like some rain may be coming!!!! (NOTE: Another thing we love about Ocean Isle is that the island consists of lots and lots of houses --like those pictured above-- and NO big high-rises. Well---there is ONE high-rise on the south end, but that is ALL, and we hope that no more high-rises are ever allowed to be built here. Unfortunately, that is what has happened to the Cherry Grove area in South Carolina. What a shame!!!! Progress!!!! BAH!)

The rains are getting closer to the beach!! (We only had one day of rain while there, and we really enjoyed watching and listening to the rain.)

A couple of people managed to walk on the beach during the rain---and it was NOT us. We sat on our balcony and just enjoyed it while staying DRY.

Late in the afternoon, after the rain, guess what???? The SUN came out in the west. AND...

guess what we saw?????? WOW---it's a DOUBLE RAINBOW... How gorgeous is that!!!! We were so excited ---and I think we took a zillion pictures of it. I was upset for not seeing a 'Night' moon this year, but after seeing the rainbow---I was definitely a 'happy camper'... Thank You, God!!!!

What happens after a good rain????? Well---this was the next morning---and everything outside was as clear as a bell, and very very clean, with almost no humidity. Talk about the perfect day---after a good rain!!!!

SO--what did we see 'over the ocean'???? We saw a MOON (even if it was during the day), some CLOUDS, the RAIN, a wonderful RAINBOW, and then the SUNSHINE. See what we enjoy when we go to the beach?????? Of course, there's alot more ---but that is for another post!!!

Have a wonderful day, and please take a minute to remember a couple of people today: Dorothy's son, Joe, who was severely burned in an accident; and Darla's Daddy, who has cancer and heart problems. And don't forget the people who lost so much in the floods throughout Tennessee. Thanks!


Monday, May 10, 2010

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

We are home after a wonderful week at the beach in North Carolina. We only had one day of rain while we were there ---and the rest of the week was PERFECT in every respect. We enjoyed walking and sitting on the beach, reading, relaxing, sleeping --and most of all, the delicious seafood in the area. This is the 4th year we have visited the Islander Inn in May.

Ocean Isle is located just north of Myrtle Beach---so we are close enough to go to the 'city' ---if we are looking for some 'action'.. BUT--we are far enough way to get away from the crowds. AND--all of the delicious, fresh Calabash seafood is near here. This is a perfect place to be---in our opinion.

Our room is like a fancy motel room (with king bed, big flatscreen TV, internet, sofa, small frig, microwave, etc.)---and is perfect for us for the week. They provide a good breakfast each morning ---so we only snack at lunch and then eat a nice dinner out each night.

Here are some pictures taken this year while at Ocean Isle. Above is looking north from our balcony toward the fishing pier. Below are more.

This is another view of the Atlantic Ocean ---from our balcony. That place is just so peaceful!!!!

Here's one more picture taken from our balcony. This one is looking south. You can see the gazebo and part of the pool/lounging area in this picture.

Here's looking back at the Islander Inn from the beach. The Islander consists of 7 buildings (all with the red roofs). This year we were in Building 1 (last one on the right) --in the top left room. (NOTE: The building with the blue roof is part of another set of motel buildings next door, similar to Islander Inn.)

Here's a close-up of our building.. You can see that our door is open from the balcony into the room. We love to hear the waves ---so we leave the door open most of the time. The swimming pool is below us ---but since it was a quiet week, there was never much noise.

We picked a perfect week to go this year. There weren't many people around (which we love) ---and it seemed as if we had most of the area and the beach to ourselves all week!!!! And--as much as I love the sun, we were very careful this year ---using LOTS of sunscreen. SO- no sunburns!!!! Yeah!

We have many more pictures to share ---but just wanted to show you our little home this past week. It was awesome ---but I am also glad to be home again!!!!

Hope you had a nice Mother's Day. I did --since my 'baby' came to visit me. My baby is almost 39 yrs. old now... Yipes!!!! We had a wonderful day and went to dinner at the Cumberland Mountain State Park Restaurant. It was delicious ---but even better was the company of a wonderful son. He brought me two gorgeous hanging baskets for our yard. SO PRETTY!!!!

One more note: We also were lucky that our area of TN was spared from all of the flooding while we were gone. We did have 4.5 inches of rain that weekend in our area--but found everything at our home in good shape (including the weeds) when we got home Saturday. Please don't forget to pray for and help as you can, those people who lost so much due to the flooding. It's just very sad to see the devastation.

Hope all of you had a wonderful week. I read many blogs---but didn't comment as much as I usually do. Hopefully, I'll catch up with all of you soon.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

On the Calabash Waterfront

While on vacation in Ocean Isle, NC, we enjoyed eating the fresh seafood at some of the local restaurants. One of these is named Dockside Seafood House. Dockside is located on the Calabash Waterfront. Not only did we enjoy their seafood, but we also enjoyed walking around the area, including the docks where the shrimp boats and other fishing boats are located. Here are some pictures of this area.

Dockside Seafood House-- from a distance

Here's one of the shrimp boats along the dock. Can you just imagine how FRESH that seafood at Dockside Seafood House was??????? We had a platter which contained shrimp, oysters, scallops, crab-cake, and white fish. YUM!!!

While we were walking on the dock, a deep-sea fishing boat came ashore ... There were a group of young men (about college age) who had been fishing. And--look at their catch!!!! Wooooooo... They caught 22 of these large fish. (Tom, what kind of fish are these???)

This is one of those 22 fish. I captured the picture as one of the young men held his fish up... Big fish, aren't they?????? Want some dinner?????

Hope you all are having a great weekend. I have been very busy (Hendersonville on Friday and company yesterday)... We've also had some wicked storms. I didn't get a Bluebird picture yesterday since it rained and rained and rained late in the afternoon. I hope to get a picture tomorrow.


Friday, May 15, 2009


Besides enjoying the beach, the seafood and the waterfalls on our vacation to Ocean Isle Beach, we also captured a beautiful sun late one afternoon, as it was beginning to set. AND--even better than that, we had a full moon over the water several nights when we were there. Now--just isn't that ROMANTIC????? Wow!!!

Here are some photos from our trip. I don't think they need any explanation!!!! Just be sure to enlarge them for a better view. Hope you enjoy!

George was playing around with his camera. He didn't have his tripod with him---but I just LOVE this picture. It almost looks like a painting... Neat, huh????

Let me introduce my Bluebird babies!!!! I think they are a couple of days old--but yesterday was the first day I took a peak!!!!! Sorry the photo is a little blurry. Next time, I'll use George's good camera. They are pink and SO tiny. They have no feathers yet ---but two of them have their mouths open waiting for Mama and Daddy to come and feed them. There are four babies in all!!!! Aren't they just awesome?????? OH---I wish all of you could see them. They are just so tiny right now...I can peak at them until May 25 or 26.. After that they will be too large for me to open the nestbox. They will leave the nest anytime between May 29- June 3... It all happens fairly fast!!!!


P.S. My baby turned 38 yesterday... It's hard to believe since he was just a baby a FEW years ago!!!! ha... Happy 38th Jeff. I love you!!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Home from the Beach

George and I had a wonderful vacation at Ocean Isle Beach (North Carolina). The weather was absolutely PERFECT. After having an icy trip to Arkansas in March and then a stormy, severe weather trip to Texas in April, we didn't know what was ahead for us at the beach this year... BUT---third time (trip) is charm!!! We couldn't have asked for better weather. It only rained twice (once during the night and the other at 8 a.m, and that one was over quickly and the sun was back out)!!!! AND---the temperatures were great --with not much humidity!!!! Awesome!!

Needless to say, we had plenty of time to enjoy the beach and the sun. AND---we also enjoyed lots of delicious FRESH seafood!!!!! We slept with our door open--and hearing the waves made for some great sleeping!!! We collected shells, took walks, and took NAPS during the daytime. This was truly a VACATION.

Here are some pictures for you. Above is George standing at the Islander Inn where we stayed. Below are more.

This is the view of the beach from our room. You can see part of the doons in this picture. See that shrimp boat out there???? I'm sure it was bringing dinner for us!!!!

This is the Islander Inn. This year our room was on the 1st floor (above the parking area). We were in the next to the last building from the left end.

Here is a close-up of some of the units at Islander Inn. There are seven buildings and we were in Building Six. This picture shows Buildings Two and Three. The outdoor pool is below Building Two. You can see the chairs at the pool area.

This is the pool at the Islander Inn. We sat by the pool once---but we really prefer being down on the beach. The Islander Inn also has an indoor pool, a hot tub, and an exercise room. They provide breakfast for the guests each morning. We LOVE this place!!!!

This is the front side of Islander Inn. You can see our car parked under our building. Each building has five rooms on each of the two floors. Three are oceanfronts and two are not. We always get an oceanfront room.

Isn't this a neat view of the beach??? Until this year, we used to go toward the middle and end of May. This year we decided to go the first of May. Great Decision!!!!! There were very few people around last week (until the weekend). George and I don't enjoy being in a busy tourist area --where there are tons of people. We felt as if the entire beach was just OURS last week!!!

We took a late-afternoon walk to the pier. Of course, we searched for shells all along the way. Note that George has a shell in his right hand.

Here's a happy beach-lover standing at the fishing pier.

Here's another picture of the beach---taken from our balcony.

Doesn't that water just look wonderful????? This really is a fabulous beach---and if you want some 'action'--Myrtle Beach is not that far south of here.

How many pictures of the beach/ocean do you want to see?????? ha ha..... We took a blue-million I think!!!!

Well--as I say after all trips, it's GREAT to get home. Tomorrow I'll show you some of the 'pretties' in our yard now. We even have one rose in bloom!!!!!!

Hope you all had a good week. We missed you!!!! Happy Belated Mother's Day!!!