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Happy Labor Day

I hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!

First, my thoughts and prayers go out to those in South Florida and on the Gulf Coast with Gordon making things wet. But I know you have all seen this drill before. Best of luck!

Can you believe its the end of the summer already? It won’t be long until we are carving turkeys and trimming trees it seems.

But I digress…

Well we finally got caught up on everything life had to throw at us this weekend and with the 3 day weekend we finally..FINALLY,  made it out to the beach.

I say Finally because I do not think I even made it out to our own beach last year. And this was our first trip to the beach, here at the end of the summer, this year.

We made it out to my school’s Beach House again.

If you remember, once upon a time, we used to frequent this beach house A LOT!

Do any of you remember all those blog posts?

We played, we swam,

Or a little of both…

we burned, er, tanned, marinated a little. We sautéed in the sun listening to Jimmy Buffet’s Tin Cup Chalice. 

Or took my greyhound for a walk and let him chase seagulls.

But then things changed a bit and child number one, and then number two made going to the beach a little more challenging..

And then the pool…

And trips to the beach just seemed more like work than an escape.

What I have been missing is the spiritual essence of the coast however.

Sometimes we just need that escape. And this week has been one of those weeks.

This week, and actually the last few months, have been tough for me though, with a lot going on at home and at work and personally. It has taken its toll. And so this day I thought I might take another long walk on the beach, talking with God and hoping for answers.

Have you ever felt a need for that?

It was a good walk. Not too hot or sunny.

I spied the usual suspects along my beach that had been there before.

Sea vultures

…Pelicans looking for food.

The waves were nice size since we are in September.

and the surfers were out.

Touristy fishermen…

even more pelicans

Everyone was with me it seemed… but the One I was hoping for.


At the end of my walk it was just me; along with other flotsam and jetsam.

Alone. By our self.

No answers found. Not even a greeting. Or a reply.

Maybe that is an answer also.

Back at the Beach House young Skylar found a friend and was loving the sea.

She gets that from me!

She cracked her collarbone this week on our bike ride to school.

She’s tough.

She gets that from me as well.

We both love the sea!

Oh, to grow old on the beach!

Just give me oysters and beer
For dinner every day of the year
And I’ll feel fine……I’ll feel fine

I want to be there
Want to go back down and lie beside the sea there
With a Tin Cup for a Chalice,

fill it up with good red wine
And we’ll be chewin’ on a honeysuckle vine

Yeah now the sun goes sliding across the water
Sail boats they go searching for the breeze
Salt air it ain’t thin
It can stick right to your skin, and make you feel fine
Makes you feel fine

I wanna be there
Wanna go back down and get high by the sea there
With a Tin Cup for a Chalice,

fill it up with good red wine
And I’m a chewin’ on a honeysuckle vine

Yes and now you heard my strange proposal
So get that Truck up and let’s move
I wanna be there before the day
Tries to steal away and leave us behind
I’ve made up my mind..


That’s it for now knuckleheads!

I will try to do a better job next time!

Thanks for dropping by!

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13 thoughts on “Happy Labor Day

  1. Hey Ms. Resa, You are so right. And I do enjoy a good trail through a forest or a horseback ride through a prairie. I might get lost in either one of them. I have always been attracted to the ocean, since I was a child and left home so I could live beside one back in my youth. By the sea is where I long to be! I hope you are regenerating today! Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Beaches are very regenerating, as are forests, and prairies and each in their own way!

  3. Yes, I didn’t hear anything but maybe it was too windy. 🙂 The walk did me good though. Yes , still pondering life’s most basic questions. I hope you are doing good John. Thanks for dropping by!

  4. John McCleaf on said:

    I love that new cover photo! I really enjoyed reading this edition. Your words and the photos all seemed sort of relevant to me as well. I hope Sky is not feeling any lingering effects of her collarbone. This is good “philosophorsizing” just like I do. (I thought I was the only one in the family that drifted toward the existential ponderings of life. ….sometimes looking and asking for signs and answers; and not getting any, is still an answer or direction to proceed in……..

  5. I could use an escape to your beach and would really enjoy some ssm southern hospitality I think. Thank you for dropping by my beach ssm. Please take care these next few days. ~ 3D

  6. They’re currently here visiting, so all is (sort of) forgiven. They recognize what they gave up. (Nice weather, but expensive living. Well, and US!)

  7. So your friends that moved to GA, did they get kicked out then?

  8. It’s the place to be!

  9. 🙂 I know you had all those things. I did not know you lived that close to the beach. Maybe we need to go out there!

  10. Well, not to brag, but we have Disneyland, Seaworld, the world famous San Diego Zoo, and Legoland. And near-perfect weather. And I’m ten minutes from the beach. Perhaps y’all need to move out here!

  11. I think the term the weatherman used was “oppressive” Heat!. A lot of your blogging friends are over Betsy! Along w Disneyworld, Seaworld, Busch Gardens ….and hurricanes. 🙂 Your kids would love it! I hope your week is a good one! Thanks for stopping by…

  12. Glad you made it out there. The margarita/pumpkin spice thing is hilarious. Our dear friends moved from the West Coast out to GA. They say it’s HOT there. We were considering joining them some day, but, ehhhh…

  13. I’m sorry about Skye’s collarbone, I hope she feels better. She sounds like a tough cookie! Thank you for the well-wishes for the storm we’re having at my beach. Hurricanes tend to stir up a lot of things besides the surf. If you ever need an escape, you’re very welcome to wash up on my beach and stay for a spell. Nice beach day photography.

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