A little sand in your teeth

“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”  ~e.e. cummings

I am not, even remotely, what you would call a green thumb—I leave those talents to my Granny Hobbs and my mother-in-law. My thumb is probably some shade of orangey-yellow. I love plants and flowers, but they must be basically able to grow and thrive with little to no assistance from me. Here is what is growing itself in my side yard right now:

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Hydrangeas! Aren’t they beautiful? They just make me smile and I love having them in my home to enjoy this time of year. Just wanted to share them with you today!

We are a beach family at this house. The most challenging part of living in the Midwest for a few years was not so much the winters, but being so far from the beach and our family. Being back in proximity to the beach these last almost 5 years, we try to make pretty regular day trips to the beach when we can. So yesterday, in spite of the threatening weather, we made our way to our favorite SC Lowcountry beach, Folly Beach. We love it for its family friendliness, its sprawling beach front and the fact that it reminds us a bit of Atlantic Beach, NC, where my hubby and I both grew up going.  Apparently, there was some tropical storm off the coast of Charleston somewhere. When we first arrived at the beach, things were looking pretty sketchy. In fact, it was sprinkling a little when we got there. And there was a looming band of black clouds. It was pretty windy, cold and rainy-ish for about the first 45 minutes we were there.

Here is how Emma spent the rainy time :

 Emma texting under the towel.

It was pretty funny. When it appeared to clear off a bit, and the boys were throwing the football, Emma and I decided we would walk down the beach and when we got, oh, about 100 yards from our chairs, it commenced POURING. We made a run for it back to the chairs and laughed so hard the whole way, trying to cover our heads with the towel. And by the time we got back to our chairs…it had STOPPED. We laughed some more. It finally cleared off and turned into a beautiful, albeit gusty, day at the beach.

Exhibit A:

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Exhibit B:

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See the loose sand blowing over the packed sand? When said sand hits you, say, on the back of the legs or, in your EYEBALL, at about 30 MPH  it gives you a not-so-pleasant feeling. And it gets sand in places that I can’t even mention here. However, it is not enough for us to leave, no way. A rainy, windy, sandy day at the beach is better than a regular day at home! Can I get a “what what”?? Exhibit B really gives you a good visual for the blowing sand…the ground almost looks covered in snow. Or fog. Or something other worldly.

Jacob tried to build a foxhole and a sand wall to barricade himself from the blowing sand. It was very cool and quite effective.

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There was also the obligatory sand sculpting, in the form of a dolphin. I thought is was pretty fabulous.

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We topped it off with a trip to Jack’s Cosmic Dogs on the way home. What is a cosmic dog? Hm, well, next time you are in the vicinity of Folly Beach, SC, you will have find out.

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I love days like these. Days just being. Where we laugh and relax. Where we enjoy each other and creation. Where my biggest worry is getting sand in my teeth.  Yep, good times.

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2 responses to “A little sand in your teeth

  1. Nice dolphin! I must tell you I miss the beach so, so bad–especially mid-to-late spring when the weather is perfect for it. But my beach has that sugary white sand that is not so sculpture friendly, or sandcastle friendly, which stinks for me since that’s one of my favorite things to do. Might have to try out a Carolina beach one of these days!

    • It is tough to be land-locked, girl! We are so fortunate to be able to go for the day. NC beaches are nice as well. Some of my people live in the Outer Banks of NC (Kitty Hawk–think Wright Brothers and the biggest honkin sand dune you could ever dream of, Jockey’s Ridge) and those beaches are nice. But SC beaches are lovely as well. Come on OVER girl!

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