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This August…

Celebrated our five year anniversary with all the sushi you can imagine.
Got some film in the mail that I can’t wait to use! I really want to start using film a lot more, but I am afraid of wasting film so I am always hesitant to use it.
Went to the beach and wanted to stay there forever.
Finally got to try Turkish Coffee while at the beach and loved it. So far I have yet to find a place near me that sells it.
Had the first pumpkin beer of the season and I can’t wait to sample all the different varieties I can get my hands on.
Got a total of three gourds from my garden and probably won’t get anymore. (Melon worms are an eviiiilll thing!)
Turned my Japanese Maple into three bonsais! More on this later..
I think I made the most of summer’s last month. For once I am little sad to say goodbye to the warm weather, but I am definitely looking forward to autumn. I am excited to break out my fall outfits, wear gloves and scarves, and I can’t wait to plan plenty of fall activities to make the most out of this glorious season!
Did everybody have a good August?

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Weekly Journal #10

A pretty average week. The weather is getting cooler so I have been spending more time outside in the garden, getting ready for fall and planting things for next spring.

Morning Glory vines have begun to take over the front porch. At first it was cute, now it’s starting to get scary.. Chester stands guard.

Making good use of my new agar at work. (Yay pink microbes!)
I attempted to sprout an avocado seed and it’s working!  Looks a bit gross at the moment, but I am excited to see it grow.
So far I only have one luffa.. But I think he’ll have enough time to finish growing before the frost comes.
I just can’t seem to resist buying all the bulbs!

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What I Wore at the Beach

Most days we were at the beach, I lived in my bathing suit. But the times I wore actual clothes, I chose pastels and white because they seemed like the perfect beach colors.
 
The only time I really wear contacts is at the beach, and that means I can wear my beloved sunglasses! I probably have about ten pairs that are just sitting around collecting dust because I used to be a sunglasses fool back in the day, before my eyes went bad. This pair is one of my favorites.
 
 
Waves are really unpredictable…..
I wish I was back at the beach.

Outfit Details
Shirt: Forever 21
Shorts: Target
Sunglasses: I forget!
Sunhat: Target
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Weekly Journal #9

This week ended up being pretty okay. I dreaded going back to work after the beach trip; the past few weeks had been so discouraging I felt like I couldn’t face it. But surprisingly enough things actually went well this week at work and I am hoping that continues!

I met a friend at a local pub for the first pumpkin beer of the year and it was wonderful!

While walking past a little shop in our neighborhood that recently fenced in their yard and filled it with junk cool items for sale, we noticed their latest addition. Goats. Two of them.  I find it particularly hilarious because one doesn’t expect to see goats in somebody’s furniture filled front yard in the middle of the city.

I got way over-excited when I saw these bulbs at Walmart. I can’t wait to see them bloom next spring!

The cows were out when we drove past on our way to go biking, so we pulled over and said hi to them for a couple minutes. Another case of farm animals in the middle of the city!


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Sand Dollar Island

While we were at the beach, we took a trip to one of my favorite places. Sand Dollar Island!
You can only get to Sand Dollar Island by ferry, so we headed down to the docks to catch a ride over.
 It is actually more of a giant sand bar then an island, and it is only accessible during low tide because it can get completely submerged during high tide!
 The ferry drops you off on this deserted island and comes back about two hours later, after you’ve had plenty of time to scour the waters for Sand Dollar treasure.

The water surrounding  the island isn’t very deep. Here I was kneeling on the bottom searching for the perfect Sand Dollars.
 The live ones must be left on the island though to continue their little sand dollar lives.  I had never seen a live one before, which are the dark brown fuzzy ones. There are so many that if you reach down into the sand at any point, you are sure to grab one! Finding dead ones takes a little more luck, but they are usually plenty.
If you’re lucky you may even find a lovely conch shell specimen!  I was so excited when I stumbled upon this guy, only to find that…
 Somebody was still home! I plopped him back in the water and watched him inch along the sand. It is so neat to see a living conch.
The view here is so pretty; other smaller sand bars stick out as a lovely golden among the bright blue water and then blend in with the cloudless sky. Sand Dollar Island is in the sound side, sandwiched between a few other islands so the waters are calm, and there are no big waves to worry about.

When we come to Sand Dollar Island, I never want to leave!

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Cat Photos Friday #73- Left Again

Cloud got very concerned the second she suspected we may be leaving and she would be stuck with just the boys for a week.

Once they spot the suitcase, they know something is up.


They try to find ways to sneak along in our luggage. Or our shoes!
 But in the end I think they would greatly regret sneaking along in our luggage and getting stuck in a car for four hours, and then having to stay inside a tiny hotel room.  I do get the urge to take them with me though, it would be silly to see how they react to a strange new environment!

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Photo and Hour- Drive to the Beach

I decided to do another photo an hour on the day we drove to the beach. Not really sure why I choose to do photo and hours on road trip days, maybe because these photos don’t really seem to fit into a post of their own, but I still want to share them.. Anyway!

7:00 AM
 On the road, driving into the sunrise!

8:00 AM
 A quick stop at W House for some breakfast. It’s becoming a fun tradition to stop for breakfast at a Waffle House on a road trip, in a town we’ve never been to.

9:00 AM
 Bored in the car, and seeing this truck made me remember how good English Muffins are and gave me a serious craving. A craving that I could not satisfy, so I took a picture instead. Steven said “What are you doing?? Don’t take a picture of that truck!! o_0” 

10:00 AM
Stopped at a Sheetz for fuel.  I was a little too excited about seeing this screme egg..

11:00 AM
 The second half of the journey to the beach take us through lots and lots of farmland. 

12:00 PM
 BEACH!  By the time we get to the big bridge I am about to fly out of my seat from excitement. I think I may have screamed when I first sighted the water. Probably a good thing I wasn’t the driver.

1:00 PM
Since our check in wasn’t until 3, we drove straight to the beach access and ran to the ocean. It was a really fun thing to just drive straight to the beach, not stopping at our hotel first.

2:00 PM
Picked up a few groceries and checked out a couple shops, including this bookstore that sold all kinds of Outer Banks history books that I wanted to buy.

3:00 PM
Checked in to our Sand Dollar motel! The first time we stayed here we could barely afford the cheapest tiny cramped room with a tiny bed. This time we finally moved to the top, and stayed in the king suite, which included a little kitchen, a couch and a table! We felt like kings.

4:00 PM
Resting on the bed and watching HGTV. It’s probably a good thing we don’t have cable at home. That stuff is addictive.

5:00 PM Consisted of more HGTV and eating cereal.

6:00 PM
Back to the beach for an evening walk

7:00 and 8:00 PM

Still walking on the beach and then heading back to our room for more HGTV!

We had such a fun trip and I can’t wait to share all my photos!

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Growing Ginger

Lately I have been obsessed all the different kinds of foods I can grow myself. I have already started some lemon trees, and next I wanted to try growing my own ginger.

I picked up some ginger at food lion, despite all the articles I read about it needing to be organic, and free of chemicals that stop it from sprouting. My lemons from food lion sprouted okay so I thought maybe the ginger would too. 

I broke the ginger up into three chunks and soaked it overnight, to remove any chemicals.

Then I placed it on some potting soil in a warm location, out of direct sunlight and kept the soil moist but not soaked. 

And I waited!  Weeks passed but I never saw any sprouts, and when I went to investigate, I found that the inside of my ginger had turned into a rotten sludge. As soon as I touched the skin, it deflated like a stinky balloon. Gross!

So I took a trip to Trader Joes and got some nice organic ginger and set it on some new clean soil. I skipped the soaking step since I knew it didn’t have any chemicals on it.

Hardly any time passed before I saw sprouts! It grows really really fast.

After it started getting big, I covered the roots and put them in a prettier pot.


Now my ginger plant is huge and I can’t wait to start harvesting fresh ginger.


Ginger likes to grow in indirect light, so keep it out of the sun. 
Make sure the soil is kept moist.
It is sensitive to frost so keep it indoors in the winter. 

It’s a fun and easy thing to grow, try it!