View from the deck of the vacation beach cottage...lovely, quiet, relaxing, restful.
READING: I loaded up my book bag for vacation and threw in books, magazines, pieces of things I printed off or hoarded away, etc., and it was full...I returned with the library books, all the rest I had read and disposed of in one way or another. Whew, that feels good to be caught up with the bits and pieces of things I had around. I did not get to the 1493 book, so that is up next.
WEEK IN REVIEW: We vacationed at Gulf Shores, Alabama...had a lovely "beach cottage" right on the Gulf, the view from the cottage was wonderful (photos below), the beach was private so no crowds, Matt enjoyed swimming in the Gulf (within the first 5 minutes 5 Auburn 20 year old girls had "picked him up"...they were staying with one of the girls' parents down the beach a mile so he had a tour of the area from the girls who had all been coming there for years), there were movies, dinners, site-seeing adventures, beach walks, star-gazing with Night Skies ap, and Matt even worked a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle with me, despite it's "sewing" theme. We read a lot...all of us were curling up with books all week...so nice to just have the time together. That said, I am sure you are all saying...what is wrong with this picture? I'm not a beach person (although it was a killer view from the cottage day and night, I quickly tire of just seeing water everywhere, sand, and heat)...I was happy to come home, that was a perfect amount of time to be gone, another week and I would have been stir crazy ready to head north to my green lawns and trees, etc. If truth be told, I always think of our home as a vacation destination...I love being in it and our yard/pool/etc. is very pretty and I never tire of it. So, all in all, a great time because I was with my guys and we enjoyed just not having any commitments for that time, but I am happy to be back in the swing of things here. I hope we can find a time in the swim schedule next year to do it again...different location, but just to have the time away together and relax would be lovely. I don't do beach relaxing well, because I like to go and do things like museums and such and time on a beach over 5 minutes bores me to tears (but I was more than happy to go there because my guys loved, loved, loved it), so maybe somewhere museumish with a beach...let's see...where would that be do you suppose?
Each day Matt would be the first to head out to the beach and set up camp.
Mark would walk Vash out to visit Matt...Vash didn't want anything to do with that water, however, Tibbies are not swimmers...but Vash did like the little beach friend he made and they would romp around having a good time...photo: Mark, Matt, Vash, Vash's doggie friend, Owner of the doggie friend...this guy was very interesting as he had been coming to this area since after WWII and had build a house to live in year round two doors down from the one we were in, he said nothing was in Gulf Shores back then, just the beach and the water.
Puzzles are a great thing to do with your family...just sitting down together for prolonged periods brings out a lot of fun and information you wouldn't necessarily hear about otherwise. The guys even let me pick out the puzzle.