Wednesday, July 9, 2014

at the beach

Sometimes I want a busy vacation like our Disney World trip... the kind where I have a daily itinerary and where I keep my mind off work by giving it too many other activities to think about. Sometimes I just need a lazy vacation... the kind where I get to both start and finish a book (or two!) and where I keep my mind off work by daydreaming about my future craft projects. Visiting my in-laws at their beach house over the holiday weekend was a perfect "lazy vacation."

We spent the days reading on the beach and the evenings playing games and chatting on the front porch. I read The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling), which was a mystery/crime/thriller, my favorite type of beach-reading!

cozy birdhouse | me at the beach house

cozy birdhouse | dan at the beach house

cozy birdhouse | in-laws at the beach house

My sister in-law's dog Pepper split her lounging time between sunny spots on the porch and the cool tile floor inside. She protected us from scary noises on Independence Day, howling her deep "barooo!" at every firecracker.

cozy birdhouse | pepper the puppy

Hurricane Arthur passed by the morning of the 4th. The rain was heavy, but I slept in (another plus of the lazy vacation) and missed it. Unfortunately the fireworks in Atlantic City were postponed to Sunday due to the weather, even though it ended up being the prettiest evening of the whole trip. The sky was clear, but the hurricane definitely kicked up some bigger waves!

cozy birdhouse | view of atlantic city from the beach

cozy birdhouse | waves on the jersey shore after hurricane arthur

The shore birds were out in force collecting washed up goodies in the shallow pools left by the storm. We even spotted a Great Blue Heron (in its natural habitat atop a convenience store).

cozy birdhouse | a great blue heron in its natural habitat, on top of a convenience store

I believe this is a Laughing Gull. It apparently did not find anything funny about this situation, because I detected no signs of laughter. Maybe it's feeling a bit humorless because it has slimy beach gunk on its foot.

cozy birdhouse | a laughing gull. that's just the name, not any comment on its personality

I think these are both juvenile Black-Backed Gulls. I'm not sure which type, Lesser or Greater Black-Backed Gull. I'm going to say they are Greater, because I don't want to hurt their feelings.

cozy birdhouse | juvenile black-backed gull

cozy birdhouse | juvenile black-backed gull, with a piercing gaze!

Overall, it was a fun and relaxing weekend. I even survived my first hurricane! Thanks for a great vacation, family!

cozy birdhouse | sunset over the bay near atlantic city

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