Tuesday, March 20, 2018

"Seas" The Day

Some days you just need to be at the beach...
salt in the air - sand in your hair.

There is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, 
no matter how many times it is sent back to sea!

Low tide, blue skies, tan sand, small splashes of white laced water...
for me, the beach is not a place...it's a feeling.

A feeling of love...

and a pocket full of happiness...
because on this 18th day of March, the ocean gave back many of it's treasures.

Spring officially starts today, is it looking like Spring where you live,

or is winter still hanging around?

We are expecting snow!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Mourning Doves

These two were up to no good when I spotted them on the deck rail.
I ran for the camera and when I got back, they appeared to be smooching.
By the time I opened the window and was ready with the camera,
they were acting like they did not know each other.

They did not "bring back that loving feeling"!

My Mourning Doves always visit in the evening, these pictures were taken at dusk.
Mine always appear chubby...
In my bird book it describes them as "sleek", a gray-brown pigeon-like bird.
The have the most amazing "coo-ing" sound,
the bird book describes it as 
"ooahoo oo oo oo"

They eat seed off the ground and love to visit the bird bath.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Saturday Critters ~ 222 ~

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Howe Street Beach...

the dolphins we sometimes see here...

and the Sea Gulls!

You may remember the story of Howe Street Beach in Bay Head.
There is an unknown soul who decorates this beach entrance every holiday.
He or she has been doing it for years.
I only recently discovered it, this past Valentines Day.
I am excited to see how the area is decorated for upcoming holidays.

Sharing today with

Friday, March 16, 2018

Delicious Orchard

Do you have a market like this, close to where you live?
When you walk through the front door, you smell donuts, muffins, cupcakes, cookies and pie.

A market that makes you feel happy? One that makes shopping fun?

Where they have everything...

and all of their everything is displayed so beautifully!

The Mr. posed for a picture...
Right now everything is green as they prepare for St. Patrick's Day.

I loved this cute St. Patrick's Day Tree

They had ton's of Easter candy on display and for sale.

This is Italy...all their pasta's and sauces. 


and plenty of nuts.



and ugly tomatoes.

Beautiful apples...

and prepared fruit and juices.

All the vegetables are so fresh and displayed with care.

I'll close with a picture of their coffee and tea products,
because it is so colorful and pretty.

As I said earlier, this market has everything.
They have a huge prepared food section and a large selection of fresh seafood.
They sell meat, cold cuts, cooked chicken and ribs and have a large selection of cheeses.

They also sell beautiful fresh flowers, year round.

 This is a shopping experience.
Everyone who lives at the Jersey Shore loves to visit

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Showers Of Love

Sarah's Baby Shower

I have talked about my niece who is having a baby,
the niece for whom I am knitting the blanket.
We had her baby shower on Sunday 
and I wanted to share with you how pretty everything looked.
The theme was Dream Catchers
 and I thought we all did a beautiful job showering her with love.

"dream big little one"

We all helped out and it was a beautiful shower.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Yarn Along

I am so proud to share the progress 
I have made on the baby blanket I am working on.

The Chevron Baby Blanketthis pattern is free on Ravelry

Here's a close up look at the stitches and the colors.
I am more than 3/4's of the way finished
 and I am honestly thrilled with the colors and the look of the blanket.

I started this blanket at least 8 times, 
and had to keep ripping it out, I just couldn't "get" it.
I think when you start a new project,
it is difficult to imagine - picture - feel what you are doing.
Once you feel it, you get it.
Now, this is such an easy knit and I am enjoying it so much.
I have memorized the easy pattern and I don't have to look at it anymore.
When I make a mistake, I can feel it and correct it right away.

You may remember that I almost gave up...
that my knitting teacher, Leanne, helped and encouraged me...
I am so glad I believed in myself...or that I am very stubborn,
I think it is the latter!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Cold Shoulder

Currently, I Am Not Speaking To You...

The fact that this is a Mature and an Immature Cormorant does not surprise me, a teen perhaps.

The young one never moved...

the mature one never flinched.

It was a standoff of sorts...

and no-one gave in.

This beautiful hybrid duck sat close by, the moderator perhaps, he never moved either.