Monday, May 23, 2016


These pictures were taken just yesterday seven years ago from Gwynns Island.

For a variety of reasons, I've not had the opportunity to get out and take pictures here lately.

But while perusing old files looking for pictures of Daughter for her graduation ceremony, I realized I have thousands and thousands of pictures that I could recycle for this blog.

(These are leaning a lot to the left, I realize. I'm anything but perfect.)

It's astonishing to me that I've been blogging for over eight years now.  I started in 2008 using smoke signals and hieroglyphics a desktop PC and dial-up internet.

All I did was blink a few times, and now it's 2016.  I am using a laptop (or, as my father would say, a flaptop) and have WiFi at my house.

I still don't know how to use my camera on anything other than Auto mode though.

In nine more years, I'll be eligible to retire officially.

Although I look forward to the option of not working, I'm not sure I want to wish away nine more years so quickly.

We're in the last few days/weeks of the school year, and Daughter is eager to be done with her senior year.  She's looking forward to starting college, and I couldn't be more proud of her.  In addition to working at Merroir, she's working part-time for Hudgins Design Collaborative, a local architecture firm. She recently won a scholastic award of excellence from the Marine Corps for having the highest GPA in her class, and she also won the Excellence in Science award.  Her bio teacher, who presented the award, gave us a copy of the speech, a portion of which is below:

" ...What impresses me most about this student is the fact that her work ethic is not confined to the classroom setting.  I have seen her fist-hand on the soccer field, on the basketball court, and on the trail for cross country.  No matter what this student is doing, she is a relentlessly hard worker and a fantastic team player."  

In entirely unrelated news, we're considering constructing an ark since it's been raining the entire month of May so much lately.  I'm hoping the sun makes an appearance this week, but I don't recall a rainier May than this one.

That's about it from this neck of the woods.  I hope all is well in your world.


Betsy Keogan said...

Beautiful photos deserve to be recycled! Congrats on so many achievements. Re: those last few years before retirement. They seem so long when you're going through them. Then when you get to to end you find yourself thinking "Gee that went by so fast!" --Betsy

Annie said...

Yes, the years roll past quickly.

Love the photos.
I should recycle some of mine.

All well in this part of the world.
I have to make myself take a trip to the beach once a week,
despite living closer to it than ever!

Your daughter sounds like mine,
who is well into a career and motherhood.

Time flies.
We must have started blogs about the same time.
Must go post my beach photos from today.

Robert Julian Braxton said...

MetroCast? we have considered whether to have it on Mad Calf Lane. One neighbor has Internet (MetroCast) another (who also rents - for "overflow") has television only, which I hear is not really very exciting in Mathews county.

CAmport said...


I wanted to comment after reading your blog for some time. We moved to Gloucester in December 2014 and Google quickly led me to your blog. Mathews has become a favorite spot for date night and beach combing. Whenever people come to visit from out of town, we take them to Mathews. Without your blog, I probably wouldn't have ever discovered all that that little town has to offer.

:) Blessings,

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Chrissy - Thanks so much for commenting! I am so glad you have been introduced to the hidden gem that is Mathews. I've been negligent here lately with the blog, but in a few weeks after I am officially an empty nester, I will refocus my efforts. In any case, I truly appreciate your words! Happy belated welcome to Gloucester--and Mathews.