Friday, October 31, 2014

Morning Sky

This was Wednesday morning's sky as seen from my breakfast table, where Daughter was eating and I was guzzling sipping coffee.

This weekend, if all goes well, we'll be headed to Charlottesville for a quick visit with Son.  My parents are coming along for the ride. It has all the makings of an adventure.

I hope your weekend is a great one.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Take Off

This inquisitive heron ventured into my yard Sunday morning.   He was admiring the shimmering sunlight bouncing off the creek.  When he realized I was taking his picture, he took off in a tizzy. Herons prefer their solitude and don't care much for people snapping their photos. Luckily, he lingered long enough for me to get these few.

In other news, last night after supper, Daughter and I ventured into the back yard to watch the much-anticipated 6:22 p.m. launch of an unmanned NASA rocket from Wallops Island, which is across the bay from us.  We waited.  And waited.  We heard neighbors congregating on their docks.  We thought we saw something--but then couldn't see anything.  We noticed some pink in the sky and then saw nothing. (We did see what looked like a black plane ascending from the northeast, making no sound, flying west after the pink appeared in the sky. It left an ever-so-slight, barely visible trail of black smoke. I'd be wondering about that if I were NASA, but I'm not, and they didn't ask me what I saw.)

Disappointed, we came inside only to learn that the rocket had exploded during launch.  As I type this, the newscasters are trying to process it all.

So, here in Mathews, we fluctuate from being bored enough to invent stories about herons to crazy enough to make up conspiracy stories about rocket launches processing breaking national news stories about failed NASA rocket launches we were gathered in our yards to watch.

There's never really a dull moment around here.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Oyster Roast

This weekend my friends Glenda and Billy had an oyster roast at their home down Susan.  They have an outdoor structure we fondly call the tabernacle, since it resembles the Mathews historic landmark and is large enough to host a Methodist convention.

The weather was perfect for an outdoor gathering.

Naturally, there were oysters.

But that's not all.  There were also steamed clams, steamed crabs, ribs, burgers, dogs and every possible side dish ever invented.  

The very cleverly situated beverage station consisted of a skiff filled with ice and beer.

(I absolutely love this.)

There were some of the usual suspects in attendance.

And more than a few characters running around.

As always, a good time was had by all.

Middle Sister was also in town this weekend for her thirtieth high school reunion.  Baby Sis came to crash Middle Sister's party visit as well.  I got a long jog and a nap or two in between everything else.  In summary, it was a good weekend.

I hope yours was too.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Oh, Frigate

Lately, I've been parking my car at Salem Methodist Church and jogging various routes in the surrounding area.

No matter which particular route I decide on, I always run past Frigate Lane.

There is something about the word frigate that makes me want to repeat it over and over and over again. I envision myself stomping as I holler, "Frigate, frigate, frigate!" It's almost therapeutic, really.

Click here for the pronunciation in case you missed all the opportunities above.

Clearly, I need to get out more.

Thanks for your patience as I reveal the inner workings of a very addled brain that attempts to provide entertainment on long, boring runs by poking fun at otherwise innocent words on signs.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Homecoming Parade, Part II

These are the remaining shots from last Friday's Homecoming parade, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

This week is another busy one, with Daughter's cross country meet at New Kent 
today, and Middle Sister's high school reunion (30th) this weekend.

Time continues to fly by.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Homecoming Parade, Part I

These are a few shots from Friday afternoon's Homecoming parade.  It was a gorgeous day for a parade.  It was a gorgeous weekend for anything, really. The weather couldn't have been more perfect.

Stay tuned for more parade pictures, coming soon to a blog near you.