My Favorite Beach Vacation Spot

Tell me your favorite beach spot and I will tell you mine. My husband tells me to stop sharing our favorite beach because everyone will want to go there   Then it won’t be as secluded as it is now.  But I can’t help it I love it and I know if you visit this area you will love it too.

I have been to a lot of different beaches but Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina near Wilmington is my absolute favorite.  I was going to wait and show you some updated pictures after our vacation there this year but that vacation may not happen so I will show you some I have taken through the years.

Wrightsville Beach is a town in New Hanover County, North Carolina. It is just East of Wilmington and is part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Several years ago Mark and I were at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.  We had gone there several times and really liked it.  But this time we took a chartered boat trip up the coast about 70 miles north of Myrtle into North Carolina, and discovered Wrightsville Beach.  It looked really interesting.  Later that year before it got too cold we took a weekend off and drove to Wrightsville Beach.  We grossly underestimated the drive time.  It turned out to be about 10 hours from where we live when you add in bathroom breaks and stopping to eat.

We arrived late at night around 10:00 PM and realized that there were very few hotels on Wrightsville Beach. There were mostly beach houses.  We pulled into a hotel that offered all ocean front suites.  The Surf.  Little did we know at that time that we would be coming here for years.  Later on we also discovered Shell Island Resort, just a little ways up the beach and we loved it as well.  Shell Island is at the very end of Wrightsville Beach.  Several years ago, because of beach erosion, the Resort was in danger of totally falling into the ocean.  A huge beach restoration took place and the beach and the resort was saved.  At that time you could buy a condo for $35,000.  Mark wanted to buy one but I would not because I wasn’t sure the beach could be saved.  Well as I said it was saved and now the condos go for at least a half million.  Something my husband never lets me forget HA!!!

Because the drive is about 10 hours a few years ago we chose to fly and save some time.  We fly into the Wilmington International Airport.  It is only about 25 minutes from Wrightsville.  We rent a car and the travel time is so much easier.  That means more time on the beach.

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       The beach is never overly crowded and it feels safe to walk at any time of the night or day.  If you get up early the sunrise is amazing and lots of surfers are out. 

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    The Trolly Stop is a small Hot Dog stand that has been open since 1976.  They only sell hot dogs and maybe chips.  If you wait until noon to get there there will be a line out the door.  I think everyone on the beach and in town gets hot dogs at the Trolly Stop at lunch time.


Which hot dog would you pick.  I always get the North Carolina Hot Dog.


The Oceanic is our favorite place to eat.  Fresh seafood and live music and a balcony overlooking the ocean makes for the perfect place to eat.  It is also located next door to the Surf Suites and if you have one to many of the ahhhhmazing Stumbling Islanders to drink you can stumble back to your room.  HA!!

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    When we are at the beach I get up before daylight so I can be down on the beach getting pictures of the sunrise.  

So that is my favorite spot to go on vacation. It may not happen this year we will just have to wait and see.  If not there is always next year.  I hope you get a chance to check it out I think you would love it. And now where is your favorite beach spot?

Always remember,

Love your day your way!!!

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A Startling Discovery

Last Sunday I was searching for some yarn.  A particular yarn that I wanted for a shawl pattern that I thought of during the night Saturday night.  How it came to me, maybe in a dream, I am not sure. Things often come into my mind at odd times.  I only knew that I wanted to knit this particular shawl with this particular pattern with this particular yarn.  Easy right?  Not so much for me.

I started my search for the yarn early Sunday morning.  I have a den upstairs where I keep most of my knitting and sewing supplies.  I looked through the closet in the den.  Well when I say I looked, I opened the closet doors and peered in.  I poked around a little to see if I could locate the balls of yarn I was looking for. Well actually I was hoping the yarn would mysteriously fall out of the closet and into my hands. No such luck.  Kitty Kitty had a wonderful time jumping into the closet and clambering over every basket of fabric and yarn and everything else that was in there.  I will admit the closet is pretty stuffed.  I am almost embarrassed to tell you how full it is.  It contains mostly “stuff” from projects that have been abandoned for one reason or another over the 20 years we have lived in this house.  Some of the things in the closet I had totally forgotten I had.

I decided there was no way the yarn was in that closet so I went to some other locations to look.  It still bothered me that I hadn’t gotten to the back of that closet.  To be honest I just wasn’t that brave.  I couldn’t find the yarn so I settled on some other yarn that I had. It wasn’t the yarn I wanted but the shawl was a particularly hard pattern and I would practice on the yarn I had. Yes that would work.

As I was knitting on the shawl I glanced around the room.  I also hoard books and fabric and yarn.  I have several collections, wooden spools and they are pretty large, my milk glass collection, my knitting needles, small butter plates, brass bells,  antique flower frogs, and lord lets don’t forget about the butter crocks.  And they take up a LOT of room.

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I love milk glass and anything that resembles it.

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    This is just a tiny portion of my yarn.  I could probably open my own store.

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 And of course with yarn you must have the knitting needles.

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      Love my books.  I have several cases like this.

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  I have several of these thread spools.  Aren’t they cool?  I started collecting them several years ago.  I have them stacked like this in a couple of different places. 

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  Antique flower frogs.  I don’t have a lot of these yet but I love them.

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  I probably have about 25 of these crocks.  Some are old some are not.  I love them and I will continue to collect them.  I just can’t pass them up. 

If only I stuck with the collections and my hobbies that would be one thing.  But I tend to continue to bring things into the house and not take anything out. Hobby Lobby has nothing on my basement.   Every time my family needs something for decorating, wedding shower, baby shower, you name it, I have it.    All these years I have been harping on my husband for bringing things in and stacking them around the house but GASP!!!!  I may be worse!!!!  I AM WORSE!!!

I decided that I had to do something about this clutter.  I just can’t take it anymore!!!  I have way too many things that I continue to bring in and there is just a limit to how much one house can hold. Right?  I think I will pick three things I want to continue to collect and I will get rid of the others.  How will I pick? I am not sure but I will.  Yes I will!!!  YES I WILL!!!  Ohhhh look at that adorable flower frog on EBAY!!! I’m hopeless!!

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!

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And Then Time Stopped.

Have you been tested for COVID-19?  The tests are free and they are done now quite frequently.  In the beginning you could only be tested if you had symptoms even if you had been directly exposed.  It could take days to get scheduled for a test and then up to a week to get the results.

With more and more tests becoming available all of that has changed, in our area anyway, I am assuming it is everywhere. People are encouraged to get tested before returning to work, if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or had been around someone who has tested positive.

I spent a lot of time in quarantine.  I wear my mask.  I have been very very careful.  I haven’t been anywhere I haven’t had to be.  I haven’t been to a restaurant in over three months.  I just got take out for the first time a couple of weeks ago.  So I have felt fairly safe.  The virus was sort of a bad dream that was in the back of my mind. I knew it was real but I didn’t know anyone who had even tested positive. Sure I watched the news and saw and heard the horror stories but I also knew a lot was being told that might not be true.

And then last week I had to hit the brakes.  I received a text that someone I had been in contact, even though it probably wasn’t even within six feet, had been in contact with someone who had tested positive. I froze, what should I do?  Should I wait until they got tested and see if they were positive?  I called our local health department, I have a friend who works there and she said yes better to get tested and be safe,  and set up a time for a test that afternoon.  Luckily we had not opened back up at work at this time.

I went to the health department and joined the line of cars with people waiting to be tested.  It took about thirty minutes to get to the tent where the nurses were administering the tests.  It was really warm that day and they had on head to toe covering with a mask and a plastic shield over their faces.  I felt so much compassion for them.  They were hot.  It was dusty from all of the cars going through.  But the nurse doing the tests came bouncing out to the car and did my test quickly and with a kind word and such a great attitude.  I then went on my way.  They told me I should find out the next day but because it was a weekend it might take an extra day.  It did.

I went home and started to worry about my husband, who takes immunosuppressants.  I knew that I had been around him all week and if I tested positive then he probably would too. It almost seemed like time had stopped. I could barely think rationally.

I will say that even though I thought the odds were low that I would test positive I still had that worry in the back of my mind.   I tried to stay busy on Sunday to keep my mind off of it.  Early Monday morning the fear that I felt had escalated.  I was doing the what if? what if?  Just a couple of hours later  the health Department called and told me I was negative.  I couldn’t believe the relief that I felt.

I had to think about my friend Lori who works at our local hospital in the ER department.  She is on the front line and she has been tested a couple of times.  I know how she worries each time.  It doesn’t stop her from doing her job day after day.  These people amaze me and I am so very appreciative of them. Their fear is an everyday thing.

I guess there is nothing to say to tie this up in a neat bow. I am trying to say that the fear is real, the threat is still there.  It really hit home with me when I was tested.  And I expect, before this situation gets better, I may have to be tested again.


  The Day Lilies are blooming. New growth always makes me feel hopeful.

Please be safe.

Always remember,

Love your day your way (But be safe)

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Why I Love Dolly Parton

Happy Birthday today to Dolly Parton.  I love Dolly!!! I always have and always will.  She is a wonderful caring and generous woman. She is 74 years old today.

I love Dolly for many reasons and I will get to those in a moment.  But first if you don’t know her let me tell you a few things about Dolly Parton.

She is an East Tennessee girl, Dolly Rebecca Parton was born January 19, 1946 in a one-room cabin in a very small community in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.

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Just like me she comes from a large family.  She is the fourth child of 12.

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Dolly left for Nashville the day after she graduated from High School.  She knew exactly what she wanted to do.

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Dolly married Carl Thomas Dean on May 30th, 1966 and though they have no children of their own they helped raise several of Dolly’s younger siblings in Nashville.  Dolly’s nieces and nephews call her Aunt Granny.

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Dolly got her first big break in 1967 when Country music Star Porter Wagoner gave Dolly a regular spot on his weekly T.V. show.  He also convinced his record label RCA Victor to sign her.  Dolly and Porter recorded several albums together and became one of the country’s most popular and successful double acts.  Dolly left his show in 1974 and her hit song, I will Always Love You, was written about her professional break-up with Wagoner.

Dolly has sold over 100 million albums, she has 8 Grammys and 26 number 1 hits.

Dolly is funny, she loves to tell jokes and is always laughing at herself.  She doesn’t mind telling you that she loves big hair, big boobs and big sky high heels.  She doesn’t pretend that she hasn’t been artificially enhanced. She embraces it.

But there is so much more to Dolly than that.  She has also starred in several movies.  Steel Magnolias is one of my favorite all time movies.

The Dollywood foundation was created in 1988.  This is the same time that Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library was created.

The Imagination Library has given over 130,000,000 free books to children as of 2019, The My People Fund: In November 2016 a terrible fire swept through the Gatlinburg area destroying the homes of over 1000 families.  Dolly started a fund, $1000.00 per month would be given to the families who lost their primary residences.  Within two weeks the Dollywood foundation created the My People Fund.  In May of 2017 $41,000,000 had been raised and given to the families who lost their homes.  An additional fundraiser provided a one time scholarship to High School Seniors whose homes were lost to the fire.  There is much much more that Dolly has done.  She totally believes in giving back to her community.


She is an amazing lady.  Happy Birthday Dolly!!!  You are so loved!!!!

Always remember
Love your day your way!!!!

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