Fun, Sun, Sand and Smiles

After nine days, the children have gone home.

Our house yawns astonishingly quiet and empty. The beaches here on Sandy-Feet Avenue and Perry’s Point look abandoned, lonely and forlorn; bereft of the three little beach bums that ran across them countless times a day.

A myriad of reminders surround me: empty sand pails, tiny mementos in the form of sea glass and shells from the beach, our grandson’s toy army tank left behind, a day pass from Windmill Bight Park, a box of our granddaughter’s favourite crackers in the cupboard, a candy wrapper under the bed. There is even a folder of GoPro videos they made saved on my PC desktop.

And I’m amazed at how much longer it takes for the dishwasher and the washing machine to fill up in their absence.

We miss our two grandchildren – plus one little friend – but we had an incredible time together filled with sweet summer memories and photos to look back on.

And there is always next year, God willing!

Here are a few captures from last week.

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Searching for starfish, hermit crabs and other treasures
“Wanna go clam-digging again?”

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The weather was beautiful nearly every day!

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Our girl having fun at the nearby playground
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Waiting to dine on ‘Surf ‘n Turf’ at the local restaurant*

During one of these lazy afternoons, our girl decided she wanted to write a story. So while her friend and our boy continued playing on the beach, she sat down nearby with a pad of lined paper and a pencil. When I asked her what her story was about, she said with a shy grin, “Cats.”

I guess the (grand)apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

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*All photos taken with iPhone 6

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fun

Trios of Fun

One of the first composition principles a student of photography learns is the rule of thirds.

Storytelling, too, can rely on the rule of three, using repetition of a part of the story to build and then resolve tension.

But what about the number three applied to life and people?

When it comes to a trio of children, the general rule is usually FUN!


Born into a family of three children, I already know this.
Of course, I also know the mischief three little people can get up to.


I was looking after my grandchildren one day, when they and their friend asked me if they could paint their faces. Thinking that the girls, being older, had the good judgement not to use markers, I said “Sure, go ahead.”

Off they went to their playroom. To make a long story short, it took quite a bit of soap and elbow grease that night to erase most of the wonderful face art by marker (so my daughter informed me). Our little boy ended up sporting green eyebrows for a couple of weeks!

Oh dear. My bad.

The moral of the story? Grandmas can make boo-boos sometimes too.

Fun is not limited to children, of course. Get the right three adults together and laughter will surely ensue.

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When that trio includes my husband and his sister Julie,
who both love hamming it up for the camera, fun is guaranteed.

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Three’s a crowd? Not around here. We just needed more wine.*

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“There is something magical about three, you know – a trio is tight and nicely economical.” ~ Ian Williams

“If two wrongs don’t make a right, try three.” ~ Laurence J. Peter 

“To succeed in life, you need three things: a wish bone, a back bone and a funny bone.” ~ Reba McEntire

What trio comes to your mind when you think of fun and camaraderie?

WPC: Trio

WTT: Camaraderie

Three-Day Quote Challenge

* “Photos of us” taken by Paul Sautter

Allergic to the Letter ‘E’ Challenge

My good friend Mark Bialczak reached out and tapped me this morning in the Allergic to the Letter E Challenge.

If I don’t write a paragraph without using my old friend ‘e’ I will be banished to the page of lame. Not one to shrink from a good challenge, I accepted.

Here are the Rules:

1) Write a whole paragraph without any words containing the letter “e” even once.

2) By reading this, you are already signed up.

3) Challenge at least five bloggers to do the challenge. They must do it within 24 hours or it is considered as failure.

4) If you fail or pass, suffer in the Page of Lame.

5) If you win, wallow in the Page of Fame.


Here goes nuthin’!

Mark thinks I can do this activity, so voila: I know, from my own long history and without a doubt, that most folks cling to similar actions, comforts and habits in this world. Many of you claim your own brand of total autonomy with such adamant conviction, but I don’t buy it. From following your many blogs, I can confirm that all humankind is bound by customs that show our wish to link, to join, to attach, to align, to hook up, to plug in, or to marry. “No man (or woman) is an island” is my motto. Can you find fault with this logic in my soliloquy? I think not!”

Done. Thanks, Mark. 😉

Here is my list of nominees (don’t hate me, just do it!):

Have fun!