Chase Verses The Sea

A couple weekends ago we went to beach to visit my mom and stepdad. This was Baxter’s 4th or 5th trip to the beach, but only Chase’s 2nd time. As much as Baxter loves the beach, I have to say Chase is enthralled with it. He loves to run and play on the beach and makes up his own games like “chase the wave’.

He watches for the wave to crash on the shore and then chases the surf back out and then runs again when the next wave crashes.

He watches for it…

Chase 1

It’s almost here…

Chase 2

He ran into my mom the first time he played this game and as you can tell Baxter was giving the wave a stern bark for scaring Chase…

Chase 3

He chased it back out…

Chase 4

Then waited again…

Chase 5

Woops it almost got him…

Chase 6

He got brave and got closer…

Chase 7

Then checked out the foam from the wave…

Chase 8

Look Mom I’m not afraid and I chased that wave back into the sea

Chase 9

What a happy and brave pup 😉 …

Chase 10

I love this dog.

Old Mills…

When I am driving and I see an old mill like this it makes my heart smile. I makes me feel like not all the old past ways are totally gone and that somewhere the old ways are appreciated and preserved in some way. I really enjoy seeing the mill wheels working and the water pushing though the wheel.

Water Mill

There is something soothing about this sound an how it washes out whatever is in your mind for a moment. I miss a lot of what was common to see when my family took drives when I was a child. Seeing something that was more common 25+ years ago is a treat and helps me to know not all is lost in this world gone electronic and fast paced. Is there anything you see from your childhood or young adulthood that is rare to see anymore? What is it and what kind of feelings and memories does it bring back for you?

Rushing Time

When I was growing up my parents always told me that every year of my life will feel like it is going faster and faster. I don’t think back then I believed them, but I sure do now. This year has felt like this…Rushing water

It feels like each year is like a waterfall or stream that is wearing away with time and rushes down the mountain faster and faster with less resistance. I’m not sure you can stop this phenomenon of time moving faster, so I guess all you can do is try to be present in the moment. By being present you don’t miss as much, you can experience each part of life, and hopefully keep time from feeling like it is moving so fast. It’s almost Thanksgiving and I feel like the stores and big business has just passed over this time for everyone to be thankful for what they have. At Halloween there were already Christmas decorations out and it made me cringe…. Others may disagree, but by putting out these decorations, etc. out so early and basically skip Thanksgiving… it spoils these holidays and tries to force people to not value Thanksgiving and Christmas as they were meant to be celebrated with reverence and thanksgiving. So I refuse to be dragged into the commercialism that big business has tried to turn holiday into. I chose instead to celebrate these holidays as they come and with appropriate feelings of appreciating, caring, thoughtfulness, and thanks. I hope you will join me. It helps ones time to at least not be fast forwarded and hopefully help our time to feel like it moving at an appropriate speed 😉

Frozen Water

I came across this photo tonight as I was searching of what to write about. I just loved how the camera captured the water moving around Chases feet. It seems to have frozen the water in motion. This was back from when we were just teaching him to be comfortable in the water. Now he is becoming a good swimmer. What a happy swimmer he is 🙂

The water will flow…

“On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea in summer and in winter.” – Zechariah 14:8

Dog Days…

Our Chase is becoming quite the swimmer. He is loving the water more and more and gaining more confidence to swim. He is such a good boy 🙂

I guess when they say this is the dog days of summer that they mean all the dogs who love to swim and play 🙂 I hope you get this kind of day if you haven’t soon 🙂

Yellow Rose of Texas

I have heard that in Texas the humidity is not as bad as in Virginia. It was 96*F on the thermometer today, but they said it felt like 116*. It was one of those days that it was so humid there were no clouds in the sky…. looked kind of like this picture I got at the beach…

So to avoid the humidity I worked most of the day and have been cleaning inside until it is cool enough to go out and water the garden.  At OpSail the other day I saw this fountain and it would be nice to have in your yard on a day like today…

So I wanted to tell you some more about our great neighbor who watches our chickens when we go on vacation. He is a kind and wonderful old man who gives and gives and when you try to give back he gives some more. So when we got back from vacation there was a gift for me on the front steps…

A rooster and a chicken cookie jar…

His wife was cleaning out her pretty case and they thought we would enjoy them now more than they could. What kind souls. We are so blessed. It’s funny how God works though human angels…. Have any of you experience angels in your life they are every day friends/neighbors/coworkers who bless you from time to time with support/help/little blessings? Tell me about it I would love to hear it. I would like to collect some stories to use in one of my ten things blogs and I will provide a link to your site with your story. So share and be blessed…

Looking up…

Look up…

Op-Sail was full of some wonderful sights. Many which you would not have seen if you didn’t Look Up. Many times in life we just need a new perspective and a reason to look at things in a new way. I think we get so busy looking at where we want to go we miss all that is around us. Op-sail provided us a time to walk slow, explore, and enjoy all the things around us. Hope you enjoy this first tour of all we saw….

USCG Eagle built for the German navy in 1936 won by the US as part of the war reparations after WWII.

The Eagle front ornament off the USCG training tall ship used by the Coast Guard as a training vessel.

 

Bell on the Virginia Schooner

Front of another ship

Angel on front of a ship

Hope you enjoyed your first look at op-sail… more to come 🙂

 

 

Fathers of old and new

I was watching the Cosby show today and thinking of how the dads of past TV shows are much different then the ones on TV today. It’s hard to find fathers on TV  now that uses good humor to discipline his kids, teaches good advice, to follow the law, treat other’s as they wanted to be treated, and all that good stuff. It leads me to think of how hubby and I want to raise our kids, as they say kids learn more from how we act, not what we tell them to do. They learn from how we treat each other and them, not how we tell them to treat us or others. They learn from boundaries, kindness, and love.

Sailor Statue Norfolk, VA

So to all those Dad’s out there who parent by example… Happy Father’s Day….

Baxter and Chase love their dad…

And to hubby and our pups dad… Happy Father’s Day we Love You!

Old yet not forgotten…

Found this old building that was built right over a stream. It seems it use to be a building, yet now the doors and walls on each end has been removed and it is used as a bridge. It got me to thinking of how we all too often throw out or stop using “old” things/buildings/etc. and instead build new when the old with a little TLC will do the job well. I love to see old things being used  or repurposed. It also can save you money and I love that. So today I thought about what I could use or repurpose to save money and create less waste. I came up with a couple of things, but need to think some more. Have you used something old or repurposed something recently? I would love to hear about it 🙂

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