Island Traveler has challenged us with using our creativity for creating a post titled Create.
I’m new at this beading business, but I’ll put it out there anyway.  Creativity is not my middle name, but I’m always making an attempt.

Here’s some fun jewelry I cranked out. When I’m ready, I’ll be opening shop on Etsy. I’m not ready yet ;-).

Stop by Island Traveler’s blog by clicking on the icon below and witness more creativity, not to mention Mr. B’s gift for story telling and fabulous photography.



Every year I say I’m sorry summer’s over.  But truth be told, I love the changing of the seasons.  As I grow older, I prefer the warmth of the sun and the trips to the beach:  sitting, walking, people watching, spotting dolphins, reading in my beach chair, with warm breeze blowing, waves crashing … But truth be told, all seasons are a gift.

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“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

It’s all good 🙂

Many thanks to IslandTraveler for the challenge.  Click on his logo.  It will take you to other interpretations of changing seasons.


IslandTraveler has suggested that we have one last blast before the end of summer and I couldn’t find a louder blast than that of a Thunderbird racing across the August skies.

Jeff and I headed to Atlantic City for the annual air show today.  Parking was insane! That’s twice in less than a week.  First Saturday at the Union Rally in Philly and now this!  We headed to the south end of A.C. and I envisioned dollar signs puff, puff, puffing through my exhaust pipes as we drove around looking for somewhere to park GumDrop.   Luckily, we finally found the perfect space only 4 blocks away from the beach. We parked, checked for tow away signs, and when we felt certain we were in the clear, we slung our beach chairs on our backs and off we went.  As we got closer, Jeff spotted some sky writing.

I didn’t see the entire message, but I believe it said Atlantic City Salutes the Armed Forces.  I was psyched!  We were closing in.

When we got to the beach, we positioned our chairs toward the back, with the idea of making a fast get-away when the event came to a close.  They were predicting nearly one million in attendance, so we considered that a pretty brilliant idea.  Until the heat got to us.  Phew!  Jeff suggested we walk down to the water to cool off.  Well, that did it!  We got there, looked at each other, laughed, and headed back to the chairs.  We grabbed those babies up and dragged them down to the water’s edge.  Best idea we had since we decided it was time for me to retire :-).  Get-away be damned!

We stood for the next three hours, watching World War II Navy Trainers barrel-roll through the air.  Thunderbirds  corkscrewed over and over, leaving thunder in their wake.  A Bi-plane took to the skies like a crazed crop duster.  The crowd ooooh’ed and ahhhh’d, kids covered their ears, and I watched Jeff, knowing how he wished it was him flying one of those giant noisemakers.

Sadly, my phone ran out of juice, so I didn’t get pictures of everything, but here are some of the best.  As best as you can do with a monstrous mass of metal making its way across the sky at ridiculous speeds.  Truly a summertime blast!

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Until next year…

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What a fun, bright, and cheerful idea for this week’s Image Of Life Challenge.


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You can find all these brilliantly colored candies and much, much more at It’s Sugar on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

Visit IslandTraveler‘s blog to get a glimpse of more COLOR.




When I think of  breathtaking, I think of  beauty – beyond stunning. Sunrises, sunsets, beautiful women, nature, cosmic events, and if you’re a fan of Seinfeld like I am, you think of  a certain Seinfeld episode.  But I digress.

So I decided to play around with the word a bit and show you a little bit of “take your breath away”.  Same thing?  I don’t know, but I’m short on beauty beyond stunning right now so…

Sometimes a little ride on a ferris wheel can take your breath away, especially if there’s a stop at the top while directly below someone exits, stage left.

Although this is one of my favorites, the log flume can be a little hair-raising, taking your breath away and soaking you to the bone. Yahoooooooo!

If you look closely to the right on the platform, you’ll see a few flip flops that either got left behind or came flying off.  I don’t know whichThis is one of my step-son’s favorite rides.  Maybe because it takes his breath away 🙂 .

I don’t know about you, but these spinning things are not my cup of tea.  I’ll take a breathtaking ride on the biggest, baddest roller coaster out there before I get caught on one of these babies!

And finally,  I haven’t yet made this a point of interest in my blogging but I love, Love, LOVE my car.  It’s a black 2003 VW convertible beetle.  So, now that you know this tidbit of information, you’ll know why I am posting a photo of this vehicle which we found parked INSIDE a yogurt shop.  This, to me, is BREATHTAKING!

Thanks to IslandTraveler for posting a new challenge.  Visit his site for more of what’s



Here are a few of my picks for the Fun  Under the Sun Challenge, put out there by IslandTraveler.

After searching for this picture, which I knew I had but couldn’t for the life of me find it, I decided that one of my summer projects will be to catalog my photos.  (Thanks for the idea, Russel)

My muscle-bound grandson having fun under the sun…

My muscle-bound husband having fun under the sun…

My not-so-muscular mom, all 89 years of her, having fun under the sun, octogenarian style…

Don’t know who these boys are but they seemed to be having fun under the sun…

I’m guessing this guy was having fun under the sun …

And then the sun goes down …

School’s out for summer!

School’s out for ever!

No more pencils, no more boo-oks, no more teachers, dirty looks…


It seems what makes me happiest lately is blogging, posting, and photography.  I’m one of those people that’s been looking for some kind of hobby, interest, or talent that will keep me occupied and smiling while I’m doing it.  I’ve tried Music: accordion (not MY idea!), piano, organ, guitar, mandolin – Art: drawing, painting, sculpting – Crafts: beading, flower arranging, stained glass – Do you get where I’m going with this.  I’ve tried and maybe not failed as much as lost interest.  After so many attempts, it’s become increasingly depressing, thinking that maybe I’ll never have the stick-to-it-ness to find something I could enjoy and, some day, get really good at.  Enter WordPress.  Now, I have found happiness.  Writing and photography.  I played around with stalking a – ah – stalk.  Specifically, a Black-Eyed Susan (I think), that’s growing randomly all over my front yard.  This is a slide show of her progress over the week or so that I captured her growth, each a.m. and p.m.  Click on the first Susie Q for the slide show to begin.

I hope you all find lots of happiness, just like me.  If you need some help doing this, visit Island Traveler’s Weekly Challenge to see what gets some other bloggers happily blossoming.

Thanks, Island Traveler…