Hurricane Bill Brought Us Some Surf

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Thanks to my friend, Jan, over at Jan’s Sushi Bar, I’ve decided to give this here posting every day thing a try, y’all. It’s called NaBloPoMo,and I can’t believe how long it just took me to write that. Stands for “National Blog Posting Month”. You post something every day for a month.

It’s ridiculously hard ….damn near impossible….a monumental task on the weekends..the biggest challenge of my life so far….can we just say only seven days left?…almost over and I have really, really run out of things to say.

If y’all have been payin’ any attention to my blog this month, then you know we were wasting all our time and money cheerfully hosting two teenage girls this month. We decided we’d have a Staycation, which is a vacation in your own backyard. We took the girls to Wrightsville Beach on several occasions so they could be provided with a more exotic location to text in work on their tans and enjoy being on the beach.

We rook this photo the day after Hurricane Bill rolled by us, and the although there were red flags, warning swimmers of dangerous riptides, the surfers were having a delightful time. We were able to get a few excellent shots and I thought this would be good for Water Wednesday.

WateryWed2bWatery Wednesday is hosted by 2sweetnsaxy at Eyes, Mind and Heart. It’s so easy, even cavemen and southern women can do it! Just post a photo, on Wednesday, y’all, of something with water in it. Then link back to Watery Wednesday so other folks can enjoy your photo! That’s all ya gotta do, I swaunee.

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Watery Wednesday Tears

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It’s Watery Wednesday and I’m makin’ some water, in the form of tears. A lot of things make me cry. Sad movies, like My Dog Skip or Charlotte’s Web. Heck, even sad commercials get me. I cry at weddings and funerals and when my boys give me sappy Mother’s Day cards. I cry when I get mad, or frustrated and (I hate this) when I make mistakes at work. I even cried when I was watching Shamu the Whale at Sea World. Don’t ask me why, it just got to me, OK?

But this right here is one of the best things I’ve ever cried over. My grand daughter, Freya. This is a picture of me holding her for the first time. I thought I could get through it without crying. But then I had to go and try to say, “Hi sweetie, it’s your Grandma Ginger.”

Oh shoot. I just made myself cry again, y’all.

waterywed2b1Watery Wednesday is hosted by 2sweetnsaxy at Eyes, Mind and Heart. It’s so easy, even cavemen and southern grandmas can do it! Just post a photo, on Wednesday, y’all, of something with water in it. Then link back to Watery Wednesday so other folks can enjoy your photo! That’s all ya gotta do, I swaunee.

Johnny Mercer’s Pier for Watery Wednesday

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This is one of my favorite spots in the whole wide world. Johnny Mercer’s Pier at Wrightsville Beach, NC. It is soon going to be warm enough to start hanging out there again!

waterywed2bWatery Wednesday is hosted by 2sweetnsaxy at Eyes, Mind and Heart. It’s so easy, even cavemen and southern women can do it! Just post a photo, on Wednesday, y’all, of something with water in it. Then link back to Watery Wednesday so other folks can enjoy your photo! That’s all ya gotta do, I swaunee.

Bathtime for Watery Wednesday

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This is for Watery Wednesday. My rottweiler, Hannah, doesn’t look too fierce here. She was getting her first bath.

waterywed2b1Watery Wednesday is hosted by 2sweetnsaxy at Eyes, Mind and Heart. It’s so easy, even cavemen and southern women can do it! Just post a photo, on Wednesday, y’all, of something with water in it. Then link back to Watery Wednesday so other folks can enjoy your photo! That’s all ya gotta do, I swaunee.

Gettin’ Soaked on Watery Wednesday

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This is for Watery Wednesday. My mother in law and I got all soaked when we rode Kali River Rapids in the Animal Kingdom at Disney World! It’s a great ride, y’all, but I highly recommend that you bring a towel and a dry pair of bloomers!

waterywed2b1Watery Wednesday is hosted by 2sweetnsaxy at Eyes, Mind and Heart. It’s so easy, even cavemen and southern women can do it! Just post a photo, on Wednesday, y’all, of something with water in it. Then link back to Watery Wednesday so other folks can enjoy your photo! That’s all ya gotta do, I swaunee.

Watery Wednesday Seascape

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This is for Watery Wednesday. It’s a little blurry, because it’s a scanned photo of a painting. This painting, entitled simply, “Seascape,” is an original oil by my late grandmother, Gladys Parker. She taught herself how to paint when she was in her 50’s and went on to create many beautiful paintings, such as this one, for another 35 years. The sea was her favorite subject. She was not only a fabulous artist, but a poet as well. I have another website dedicated to her life story, her poems and her paintings at The Rock of Gibraltar. Go on over and check it out, if y’all want to be inspired.

She was my Rock and my inspiration, and not a day goes by that I don’t think about her, and wonder what she would say about things that happen in my life.

waterywed2b1Watery Wednesday is hosted by 2sweetnsaxy at Eyes, Mind and Heart. It’s so easy, even cavemen and southern women can do it! Just post a photo, on Wednesday, y’all, of something with water in it. Then link back to Watery Wednesday so other folks can enjoy your photo! That’s all ya gotta do, I swaunee.

Watery Wednesday – Floating Downstream

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I’ve posted pictures before of the natural waterpark, Xel Ha, near Playa del Carmen, Mexico. We spent a day here, while on a Western Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Sea. This is one of my favorite photographs from that day. We floated downstream in a double inner tube and also snorkled in this river. It was an amazing color, with a great number of brightly colored fish.

There is even a big ole scientific explanation for all this beauty, y’all. This is from their website:

The Yucatan Peninsula possesses several geographic idiosyncrasies which disallow the formation of superficial rivers. Continental water flux is regulated by a complex system of underground waterways traveling to and fro between the peninsula and the sea –Xel-Ha represents one of this system’s most important outlets.

From the depths of underground caves, through the mangrove forest, cool freshwater flows into the Xel-Ha Inlet, where it mixes with the warmer seawater. This River, two-thirds of a mile long before reaching the Inlet, is one of the best visual examples of halocline and thermocline phenomena in the world.

Xel-Ha River is an excellent place to snorkel, simultaneously harbouring a number of freshwater and marine fish. There are several platforms along the way to pause and bask in the astonishing surroundings. For those who prefer a more relaxed voyage downstream, enjoying the beautiful natural scenarios from above the water, single and double inner tubes are available at no cost at the River’s starting point.

It wasn’t as relaxing as it looks, actually. We had to “paddle” with our hands and feet, the whole way, to keep from being swept back upstream, or pushed into the spikey plants along the shore!

waterywed2b1This photo is for Watery Wednesday. Be sure and visit all the other Watery Wednesday shots form around the world, by clicking here.