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sea and crabs and doughnuts – oh my!

We were in Ocean City MD over the weekend. This was our fourth year there.

Because Lily started kindergarten on Tuesday, we only stayed from Saturday to Monday.

We did decide, however, that we will never leave on Labor Day again, because instead of the usual 3-hour ride, it took 5 hours. Five long – very long! – hours. Five hours in a car + a 5-year old = a meltdown for all involved.

It was a good time though. Hurricane Irene seemed to have left little damage. I thought the beach was a bit chilly – the wind was relentless! My one disappointment was that there were no shells to be found. I managed to gather a few fragments, but that was it.

We ate at Harrison’s Harbor Watch on Saturday night and then “walked the boards” as my mother-in-law says. I forget what restaurant we ate at on Sunday, but it was very good. We took Lily to the Jolly Roger amusement park after.

And what has quickly become a new tradition, we had to get doughnuts from the Fractured Prune. Delicious! Freshly-made, hot, with a variety of glazes and toppings to choose from – I highly recommend them!

My husband and I always go for a walk along the beach at night. It’s an interesting experience – mesmerizing, disorienting, and mysterious. When it’s really dark, you can see so many more stars than we can see at home (I remember when I was little I could see the Milky Way, just at home. It’s so built up now, you’re lucky you can see 20 stars at night.)

Jupiter was in full force again, as it was last year – so big and bright! It’s amazing, how a planet so far away from us, can be so bright and beautiful.

The ocean is so fascinating. The rhythm, the colors, the smell. I love it all.

It’s like a dream that we were even there.

But here are some photos to prove it.

Lily was really into digging.
let's dig!

On Monday we spent a short time at the beach, so that we could fly Lily’s kite and say good-bye to the ocean.
let's fly!

Lily, flying her kite. That lasted a few minutes. She was more interested in the water.
let's fly!

And of course the ocean.
to the sea

Thanks for stopping by!

xoDawne

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bye bye
I can’t believe summer is at an end. I notice leaves are already turning color and falling. And it’s downright chilly in the morning! Our summer was unusually busy (for us), starting with Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, when we went camping at Black Moshannon. Then it was Lily’s birthday & party, Elmwood Zoo, Julian’s graduation, Sesame Place, Julian’s party, Knoebel’s, and finally, to wrap it all up, Ocean City. There were a few other things in there too, and all together it was a good summer.

But now it’s on to autumn and winter, and pumpkins, turkey, and A Christmas Story!

and finally
Last year after returning from Ocean City I wanted to create a digital art piece about our vacation. I started with a photo I took of the ocean, and added a layer of text on top. The text contains words and phrases that encompass our vacation activities, sights, sounds, and of course tastes!

I finally finished it last week. I kind of ran out of steam (and inspiration) with it last year, but felt a renewed desire to finish it after returning from our recent trip to Ocean City.

Honestly this piece is so simple I’m not sure it qualifies as digital art; it’s more like an embellished photo. But whatever. Here it is.

seadreams

xoDawne

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ocean city, part 1
The weather was not entirely agreeable. Two days were beautiful, sunny and warm. Three days were beautiful in a rainy, extremely windy sort of way.

Ocean City MD September 2009
The challenge in finding joy in the rain.

What diappointed me the most, concerning the weather, was not seeing the stars when Marc and I took our late night walks on the beach. Hardly any stars are visible where we live because of the light pollution, and I’m always amazed at the number you can see on the beach.

We did see a few, and Venus shone very brightly even through the clouds.

Ocean City MD September 2009
Lily, jumping on the bed.

Ocean City MD September 2009
Lily and Bubbie working on a puzzle.

Ocean City MD September 2009

I love the ocean – it is in turn mysterious, magnificent, and magical. To me, the ocean is a spiritual place, where I feel connected to the earth and the universe.

~coming next, part 2!~

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So it didn’t even take until today for me to come up with the theme for my next batch of inchies. Inspiration hit in the shower last night. I often contemplate my projects while I’m in the shower. That’s valuable time that shouldn’t be wasted!

Anyway, I decided to do an ocean theme. Maybe it was the water raining down on my head, maybe it was the fact that we are going to Ocean City, MD next weekend, maybe it’s my love of the ocean – but the ocean it is. I saw these sea shell rubber stamps at AC Moore last weekend, so now I have to go buy them.

Maybe it was just that I wanted to go shopping…

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