Anyone who’s followed me for a while knows that I just love visiting lighthouses. I’ve climbed them, read about them, studied them, and love them. Some of them are really crazy feats of engineering in the placement of some of them – they have a beauty to them, a light to guide seafarers. They can also be death traps for the people who had to run them (nowadays they’re mostly run all automatic though). Plus they’re along the sea – usually on a rocky coast.
Lighthouses are rich with symbolism and conceptual meanings. The lighthouse illustrates concepts such as danger, risk, adversity, challenge and vigilance. But it also offers guidance, salvation and safety. Lighthouses symbolize the way forward and help in navigating our way through rough waters. Nothing else speaks of safety and security in the face of adversity and challenge quite the way a lighthouse does. I guess that’s really why I love them. Stand up to the the storm! I’m going to need to – I got some cryptic news today that might not be great, but fingers crossed.
Decided to hit the beach this afternoon. I was jonesin’ for some wave time. Thankfully and somewhat strangely the beach wasn’t all the busy and it was such a perfect day for it too. The tide was just right, the waves were just right, the water temperature was just right. Everything came together awesomely and we had a really good time. Afterwards we found out that Green Harbor is only less than a mile away so we hit there afterwards and dined on some seafood.
So this morning I decided too sit out on the patio early this morning, just sipping my coffee and chilling out when I turned my head to see Brazen Bunny staring back at me from the concrete patio stairs. “Come to get seconds?”, I thought to myself but ignored him basically and went back to my crossword puzzle. Over time I notice this bunny filling its mouth up with grass and straw and running over the the corner of the deck back and forth next to the hydrangea that is there. I believe it is building a nest! Strange thing is this nest location is not all that hidden, basically in a corner just a bit under the hydrangea but in an easily photo-graphical location. So in a couple of weeks or so we may have some more babies to check out!
While cleaning out my stack of old CDs I happened across a classic I had totally forgotten about. It’s the soundtrack to the movie classic “Better Off Dead.” I’m going to listen to this again and re-live the magic.
Woke up this morning, and as I like to do, grabbed my coffee and headed out to the back deck to enjoy the cool morning air. I noticed something stirring going up the stairs, at first I thought it was squirrel – they’ve been known to climb up there. Once I even saw a chipmunk or two climb them. But lo and behold to my eyes it was neither of those. It was this little guy, who I’ve chosen to name the Brazen Bunny. Needless to stay he didn’t hang around long, but I watched him silently sniff around, take a taste of a few things, and then hop back down the stairs and take a bath. And then he was gone. I looked at what he was attempting to investigate but I didn’t see any damage to anything so maybe he was just nosy. Never a dull moment around here.
The cookout went pretty good I thought. I grilled up some chicken, hot dogs, burgers, and corn. Nothing too extravagant. I was pleased that my items come out pretty good – grilled to perfection if I may be so bold to say. I’ve become quite the grill master over the last year or two. LD put together a wonderful salad to go with. My mom was very appreciative and enjoyed the little break and change of scenery and conversations. I also had a good time last night at my belated birthday dinner. We had a lot of laughs – especially over things that we had said and done over the last week or two in catching up.
Well, I jumped on the bandwagon for this one and this afternoon partook in the trying out of an Impossible Whopper at Burger King. I had heard of this thing for about a week now so I was curious to try it myself and see just how it is. And you know what? I actually liked it. It tasted just like a regular whopper to me. It is more expensive and the patty is plant based meat substitute. So I give it a thumbs up. I would get it again.
Sean the Pumpkin Vine is really starting get long – will we get a real pumpkin out of it? Fingers crossed! We did get the flowers already. Also been watching the 90210 reboot. It’s actually not really a reboot, but a story of the actors from the show getting together to do a reboot of the show. Pretty Meta – it’s actually not bad, I find I’m kinda digging it. I never saw the originals anyway.
Got a new puzzle game to rack my brain on: Landfill. I like it, but I do find it challenging.
I decided to ride the newer bike into work today. I can’t believe it’s been over a month already since I last rode in general. Schedule just didn’t allow it, either due to weather, or other things I had going on. Anyways on the way back I happened to stop by one of those Little Libraries near Davis and scored by picking up a little book on how to repair bicycles. Might come in handy one of these days. Then after getting back on the trail I happened to notice this birdhouse just hanging in a tree. It’s probably been there for quite a while but I just noticed it today. I was rather impressed with it. Whoever built it did a really good job!
Might expand on some activities we did later – just getting them down so I don’t forget: Popcorn Park meeting Angel the Pig (sponsored), Riverboat sunset and fireworks cruise, hanging at the beach (Long Branch/Spring Lake), watching a storm come in over the beach, Staying at an old Inn in S.L., Checking out Seward Johnson’s work statues (had seen his stuff before at Grounds for Sculpture (Link pic) and wildlife in S.L., Pooling it in Belvidere, staying at a new boutique hotel where we couldn’t figure out how to work anything, Italian dinner in Sea Girt, Motorcycle Rally on I-80, birthday one on one at Tabor’s, checking out BH90210 in S.L., Playing soccer, Crazy Diner looks, more…