Forgotten Corners

The city I live in is changing all the time. Construction is happening around every corner.

And I want to remember what it once was. 

At one time this area was a busy industrial part of town, with a train passing through and many busy factories.  Over time it began to crumble, until all the buildings were eventually torn down and nature took cover, covering most of the evidence that this spot was ever part of the busy downtown.



The forgotten streets that were left behind are a memory of a different era, when most of the city streets were cobblestone.



This area will soon become part of the busy city once again.. 


I just hope they keep the cobblestone!
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This August

I used to count down the days until summer was over, but the last few years I have been sad to say goodbye to warm weather, long days and late evening adventures. 

The last month of summer was a good one.

After four years of throwing all our extra money at the house, we were able to pay it off at the beginning of this month!  I still can’t believe he is completely ours. 
We took our yearly beach trip and had way too much fun. We were there for a whole week but it didn’t feel long enough. I want to go back. 

I have been working on sewing a dress from scratch. I will wear it on Halloween!

Many late August evenings were spent exploring. Much of the city is getting renovated and I want to make sure I capture how it once was, before it becomes recognizably new.

August was once my least favorite month, now I have grown to like it quite a bit. I try to squeeze every last bit of summer out before September brings the autumn weather. I am looking forward to the seasons changing, I have found myself staring at all my sweaters in the back of the closet; excited to start wearing them in just a few weeks time. 

Neighborhood Evening


The evenings seem never-ending in the summer.  
The perfect time to go exploring. Or even just a simple walk around the neighborhood. 




All the houses look warm and inviting as the sun washes everything in a golden light. 












I am looking forward to the colder seasons, but I will miss the daylight that seems to last forever.

After the Storm

Storms come quickly and unexpectedly in the summer.
 It rains violently for a short while,  then the sun returns as if it had never left.  


The sun may be shining bright, but the sidewalks have turned into lakes.
 Evidence of the storm that raged just moments before.



Suddenly the clouds begin to condense again, and another storm is on the way.


But sometimes it passes us right by.




Summer is a strange season.

Crape Myrtles



In the late summer, when most of the flowers have finished blooming, and the gardens begin to turn brown from the summer heat, the Crape Myrtle trees bloom.


Many different shades of pink and purple line the streets. It almost feels like spring again. 






I never realized how many of these trees were in my neighborhood. I only wish they stayed this pretty all the time.

Lake of Geese

After attending a summer picnic for my company, one hot summer evening, we decided to wander around and explore the park it was held in. After a while we stumbled upon a hoard of geese, heading down into a lake.
There was a special goose path that led down into the water.
After a refreshing little swim, they turned around and started heading back to where they came from.


I like summer evenings like this.

Fireworks



One of my favorite things about the Fourth of July, are all the fireworks. This year we bought some of our own and set them off after our cookout. They’re so much fun!




There’s always at least one that manages to fall over..




When looking for fireworks to buy, we couldn’t pass up these two silly turtles. I was a little sad at first because they were too cute to get blown up, but luckily they ended up staying completely in tact after we lit their fuse 🙂

They were on silly little wheels!

They zoomed down the sidewalk like little rockets!

And then set off a flare at the end.


Fireworks are exciting!

This June

It’s hard to believe, but June seems to have gone by even faster than May

June was a month of late evenings walks..

Making resin jewelry again after too long of a break…

Trying out new recipes; like eggrolls!

Going roller skating, and actually having fun.

And watching all the flowers  continue to bloom in the garden.

I am hoping that July brings more exploring, more flowers, and maybe I’ll finally update my Etsy shop.

How was your June?

Beach Trip- Part One

I love any type of vacation, but to me, nothing ever compares to a beach vacation.

I’m not sure what exactly I love about beaches the best; watching the waves while soaking up the sun, the endless sand castle possibilities, early morning shell walks.. I get so excited every time I think about the beach!

For this years beach trip Steven and I went to our favorite spot, Atlantic beach. It was the first ever trip we took together, and second time we went we got engaged! This was our third time going and we had a blast.

We always stay at the cute little Sand Dollar motel.


One of the cool things about North Carolina is that is has 200 miles of  barrier islands banking the coast, known as the outer banks, which is home to many light houses, wild horses, small islands for exploring and plenty of seashells! 


During the drive to the beach I can hardly contain my excitement, and by the time we get to the big bridge, I’m almost jumping out of my seat!

From the top of the bridge you can see across the island to the ocean on the other side!






One of the places we visited was sand dollar island, which is just a giant sandbar in the middle of the ocean that is home to tons of sand dollars and conchs! A ferry drops you off at low tide and then comes back to pick you up before the tide comes back in and the whole island gets covered by the water.



I had never seen a live conch before, some of them were HUGE, just wandering along the shore. But by the time I went to get my camera all I could find was this tiny guy.

Of course taking living guys isn’t allowed, so it was back into the sea with him! 

I loved sand dollar island so much! I had never seen a sand dollar except for at stores, and there were soo many live ones just hanging out in the sand! I am so excited about all the sand dollars I collected!
 
On the ferry ride over we passed a few islands and got to see some wild horses.

These photos are from an early morning walk to watch the sunrise, but I forgot that the sun doesn’t rise over the ocean at this beach because it faces east-west instead of north-south, so my sunrise pictures weren’t that exciting. But I was pretty happy with the other pictures I took in the morning fog.





 
We ate at a couple ocean front restaurants, such a great view!


 We ordered a pizza for lunch one day and took it to a little beach side picnic area (and pretended we didn’t see the no alcohol signs!) :0

Probably my favorite beach activities is just sitting on the beach all day, watching the waves and reading while drinking delicious beachy drinks. When I get too hot I’ll run into the water to cool down, then maybe I’ll dig in the sand and build a castle or something. 

Writing this post made me miss the beach so bad, even though we just got back. I can almost hear the waves crashing and taste the salty air as I look through these. I have a few more beach posts to come, so stay tuned!