Six Word Friday–Happy

This is the last week for the prompt “Happy” at Melissa’s Six Word Friday. If you haven’t gotten in on the fun yet, what are you waiting for? 

Visiting butterflies make me very happy

Black Swallowtail laying eggs on fennel

Weekly Photo Challenge–Create

In yesterday’s post, I promised to share pictures of Andy’s last trip to the beach, and the storm that came ashore quite rapidly.

Since we were near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) an amazing architectural feat of creativity, I’m combining it with the Weekly Photo Challenge: Create. This picture was taken Tuesday, and you can see for miles across the bay.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel–20 miles long, two sets of tunnels


This photo was taken Monday, the same time of day, and it looks like the storm swallowed the bridge.    This is in an older neighborhood, developed in the early 1900s, and known as Chic’s Beach. The link shares a little history of this community, and how it got that name. 

Incoming storm


From Pleasure House Road (this name is also explained in the latter link) I drove east, parallel to the beach; turned left heading toward the bay/shore; then took another left at the road’s end and drove west a block or two, facing the CBBT. The guard rail in the upper part of this photo is on the northbound lane of the CBBT. Took this picture first–looks like a lovely day, doesn’t it? 

Northbound lanes of bridge tunnel on the other side of the upper guard rail.

I got those two photos at the same location, all the while being sandblasted by the wind whipping across the water. I quickly got into my car and headed out of there. It was this exact moment in time when I knew I never wanted to live that close to the water. When I got back to the main road, I snapped the next two pictures. I have a coating of sand on my dashboard to prove it! Some fairly rough white caps were rising on the water. You will have to take my word for it, because I wasn’t getting out to find a sheltered area to shoot from, if one existed. 

The next two photos show the sand blowing left to right from the beach, then swirling its way down the road ahead of me. 

Sand blowing left to right from the beach.
Sand swirling down side street. I felt like a storm chaser, only without the desire to be there!


Andy’s Last Adventures in Virginia Beach

Andy has been very busy these past few weeks. Since my last post about his visit,  we went to Panera Bread for lunch where we made a new friend named Susan. You may know her from her blog, “Coming East.” I highly recommend her post, Stairstruck, which celebrates her lovely mountain vacation on a broken foot. (Please don’t tell her I told you about that.) She is a has character!

After that, we were on the road for the better part of a week for our granddaughter’s graduation. He loved the hotel stays, coffee in the room,

and a plush bed for sleeping.

He could barely contain himself when he learned we were going to visit the Sylvan Heights waterfowl park on the way home. 

He enjoyed the backyard with the birds and squirrels, helping my hubby create a new feeding station for them,

and playing hide and seek. He never did tell me how he got into the hanging basket!


A very dear family friend returned from vacation with a gift for us–salt water taffy! Now, why didn’t I think of that?

Andy arrived here from visiting Judith and Lotte in New Zealand with a stash of jelly beans to tide him over, so we knew he had a sweet tooth. I packed some taffy in his bag so he’ll have something to munch on his way to visit Beth Ann in Iowa. Be sure to subscribe to her blog if you want to keep up with Andy’s travels. I hear they’ll be going to China soon! It’s a good thing he kept company with our granddaughter. She probably taught him some Mandarin. That’s been her foreign language of choice, and she’s going to China in August. 

On Andy’s last day, we made one more trip to the beach. We didn’t stay long, a storm was rolling in; I’ll share those pictures with you tomorrow. 

If you would like to host Andy and show him some of your favorite places, contact his mom, Lenore Diane, to schedule a visit! Trust me,  you’ll hardly know he is around. He is the perfect house guest!

Some of the Things We Love

I love the way a baby bird flutters its wings to be fed. (house finches)

Not too happy about the mess they make on the dome that keeps their food dry…

I love Carolina wrens.

I love those crazy squirrels.

And they love peanuts. Who doesn’t love stretching out after a hard day’s work of peanut pilfering?

They love sunflower seeds, too. A song sparrow keeps an eye on him/her.

…and a little shade on a hot day is always nice.

What do you love?



Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park–Peafowl

I took so many pictures at the Sylvan Heights waterfowl park, it’s going to take a few posts to share them with you. Our featured guest today is the peacock. He was the most photogenic, apparently, because I have more photos of him than any of the others. I’m loading them medium size so the page will load faster, but you can enlarge them by clicking on the image. 

In this photo, do you see the acrylic square above and to the left of the bird? A small section of the fence has been cut out, and if one pays for a photo pass, a key is provided to unlock those so pictures can be taken without the wire cage between the photographer’s lens and the bird. Note to self: Go back soon–and get that pass! 

Here’s a close-up. Doesn’t this remind one of the Emperor’s new clothes or something? 

Side view:

Back view:

My hubby saw those feathers fanned out, but I missed it. I might have to get him his own camera…

Are you a follower of Cecelia’s blog? She recently acquired a peacock, Kupa, and then she got two peahens. In one of her posts, she was outside the barn when she heard something similar to a foghorn. Yep, it was Kupa! And I got to hear that sound for myself the other day. Nothing quite like it, except, well, a foghorn. Here’s a YouTube video so you can hear it for yourself:

Oops, almost forgot, the follow-up picture to Wednesday’s photo. I’m pretty sure this is a goose, but I don’t have the name. See? I need to go back!