Very ironic that every picture I have tried to load into this post........is not loading. Very frustrating and that is not the point of this story. I will try again later and hope I didn't lose any pictures. I did visit all seven lighthouses that dot the Jersey Shoreline from Sandy Hook down to Cape May. I am sort of glad that I can't finish this at this moment or anytime too soon. I will have to take my computer and phone and figure out how to get some more memory on the both. I think my memory has been tested lately too and wish I could take myself to a Mac store and see what they can figure out ;). But, really happy with how I spent my vacation and documented it and now happy to give the phone and the computer a rest for a while. Meet me in this Land of Hopes and Dreams.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
So, my wish is to keep making product for the store with only materials I have around the house. Sometimes it gets a little boring and I need some kind of motivation. Getting out and looking in gift stores really helps me focus and visualize what I could make.Above are the boxes I made yesterday. We have a ton of cigar boxes we use to make boxes from record covers and sleeves. I was inspired to make what I call Dream Keepers. A box to hold lottery tickets, concert tickets, words to songs, prayers, love letters etc.
These are cards and lined envelopes I made from record sleeves. I love these! I can't wait to make more.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The choices I made for this vacation so far have been exactly what I wanted. I got out of the house and was totally able to relax. I ate anything I wanted and got in some excercise that was fun and not (working out) which by the way includes the word work in it. I am inspired to make some new product for the store. I may pull some weeds today, to enjoy my entry into the house more each day. I am going to clean and organize my house annnnnnnnd cook dinner WITH a smile on my face. This day is the half way point of my kingdom of days vacation.
So, one of the things I wanted to do was take a picture of all the things I have seen in the picture and wished I had taken a picture.
Lastly Lucy is not a Lighthouse but, she is a must see. She was originally a real estate office and then a part of a hotel. The hotel was a Turkish Pavilion from a Philadelphia World's fair that was transported to Margate. As the fate of a lot of hotels in Atlantic City would have it....it sat abandoned for years. In 1970 it was moved to higher ground and fully restored.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
I had to include this bench in the picture because it is so NOT Spring Lake. But, there it was among the manicured gardens. It probably still hasn't been attended to since the storm.
is truly soul soothing to me. I was lucky beyond words or pictures to grow up in such an ideallic beautiful place and will be forever grateful to my parents. This was where I called home the first 23 years of my life. As you can see
by the picture of my mom, I had
a lot to live up to. I respected her and
her wishes and never wanted to disaapoint her in any way. We have a good relationship where she will actually tell me how much she appreciates me for our friendship. I always have some guilt no matter what, but feel she is proud of me. As a parent
the feeling of pride is the best gift a parent could ask for. I truely think my mom has had a wonderful life. I think she was a good mother, but the teenage years of her children turned out nothing like she imagined. After WWII there was such an ideallic way of life for the American family. The sixties brought out a social storm into the households that was hard to adjust to. It was a whirlwind of changes and the younger generation was winning and my parents didn't like that one bit.
I decided for this vacation I would visit a different light house each day. I have a vacation. But, we own a store in Asbury Park. How do I relax, but not just spend my time on the couch watching TV. So, a couple of weeks ago I decided to take a road trip each day and visit a different Lighthouse.It seems funny to take pictures of places I passed by everyday. I totally take them for granted. But, after superstorm Sandy I take nothing for granted.
This panel below is a dedication to the old panels that were destroyed by Super Storm Sandy. The reliefs are on the building, but I don't know if they will be left as a relief or painted.
So, my day was enriching, enlightning and soothed the soul. My favorite observation for the day that I would NOT photograph was a man about my age leaning on the rail, baseball cap and sunglasses with a rosary. I don't know what he was praying for but, as I walked to my car I decided to pray very hard that this man's prayers would be answered.
Since it was a Saturday all the chuches were full of weddings. I have a wonderful feeling of satisfaction for my life at this age and every wish I ever wished upon a star has come true for me. I want to document this so my family knows truely what they mean to me. They are a dream come true for me.