Cape Cod Vacation 2016, Another Update

I think it’s high time for me to share some more photos and memories of our vacation, don’t you? When last we met we were beaching, eating, and drinking. And well, frankly, not much has changed and I couldn’t be happier about that.

Here’s a play-by-play or our day-to-day activities.


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Beach knitting. I’ve been knitting these socks for-ev-er but they are finally getting close to being finished.

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Burrata with our homegrown tomatoes and basil. So delicious and the perfect appetizer for . . .

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Lobster! We had a lobster feast with Kim and her family. Messy and delicious and the perfect summer evening meal.

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Hannah, Jess, Eryk and Patrick arrived!

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We attended a beautiful wedding. My friend Tracy’s son got married (conveniently) on Cape Cod and it was a gorgeous affair. The bride and groom sailed out on this boat for photos. It doesn’t get more scenic than that.

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Snacks and cocktails.

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And games. Our favorite is still Quiddler but we also love playing Bananagrams and Pass the Pigs and Phase 10.

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Fried dough for breakfast thanks to Chef Dale.

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And knitting at the kitchen table. Yes, I have actually worked on the shawl I started back in May.

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The flies at the main beach were brutal so I took myself to the associastion beach at the end of our road. It was peaceful (I was the only one there!) and lovely and I read the afternoon away.

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Dale snorkeled. He loves to float along and look for sea creatures.

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We had dinner out with the kids. This is us toasting Kym and Tom from across the miles for their 35th wedding anniversary.


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A visit to a local farm stand for fresh corn. It’s a beautiful spot.

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An afternoon at the beach. Abita Strawberry Lager made it extra special.

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I call this one, stand back, girls, he’s all mine.

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And evening snacks. This was followed by steaks on the grill accompanied by corn on the cob and baked potatoes. It’s almost as classic as lobster.

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A day of shopping in Hyannis accompanied by my dear friend Doreen.

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And it culminated with dinner at the Raw Bar for lobster roll number 2.

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And Dale singing a couple of songs with the local talent. So fun!

The week is slipping away from us but I’m going to hold on to these last days with all my might!

Cape Cod Vacation 2016, An Update

Hey there! As I hinted, I decided to blog a bit during vacation. The reason? WiFi at our rental house for the first time ever! Woot! So, here are a lot of photos and a few words about the way we’ve been spending our time.


A solo martini and snack plate for me since Dale had to go work with the band. I managed just fine, though. I had a Louise Penny book to read and a beautiful setting. I also had the cat and the Olympics.

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Sausage and eggs for breakfast. Yes, on paper plates because no dishwasher.

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A beautiful afternoon at the beach.

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Snacks on the deck, this time with Dale. It’s much nicer with my true companion there.

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A ride to the resident’s beach to watch the sunset.

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It was cloudy but stunning nevertheless.

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Moon rise behind our bikes.

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A drive to Wood’s Hole for lunch at The Landfall.

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The view is spectacular and the beer is cold and delicious.

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It’s a classic Cape Cod restaurant and I’m glad we finally went.

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Not pictured on this day: an afternoon nap, drinks and snacks on the deck with Kim and her family.


Lunch at Anejo, the closest we get to feeling like we’re in Mexico.

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Dale had tacos. Yummmm.

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And I had a gigantic chimichanga. So good and the leftovers came home with me.

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Not pictured that day: drinks, snacks and games at Kim’s house. Lots and lots of laughing.


Art journaling and coffee on the deck.

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A bike ride around our neighborhood with this colorful dude.

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Finding a Little Library and borrowing a mystery set on Martha’s Vineyard.

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Knitting. Yes, my friends, I actually knitted!

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Dinner at The Raw Bar for the best lobster roll in the world. And Cape Cod Beer, too.

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Listening to a musician sing lots and lots of Jimmy Buffett. He was really very good and it soothed our pain on missing Buffett this year.

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And Kim in her new hat.

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So, as you can see, it’s been a fantastic vacation so far. The weather has been hot, humid and sunny. The company has been excellent. And the food and drink – well – you know me, it’s a big part of our plans every day!

The kids arrive tomorrow for a week and that will change some of our plans but not by much. And, as Dale said yesterday, it’s still about joy, just a different kind of joy.

Eye Candy Friday

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Flowers from Dale, just because he loves me and wanted me to know how much he appreciates everything I do. It could be summer guilt since I’ve been going to work every day while he stays home and loafs off. (Not really, he picks up a lot of extra chores when he’s on his summer break. And he deserves it because this man, who is not a morning person at all, gets up at 5am every school day to go to work.) Anyway, I love fresh flowers almost as much as I love Dale so this was a very sweet gesture and a wonderful surprise.

It’s no surprise because I’ve been telling you all week but tomorrow we head off to Cape Cod. Can I just say how completely and utterly ready I am for this vacation? Word.

I may surprise you and blog while we’re on vacation. You’ll just have to wait and see!

Right Now

As I get ready for my vacation I think it’s appropriate to catch you up on what’s going on. Right now.

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Eating: Cheese and crackers, salami, lots of tomatoes and basil. You know, the usual.

Relishing: The rain that is falling. We need it badly. Let’s just hope that any rain that falls over the next 2 weeks is only at night. Mmmkay?

Watching: The Olympics, of course.

Avoiding: Spoilers on Facebook and news feeds about medal winners. Seriously, people, keep it to yourself so that those of us who can only watch during prime time don’t know the results ahead of time.

Pondering: Why there is so much sexism regarding the treatment of women athletes. Yes, we’ve come a long way baby but it’s clear we still have a very long way to go.

Working: On schedules and payrolls and annual statistical reports and all of the other things I need to get done before I clock out of here until 8/29.

Shopping: For items for the food pantry. July and August are difficult months for food pantries. If you’ve got one local to you it might be a good time to consider a donation.

Coordinating: holding the mail, holding the paper, lining up people to water the garden and flowers, etc etc etc.

Anticipating: VACATION!



Summer Book Bingo Completed!

As I mentioned on Monday, I finished the final book for my Summer Book Bingo card over the weekend. And so, today, I am sharing with you all 25 titles that I have read since Memorial Day. Links are to GoodReads and you can read my ratings and reviews there if you wish. The photos are of the front (which you already saw) and the back because it’s easier to read the titles there. (Please note that the back is the reverse of the front, i.e. top left on the front is top right on the back.)

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Square: By a Canadian author Book: Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny Justification: Louise Penny is Canadian

Square: Reread a favorite book Book: The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian Justification: I don’t reread books. I mean, I guess I do because To Kill A Mockingbird and Pride and Prejudice. But still, I don’t reread. So, instead I read a book by a favorite author and Chris Bohjalian is one of my favorites, for sure.

Square: By a small press Book: A Skeptic’s Guide to Writers’ Houses by Anne Trubek. Justification: University of Pennsylvania Press is a small press.

Square: A classic that you should have read in school Book: Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Justification: It’s a classic, my friends, and I never had to read this one in school.

Square: Cozy Mystery Book: Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay Justification: Very cozy indeed.

Square: About art or an artist Book: Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee Justification: The main character is an opera singer.

Square: Nature writing Book: The Round House by Louise Erdrich Justification: Okay, this one is a stretch but I really wanted to read this book and this is the only square I could (sort of) make work. I figure that a reservation in North Dakota counts as nature.

Square: Nonfiction Book: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande Justification: It’s non-fiction.

Square: About royalty (fiction or non) Book: The Royal We by Heather Cocks. Justification: The main character is the Prince of Wales.

Square: Set in a country from which one of your ancestors came Book: On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan. Justification: My mother’s side of the family is English.

Square: Humor or satire. Book: Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris Justification: David Sedaris is funny.

Square: With an alliterative title Book: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert. Justification: Lots of C’s.

Square: Free square Book: Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen. Justification: I could put anything here!

Square: Re-read an assigned book you hated in school Book: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Justification: I hated it with a passion when I read this in high school. I just wanted him to catch that damn fish so that the book would be over.

Square: Set in the place where you live Book: Dark Tide by Stephen Puleo Justification: It’s about the Great Molasses Flood that happened in Boston in 1919.

Square: With a main character over 60. Book: Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman Justification: Britt-Marie is 63.

Square: Hated by someone you know. Book: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult Justification: I have a friend who hates anything written by Jodi Picoult.

Square: An audibook Book: LaRose by Louise Erdrich Justification: Ummm. I listened to it? hahaha

Square: Includes recipes but is not a cookbook. Book: My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl. Justification: Okay, some people might label this as a cookbook but in my interpretation it’s a memoir.

Square: With a family member in the title. Book: My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman. Justification: A grandmother is a family member. Duh.

Square: By an author who shares your first name Book: With or Without You by Carole Matthews Justification: Do I really have to spell this one out?

Square: With 200 pages or fewer Book: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Justification: It’s less than 200 pages. It’s also fabulous.

Square: Self published. Book: The Goatmen by Dale Julius. Justification: This is a book that Dale has been working on since 2009 and he’s been bugging me to read it for practically forever. I decided that this bingo square provided the perfect opportunity. I know it’s not published yet so it’s technically not self published. But it’s close enough for me. And also, the book is pretty good and I think he should clean it up and get the darn thing to a publisher.

Square: Part of a series. Book: The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny Justification: It’s part of the Inspector Armand Gamache series. I love them all, by the way.

Square: Set in Africa. Book: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain Justification: It’s set in Africa.

Wow. That’s a lot of links! I feel like it took me as long to write this post as it did to read The Old Man and the Sea! Seriously, though, it’s a pretty great group of books. And I think the secret of my success this time was planning everything I wanted to read in advance. I not only selected a book for each square but I also noted where the book would come from – the library, Overdrive, an audio, etc. It really made it easy to get this cover all.

And now comes the best part. I’m going on vacation and I can read whatever I want!

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