The wearing away on the surface of these coin-sized shell fragments makes me think of constellation maps or perhaps some ancient writing waiting to be deciphered. I collected several altoid tins full for this reason and because I just like the way they feel in my hand.

We are home from the beach and settled back into our daily routines. This time we stayed in Rodanthe, not in our usual Buxton, and not very far down the beach from the house in the movie, "Nights in Rodanthe."

We walked on the beach and pier, built sandcastles, ate lots of shrimp and did all the usual beach stuff. On one walk we spotted this sand castle, made even more beautiful by its impermanence.

Another highlight was that I got to spend time with Tiffany, a dear friend (and wonderful author!) who lives in the Outer Banks. It'd been way too long since I'd seen her, since before Mexico. She's such a sweet sweet soul and I enjoyed every minute in her company. We had a great lunch in a cute cafe and then drove down the island, stopping near the lighthouse, at another little place where we had yummy ice cream, serenaded by a talking bird. The hours passed like minutes.

I had planned to write more but because of yesterday's chemo I'm crazy exhausted and the couch and TV are just about all I can think of right now. It's Movie Night and Olivia's choice. It's between "Tuck Everlasting" and "Freaky Friday."
Have a creative weekend.


smith kaich jones said...

I watched the movie Nights in Rodanthe for no other reason than to see that house. I had no idea it was a real house in a real place. I just thought it was movie magic. A friend of a friend has recently settled into the Outer Banks, which makes us still here in Texas sigh a lot with jealousy. :) This sounds like time well spent, well enjoyed, and I love those shell fragments.

Keep taking care, eating ice cream and relaxing as much as possible. I hope the movie was Tuck Everlasting/ :)


PJ said...

many years ago we lived in Jacksonville, FL I would love to collect tiny shells...looking for the imperfections. People always look for 'the perfect shell'...I always thought to do the opposite. When I saw your post I immediately thought of this. Love the idea of them in an altoid tin ;) peace.

Gerushia's New World said...

Hi Tricia:

I've been watching for your "back home" post. I'm so glad that you had a great and relaxing vacation. You truly deserved it.

I've made a point of including you and your family in my prayers. I feel a bit connected to you because of our history of home learning.

Take care and get lots of rest.

Gerushia's New World
(Formerly Garden Painter Art)

Relyn said...

I'm also rooting for Tuck Everlasting. I just adore that book and am dying to hear what you think of the movie version. It was wonderful to hear of your great times at the beach. Now I'm thinking that I'll have to see Nights...

PixieDust said...

Loving these pictures - that sand castle is magical!



Claudia said...

OOOOOOOOOOOO! So much to love about this post! I love the little tins with the shell bits! I would collect those till the cows come home! And I must say that is a wonderful sand castle! Fun post!