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Almost Every Year

Almost every year, we come to Bethany Beach and spend a couple of weeks with the family.  Almost every year, there are new things about the house, the town, the beach and the cast of characters that make up our time together at the beach.

The Wilson family comes to the beach almost every year, except years when we go someplace else, such as Australia (last year) and England (various times, and planning for next year).  Every year we are here, the Vache’s of Washington State (my sister, bro-in-law, and nieces) are here, and the Greene’s of Florida (my parents).  More recently we have added the Sutton’s of Texas to the mix.  There have been many and various other cousins, McGrath’s of Missouri, long-time friends, girl friends and boy friends on and off over the years.

The time at the beach follows a predictable, comfortable and welcome routine.  We keep a storage locker with our beach chairs, umbrellas, and many other needed supplies in Millville.  When we arrive we unpack the storage locker, and move into our house.  It’s not our house, really, since we just rent it, but it’s our house since we’ve been renting it for about 15 years.  By the time we arrive my sister has stocked up at Sam’s or Costco, and we’re ready to go.

Tony brings a metal detector and has a lot of fun searching the beach for treasures.  Every once in a while he finds something.  This year he found a cell phone, among other things.  We answered one of the texts we read, and were able to reunite the phone with its grateful owner.  I was glad to wish the young man a happy birthday — it was his 18th.  Good stuff.  This year he got up at 5 a.m. every day to go metal detecting, and then takes all the chairs and umbrellas down to the beach.  Then he gets me up and we ride bikes for an hour.  It’s been good exploring the area that I know so well, but know so little!  I’ve spent years here, but have not ever explored the back roads and countryside as I have this year on a bicycle.

Almost every year we have a rainy day and head straight to the outlet malls for some of the great Delaware tax-free shopping.  This year was just a very short day, as we got to Rehoboth, the sun started coming out.  So just a few stores, and then back to the beach.  It wasn’t our best day, but certainly far from the worst.

Every year Bethany Beach puts on a 4th of July parade.  That will be tomorrow, of course, and just around 11:30 a.m. we will all go up to Ocean View Parkway and put our beach chairs up in front of someone’s house (don’t know who they are but we sit there every year).  The parade starts at the Christian Church and makes its way down to Ocean View parkway by about 12:30 or so, and then goes on and on and on and on… and on… and on…. made up of large groups of children on bikes, local beauty queens, local politicians, the Shriners in their  mini-corvettes, and many many other wacky and wonderful creatures.  It’s a great parade, and we are usually parched and sun-stroked by the time we make our way home, but it’s worth it for the fun of seeing a great small-town parade to celebrate our nation’s independence.

Every year Bethany Beach puts on a fireworks show, and almost every year it is fantastic!  One year it was entirely shrouded in clouds, and one year was rained out.  That year there was this guy who had a fireworks show of his own on the 5th of July and I kind of suspected that he had bought out the BB show for his private showing.  But then this year I heard that there was a big birthday party for some rich guy who had rented out a whole neighborhood that year… so I’m thinking it was his birthday celebration.  Nonetheless it was good entertainment for us since the 4th was just busted by rain.

Almost every year something changes about the beach, for better or worse.  Some years ago they built giant dunes to protect the town – that was a good change, but made a huge difference in the landscape of the beach.  Some of the old landmarks are now gone, replaced by new buildings — such as the old Blue Surf Motel — now the Blue Surf condos.  It’s an attractive building, and I’m very glad they replace the old Blue Surf in such a nice way.  There used to be an old bait and tackle shop called Harry’s on the corner across from the Christian church.  It burned down some years ago and was replaced by an ugly, garish, “pirate” mini-golf with a giant skeleton pirate that barfs water out of its mouth.  Ugh.  The bait and tackle shop was nothing special – I remember getting candy and comic books there, and it was the bus station, too.  But the replacement is not to be endured.  Another change is the replacement of the town’s parking meters with a pay-and-display format.  Not a bad thing, but they haven’t gotten around to taking the parking meter poles out of the ground.  So everywhere you look there are these poles sticking up out of the ground.  Tacky.

The one thing that never changes is how relaxed we feel when we get down to the beach, and plant ourselves in our beach chairs in the sun, pull out the trashy novel and lose ourselves in the lovely breeze and sunshine.  It’s heaven and there is no other place on earth that can quite compare to this.

Here are my pictures taken this year.


Goodbye 2009 — Welcome 2010

I am soooo looking forward to 2010!  I can hardly wait to say goodby to this year, it’s been such a hard year to live through.  Many of our friends and family were affected by the lousy economy and it made me pretty nervous.  Needless to say we survived.  I think I should have a t-shirt made.

2010 holds a lot of promise, and we are eagerly looking forward.  First, Tony retires on January 8th.  He has been working for over 50 years, and he counted that the had 38 jobs.  Some of those jobs he must have held for about 20 minutes, because he’s been with his latest employer for 20 years.  Maybe he’s counting some of the progression within his number, I don’t know. 

Next, Amy is turning 18!  I must say there is no way she can have aged this quickly.  Have a kid, enter a time warp.  That’s all I can say.  Of course with that she will graduate from Osceola High School on May 29.

Then, we are off to Australia!  Watch this space for the Oz itinerary.  I’m working on it now, I should have it done in a couple of days.

In August, Amy moves into her new apartment and starts as a student at University of Central Florida.  Go Knights!

Let’s see, what can I say are some goals for 2010?

  1. Help Tony enjoy his retirement.  I’ll make him a nice long Honey-Do list.
  2. Get some of the excess weight off.  I know that’s a common one, but I really have to buckle down this year.  I really don’t want to have all my Australia pictures done in wide-angle.
  3. Be more creative at work, home, and church.  I know there’s a lot to do, and in order to be productive, I need creative ways to organize, prioritize, and task myself so I can get the most out of the time I have.  That probably starts with more self-discipline around daily schedules.  Early to bed, and early to rise, so to speak.

That’s it for now, have a fun New Year’s Eve, and hope I can update the blog again really soon!!

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Catching Up

I’ve been meaning to write in my blog for a while now.  The last post was at the end of November, for goodness sakes!  I think I should write at least once per month.  So by that standard, I’m only one month behind!  So, to catch up, let’s see if I can fill in some news about December.

I remember there was Christmas… the whole month of December always goes by like a blur because so much is going on.  This year there was not as much, since both KUA and Disney along with most of the rest of the world cancelled the company  Christmas parties.  I didn’t miss those so much.  Usually I get kind of bored with them…but they give a good excuse to dress up nice.

Tony and I decided to give each other a new TV for our bedroom for Christmas instead of giving each other presents.  That worked out ok, I think, we picked out a low-priced LCD and it worked ok, the sound was good, but it had a dead pixel (which means there was a red spot on the screen) and so we took it back.  We bought another one that was $100 more, a name brand, and it looks great.  The one problem was that the sound was lousy.  Go figure.  So I ended up buying a speaker bar from Target for another $100 and the TV sound comes out of that, and now it sounds great.  I get a few HD stations on it, and I guess if I wanted to spring for the extra smart box I could get all the HD and digital channels on it, but for a bedroom TV it’s just fine.

We gave Amy cake decorating lessons (something she is interested in) and I’ll have to fill you in more on that later. Continue reading ‘Catching Up’

Happy Spring!

March is almost over…the year is flying by.  Our wedding anniversary (number 26) was on the 20th, which I always thought was the first day of spring.  Now I come to find out, that on the East coast, it’s not the first FULL day of spring, since spring doesn’t officially begin until sometime after midnight on the 20th.  Anyway, close enough.  It was uneventful this year, not like last year when we celebrated by going to the British Virgin Islands.  This year, no big spring break trip…which is a good thing really…I’m still working on the scrapbook from last year’s trips.  Too funny.  OH– and you should see it, I was working on one of the headlines, and ran out of the stupid little stick-on letters… so the headline reads:  “A Day Sail and Snork”  It should say Snorkel, of course, but when I tried to find an “e” to finish the word, there were none left, so I’m now stuck.  I have a plan though, first of all, don’t use those stupid stick-on letters anymore, and instead I’ll print my headlines on photo paper using the computer. 

We had a nice visit with some friends from Michigan who were here enjoying a kind of Spring break of their own…without kids…and went to some Detroit Tiger Spring Training games.  I met this couple online, in a way, he is a news producer for the Flint, Michigan ABC-owned television station, and our emails sometimes cross, because his name is Patrick Wilson.  In the Disney email system, his name and my name pretty much pop up at the same time and some people pick the wrong Pat Wilson.  So over the years we have gotten to know each other and have had a chance to meet when Pat (1) comes to Florida with his family.  Pat’s wife’s name is Tricia — too funny.  Get it?  Pat & Tricia, makes… PaTricia — they had to get married…it was fate.  They are a fun couple, and we had a really nice time going out with them, hope to do it again soon.  Pat, if you’re reading this, you owe me a picture for this spot!

Easter came just a bit earlier this year, and last weekend we went to my parents home in Vero Beach, just a short drive from our home in Kissimmee.  The weather was so-so for Florida, but still much better than up north.  We relaxed during the day on Saturday.  Amy and her friend Nicole went to the beach, Mom and I got ready for company coming for dinner, and managed to go to some of the shops in Vero just for fun.  It’s really interesting to see what people think they can charge for clothing in that area.  I guess there are enough people there who will pay the price either because they don’t count their pennies like we do, or because they’re visiting from Europe where they are getting a real bargain by coming here for vacation.  We attended Easter services at my parents’ church which was very nice.

Next week is Spring Break for Amy, and I’ve been hearing a few things about plans for next week, I’ll bet they will try to go to the beach again as they had quite a bit of fun doing that a couple of weeks ago.  They’re on the prowl for cute boys, of course.  Hopefully not too many activities to drive me crazy.

Next big things coming up:

  • I’m buying a new car (Amy will get my Taurus when she gets her license in June).  Right now I’m thinking about a Mini Cooper Convertible, so stay tuned about that.  I don’t have to do it until June. 
  • Going to Patrick & Marcella’s wedding in April (Mentioned that in my previous article).  I’ll get to see my sister and hopefully Dan will come out as well.  My aunt told me she’s going to wear the same dress she wore to my wedding, which is a stunning royal blue silk Sari that my dad brought back from India and she made into a dress.  I can’t wait to see that again, and to be honest I’m so impressed because I can’t fit into anything that I wore 26 years ago, and I think it’s great that she can!
  • Vacation in Bethany Beach in July…Amy and I have to drive up by ourselves because Tony has to stay home and work.  His boss messed up on his vacation schedules so Tony gets jipped out of most of the first week at BB.  He will fly up to join us on July 3 so that he gets to be there for the big parade and fireworks show…the highlight of the summer!

Happy spring, everyone, it will be summer before we know it and we will be wondering where the time went.  Too funny.

A Month of Fun

It’s turning into a busy month, loads of things to plan and do.  Here’s a quick rundown:

…last weekend we went to Tampa to the quarter-final playoffs for the state championship football in division 5A FHSAA Football.  Osceola High School vs. Chamberlain High, Osceola wins 14-7 in a nailbiter down to the last 3 seconds.

…this weekend, we’re traveling to Jacsksonville for the semi-final game, this time with Bartram Trail High School.  We’ll spend the night so we don’t have to make the drive back the same night.

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November Update

I am going to try to write something at least once per month, if I can get into that habit then maybe I can get it going weekly.  We’ll see.  OK, so it’s November.  WHAT HAPPENED?  The last time I checked, I think it was 4th of July.  Those were the days my friend.  Not sure of what’s been going on since then, but seriously, I do know we have really moved quickly through that year.  In some ways I think that’s ok.

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