Friday, December 5, 2014

Where is November?? (picture heavy)

I have been saying I have to post on my blog for days and days... but something always came along... Such is life, I guess! But today is the day! Got all my photos uploaded, so let's get started!!

At the end of October, we went to our friends' place in the Outer Banks--in Rodanthe. We spent three days there. The weather was BEAUTIFUL!! They have a cabin close to the beach, not on it. You could see the ocean on the left and the sound on the right--pretty cool. There are lots of 'sounds' along the outer banks, so I think it was Pamlico Sound. Our friends have medical problems, and my husband has to take it easy too... so we didn't get out a lot. But we saw a few things... It was MY first time to the Outer Banks. Without further ado, here are some of my pictures...

We barely stopped anywhere on the way down there, but this is one place we visited. It is one big store with lots of little shops inside... LOTS! Usual tourist-y type, and over-priced, but fun to look around...

I was fascinated by this thing-a-ma-jig...

They had quite a collection of stepping stones there...
And also this cute little bench...

One last stone...

When we got close to their place, they asked if I had seen the movie with Richard Gere, 'Nights in Rodanthe". Is the sky BLUE?? Of COURSE I had seen it!! Well, the house that they used for local scenes was actually really on the Outer Banks... However, it got banged up from weather so much, it was condemned after filming because it was actually sitting IN the ocean! New owners decided to move it, and used the same company that moved the Hatteras Lighthouse (pictures later) to move it to its present location in Rodanthe. We just HAD to stop so I could grab a photo or two!

Close up...

This is a snap of the view of the ocean from the place we stayed at... It was a quick walk to the beach if we wanted... but we drove later...I had the windows open at night, to hear the ocean waves LIVE!

View off to the right of the cabin... To old-timers, who grew up in the area, we were actually in Chicamacomico...as can be seen on the water tower.

And way behind these houses, can be seen the Pamlico Sound. We never really came close to the sound side...

The day we went down to the beach, we apparently disturbed a sand crab. He was MUCH bigger than the ones we find here at Virginia Beach! And he skittered away quite quickly!

To the dunes... thought he was hidden, but we found him tucked away...

The beach was lovely. I think if you blow this picture up, you will see the shore birds that I love!

And there was a fishing pier not far down the beach... looks kinda rickety, but they said people use it...

A shot of the place we stayed at...from the beach...

Another little ways down the road, off the main drag, was an area called Kinnakeet... You could tell it was a quaint village at one time, though the 'new' beach houses and cabins have infringed on probably every available square inch of land! Outer Banks is a popular summer destination.

One of the days we visited the Wright Museum, a tribute to the Wright Brothers and their contributions to manned flight! This model was apparently life size! Quite impressive!

There was another model somewhat smaller too...

And another view of the two models, tho the 'smaller' one is in front. It was shorter, not necessarily smaller.

Wayyyy up a pretty steep hill is 'the' momument dedicated by Congress to the Wright Brothers. Yes, we walked it... three out of four of us did. And with a man recovering from a knee replacement, a man recovering from two brain surgeries, and plain old me... we were ALL huffing and puffing! It was quite an incline!

Quite a view looking down...

Another direction....

We also visited Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, also my first time.

Thankfully it was closed for climbing! After the memorial climb, there was no way I was going to go up 248 stairs!! Besides, asthmatics are not supposed to attempt it! Phew! An actual Excuse!

Getting close, you realize how really BIG it is!

In 1999, the same company that moved the Inn at Rodanthe, moved this lighthouse a few thousand feet inland for the same reason... encroachment by the sea! I remember watching it on tv!

On our walk towards the lighthouse, I happened to be looking down and found this! I love it! Sad for the lizard, but it is pretty cool!!

I was on a kick about looking up and taking pictures on this trip...

See how small my husband is next to the base??

Afterwards we stopped to visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. This sign greeted us from the back parking lot. It marks a spot where slaves stayed in the Outer Banks,after the start of the Civil War.

The front looked like the hull of a ship, doesn't it?

Inside was a lot of memorabilia about the old Hatteras Lighthouse...

Up until this visit, I had not considered that the Civil War affected North Carolina much... I am from California. My excuse...

On the way home, we stopped in at Pea Island Wildlife Refuge to see the turtles. They came right up to us...

This is my favorite picture... cause it shows ME taking the picture in the reflection! Ha!

I guess I should show some stitching pictures, eh? I have done a little bit of stitching... I try every day. Just doesn't happen.

THIS is my BIG FINISH! And I got it done in time for Christmas too! By the time I was finishing it, I really hated it! Never again will I stitch on black fabric! But it will look spectacular framed! He's gonna love it!

AND I did finish one of my old WIPs! Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming by Brightneedle. Yay!

Plus I finished this Bent Creek cutie into a cube...

the top...

...and the back...

Oh yes, did finish this one too... Haven't decided how I will finish it yet. Love it!

And just for kicks and giggle, I made myself an ornament... used wool fibers. Kinda cute!

Now I am working on a Tra La La piece...no picture yet. I THINK that is all that I can show right now. I sent off an exchange and am waiting to hear it was received. I have a few to finish off this weekend. So I shall (hopefully) post again next week.

Time to decorate for Christmas! Lots to do... In between running back and forth to get my husband's vehicle repaired from when I got rearended a couple of weeks back... Still having headaches. Hope they go away. And MY car's heat won't blow out... it gets warm, but if you try to do the dials/blower, it smokes! Ain't doing that!! Gotta get IT fixed... We have found a really GOOD mechanic so it is just a matter of scheduling to get it there and get it done!

I will close with a picture from Halloween... of my local granddaughter, Olivia, and her parents. They have Always dressed up as a family for halloween. She is four this year... wonder how long that will last?
Can you guess what she is?? AND her little teddy bear also is in costume! Such attention to details!

It wasn't too cold out so we went down my street trick or treating... Just a handful of houses 'played' along. Not a problem, because they went to the other grandparents' house after mine! Yikes!

Until next time,

Hugs,

Maggee