Seaside Chat


It’s technically Friday, although I struggle to keep track of the days.

I suppose this is sort of like a Friday Faves, but as I mentioned in Tuesday’s post, it’s more like a seaside chat.


Seaside Chat.

Miss Sunshine and I moved into our little cottage last Friday. We are some blocks from the beach, but I’ve timed it and it’s about a 7-minute walk.


I’ve been able to get down there most nights for sunset. The two that I’ve missed were due to rain, not laziness on my part.

The colors in the sky are always spectacular, even on the less than stellar sunset nights.

Dinner and Dancing.

My aunt that traveled to Scotland with us last year has joined some social groups and on Wednesday they go to a restaurant that has a live DJ/singer and dancing. She invited Miss Sunshine and I and my mother to join her. The singer was crazy good. I had to do a double take to make sure that he wasn’t just playing music.

Miss Sunshine declined to join us in dancing, but the three of us got out there and “shook our groove thang”.

You might be wondering about that spectacular bruise on my arm. If not, I’m gonna tell you about it anyway. While traveling down, Miss Sunshine and I stopped for gas and a bathroom break. The door to the stall was somewhat unwieldy and as I turned to close it, the purse hook scraped my arm.

It was enough that I thought I’d bruise since I bruise so easily. However, the scrape covered less than a dime sized spot. I did not expect a bruise so large. It’s so glaring that every single family member has asked what happened AND I’ve gotten to sport that monstrosity at the beach for a week. It’s fading, but it’ll still be a while.


The cottage has two bikes so Miss Sunshine and I have done some exploring on them.


We brought our paddleboard down with us. The Gulf is pretty calm at this time of year so it’s been fun to take that out.

When we were down on Wednesday, a manatee came swimming along the coastline and later we could see a dolphin out frolicking and heading toward the pier to catch the fish that congregate there.


Yesterday, Miss Sunshine and I did a little shopping for her school clothes. Then we met my mom and sister-in-law for lunch. Later, we went to both of my aunt’s house to visit. Today, we will go visit my grandfather and tonight will be meeting one of my aunt’s at the beach to watch the sunset.

It sounds like go,go,go…and sort of is, but there are moments of relaxation as well. I’m still finishing up my month of writing and just realized July is almost upon me.

Time to figure out my challenge for that month. Any suggestions?


Along with more family visiting, we have some upcoming fun times in the works. We are supposed to go to an Escape Room. We have a family dinner out planned with my parents, my brother, my sister-in-law, and my two nephews. We’ll be celebrating the 4th of July. How and where is still in determination mode. We are also taking a day trip to Busch Gardens to seek out some thrilling roller coasters. I’m sure I’m leaving things out, but we will also stop once again in Gainesville on the return home and I will see my grandparents and my cousin that I couldn’t catch on the way down.

I’ll also be making sure that I try to catch as many sunsets at the beach as I possibly can!

As I mentioned before I began this trip and as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I am slow on my replies and making it by to read what many of you have been up to. Most of my evening downtime is spent chatting or playing board games with Miss Sunshine. I will get through my emails and comments, just bear with me in the process.

I hope that you all are having a beautiful Friday!


Let your light shine!


19 thoughts on “Seaside Chat

    1. It is a great time to slow down and take it all in. I’ve really been enjoying it.

    1. Sometimes I forget how beautiful it is here.

      I am constantly covered in bruises. Half the time I have no clue where they came from and they sure do take forever to heal!

    1. Thank you! Beaches offer some of my favorite sunrises and sunsets with the way they glow across the water. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Joey! I am having an amazing time. Being kept busy, but in a good way. And settling in to deep relaxation when I can. That bruise is ridiculous! lol. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you Dee Dee! I’d hate to see what I’d look like if I were a climber!

    1. It was so relaxing. I hope some summer rays manage to pop over your way!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  1. Loved this post – I’ve missed reading your posts just recently – not because you haven’t been writing – more because I’ve been buried in work, family, and so on. I’ve only ever seen a manatee in a zoo – would LOVE to see one in the wild.

    1. Thanks Jonathan. I’m glad you loved the post. I’ve not been writing as much lately because of my travels, but I understand the being buried in things. ๐Ÿ™‚
      It was amazing to see the manatee swimming along the shore. Just a few minutes earlier, we’d been out at its depth. We happened to be in the shallows as it swam past, but I don’t recall seeing one in open water. Usually, I’ve seen them in the bay. When we lived on the East Coast, we’d often see mothers and babies up near the places that we kept our boat docked. So we’d be right above them looking down!!

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