Beach Trip!

No… it’s still monsoon season here in my neck of the woods, but since it’s not looking like we’ll head to the beach for quite some time yet, I thought maybe I’d go to Carolina in my mind/blog.  (Apolgies to Mr. Taylor and his song.)

September 2008

September 2008

Our trip last fall was painful; Mugsy loved the beach, and going without him just wasn’t the same.  Still, with the Knight walking Sissy, I had plenty of chances to pick up some great shells.   That might be another post later this summer, because I never photographed most of them, but they’re waiting on me at home.

I cried and laughed when I saw this sandy old tennis ball under the house near the steps, almost assuredly one of Mugsy’s that got left behind on another trip.  It was a bittersweet sign that Mugsy remains with us.  Interestingly enough, while still-puppy Sissy put EVERYTHING else in her mouth, that ball was never touched.

Are you out there, Mugs?

Are you out there, Mugs?

There’s just something about the beach, particularly the Outer Banks, that just makes everything right with my world.  I can’t wait to go back, but until then, I have my memories and my photos!

On a much lighter note, I have to thank Bridget for reminding me of Bloomsday, which I missed yesterday.  James Joyce is one of my favorite authors, so it’s nice to reconnect with “his” day.

I also have to thank the Knight for humoring me last night and watching Sweet Home Alabama with me.   It’s one of my favorite movies, and I think he enjoyed it too!  He especially enjoyed Bryant, the big, mouthy coonhound.  (A large hound is always welcome in our home.  They are not house ponies.)

17 comments on “Beach Trip!

  1. gaylen says:

    There you go – get bloodhounds, they stick with your drooly houndy dog theme and the Knight would be happy with them. You sound blue, I’m afraid I haven’t been much of a friend lately – sorry. Hope you are okay. g

  2. Carol says:

    I missed bloomsday too :>( I know how sad you feel about Mugsy. It took me a long time to get over the loss of my dogs chill and Gretchen. The beach is so beautiful. I am always drawn to the water. I would love to own a blood hound one day. Well, actually a coon dog. Maybe someday. We will see.

  3. Sue says:

    I haven’t been back to Myrtle Beach in years. I miss the ocean. Imagine how much fun my pups would have jumping in the waves. I’ll have to think about a trip next spring.

  4. nichole says:

    I adore those pics… and the tennis ball story. Sad and sweet and amazing all at once. Of course Mugs is always at the beach waiting for you.

    And I too adore Sweet Home Alabama!

  5. AlisonH says:

    Look at those gorgeous pictures! Here, the beach is graygraygray and cold. Pretty, but not the same. Plus I still say the sun’s on the wrong side of the day at the beach. Heh.

  6. km says:

    I love that movie! Enjoy your imaginary day at the beach.

  7. Bubblesknits says:

    Bryant is my favorite in that movie, too. I’ve always wanted an old coonhound. 🙂

  8. Aaah gotta love the beach! You are making me want to go too with all those gloomy weather here! 😦
    But I am positive you will get there before me! LOL

    Hope you had a nice day today!! 🙂

  9. StarSpry says:

    Those are wonderful pictures! I want to go to the beach, too 🙂 That was a very sweet & sad story about the tennis ball. I hope you’re doing ok 🙂

  10. Robin in VA says:

    I’M ready to go to the beach! I think I’m starting to grow gills!

  11. Sue J. says:

    Beautiful pictures of the beach! And wonderful memories of Mugsy. Of course, he is there. Waiting to romp in the sand. Hugs!

  12. Natalie says:

    Looks so beautiful!! That must have been hard to see that old ball. I would have cried. You know he’s always with you….they never really leave us.

    Hope you have a great day!

  13. Bridget says:

    Lovely pictures, especially since I haven’t been to the beach yet this summer either. (Though I suppose I could swim there, with the weather we are having …)

    Oh the tennis ball – how sadly sweet. Personally, I would suspect that Mugsy left it there on purpose.

    Never fear, we never miss Bloomsday, so I can always remind you. The Tim in particular is a James Joyce groupie of sorts.

    Now I must add Sweet Home Alabama to my Netflix queue …

    Happy Beach Time – we’ll get there sooner or later!

  14. Nancy says:

    I live at the beach and don’t take advantage nearly enough. Being there in spirit and through pictures is a good feeling…

  15. Anita says:

    Awww, sniff, sniff… Love the photos!

    If it makes you feel any better it’s just dang HOT & STICKY here at the beach. Meh, makes me miserable! Give me Fall anytime! 🙂

  16. Dianne says:

    Yes, Mugsy is definitely out there. Fred, too, and all of the other much loved souls who have crossed our paths.


  17. Kathy says:

    Nice pics and I want to go to the beach:).
    How wonderful to find Mugsy’s ball.

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