Shall we Frolic by the Sea?

Dogs stacked in the back seat, we made our way from the too-hot east side of the Cascade Mountains to the west side of the mountains, where there is the marvelous Oregon coast. My Gep and Kat, the Artistic One and me, with our menagerie – 3 dogs. The Artistic One’s Zoey is a wee dog, and sat in the seat with her mother and me.
We arrived at our temporary residence, where it is much, much cooler, not as sunny, but refreshing and with great sound effects – those waves crashing on the sandy shore sing the song of peace and harmony. The view is from our upper deck, which is about 50 feet from the sandy beach.
After bringing in our needed supplies – some clothing, dog food, and lots of electronic devices, we claimed our bedrooms and climbed the few stairs to the gathering room upstairs – which has a windowed wall facing the ocean and a door to the deck. Gep brought his guitar and plucked some strings and the Artistic One showed him digital images

Kat relaxed in a comfortable chair, iPad close at hand (methinks she may have been conversing with a friend from Chile)

and, in a little while, she fixed a snacky buffet dinner – french bread, pepper and cheddar cheeses, salted salami, goat cheese on which Gep poured olive oil and Balsamic vinegar, tangerine slices, strawberries, wine and beer.

After filling our tummies and licking our chops, we took the girls for a walk on the beach. The big girls hung together investigating while Zoey ran circles around them and did not stand still long enough to be captured by a too-slow photographer.
We returned from our walk a bit chilled, but certainly refreshed, and felt a need to carry a glass of wine to the deck, wrapped in warm blankets. Well, at least two of us did.

Which was followed by a rousing session of jigsaw puzzle for those two of us. Then to bed for a good night’s rest.

This morning brought us a bit of sunshine, lazy time with morning coffee and then off for the day of touring. But we’ll talk about that another time. Maybe tomorrow. We’ll see. It depends, you know.


About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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10 Responses to Shall we Frolic by the Sea?

  1. Ruth says:

    The restorative powers of the beach with ones who love you. Nice


  2. I always look forward to your virtual tours — this was no exception. Your vivid photographs bring your readers right into your adventures. Thank you!


  3. suzicate says:

    I hope you, Kat, and Gep have a fabulous time…I know you will!


  4. Karma says:

    Carol this sounds just lovely! Refreshing, relaxing, appreciative of those closest to you. And how nice you have a spot where you can bring the dogs along too!


  5. aubrey says:

    I love the picture of you bundled up on the deck immersed in the gray and salty air, listening to the waves, sipping wine…

    Boyfriend and I will be visiting the beach in a couple of days (we try to go every weekend)…far too long a wait!


  6. Having recently returned from a beach in New Jersey, I can verify there is something about the sound of waves and salty air that soothes the soul. Enjoy your family, friends and beloved animals.


  7. lisa says:

    Yes, yes, yes!! Let’s frolic by the sea! Sounds and looks like a wonderful place to relax and recharge. And I know what’s right there with you is *enough*!


  8. Kathy says:

    Rousing session of jigsaw puzzling! Love it! However, after the description of all that delicious food, I am suddenly hungry. I really liked this post. It felt like being right there, frolicking by the sea. And having your kids there–precious.


  9. Heather says:

    I realize that I am *very* late to this party, but I feel refreshed all the same 🙂 And I can truly relate to sitting beside the water enjoying the view from a blanket. Although I didn’t have a blanket today and would’ve liked one.


  10. This sounds like the perfect happy and peaceful family holiday, Carol: jigsaw puzzles, wine on the deck, those snacks by Kat, and Gep’s guitar strumming. I don’t imagine it could have been more perfect. 🙂


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