Link: “Lillipution Invasion”, the Flashy Fiction Friday Writing Prompt

poemLillipution Invasion, the Flashy fiction Friday writing prompt for 20 June 2014 is waiting for you at Creative Bloomings’ Flashy Fiction Friday.

Sleeping the beach becomes an encounter between “Gulliver” and “Lilliputions”.  Head on over to Flashy fiction and share your take on the story.

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Vacation 2013 – Duck – Day Five

Day Five’s itinerary: beach, pool, Duck boardwalk, kayak, Taco Thursday

All the dogs decided to wake up around 0545 to be taken out.  When we got back in, though, the upstairs was still dark and quiet so I put them back in their crate and got back in bed.  They slept for another hour or so, at which time I heard movement upstairs and smelled coffee.  Nana was up so we went upstairs…they ate and I got coffee.

Bucket Full Of Moon JellyfishMoon Jellyfish Mountain

They day was mostly overcast and warm, but not raining so everyone had their own breakfasts and we went to the beach for a while.  It turned out to be a bit windy and not as warm on the beach.  My wife and Nana didn’t even get out of their coverups.  The girls all played in the sand and were only allowed to get in the waves up to their ankles since the slope of the beach was pretty steep, making for a kind of powerful pull back into the water.  Our older daughter made a mound of sand to cover the beach ball they brought while our younger daughter and Bubba’s daughter made a bucket full of moon jellyfish.  Eventually, they used the jellyfish to decorate the mound.

Shortly after the completion of Mount Jellyfish, we left to stop back by the pool.  Our younger daughter, who had developed a stuffy nose, complained that her ear ached after getting in the pool for a few minutes.  My wife took her back to the cottage and used some of her niece’s swimmer’s ear treatment which seemed to do the trick.  ViewFromBoardwalkThe rest of us played at the pool a bit longer and then went back to the cottage for lunch and to get cleaned up.

We decided to go into Duck and find the boardwalk.  We had an easy time of it.  There was no traffic and plenty of parking at the public access area of the boardwalk.  I don’t know how much the town of Duck spent on this boardwalk, but it had to be significant.


It’s a nicely built raised boardwalk that meanders along the banks of the sound, winding around the backs of some shops while providing sound front views for others.  We walked along the boardwalk for a while, visited a few shops, walked back, and then went back to the cottage after stopping at a market briefly to pick up items for dinner.

Sometime before getting to the boardwalk, the cloud cover broke, providing plenty of sun and a warmer temperature, so when we got back from our trip to the boardwalk, we got the kayak out again.  It turned out to only be my wife, our younger daughter, and I that went out.  We paddled out a bit and just floated for a while before heading back in and enjoying the late afternoon sun on the deck before getting cleaned up.


While I went to work in the kitchen preparing Taco Thursday, the clouds started coming back, resulting in some really beautiful views as the sun started to set.  We finished the meal, had dessert, and tried to play Clue with everyone, but Nana.  It didn’t last long before we called the game due to too many distractions and attention span problems.  SunsetFromCaptainsRoostBubba and his daughter went to their bedrooms.  My wife disappeared to our room and our girls, Poppop, and I played a game of Gubs before we all went to bed.

Vacation 2013 – Duck – Day Three

Day Three’s itinerary: beach, pool, kayak.

The dumb dogs slept in until their normal time between 0530 and 0600 so after letting them out I just stayed up, fed them, got coffee, and opened up the laptop to work on a few blog posts. Everyone else eventually got up and had breakfast, individually, while I toiled away.

We got ready and headed for the beach with a planned retrograde back to the pool before making it all the way back to the cottage. Today, though, we carried everything to the beach instead of using the truck and packed sandwiches and snacks.
Beach and pool completed, we decided not to shower before lunch since we planned on kayaking afterward. Poppop cooked shrimp while the kids got themselves lunch and I worked on making fresh peach daiquiris. KayakingI’d never actually peeled peaches before nor made peach daiquiris, but I did a pretty good job. We just needed to add a little sugar to the concoction to sweeten it up a bit.

Kayak time. We bungee-corded a tube to the back of the kayak so we could pull people along. I took the back seat, my wife got in the front and our younger daughter got in the tube for the first trip out. We went out a way, turned around, and came back to the dock. Kayaking - under the pierOur daughters swapped spots and we paddled another circuit with the older daughter. I made three more trips with each daughter taking a turn up front and my wife paddling once more. We beached and stowed the kayak and got cleaned up.

Nana and Poppop had friends who were in the area for their son’s wedding, so they stopped by the cottage for a couple minutes before the four of them went out to dinner. The rest of us, hopped in the van and headed into Corolla to find some food. We checked out Bad Bean Taqueria, but decided we weren’t interested in the fast food style ordering and seating. We tried going to Agave Roja, still looking for Mexican food, but apparently you need reservations for that place. We ended up at Tomato Patch Pizzeria. It’s a loud and hustle-bustle atmosphere, but the kids got to make their own pizzas so they were happy. My wife and I split a Super Supreme which was not super and I tried Honker’s Ale,  which is now on my list of beers not to have again.
Overcast Sunset

We got back to the cottage a few minutes before Nana and Poppop, spent a few minutes chatting with them, and everyone went to their own rooms to crash.

Music Monday – Vacation

At the beach this week for a vacation.  Just a couple songs today and then off the computer.

Cheeseburger in Paradise by Jimmy Buffett

(released 1978; peaked #32 US Hot 100, #24 Canada)

But at night I’d had these wonderful dreams
Some kind of sensuous treat
Not zucchini, fettuccine or Bulgar wheat
But a big warm bun and a huge hunk of meat

Tonight’s fare featured homemade burgers, and hot dogs, cooked on the grill.  While everyone didn’t load their burgers up like Jimmy, they were good.

Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow
(released 2002; peaked #17 US Hot 100, #5 Adult Contemporary, #7 Ukraine)
I’m gonna soak up the sun
Gonna tell everyone
To lighten up (I’m gonna tell ’em that)
I’ve got no one to blame
For every time I feel lame
I’m looking up
I’m gonna soak up the sun

Played at the beach today…and the pool.

Vacation by The Go-Go’s
(released 1982; peaked #8 US Hot 100, #13 US Mainstream Rock, #17 US Dance, #18 Sweden)

All I ever wanted
Had to get away

While the sentiment behind the song may be trying to get away from and missing a lover rather than going on a vacation with one’s family, it’s catchy and fun and they say “vacation” a lot.

Link: “What happens at the beach”, the Tuesday Picture Prompt at Flashy Fiction

beachWhat happens at the beach, the Tuesday Picture Prompt for 9 July 2013 is waiting for you at Flashy Fiction.

Pull out your binoculars, find a hiding place, sneak a peek, and then share a story about what happens at the beach when no one’s looking.

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Music Monday – Life’s a Beach

Today is the start of the “Life is a Beach” Gauntlet on a poetry site to which I contribute now and then.  The gauntlet is a month (July) of writing a poem a day that will have some focus on a beach, vacation, etc.  My poem (below) for today was a Cinquain.  Taking my cue from the poem for this Music Monday, I’m posting videos about the beach.
Lazy Days

sand, surf,
warming sun rays,
gentle ocean breezes,
welcome to the beginning of

Circle in the Sand by Belinda Carlisle
(released 1988; peaked #4 UK, #5 Canada, #6 Ireland, #7 US Hot 100, #9 Germany)

Circle in the sand, ’round and ’round
Never ending love is what we’ve found
And you complete the heart of me
Our love is all we need
Circle in the sand, circle in the sand

This is my favorite song from Belinda’s Heaven is a Place on Earth album.  I love everything about it…the instrumentation, the lyrics, her voice…it just creates a mood that works for me.
Summer Breeze by Seals & Crofts
(released 1972; peaked #6 US Hot 100, #4 US Adult Contemporary)

Sweet days of summer, the jasmine’s in bloom
July is dressed up and playing her tune

Just close your eyes, listen to the music, and you can almost feel the summer breeze they’re singing about.
Summer Nights by Grease (movie cast)
(released 1978; peaked #1 UK,  #5 US Hot 100, #6 Australia)

She swam by me, she got a cramp
He ran by me, got my suit damp
I saved her life, she nearly drowned
He showed off, splashing around

Summer sun, something’s begun
But, oh, oh, the summer nights

From a great movie, this is a fun, full-cast song that gets it all going.
Velzyland by Kalapana
(released 1989 on their album Walk Upon The Water)


Velzyland is part of a larger stretch of famed surfing area along the Kamehameha Highway on the Hawaiian island Oahu.  This is a jamming tune with some good sax by a talented Hawaiian group.
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