An Outer Banks Weekend

Doug and I drove to the Outer Banks Friday for a "business meeting" and then turned around and drove home Saturday. Our business was buying a beach house. After we picked up the keys, we kept saying, "Did we just buy a beach house?" I think we shocked ourselves with this purchase. As I sat in the family room of this new house, looking out at the ocean, I thought about our obsession with the beach.  What made us want to buy a beach house? A good rental history? A good investment? … [Read more...]

Here kitty, kitty…

I'm dedicating this post to my cousin Becky. When my mom and I arrived at the beach a couple of weeks ago, we filled our arms full of all the supplies we hauled down there and headed up the stairs. When I peeked over the Costco-sized packages of toilet paper and paper towels to unlock the door, I noticed a cat sitting on the cover of the hot tub. "I think we have a visitor," Mom said, standing behind me with her arms full of new mattress pads. "Oh great! I wonder how long it's been here. … [Read more...]