I am especially thankful this Thanksgiving. We’ve been in our new home on Hatteras Island for almost 2 months. When I was trying to talk my husband into making this move, there was an unspoken fear inside of me that I would go through all the hassle and expense of moving, uprooting my life and… Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
On Saturday morning my brother and I did an early morning paddle in the sound from my house to his house, about 3 miles. We could hear the surf pounding in the ocean, but the sound was slick calm and glassy. Even at the end of October, the temperature was in the 70’s and it… Continue reading Paddleboarding Hatteras
I’ve noticed that when you work really hard and go after something you want, when you finally get it, people will tell you that you’re lucky. What is luck, though, except hard work? I’m lucky to live at the beach, but that luck was made possible by showing up at work every day in Atlanta… Continue reading Luck or hard work?
When I lived in Atlanta and they were constantly throwing up new neighborhoods, it irked me to no end that they would come up with high falutin’ names for them that were basically a couple snotty sounding, unrelated words strung together, like Crestwood or Westhaven or Saddlebridge. I wondered if they had some website that… Continue reading It may not be perfect, but at least it’s real.
We’ve been in our new house exactly one week today. Moving into a fully furnished house has its benefits. Until the moving truck showed up with all our stuff, we felt like we were on vacation. Then the moving truck arrived and everything changed. We purged quite a bit before we moved, but we still… Continue reading What It’s Like to Downsize by Half
We’re settling into our new house and I went grocery shopping for the first time. The big grocery store here is a Food Lion and I was afraid it would be ultra expensive compared to Atlanta. You know how everything costs more at the beach? I was afraid of having sticker shock at the food… Continue reading Veggie Heavy Chicken Noodle Soup
Well, it’s official! We are full time residents of Hatteras Island, NC. I grew up here, lived in Atlanta for 14 years, and finally succeeded in moving my family back to my hometown. Thank God for the internet that allows us to have city jobs at the beach! My parents and my brother and his… Continue reading We moved to Hatteras!
I brought fish back from my last visit to Hatteras when I picked up my son, who spent the summer with my mom. I had Spanish mackerel, bluefish and cobia, and I used all the Spanish in ceviche and fish chowder. I saved the milder blues and cobia to eat with my friends. Yesterday we… Continue reading A Hatteras Fish Fry in Georgia
I recently finished In the Heart of the Sea- The Tragedy of the Whale Ship Essex. I passed over this book at least 50 times at my public library, probably because I associated it with Moby Dick, which I found a bit boring in high school. (Didn’t we all?) In the Heart of the Sea… Continue reading Fish Chowder Recipe and a Book Review- “In the Heart of the Sea”
Ocracoke Island is the kind of place that hardly exists anymore. Picture a totally undeveloped beach, a tiny village of unique houses and eclectic shops, and a quaint waterfront area with a charming white lighthouse. No stop lights, hardly any cars at all, no fast food, no chain stores. That’s Ocracoke. Ocracoke Island lies south… Continue reading Day Trip to Ocracoke Island, NC