Put On A Happy Place!!!

Yesterday, the start to this Memorial Day 2019 Weekend started off on a perfect foot!  Bonaparte and I woke up early, dropped Chippy off at Doggie Day Care and headed down the shore!  Stone Harbor to be exact!

Chippy may have looked forlorn but he was thrilled to be romping with his canine buddies!

Memorial Day Weekends of recent years past were either too cold, too cloudy or too rainy to head to the beach.  But this year got it right.

The beach is my happy place and it was just so enjoyable and relaxing to be there yesterday.

We arrived just before nine in the morning to an almost-empty blanket of sand.

Bonaparte and I are early beach-goers. Tis better to arrive early before the crowds to man your space!

The air, still somewhat cool but warm with the sun’s rays, welcomed us as though we were old friends.

And my suit of choice!  (click to see and perhaps purchase)  The Navy Swimsuit I got on Amazon..  and I think I finally figured out to link the products correctly!  

And we had the best time.  I read.  We sat in our chairs and talked.

Oh look!  Someone doesn’t want his photo taken!

And we laid down and bathed (with sunscreen).

With plenty of sunscreen, I still managed to get tomato red!

The ocean was still too cold to venture into but I did manage to get my feet wet and it felt great!

And might I add that the salt water had a wonderful effect on my broken toe which is no longer bruised but it is swollen!

The ocean is such a happy place for me.  Growing up on Long Island meant being at the beach from the time school ended in early June until school resumed in early September.

I also find the ocean to have a calming effect on me!

It was a place to meet friends, catch up on local gossip and to relish in a less responsible time of life.

Summer still life. An old towel (really, this towel is around 15 years old and still fine!  A pair of flip flops.  A straw tote and the sand!  It’s all you need!

It’s always good to revisit those thoughts!

I did quite a bit of reading.  This book is sooooooo juicy!

When we left the beach, we headed to Bala Cynwyd so that The Frenchman could vote in an election in his native France (He has dual-citizeship)

Those French…they really take equality seriously.  He received equal amounts of political information from every party.  I’m happy to say he voted wisely!

Afterwards, we came home and sat down to an enjoyable dinner on the deck and a rather patriotic dessert.  It was a two-fold dessert actually.  Gorgeous RED strawberries, thick WHITE cream, served in BLUE bowls to signify Memorial Day Weekend and that my husband voted in a French election!

RED Strawberries.  WHITE cream. BLUE bowl to signify our American Red, White and Blue for Memorial Day and my husband’s Red, White, and Blue colors of the French flag to recognize his voting!

Today has been a day of lolling on the deck, reading, creating a couple of YouTube videos and preparing for a new appetizer to start off tonight’s dinner. It is also a day to appreciate all the freckles my face acquired yesterday!

A beauty gift from the sun.  Freckles!  Seriously. I freaking LOVE my freckles and the good thing is that I won’t need face makeup for a while!!!  

Another of chef Eric Ripert’s recipes: Eric Ripert Croque Monsieur

This photo is from the NY Times. Hopefully, the Croque Monsieur I make will look as enticing as this!

And hopefully, this will be another winner.

I baked a loaf of Pullman bread; The Gruyere cheese has been sliced as paper-thin as I could get.  And the smoked salmon and caviar are at the ready.  I’ll let you know how it turns out!

All the ingredients are at the ready. I even baked a second loaf of bread because I don’t like the way this one turned out.

Tomorrow will be the third of this three-day weekend! And even if I do nothing more than finish my book, it’s gonna be a great relaxing day.  How is your three-day coming along??

Enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day Weekend!!!!  All our love from me to you!

And for all the women who wear wigs…here’s a little “how to” on wearing a wig to the beach…or pool!

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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8 Responses to Put On A Happy Place!!!

  1. Juliet says:

    You look fabulous – growing up our beach of choice was Sumner (in Chch NZ) we’d bike there and back and end up hot and bothered by the end of the day but it was great and there were the best ice creams 🙂 I remember those as enormous

  2. Joni says:

    I envy you – beach days are a long ways away where I live!

  3. Anne says:

    Catherine, that bathing suit looks amazing on you! 👍👍👍!!! But I worry about weird tan lines with your daughter’s wedding approaching. When is the wedding?


  4. Miss Bougie says:

    You’re so lucky to live close to the sea. It is so calming to watch the waves and the infinity of the ocean and the sky. We have at least a two hour drive, with everyone else from the region parisienne, to get to Normandy. So not my seaside of choice!

  5. Penny says:

    Oh that looks so good, but here’s the thing I would never ever lie around in the sun. BUT I might just swim in that cold sea!!!! Here’s a little secret that I can tell you here – we’re contemplating a move nearer to the centre of Brighton and 5 minutes away from the sea. And there are total crackpots who swim every day of the year into the winter and freezing seas. Actually the sea around the UK is always cold. Apparently it’s very good for your health!!!! So as soon as I move (maybe 6 weeks) I shall start swimming and then see how long I can do it!

    That swimming cozzie looks lovely – looked it up on UK Amazon and sadly they only had 4 in HUGE sizes. Lots of love xxxx

    • Catherine says:

      Penny!!!!!! OMG. You might move to the sea? Ohhhhhh do it! I’m telling you living close to the sea makes life better. LOL. I go into cold ocean and sea but I would draw the line during the winter months!!!! Yeah..that Atlantic ocean is cold AF sometimes. That’s why I find the Mediterranean so pleasureable. It’s not that cold!! XOXOXOX

  6. You are so freeking adorable!

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