Where’s the beach?

BeckyB JulySquares: Perspectives

OneWordSunday: Distance

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distance beach
September 2019
Hampton Beach, NH

It was a hot day last September when I parked the car in the state beach lot – looking forward to a nice long walk along the sand. I stopped for a moment next to the restrooms and glanced toward the beach.

Except where was the beach exactly? At first glance, I was reminded of Maria at the opening of “The Sound of Music.” The hills are alive and all that.

Thankfully, in my case, these hills weren’t those kind of hills…but alive all the same, as they were roped off to protect the endangered Piping Plover population.

Fortunately, a sandy walking path – a short walk to the ocean – was just around the corner.

I spied with my little eye…

BeckyB JulySquares: Perspectives

SixWordSaturday

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I almost missed witnessing a clandestine dewdrop convention during a walk last week. Fortunately a glint of sun caught my eye…stopping me in my tracks.

What is that?

I carefully trespassed a few yards onto an expanse of lawn to investigate. Nobody was out and about…so I was safe to proceed.

First look:

drops far back

How the heck were those drops hanging there? No signs of a cobweb that I could see.

Gotta get closer.

Second look:

drops closer

Maybe…it really was magic.

Third look:

drops floating

Yup. Magic. That explains it.

So Many Tops

BeckyB April Square Tops

I am hoping our April theme will keep our heads held high and help fill our lives with social connections and squares filled with joy….The theme is top, and you don’t have to go outside to find topping squares…Create your post with a square photograph

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Nice blouse!

Thanks, but…um…no this isn’t a blouse…

Nice shirt?…

Well, not really…

Then…what?

It’s a TOP.

So how do you adequately explain what isn’t a blouse or a shirt exactly? I never could figure that out.

Perhaps it’s a gender thing. Not something I ever prefer to default to. However…

Defining a top is harder than you think. Especially to a guy whose wardrobe basically consists of: button down shirts that go with a tie, mock turtlenecks and short sleeve T-shirts. Technically, not a top to be found.

Whereas, I have plenty of examples….so fortunately explanations are no longer necessary. 🙂

tops
Tops Collection

 

Perched On Top of the World

BeckyB April Square Tops

I am hoping our April theme will keep our heads held high and help fill our lives with social connections and squares filled with joy….The theme is top, and you don’t have to go outside to find topping squares…Create your post with a square photograph

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SixWordSaturday

gull on top
Hampton Beach, NH
March 2020

A chilly day at the beach a month ago…which now feels like many months ago.

A seagull surveyed the beach from the top of a light pole. Most likely looking forward to the return of warm weather visitors. Tourists settled in canvas chairs. Books open. Umbrellas up. Sand castles under construction. Spreading their beach towels on the sand…along with an endless supply of sandwiches, snacks and drinks.

This seagull and its buddies are going to be waiting longer than usual for their pick of the leftovers this season.

Sweet Topping

BeckyB April Square Tops

I am hoping our April theme will keep our heads held high and help fill our lives with social connections and squares filled with joy….The theme is top, and you don’t have to go outside to find topping squares…Create your post with a square photograph

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More chocolate chips Mom…

A common plea…when I assembled the topping for our annual Christmas Morning sour cream chocolate chip coffee cake.

The sugar & mini chocolate chip & cinnamon mixture is first sprinkled between layers of thick batter carefully spread into a tube pan. The remaining is saved for the top.

A recipe is a recipe. Everything measured in cups, tablespoons and teaspoons. A scientific blending of ingredients designed for baked deliciousness.

Would too many chocolate chips weigh down the inner depths of the cake? Causing it to bake unevenly? As the sole family member with a food science background, those were my (and only my) concerns.

I am happy to report that nobody ever complained about the results…one way or the other.

coffee cake
Coffee Cake Topping

And I never had a satisfactory answer to the eternal non-scientific question:

Is it ever really possible to have too many chocolate chips?

Pop Tops

BeckyB April Square Tops

I am hoping our April theme will keep our heads held high and help fill our lives with social connections and squares filled with joy….The theme is top, and you don’t have to go outside to find topping squares…Create your post with a square photograph

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I was stuck indoors on a recent rainy day.

One lonesome forgotten can of beer left in the refrigerator. Craft beer no less…probably past its expiration date. But…no matter. It still served as a welcome diversion as it qualified for the April squares challenge.

It had a pop top on its top.

So here goes.

 

Side note:
At least pop tops now remain attached to the cans. We don’t have to worry anymore about stepping on a pop top when we blow out a flip flop…

(Thank you Jimmy Buffett…)