When I was a kid we spent the entire summer “on the water.” My parents had 20 acres of riverfront property, with a cabin and dock. We had a variety of boats and fishing gear at our disposal and we spent the hot summer days water skiing, swimming, hunting for sharks teeth and cooking crabs on the big stone fireplace and BBQ.
I took my kids down to visit the grandparents several times each summer, but they also liked to go to the ocean, so we spent most weekends at either Virginia Beach or Chincoteague Island. But that’s too far for a weekend trip from Nashville, so it will be a while until we can get back to the East Coast beaches. Most of the people here head south to the Gulf of Mexico when they want beach vacations.
We have a great little water park on the lake, with water slides and a sand beach for swimming. I think they have a wave pool, too. They rent jet skis and small ski boats, and several weekends throughout the summer they have Saturday night concerts and fireworks. I hope my grandson can come up for a few weekends to stay with his Nana and I’ll take him to the water park so we can both have fun in the sun.
The Cicadas are here in Middle Tennessee and you can hear them singing in the trees all day long. They start about the time I leave for work in the mornings and they sing until dark. We have these bugs to deal with for 4 to 6 weeks, but by the Fourth of July they should be gone for another 17 years.
We have a variety of surge protectors scattered around the house and don’t usually give them much thought. I have felt like I did my part – buying not the cheapest but reasonably priced equipment and protecting my electronics.
All of this expense and effort on my part was completely wasted this morning when lightning hit my house. It burned a hole by the front door, attracted by a tiny finishing nail that was holding the trim onto the wall. The lightning made the doorbell ring and then everything that was plugged into a wall socket came on for a brief instant and then everything went permanently dark. The computers, the printer, the TVs, the surround sound speakers, my fairly new rex speaker, the component stereo, the Playstation, the Wii, the telephone, the DVD player – all are dead.
All my electronics fried, even though they were plugged into surge protectors. I guess the lightning was too big of a surge for them to work. I don’t know what else I could have done to protect my electronics other than completely unplugging them from the wall every night before bed. Who wants to do that every night?
Gosh, it seems like all I do is work. Except for the trip to Colorado with the ski club, I spend way too much time on work. Especially all this travel – it is wearing me down. I feel sluggish and fat and grumpy. Yuck.
With temps in the 50’s today, I think I’ll go for a long brisk walk at Centennial and try to clear my head. I know I need more exercise – this is a good day to start!
Orlando has a lot more to offer besides Disney. Now that I’ve made up my mind to stay and spend a day or two in the area, I’ll check out what’s new at Sea World and Universal.
Years ago I took the kids to Disney and we stayed at my mother’s condo in New Rehobeth Beach. She doesn’t have that condo anymore, but it sure brings back memories. We used to go to see the mermaids at Weeki Wachi Springs, and one time I took the kids to a little fishing village on the Gulf Coast that harvests natural sponges.
Wow – was that really over 20 years ago? I wonder if the boys ever think about those trips?Â