August in Review

I never intend for August to get away from me, but it always does. Bc of my seasonal job, bc of Summer, bc Of my husbands seasonal job, bc of the warm weather, August is always a very busy month. Work is a focus, but we also try to get some beach and nature time in, see family and friends, and prepare for the rest of the year.

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There were plenty of #watchercats out and about in August. Despite the heat, you could find them peering off of porches, or out from air conditioned houses. There were butterflies and bees around all August long.

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We were able to visit with friends and family a bit even though it was a hectic month. BBQs, small adventures, farmers markets and more were more fun with company.

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We spent a lot of our free time this month hanging out in our city by the sea. We took time to walk on the boardwalk, observe the city, enjoy the beach.

August was busy and lovely, but tiring also. I am so excited to celebrate local’s summer and September.

June in Review

Looking back, June seemed so long! I feel like I barely remember all that happened in June.

We went on garden tours, saw family and friends, I took a trip to Brooklyn, we tried to stay dry in all the wet weather. We saw #watchercats and #favoritetrucks, we swam in the ocean, and walked around town.

1) A snippet of Brooklyn, 2) a sparkle of sky, 3) a style of driving, 4) a skyline to spy.

1) A snippet of Brooklyn, 2) a sparkle of sky, 3) a style of driving, 4) a skyline to spy.

It was a great month for visiting and visitor, new and frequent. Brooklyn was like a time capsule, and seeing family was like coming home. We had guests from BK, FL, OR and NJ.

1) a duo of brothers, 2) one eye to lend, 3) relaxed on the porch, 4) a black and white friend.

1) a duo of brothers, 2) one eye to lend, 3) relaxed on the porch, 4) a black and white friend.

When they weren’t hiding from the rain, watcher cats were plentiful and often draped out beating the heat.

The garden went from meager beginnings, to full swing. Flowers were everywhere!

1) A master of color, 2) some cozy light beams, 3) ready for take off, 4) bursting at seams.

1) A master of color, 2) some cozy light beams, 3) ready for take off, 4) bursting at seams.

We tried to focus on the plants, our plans, the cats, and our home in June. We walked, we swam, we rejoiced in the rain and sun.

June was a long transition into Summer. July, what will you bring?

April in Review

April is over and on to May!

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What were some struggles you faced in April? What were some challenges you overcame or figured out? What was some joy you held?

I’m always so glad for Spring and April was a great month for it. But I am even more excited for what may has in store!

February in Review

February is always a packed month, but this year it was especially so. We had many celebrations, much work, much fun, visiting and exploration.

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The very beginning of the month started in Cape May, NJ, for our 6th anniversary. My birthday is also in this month and we spent that at he beach, as well. At the end of February, we took a very special family trip to New Orleans, LA. I also went on a quick jaunt to Ardmore, PA.

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It was super cold this month, with a few weird warm days sprinkled in to keep us on our toes. But #watchercats were out and about in Feb, taking in the sun when possible.

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We tried a few new restaurants, and explored NJ a bit this in February. But we also got to visit old haunts in New Orleans! It was a treat to share some of our favorite spots with family!

February is always kinda of blur, being the shortest and coldest month here. There is the faintest whiff of spring in the air, but I have a feeling March will be another long wintery month. Let’s see!

December in Review

Well, that’s 2018 Done and Dusted!

Last night, for the last few minutes of the year the whole family (people and cats) were eating a late dinner and before we knew it is was 12:01am. It was the first year in a really long time that we had “missed” new years. But we were happy together as a family, content, well fed, but not quite in line with everyone else in the world. It felt like a good metaphor for the year. And an interesting thing to see at the start of a new year.

In December, we saw friends and family and had low key celebrations. We got back into doing a few beach walks, and tried to spend our time off together doing things we love. We were sick this month, so self care was a priority.

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This month we made a conscious effort to create more, to eat healthy, to make new habits, and to care for the health of ourselves and the cats.

#watchercats were few, but we saw some this month!

We worked on our house a little in December but more than work, we identified somethings we want to work on in 2019.

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Overall, Dec went by quick and easy, and it was a good month.

Now we are ready to say goodbye to December, goodbye to 2018, and hello to 2019.

November In Review

November went by so fast, and the year is nearly over.

The weather turned very cold, so bundling up was necessary. Despite that we were still able to see family and friends, enjoy the holidays, have some walks on the beach and get a lot of work done.

1) Flounder… 2) …flounder. 3) Porch #watchercat, 4) And another warm inside.

1) Flounder… 2) …flounder. 3) Porch #watchercat, 4) And another warm inside.

#watchercats were out, finding sunny spots this month. We tried to save a flounder on the beach, and hung out with Flounder at home.

1) Morning light. 2) Afternoon light with a friend. 3) Morning essentials. 4) Giants in the sky.

1) Morning light. 2) Afternoon light with a friend. 3) Morning essentials. 4) Giants in the sky.

We traveled only a little this month, heading to Brooklyn a few times and visiting a few toy shows around NJ.

Our holidays were very relaxed and we were super happy to see family and friends.

1) Recipe coming soon. 2) A little bit of zen. 3) Holidays collide. 4) Instant collection.

1) Recipe coming soon. 2) A little bit of zen. 3) Holidays collide. 4) Instant collection.

Over all it was a really good month! We’ve started to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the new year. Here comes December!

October in Review

October was a super smooth month. So smooth, I can barely remember what happened. Not it a bad way! I felt calm and at peace most of October and it was a great month where we got to see family and friends, got to explore our favorite places, got to eat and make merry!

1) Perfect watcher in Allentown, NJ. 2) Practically obscured in Asbury Park, NJ. 3) Hairless and serene in Ocean Grove, NJ. 4) A friend and visitor at home.

1) Perfect watcher in Allentown, NJ. 2) Practically obscured in Asbury Park, NJ. 3) Hairless and serene in Ocean Grove, NJ. 4) A friend and visitor at home.

We saw so many #watchercats and #watcherdogs this month! It was glorious!! We also got to spend time with friend cats! And as usual we took time to care for our own cat family.

1) The Great Swamp. 2) A prayer for the beach. 3) Dinos in strange places. 4) Bee mine.

1) The Great Swamp. 2) A prayer for the beach. 3) Dinos in strange places. 4) Bee mine.

Visiting new place in our state is always fun and we got the chance to explore! We also made a now rare visit to Brooklyn. We had friendly dinners, coffee dates, and guests!

1) TWIX! 2) A lovely fence sitter. 3) Porch cat in Asbury Park, NJ. 4) Cat sitting for Garfield!

1) TWIX! 2) A lovely fence sitter. 3) Porch cat in Asbury Park, NJ. 4) Cat sitting for Garfield!

October was a pleasure. As the weather turns, and Winter’s on it’s way, let’s say hello to November!

September in Review

My goodness, September is over already. It was a great month and I’ve talked already about how September is one of my favorite time of year Down the Shore. This month was the perfect local’s summer with visitors, Sept swims, visits to our favorite towns, cats, #watchercats, plus more adventures!

1) A rainy day in Bayhead, NJ. 2) The sky over Wesley Lake. 3) Backyard tendrils. 4) Exploring in Howell, NJ.

1) A rainy day in Bayhead, NJ. 2) The sky over Wesley Lake. 3) Backyard tendrils. 4) Exploring in Howell, NJ.

It was important for us to see friends this month and we were lucky to have some come to stay with us. We were able to relax and explore. We were able to travel around NJ a little this month which is a favorite past time.

1) Porch #watchercat. 2) Irving, watching. 3) Bond Street buddy! 4) And a brother to #1.

1) Porch #watchercat. 2) Irving, watching. 3) Bond Street buddy! 4) And a brother to #1.

The weather in September was so great and the #watchercats loved it!

1) This crow was loud. 2) This moth was huge! 3) This caterpillar was huger!! 4) This crane was pretty chill.

1) This crow was loud. 2) This moth was huge! 3) This caterpillar was huger!! 4) This crane was pretty chill.

We were able to observe a lot of animals and plants this month. We took a lot of walks which is one of our favorite activities. This was something we missed doing more in the Summer when our schedules are more hectic.

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We tried to spend a lot of quality time at home this month, too. We were able to take care of our family in Sept which is a great feeling!

September was everything I hoped it would be! And Local’s Summer isn’t over! I can’t wait for October to settle into Fall!

August in Review

Phew, is it just me or is time actually moving faster???

August was hot and fast and hard and fun and good. 
Somehow, whether I want to or not, I end up taking a Summer break in Aug. The pace of life is just so frenetic, something has to give and a this blog, or some of my creative outlets are usually what has to be suspended. We got so much done this month, professionally and personally,  and I'm happy with where I am. Overall, August was a good month.

1) There were a lot of hot Summer #watchercats this month. This one was hanging out on Comstock Street. 2) Not a #watchercat but a watching cat none the less. 3) My own baby, watching. 4) Air conditioned on 2nd Ave. 

1) There were a lot of hot Summer #watchercats this month. This one was hanging out on Comstock Street. 2) Not a #watchercat but a watching cat none the less. 3) My own baby, watching. 4) Air conditioned on 2nd Ave. 

1) My mom and I saw these sunnies on one of our Wednesday lunch dates. 2) Speaking of my mother, she gave me a clipping of her abundant clematis but this is the first year it's really grown wild! 3) We went monarch hunting and we only found this sweet fellow. 4) Between heat waves, August had rain. 

1) My mom and I saw these sunnies on one of our Wednesday lunch dates. 2) Speaking of my mother, she gave me a clipping of her abundant clematis but this is the first year it's really grown wild! 3) We went monarch hunting and we only found this sweet fellow. 4) Between heat waves, August had rain. 

Although August went at a breakneck speed, I feel like I got a lot done and learned a lot. But now I need a rest. I'm exceedingly excited for Sept, and for Local's Summer. Let's see how it goes. 

July In Review

July went by in a flash. Summer has been mostly mild which might be part of the reason this month felt so easy and went so fast. We did a ton this month, too, so that might be it also!

Tom, our oldest cat, had surgery this month, and he's recovering really well!
We gardened a ton, and ate our harvests!
We visited some new spots in NJ (like the Bear Creek Herbary) and some old spots that we love!
Our friends who only love here in the Summer came back and we had walks, talks, and BBQs!
We went to the beach, took morning walks, and explored our neighborhood!
We spent time with family, exploring, eating and enjoying Summer days and nights. 

1) Tom and out new chair. 2) Tiny mushrooms that like the shade of our kale. 3) We love this fashionable dill loving caterpillars from our friends garden. 4) A lop to visit. 

1) Tom and out new chair. 2) Tiny mushrooms that like the shade of our kale. 3) We love this fashionable dill loving caterpillars from our friends garden. 4) A lop to visit. 

We saw so many critters this month. We took care of cats, garden, and house. 

1) Sunset at the Lake with my father. 2) New cat in town. 3) Where is this mini car going and can I go too? 4) Asbury Park does the fourth right. 

1) Sunset at the Lake with my father. 2) New cat in town. 3) Where is this mini car going and can I go too? 4) Asbury Park does the fourth right. 

We saw rain and heat, cool lakes, and cool cars. Pinks, whites, reds of all shades and purple! 

1) I still want my echinacea tattoo and every Summer is a reminder. 2) I'm smoothie bowl crazed again. 3) Purple at the beach... and 4) a rainbow of tomatoes. 

1) I still want my echinacea tattoo and every Summer is a reminder. 2) I'm smoothie bowl crazed again. 3) Purple at the beach... and 4) a rainbow of tomatoes. 

#watchercats were out in July! I tend to see them earlier in the day or at evening time. In the heat of the day, where do they go?

1) Almost hidden on Third Ave. 2) A bunny at the bookshop. 3) Chilling at 1104. 4) #watcherdog is watching you. 

1) Almost hidden on Third Ave. 2) A bunny at the bookshop. 3) Chilling at 1104. 4) #watcherdog is watching you. 

Normally in July and August I tend to take a break from the blog, but since I had an unexpected hiatus early this year, and bc I have been so passionate about my content, I have not felt that Summer slump this year. It might seems like something small but I'm so excited about it!

How are you feeling half way thru Summer (or Winter if that's where you are)? July was a breeze. August, how will your winds blow?

June In Review

You know when you sit down to start something at your desk, or you set out for your morning run, or you get ready to walk in to an event, or work, and you say to yourself internally "OKAY"?

Like, "okay, let's get started", like "okay, we're gonna do this", or "okay, let's get down to business". That's how I approached June. Maybe that's how I approach every month (day?). I knew June was gonna be a thing. I just didn't know what thing it would be. 

Turns out, June was great, but hard. June helped me sit down and reassess what my goals are and what the rest of 2018 might look like. We did a lot of our regular things in June, too! We saw family and friends, watchercats, we saw a lot of bees this month!

1) Bees, 2) Bees, 3) Bees... 4) and a sea princess. 

1) Bees, 2) Bees, 3) Bees... 4) and a sea princess. 

The month started out for me in a different state so we did get to travel some in June. We got to visit beaches, pine barrens, and hang out in our city. 

1) The cutest #myfavoritetrucksofasburypark. 2) Funeral home #watchercat. 3) Gazing. 4) and Yawning. 

1) The cutest #myfavoritetrucksofasburypark. 2) Funeral home #watchercat. 3) Gazing. 4) and Yawning. 

Since high season is here, June saw us working a lot! But we made time to tend the garden, have our first (and hopefully last) yard sale, and do household things, although never as much as we would like.  

1) All the great signage. 2) Pink in Point Pleasant in NJ. 3) We replanted this rose and it had one big bloom. 4) Weekly challenge #1!

1) All the great signage. 2) Pink in Point Pleasant in NJ. 3) We replanted this rose and it had one big bloom. 4) Weekly challenge #1!

June was hard, but I feel it set me up for some great things to come. I have a lot planned for July, so let's get started, okay?

May In Review

May went by in a blur. I took an unexpected hiatus from the blog, saw so many friends and family, made new friends, found watchercats, worked on the house, took long walks, explored places new and old, worked hard, but had tome to rest, too. June started off in a new place and with a celebration. What will happen next?

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March in Review

Last month, I asked what direction March would take and it's been topsy turvy! With wild weather, interesting events, spring break, hard work, cat drama, and more, this month went by in a flash. 

1) Big Boy's Spring return! 2) finally some blossoms! 3) Jersey Shore land speeders. 4) An aloof porch cat. 

1) Big Boy's Spring return! 2) finally some blossoms! 3) Jersey Shore land speeders. 4) An aloof porch cat. 

We hid out most of march in doors, and kept to our selves. It wasn't all relaxing as we have been struggling with Irving Barry. He's been with us since December, but he is (and we are) still adjusting to life together. 

1) Looking upward, 2) looking in ward, 3) looking for self love, 4) loving the past. 

1) Looking upward, 2) looking in ward, 3) looking for self love, 4) loving the past. 

When we did go out we tried to make the most of it, visiting the beach, wishing congratulations to friends, exploring new places with old relics, and balancing health and indulgence. 

1) Spooky streets. 2) Rock candy. 3) Celebrating Spring Break. 4) Illuminated walks home. 

1) Spooky streets. 2) Rock candy. 3) Celebrating Spring Break. 4) Illuminated walks home. 

We got a lot of "real" work done, on the house and at jobs, but March was good for creative work as well. Inspiration seemed to lurk in every corner and under every snow fall. 

March was good, if mentally exhausting, but I'm feeling April for implementation. March's plans were laid, April might see them hatch. 

February in Review

It's always amazing that February is the shortest month but feels so long. This one was a particularly rough month for our family. But life goes on. 

1) Catsbury Park watcher. 2) A serious neighbor on 4th ave. 3) Curious, but cautious on Pine Street. 4) Keeping doors safe on Asbury Ave. 

1) Catsbury Park watcher. 2) A serious neighbor on 4th ave. 3) Curious, but cautious on Pine Street. 4) Keeping doors safe on Asbury Ave. 

1) Breakfast mates in Allenwood NJ. 2) My favorite pine tree, Asbury Park NJ. 3) Sky dragon, Philadelphia PA. 4) Mocking bird waiting for the morning train, Allenhurst, NJ.  

1) Breakfast mates in Allenwood NJ. 2) My favorite pine tree, Asbury Park NJ. 3) Sky dragon, Philadelphia PA. 4) Mocking bird waiting for the morning train, Allenhurst, NJ.  

1) Plant light. 2) Bee haven. 3) All the lime zest. 4) New growth. 

1) Plant light. 2) Bee haven. 3) All the lime zest. 4) New growth. 

1) Night view. 2) Beach murals. 3) Morning walk. 3) Clock tower.

1) Night view. 2) Beach murals. 3) Morning walk. 3) Clock tower.

February always has ups and downs. What direction will March take?