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?

December in Review

Another year, done and dusted. 2017 was pretty tough, but it had so many great moments as well, and December is a perfect example. 

We dealt with sickness, stress, anxiety, this month but also new beginnings, goals achieved, spending time with family and friends, and greeting our newest family member!

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We didn't get to the beach or to travel as much as we would have liked. But we always try to squeeze those things in where we can. We decorated, cooked, played clue, took walks, and chatted with family and friends for the holiday season. For those who are far from us, we talked on the phone, texted and sent photos. I didn't get to send a holiday card in 2017, but there's always new year cards!

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The weather turned brutally cold and the holidays are a hectic time at work, so we didn't get to walk too much, but some #watchercats were seen, and some were right under our noses at home.

December saw sickness and new beginnings. We're still fighting off illness in our clowder of cats, and I'm hoping January will see a break from sad babies and sadder cat mom (me). We are still figuring out our new addition, but check it out! He already has his own insta! 

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In Dec, we tried to eat well, stay cozy and keep the Winter blues at bay. We weren't always successful. But discovering a juicy new apple, spreading light through our house, listening to records, plant maintenance, plus more self care, helped us see some bright sides.  

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For this the last month of 2017, and for the whole year with all it's ups and downs, we are thankful. We are thankful for a new year ahead. January 2018, here we come!!

November in Review

November felt really short! The weather turned super cold, and brisk. We celebrated, saw family and friends.

1) Rice milk every week. 2) Moon walks. 3) Pink sky at night. 4) An easy trip to the vet. 

1) Rice milk every week. 2) Moon walks. 3) Pink sky at night. 4) An easy trip to the vet. 

#watchercats were out despite the cold weather. We even had a run in with a look-a-like for our cat, Pit. As we pulled in the drive a bright cream blur streaked by. We thought for a moment that our Pit had managed to get out! But we quickly knew that couldn't be. Instead we met a sweet neighbor cat, and gave him a meal!

1) Grooming in the sun. 2) hanging out in Convention Hall. 3) waiting at the beach. 4) A green groomer. 

1) Grooming in the sun. 2) hanging out in Convention Hall. 3) waiting at the beach. 4) A green groomer. 

Many friends came to see us or we went to see them this month which a treat! We got to see many family members, too! Most of our visits were happy, some bittersweet, and one sad as we said goodby to my paternal grandmother. 

1) Pit classic durp. 2) Bittersweet. 3) Xmas cactus ready for a new month. 4) Another visitor. 

1) Pit classic durp. 2) Bittersweet. 3) Xmas cactus ready for a new month. 4) Another visitor. 

Overall, November was a good month, but it felt so brief and now looking back, it all seems vague. 

We still have December to go until a new year dawns. Can't hold it back now. 

October in Review

My goodness, the year is almost at a close! After October's quick turn to true fall, Winter is right on it's heels. October was a lovely month, a true switch from the bustling nature of Summer into the settling in of Autumn calm. 

1) Sulfer. 2) Cacti. 3) Supermarket Tree. 4) Quartz.

1) Sulfer. 2) Cacti. 3) Supermarket Tree. 4) Quartz.

We were able to take a few trips, see old familiar places, and new locales. Some we will return to, some perhaps not. 

Cats were a priority, both our own and the watchers that were out in droves!

1) Tom contemplating. 2) Flounder flat out. 3) A night time visitor. 4) Tom out like a light. 

1) Tom contemplating. 2) Flounder flat out. 3) A night time visitor. 4) Tom out like a light. 

1) Car watcher, 2) Playful kittens, 3) On the fence, 3) Out to sea.

1) Car watcher, 2) Playful kittens, 3) On the fence, 3) Out to sea.

It was a busy work month, but very little quilting got done.

I was able to see some new spots in the neighborhood. 

1) Asbury Park Distillery. 2) Bright yellow in Keyport. 3) A perfect building in Far Hills. 4) Holidays at work. 

1) Asbury Park Distillery. 2) Bright yellow in Keyport. 3) A perfect building in Far Hills. 4) Holidays at work. 

These past few months have been really hard. Adjusting to a new schedule, working towards zero waste, trying, as always to be better for my family and friends, has been very difficult. Sometimes I worry that the end results will never arrive, or will not be worth it. But I try to keep my way on the path and remember that I have end goals that I am moving towards that I truly believe in. 

So, October was one step close to the end of the year, and November will be another, moving ever forwards towards in life.

September in Review

September is a wonderful time Down the Shore. The weather was beautiful, the water was warm, the tourists went home, and local's Summer was in full effect. This month was busy, but it was a time to wind down, reconfigure routines, and enjoy time with friends and family. 

1) The Crane and Cat. 2) Skipper. 3) Neighbor. 4) New Friend. 

1) The Crane and Cat. 2) Skipper. 3) Neighbor. 4) New Friend. 

Not too many watchercats this month, but plenty of cat friends.
Lot's of farm fresh food was had this month. We've finally located our nearest farm markets, and are getting into a routine to get out veggies. 

1) Homes made hummus. 2) Home away from home. 3) Pink sky at night. 4) Floral spirits. 

1) Homes made hummus. 2) Home away from home. 3) Pink sky at night. 4) Floral spirits. 

We saw many friends this month, for visits and concerts, and exploration. We saw family for meals and conversation. We had work parties and pool parties to attend. 

1) Cabin life. 2) Light house views. 3) New towns. 4) Showtime!

1) Cabin life. 2) Light house views. 3) New towns. 4) Showtime!

We explored a few new towns, some of which we will gladly return to. We camped in a state forest, and perhaps will return. 

1) Cabins in the forest. 2) Mushrooms in the market. 3) Pools in the city. 4) Fields on the lawn. 

1) Cabins in the forest. 2) Mushrooms in the market. 3) Pools in the city. 4) Fields on the lawn. 

September was a lovely month, lovely summery weather, lovely familiar faces. The last day of September it started to feel like Fall. Will October be all Autumn, or will Summer linger longer?