Now….And Then


Here is where I am now, on a beautiful, warm fall day in North Carolina. But on Saturday morning we pack up and head for the Outer Banks for a week! We have a house right on the ocean. Me, ocean waves, the family, the dogs….. Yes, the dogs get a vacation, too!! The house allows pets. By Saturday evening, I’ll be walking the dogs in the surf, breathing the salt air, dreaming of never going home again…….

Here’s the beach house. It’s called Sandbox Cottage. Isn’t that cute? Three bedrooms, satellite TV, deck with hot tub and walkway to the beach. It’s fully-equipped–all we have to bring are groceries and ourselves. I’m looking forward to going out to buy fresh seafood every night and getting up every morning to watch sunrise over the ocean.

Here’s the view of the walkway from the house to the water. I’ll be reading, watching the kids play in the surf, and doing as much nothing as I can stand. When we are tired of doing nothing, we’ll go out to see the lighthouses and the wild horses. This is my idea of vacation. Doing NOTHING as much as possible.

There’s a phone line in the house so I should be able to blog with pictures, so come back to see! And don’t forget that tomorrow is Free Book Friday! :mrgreen:


  1. Melissa Mc says:

    I want your vacation. I need your vacation. How about you take my nanny for a couple of days and I take the beach house? Fair trade, don’t you think!

  2. Trish says:

    I loved the Outer Banks when we vacationed there a few years ago. Hope you have a great time, Suzanne.

  3. Carol says:

    It looks like a wonderful place and I love the name! Enjoy your rest!

  4. kacey says:

    man, I know I just got back from vacation…but yours sounds seriously, seriously cool.

  5. Biddy says:

    WOW! That looks great! And the vacation sounds FAB! I am soooooo jealous! Have a fantastic time.

  6. Kelly says:

    Gosh…it sounds and looks wonderful! A beautiful vacation of being comfortable!

  7. Robyn says:

    The pictures of Sandbox Cottage spell V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N, here we come!!! Breathe easily, relax and you’ll be there in no time. Enjoy!!!:lol:

  8. Eve says:

    Pssst Buttercup – the idea is to get into the suitcase before she leaves, not when she gets back.

    Looks like the ideal vacation Suzanne – I’m jealous. So relaxing – good for the soul.

  9. Mary says:

    I know you will have a great time. You need the break, and what a great place to take a break.:thumbsup:

  10. Sonja says:

    Sooooooo jealous. 🙂 I could use a beach trip.

  11. Tori says:

    Ooo, it looks splendiferous! Just watch out for hurricanes! Unless they’re the kind you drink. LOL.

  12. Jordan says:

    Have a wonderful time. I’m pea green with envy.:yes:

  13. Melissa Marsh says:

    Oooh, looks lovely! Have a wonderful time doing nothing!!! :mrgreen:

  14. ArmyWifeToddlerMom says:

    enjoy, and don’t forget to consume some delish food cooked by other hands. Enjoy the water, and thanks for all of your hard work, for Soldiers Angels. I am proud of you!!

  15. Emma S says:

    Have a great time Suzanne! Enjoy your relaxation.

  16. Ashley says:

    NOT FAIR ! I want a vacation!

  17. Mik says:

    It’s definitely one of those “wish you were here” places. GORGEOUS!

  18. Joely says:

    Doing nothing sounds absolutely wonderful! Have a super time!

  19. Michelle says:

    The Outer Banks rank among my favorite vacation spots. Can I come too? Huh, huh, can I? :hyper:

  20. Estella says:

    What a gorgeous place to vacation:yes:

  21. Lis says:

    Oh I’m so jealous!! Looks like a wonderful place to spend some time :thumbsup: Have a great vacation!

  22. ruby55 says:

    It’s so beautiful and different from anything we have here that it’s a whole other planet. The closest I’ve come to anywhere near here is Williamsburg, VA. Is this Ocracoke Is. or are there others that have the wild horses, too?

    Have a wonderful, relaxing time. For us it’s starting to be maple red color time. Busloads are journeying up to north of where my sister’s family has the lodge. They serve brunches for buses coming from Toronto and elsewhere as they go to see the changing leaves and the cranberry bogs.:thumbsup: (you don’t have a red maple leaf?)

  23. Carol Burnside says:

    Have a great time, Suzanne! I’ll be at the Moonlight & Magnolias conference.

  24. Margery Scott says:

    Have a fabulous time, Suzanne. Relax, read, and daydream. That’s what the beach is for.

  25. Suzanne says:

    This is a different part of the Outer Banks where there are also wild horses. Ocracoke Island is the southern end of the Outer Banks and where we are going now is to Carova Beach, the very northern tip of the Outer Banks.:mrgreen:

  26. Mechele Armstrong says:

    How cool Suzanne. I’m so envious. I love the Outer Banks. *sigh* it’s been too long since I’ve been there. Have fun!

  27. Danica says:

    Beautiful pictures~