#Beach Blues – Wordless Wednesday

When those September clouds start to roll in – the end of summer blues set in.
Dock sitting seems desolate when the sky is cloudy and the river water is a dark blue. (Note how long the freighter is in the background.)
It makes you grateful when the sun comes back out and sparkles on the water.
But there’s still time for one last trip to the beach.
There were lots of sailboats out, behind the beach grass.
We’re lucky to have a hundred acre park with a beach right in the city. This photo is from the 1950’s before the parking lot was paved and before erosion set in.
The section in the top of the photo is private property with deeded beach rights, so you seldom see anyone walking along there. I’ll take the house with the gazebo!
There were lots of different variations of blue, depending on the intensity of the sun.
Darker blue with more sailboats.
The circle of smaller sailboats in the distance is the beginners class from the yacht club.
I like to check out all the colorful beach umbrellas.
It was a picture perfect day – something to store up until next year.

25 thoughts on “#Beach Blues – Wordless Wednesday

  1. Dave says:

    My blue was always the Southern California Pacific Ocean in the summer. I’m not sure the Pacific is any shade of blue in the winter. But these photos make lake blue very appealing, especially with the beach grass in the foreground. Fun to see the photo from way back when.

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  2. Linda Schaub says:

    What a great collection of photos to show how sparkly and perfect Summer is Joni – we look at these shots and quickly forget the misery of the humidity and extreme heat for days on end. I wish Mother Nature would have measured her temperatures a little more evenly as I went out this morning thinking “surely I really don’t need a coat just yet” and got to the Park in 15 mph NW winds and froze in my light 3/4s sleeve cardigan and top underneath. I could have used a hat! It’s cold in the house right now, just 73 and tomorrow I dig out some warmer clothes. I especially liked that vintage photo to compare to how the beach is today. That was a good idea to contrast them.

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    • Joni says:

      Yes, today’s weather was such a shock. It wasn’t even refreshing cold, just plain cold. I had my grasscutter put away all the deck furniture in the shed today, after he cut the grass, as I figure my sitting out days are over, esp. as I am still suffering from the itchy welts. So everything is neat and tidy in the backyard, ready for fall. It felt good to get that done, even if it is a bit early. That day we went to the Beach was beautiful, warm but no humidity. The water was so warm from all the hot days, that I went in twice. First time I’ve had a bathing suit on in over 5 years. It was a weekday so not many people at the beach.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        It was a shock when it was almost 90 on Wednesday and I went out in a sleeveless shirt. I don’t blame you for putting away the deck furniture, even if it is warm in October. We hadn’t had rain, so you got everything away dry. The beach looked beautiful and inviting for a dip. I can’t remember the last time I had a bathing suit on. Sorry to hear the welts are still there – the sun might have helped heal them … so much for that now with the cold weather.

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      • Joni says:

        Actually the sun has been making them worse, so I haven’t walked for 3 weeks, even on cloudy days. And if I cover up with long sleeves, the heat from being too hot makes it worse. Today I had to run errands in town, and the sun/heat coming in through the windshield made my arms so itchy, by the time I got home I had a whole new cluster of welts. It’s so frustrating. They heal in a few days but I get new ones daily. Tonight the itchyness has been very bad, and I wonder if I’ll sleep. I’ve been sleeping with cold packs on the worst parts. If I cover up, then the heat and touch of the clothing makes it worse. Yesterday when I was at the hairdressers and she was blowdrying my hair, the heat from the dryer gave me a cluster on my neck. It’s not uncommon for welts to be made worse, by sun/heat and touch. The touch part reminds me of my shingles pain, when I couldn’t stand to have clothing against the skin. I am hoping that with the cold weather and a good hard frost it might improve. I’m going to call the doctors again on Monday. Maybe a stronger steroid cream?

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I didn’t realize the heat made it worse. My friend Carol who lives in NY has suffered from hives for years. She will just be sitting at the computer and all of a sudden feel hives creeping over an area and she will look down and they have started. According to Carol, she “swigs Children’s Benadryl” and it helps relieve them. She does not use a topical medicine to my knowledge – just mentions the Children’s Benadryl. Sometimes she goes out to work in the garden – weeds in the sidewalk for example, but does not touch anything that could set off hives, then comes inside with hives all over. Hope the doctor can give you something to take you out of your misery – at least we won’t get horribly hot and humid days anymore, maybe warm and that’s it.

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      • Joni says:

        I ran errands today, as it was cool and cloudy, taking advantage of the fact that I can’t really do anything else to stock up like you do. Was good all day, but the Reactin wore off around 5pm and now I’m all itchy again. The nights seem to be the worse, probably because I don’t have any distraction. I can’t take Benadryl due to the heart side effects – tachycardia. I tried Atarax (Rx first generation antihistamine similar to Benadryl) and my heart raced during the night, too scary). I may call the doctor on Monday and see if I can get a stronger steroid cream. I only got one or two new ones today, so that’s a plus. I’ve given up on writing the blog for now, not in the mood, but will continue to read. Off to Rearder.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        My heart racing is what woke me up last night. I’d still get the Covid shot no matter the side effects but it does give you cause to pause and heart disease runs in our family on my mom’s side. I was at Facebook before I came here. I only read Carol’s posts and the news/nature/City info I follow. Carol said she had hives around the injection area where she got her bivalent shot Thursday. My former co-worker who lives in Kingsville, still has not gotten the shot as she believes it is made from fetuses. I told her that’s not true but she is adamant – meanwhile her brother and sister-in-law who are also in their 80s and already in poor health, neither got vaxxed/boosted and both got Covid and were very sick and still are sick. I have a lot of photos to sort through – I have enough sorted for two more weeks then have to sit down and go through photos. I still have not put the rest of the groceries away as the cupboards were too warm up until a few days ago (this despite getting the whole-house insulation in 2017).

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      • Joni says:

        I had to turn the A/C back on as the house was too hot – up to 75 – but then I was slaving over a hot stove! Which made the welts worse even if I stayed in today. In my case, the heart racing was a well known anticholinergic side effect of those first generation Benadryl/Atarax type antihistamine drugs. The second generation antihistamines like Reactin and Claritin don’t have that side effect, plus they are non-drowsy. Most people wouldn’t get the tachycardia though, but I have low body weight so tend to get side effects. Most likely you were just worried about how you were feeling so rotten from the shot? The middle of the night is always the worst time for worrying. Most of those people who refused to get the shot, got Covid and some are facing long covid side effects. I wouldn’t want that either!

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      • Joni says:

        PS. I’m on week 3 now, if it continues for longer than 6 weeks, it’s considered chronic uticaria, and most times people do not know what the trigger is. If I was Carol I wouldn’t be gardening – let the weeds live!

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