Fair Photo Contest Finalist

I am from a small town where very seldom anything exciting goes on. During the Fall, we see small festivals popping up in places we go but we do not have a fair ground. The biggest thing we have is a dirt race track and a ball field.

Well, our city has decided to put on a “Gaston All American Fair” this month. It will be held in the parking lot of our mall. Sounds more like a carnival to me but it’s happening and they are calling it a Fair. It doesn’t take much to get us excited around here. I mean throw up a tent and we call it revival. 

The fair starts on Friday the 15th and goes until Sunday the 24th. 
I can’t wait to see what its all about. I love the smell of cotton candy and popcorn as the lights from the rides blink in bright colors. Another reason I am excited is I get to have a part in it.
Yes. I entered one of my photos in the amateur photo contest held online. They picked the top “liked” photos from 4 different categories to move on to the fair. Mine was one of them. Not only did it have the most likes in it’s category, it had the most “likes” over any of the others. So it moved on to be displayed and judged at the fair.. 

It’s just a little photo taken from my iPhone as I was leaving the post office one day. It was rainy and gloomy but something about the dreary town with the bright American flags made me snap a picture through my windshield while I was stopped at the traffic light. Now it could possibly be a prize photo. 

I had to mount it on a 11x14 mount board or canvas and I will be registering it on Saturday to be displayed and judged on Sunday. The judging will take place between 1-3 on Fathers Day Sunday. The winner will be announced at 3:00. I will be there waiting to see if my photo wins. I do not have much hope as it will now be up against a photo of a cute little girl, a farm pig and a dog. I have little chances of winning with my “Cloudy day on Main” photo but it’s exciting just to be one of the finalist. 

Fingers crossed I win and go home with a prize but good luck to all that entered.

To be continued........

Greetings From The Beach

We were able to get away again and head down to the beach. This uses up two more of my vacations days from work. I got seven more to go. This is our last “long weekend” trip until we take our big week in August. We choose to skip coming down in July as it’s usually too crowded. Each morning Nick sets out two of our chairs and the umbrella to mark our spot. 

Im currently sitting here on the beach under the umbrella. I got a significant amount of sun yesterday so I’m chilling in the shade today. This is my current view.

We have had a pretty good time despite having one of my inner ear (Menier's/Tinnitus) issues thats lasted a few hours yesterday morning and again last night. I continued my activities such as taking a walk and going out to dinner. Luckily, no vertigo erupted. Today I feel great again. 

The weather is in the upper 80’s and the sun is hot. There are a lot of people here but it’s not too crowded. Despite the Portuguese man o' war threats we have been having here this week, I took a dip in the ocean anyway.  
The country music festival is going on up town Myrtle Beach but we are not going. We would rather skip the crowd. Being our last day before heading home in the morning, we will stay out here on the beach til sundown sipping on water and wine. We enjoy talking and laughing with friends and people watching. 

The best thing is my new beach chair. 

I have enjoyed this thing all weekend. It has a face hole and arm holes for laying on your tummy to read. I don't read so I keep the hole covered with the attached pillow. The best part is the foot rest. It’s like a recliner on the beach. 

It’s almost lunch time so Nick will head up to the camper and fix few tomato sandwiches and bring them out for a picnic on the beach. Before I go, I want to show you this cute barrel train someone made with barrels and taking kids (and adults) for rides around the campground. 

How clever? 

Oh and those clouds back there? Not sure why they looks so stormy but they are moving West and the sky is mostly clear. 

It’s going to be a lovely day.