Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Our Little Place At The Beach


We have a little place at the beach. It's not very big...it's just right for our family. We call it the beach house, but it's not really a house at all. It's located in an oceanfront campground on a permanent site. Our little beach house is called a park model which is basically a road ready, glorified camper/mobile home with a Carolina Room attached to one side. We are a little over a block away from the ocean and we have a small lake across the street....not to be confused with our lake house in the upstate.


Now, I don't call myself a decorator and I don't blog about decorating, but Cliff and I have been doing a little spiffing up...as in...spring cleaning the outside, a little painting and a little rearranging of my porch d├ęcor. And I thought I would give you a little peek.




We love it here! Lakewood is our get away, our place of no stress. It's in a gated community, which really doesn't mean much when it comes to thievery. Oh wait, that definitely could be conceived as a direct contrast to the no stress thing. And I'm not gonna lie, the whole fern fiasco a few weeks ago had me out of sorts for a few days. But really, that's one of the only times we've had any trouble. Well, there was the time that some young boys stole a bunch of quarters out of Cliff's Jeep and the one time someone threw overripe peaches at our house. But generally, it truly is a no stress zone for us.


We really enjoy the porch; it's my favorite spot. It's a great place to read or have dinner or relax in the rockers....watching the ducks and geese swimming in the lake across the street.

Included in Lakewood's amenities are a couple of pools and a water slide...there's biking, kayaking and all sorts of games......a summer/weekly music variety show and even church right on the grounds. It's a great place for families. And, we have really good neighbors.

   

Since our house is so small, I can have it completely cleaned in an hour and that includes the bathroom, dusting, vacuuming and mopping. I'm telling you this because that's how I spent one of my days last week. And afterwards, I rode my bike 6 miles, showered, had lunch with Cliff and then laid out on the beach. It looked sort of deserted. But by June, there will be so many people on the beach that it will be hard to find a spot to lay out on. You either have to go out very early in the morning and claim a spot with your chair, cooler and umbrella or do like I do and just wait until later in the afternoon. It's my favorite time of day to go out on the beach, anyway. There is still plenty of sun and the afternoon breezes have kicked in. It's so peaceful. I usually fall asleep. Ha! I set an alarm on my phone so I can turn before I burn.

So that's our little place at the beach. You can find us bumming there quite often. Come on down and dip your feet in the ocean or bury your toes in the sand. I'll leave the light on.

Laurie





20 comments:

  1. There are advantages to small. I love your beach house! Enjoy the beach.

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    1. Thank you, Rebecca! And I sure do love those advantages. Especially, the older I get. I love that I can have it cleaned in no time, leaving a lot more time to play. Hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

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  2. Love, love!!! So charming! You have very nice taste and a good decorator's sense, I can tell. I especially love those planters with the blue and white bands across their bodies....lovely!!!

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    1. Thank you, Betsy! My decorating sense? Well, I just know what I like and I go with that. It works, most of the time. Ha! Aren't those planters cute? Can't remember where I got them for the life of me. But, I've had them for several years now. I try different plants in them. I like the combination of the blue bands and the pink geraniums. Hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend! Any plans? Picnics? Car races? Auctions?

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    1. Thanks, Jill! I kinda like it too. :) have a great weekend!!!

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  4. Your beach house looks like a wonderful haven.
    I loved your description of what you did-
    cleaning, riding your bike 6 miles, lunch, sitting at the beach-
    What a great day.

    Enjoyed visiting, Laura

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    1. Thank you, Laura! It is a great little place. I'm so happy you stopped by. It's great to meet you. Loved your post about your zinnias! It makes me want to plant some. I have the perfect sunny spot. Hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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  5. Well, you little liar, you---saying you are not a decorator! That sweet porch of yours looks PERFECTLY decorated to me! What a sweet little place. I love those places and yes-they are easy-peasy to keep clean and have time to just enjoy your TIME OFF! Love it and love your beach towel chair, too! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend- Hope you will be spending it there. xo Diana

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    1. Bahahaha! You crack me up! You just tell it like it is! And, thank you for the compliment. When you come visit, I'll let you sit in my beach chair. LOL!!! For real!!!

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  6. LOVE this little slice of heaven, Laurie!!! And, YOU ARE a decorator! Oh, that porch is so inviting! And, I love your beach bag! Hope you enjoy a wonderful stress free weekend there!! blessings ~ tanna

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    1. Well thank you so much, Tanna! You have an open invitation to come sit with me on the porch, anytime. Isn't that the cutest bag and I just noticed the colors kind of go with the colors on the porch. Ha! I got it from a company called Thirty One Gifts a couple of years ago. Heard of it? If you like bags of all kinds, go online and take a look. I expect to have a great weekend and wish the same for you!

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  7. Okay I am loving lalaLane! I have always wanted a porch....and my deck in Colorado is not really a porch. I am a southern gal and you have a porch!!
    Thank you for coming to my blog...Janey

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    1. Thanks, Janey! I bet you can turn your deck into something porch like. Hope you post pictures once you get there. I enjoyed my visit to your blog and hope you come back to mine every now and then. Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

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  8. Your porch is beautiful! The area sounds perfect for family fun and I'm sure you know how to enjoy that! It's great to have a place to get away. I love the ocean and would be very happy to live near one full time. Enjoy your time there this Summer!

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    1. Thanks, YaYa! The beach is one of my happy places for sure. Have a great Memorial Day weekend....I'm sure you'll have a party going on at your place. Fun! Fun!

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  9. I think it is lovely! Yes....you ARE a decorator. I wish we had a place just like this, by a lake, close to the ocean. On a side note, the pattern for the dresses I had made does have a size 14! I think your granddaughter would love it! xoxo Jen

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    1. Thanks Jen! We love it. Oh great, I'm glad to hear the pattern has her size. I can't wait to make it for her. I showed your dresses to her to ask if she liked it......and she loved them. Score!

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  10. What a gorgeous little cottage, Laurie! The porch is perfectly beautiful!

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