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Wintry Winds Blow...

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Anni to Bud: "The sea is a bit rough today, huh?"
Bud in response: "Ha...you don't know what rough seas are!"
Anni: "What do you mean by that?" [knowing all too well, Bud will share some Navy story]
Bud: "I've been on deck of a ship where the storms were so fierce, I had to look UP to see the wave!"
Anni: :silently thinking to herself: Scary!!
Bud: "My Ship was in the wave trough...the wave high above!"  "It was always rough up in the North Sea".
Anni: "Kinda like the movie, Perfect Storm then, right?"
Bud: "I guess."

Then, silence as we watched the waves crashing in along the jetty!! There was no chance I could go walking along there this day!!!!  I'd been washed off into the rolling waves never to be seen again!  It was that rough and the current came crashing in along the jetty with great velocity and temperament.  The winds were fierce and the air was icy, wintry, cold. For a few days now, small craft warnings were in affect.  Too dangerous to be out on water in small boats.  The Coast Guard on alert!   But, donning my fleece lined jacket for now, I had to get out of the car and get some photos since we parked on the beach in hopes of catching some shore bird activity...while Bud sat in the car and used his birding binoculars to view the cargo ships way out beyond the port channel waiting their turn to be piloted into the channel and guided to port.  If you don't know the way of port activities and protocol...a pilot is put aboard to steer clear the huge ships that come into port...they take over the ship's captain position going through the Channel...the pilots know the channel's 'in's and out's' all too well and avoid catastrophic accidents otherwise. It was a dark and stormy day...some times....for a while the sky was black and ominous, and minutes later as the weather patterns coursed overhead, the clouds would thin out and the sun would be partially filtered, hence, at times, a lighter sky. The morning was eerie, nearly apocalyptic at times ...and beautiful. [Did I mention cold?]


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After arriving back home, and by midday, the weather changed somewhat. The cloud cover cleared out, the sky was blue again. The temperature it warmed up and for those 'buried in snow'...we have green grass that needs to be mowed. LOL Later, near sunset, the clouds returned and by nightfall the colder air returned. We had warming soup and salad for dinner. I had a 3# bag of apples in the 'fridge that has been there way too long, so I made pie for dessert.

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I had a surprise in the mail when we got back to town!! My dear man gave me the bubble wrap envelope, and inside, it contained a pair of Denver Bronco stud [did I just type that?] earrings. How sweet!! For years I've wanted a pair of Bronco earrings but only found the French Hook, dangle style, in stores. Around here in Texas, it's MOST difficult to find anything that ISN'T Longhorns, Cowboys, Spurs, or Texans jewelry. Guess he ordered them online. I'll take 'em.

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Erik [our son] texted me the other day that he is thinking of spending some time with us during Spring Break when he doesn't have to teach class at the university. If so, I'll enjoy his company....but it's coming all too quickly...March will soon be here.

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....piece of homemade, from scratch [even the crust], warm, apple pie with your hot drink? I'm sharin'!!!



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132 comments :

  1. I arrived yesterday here in the Dallas area and could not believe the weather I was greeted with. Your pictures are simply amazing, Anni. And it's good to know that from here it will just get better, the weather I mean.

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    1. Texas has been mighty cold here of late. I'm ready for Spring. Thanks DJan. You and your family continue to be in my thoughts.

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  2. Save a piece of that pie. I'm on my way. ;)

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    1. ...it's waiting for you!! ;-)

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  3. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I am planning a trip next week down to the coastal area ( I am in dallas) and am coming to Rockport, hopefully for a very enjoyable whooping crane adventure on a birding boat. Definitely hoping the waves do NOT look like this though. Hope it is warmer than it has been in dallas too... 18 degrees here yesterday. Are you anywhere near Rockport.... that is where I am going, and hoping to also see some shore birds. Excited about coming. Keep those waves down

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    1. ...Dallas is way colder than we are, but you're always colder....and SNOW. Hope the weather works out for you on the crane tour. But, I'll tell you a little secret area not too many people know about...I'll pay you another visit.

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  4. Oh, and that pie looks awesome!

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  5. Watching the rough sea is fascinating but scary too! Your apple pie made me drool as it looks so yummy :)

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    1. ...yes, there is beauty AND danger too.

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  6. Please give me the apple pie recipe. I love apple pie. So many birds in one place. I could identify the seagull, but what are those birds with red beak? You have green lawn that needs to be mowed and you are saying that the temperature is cold! Nah! it must be our summer temperature then :-P

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    1. I really don't have a recipe...I just cut and slice apples, add cinnamon and sugar to taste and pour it into a pie crust and bake til the apples are tender and crust is browned.

      As for the birds in question...those are Black Skimmers. The ones that are all in a large group! And the two in the one photo are Terns...no seagull.

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  7. Love that conversation but then again I always love a good story:)
    That is nice about your son Erik and Denver Broncos earrings well what can I say nice gift. Oh that looks so delicious I am starving. B B

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  8. I love the exchange between you and Bud. It made me smile. The way a good marriage should be.

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    1. ,,,thanks Sarah. This coming may it'll be 46 years for our married life. I'm surprised we still talk. rofl

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  9. What a story! What awesome photographs! And what a scrumptious looking pie! If I were close by, I'd drop in and see you, for sure!
    Have a great day!

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  10. Will check your bird blog on your sidebar, and thanks for the advice on the whooping cranes. Is Goose Island in Rockport?? was not sure which place you were talking about. Definitely hoping to get out on that boat. but good to have alternatives. Will definitely check out Goose island in ???? Rockport by the big tree. Am going 2 days early to check out any other areas that I can find. Thanks again for the help! Jeanne

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    1. Yes, it is near Rockport. And the 'big tree'...once you get off the highway turning into Goose Island State Park, the signs on the road will direct you to the 'big tree'.

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  11. I enjoyed your fragments today, especially Bud's Navy story--and what a sweetheart he is, to find those earrings for you :) It was only fair that you should make an apple pie, for dessert--which looks delicious, by the way! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Oh Bud is filled with regaling Navy stories!!! And, even tho I've heard them time and time again, I never tire of listening to them.

      Have a great weekend yourself Kathy.

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  12. if you are sharing - i have tryin' ... thanks!!
    you sounds like you love your new earrings. so fun. i love bubble wrap. i am like a kid in a candy store. i would love the bubble wrap more than the candy actually. ( :

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    1. ...it is fun...drives our cats insane. For a while...at least 'til they realize it's just me.

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  13. I love your port pics. The pie looks great. I like looking at stormy seas, while standing on solid ground.

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    1. me too....solid ground. No matter if the sea is rough or calm. I'd much rather stand on the beach and look out to the sea. LOL

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  14. Gorgeous pie -- love it when they are heaped up tall like that!
    Thanks for joining in R5F this week.

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  15. Great sea photos!! It's my first Random 5, so lovely to 'meet' you - and yes, I'd take some pie, it looks scrummilicious :)

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    1. ...I'm happy you joined in and stopped by for a visit Claire

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  16. When I lived on Galveston Island, there was nothing better than watching the Gulf during a storm. Amazing the power of the water. Hope your son gets home during spring break. I'll take a piece of that pie!

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    1. ...the power of water indeed!!!

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  17. Those are some wild looking waves, but they make nice pictures! That pie looks good too!

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    1. ...it was good. And wild waves indeed....pretty from land. LOL

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  18. I am wiping the drool off my keyboard right now after seeing your apple pie. And you were mighty brave to get out there in this weather! I agree- it is beautiful, all the power and fury of it.

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    1. ...it was very cold. But I figured we drove that far and burned up the gas, not to just sit in the car and hope for it to turn warmer. LOL

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  19. Such a precious conversation with bud :) lovely pictures Anni. Have a great weekend!

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    1. ,,,have a great weekend yourself Pallavi!

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  20. BRR those first pictures are cold but magnificent.

    I have grass that needs to be mowed too, lol...3 months from now! :)

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    1. roflmao....love the fact of 3 months and lawn mowing. You crack me up.

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  21. Love all your photos along the windy beach, especially the one of the huge ship in the fog! Thanks for visiting my barn quilts and your nice comment.

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    1. ...it was a very odd day tho, sometimes fog and in minutes it would clear off...the weather patterns and drafts just couldn't make up its mind.

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  22. what a great gift, the earrings I mean. and the visit during spring break. those waves are awesome but scare me silly... i could not watch the Perfect Storm, i left the room and let hubby watch it alone... i am terrified of water over my head. and all things waves or that float.
    but i would love to stand on dry land and admire.
    do you find when your hubby goes into his old stories, 9 times out of 10 you have heard it before. after 29 years together, it is rare for him to tell me a story i have not heard many times. sometimes when a subject comes up i know which story he will tell....

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    1. ...oh trust me, I fear water above my head too. I can't swim, but the sea is just a beautiful place to be....on SHORE!!

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  23. A rough sea is so exhilarating, as long as you safely on shore! That pie looks yummy!

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    1. yep...I so agree on that part about being safely on the shore!!

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  24. Mmm yummy pie we have had tremendous waves in the UK this winter scary...

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    1. It's been a very different winter for us down here too.

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  25. A fine post that involves the viewer in the drama and excitement that rough weather on the water brings. Excellent post.

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  26. I tried to comment earlier and got an error. Hope this one goes through!

    Those seas do look scary rough. I wouldn't have ventured out either.

    The flock of birds, fifth photo from the top...what are those? Oystercatchers? They are so pretty and unique looking.

    Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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    1. there is a mixture of birds in that panoramic photo...but the black birds with the colored beaks...those are Black Skimmers.

      Have a fantastic week yourself Gail

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  27. Well I was all set to go on and on about your coast shots, and then I saw the pie. My eyes have glazed over, and now my stomach is growling. I will be there forthwith...if that's a word.

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    1. come on over...but hurry!! ;-)

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  28. Hi Anni happy birthday weekend!! Looks like the festivities have started as they should..around here we celebrate the entire month of a bday.
    Yay for visiting sons, thoughtfully hubbies and apple pie
    Hugs cecilia

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    1. ...yep, life is good.
      Thanks Ms. C

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  29. Those waves sound scary. The only scary wave I've encountered was on the front of The Scat Cat. My sister and daughter came out on deck and thought I had fallen overboard. I was that soaked.

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    1. OH, I have had that happen to me too...when Hurricane Emily was in the Gulf heading for Monterrey Mexico the shore here was heavy with huge waves...I was drenched taking photos!!

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  30. Beautiful pics. I would love a slice of that pie, please!

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    1. ...thanks ... you're more than welcome to come sit a spell.

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  31. Dear Anni, Those waves do look like they are straight out of a movie!
    They really are something.
    The pie looks like a delicious, comforting dessert to enjoy and talk about those waves over.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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    1. ...thank you dear Catherine.

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  32. Great shots! I love winter beach weather :) PS thought you might be interested in the $150 giveaway I'm hosting for PlushRugs.com

    http://www.domesticsweetheart.blogspot.com/2014/02/plushrugscom-review-and-150-giveaway.html

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    1. ...thanks, and thanks for the heads up on the giveaway.

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  33. I'll take some pie! I made homemade brownies the other day for my husbands' birthday. I was able to make them and hide them without him knowing anything about it heh heh...

    I like the two seagulls and their reflection shot best.

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    1. How did you do that? My husband would smell 'em out and find 'em. He loves brownies.

      As for the two birds in the reflective image...those are TERNS.

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  34. how sweet of bud. and that pie looks wonderful! pretty terns, too.

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    1. ...yep, he's a keeper. LOL And the pie WAS wonderful. You and me both, terns are pretty.

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  35. Lucky you!
    Aren't surprises wonderful!!
    Have a great weekend.
    diane @ thoughts and shots

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  36. Yes, I'll have pie! Looks absolutely delicious. Your photos are gorgeous. Our day has warmed up considerably. I was glad to get out of the house for a short while. I hope you will have a lovely weekend.

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    1. I wish I could say the same...in fact it was warmer this morning when I got up...37...now it's COLDER!! I want some sun!!

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  37. We have sour cream in our fridge and been thinking of making an sour cream apple pie. A nice hot tea or something would be nice with it.
    It been down below zero here last few days.
    Coffee is on

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    1. That, I've never had...I'm not too keen on sour cream except for putting it on as a topping in Mexican dishes.

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  38. Such wonderful photos of the coast. And I would love a piece of that pie with my coffee. Thank you very much! :)

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    1. ...come and get your slice of pie Linda...Thanks for the compliment on the photos to by the way.

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  39. Great post, Anni! I love the photos of the coast and the cool Black Skimmers. I would love a piece of your apple pie, looks delicious!
    Have a happy weekend!

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    1. ...thanks Eileen...and thanks for hosting Saturday Critters.

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  40. I have never seen a Black Skimmer. They are pretty! Love the ocean - winds and waves and sounds and smells. Tra-la-la

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    1. ...great new profile image Ms. G.

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  41. Yes, please, I will take a piece of apple pie. I have been thinking I need to bake one...can't stand the ones you get out at restaurants for the most part...I love my own home made pie crust!

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    1. me too....I have never ordered pie in restaurants, but the pre made crusts and frozen pies I've tried...can't stand 'em...the crust has so many additives!!!

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  42. Your photos are so beautiful but they do look nasty. I agree Bud sounds like a real sweetie.
    I would love a piece of that homemade pie.
    We had temps of -17 and snowy all day, so your 37 sounds like a heat wave:-)

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    1. ...a tropical heat wave. LOL

      Come on....Sharon...blog again!! I'd love to be able to catch up on what is happening.

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  43. beautiful, are those the Jetties in Corpus or Port A? I remember one time down there the waves were like that scary!!! all of my friends still in Corpus has been saying how cold it is ....:( it will be nice and warm there soon, :) then comes all the beauty

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    1. It's in Port A. And yes, it IS mighty cold. The high was 37 yesterday...and drizzlin' rain for the most part.

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  44. I love your high seas photos Anni. I think one of my favorite times to go to the coast is when it is stormy to see the full force of Mother Nature. I am a little jealous that you have green grass instead of snow like us.
    The pie looks delicious.

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    1. I too like to go out on the beach when a storm is brewing...but I MUST be safe on dry ground!! LOL

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  45. Oh, those waves! Majestic. Your pie looks yummy :)

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    1. ...they look so very scary to me. I fear water above my head...even in the bathtub. LOL

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  46. Yay, another Broncos fan!

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    1. ...oh yes, a Bronco fan I am!!!

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  47. So sweet of your husband to order the earrings for you. Amazed at the large number of birds on the beach.

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    1. We do have a lot of bird populations here in the Coastal Bend. For that, I am thankful...makes birding more fun. :-)

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  48. What a lovely day....cold Texas wind and all!

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    1. ...through the cold winds, it was a pretty good outing.

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  49. Those are some rough and wild sea images. I love that way the water clashes against the rocks and foams up. Great shots!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  50. silly me, sat here and looked at those first two pictures trying to figure out what that colorful thing was on the rocks. I finally enlarged to see it was your clever and cute water mark. :) I thought maybe it was some kind of buoy or something....lol
    I'll gladly have some of that pie but could you please remove any fat or calories that my slice might contain.

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    1. LOL...you know me by now...I like to throw everyone off balance a bit. Wishin' there was a good trick when it comes to fat and calories!!

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  51. Anni, thank you for linking up to Saturday's Critters. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. ...thank you for being such a gracious host!

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  52. Great shots Anni!!Wow!!So many birds on the beach!!I like being on the beach even if its Winter!Lovely apple pie!!!
    Dimi...

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  53. all those guys on stilts love them

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  54. Perfect Winter Menu.....
    Mama Bear

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  55. Great shots of those crashing waves. Love the shot of all the birds.

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  56. Great shots of very rough sea. Nice birds.

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    1. ...thank you kindly Rajesh!

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  57. said link already closed?/

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    1. ...Sandy, it's open now. It opens at 12:00 PM each Saturday. Central Time

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  58. Gosh, it does look cold. Can have a piece of that apple pie please? :-)

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    1. It was cold. LOL At least for this ol' gal!!! Of course...apple pie's on me. Come 'n' get it.

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  59. The stormy sea is beautiful, but I wouldn't want to be out on a boat in that kind of weather.

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    1. ...you and me both, Gunilla

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  60. Oh my, that sea does look rough, and COLD!! The apple pie looks delicious, and how nice that your son coming for a visit!!

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    1. ...hopefully...it isn't a set time he'll arrive...plans tend to change some with him. Time will tell.

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  61. Oh that apple pie..... looks so good!
    Wow there are a lot of birds on one place at photo number five. And the sea looks really rough and cold.

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    1. Pia? Congratulations on your newborn grandson...Aaron.

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  62. That pie looks scrummy! Love those shots of the stormy sea. Beautiful,my friend!

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    1. ...it was definitely 'stormy'. Glad you liked the photos.

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  63. I really need to bake this weekend.

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    1. LOL...enticing pie photo was it?

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  64. It will be nice to have your son visit. I'm saying that as mine just moved back in. Those stormy seas certainly are beautiful though.

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    1. ...it was pretty. Scary...but pretty.

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