Sunday, August 20, 2017

Popham Beach!

Hi guys! I hope you're all doing well. I don't have much summer vacation left, so I'm trying to get to all my favorite spots before I have to go back to school! Today I went to Popham Beach.

Popham has such nice sandy beaches, it's perfect for lounging around, swimming or just beach combing.

I always like to start my beach trips by walking through the sand and looking for cool beach stuff, like shells and driftwood and feathers.
This trip started no differently! I looked through the woody debris that lined certain areas of the sand, hoping to find some treasure. Popham is such a popular beach, though, that most of the really cool stuff has already been picked up by someone else. It's still fun to look, though!

After a little more walking, I found this HUGE feather! It was so neat I just had to pick it up.

As I reached down, I remembered the age-old adage Skye had told me since I was little--bird feathers are covered in germs and will make you sick! My fingers hesitated above the big feather, and I decided maybe it was best if I left this one behind. I don't know if that saying has any truth, but I decided it was best not to risk it. Not today, at least.

It was really really windy the whole time we were there. Sand blew up into people's chairs, powered kites, and turned umbrellas inside out! Just look at how crazy my hair is in this picture!

After a good while of beach combing, I scouted out a good place to set up my towel and bags before I went swimming. 

I settled on a nice, clean area that didn't feel too crowded. 

I lifted up the edges of the towel and let it billow out into the wind. This is the best way to set up a towel so it doesn't get too sandy!

After that, I went swimming! The waves were enormous! I would jump over them and dive through them and let them carry me back to shore. The water was so cold, I couldn't feel my toes after a while! I stayed in as long as I could though, trying to enjoy as much of it as I could. When I came back in, I lay down on my towel in the sun to dry off. The ocean is probably one of my favorite places to spend time. Where's your favorite place? What do you like to do when you're at the beach? Have you ever been to the ocean? I'd love to know!
This has been Dani, dabbling her toes in the sand at Popham Beach. Over and out!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Dog Days at Peacock Beach!

Hey everyone! Summer is coming to a close fast, and one of my favorite places to lounge around in August is Peacock Beach. Since it's a pond, the water gets really warm, especially after heating up in the sun all summer long.

My dog Saturn got to come along, too! He's an Australian Shepherd, and he's FULL of energy, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to let him run around and do dog stuff outside. 

I picked up a stick and waved it in the air a little, trying to get his attention.

"Saaaaatuuuuurn!" I called as I whistled to him. 

He stopped his sniffing and picked up his head, his eyes suddenly intent.

I lifted the stick higher in the air and wiggled it around. Saturn sat completely still, his ears raised up in anticipation.

I quickly heaved the stick across the grass. The moment it left my hand, Saturn bolted after it, leaping into the air to catch it. 

After playing fetch for a while, I walked around and explored a bit. I looked up into the canopy and found a really good climbing tree!
I jumped up and grabbed a branch, digging my toes into the bark on the trunk to lift me up.

I shimmied up the tree a little more, reaching my arms up to the next branch.

Finally, I found a nice branch that was pretty high up. I leaned my back against the trunk and looked out through the leaves across the water. It was so sunny and glisten-y! I thought it was about time to go down and check it out.

Saturn and I climbed down onto the rocks by the water. 

I wiggled my toes in my sandals. The pond lapped the rocks and splashed my legs every so often.

I glanced over to another rock and saw what I thought was a strange looking rock. I went closer to inspect, and I realized it was clay! I had forgotten that the sand at Peacock Beach was full of clay.

I took off my shoes and shirt and hopped into the water to look for clay. Saturn had to hop in too, of course!

I put my face to the surface of the water, closely scanning the sand for grey ripples.

The closer I looked, the more I saw! I reached down and sunk my hand into the pocket of clay...

...And pulled out a fistful! 

It was SO mushy and squishy between my fingers! I could even feel some between my toes, too. 

Soon, I had a little pile going. I mushed and molded this pile into little pots and bowls and plates, but finally decided to put it back into the water and go for a swim. 

After all my climbing and running and splashing and swimming around, I was pooped! I wrapped my towel around my shoulders and went to sit on the grass and dry off. Saturn came and sat next to me, and started licking the clay and water off my arms and feet. Saturn is a really smart dog, but sometimes he does the weirdest stuff! 

I had a great day at Peacock Beach! I'm sure Saturn did, too--he slept almost the entire ride home! I'm sad that summer is almost over, though. I'm gonna miss busy days at the beach and playing outside in the sun! I like all the seasons, but I think summer is my favorite. What have you been up to this summer? What's your favorite thing to do outside? Leave a comment below--I'd love to know!
This has been Dani, dabbling in matters most "fowl" at Peacock Beach! Over and out!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Foggy Day at Reid!

Hey everyone! Yet again, it's been more than a year since I've blogged. Things have been pretty busy around here, and I just fell out of the habit--what with school and hobbies and new friends, I've nearly forgotten I ever blogged to begin with! The other day I went to Reid, though, and it reminded me of one of my first posts. This time, I wasn't doing much swimming, though...

 ...because it was so foggy! It was actually pretty warm, but then again I was wearing a sweatshirt the whole time.

We brought a frisbee and some books to enjoy by the surf, but my favorite thing to do at Reid is to walk across the length of the beach. 

This was an awesome day for a beach walk because it felt like we were walking through a cloud! I had little droplets of water all over my clothes and in my hair. 

It looked like the ocean stretched all the way into the sky.

At the end of the beach, I stumbled upon this awesome piece of driftwood and looked out across the crashing waves. A few times the water went under the driftwood and got my feet all wet! It wasn't too cold out, though, so I didn't mind.

 On our way home, we got to stop at Dairy Queen and get Blizzards! I got my favorite--salted caramel truffle with Reese's and cookie dough bits. It's like a little taste of everything!
All in all, it was a pretty awesome day at the beach, despite what the weather may have predicted. Have you had any rad days at the beach this summer? What's your favorite thing to do at the beach? And what's your favorite kind of Blizzard?
This has been Dani, dabbling in foggy days on the Maine coast. Over and out!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!! Today was exciting and full of happiness and family.

I woke up this morning and ran to the living room to find all kinds of presents under the tree.

My stocking was hanging nearby. I always open my stocking first, because I'm normally awake before Skye, and I'm not allowed to start opening my presents under the tree before she's there to watch.

A chocolate truffle and bunny keychain were sticking out of the top!

I turned my stocking upside down and out fell lots of chocolates and a new pair of crafting scissors!

Once Skye was finally awake, coffee in hand, I was allowed to start opening my gifts. I chose this little one with the cute bears on it first!

I tore open the paper and... was a pretty purple shirt! Purple is one of my favorite colors.

My next two gifts were these books--A Tolkien Treasury and a book called Happiness full of Hello Kitty pictures! You can never have too many books.

After that, I opened these ADORABLE pajama pants!! 

Look how cute the little kitties are! My brother thought they were rabbits, but I think they look more like cats. What do you think?

I grabbed the big bag and pulled out the tissue paper.

It was perfume! Recently, I've been really into sniffing the perfume samples in fashion magazines. I think they're so neat! Now I have my very own bottle I can sniff all I want. Look at how elegant the bottle is! 

My last gift was a perfect square. I tore off the paper and saw... was a box from Liberty Jane! One of my all-time favorite places to get clothes and patterns!

I gently opened the box and pulled out this gorgeous pair of purple floral Janes! I can't wait to wear them around! They'll match my new purple shirt perfectly.

This Christmas was really fun. I hope everyone had a peaceful, joy-filled day. I'm so grateful for all my family, friends, and followers! Thank you to all that read my posts and enjoy them. How was your day? Did you get any cool gifts? 
This has been Dani, dabbling in Christmas. Over and out!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Feature Friday--Laughing Spirit!

Hey everyone! Another Feature Friday, coming your way! This week, my friend Laughing Spirit!

She is a Penobscot Native American, and is from the 1600s!

Her hair is so long and silky! I wish I could have braids that long (and perfect!)

The detail on her dress is so pretty!

 I love this picture of her!

Laughing Spirit is quiet, but very kind. She is also super good at identifying animal tracks, and can outrun me in a race easily (She doesn't like to brag, though!) She has a little sister who is really nice, too! I love having so many friends.
This has been Dani, dabbling once again in featuring friends. Over and out!