Monthly Archives: March 2017


March 21, 2017

Hi Everyone, and Happy First Day of Spring.


We attended the Atlantic city Boat Show, which was held March 1-5, 2017 at the Atlantic City Convention Center.  We’re thinking about buying a small boat, given our proximity to water.  In fact, I’ve had an interest in exploring these waterways for many years.  There’s something intriguing to me about traveling on the water through narrow water paths through the marsh.

We have enough space for a small boat in our storage spot, right behind the Casita.  There are many, many small craft marinas around here, and a few launch ramps.  In fact, there’s one about a mile from our house.

It isn’t pretty, but it does the trick.  They even have a parking lot to keep your truck and trailer. And, it is all gratis!  Don’t speak Latin people? – that’s FREE!  Yep, it’s a state park, and we are now residents.   So…

The boat show had lots of boats and accessories.  I thought there would be a few large, and larger motor and sailboats in the bunch – but there weren’t – just motor boats.  Small ones!  Not that we were going to buy a big one, mind you – I guess we’re just used to the Annapolis boat shows which are outdoors and pretty unbelievable to see, where you can climb on and off of some of the most spectacular boats/yachts in the world.  But actually, for us, this was perfect.

The entrance was plain and simple

To the left of the entryway, there was a photo op that Tim just could not resist.

The first thing that met our eyes when we walked into the show was this incredible sand sculpture.

It was done by sand sculptor extraordinaire, John Gowdy.  If you want to know a bit about him or see more of his work, go to

Some of the boats we looked at  were this style.  Meh!

But this was my very favorite of that lot.

But here’s the thing…do we really need a boat this large?  I mean we want to be able to take out a few people, mostly our three grandsons.  So do we purchase, insure, and store something like this for the less than a handful of times we would actually take guests out?  That remains to be seen.  I was thinking more of something like this –

or even this-

I  really want to explore the waterways in the marshes.  To my eyes, they are quite beautiful.

All along the marshes, there are small restaurants and bars.  You can tie up your boat, and go in for a little refreshment and a bite to eat.  This one is called Mott’s Creek Inn.

Not very fancy, right?  But the drinks are good, and the food is delicious, and there’s often live music.  Plus, it sits just a few feet away from the Redneck Yacht Club.

Right across the street from Mott’s Creek Inn, this sign is posted .

UGH!  You know how I feel about mosquitoes and green heads.  But this year, I am determined to enjoy my summer at the shore, and at times,  on the marshes.  Note:  Someone told me to wipe all exposed areas with Listerine.  You let it dry, and voila – no bugs.  Hmmm.  I’ll try anything!  And if it works, I’ll let y’all know.

Crazy!  I had no idea that this world existed just a few miles from the glitz and glamour of Atlantic City casinos.

This is another restaurant/bar on the banks of the marsh.  It’s called Oyster Creek Inn Restaurant and Boat Bar.

This happens to be an excellent restaurant, with very long lines during the summer.

I’m sure you get the idea! A boat sounds like fantastic fun.  But we have nothing but time to decide.  We plan on hitting the road in our Casita again sometime soon.  Believe it or not, we miss the road. Don’t get me wrong, we love our new home.  But, the road is our siren song. And very, very soon we plan to take another road trip.  In fact, we are currently in the planning stages.  Canada?  Florida?  The States we haven’t been to yet — all are being considered. For those of you who follow along, you know our trip to Mexico came to an abrupt halt;  something to do with a leased vehicle.  We have recently purchased the truck, so Mexico is back in our sights.  I’m thinking for the winter makes the most sense.  How about you?

We hosted a St. Patrick’s Day EVE party. It’s been so long since we’ve entertained in our home, that it took lots of our time to plan, prepare and host.  You all would have been pretty proud of me.  I even made Beer Bread, Irish Soda Bread, Shepherd’s Pie, Guiness Chocolate Cake (below),


Bailey’s Irish Cream Cake and Irish Apple Cake with Custard sauce — all from scratch.   Oh wait, let’s not forget Shamrock-shaped pasta (since I’m Italian).  As well as lots of other stuff.  We really enjoyed ourselves, and believe / hope every one else did as well.   On the day of, we went to McGettigan’s Irish Pub for corned beef and cabbage, and music of course,  with friends.

That’s it for now – see you next time, hopefully with plans for the road trip.




February, 2017

If you live close by, or are crossing the country and find yourself in New Jersey – you’re in for a treat.  Sea Isle City is a beach town, in Cape May County, New Jersey.  The weekend of February 18th and 19th kicked off the 2017 season, with a Polar Bear Plunge.  The “plungers” were very lucky this year, with temps in the 60s.  Could have been snowing in February!  Everyone looked like they were having great time.  Some more than others.

Afterwards, there was a Post-Plunge Party, with a Costume Contest Awards Ceremony.  Costumes you ask?  Yep – some people dressed in costumes to take the plunge. Well – dressed – undressed – plunged – dressed.  All in good fun.

There was plenty of police presence to “keep the peace”.

I must say that this kind of partying is not really my thing. Huge crowds, many of them tipsy or totaled, as the case may be.  We even saw a guy passed out on someone’s front lawn – not cool at all !!!  But the plunge was something I had never seen, so…

However, the real reason to go to Sea Isle City is the absolutely gorgeous, 1 1/2 mile beach.  Check this out.

It really is a summer playground.  The huge beach caters to all interests.  There are Catamaran and Sailboat Launching Beaches, Kayaking Beaches,  Kiteboarding Beaches, Rafting Beaches, Surf-Fishing Beaches,  Surfing Beaches, and Volleyball Beaches.  I think that’s pretty amazing.  Now, there are general beach rules.

And, there are rules that go with each type of beach, but nothing that would stop you from having a wonderful day.  (Check out the website at the bottom of the page for rules).

Oh, I almost forgot !!!!!!!  Very Important !!!

Most beaches in New Jersey require a beach tag , which you must pay for, to enjoy the beach.  On Wednesdays, beaches here are FREE!!!

EVEN MORE IMPORTANT – Beach wheelchairs are available at no charge from the Sea Isle City Beach Patrol. However you must have a place to store the chair and a way to transport the chair to your location. The chairs are designed to be used in the sand and have large balloon wheels. They can be signed out for up to 5 days. It is best to call the Sea Isle Beach Patrol to make a reservation as there are a limited number of chairs. You will need two forms of ID to sign out a beach wheel chair. Reserved chairs must be picked up by 11:30 AM at Beach Patrol Headquarters on the Promenade at 44th Street.  I think that’s an excellent idea.

Other towns have chairs, but they are not free.  Au contraire, they are quite expensive IMO.  For example,  1 day -$75.00 up to 1 week – $225.  Mobility On Wheels Atlantic City  offers its customers “state of the art Deming Design” beach wheelchair rental. Mobility On Wheels has the largest beach wheelchair rental, with sizes from petite sizes to heavy-duty bariatric wheelchairs, all with reticulating leg platforms.  FYI – I was a rehab nurse for a number of years, so this info is particularly interesting to me.

Aside from the beaches and water activities, there are lots of happenings. Here are a few –

MARCH 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration

This is a picture of St. Patrick’s Day parade from 2016.  My favorite part is that the mayor is leading the parade – and his name?  Leonard Desiderio.

APRIL 2017

Easter Program

Art & Craft Show

MAY 2017

The Largest Cousins Reunion In America

Memorial Day Ceremony

JUNE 2017

ESA/South Jersey District Surfing Contest

Sea Isle Beer Fest

Full Moon Beach Yoga – ON THE BEACH – 8-9pm

Isn’t this great?

Skimmer Antique Auto Show & Parade

Skimmer Festival: Free Guided Historical Trolley Tours

Sea Isle City Food Truck Invitational

JULY 2017

Concert – Real Diamond (Neil Diamond Tribute)

Independence Day Concert with Ed Vezinho/Jim Ward Big Band


Concert – Coast To Coast (Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute)

Full Moon Beach Yoga – ON THE BEACH

Concert – The Rat Pack Tribute Show (Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin/Sammy Davis Jr. & Marilyn Monroe)

Baby Parade -The Sea Isle City Baby Parade celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2016.  Check this out.  This is a great idea and picture. They took third place in the “Riding” Division. Looks like an adorable day – full of oohing and aahing.

1-Mile Ocean Swim

Concert – Lights Out (Frankie Valli & Four Seasons Tribute)

Concert – Country Music Live Event (Jess Zimmerman & Audra McLaughlin from “The Voice”)


Concert – The Glimmer Twins (Rolling Stones Tribute)

Full Moon Beach Yoga – ON THE BEACH


There area few photo ops besides the beach – here’s Tim in what used to be a lifeguard boat.

And me takin’ breeze in a gazebo on the boardwalk.  Speaking of boardwalks.  There isn’t actually a boardwalk in Sea Isle City – no boards – no wood.  They have built up the dunes, and created an asphalt walkway on the very top, which is called The Promenade.

CAMPING:  There are no campgrounds in Sea Isle City proper.  The closest are –

Ocean View Resort Campground- 2.67 miles NW
Ocean View, New Jersey   It has 1173 sites.

Echo Farms Campground is also in Ocean View, with 237 sites.

Note:  I haven’t stayed in either, but they both get pretty good reviews.  I’ll give them a try this summer, and give a full report.

If you want more info on Sea Isle City, please go to-