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To the Beach…Earthquake?

August 24, 2011

We have migrated South for the time being.

We kicked our beach vacation off with an earthquake.

Who knew what it was?

The house started to shake pretty hard and it was confusing.  I looked out at the windsock on the deck and it was barely fluttering.  I figured something was VERY wrong with the plumbing.  Thinking the house was going to fall down I made my way back the hall to my sleeping baby. I am not trying to sound dramatic… I just thought something was very wrong with the supports of the house. Walking down the hall felt similar to when you walk on a bus or an RV.  By the time I put my hand on the door knob the rattling and shaking stopped.

 I let go of the door and shrugged it off as the house fell quiet.

 I walked back out to the deck and looked to see business as usual out on the beach.

Before all the shaking and quaking I had a relaxing  morning sitting on the deck reading this book called The Eve Tree by Rachel Devenish Ford. Here is a free first chapter of the book . It would be a good autumn reading book as it has a warm smokey feel. Can I say that it has the best feel of a book I have ever touched? Before I ever opened it I took it to my husband and made him touch the cover. He agreed it has a unique suede feel. I never felt a book like it. I generally don’t read fiction but one of my readers suggested it and I tucked it away for this trip. Truthfully I started it back home and then one of the kids stuck it somewhere. I then found it the day before we left. So I am happy to sink back into the story line and see it to the end.

People are funny at the beach.  If you put your book down long enough to watch them.
I watched an older round lady with cute cropped grey hair lug a toddler over the dunes by his head.  
He seemed unfazed.  
I couldn’t help but smile.
She was trying to do the “right thing” by carrying her grandson over the hot sand.  However you could tell she was too… ahem…err… big for her britches to haul him the whole way. So with each thud of her well pedicured flip flopped foot he dripped further down till at the top of the dune only his head was in the crook of her elbow. She then set him down and told him , “Do you see Paw paw?” in a sing songy but wrung out kind of way. The toddler ran off and the round woman with cute cropped hair seemed fit to pass out on the dune fence.

I swear the old man from “Up” (the movie) is renting the house next to us. It is completely endearing. He sits all day hunched over a newspaper with his square glasses perched down at the end of his nose. He hasn’t moved a muscle all day. Just stays hunched over the paper, save the time he was surprised to find his wife had been at the beach all morning.
Again I smiled and laughed …men are funny like that.
He had no idea where his aging wife was and decided it best to sit and read the newspaper having given up on her whereabouts. She had called up to him from the sand and he, surprised ,had reminded her, “you know I can’t hear anything you are saying.” To which his shaky wife assured him, “I know,” and she kept right on finishing her story.

That’s one of the great things about the beach…everyone just keeps on talking but you can’t really hear them. You just smile and look back out to the waves…and somehow that’s acceptable.

Welcome to the beach….pull up a beach chair and relax .  

Don’t mind all the shaking it’s probably just an earthquake.

Again thank you for all the support as we all try and recover from the devastation from yesterday’s quake~T

10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2011 9:57 am

    dannnnng! and I was thirsty too! son of a gun!

    • August 24, 2011 12:10 pm

      lucky we had more or I don’t know how we could have recovered.
      However we have a giant Hurricane scheduled for this weekend… I imagine that will actually be a bit more eventful!

  2. Dr. Dre permalink
    August 24, 2011 11:56 am

    i call dibs on the eve tree when you’re done! here’s another great reason why i couldn’t read on a kindle or ipad. books just feel great. can’t wait to feel (and read 😉 )

    • August 24, 2011 12:09 pm

      sure thing. I feel the same way about kindle… I read a few books on ipad… but only in a desperate pinch.
      Seriously glad I ordered a tangible copy from Amazon.
      The book is really getting good.

  3. Becks permalink
    August 24, 2011 12:49 pm

    tree of eve! thank you for reminding me about this! Since I live in Placer County Ca I am far too familiar with the fires. At best it will make your clothes smell like you’ve been camping just by walking from the mall to your car, at worst it will take your house, land and possessions without even thinking twice- we had a bad fire in Auburn 2 years ago…ugh. Good start to what seems like a very relatable book! (i took advantage of the first chapter link)

    • August 24, 2011 1:01 pm

      Oh well then you will totally be able to relate.
      Have you heard of the author’s blog?
      She is from California and her life is very facinating.
      Glad you previewed the first chapter!

  4. August 24, 2011 1:10 pm

    So glad you decided to read The Eve Tree. That makes me happy. 🙂

    • August 24, 2011 1:16 pm

      Yes thank you for the idea! I had always read her blog… but never knew the book had a back drop of farming or artisan cheese making.
      Totally me…well minus the goats…I like sheep.
      Although I will say this… the part I read back home…DID make me seek out a dairy goat farmer and I now have a solid supplier for goats milk that tastes great. So many goat dairies taste like goat teats or worse, lol
      So The Eve Tree has done some solid good things for my life.
      Plus I like how it has a God related edge…. but the author isn’t afraid to drop an “Oh shit” when the main character needs to …I think she dropped a bucket of milk? Definitely an appropriate oh shit moment. Not to over emphasise that point it only happened once that I have read.
      Thanks again!

  5. August 24, 2011 3:42 pm

    the Eve Tree?!?! thank you so much for suggesting this book. i was reading the bio and bought it in the same click. what a great plot, especially in the midst of modern day annoyances. the close knit family reminds me of a laura ingle’s story.
    glad that you have a relaxing environment to read it in (sun, sand, waves, what could possibly be better?!).

  6. August 25, 2011 11:15 pm

    Thanks for the book and blog recommendation I will surely check them out. And thanks for sharing the beach…it must be lovely! Except for the earthquake! Glad you are ok…

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