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As I first mentioned here, we spent the week of Labor Day at Litchfield Beach with Jake’s mom and dad.  We enjoyed a relaxing week walking on the beach, swimming in the pool, and eating delicious food.  Here are some pics!

This is the view from our balcony at the beach.  Isn’t it awesome!?

We decided to do a little walking down the beach and took this picture along the way.  This is Jake with his beach beard.

While walking down the beach, we came upon copious amounts of wildlife!  The starfish were everywhere!  It was amazing how many we saw.  Daddy Dan had to save a few because they had flipped over… he is our hero!

Did you know that they can move so much?  The starfish were washed up on the beach and as the tide went out, they scrambled towards the water.  When that didn’t work, they would bury themselves in the sand and wait for the goodness of the ocean to return and wash them back out to sea.  It was truly one of the neatest things ever.

How cool are starfish?  Have you ever run across them at the beach?  Anyone else ever been to Litchfield?  Peaceful little beach, that one.

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Hi everyone!  Currently, I sit in a hotel room in Washington, D.C. in the middle of Hurricane Irene.  I have been here on a work trip this week, and on Tuesday was able to experience my first earthquake.  A 5.9!  Can we say natural disasters???

I sit here now hoping not to lose power.  I don’t think Irene has gotten too bad here in DC, at least not yet.  And to be honest, I am not really keeping up with it in the news, either.  Jake and my mom both keep giving me some updates, but the way I see it, I can’t really do anything about it at this point, so I may as well not worry about it.  And just hope not to lose power.  Which I haven’t yet!  I have stocked up on some food and water, though.  Ya know, just in case.

As for the earthquake, it was, in a word, terrifying.  Probably the most scared I’ve ever been.  A close second would be that time that a guy broke into our front window scaring us half to death, only to find out he thought he was at his sister’s home.  WHAT?

Anyway, the earthquake was terrifying.  Of course, being in a building belonging to a government agency in our nation’s capital, in a part of the country rarely experiencing this natural shaking of the earth under our feet, an earthquake was most definitely not the first thing to enter our minds that it could be.

I’d guess the shaking lasted around 30 seconds, though it felt like 5 minutes.  As soon as it was over, someone screamed, “Get out of the building!”  Of course, I didn’t know where to go once I was out of the building, so I found someone I recognized and followed them.  Thank goodness too, because the office’s designated meeting place was obviously blocks away, and I’d have never found the group in all the swarms of people outside.

So, yeah.  Exciting times!  I can’t wait to be home.

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My dad and I used to ride around the back country roads (some of them not paved) looking for muscadine vines. You may ask yourself, “What in the world is a muscadine vine and why were the Sherbert boys looking for one?” Well… a muscadine is a little southern ‘fruit’ with a seed (pit) in the middle of it. You can think of them as big grapes. They usually climb up and around trees, thus the reason for us driving around finding them. Once you find a muscadine vine, you will realize that most of the little fruits are up in the trees. Although daunting, it is relatively simple to obtain access to the fruit. You pull down part of the vine, not off the tree, just pull it down so you can grab the muscadine fruit then let it go so that it may continue to flourish for next season.

There is a larger form of the muscadine called the scupperdine (scuppernong). Both of the vines look very similar. Here is what a vine looks like:

As you can see, this is a domesticated scupperdine vine. Some people even make scupperdine wine to ease their troubled minds on a rough day. This is a southern form of high society drinking. Haha!

There is a total of 2 scupperdine planted at the base of the trellis. They group up and around the structure clinging to anything and everything…

Have you ever had scupperdine/scuppernong wine?

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While we were road tripping around the southeast, my parents ran into a thunderstorm producing copious amounts of hail. These are a few pictures of the miniature balls of frozen precipitation that graced their back yard.

I like to refer to hail as giant dandruff. Isn’t that such a great picture below! It’s the Jolly Green Giant!

I’m sure when it started falling, the parental units were like, “What the hail?”  Haha, ok, I know, I know, that was a bit corny….

It’s not every day of the year that it hails, so I thought it would be good to document this rare occurrence with a hail limerick.

Oh hail, how doth thee fall,

From the heavens to Earth you are a giant dandruff ball,

Little do you know where you will land

Whether it be in leaves, grass or sand

Oh hail, I don’t want your call.

What do you think of my hail limerick that was put together in 30 seconds?  Have you ever been a ‘victim’ of hail?

Picture: Jolly Green Giant – Flickr by 3Neus

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Some of you may know that I love the moon.  I love it so much that Jake even gave me a moon globe as part of my wedding present.  Get it?  He gave me the moon on our wedding day!

Anyway, March 19th, the moon was classified as a SuperMoon, which meant that it was as close to the Earth as it had been in the past 18 years.  We happened to be at Jake’s parents’ house the night before that.  They live out in the country, and we thought it might be the perfect opportunity to get some pretty nice pics of the moon, so we took our camera and tripod.

We are definitely still getting used to our fancy camera, and taking pictures at night are obviously even more challenging than taking pictures in good light, but here are a couple shots we got that we liked:

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