Saturday, September 29, 2012

Finally...a Sunny Weekend in Paradise!

Sooo...Michelle and I have been going a little stir crazy in the past few weeks.  It's monsoon season here in the Bahamas which means that it rains at least once a day on average.  This is not a light shower, mind you.  It's like tropical storm force rain that comes on in a split second and produces power outages (at least on my side of the island) and ear splitting thunder.  The fringe benefit of all the rain is...well nothing really.  It means you can't enjoy the best part about being here AND Matilda has adopted this weird "storm freak out mode" so for the duration of the storms this is what I deal with:


Yes.  That's a 65 lb. fur baby literally in my lap.  What you can't see or hear is her shaking like a leaf and literally crying and whimpering like a little baby.  A few times she's forgotten that I'm here and when the thunder wakes her up from sleeping on my bed, she jumps up and just starts howling.  Like something straight out of the 101 Dalmations barking chain.  Then I call her and she comes bounding into the living room into my lap and tries to make herself as small as possible.  Such a tough life for a city pup...

But today, we FINALLY got to enjoy a day in paradise.  It was a quintessential gorgeous day at Taino Beach today and Michelle and I went down and lounged on the beach and watched the regatta that's going on this weekend.  It was so picturesque!  Like something from a movie set.  See for yourself:











Gorgeous right?!?  The boats and the beach...not necessarily the legs.  But I'll tell ya, I am intensely proud of my Bahamian tan!  It has been many moons since I was this tan, and it feels really good to not be able to see through your skin! ;)  Anyhoo, we had a nice afternoon today.  The Bahamians are really not into the boat end of the regatta (that was my favorite part...minus the start pistol that made me want to hit the pavement in preparation for a gang war...).  The Bahamians get into the party after the sun goes down (I can actually hear their music right now and they're about a half mile up the road...), but they were nice enough to provide us with a few lounge chairs and an umbrella that just made today perfect.  

We also banked on some pretty amazing pieces of beach glass!  I am REALLY excited to get home and do some antique shopping (Bernice and Nicole will be very disappointed by that statement I'm sure...).  I'm looking for a few antique fobs so that I can do this with my beach glass for a few ADKOF pieces:








I cannot wait to do this.  What a neat concept!  At any rate...we are headed to Taino tomorrow assuming the weather stays gorgeous again.  In honor of the fact that we are halfway done with this semester and officially only have 7 weeks left before we're home, I've started a ticker over here on the right -->.  Almost there!!


48 comments:

  1. that is so funny about your dog. my dog is scared of thunder too. also, I love beach glass!

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    1. I know...it's totally weird! She never used to be bothered by storms and now since being in the Bahamas she's like terrified! I secretly get a kick out of it... ;)

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  3. what a find life you seem to have in the bahamas! you're the second blogger i've run across today that lives there. so jealous! sorry that it's been raining a lot! i live in atlanta, and when someone like me thinks of such tropical places, you never imagine it raining there. hopefully it stops soon.
    well i just found your blog via I Love My Online Friends 'GFC' Hop and am following now.
    looking forward to future posts!

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    1. Thanks Morgan! Returning the follow right now! And yes, this weekend has been MUCH better. Reminds me why most days I really do love it here...

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  4. I just found you via the GFC Hop, and I'm glad I did! I can't wait to read more about your life in the Bahamas...no big deal... ;)

    Erin
    http://notquitejunecleaver.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Erin! I'm returning the follow right now! Looking forward to it!

      Rach

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  5. You have a wonderful blog!! I'm your newest follower from the GFC blog hop - this is my blog if you wanted to follow back: godsgrowinggarden.com
    Thanks
    Angie

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    1. Thanks Angie! Returning the follow right now!

      Rach

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  6. I have a goldendoodle and he is so scared of thunder storms too. I have read about Thundershirts and how they help calm down dogs during storms. I think I'm going to get one for mine so he won't be so scared whenever storm hits. I'm in Canada and it's fall here so won't have any more storms until next summer.

    Found your awesome blog through GFC blog hop and I'm your newest follower :)

    http://mui28.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! And I've heard of those thunder shirts...I actually bought one for my parents-in-law's lab. He goes NUTS when it storms and is generally bonkers all the time anyway. That thunder shirt is AMAZING! It's almost like giving them a puppy valium!

      Returning the follow now! Thanks for stopping by!
      Rach

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  7. I want to go to there.

    Seriously. I cannot even imagine what its like to live in the Bahamas! So cool!

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    1. Hi Meghan! Most days it's wonderful...today the beach was spectacular actually! It does come with its challenges, but we're loving it while we're here! We are only here for another 7 weeks and then we are moving to an island in the West Indies called Dominica for the remainder of his med school stint. We are excited about that too!

      Glad you stopped by! Returning the follow now!
      Rach

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  8. New follower from the blog hop! Sure wish I were on a beach somewhere!

    http://www.sewingourlifetogether.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Jessica! Glad you stopped by! You can live vicariously through my pictures if you won't judge me for living vicariously through yours! I LOVE the beach but I am CRAVING some crisp Fall weather right now and some tailgating action!

      Thanks for stopping by! Returning the follow right now!
      Rach

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  9. Those pics make me ACHE for my honeymoon in May!...UGH Hurry up time! New follower here, thanks for co-hosting! Come say HI!

    sarahmarieyankee.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Sarah Marie! Thanks for stopping by! Jonathan and I honeymooned in Jamaica and LOVED it. The Bahamas remind me of that time a lot. Congrats on the upcoming trip (and wedding I'm assuming??). Fun!!

      Thanks for stopping by! Returning the follow right now!
      Rach

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  10. GORGEOUS photos, I am so jealous of your tan!

    Newest follower from the GFC hop :)

    Peacoats and Plaid

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    1. Thanks Bre! And yes, I'm trying to take some good pictures of my fab tan now, because in my "old age" it really doesn't stick around long! Once I'm back in the states it will probably be no time before I'm what as a Cullen again... ;)

      Thanks for the follow!

      Rach

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  11. Hello Rachel! I found you at the TTWFI Blog Hop ^^ Very nice photos! Wish I could visit such a place sometime : ) Hope can get a chance to visit my blog too xx

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    1. Thanks Lau! Returning the follow right now!

      Rach

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  12. Beautiful pictures Rachel. Over from the GFC hop and happily following :)

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    1. Thanks Becky! I actually got some really pretty ones today too so those will be going up soon!

      Thanks for stopping by! Returning the follow right now!
      Rach

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  13. What a pleasant place! Hopping from GFC. Would love a follow back.

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    1. Thank Jeannie! Returning the follow right now!

      Rach

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  14. My dog is the same way when there's a storm. He totally freaks out and hides under the bed. What a beautiful scene you see every day. Stopping by from GFC TTWFI hop. A new follower.

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    1. Thanks Jesse! Returning the follow now! And yeah, it's crazy this storm thing that she's started doing. I think the storms here may carry like more electricity or something because she was NEVER like that with storms in the states! Now she's a total drama queen...

      Rach

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  15. I'm so jealous right now! New follower from the blog hop!

    ~Karen
    www.themaxells.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Karen! Returning the follow right now!

      Rach

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  16. Hola Rach!
    Stopped by Caribbean Daydreaming via TTWFI GFC Blog Hop and left you some love and support...your new reader #52. I then hopped over to ADKOF and was inspired by your post "It makes you stronger". I left you some love and support there as well...your new reader #27.

    I am looking forward to getting to know more about you and yours! Thanks and Tootles!

    ~SimplyyMayra - www.simplyymayra.com

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    1. Thanks Mayra! Wow you're so sweet! We just started putting ADKOF into the 21st century by creating an Etsy site and a blog. So glad you enjoyed what you saw! I'm glad you stopped by! Returning the follow right now!

      Rach

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  17. Love that beautiful dogs - and those gorgeous pics!! :)

    Newest follower from the GFC blog hop! :)

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    1. Thanks Rebecca! Yeah, I think she's gorgeous too (of course I'm a little biased I guess!). Thanks for stopping by! Returning the follow right now!

      Rach

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  18. This looks like paradise alright. So jealous right now :)

    Sarah
    http://acatlikecuriosity.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Hi Sarah! Yes, most days the beaches are spectacular. I know when I get back to the states I'll love all the comforts of "home" but miss those views like crazy! Thanks for the follow!

      Rach

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  19. Dogs can be such funny babies when there's thunder, can't they? I have one dog that cowers and another that gets all mad and barks at the thunder like he's trying to scare it away... :) Found you from the I Love My Online Friends hop - nice to 'meet' you...I'm now your newest follower (and wishing I were there on the beach right now...) :) Have a great week! :)


    Ready or Not Only You could Drive By a Merry Go ‘Round – the Start Of Something Good.

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    1. Thanks Stacy! Yes, I really have to keep myself from laughing at her when she goes nuts like that. I'm sure she really does think the sky is falling or something! But she really is pretty ridiculous...and cute at the same time. Thanks for stopping by! Returning the follow right now!

      Rach

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  20. Being from the Caribbean I can relate to the pictures you posted. It looks like you had a really great sunny day. I am following you from the Hop and would love for you to follow back. Have a great weekend.
    Jillian
    http://puzzlemecomplete.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Jillian! Thanks for stopping by! Where in the Caribbean are you from?? Jonathan and I are here in Freeport for another 7 weeks and then we are moving to an island in the West Indies called Dominica where he will finish out the remainder of his med school stint.

      Thanks for stopping by! Returning the follow right now!
      Rach

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  21. Great blog - SO jealous of where you live!! Newest follower from the hop :)

    Stephanie
    www.chocolatecoveredbuttons.com

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! Glad you stopped by! Returning the follow right now!

      Rach

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  22. First time follower through the hop.

    Love your photos of the Bahamas, lucky you!!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I'm glad you stopped by! Returning the follow right now!

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  23. I am so jealous! What a beautiful place to live. Thanks for hosting TTWFI. Hope you stop by and return the follow when you can ;)

    www.thenaptimereview.com

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  24. Looks pretty amazing! What an awesome place to live! One of your newest followers from the blog hop! Stop by for a visit! www.feralturtle.com Cheers!

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    1. Thanks so much! Most days it really is amazingly gorgeous! I'm missing Fall right now, but beach time sure does help that! Thanks for stopping by. Returning the follow right now!

      Rach

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  25. New follower via the Sunday blog hop. I would love to vacation in the Bahamas someday. Your photos are gorgeous! Stop by and say hello. :)

    Rachel
    http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Rachel! I'm returning the follow right now!

      Rach

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