Sunday, September 12, 2021

The Sun, The Water, Loud Jet Skis, Ice Cream and Angry Bees

Friday, September 10, 2021 This afternoon we drove over to Ship Bottom.   There is a fishing dock and boat launch just over the last bridge         onto the island.  I wanted to have Ross take pictures of me in my new shawl, which I had just finished knitting. I like to post photos of my latest completed projects on instagram. I also thought it would be nice to sit by the water and soak up some sun. It was very breezy.

There was a man and woman in the parking lot with two jet skis loaded in the back of their pickup. They were trying to fix one of them. They kept revving the motor which produced a lot of smoke and loud engine noises.

It was a gorgeous day. Puffy white clouds floated around in the blue blue sky. The sun light played on the water creating sparkling bouncing jewels.
Even though it wasn't very peaceful, because of the loud noises coming from the broken jet ski, I could have stayed a little longer.  But Ross had had enough and i t was time to go. 

A new ice cream store/stand opened up near us in Barnegat on Route 9 north. It's across the street from the local animal hospital, which is my point of reference for finding the new ice cream store.

We went there after we left the island.

They have an outside terrace with umbrellaed picnic tables. We usually sit and eat our ice cream right there.

Since it's right on a busy highway, it's not very scenic or quiet but they have really good soft serve. We like the vanilla in a plain old fashioned sugar cone. It's delicious.

Today, though, the terrace was loaded with bees. Yellow jackets. This is the time of year for those bees to become aggressive.

According to the google machine, "Yellow jackets are hand-to-mouth feeders for existence, particularly in the fall after the queen stops laying eggs and there's no young to feed. When the weather turns colder, food sources disappear and they begin to starve. Starvation makes them angry and aggressive as they work hard to seek food."

Because of those hungry, angry bees, we had to get our ice cream to go. Since it was a fairly warm afternoon, we couldn't get the soft serve. It would have melted before we got home. We got the hand dipped hard ice cream in a cup instead. Two scoops of bing cherry for me and two scoops of butter pecan for Ross.

I told Ross that the ice cream was dinner for tonight. I really didn't feel like preparing anything. He seemed okay with that until later in the evening. I heard him foraging in the refrigerator and cabinets. I heated up a portion of eggplant parm for him and a piece of chicken for me. I guess it wound up to be that we switched it up and just had our desert before dinner. The benefit of adulthood, right?


  1. Hari OM
    Who's checking?! &*> Lovely to have an outing (and the shawl is another beaut!) but what a shame about the interruptions. Well done for making the most of it, you two. YAM xx

    1. I try to get us out of the house every day. Even if we go to the same places, there is always something new to see.

  2. Sure, why not have dessert first? I bet it was nice to get out. I like to photograph my newest FOs, too.

  3. I have accumulated so many FO’s over time. I think I might have to stage an exhibit.