If you saw Friday’s post (click HERE) then you know that I’ve been doing some clothing shopping with my sister-in-law lately but that wasn’t the only way we spent the majority of our time together.
We spent two weeks in Avalon during which I honestly couldn’t find the time to blog. I also didn’t have much to blog about which is ok too. In the previous years, I drove around in the mornings to take photos of all the beautiful homes (click HERE to see some of them) so I could share them with you. I originally had planned to do the same again. We did so much indulging in food and beverages that I made sure I’d get my running time in instead and if I wasn’t running I tried to spend time with my little niece, brother and sister-in-law. There is always just a small window between naps. To me it all was time well spent.
Black windows and shutters trend
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I did get some photos though. in the past year or two a lot of the new construction homes have started to use black windows and pop-up shutters and I’m obsessed with the look. The following home wasn’t finished yet last year so I had to snap a photo this year.
Isn’t it beautiful? At the top you can see the shutters.
This below bayside home garage, yup that’s a garage has them as well.
I love the blue exterior of the below bayside home too with the pretty window boxes but I’m definitely drawn more to the black and white look. You know me!!!
And then while going for a walk and drive, I couldn’t help but focus on the old Avalon and Stone Harbor homes. Everyone is trying to upstage the next home here at the Jersey Shore. It’s sometimes even nauseating. I just can’t believe all the wealth and urge to be bigger, better and more expensive than the next one.
The below home is what the shore means to me. I love the weathered wood, tiny porch and light blue shutters. Memories have been made there for a long time and you just can’t deny the charm.
Small Jersey shore home prices
But the truth for us is that even such a small, old and charming home isn’t affordable down here. Let me show you.
This little one bedroom and one bath home is $399,000
$979,000 for the next one.
This below little one is $1,250,000
Below home is $3,100,000
Really insane, right? It’s absolutely crazy so if you see the prices for those old little charmers then you can imagine how much the new giant stunners cost, right?
When I wander and ponder the streets like that I always wonder if people actually know how lucky they are or if they are really just always striving for the next bigger and better thing. To me they are really fortunate to be able to own such an amazing piece of the Jersey Shore.
The last night we sat at the bayside and watched the turtle heads bobbing in the little ripples of the water. It’s the cutest and most calming thing to see.
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Before we went to the beach we went back to the foster and picked up Willy again because she couldn’t keep them for that long. I don’t know if you saw that already on Facebook and Instagram. I had figured it was better than having him passed around from foster to foster or maybe shelter until we got back from Germany to get home. And I was totally right because him and Maya have become great friends. Willy follows her around and plays with her all day long now. It’s so cute to see and totally what Maya needed. She now leaves the old cats alone and is much happier.
My kids were thrilled and Willy was obviously happy too. Look how he snuggled in with my daughter on the ride back home.
He’s grown so much.
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Now, it breaks my heart to see my Lilly cat go down hill fast. When we came back from the beach I noticed that she had become a skeleton in only two weeks with eyes sunken in her head. I took her to the vet immediately. She had lost 2 pounds and now only weighs 5 pounds. After some bloodwork we determined that her time has come. At 19 years old she is a rarity with her thyroid condition. With her meds she isn’t hungry anymore. If she’s not on her meds she’s hungry again but losing weight.
I can’t say much more about my poor baby. I’ll leave it at that for now. It’s just upsetting me so much.
I’ll talk to you soon, ok?