It is difficult to believe how wonderful the weather has been since Lou Arrived more than two weeks ago. We have yet to turn on the A/C. At night we sleep with the windows open, covered with just a light blanket. Today is clear and sunny, with temperatures in the upper 70s. The forecast calls for nighttime temps in the 60s. Yesterday the ocean was perfect for swimming -- a chin deep trough lay between the beach and the outer bar. There was barely a hint of current and no sign of rip currents.
Well, not all is perfect, though. I heard reports that Sunbeam (the island's sole supplier of bread to stores and restaurants) has suddenly stopped coming to Ocracoke. I haven't been to the grocery in a few days, but I'm told the bread shelves are empty. Imagine if every store in your area abruptly ran out of bread. Lucky for me, Lou Ann enjoys baking bread! And Ocracokers are resilient. We'll find a solution soon.
Then last night Lou Ann came home to discover a big black water bug cruising around our home-made brownies. These ugly critters are summertime reminders that we are living in the south, and it may take Lou Ann a while to adjust. In the meanwhile we have set out a number of "Roach Hotels"....and I have been informed that I am welcome to every last brownie.
You can read our latest newsletter here. It's the story of the Invasion of Ocracoke & Portsmouth in the War of 1812.