Saturday, July 19, 2008


I woke up this morning totally unaware that a tropical depression was building off the coast of South Carolina, and that we were under a tropical storm warning. It has been beautiful (but hot) all day, and the sky is just now starting to show signs of the oncoming storm. Forecasters are calling for winds of only about 35 or 40 mph sometime late tonight or tomorrow. No one that I have talked with is much concerned (we've all been through much more severe storms), though mariners are taking extra precautions by tying their boats a bit more securely.

Lou Ann and I just finished a delicious meal of bourbon pecan chicken, I am shutting down the computers, and now we're planning to sit on the pizer, chat, share a bottle of wine, and watch the clouds roll in. Later on we'll settle in for the evening and listen to the wind and rain. Be assured that all is well here on the Outer Banks.

Just another summer day on Ocracoke.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's account of installing an old-fashioned pitcher pump. You can read it here.


  1. Anonymous3:43 PM

    Hmm How do you sit on a pizer. Is that a porch ?I love local sayings I hear tell a porch breaker is a big party in maine so lay a few "porchbreakers" on us okay?

  2. Pizer is the local word for porch. It's a variation of piazza, which apparently was commonly used by sailors years ago.