Jacquelynne Steves

A trip to the beach

We spent all of last week at the beach…. the kids were all there, and the in-laws. We were there for my birthday, and we went out to a nice dinner at a seafood restaurant (you have to have seafood when you’re at the beach!!) We did some cooking, believe it or not (more about that in a later post.) It was a fun time, but I think Alfie had the most fun of all!

We decided that if he is truly going to be a Salty Dog, he should have a life jacket. Safety first!! haha. I love the handle on the top- makes it so easy to pick him up and carry him around like a suitcase!



He loves spending time on the beach:



And just chillin’ on the deck:



But, you know, the sun and salt air can make you really tired:


When we get back home from the beach, he spends about 2 days sleeping!

The humans also had some fun… taking long walks on the beach:Beach2-JacquelynneSteves

Enjoying the view from the back yard:Beach-JacquelynneSteves

Hiking through the woods to our favorite secluded beach (uh oh- our secret has been found out. This time when we went there was a group of 11 people there. How dare they??)


Visiting the quaint neighboring town for dinner, ice cream, and strolls through town:



Fabulous sunsets:CapeCharlesSunset-JacquelynneSteves



I even brought my supplies and did a little painting:

ButterflyArt- Jacquelynne Steves

So now we’re back… and daughter goes back to college tomorrow… and everything goes back to normal. *Sigh* I guess summer is over!!


HaveABeautifulDay-Seashell Art_JacquelynneSteves


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    Christine M
    Posted August 29, 2015 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Alfie looks so cute in his life jacket.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 30, 2015 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

      I was surprised that really doesn’t mind wearing it!

  • Judy P
    Posted August 30, 2015 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    He is adorable! I wanted to adopt a little female like him at the humane society shelter this past week, she looked just like a little dog (Twinkie) we had from there when my kids were little. Twinkie had a little more terrier in her, longer and more wiry fur. Loved that little dog. But some one adopted her before I could get there. :(

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 30, 2015 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

      If she was adopted by someone else, then she wasn’t meant to be yours… I really believe the God brought the exact right little dog to our family at just the right time. Alfie was the last one in the litter, all of his siblings had been adopted long before he was. Then, when I tried to adopt him, another family had applied just before I did and I was so disappointed- but then that fell through and he was ours. Your perfect little companion is out there waiting for you, and you will find her! You may just have to be a little bit patient :)

  • CarolK
    Posted August 30, 2015 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Love the pictures of Alfie, he’s such a sweetie pie. I’d love to have a little dog but our kitty, Pooh, would have it for dinner. Pooh is about 16 pounds and a tad too plump but he’s a very happy cat and likes being an only child. Love those sunset pictures. It’s been a bizzillion years since I’ve been down the shore.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 31, 2015 at 8:25 am | Permalink

      Hi Carol! We have a cat too, who was here before Alfie, but Alfie has made sure that the cat knows that he now #1!!! He is little but feisty, lol.

  • Monica Kostak
    Posted August 30, 2015 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful photos!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 31, 2015 at 8:25 am | Permalink

      Thanks Monica :)

  • Rhonda Morrison
    Posted August 31, 2015 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Looks like you had a nice birthday, glad to see that. Best wishes to your daughter.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted September 2, 2015 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Rhonda :)

  • Deborah
    Posted September 2, 2015 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    I love all your pictures but Alfie is my favorite. Do you know what breed or mix he is?

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted September 2, 2015 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

      He is a Chihuahua mix- mostly Chihuahua, and a little bit “something else” but we don’t know what!

  • Ginny
    Posted September 3, 2015 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for sharing pics of your family vacation at the beach. He looks so well adapted to either water or land, as long your with him,..My little Paris (Chichuahua) goes every where with me even work. I take her to the beach off tend and she has a ball running around and playing in the sand. She is the love of my life and boy does she know it.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted September 4, 2015 at 8:07 am | Permalink

      Alfie loves playing ball on the beach too! And he is sooooo spoiled- but I’m not sure if he knows it! Sometimes I call him the Little Prince, lol. He’s just accustomed to special treatment.

  • Deb
    Posted September 3, 2015 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jacquelynne, I love your website! Alfie is so adorable – I can see that he’s not camera shy too :) Bless you and your family. Deb

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted September 4, 2015 at 8:09 am | Permalink

      Thanks Deb!! Have a great weekend!

  • Carole
    Posted September 3, 2015 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Your Alfie is so cute. We have a Chihuahua and terrier mix named Cindi. She is the color
    of cinders. I adopted her from the Camden County Animal Shelter three years ago. So
    spoiled! Really enjoy your website.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted September 4, 2015 at 8:11 am | Permalink

      Alfie is also a Chihuahua mix- not sure what’s in the mix, LOL! He is also from an animal rescue, he was the last one left in the litter.

  • Karla Brown
    Posted September 3, 2015 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful pictures — sounds like you had a great time — Alfie is beautiful! Good luck to your daughter.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted September 4, 2015 at 8:12 am | Permalink

      Thanks Karla!

  • Tammy
    Posted September 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    The photo’s were great. I didn’t get to go on vacation this year. Bummer. I have a little dog like Alfie. He is a Chihuahua mix. His name is A.J. and he is 15 tears old. He is white and tan. They are great dogs. A,J. is my baby. He only weighs 5 pounds. I don’t know what I would do without him.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted September 4, 2015 at 8:13 am | Permalink

      5 pounds is small! Alfie is about 8 pounds- I think I might be feeding him a little too much :)

  • Marilyn
    Posted September 3, 2015 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    I’ll bet around other dogs, Alfie thinks he’s a Great Dane…lol

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted September 4, 2015 at 8:14 am | Permalink

      What’s funny is that he barks at the big dogs- like he thinks he can take them!

  • Mrs Pamela Foster
    Posted September 4, 2015 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Lovely pictures and Alfie is so cute. We are in Spain at the moment with family enjoying a wonderful holiday and for us summer has defiantly gone in the UK according to my friends?

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted September 4, 2015 at 8:15 am | Permalink

      Enjoy your trip to Spain- that sounds marvelous! Summer is definitely still here- all of our grass is brown and crunchy because it’s been so hot and dry!

  • jodie
    Posted September 4, 2015 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Your Alfie is precious! I have a Chihuahua, who a joy.! She has no idea she is supposed to be a lap dog, she likes doing impressions of bloodhounds, Great Danes and she has a mean cat impression, she stalks other dogs like a cat, hilarious to see. Happy belated birthday, I look forward to your newsletters and free e-magazines, you are so talented.

  • Posted September 4, 2015 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    I totally agree! Eating seafood at the beach is an absolute must-do. In fact, it’s the only time I eat seafood because it tastes so much better there than at any other restaurant that isn’t at the beach. We took our beach trip back in May, and I’d so love to go back…permanently.

  • Jean Killett
    Posted September 5, 2015 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    What a lovely lot of photos it made me calm and happy just looking at them, I was wondering if it would be alright to download one of the ones of alfie and convert it to cross stitch, I would obviously send you a copy.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted September 5, 2015 at 7:56 am | Permalink

      Hi Jean, thanks for asking permission for photo use! Yes, you may turn Alfie into a cross stitch! I would love to see your finished project when it’s done! Alfie: Professional Needlework Design Model!!!

  • Jean Killett
    Posted September 5, 2015 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    I know you do quilting etc but maybe one of your friends could cross stitch or knit it into a jumper for you.

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