#RRBC 30-DAY BLOGGING CHALLENGE DAY 17

For the blog challenge, I will begin reliving my vacations before Covid. I’m not yet ready to travel on a plane, even with a mask. Today, I’m revisiting the Dominican Republic, where I vacationed with my daughter, Ashley, my son-in-law, Chaim, and my husband, Lee, at an exclusive resort.

This is the four of us going for our first meal. The resort was spread apart with many buildings and individual condos. We rented a small house with a backyard and pool. We had to move twice since there were problems with the condos, one lost water, and the second flooded from the rain. Each time, they gave us a more extensive and prettier house.

The grounds were beautiful and so extensive we used golf carts to drive around. Each section had its own pool, and we tried them all.

Palm trees were everywhere. We chose this exclusive resort because it offered kosher meals, which we didn’t realize at first that we paid for on top of everyone else’s fees.

This is the pool in the kosher section, which is the smallest one, but always deserted.

The pool in our last condo was the biggest and I was able to do laps.

The views were spectacular. I miss the beaches and pools and definitely need a vacation.

RRBC 30-DAY BLOGGING CHALLENGE – DAY 12

I’ve decided to search back through my memories and see what I remember of my childhood. I’ve spoken about my family and shared the most dramatic events on my blog. I will start at the beginning, at least as far back as my memories will take me.

First, I’d like to tell you about the neighborhood where I was born, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. “Sheepshead Bay was named for the sheepshead, an edible fish found in the bay’s waters. Originally an extension of the town of Gravesend to the west, Sheepshead Bay was a secluded fishing and farming community early in its history.” Google comes in handy.

Sheepshead Bay was a peaceful place to live. I loved watching the fishing boats return in the afternoon with their catch, displaying the fish on the ground near their ships, the smell of fish wafting in the air. Swans and ducks filled the outlet between Sheepshead Bay and the other side leading to Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach. Countless times I crossed the footbridge to reach Manhattan Beach, a much smaller beach than Brighton Beach, but I found it much prettier.

Lundy’s Restaurant is the most famous landmark in the neighborhood. “Lundy’s was founded in 1926 by Irving Lundy as a restaurant on the waterfront of Sheepshead Bay; five years later, the original building was condemned to make way for a redevelopment of the bay. The present building opened in 1934 or 1935 and closed in 1979.” It is now replaced by a mini shopping mall and restaurants.

Shopping malls and condos have replaced the small stores and restaurants, taking away the neighborhood’s unique and quaint look. But nothing has taken away from the beauty of the bay and fishing boats. Although small cruise shops now line up along the water searching for people to take day trips around the bay.

My last picture shows how the neighborhood has changed, where you can see the taller buildings encroaching on the original shops. You can’t stop progress since it finally finds the forgotten areas.

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PARADISE LOST AND FOUND

A more beautiful place cannot be,

It faces the waves of the dark sea.

White sand and quiet beaches galore,

You can’t ask for anything more.

Life is perfect as can be.

Come and frolic with me.

Tourists visit from far and wide.

Oasis is Florida’s pride.

Beware when The Dead descend.

We can no longer pretend

This is a perfect place to be

As The Dead rise up from the sea.

Darkness brings flying creatures and death.

Beware that this won’t be your last breath.

THE DEAD GAME

by Susanne Leist

VACATION IN PARADISE

I’ve heard about The Dead.

They fill my heart with dread.

It’s time to hide from death.

No time to take a breath.

My body shivers with fear.

Take me away from here.

PREY FOR THE DEAD

CAN YOU FEEL IT?

Can you feel it?

Can you sense it?

The rage.

The fury.

THE DEAD are coming.

THE DEAD GAME

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THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM

Tourists stroll the beaches.

Shouts of joy flow from the Oasis Hotel

as guests frolic in the swimming pools.

You might think this is a paradise but take care.

Never trust the calm before the storm.

THE DEAD GAME

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A PERFECT OASIS

A perfect oasis on the shore.
You could not ask for anything more.
Sun and surf during the day,
But at night there’s hell to pay.
The waves welcome daily swimmers,
But at night there are no winners.
Afraid to venture out after dark,
Residents stay clear of the town park.
One night, a hanging party was had
By the dark creatures who are plain bad.
Our town is plagued by darkness and woe.
We don’t even know who is our foe.


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THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER ARE UPON US

 

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The dog days of summer are upon us,

And so are The Dead.

Woof.

THE DEAD GAME

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EVIL UNDER THE FLORIDA SUN

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There is no need for a pun,
but the hot Florida sun
can bring too much deadly fun.

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