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No Plans – SoCS

It’s a cloudy, muggy day so far and other than watching golf, we have no particular agenda. I guess I’ll tackle Linda G Hill’s SoCS prompt for today: Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “stick.” Use it as a noun or a verb; use it any way you’d like. Have fun! HERE are the rules & ping back. Join us if you can.

Maybe I’ll stick around here and work on craft projects like macramé air plant holders for friends that will be visiting later next month. Or make some anklets from macramé and beads.

David fed me donut and half a bacon, egg, and cheese croissant for breakfast, so I definitely need to fit some exercise in somewhere! I wanted to go ride our bikes, yet rain is eminent…so they say. It’s always dicey trying to predict what’s going to happen here on the pond.

Yesterday, we gave fishing another try off the bulkhead, but nothing was biting but the crabs, who ate all our shrimp!

At least the water was gorgeous, the wind kept us moderately cool, and Dave brought the speaker, so we had our jams to listen to. We also saw three massive ships 🚢 sail through.

Looking across the ship channel at Aransas Terminal Company-Harbor Island.

See the edge of the bulkhead in the bottom lower left of the picture? Believe it or not, some guy was surfing the waves that one of the massive ships created! Had I known he was going to be there and do that, I’d have stuck my fishing pole somewhere and taken a video! I couldn’t believe it! Ya really had to be there! People are crazy…or crazy skilled, idk.

After we gave up on the fishing, we drove down the beach, which looked the same as the day before, and there are already tons of people there. All seemed to be flying beautiful kites of all kinds, waving flags or banners announcing different teams or groups, and Jeep after Jeep clubs were lined up all the way down the beach. Guess if we were part of the Jeep community, we’d have known, but at least we don’t have to have Jeep envy! We have one! I have a total of three ducks btw, if anyone cares. 🤣

Just look at all the kites! These two pics are just a small example.

If you expand the picture, you can see them in more detail.

I just came up with an idea, kill two birds and such. I Can make the trek to the Art Center, a place I’d rather visit than Dave, and leave the golf watching to him. 😁 Right after I finish the laundry. 🙄

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Thursday’s Door Challenge – Designated Driver

Good morning everyone, I couldn’t sleep so I’m attempting Dan Anton’s challenge to write something from one of the doors submitted for the challenge. I haven’t written any creative fiction lately, so I’m hoping lack of sleep will promote my muse.

Thursday’s Door Challenge – Designated Driver

The cab driver dropped us off in front of the secret door, promising to retrieve us if we sensed trouble. T and I gave the knock and a burly bouncer let us in. We felt so privileged and excited to have left the barracks to explore some nightlife.

We were new recruits at Ft Sam Houston, going through training to become medics. We had a lot of adventures during our time there, but this was our first.

The door lead to an underground club/bar where we must have looked like deers in the headlights, eyes wide open for excitement…and danger. We immediately flashed our ID so we could order a drink, and sat down to listen to the music. We weren’t alone long.

Soon, a couple of guys approached our table asking if we’d like to dance. It was all fun and games until the one with me started getting a bit touchy-feely. Me head was full of the warnings our CO told us on arrival to Ft Sam about rapes that occurred off company grounds. So I politely excused myself, grabbed T and our stuff and headed out of the club after dialing our cab back. He promptly arrived and whisked us back to the base, just in time to dodge curfew. Whew, what a guardian angel that guy turned out to be. From then on, he was our designated cabbie.

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Calm Waters

Today was so nice and chill! We went tinto Corpus, which means we crossed the intracoastal waterway, to do some shopping and return something to Amazon.

Going out over the intracoastal waterway.
Coming back to the island over the same water way.

We hit Sam’s Club for coffee, two new bathing suits for me, and two new tank tops to wear while biking. All of the items fit and were a bargain!! No deals like that on the island.I got and orange or melon colored one and another green different than my old one but both tank type suits. I didn’t remember to take a pic, but will try to next time.

Then we checked prices at Academy on fishing poles for surf fishing. No dice. After the return at the UPS store, we hit Specs for more Paloma’s from Cutwater for me and then went to Walmart. There Dave found some decently priced poles, bread, dog food, and beer for Dave. He is laughing that I’m sharing my grocery list. 🤣😂 I know it’s boring, but really, you can’t get anything on the island without paying jacked up prices, so some things are worth the trip to Corpus. Port Aransas counts on vacationers doing lots of impulse buying, but when you spend several months here, it’s just not reasonable. Of course, we’ve gone through plenty of money here already, so I appreciate when he’s willing to travel for the occasional good deal.

The highlight, of course, was going to the beach for a couple of hours and seeing the beautiful water! It was calm, clear, and gorgeous green, blue all the way to the horizon, with very warm, gentle waters.

Look how pretty and calm the water is!
Clear view as well!
Always someone playing with the gulls.
Someone’s pretty kite.
Someone way down the beach parasailing.
Dave by our spot.

He actually walked out into the warm, clear water and you could literally see the fish, and shells through the water.

No fish in this shot, but showing how clear.

After returning home, we showered, fed the dogs and ourselves and settled in to watch the Jeopardy Championship Tournament.

If you’d rather not hear about the daily life stuff, just let me know…I certainly don’t want to bore anyone!

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Rocks, Riding and The Gaff

Well, today was end of stage one on my rocks and clean to start stage two!

So pretty already! Three more stages to go!
I turned them all a bit so you could see details.

After cleaning and reloading the drum with rocks, grit, and media, they are to spin again for another 7 days. The rocks shrink a bit with every stage, so when I get to stage three, I’ll probably have to add ceramic media as well as grit and plastic pellets. The barrel must be filled about 2/3 the way to go back on the tumbler.

After I got done with the rocks, Dave and I took a nice ride around town and eventually made it to the beach to find the calmest sea since we’ve been here. We ended up biking eight miles, something that would have been impossible for me without the pedal assistance. I’m so happy.

It was also so clear, you could see the ships on the horizon waiting to come in. This couple must have wanted private time since their shelter is facing the wrong way.

After the ride and a short cool down, we went to get ice for the cooler, and found ourselves at The Gaff for some delicious pizza and enjoyed the quirky vibe of the pirate themed bar. Patrons were already bellied up to the bar, and they have a huge outdoor area in the back for belt sander races, outside dining, and other games.

Oops, I forgot to take a picture of the back yard area. Next time. When is the last time you saw a phone like this? Lunch was expensive but we had half a pizza to take home. $29 for a pizza and two sodas! They had a jukebox, darts, and other games as well as cute and kitschy decor. Yes, there is an entire alligator skin on the ceiling! For such a small place, it was full of charm!

That is all for now, but I’m sure I’ll need to go walk, swim, or otherwise get some exercise to work of those two pieces of cheesy, pepperoni pizza! Stay tuned! Me, i could go to the beach every day, but Dave not so much. We will see what’s up for later on.

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Beach Time and Stormy Weather

We have had a constant threat of rain and/or storms all week, so I have not ridden my bike again since the other day, but we did sneak in some beach time yesterday.

I had so much fun watching a cute little family next to us playing with the seagulls. Apparently, they’ve never been what on like myself! I’d never encourage a flock of seagulls to fly over me on purpose, but they had a blast.

Goldfish anyone? Whatever they were tossing, the birds loved.
Supposed to be a video, but WP won’t let me download it.

I also took a picture of a man-of-war washed up on the beach.

Don’t touch these guys! They can still sting you!
These little birds are quick! I was lucky to capture him. I’m not sure but it might be a kildee.

Even knowing what’s in the ocean, I still took a run at the waves on my boogie board. It was a battle. I woke up very sore, but that was mostly fighting the waves just to get in position to ride one. I’m no match for the sea! On top of that, I was fighting to keep my bottoms on, lol! I’ve got to get a new suit!

It was cloudy and a little cool, but not bad and the water was great.

Today the clouds were dark and threatening, so we just went back across the ferry into Aransas Pass to shop for groceries.

Sure enough, it poured while we were inside.

When we drove out of Aransas Pass headed for the ferry, it was dry there and at home. No rain at all. Another day not getting to ride. Oh well, I have plenty of time.

I didn’t post pics of myself with my kids like I did on Facebook, so I thought I’d include them here.

Myself and my youngest, Chris, from about ten years ago.

One of my faves and proof he’s a daddy.
Josh with his first daughter, Delaney. She’s about 12 or 13 now. 😌
Josh and I many many years ago. I was so heavy!
Josh being himself. ☺️

As you can see, my weight and hair changes all the time, lol. I couldn’t find my pictures with Sean and I, although I have lots. I even scoured Facebook but they seem to have disappeared.