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Can You Pet a Pelican?

Well, not today evidently!

A brown pelican sitting on the dock waiting for fish donations.

However, I have petted a pelican before on one of our earlier vacations. You just have to approach them slowly, watching for that long beak, and carefully reach out and touch him softly on his back feathers. That’s how I did it anyway!

Today, however, this not camera shy guy was simply waiting for people who were fishing to toss him some bait to eat. When he saw I had nothing to offer, he turned and flew down to the water to fish for himself! I will try again! I was right next to him in this shot and he was unconcerned about my proximity to his.

We visited Fisherman’s Wharf, this fishing dock here where we saw the pelican, and checked out the menu prices at the newly built Grumbles restaurant. Comparable to Trout Street (one of our favorites) but we weren’t in the market for an expensive lunch. We had lunch at Waves coffee shop so we could have a delicious panini, and I could finally have a small gelato! Yummy! Another one of my favorites, Waves coffee shop serves all the favorite coffee combos, sandwiches, pastries, and gelato. It’s an eclectic little shop, with a gorgeous painted blackboard decorating the entire back wall. People love to come here for its spacious dining area where they can eat, relax, chew the fat, and enjoy the boho feel of the place. Oh, my gelato was a small cup with two flavors, honey cheesecake, and caramel white chocolate. Divine, I tell you! I love gelato because it’s not as heavy as ice cream and does not give me a stomach ache.

Those who know me and my story know that our first trip down here as newlyweds was rife with mistakes. Those who don’t, well trust me, we made it through and kept coming back year after year. This is the place we ended up staying in the end, it was reasonable back then and was within walking or bike riding distance of most everywhere we needed to go. It’s called Amelia’s Landing and sports decor in the aviation style.

It’s a long building. Amelia’s Landing.

Our ill-fated trip provided us with a story to tell our kids and memories that have lasted a lifetime. Everything that could go wrong did, and we learned many lessons from that first trip.

1. Always plan ahead.

2. Have your own credit card or plenty of cash.

3. Know your budget and stick with it.

4. Never try to ride a bike, 5 months pregnant in the heat of the summer unless you’re in top shape!

5. Book a place in advance!

6. Port Aransas is expensive, so plan accordingly.
7. Bring everything you think you might need. How naive we were to pack a suitcase and that’s all!

Now for the story:

We were flown down as a wedding gift from a friend of the family, so Dave assumed he’d be able to rent a car with his dad’s credit card. They would not take it. Or cash. It had to be a credit card in HIS name. Ugh! So we rented an island limo (basically a taxi) and he drove us from Corpus to the island. He thought where he dropped us off was close to town. It wasn’t. It was a few miles from town. We stayed at the Executive Keyes, a condo we could not afford more than one night. We were too far from town to walk to a restaurant, so we walked to the end of the street the condos were on and bought a microwave hot dog and stuff to make me a sandwich. Probably a couple of sodas too. Not knowing how we were going to get to town or where to go once we got there, I had the brilliant idea to rent bicycles. Wrong! Here we go, down 11th street, with our bags hanging from our handle bars, trying to follow it into town. It was probably 95 degrees and like I said, I was five months pregnant with our second child. A super nice guy in a pickup took mercy on us and let us ride in the back into town. What an angel! He dropped us right in fron of the Crazy Cajun where we decided we would have lunch. That lunch was history in the making, because it’s been a tradition ever since to go eat there at least once every trip. It was my first experience with a crawfish boil and I had no idea what to expect. So when they dumped all our food on the table, at first I was shocked, then surprised at how delicious everything was…once I learned how to shell a crawfish! What fun! How spicy and yummy they tasted to me, and the corn on the cob with the tasty sausage! I had no use for the boiled potatoes, and we’ve learned a lot about crawfish boils since then, but that was one of our best meals that trip. Next we pedaled ourself to Amelia’s. I don’t remember whether we just ended up there or we called ahead from our condo, but this was a much more affordable option. Then it rained, and rained. I thought the trip was over. Then the sun came out and we finally made it to the beach. But having no gear or protection from the sun, we probably didn’t stay long…I can’t remember. I do remember going to a bar once and knowing our next trip would be completely different. We came next time with friends, learned more about the island, and the next year we brought the boys. Having this as our first experience might have been the best thing that ever happened to us, because we fell in love with it and we learned something new or had a new experience every year!

Back to the present. I’ve been busy learning to make macramé holders for people with air plants. Here is my second one. I still need practice and I should have bought thicker twine, but this twine is good for jewelry and other projects. I’m so glad to have another craft I’d forgotten I knew from my former life. I’m also working on a sculpture and my mind is bursting with so many ideas for my rocks when I get that going!

I also found a new tasty beverage because we can’t find the brand of canned Palomas I was drinking, which was Cut Water. This one is by Two Chicks and it’s delicious, but a tiny bit sweeter. Other than margaritas, this is my new favorite beverage,

I love the feminine design too!

That’s it for today, but so far we are enjoying our casual pace, one of the benefits of staying somewhere for three months. Oh, and one more thing! I finally pulled the trigger and ordered an e-bike! More on that later…stay tuned!


WOD Challenge 3-16-20 Kick Up Your Heels

Andre Hunter for Unsplash


Happy Monday Everyone!

Despite the serious nature of what is going on surrounding COVID-19, I think some dancing, game playing, and craft creating might be good indoor activities we can embrace to keep busy and keep our spirits up.

I say “kick up your heels” and maybe turn on some energizing music, dance around your living room, cook some new recipes…there are plenty of things to do while you’re possibly sheltered in place.

Adult coloring books, Diamond Art Painting, make some crafts like jewelry or shell projects, these things can be done alone or with your kids.

Check out my Pinterest page and find everything from great new recipes to cool exercises to freelancing tips.

Read some good books. Read with your kids. Read and/or write on Medium.

Crochet or knit a new project.

Thoroughly clean your house (more fun with music).

Write in a journal, write letters and cards to friends, (if you feel like you can’t visit them right now), start a blog, learn something new on Skillshare. (Both are free)

Most of all, spend some time tapping into your spiritual side, pray, read your bible and ask God for the miracle of wiping out this virus as quickly as possible!!



Word of the Day Challenge

Keto, Writing

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Word of the Day Challenge

Well, it’s been a busy morning so far, how is your Monday going?

We enjoyed a family get together and dinner yesterday and I nearly forgot to take photos, proving I actually had company over. 😉

My dad Gus, see how nice his face has healed up?

Dave’s brother Bubba-Yea, he’s home from his year-long job in Houston!


I did though, and managed to get a couple of shots of unsuspecting dudes, Bubba and my dad, Gus-then a nice shot with Connie, my sister-in-law and Bubba’s son Stephen with his girlfriend Casey. They are such a cute couple. They recently got an apartment together and I know they will enjoy having more space than the efficiency apartment Stephen had before.

Connie, Stephen, and Casey

Our dinner was put together by my hubby Dave, and brother-in-law, Bubba. He made a smoked pork butt, and Dave made melt-in-your-mouth ribs and sausages. Connie made her famous strawberry, spinach, and feta salad (it has lots more in it than that) and Dave took a short cut and bought beans and potato salad from Sam’s. It was all delicious, leaving me feeling way too full to cheat with the Lemon Streusel cake Connie brought. I heard it was good though. 😉

Today I have been working on week two of a class I’m taking called Learning How To Learn. This week we are learning about Chunks or chunking. Chunks are pieces of information that are bound together through use and often through meaning. Chunks are best built with focused attention, understanding, and practice. Last week we learned about focus and diffuse areas of the brain and how to learn material in he best way, by practice and repetition. This week’s lesson said while that is true, you don’t want to overlearn the same material in a single session, or you won’t likely retain it to memory. The best way to learn they said was to use a Pomodoro technique and focus intently for 25 minutes, then take a break, go for a walk, do something completely different and relaxing before returning to your study.

The Pomodoro Technique

I think sometimes that I may be addicted to learning!  🙂

My goals for today besides blogging, getting my 30 minute lesson done (check), and finishing a story for The First Line (check), were also to do some Diamond Art Painting and maybe even coloring some more on my latest coloring page I’m working on for Linda G Hill’s Escapist Coloring Club. It takes me so long to blog, get through emails, and write all the things I need to that crafts fall onto the back burner sometimes. It’s ok, I have all week!

I’m back on my ketones, which gives me focus and energy to get all my goals accomplished! (They also help me maintain my weight, even if I have a cheat here and there)

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