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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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Blame it on the Rain – SOCS

Over the next few days, we are expecting rain. Lots of it.

Unfortunately, that means I won’t be riding my new bike anytime soon. Currently, it’s folded up and stored in the back of the Jeep until our bike cover gets here…hopefully, today.

During a break in the rain, we ran up to the island IGA to find something to cook for dinner tonight. When I suggested seafood, we promptly left to go to the fish market. Why pay for frozen when you can have fresh and cook it yourself??

I was overjoyed when he got back in the vehicle with fresh mahi and shrimp! That will go well on the grill. It was a little bit costly, but still cheaper than going out to eat. By the time you get your meal, a drink, and pay the tax and tip…I don’t need to explain. Everyone knows how expensive things are right now, especially when visiting a touristy place like this.

I want to go over to St Jo like I normally do, alone or with a girlfriend, so we stopped to get a schedule for the jetty boat. Unfortunately, its motor went out, so no telling when that will be up and running again. People with their own boats can get there, but no jetty boat means no St Jo trip for awhile. Bummer. We also drove a little ways down the beach. The rain has stopped for the time being, so it was busy even though the dark clouds are still looming and the flag status is definitely red! People were fishing off the pier and kids were frolicking in the waves; albeit close enough to shore that they weren’t in any danger. Dave is still watching the golf tournament, so if I want to go do anything, I’m on my own. I’ll be so glad when next month gets here and my friends come to visit! Us girls will just take off!

Yesterday, I walked to a nearby gift shop to look for a couple of cheap(ish) shirts because my summer wardrobe is woefully thin. I was lucky enough to find two racer back shirts for $18. Not my kind of prices, but probably the best deal I’m going to find on the island. There’s no Walmart here, and I wasn’t driving to Aransas Pass. You might think, “What’s the big deal about driving there?” Well, you have to go by ferry, which always has a line, drive about ten miles to the store, then repeat that back…but the wait to get back on the island is anywhere from 15-45 minutes, until summertime, then it’s more like an hour!! Same deal about going to fish the flats. You’re better off finding a good spot on the island than trying to go to the flats, which you’d need to plan to spend half a day doing.

We did go fishing yesterday but it turned out to be overwhelming. We were fishing from the pier, fighting the seaweed and the pelicans, losing our bait and tackle over and over again. We caught nothing but seaweed, and I broke off at least three lines on whatever junk sits on the bottom next to the pier. So, I cost us basically all of our tackle and bait. 😌

I know, it’s part of fishing but what an even worse is I might have injured a pelican. I felt horrible, but the darn thing was right behind me as I went to cast out, and he either snapped up my hook or I hooked him, it happened so fast I don’t know, and he flew down into the water flapping like mad. Eventually, he got it out on his own, I wasn’t in a position to help him, but don’t think I’m scared to. I’ve helped free one from a fishing net or a maybe it was fishing line, I don’t remember. We were in Louisiana and Chris’s friend Adam and I were swimming when we noticed the pelican in distress. Believe it or not, the bird let us fuss with him together and finally he was free! That felt great, but what happened yesterday was disheartening. One lady on the pier had a fish, and a different pelican snapped it up and she kicked at it til he let go and flew off. I realize they are pests, but still. That was mean. Just let it go lady.

I did manage to catch a couple of dolphins swimming and eating and a large ship going out to sea.

You may have to expand the pic to see the dolphins. See the seaweed?
The back of the Water Tiger

And the front, guided by the Pilot boat.

Oh yeah, the man-of-war are plentiful right now, which is another reason I don’t mind not getting in the water so much. We’ve been spotting a few washed up on the beach and yesterday, they floated freely in the ship channel below us. I should have taken a pic. They are a type of jellyfish that will sting you pretty bad. I guess there’s a season for them to be so plentiful right now.

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SOCS 4/29/24

 Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “yes.” Find a word that starts with “yes” or use the word “yes” as is. Bonus points if you start your post with the word you choose. Enjoy!

Dave and the pups at Goose Island State Park

Yesterday was warm and brought vicious thunderstorms in the evening, but today has been sunny, warm, and super windy.

The day didn’t start out warm, it warmed up by the afternoon, so naturally, I brought a jacket I didn’t need by the time we got to Rockport. Goose Island State Park was about nine miles from there and yes, we brought the pups so we could walk them along some trails and get a bit of exercise. We all get tired of sitting around on the bus and start feeling our food just sitting on us. Yes, we had Mexican food for lunch, so a walk was necessary!

Yesterday, I shared some pics of the water while on the ferry. Today, I have pics of us in different poses with the pups. They love coming with us, even if Whiskey is not the best traveler. On the trip out, she sat in my lap. On the return trip, Dave had a great idea to keep her off of me and in the backseat. He opened the console which blocked her way to the front seat. Eventually, she laid down and got relaxed.

We learned while at this park that camping is available and there are no discounts of any kind for veterans. It isn’t expensive, but still, over time, all those yesterdays add up and every little bit counts! Not that we are planning to camp there anyway. Once we get to Port Aransas, we will have forgotten all about the possibility. It was cool though to see the bird watching areas and walking trails, but there are no beach areas, just sea walls and rocky beach, no sand.

The girls and I pose on a picnic table.

Yes! We saw deer in the park, roaming free in their protected zone.

The deer are not afraid of us photographing from our cars.

Now I’m tired, thee pups are napping, and after a rest, I’m hoping I’ll get a second wind so I have energy to play games with Dave tonight after dinner. I can’t wait for Monday! Then we will be on the island with many more things to do. ☺️

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More to Come

 #SoCS April 15, 2023

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “starts with mono.” Find a word that starts with “mono” and use it in your post. Enjoy!

Photo credit CDC

I remember when I was young and in the service that I contracted mononucleosis.

What a horrible time in my life that was, but that’s a story for another day.

This has been a pretty nice week at my brother’s followed up last night with friends Kerry and Michelle coming to visit and going to Frijoles for dinner and drinks. Yum! Always a good time and the staff still treats us like family, even after being gone for four months.

Today we are back at the bus in Alvarado and friends Julie and Wes are coming out later to hang with us…on the perfect day, as it turns out. The RV park is having a crab boil and entertainment with Jay-B and the Zydeco Posse! That’s why I said there’s more to come, because I’ll have to remember to take photos this time, since I completely forgot last night! Should be a great time with good friends and (hopefully, great food!) The music just adds a bonus to the party!

Yesterday, I finally got Kevin’s wall art project finished and hung, and made a gift for Josh’s girl, Shari as well! I forgot to take a picture of hers, but it looks something like this.

Only hers was in a piece of cholla that Karl gave me in Arizona and it was just one plant. Like the green one on the left.

The first view is close up so you can see the details including “butterflies “ I made from seed pods that fall from his trees in the backyard.

Sort of looks like a butterfly anyway.

Full on view with the decorated saguaro boots, and birds I ordered from Amazon.
The cactus I got on EBay.

I wanted so much more on the wall, but with the traffic that’s always on his patio in the summer, I was afraid the sculptures I’m making from the devils claws would get broken, however, I do have another idea for them to be added later. Pinterest gives me so many good ideas and inspiration. I told him the wall, therefore, is a work in progress. Besides, I don’t want to monopolize the space. I had Dave hang these pretty high to keep folks from bumping them off the wall. Another reason there’s “more to come.”

It will more than likely be tomorrow when I post about this evening’s festivities, but at least you know it’s coming soon!

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Back to Beautiful Picacho Peak

Love this view every day.

I’m so happy to be back at Picacho Peak RV Resort!

But before I go on about that, let me say thank you to everyone that has looked at, liked, subscribed, or commented on my new works on Substack. I appreciate you!

We got back yesterday afternoon and we made such good time that I had time to visit a friend and go play cards. I hated to leave Dave on our first night back, but I was excited to see everyone…but not many people showed up. That’s ok, we will catch up to everyone eventually because we will be here another month.

Not that we didn’t have a wonderful time over at Rancho El Mirage, but I love the beauty and cleanliness of this resort. The desert has greened up as have the mountains and flowers are starting to bloom. I can’t wait to get out and take pictures and be inspired to write some poetry about this place. I wish, in a way, that would be staying through the spring because I’m going to miss seeing many of the cactus blooms I’m sure, but honestly, the beach is calling my name! That is my first love after all. ❤️

Today is Dave’s birthday, and he has heard from all three boys. ☺️ He has also had calls from his brother and some friends. We will probably stay in because he wants to cook dinner (yes, even on his birthday), and play games tonight. Even though it’s Mexican Train night, I’m not leaving him on his birthday and he doesn’t feel like going. Which is ok, because it’s his day, isn’t it! It may be his birthday, but he is my prize 🏆!
While we were in Yuma the other day, I bought him a new pair of tennis shoes and that was fine by him. He’s never been big on birthday celebrations, so staying in and eating dinner and playing some games is right up his alley. We have been married long enough that we know what each other likes and wants, so that’s what we do. 😀

Stay tuned for more news, activities, and pictures from this beautiful resort!