Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Home from the beach…..

Yes, I’m home! We had some monsoon rains on Monday and Tuesday, so I got out late. Twelve inches or more of rain will play havoc on a city. We had a low pressure system that pulled rain in off of the Gulf and it just keep circulating over Houston for two days straight. My area town did well and I made it out the door by 1:30pm. on Tuesday. I did drive thru a ton of rain the closer I got to Galveston. I found out that they had continuous rain for two days straight. I’m actually glad I didn’t go early. Well with the rain behind us, the vacation began. We lathered on the sun tan lotion/sunscreen and headed for the beach. A ton of seaweed had washed ashore from the storms. We set up “camp” just behind the seaweed and went about our merry way. I held down the fort, reading a magazine and taking a nap. Barbara, Pat and Donny fished while the kids tried to become experts with the boogie boards. Around 6:00pm we wandered back to the travel trailer and cooked spaghetti for dinner. By night fall, the sky was clear and we could see stars, real stars. It was beautiful and a sight we don’t see often. We grabbed up the flashlights and headed back to the beach to catch crabs. Jula has become quiet an expert at seeing the little creatures. We wandered down the beach a ways and then headed back for our nightly beauty sleep.

Time with the family comes at a premium and I enjoyed almost every moment. Let me interject one thing, don’t take a two hour nap in the middle of the afternoon or you could be up in the middle of the night twiddling your thumbs. To make a long story short, I will give you highlights of the trip. We shopped, fished, walked our feet off, ate and just had general fun being together. I will have to say that I had a full display of Cover Girl make up fall on my head as I was walking down the aisle at Wal Mart. It didn’t hurt, but I was dizzy for half a minute. I did hear a young boy yell, “I didn’t touch it.” So who knows what happened. I ate the sweetest water melon I have ever eaten, wow it was good. Stacey made some homemade ice cream that was to die for. My crock pot was the hit of the trip, so much so, that both of my sisters bought one at Wal Mart. Stacey bought several lottery tickets with the stipulation that if we won we would split the proceeds four ways. You guessed it, we didn’t win. Oh yes, I managed to bag up some of that seaweed to bring home. I’ll tell you what I am going to do with it in a later post.

It was hard coming back, but TF was about to go crazy and I had things to do. Thursday night around 10:00pm, I started my trek back home. I called a friend of mine, who is a night owl and she talked to me most of the way home. I needed to stay awake and she is the perfect person to handle that chore. As I got off the freeway, at the usual exit, I noticed that it had been raining. Before you know it, I was driving thru flood waters. It wasn’t deep, but it sure was unexpected. Evidentially, earlier in the day, our area of town had 4 inches of rain in one hour and the area flooded. I did make it home in one piece and crashed into my very own bed. Ahhhh……The next morning I was at the cannery to train a new Dry Pack specialist. Back to the real world, I am!


At 8:27 AM, Blogger Merle said...

Hi Lucy ~~ I am glad you had a good time at the beach in spite of the rain. I used to dread driving through flood waters, but I don't drive now.
Thanks for your comments. Kathy assures me she wil be fine, and has a different
sort of anti-biotic and sees doctor
again on Friday. You are right, we never stop worrying about our kids. Kathy is my youngest and will be 45 this year.
Take care, Lucy. Bye, Merle.

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Welcome back, Lucy. Sounds like you had a great time with the family.

It's been 40 years since I've had homemade ice cream. Interestingly, it was probably at a family gathering, too.

I'll bet you'll cook with the seaweed?

At 1:37 PM, Blogger Oh great One said...

I enjoy vacations but I'm always relieved to get back to my OWN bed.
Glad you had a good time!

At 4:54 PM, Blogger PresentStorm said...

I am glad to hear you had fun... I am trying to think where there is a place to camp in Galveston.. did you go over the Ferry to Crystal beach? Gup and I are getting ready to go to New Braunfels to go tubing for the weekend here after the 4th. I can not wait.

At 5:16 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Merle - My oldest is 28 and my youngest is 24. I hope Cathy does well on the new antibotic.

Fred - Fred the homemade ice cream was awesome and Stacey makes it every year that he can go. As far as the seaweed goes, NO I will not be cooking with it. Actually I need to go check on it now.

Oh Great One - Nothing like sleeping in your own bed.

present storm - The camp ground is called Delarina RV park. I took 61st street and turned right at the seewall. You go all the way down to where the seewall ends and there is the RV park. I love going to New Braunsfel. It is so pretty up there. I would guess there is plenty of water in the rivers for tubing. Have you ever been to Schlitterbaun? It's totally awesome. I think I heard that it was the largest water park in the world.

At 5:54 PM, Blogger Big Dave T said...

I had wondered about you, hearing about all the rain that Houston was getting. Knowing that you were planning on a trip to the beach, I thought maybe the beach might come to you.

"I didn't touch it." Sorry if I got a chuckle out of that but it soooooooo sounded like my second son when he was younger.

At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to hear you had a good time. Sometimes it the little things that make us feel more connected.

At 8:38 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Dave - It seemed like a monsoon. I'm glad that it decided to drift west. You should have seen the look on that kids face when he said, "I didn't do it". Guilty!

daybyday - The little things do make a difference. My sisters still laugh at me for thanking the police officer that gave Barbara a ticket the year we went to Colorado.

At 10:18 PM, Blogger TNChick said...

Welcome back =) We use to make homemade ice cream all the time it's been maybe 20 years since I've had sone.

Sorry to hear the Cover Girl covered you ;)

At 1:23 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

Wow, home made ice cream, how delicous on a hot summers day :o)

At 2:18 AM, Blogger Pragmatician said...

Welcome back, sound like you had fun.
don’t take a two hour nap in the middle of the afternoon or you could be up in the middle of the night twiddling your thumbs

This is such a good tip, I've had that problems numerous times.

And I love watermelon, especially seed free.

At 4:48 AM, Blogger Christa said...

Well, it's good that Texas haven't vanished completely on the map coz of this rain. I know you guys needed it badly....but geez...

And thanks for stopping by at Awfulsouls :D

At 8:58 AM, Blogger TC said...

I love going on vacations (not that I do very often) but my OWN bed feels like heaven when I finally get home. That being said, I am glad you had a good time!

At 12:22 PM, Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Nice blog first time I saw it. Happy you had a nice time.

At 12:34 AM, Blogger Merle said...

Hi again Lucy ~~ Thanks for your comments. I am glad you enjoyed The Yellow Shirt. It was quite popular. I
guess because of the love the mother and
daughter had for each other.Cheers, Merle.

At 9:23 PM, Anonymous nettie said...

Welcome back wanderer!

At 5:28 AM, Blogger Chloe said...

well i would be happy with anything of these! (minus the meat)
what did you make?


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