Life's Journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, totally worn out, shouting "Wow...What a Ride!"

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Having Fun in Port Aransas

We've  been here at Gulf Waters over month already, what with Thanksgiving, fishing (Dave) and all of the socializing we've been doing the time has flown by. Three and a half more and we'll be heading back north to VT :(

We're ready for Christmas, lights up outside, the tree is up and the inside is decorated, packages to the kids are in the mail. Plans to celebrate the Christmas holiday are made, a little more baking to do  next week we'll be ready for celebrate.

 Shortly after Thanksgiving some more of our friends arrived, DuWayne and Jackie are from WI we met them here last winter and have stayed in touch over the summer. With Jackie's arrival, her and I along with our friend Kathy have started walking everyday and if the weather is nice we also get some laps in at the pool. We've been out to lunch a few times, I'm enjoying having some girlfriends around as it seems Dave is spending much of his time fishing or cooking.

Here are some of the highlights of the last few weeks:

Bonfire On The Beach

 Bloggers Get Together

Al & Ingrid of Live Laugh RV, Steve and Mona Liza of The Lowe's RV Adventures and then Dave and I. We had the pleasure of meeting Al & Ingrid last winter here in TX so when we found out they were going to be nearby we planned a meeting. Their blogging friends Steve and Mona Liza were going to be here too so we invited them over too, Dave of course got the smoker going so there was plenty to eat. As can be expected lots of good food and laughs made the evening fly by.
The blogging women
Chicken Shit Bingo
One of the many crazy things they do here in Port Aransas is hold Chicken Shit Bingo at a local watering hole, any excuse to have a drink or two, I think most of Gulf Waters was there

Port Aransas Christmas Boat Parade

Took A Driving Tour of Candy Cane Lane in Corpus Christi

And to think they used to call Dave "Griswold"

A gift from my dad

Since I know I won't be blogging again before the holidays Dave and I would like to wish everyone
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Until next time...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Week Filled of Family Time

Our Thanksgiving week was filled with lots of family time, my younger brother Andy and his family arrived early in the week from Colorado Springs, our first holiday together since '87. Our son David and daughter in law Laura arrived on Tuesday after a long travel day from Phoenix. Andy has a house in Port Aransas that he rents out when they are not using it, funny how that worked out him with a house here he plans to retire in and us buying an rv site which we plan to use some winters. My sister in law Kati has a cousin that lives on North Padre Island, we spent a day on the beach with them afterwards we visited the Texas Sealife Center where we got to view some of their rescued coastal and aquatic wildlife.

After a long days drive last Tuesday David and Laura arrived about 9:30pm, Wednesday was spent getting their beach fix in and then a family gathering here with all of the family. Andy and family had never had the pleasure of meeting Laura, what a great evening we had and what a workout our new smoker got, filled with a brisket and numerous racks of ribs. Oysters fixed a number of ways were provided by our friends Jay & Kathy who joined us for the festivities.

David & Andy

Thanksgiving day David and I spent in the kitchen getting our contributions to dinner prepared, my sister in laws cousin Jim and wife Sherri had graciously invited all of us to here home.
Nieces Maggie & Meredith, daughter in law Laura in middle

 Lots of great food, more than enough to feed the 12 folks who were there for dinner.

Friday, the kids last day in town, we headed to Padre Island National Seashore for a turtle release, due to a recent severe cold spell about 90 juvenile green sea turtles had been rescued and were due to be released.

After the release we headed home and spent the afternoon sitting in the sun on the beach, Dave made an attempt to catch a few fish to no avail, the and I spent the time talking and watching Dave's antics.

We were sad to see all the family leave on Saturday and are thankful they all had safe travels home.

Until next time...