Day 24-Vaca Day 5-Fun on the Piers

When I woke up this morning, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel, but turned out to be a great day and I think I’m on the mend. We decided to go do a little pier fishing and although we didn’t catch any keepers, it sure was fun trying.  Facebook made a lovely video, however I gave up trying to get it to post here, maybe tomorrow. I do have a couple that Connie took to prove we caught something though!

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Later on, my hubby and I did a little shopping and came across a wonderful Mexican imports shop called A Mano out on Hwy 361. They had the most interesting and original decor, things you don’t find in every-other-shop-around-town.

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That is a small sample of all the merchandise they have. You can probably see more of their stuff at http://Www.amano-Mexico.com. After that, we went and shared a gelato, a big ole cheat for me but, what the heck, I’m on vacation! Salted caramel…yum!

Later still, we decided to go back to the pier but a different one. We had better luck this  time, despite the huge ship dredging the channel.

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Just a croaker and a gaff top but hey, we didn’t get skunked! I got a pretty pic of the sun going down and a dolphin, although he’s hard to see unless you enlarge it.

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Every time we’ve been to the pier at that time of the evening, we’ve been just in time to see the dolphins feeding. Since I’m particularly fond of them, that makes it extra special for me.

Another highlight to the day was hearing that my son who currently lives in Ohio, got a new job and starts tomorrow. I can’t wait to hear how it goes, what a perfect end to a very pleasant day. Feeling better is a plus as well, I’m looking forward to our big fishing trip tomorrow, deep sea fishing is the best! Until then, have a wonderful night.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 23-Vaca Day 4-Down But Not Out

I tell you it seems like with every vacation, someone gets sick, has an accident or suffers some mishap. Today was my turn I guess. There have been broken down cars in the past, there was the attack of the stingray, stomach flu and other things better left unsaid. I’m just the unlucky recipient of the common UTI-urinary tract infection. So, since I’ve seen nothing but the inside of this condo today and reruns of scary movies-there’s not much to talk about that’s fun. Unless you count my brother in law who provided some comic relief while preparing dinner. Thinking he had the lid on his tomato juice, he gave it a good shake. I’m laughing again picturing the look on his face as V8 flew across the top of his forehead, all over his shirt, the walls, floor and counter. Then, not 30 minutes later, my sister in law rounds the corner, top flies off of her yeti tumbler and ice goes sliding across the floor. Dave and I decided right then, they could have first dibs on fixing their plates!

If you’ve ever had one of these infections, you know they aren’t pleasant, they make you feel like you have the flu on top of the painful spasms, urgency and frequent need to pee. My family came to the rescue and helped me get the medications and liquids I needed though, so I’m confident I’ll feel better and be back in the game tomorrow. We have a fishing trip planned for Thursday so I have to get well soon! 🐟🐠🐋🐳🐬

For now it’s time for more rest and fluids, even now I can’t fall asleep like my husband-asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow! I wish you all pleasant dreams, I’ll check back in tomorrow 😊

 

Day 22-Vaca Day 3-Trip to Padre Island National Seashore

An early morning thunderstorm woke me up at six am, I went scrambling out to the balcony to retrieve what might get wet, left out from the night before, only to find it not raining.😒 After everyone was up and errands and breakfast finished, we headed off on our adventure, sans my hubby, who opted to play golf. Oh well, to each his own.

We headed out, each with our own quest in mind, Bub wanted to fish, Connie wanted to hunt for shells and I wanted to catch the perfect wave on my boogie board, and maybe find a cool shell or two myself. Or a shark tooth, but also, those fantastic nature shots I love so well, birds, beach and whatever else catches my camera lens-or in this case, my iPhone camera.

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On the ride south to the park, I caught a great shot of some Pelicans taking off from the shoreline.

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The blue water was in much closer today than yesterday and the waves look promising.

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The dunes are beautiful in their own way and we were alert for the presence of sea turtles, but didn’t see any, or their eggs.

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Not a soul on this stretch of beach, of course, we went 25 miles down to Big Shell Beach. Not many beach goers this time of year.

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Plenty of small seashells though and Connie had her pick. She collected a bag but I just picked up a few.

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The shells were polished and smooth from the sea. I like the ones with different patterns and shapes.

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The wind was too much for Bub’s tent cover, it had lived out its life. Luckily, it stayed where it was and provided enough shade to get a break now and then until we left.

Other than that and Bubba busting one of his stitches in his hand, it was an enjoyable trip. Connie and I caught some great waves, even though we couldn’t get out to the best sandbar, the current was way to strong today. Dave also enjoyed his golfing and then we all had dinner at Virginia’s, an ok but overpriced eatery at the marina. Now it’s tim to relax and reflect on the day and get ready for whatever tomorrow has in store. See you tomorrow and pleasant dreams!

Day 21-Vaca Day 2

image Sitting here on the balcony of our little place we rented in Port Aransas, with a view of a pond and some palm trees, getting ready to go inside and eat a delicious steak prepared on the grill by our guys. Connie and I made a salad and taters are almost done in the oven.

image Earlier while on the beach, I took advantage of a great shot of the seagulls that gathered as our neighbors on the beach happily fed them chips or whatever. I was reminded how 20 odd years ago my kids were doing the same thing and I looked up and a seagull pooped right on my face! That was so horrible that I’ve never been near them while feeding again. I think everyone else chalks it up to fun memories of trips to Port Aransas, my kids, however,  remember how I burst into tears of embarrassment at the experience.

My sister and brother in law love their kites and have to buy a new one (or two) every time we come.

image Here is the latest acquisition. Tap on the pics to enlarge them by the way.  Lots of people fly kites at the beach, not only to mark our spot, but because the wind keeps them up high.

Later, the guys noticed an airplane drop a skydiver close to our spot on the beach (or so it seemed) so, next time they came around, I tried to catch the action, unfortunately, even widening the camera on the phone didn’t bring him in close enough to see well.

image If you tap on the pic to enlarge, you can just make him out, floating along the down drifts to the earth. I’ve thought about trying it, but I’d have to do a tandem jump. I’m too chicken to try by myself.

Tomorrow the plan is to go further south to Padre Island National Seashore to go where it’s mostly uninhabited and try our luck with the fishing. The night is young though so just don’t expect us to get an early start.😉

Day 19-EO's Week-Rosemary

I’m trying to remember everything I need to pack for my trip-Oh! I know, I’ll go snip some Rosemary off my plant on the patio, since it is great for improving memory. Just take a few of the “needles” and rub between your fingers and inhale the wonderful scent they produce.

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Rosemary is an evergreen but is actually part of the mint family. It has been used since ancient times to cook with, improve memory and soothe digestive issues. Recent studies have uncovered new uses as in, hair thickener, and for healing prostate problems. Hmmmm, that gives me some ideas. Unfortunately, some of the closest men in my life, my dad, brother and husband, are plagued by these issues and this could be the answer to their problems. I need to buy each of them their own bottle! My go-to sources for essential oil knowledge, say that by using a few drops of rosemary mixed with a carrier oil (such as coconut) rubbed under the testicles will heal the prostate. The chemical in Rosemary responsible for halting cancer growth is  carnosol, and has shown promising results.

Rosemary is also awesome for cooking, I recently used it on a pork roast I baked and it was awesome.

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Here it is featured with a sweet potato and a small serving of black beans. It was moist and delicious, with no overpowering strong taste like I thought it would be. Seems like I remember tasting some Rosemary potatoes in the past and wasn’t a fan. This pork however, was a hit.

So, however you choose to use it, you can’t go wrong with Rosemary, the benefits are just too good! Cancer killer, memory booster, flavor enhancer and more! Go get a quality, Theraputic oil or grow your own, make it a part of your routine.

Believe it or not, I’m almost packed and ready to head out tomorrow! Can’t wait to be back in Port Aransas, our prime vacation spot. Six years since we’ve been and I hope the weather feels more like summer, here at home, it feels like fall! Rain and 80 degree temps are great for the patio, however, I want sunshine and clear skies for the beach!

Well, y’all enjoy your week, I know I will! Until tomorrow, see you later from the patio! 😉

 

 

Day 18-EO's Week- Lavender

So, we are gearin up for our vacation, but before I get into that mode completely, I need to put the focus on another great essential oil to have in your cabinet, lavender! I will totally need to take this with me as it is great for healing bug bites and scratches. We all know how those coastal mosquitos are! Lavender oil is actually an ingredient in some mosquito repellents.

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Along with several other oils I’ve discussed this week, lavender is also anti-viral, anti-biotic, and is a powerful anti-fungal. It disinfects as well as deodorizes. It’s no surprise then that it’s uses are wide and varied, from medicinal to cleansing.

When you want a good night’s sleep, try adding lavender to your diffuser and soon you will be relaxed and dreaming. I usually add it to mine in addition to other oils that go well together, or, I add it to my bath if I bathe at night, along its some Epsom salts. It soothes sore muscles and relaxes me so I get a good sleep.

Of course, it’s been used since ancient times as a perfume since its scent is floral and slightly woodsy. It was so valued for its medicinal benefits, people used to wear it on their person to ward off the plague. It’s been used for thousands of years, the Egyptians even used it for wrapping mummies.

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Lavender can even help lower cholesterol, balance hormones and treat depression just by applying it topically to the neck. According to recent studies, it can even help balance blood sugar levels, making it an effective treatment for diabetes. It also helps lower blood pressure levels. An excellent article found on DrMercola.com highlights the history as well as the efficacy of this powerful oil.

This is one of my top ten favorite oils to have around and I can attest for its skin healing and sleep producing benefits. In fact, I need to go get the diffuser ready right now, the stresses of everyday will soon melt away! That, coupled with the glass of Cabernet should have me in dreamland very quickly tonight. Yes, I’m allowed a glass of wine, in fact, as long as it’s red wine, it’s encouraged by the American Heart Association. Besides, as I alluded to earlier, vacation mode is near and I’m about to trade my patio for the beach for a week!

Have any of you tried Lavender and how did it work for you? Let me know in the comments and shoot me any questions you might have. Join me tomorrow for a talk about Rosemary. Until then, may all your dreams be peaceful, on the patio. 😴

 

1st Time Nominee-Sunshine Blogger Award

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I’m writing a second post today because I was kindly nominated today for the Sunshine Blogger Award by sweet Shadee over at Izzie’s Kitchen. I so enjoy reading her blog and its recipes. Thanks Shadee, I’ll try to do you proud!

The rules of this award are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate eleven blogs to receive the award and write them eleven new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post, and/or your blog.

Here are my choices, whom I follow for various reasons and whom I’d like to nominate:

Izzie’s Kitchen

Those Secrets We Keep

Old Guy Walking

Recipe in a Bottle

Quintessential Editor

Hearts Everywhere

Hello the Future

Our Writing Prompts

Dont Mess With Mama

The Coconut Mama

Writers in Charge

Please check out their blogs as well, I’m sure you’ll find lots of interesting subjects!

Now I’ll answer Shadee’s questions to the best of my ability.

  1. Morning lark or night owl? Definitely a morning person the older I get.
  2. Earliest childhood memory? Tying my shoes when I was 5.
  3. Do you prefer traveling to or arriving at a holiday destination? Arriving for sure, not that I mind the trip either!
  4. What do you do to excercise? Walk and swim.
  5. Favorite book? That’s easy, The Shining!
  6. Tea or Coffee? Coffee, absolutely!
  7. What color best represents your personality? Yellow-sunny and bright
  8. You are happiest when? When I’m by the water-beach, lake or pool, but beach is best!
  9. Recipe you cook most often? Don’t laugh, it’s probably doggy treats!
  10. Favorite hobby? Aww, don’t make me choose-reading, blogging, crafting-love em all!

How often do you check your smartphone? Honestly, too many times to count a day! 

Here’s my 11 questions:

  1. What’s your favorite quote?
  2. Which room of your house are you most comfy?
  3. Do you like crafting?
  4. Plain water or flavored?
  5. Do you like muscle cars, if so, which ones?
  6. Favorite movie?
  7. Are you a gambler?
  8. Do you like to fish?
  9. Favorite author?
  10. Favorite artist?
  11. Ever remodeled a house?

 

 

Day 17- EO Week- Peppermint

I got on the trail a little later this morning, about the time I was coming back yesterday. The difference was, today I walked further, about 2 miles, and the strange thing was, I awoke earlier, didn’t dally, threw on some clothes, made sure my hair wouldn’t frighten anyone, and plugged my music in my ears and took off! Static-X put a pep in my step and I started off full of energy, however, on the way back, the pain in my shins was pretty bad. I pushed on through and got home and revived myself with a few sips of my water with lemongrass and frankincense and a new coffee drink I made that I found on Pinterest-Cowgirl Coffee! It’s different, but yummy, and totally Paleo. It’s a cold coffee with coconut milk and dark cocoa (unsweetened) powder and the recipe left out a sweetener, so I used Stevia to go, it was perfect after that.

We all remember the taste of Peppermint from starlight mints and those soft peppermint candies that my grandmother used to give me. What do you think they used to flavor those mints? Peppermint essential oil, of course!

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Also the beloved York peppermint patty and other favorites. If you’ll check out my Pinterest page on Everything Paleo, there is a recipe for homemade thin mints from Theviewfromgreatisland.com that looks delicious.

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To quote DrAxe.com directly from his book The Kings Medicine Cabinet, ” Research has found peppermint can improve antibiotic resistance and help heal your body from the overuse of prescription antibiotics and other chemicals that affect your body”. It can do so many other things as well, due to is versatility. You can mix a few drops with some coconut oil and rub it on sore muscles, make home made toothpaste, since it fights bad breath and the odors it causes. It improves focus, energy and concentration and if I have a bloated or upset tummy, a drop in my water literally takes it all away. Try mixing a few drops with som Epsom salts in your bath tonight, your sore muscles will thank you! It also improves breathing and since its anti-viral, it fights infection and flu. Rubbed on your chest and the bottoms of your feet improves breathing and helps fight sinus infections. This is one essential oil that should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet, however in my home, it sits on the shelf above my sink, along with my other oils I use daily, so it’s within easy reach.

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Peppermint is also easy to grow and use in your own home. When I lived in Groves, I grew it in my back yard in a pot and frequently used the leaves to freshen my water or tea.

I think I’ll go put some in the diffuser along with some orange and lemongrass and rub some on my shins-I’m sure my soreness will disappear and I’ll be able to concentrate better as well-that will come in handy for the creative writing project I started yesterday, not to mention, my to-do list I conjured up this morning.

Try some for yourself and let me know how it worked for you! Comments or questions are welcome as usual, enjoy your day and I’ll see you all tomorrow on the patio! 😉

 

 

Day 16-EO Week-Lemon and Lemongrass

The lower temperatures and cloudy skies inspired me to walk this morning, something I need to get back to doing to ready myself for the upcoming PKD Walk in October. On top of that, the lemongrass I put in my water gave me the energy boost I needed to get going. I’ve used lemon essential oil in the past but on my most recent shopping trip, I saw and smelled lemongrass and decided to try it instead. It is very light tasting, almost sweeter, and I enjoy it in water and iced tea.

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Lemon and lemongrass EO’s are similar in benefits and uses. I think it comes down to personal preference, strong and pungent or light and sweet. While both oils are used for cleansing and detoxing one has a cooling effect and eases digestive and menstrual cramps. That one is lemongrass. Both are anti-microbial but if you want a stronger flavor enhancer, choose lemon.

As is true with frankincense, both are wonderful in a diffuser and help clean and freshen the air. I’ve been lazy lately and I’ve only been consuming my oils, I really need to get the diffuser busy again. I’m just so stingy I don’t want to use multiple drops in my diffuser-lower priced but good quality oils would be ideal for this.

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As you can see from the photo, lemongrass has some amazing benefits and remember, you get them whether you diffuse, rub on topically or take internally. Is it any wonder both of these oils are found in so many cleaning products and bug repellents?

I actually just got up from my writing and went to set up the diffuser! Already the air is filling with the fresh, citrusy scents of orange, and lemongrass, in addition, I threw in some frankincense and peppermint for good measure. These days, we can’t be diligent enough about cancer prevention and I feel I’m helping our chances when I use and diffuse my oils. Plus,  who doesn’t love the smell of a clean house?

Back to the start of my post about walking, please remember to give what you can to help the PKD foundation and I reach our fundraising goals. The walk is in October and you can donate in my name to www.walkforpkd.org/northtexas. My team goal is $250 but I will be pledging my own amount as well in my mother’s memory, and a separate personal pledge also.

If you have any comments or questions, let me hear from you! Comment below or shoot me an email and also remember to get a free download of Dr Axe’s ebook on all things essential oils, it’s called The King’s Medicine Cabinet and no, I don’t work for him, I just love the handy references when I need them. While I didn’t put any disclaimer on my post, please know, I’m not a doctor or an aromatherapist, please check with yours to make sure whatever oil you choose to use will be safe. Please buy quality Theraputic grade oils. Pm me for direct links to my favorite sources.

I hope you all have a wonderful afternoon, I’ll be enjoying the cooler temps while they last later on, on the patio.