Friday, October 30, 2009

Fun with birdies







Tim and I spent some time at one of the piers in Port A and had fun talking to some fisherman and watching the birds. A group of pelicans decided to hang out with us and a few fisherman, for bait I'm sure, but what fun that was! The third picture is a crane. I watched it walk really slow to get to a bait bucket the left side of the picture. Said crane made off with a pretty big lunch.
I love the water and the people and the birds. It makes the wind, the storms, the humidity and the sand burrs, tolerable.
We've been having a good time. Enjoy the clip.
Love to all. Diane

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I hate that the pictures don't show up the way I upload them but here goes. I forgot to show you what Tim found when we were getting our trailer ready for our trip. Yep, a register full of acorns, stashed away by chipmunks. Thank heavens they didn't get into the trailer, but I would love to know where they found a breach in the duct work. We have our fingers crossed that we got them all. I'll be they are still looking for the stash.
There is a picture of a storefront with a pretty ambitious beach disply of concrete and stone. Can you believe all that work to sell tee shirts and other junky stuff, although I have to say, some of it is pretty neat.
Finally, I was outside pulling sand burrs out of the lawn so Zoe could poop without hurting her feet and when I came back in, Tim had rearranged the furniture. He actually unscrewed the couch and put it in the middle of the room. We moved the chair and wow, it feels so big! It actually feels like we have a 3 room place. I'm thrilled with it. We'll have to reattach the couch where it belongs when we leave, but for now, I'm quite comfortable. Whatta guy!
We have cold and blustering weather today. Thank goodness the heat and humidity of yesterday are gone. It was 90 and I think 90% humidity. I coughed outside just breathing the air and was suprised there wasn't ozone alerts on the local tv stations. Everywhere you were outside, people were coughing. Tim tried to go for a walk on the beach but the surf was up almost to the dunes, his eyes burned and he coughed too much. He had to abandon his walk but he managed to pick a few fisherman's brains while he was out. I think we'll be getting a license and some supplies next week. I think he's ready to try surf fishing.
That's about all for now. Take care y'all. Diane

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Blurry movie

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I know this is blurry, I don't know why though. We'll try again but for now, I posted this little movie, at least you get to see the Zomeister. She goes to the beach every few days and she beginning to try to avoid the walk already. But we drag her along anyhow. Love, me

The Colors of Port Aransas











Port Aransas is nothing if not colorful! I am amazed how New Orleans - like the colors are here. I took a few pictures I thought I would share. We watched some fisherpeople and this woman pulled in a large salt-water cat fish. It was the smallest of the ones they caught and this picture makes it look small but it was about 20 inches long. Actually, I guess that's tiny for what people catch here. There is a shop with a huge shark outside and some funky sea horses at another. We've weathered two rather wicked storms so far and there are some more in our future. One couple here lost the awning on their motor home. He's already getting it fixed, less than 24 hours. Our windows are real clean now though and our car sparkles. We had been getting pretty (very) dusty. We'll be doing laundry again today. Then a walk on the beach. Enjoy the pix. Love, Diane and/or mummy








Monday, October 26, 2009

Storms aloft, hang on







We experienced a storm last night and one right now. Our trailer is rocking from 41 mph gusts and I think we'll have enough standing water to feed the mosquitos for the rest of the winter. They are horrible here. Don't leave the trailer after the gloming. They got in last night, when Tim took Zoe out, and he slapped mosquitos with the fly swatter for half an hour. The buggers look like northern mosquitos but they are nearly invisible and they don't make a noise. I hate their buzzing noise but given the option, I like a warning. I'm all bit up.


We went to the library and got our card and books, we visited the Chamber of Commerce for info on the area and we ate on the warf. We window shopped at a fishing store to price the equipment we will need to fish. I may just watch, and let Tim have the fun. You can surf fish here or fish off several public piers. There are fishing boats too, but they are mighty expensive. Several hundred dollars for 1 day is a cheap trip.

If I could take the gulf to Arizona, I will have found Neverland. But alas, I'm just dreaming.
The pictures are of the beach, amazing clouds and the boardwalk covered in sand. The sand blows on and it blows off, all in one day. Always windy here.
Later folks. Love, xxx ooo Mummy






Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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Heading for Texas - 2nd Session on Wheels

Season 2 began later than last year. Just in time too. Two inches of snow fell the afternoon we left. We began with a visit with the kids and my folks and after 2 fun filled days, we left on our journey. Zoe gets drugged these days for travelling. She sits in the back seat now, in the cab, but still enjoys spending time in the bed of the truck when she's in the mood. The drugs make her pretty sad looking, but she doesn't pant, pace and whine. That's a good thing. We stayed at KOAs again, they're always convenient and we know what to expect. We stayed 4 days in Arlington to visit old friends and then headed to San Antonio. We had fun there. We took a bus from the campsight, that we very convenient. We ate high in the sky at the Tower of the America's. When Tim was here about 7 years ago, there was a Mexican restaurant. Now it is a Chart House and mighty expensive but we still had a nice dinner. The Alamo was amazing but there are no dioramas like Pee Wee Herman saw with Jose and Inez in the A D O B E. HaHa. I came away with a greater understanding of what that battle was all about and was suprised how big the entire Alamo is, and yet it is smaller now that in the past. We each bought a coffee mug. The river walk is larger than I thought too and a truly magical place. It would take an entire week to explore every nook and cranny. The boat ride was fun and entertaining.

Finally we headed to our winter home on Mustang Island. We got set up but still have work to do. We took a walk to the gulf, Zoe too, and that is very pretty. There was a "red tide" (hotter than normal water) that killed a bunch a fish. Our section of beach has scattered corpses, but in the news there are sections where the fish are 2 feed deep. UGH

We are a little miffed with our site here though. The traffic sounds are louder than I thought they would be and we are on the fence backing Hwy 361. I thought "It's an Island, how heavy can traffic be?" Dah, blond thinking. The worst is the burrs in the grass. Zoe can barely walk without picking up these tiny burrs and we have to take them off her pads. The burrs stick to our shoes and we drag them into the trailer. I had to get on my hands and knees and pick them out of the carpet. We are going to rethink our plan. Some areas of the park are burr-free zones (we noticed on our walk) but I doubt if there are any available sites there. Our friends warned us we wouldn't like it here. We do like it here! I don't think they knew about the burrs though. They would have said something, for Zoe's sake.

I'll post photos on a seperate blog. It won't let me do it now. Enjoy. Diane and Tim