All in and all set

Last week my sister and I traveled to Las Brisas in Galveston to drop off a motherlode of supplies for the summer. And of course, while there, we did some refreshing and updating. I loved going with Ches. We left late on Sunday afternoon so we could have a sweet visit of 3 nights at the coast – we wanted to work in one day of relaxing. As busy mothers of busy kids, those free hours are precious. I even wrote ‘relax’ on my to do list. Sick, I know.

Sunday night we arrived late – the frogs were performing a symphony. I’ve never heard them so loud! Some trilled, others croaked. The croaking sounded alternatively like a duck quacking or creaking bed springs! Glad the ponds were full of life. Happily, we found no mosquitos.

The first morning at the house we woke up early and took a walk. The Sargassum this year seems to be record breaking. Pointe West is grooming every few days, but this had come in overnight. The seagulls were having a feast.

The sargassum

The sargassum

Love my sister!

Love my sister!

 

After the walk, we got to work – headed into Galveston to match the wall paint. That has been a real ongoing challenge, but at last we did it. While at the Sherwin Williams we found a perfect accent color too. So, we got a sample of that as well. After a few other stops in town we headed back to the house to meet the A/C folks. As we were heading into summer, wanted to double check the system.  All well.  We actually then drove back to Galveston to pick up a gallon of the selected “Copen Blue” accent color. LOVE it.

We touched up every wall in the house – it looks new again! No more luggage marks on the stairs or chair marks in the dining area. And painted the beautiful accent color on the back wall of windows. Hooray!

Beautiful Copen Blue

Beautiful Copen Blue

We tried a new place in Surfside for dinner Monday night with Chesney’s mother in law and best friend who also happened to be at Pointe West that week – the Red Snapper Inn. Totally worth the drive. We are difficult diners, with an assortment of allergies and they accommodated all of them – Gluten Free and Soy Free! I had a fabulous dinner of Snapper Vera Cruz. So big it made two meals. Will definitely be going back. The menu was fabulous.

Tuesday, Bay Area Chimney Sweeps came to clean out my vents – it’s bird nesting season and unfortunately, the vents had become home to several birds. They blocked my dryer vent and that was becoming problematic. Vents cleaned and covered by 11 am. The rest of the day we spent at the Beach Club and in the hammock chairs.

 

 

Hammock Chairs

Hammock Chairs

We read and chatted for hours and went to bed early!

Luxury.

And the next morning went home to the busyness that is May and the end of the school year. The house is ready for our summer guests – hope everyone experiences the refreshment that we did. Minus the sunburn!

Happy Summer!

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Mardi Gras in Galveston

I had the pleasure of heading to Galveston with some girlfriends this weekend. I planned to be down there for the annual meeting of the owners’ association Saturday, the friends were an added bonus! Of course first thing we did was head to the beach. Ella loved it.

Ella loves the water

Ella loves the water

Coincidentally it was also the first weekend of Mardi Gras. If you don’t know, Galveston celebrates it BIG TIME. It’s a city wide party. The gals and I ate at Farley Girls Cafe (great fish tacos) and then went on to the Strand. It was totally decked out for the impending party. Happily we also discovered that we were there at the right time – the next day we’d have to pay to get into the Strand area as well as brave the crowds. So, we shopped away!

Mardi Gras gear

Mardi Gras gear

Two of the parades had new routes this year – The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius kicked off the weekend at 12 on Saturday with a parade from 57th and Seawall and and winding it’s way down Seawall, ending up at the Strand. The Krewe of Gambrinus kicked off the evening festivities at 57th and Seawall and winding up at the Entertainment District. The seawall was lined with RV campers and trailers with bleacher seating in preparation for the parades. These folks know what they are doing!

While we only caught a brief glimpse of the revelry, we enjoyed seeing all the prep work for it as well as the locals and visitors decked out in their purple, gold and green.

We tried a restaurant new to me at Pirate’s Cove for dinner Saturday. We ventured out to the Waterman.  It was GREAT. Three of us had the Tequila Shrimp, others ate a scallop pasta dish and fish. It was all delicious.

Tequila Shrimp

Tequila Shrimp

The view of the bay is lovely and the decks will be awesome in warm weather. It’s is a $$$ restaurant but lunch is less pricy. It was perfect for us for the night.

Friends at dinner

Friends at dinner

As I wrapped up the visit, I was happy to spy a Great Egret in the pond out back. It was nice to sit and watch it fish for breakfast. 

Great Egret

Great Egret

I’m never quite ready to leave the coast. The moment I’m in the car to head back to the city, I’m planning my next trip back to the water. I’m counting down the days.