Monday, May 29, 2017

Final Day, Amelia Island, and Home Again

Container Ship, heading toward Savannah and passing Tybee Island

We are home.  Our days of Tybee are over.  And while I enjoyed it immensely, I'm ready to explore new beach areas.  But the food and the flair and the love of our unique Tybee will always remain in my heart.  What a wonderful vacation. And a wonderful week with our friends.  

I always worry that I'm too quiet when we are around people.   I've turned out to be a very quiet person, with a very little to say.  But my friends always seem to accept me as I am. Lisa and Don included.  I am horrible at being sociable.  And worry that people will think me as rude. But really it's just me being me, letting everyone else do the talking.   I was thinking that for so many years I had so much to say.  But over the years I've really gone quiet. And there are times when I do talk a whole lot.  I noticed a lot on vacation that when I did try to talk, George said it for me, or talked over me - my voice is little and is easily crowded out.  Now I often think that people really don't want to hear what I have to say anyway.  It takes a special person to draw me out.  So I had some of these thoughts on vacation.  Was I too quiet?  Am I not friendly enough?  Why don't I want to talk more? 

There was a time when George said I talked too much.  lol  I remember him telling me that.  I guess when I was younger I had more life in me, had a lot more dreams, and was animated as everything.  Now, life is almost lived out.  A few more years to go and still a few dreams in which one wonders if they will be lived out at this point.  I'm older, more tired, and basically spent.  But right now I feel as if I'm the most boring person on earth.  But how does one become a more interesting person?  I mainly spend all day at work (boring to most) and then two hours of commute all day (audio books), eat, sleep. aura is missing.  Can someone please help me find my aura?  lol 

Anyway, love my Lisa friend as she just lets me be - and if that is quiet with nothing to say - that seems to be just ok.  The guys kept her in good conversation.  I do talk, but just not a lot.  I'm an after thought.  lol

I know, I worry too much.  

I seem to have no trouble writing though.  lol

Anyway that was on my mind so I spouted that off.  

But yes, our Tybee days are over.  We've looked forward to it for so long!  

I love the cuisine and the flair of the island.  But I don't like the color of the water.  The ocean is not always so pretty.  It was brown (sandy) most of the time we were there as the water and surf were all torn up.  

While we were there three people lost their life in a bad storm at Lazeretto Creek and where the people lived that ran their fishing business.  This is where Katy and Cody left for their fishing trip three years ago.  And the same marsh/creek area where we ate at Bubba Gumbo's.  

So, we packed up Saturday morning - in a rush.  And we were out the door an hour early.  We had really made ourselves at home there at Blue Crab Cottage.  It was sad to leave, but at the same time, I was getting tired and ready to be home.  Odd as that seems. 

I will miss the pool. :-O

Too bad we can't have one at home.  I guess if we did I'd never want to work.  

So anyway, we packed up and went to eat at the Sundae Cafe before we took off.  Mainly we could have the dogs on the porch.  The food was good, but the flies were horrible.  We all tried not to complain but end the end when there are 36 flies at the table and I'm shooing so feverishly that I knock over my juice - yeah - it's just not fun anymore.  Breakfast drive thru style, would have been more fun.  I think at that point we were all ready to be on our way. 

I thoroughly enjoyed Don and Lisa!  We travel well together.  We eat and experience well together.  They are family! 

Don and Lisa headed home.  We went South for two hours to go retrieve Momma and to see Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken's house.   I love their house.  Lots of room.  

We were using WAZE to get us there from the shortest route and it took us the back way and therefore we thought they were out in the middle of NO Where.  They laughed when we asked "how far do you go to get to civilization and groceries?"  Not far at all they said.  Later when we went to dinner, they showed us how close they were to civilization.  It was just around the corner - well ok maybe 3 miles down and around the corner.  And they are just a few quick minutes to Amelia Island!  Oh my gosh!  I loved that place.  

We went there to eat!  
We ate at the Surf, mainly b/c we could get a parking place.  

There was someone there playing a guitar and singing.  

George asked me if he could order a beer (my Mom doesn't drink and I don't like to offend anyone).  But he wanted one and I said "go head if you want and if you do I will too".  So the lady asked me first what I wanted and I hemmed and hawwwed.  And I think either George or Uncle Ken said "get a beer if you want".  So then we said "ok" and so did Aunt Martha, lol.  We all wanted another and Uncle Ken said "get another".  (Thanks Uncle Ken).  He also bought our dinner and we were very appreciative of that.  So nice.  We loved our afternoon on Amelia Island (Fernandina Beach, FL).  

George and Uncle Ken above looking over the menu. 

Aunt Martha and Mom looking over their menus.  

We laughed at how big Aunt Martha's burger was.  

She actually only ate half of it and George and I split the other half.  I was really torn and wanted to order a burger but decided I could get those at home anytime.  George was thinking the same, so we ordered seafood and had no problem still splitting Aunt Martha's other half of her burger, lol.  

Yeah diet starts this week!  

I asked Uncle Ken if we could go stick our feet in the sand one last time.  
He worked to find a parking spot, but he did it and got a close one too.  For that I am grateful.  You know how much I love the ocean!  

Much to my surprise the ocean looked so much prettier than Daytona, than Tybee, and almost looks like Destin.  It has an emerald green hue to the water.  I could see us going back there and then Uncle Ken drove us to the town area where all the shops were.  Oh my - love it!  I kept thinking that Katy would LOVE this area.  

Then we went back and relaxed and Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken's.

Tugie found CoCo's (Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken's dog) bed and claimed it as her own. 

  Aunt Martha gave me some Audio books on tape.  :-)  That was so nice and I will enjoy them. 
And she gave me some clothes and Mom too.  She has lost weight and gave us some pick over some nice things she no longer needed.  We were unsure where these things would go in the car.  But George got it all in.  

Mom bought some concrete crane birds while there and she had texted me that George had to find room in the car.  We were really going worried that we had to bring those birds home.  lol  Later we get a text "just kidding".  I don't think we'd have had room.  Mom is not usually a jokester like that so I thought she was serious.  My Aunt and Uncle are coming up in June and bringing the concrete birds then.  lol  They are very pretty. 

We got up about 5:30 a.m. on Sunday and got ready and headed back.  
We were on a pine tree covered road for a long ways back to the interstate.  
The day before showed that we were in for a huge day of rain. 
What a blessing that we had ZERO rain! And very little traffic for a Memorial Day weekend. 

There were a few times that the dogs slept together on a pillow in our laps.  So sweet that they can be close.  

I had been worried about whether this trip would be too long for them but they did great!  

Even after that big long trip - of nearly 12 hours on the road with all of our stops, I was craving spaghetti so bad I was willing to cook it.  We had NO spaghetti sauce so I made a meat sauce with canned tomatoes, onion, tomato paste, hamburger, onion, and seasonings.  Turned out great!  Maybe I don't need anything else ever!  I usually use a spaghetti sauce as a "starter" for my sauces but I see now that it's not necessary.

We slurped it up and had 2nd's.  Not soon after we crashed big time.

Very thankful that God allowed us a fun trip.  And a safe trip.

We slept so good last night.  We slept good everywhere we stayed during vacation.  But I will admit it was nice being in our own bed.  I'd changed the sheets a day or so before we left and vacuumed and the kitchen was clean so it was nice coming home to a "somewhat" clean house.  However, I do need to dust and do the kitchen floor.  But I think that will be next weekend.

It was nice to get up and have the whole day to unpack, do laundry, and put things up and go to the store.  George has trimmed the bushes and mowed.

We are starting our diets.  Or should I say our "new lifestyle".  We are doing a low fat diet to curb what all damage we did on vacation, lol.  We ate well, we had a lot of wheat and bread - I mean who can turn down those good hush puppies?  We had bread for every meal and had beer every day.  So our bellies are fat and we need to lose those tire tubes we have going.  lol

You should have seen our store run!

We can have beans and chicken so George wanted to fix "white chili" tonight.  A little off season but I know it'll be good.  He bought a rotisserie chicken to go in it.

I have done SO MUCH laundry today, it's unreal.  I stopped to clean a few things as I put stuff up.  I completely went through my jewelry armoire and pulled out things I no longer wanted.  I had a lot of jewelry I bought on vacation. Well not a lot but a few more pieces.  But I thought I'd get rid of some of the older stuff I was no longer interested in.

Also got rid of a few clothes.

A busy day and I put all that first instead of blogging so I could make sure we were ready for the work week.  I didn't get all the ironing done.  But I can pick "non iron" stuff to wear and we only have a 4 day week anyway.

We have not much on our schedule - that is nice.  I want to take Mom to a cool place for her birthday in July and then Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken are coming up.  And we will see them.  And we have Father's day.  We have a baseball game to cash in with the Sounds.  So not a lot planned.  I'm good with trying to get caught up on projects.  But I know my George.  He'll be planning soon.  Plus I'm going to secure dates with his sister and BIL as we want to hear all about their Italy vacation.  And I'm ready to see Richard and Kathy too.

Anyway, I'm also in a mood to simplify some things around here.  Pulling out stuff for a yard sale where I can.

Ya'll have a good evening.  The Predator's are about to come on soon and we'll eat and watch the game.

Take care!


  1. Hi! I loved this post! Loved your details about the trip and about your life. I am going to read the next post now! Sorry I took so long to get here! Alice. Ps your digs are soooo cute!

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.
    Wow that WAS some big burger!!!

  3. I am so pleased that your holiday went so well, finishing at your Aunt and Uncles just was the perfect ending....You and I are very similar in a lot of ways. I never seem to have much to say either, and wish that I could just away ......but although I often want to say something or extend a conversation I just seem to dry up. Now Mary she can chat away to anyone. I did mention my feeling of not being able to chat to people to another friend and they just laughed and said I was just fine I talked enough.......I think she meant it, and didn't think that I did to much !! I think it's just something we have to ignore about ourselves it's nothing to get upset about, we are as we are and folk seem to love us that way......hope that work will be ok today and that you hear very soon when you will be moving. It seems to be taking for ever, I'm sure the bosses must feel the same.....take care. God bless

  4. It's always nice to get away but coming home is wonderful too. So glad you have good friends to travel with. I've always thought a sign of having a good friend is that you can sit quietly and just enjoy the companionship. Nice you had a day just to catch up a bit before returning to work.

  5. I love the picture of Roger and Tugie snuggled together. The beach you went to with your Aunt and Uncle went to was so beautiful. That food looked very good. That was very nice for them to treat you. It is nice to spend time with family. I sure miss mine. Sonya it made me sad you feel like you have to be quite. Just be yourself. Don't ever lose your voice. I know how you feel though. Sometimes when I am depressed I get like that. I hope you have a good week. I am headed out to the nail place to get a pedi.

  6. Amelia island sounds quaint too. That burger your Aunt got was huge. The pups look tuckered out. I bet you all need a vacation to recover from this one too.


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