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Monday, August 14, 2006


Saturday morning came with more projects on the horizon. The main one for the day was to put the jump fabric on the trampoline frame with the associated springs. Since the side safety net/fence and poles were damaged and didn’t make the move, these had to be purchased locally – as well as the pad over the springs. These were obtained and after a very sweaty morning, the springs were put on, the safety poles were put in place, the safety net erected and the bottom of the net was woven into the spring holes with the rope supplied.

It had been very sunny and hot, but as soon as we finished and went into the screened porch, the clouds covered the sun and a nice breeze sprang up – could have happened sooner, but we were glad for it even then. We just sat and rocked for a while and reveled in the satisfaction of a very hot job completed. Enough soon became enough and we went back into the air conditioned house – just not very tough I guess.

Early afternoon we decided to get cleaned up and head toward Galveston Island, to check out the area and have a meal. This island was one that I had heard and seen much about on the History channel and even the Weather channel – particularly in relation to the hurricane of September 8, 1900. This is still considered the deadliest natural disaster in US history with over 6,000 fatalities and with one third of the town of 38,000 destroyed.

In response to that disaster the city decided to build a seawall 17 feet tall and 7 miles long and start a project to raise the elevation of the entire town. This latter project was finally completed in 1962 with the cost being about 14.5 million dollars. Our trip revealed much construction on the way into the main sections of town. This was in the form of large beach houses and condos – where does all that money come from?

Our family group then populated Landry’s Seafood House in the main section of town. This very nice eatery is located across the street from the aforementioned seawall. It was a large place and the food was excellent. I was much too stuffed for a dessert, but the Spice wanted one – Bananas Foster, with one half normal and the other half of it drenched in strawberries and sauce. Of course I had to help her eat it, this is just one of the tough parts of marriage that I have to go through to hold the relationship together.

After this large meal we all waddled across the street to walk on the beach and out on the breakwater. This latter structure is made of huge blocks of granite and several fishermen were plying the waters at the end for some unknown species of finned swimmers. Along the right side of the breakwater many small fish were jumping out of the water every few minutes. I tried to point the fish out to GM5, and though he pointed in the same direction I did, I’m not sure he ever caught sight of them.

SIL took GM5 down to the edge of the waves and the little one promptly sat down in the water, more than once. He was soaked but still cried when he was taken away from the water. Then just a moment later a woman came by with a puppy on a leash – the little one was reaching out for the puppy and the puppy was straining at the leash to get back to GM5 – natural affinities at work once again. It was a good day – a day blessed by the Lord. ec


Blogger Bonita said...

I remember watching a program about the Galveston dikes and the terrible storms that it gets on the History Channel. Aside from all that devastation, I thought it was an exceedingly beautiful place to live!

8/14/2006 07:44:00 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

I know how hard it must have been for you to help with the dessert.

Nail clippers and the like.

You and I were raised in far different times. With a zero tolerance policy on violence, almost everything with a sharp edge is contraband including nail clippers (which I don't understand either).

Thanks for the comment.

8/14/2006 07:50:00 PM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hello Mr Eddie ~~ Well you hsve certsnly been busy getting all the jobs done and HAVING to help your wife finish her dessert. Life is so hard.
Glad the littley liked the water, felt
sorry for your granddaughter having o start at a new school. I hope she is still doing well. Glad you enjoyed I
Must Go Shopping, I thought it was nice too. Take care, Merle.

8/15/2006 05:27:00 AM  
Blogger JunieRose said...


That sounds like a very fine day you and your family had!
That dessert sounded good too- even if you DID have to force it down just to help out your wife! haha


8/15/2006 09:02:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

bonita - It was a very interesting place considering, like you, the history I'd heard about it. It also seemed to be thriving in the area of commerce.

granny - The dessert was tough to take. :) You are right, this is a far different time - it's been a long time since my young ones were in school.

merle - It was uphill all the way but we did finish the dessert. :) The tyke was not happy to leave the waves. GM2 seems to be adjusting fairly well to the new school. It helps that she has several girls about her same age in the neighborhood.

junierose - Helping with the dessert was just my effort at keeping hearth and home together. It was a very good day. ec

8/15/2006 10:28:00 AM  

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