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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

HHI -2

The condo was a two-bedroom one with living/dining room and kitchen. It had been decided that GM2 would sleep with them on the king-size bed and GM5 would sleep in their floor on his inflatable mattress. Before we moved his mattress we checked our room’s closet and for some reason it was a large walk-in and right away we could see that the mattress would fit in that small room. We put the inflatable in there and GM5 loved it, he just laughed and bounced on it – he had his own little room.

We finally all crashed and morning came as we were all hoping it would. The Spice was sleeping in but I arose slowly and crept into the room where the others were already up and about. I crepitated around some more and got my vitamins and meds, with a bit of sustenance to help them out with the cranking of my system. They were going to the beach but when GM2 found out that the Spice and I were not, she wanted to stay with us – I don’t need to be in the sun. They went to the shore while the Spice slept and I was busy working out the kinks from the trip down and trying to wake up my body.

At one point in time I was gazing out the double sliding glass doors at the natural growths on this side and beyond the parking lot of the golf course across the way and it was beautiful. Within my view were towering pine trees that had been here much longer than the condo or the golf course. They were so large and tall that the lumber from about three of them would have built a good-sized house. Several varieties of palm trees were there also and they were in the company of some large oaks that were long time residents of the area as well.

The pine needles, palm fronds and oak limbs and leaves waving in the gentle breeze was very relaxing. The wind chimes on the balcony played an occasional tune. A beautiful melody but it would have been very hard to dance to because of the lack of a real tempo. This whole island is very commercial without appearing to be so – with all signs of a certain type and low to the ground, allowing the beauty of the natural growths to show through anything commercial.

The beach-goers returned and the little one was all excited because he had a tiny hermit crab in his bucket and of course had to tell me all about the whole adventure. We cleaned up and decided to go to supper early because of the drawn out fiasco of waiting about an hour and a half the night before. We left about 5:30 and went to the place we had given up on last evening – Marleys Island Grille.

The wait was still about 30 minutes but this was much more acceptable than the seeming interminable one the evening before. Nothing particularly outstanding about the looks of the place but the service was good and the food was excellent. It was basically a seafood place in spite of the fact that they had steaks as well. Someone had recommended the restaurant to them and it was all they said and more. Possibly you have been to places that when you walk out the door you a-wished you had not come there or b-wished you had ordered something else or c-felt like you got ripped off or d-the food just didn’t taste very good – but none of these feelings came into play and this is definitely a place to which I would revisit for the great tasting food – and so felt we all.

God is good, all the time. ec


Blogger Granny said...

What a wonderful way to spend a few days. Family, good food, and a beautiful setting.

7/18/2007 12:18:00 AM  
Blogger itsboopchile said...

Oh, would love to see some pictures some time.
Betty G

7/18/2007 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Good day, eh? Peaceful morning, family, good food.

7/18/2007 10:52:00 AM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Mr. Eddie ~~ I am so glad to hear that you and the family are enjoying this time together. I hope the weather has been nice for you.
Thanks for your comments - I surely had a great time with Rebecca' I
posted the last of the cows that I have photos of. They are nice.
Take care, your garden sounds great!!
Best Wishes, Merle.

7/18/2007 11:54:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

Granny - I agree totally and it was very enjoyable.

itsboopchile - OD made many photos, maybe I could try some of hers.

AC - Amen - so relaxing and fulfilling.

merle - We are home now from a great trip but it was quite a chore to pick the garden. I've given more away and still have a countertop full and more in the frig. ec

7/18/2007 11:46:00 PM  

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