Seagrove Beach

more about florida

by grace on March 12, 2019

today, people keep saying stuff like “it’s so warm!” but it’s not, not when you’ve spent a lovely week in 60s to 70s degree weather and bright sunshine and even when it rained in florida, who cared, because it was so, so much better than the weather around here.

at least spring is grudgingly, haltingly starting to try to make an effort. yesterday i sprayed deer spray on the delicate tiny shoots coming out of the ground in front, because i know that otherwise the deer will just chomp them to the ground.

anyway, back to florida (and yes, i could get my bags packed in about 15 minutes if we were going back right now)….i took this picture from our balcony the same time that i posted the video where i said “comma” and “exclamation point” out loud. this was right when we got there, at around four in the afternoon on saturday, feb. 23rd. we didn’t see the sun set that night because it was cloudy.

the place is identical to the one we stayed in last year, and only the furnishings are different.

you know i love pelicans, so i was happy to see this guy on the kitchen counter.

here’s kevin, trying to relax on sunday morning.

we frequently saw people walking their cute dogs on the beach despite the many NO DOGS ON BEACH signs that were posted everywhere.

little birds visited me on our balcony all the time we were there and of course i gave them little crumbs so of course they kept coming back.

another example of how tired i was when we arrived on saturday – i kept opening all the cabinets looking for a wine glass because i was, of course, desperate for a glass of wine. i opened every single cabinet, even the really high ones over the fridge, but all i could find were a bunch of different plastic glasses. i don’t want to drink wine out of a plastic glass!

i texted this to amy on saturday night, and told her that i’d broken a wine glass when we’d stayed at the other condo last year, and she said that maybe that was the reason they only had plastic ones.

and then, sunday morning, how had i completely missed the cabinet that was right next to the other cabinets? fully stocked with a variety of glasses.

overly tired.

We finally set out for a nice walk down the beach at the crack of 10:52 a.m. sunday morning.

somebody had constructed this elaborate sand world, and it remained on the beach almost til the time we left; i think the rain finally washed most of it away.

we walked to the little town of Seaside, where we’d been last year – it’s where they shot “the truman show,” and it’s a nice place. i started taking lots of videos because i decided they would make you feel like you were there a lot more than just taking pictures.

but i guess i always do that, don’t I? mostly.

anyway, i don’t know why i shot this in a vertical format; it annoys me a lot now watching it. maybe some of my crazy from the night before was lingering…

i have more videos of walking around in seaside, but maybe i won’t put them up here because i’m so annoyed with the format. we did a whole lot of walking that day; we walked through the town of seaside back to the road and then way up the road back to the Publix, because i hadn’t brought a hair dryer because i thought they’d supply one. and then we walked back to our place, and i think we walked almost six miles that day. i remember that we got pretty warm, because it’s florida and i love it.

ok then,

mrs. h.


first video of florida

by grace on March 11, 2019

gee, that was fast! i shot this first video after we finally made it to our condo overlooking the ocean in Seagrove Beach, FL. we’d driven a long time that day; we left on friday feb. 22nd and after we’d driven about six hours and made it to the north of nashville, it started to rain and get dark and the traffic was awful, so we decided to not deal with the traffic around the city and just pull over.

we found a little motel that was just fine, plus kevin said it was the very best in-room coffee he’d ever had anywhere. gee whiz!

the only problem is that we had a very long drive on saturday feb. 23rd. we got up at 5:30! and left by 6:30, arriving in seagrove beach at 2:45 in the afternoon.

our first stop was the UPS store because i’d remembered that i left every one of my chargers for all my electronics at home on the kitchen counter. you’d think i’d have remembered such basic things, but because they weren’t on my list i didn’t remember them. i especially needed my fitbit charger, so mom was super nice to mail them all down to seagrove beach to the UPS store, which was closing at 4:00, so we had to arrive before then.

which is why we made such good time. we then walked over to the Publix, where they were having some kind of mardi gras celebration with many, many delicious samples of deliciousness, plus they gave us a free mardi gras reusable shopping bag. plus we bought some fresh shrimp and they cooked it for us, a nice first-night meal at our condo.

when we finally got to our condo before 4:00, i realized how tired i was, because as you know i’m not a morning person and 5:30 is way before my getting-up time.

i made this short video, and in it, i say “comma” and “exclamation point,” because i was obviously beyond tired, so somehow my addled brain thought i was talking to text.

ok then,



leaving the beach…

by grace on April 6, 2018

I hated leaving Seagrove Beach.  but it was a great bit of time, and hopefully we’ll either go there or maybe somewhere nearby next year.  we had to vacate the premises at 10 on Friday morning, Feb. 24th, and we had time for one more walk on the beach.

as we headed back I noticed this guy setting up a lot of stuff for his family.  it took a while, but he achieved a pretty substantial spot.  I hope they spent the day there.

we thought we had plenty of time to get everything into the van, but there was lots and lots of stuff.  the cleaning people all showed up at the door and we hurried to stuff the remaining things into the van, and off we went.

the drive down had seemed way too long, but as we left Florida we started listening to an audio book that i’d checked out of the library.  it was a P.G. Wodehouse story; I have read his books for years and years – he’s a clever and funny author, and the guy reading it did a great job.  it made the time pass so quickly.

our destination for the night was just south of Nashville and about an hour before we arrived we hit some heavy rain and I was driving and it wasn’t fun.  but we made it safe and sound, and I wanted to find some good food that was within walking distance of our hotel.  I don’t trust the reviews on yelp so much, but there was a sushi place only 3/10 of a mile, and we headed out.  for some reason the directions on my phone weren’t good and we ended up at a retirement home, and the phone announced that we’d reached our destination.  we walked through the parking lot in back of a strip mall and found the place, called Zushimaki.

it was an unprepossessing hole in the wall, but I had the best sushi i’d ever had.  mmm, i’d drive back there today, but it would take a while.  I might have had better sushi when I lived in LA but that was such a long time ago that I can’t remember.  I got crab Rangoon to start out with, plus sake.  delicious.

the rest of the drive home was uneventful, and on our return les had found a mouse.  bev, who was cat-sitting for us, had taken pictures of les lying in front of the fridge and then the garbage can in the kitchen, but the mouse had moved on at this point.

les didn’t find him that night.  the next day I heard a noise and realized it was coming from the pantry.  I started moving some of the huge amount of stuff stored there, and after i’d cleared away a good deal of things on the floor and took out a small George foreman grill (why is it in there??? when is the last time we used it??? I must clean out that dang pantry!!!), les suddenly lunged in and pulled out a mouse.

whew.  luckily kevin was home and managed to successfully wrest it from lester’s grip and carry it outside to safety.

a good time was had by all.

it’s a chilly Friday april morning today, with more snow expected on sunday.  will spring never come?  hard to say at this point.

ok then,




last day at Seagrove Beach

by grace on April 4, 2018

next time i’d like to go for a week.  I wish we could find a condo on the beach that allowed cats so we could stay for a month, but on the other hand, would we really want to traumatize our kitties with such a very long car ride?  kevin and I were aggravated being in the car for so long, and I imagine the kitties would complain bitterly.

I spent some time out on the sand taking pictures of the birds.







at this point some of them were getting sleepy, and starting to nap.

these two got very close, hoping for some food.


this bird still hoped for food as the others napped.


finally, almost everybody was asleep.

in the afternoon we rode our bikes in the opposite direction from the way we’d gone the day before, this time to deer lake state park.  it was much smaller than graystone, and we only hiked a bit on the sand.  there was a longer hiking trail across the road that didn’t appeal to us.

off in the distance there were many condos, and walkways snaked all over the place out to the beach.  at one point we saw a golf cart headed out to the ocean.


interesting dune.

there were few people out on the beach, and we didn’t linger – it was getting mighty hot out there.

we biked the short distance back to our condo, remarking at how there weren’t any tourist shops or much of anything along the road at that point.  it’s such a different place than gulf shores, Alabama, where there were t-shirt shops every couple feet, plus many restaurants and all kinds of things.  the one souvenir shop we spotted on our way back to the condo was closed.  oh well, we don’t really need one more souvenir in our house.

when we got back to the condo we were kind of hot and tired, and kevin took a nap.  I was going to sit on the beach (for a change), but decided that I should run.  I love to run on the beach, and this was probably my last chance.

I started off and it was mighty warm, and I kept looking at my fitbit – according to it, my heart rate started getting much too high, and when it reached 180 I slowed down.

even since i’d been sick, whenever I ran or even walked my heart rate skyrocketed.  either the fitbit was broken or my heart was.  whichever it was, it seems to be ok now.

we had a quiet evening that night, spending a bit of time getting ready to leave the next morning.





biking in florida

April 2, 2018

  we took our bikes with us on the trip and it was great to have them.  on our second full day there, we biked down the nice bike/walking path alongside county hwy. 30A.  30A is a big deal down there in florida, at least to the people who live/visit there.  we saw 30A books […]

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day two in seagrove beach, FL

March 20, 2018

I don’t think I mentioned the name of the town where we stayed – I was initially looking at a state park called grayton beach, and I was only looking at that park because my friend nan was going to camp there one night, and she’d heard it was nice.  but gee, that’s not much […]

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maybe the computer is working now…

March 18, 2018

wayne found some viruses on this computer.  ugh, I don’t even like typing on it, because I feel they’re going to come back. a bunch of blah blah technical stuff was done, thank god for wayne, but…my screen just went black a little bit ago.  so now I’m trying to imagine that it was just […]

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March 1, 2018

how did that happen? first, valentine’s day – we had a lovely lunch at a new place called Finley’s tap room, but kevin wasn’t feeling so good – as we ate, i could see him getting sicker.  oh boy. thursday morning he went to the doctor and the good news was that he didn’t have […]

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