the palms at seagrove

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,



maybe the computer is working now…

by grace on 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 getting that out of its system.

self-delusion, thy name is grace.

anyhow, pictures from our trip down south…

after a long, very long, two day drive down to the florida panhandle, we were ecstatic to finally arrive at our destination, a condo called the palms of seagrove.  on the beach.  paradise.

we arrived at around three in the afternoon and were overjoyed to find that the place was just as nice as it looked in the online pictures, maybe even more so.  we didn’t go through VRBO or Air bnb or anything like that, I just somehow found this property while obsessively looking at the all the properties on those websites plus more.  we got it through a realty company, and so I was a little worried that the place would be a dump, because who knows what a place really looks like, you can put up a photo from any time at all…

ecstatic.  I’d like to go back down there right now, as a matter of fact.  I’ve had it with weather that’s not lovely and spring-like.

here we are on our balcony.  the weather was perfect the entire time we were there; it was unseasonably warm for the panhandle, yay!

this is looking in at the living room/kitchen from the balcony.  if we’d had more people with us, there’d have been plenty of room.  but it was nice that it was just us two.

and of course I immediately spread stuff all over the kitchen counter.  ironically, the place is a little outdated, and the kitchen cabinets are identical to ours.  need to get our replaced…someday…

after lugging waaaay to much stuff up the three flights of stairs (ours was on the top floor), we got down to the beach in time for sunset.  there weren’t many people around.

there’s our building – our condo was the farthest on the right.  hmm, I see there’s a light on in the unit next door – we never heard any of our neighbors.


I should paint myself one of these; I finally saw it over the stove later that night.

the place had a lovely big bedroom but it was in the front and we wanted to hear the crashing waves while we slept, so we pulled out the sleeper sofa.

at about one in the morning I just couldn’t take it anymore – it was your typical wretched sleeper sofa, sagging way down in the middle, terrible…I staggered up to the bedroom, thinking that kevin sleeps so soundly that he’d stay on the sofa.  but soon he joined me, and we didn’t try sleeping in the living room any more.

but it was awesome to get up in the morning and go right out on the balcony…maybe we can go back and stay a little longer next time.  it would be nice if we could find a condo that allowed cats, but on the other hand, would we really want to take our cats on that very long drive?  it would be too stressful for everybody I think.

and that’s it for our first day on the beach.

ok then,


p.s. there’s definitely something wrong with this computer; it stopped working a few times while trying to furiously get this typed.  ugh.  technology.