the palms at seagrove

the rest of Feb. 26th – Rosemary Beach

by grace on April 5, 2019

After spending time in deserted Alys Beach, we drove on down the road to Rosemary Beach. i’d read online about a restaurant right on the beach there and hoped we could go there for lunch.

Rosemary Beach was bustling, especially compared to Alys Beach. Rosemary was more upscale than our place in Seagrove Beach.

it was so upscale that you couldn’t access the beach at all, unless you were staying there. we searched in vain for some way to try to find the restaurant on the beach and finally stopped and asked a security guy who explained that it couldn’t happen. bummer.

instead, we found a delicious place, the cowgirl kitchen. there’s another one of these in Seagrove Beach; we’d been there last year. this place was soooo good.

we walked around a bit after lunch.

what a funny street name in Rosemary Beach!

it looked like they were trying to make it look like a european street. we stopped at a souvenir shop and the woman there told us that Rosemary Beach was nice, but Alys Beach was even more expensive. hmm, maybe they were priced out of anyone being there?

i loved this hotel in front of a grassy lawn which was across from the beach.

we left these ritzy beach towns, glad we’d gone and also happy that we were staying in seagrove beach.

it started raining when we got back to our condo, and i was amused to see people still out on the beach. this one brave soul walked along carrying an umbrella.

another happy day in paradise!

ok then,



evening in florida

by grace on March 25, 2019

i went just a bit crazy taking photos of the sunset on Sunday, Feb. 24th but managed to whittle them down to just a few.

a friend said “i don’t just want to see beach photos” of our trip, but it’s my favorite thing, so of course there are some photos because i can’t help it.

i took a time-lapse photo, and it’s very shaky but not bad.

here’s the little sliver of sun that’s left.

oh boy this makes me want to be back there again.

i need to speed up my postings of our trip since we’re about to have spring, even though it keeps looking and feeling like february out there.

ok then,

mrs. h.


getting back to florida…

by grace on March 21, 2019

I’ve decided to end the argument with myself about posting the vertical videos of florida that i took. here’s the first one, shot shortly after the one i did in the center of the town of Seaside.

and here’s another one, just trying to keep going with the postings since it’s already approaching the end of march. this one has a rare sighting of Kevin on camera! soon, maybe, i’ll be posting photos of flowers blooming around here.

and yet another short video as we walked around Seaside, with all the very pricey real estate.

lots of road construction there in Seaside FL…

we finally made it to the store! i kept taking all these videos because i wanted to make it feel like you were there with us. i needed a hair dryer because for some reason i thought there would be one at the condo, but there wasn’t. plus we bought other good stuff.

we started back to Seagrove Beach, this time walking on the road instead of the beach.

whew, it was about a six-mile walk that day. it was great to get back to our lovely condo. This was just the first day we were there, and we decided that we should extend our stay by one more night, because it was just so awesome there.

this is the final video of our first day; i finally made it down to the beach. perfect.

i’m going to vow to myself to keep posting on here every single day til i’ve posted all about florida. it is possible, mrs. hughes.

ok then,



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

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 […]

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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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