04.03.16 Mississippi Gulf Coast – Week Two 03.28.16 to 04.03.16

hello aprilMonday, April 4, 2016 – Our last week on the Mississippi Gulf Coast was great!

Last week started with news of our granddaughter Kallie being in a serious ATV accident on Sunday evening. She was thrown from the ATV after it hit a telephone pole, was in the hospital for the evening and has been recovering since. Nothing broken but lots of bruises and she was on crutches for a few days. We went back to Ponchatoula and visited her on Wednesday. She was doing really well by then and could get around without the crutches mostly. Her daddy plays the drums so we asked her to show us her skills on the drums which is what you’ll see in the picture.

20160330_170829 (Medium) While we were in town we ate at our favorite Hammond Chinese buffet, China Palace.

Roy doesn’t like to get out and about as much as I do so there are times he stays home and I go!

On Monday I spent some time shopping on the Beach where I found a wonderful Goodwill, Sears and Dillards! Edgewater Mall is an old, but newly renovated Mall that I remember shopping at as a child with my sister and brother-in-law! I came back refreshed from my shopping with a new summer wardrobe, most of it from Goodwill so it was very low in cost!!

On Tuesday I went to the beach to read and enjoy the sun, water, waves, birds and the sounds of children playing and families laughing together! It was a beautiful sunny day even if the winds were pretty strong on the beach. I tucked everything in, sat in my lawn chair, put my hat on with lots of suntan lotion on my skin and read taking a break from time to time to enjoy watching the birds and the families playing! Here’s some photos of the beach and the birds.

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On my way home I took a longer route where I could see some of the beautiful mansions on the Gulf Coast. The coast is around 30 miles long so these are just a few of the homes to see. Maybe 1/3 of the original homes before Katrina have been rebuilt. Some cities were more destroyed than others. Pass Christian, where we are,

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Thursday evening was the Bomb Diggity Best!!! We were told about the All You Can Eat Dungeness crabs on the buffet at the Treasure Bay Casino. After having experienced the disappointment and high cost of eating one Dungeness crab in San Francisco we said yes sir, that is for us! Here’s a link to the San Francisco crab eating experience so you’ll know what I’m talking about! The picture of the one crab we ate there is pretty far down that day’s blog post but check it out and read about that experience! San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf

We paid $42.95 plus tax for one very lite (we call them kites in Louisiana, they are only partially full) that we split between us in California. Here on the Gulf Coast we ate 5 overly full crabs (Dungeness are bigger than most blue crabs), a few pounds of boiled crawfish, lots of fried fish and fried shrimp and delicious deserts for $47.00 for both of us at the All You Can Eat Buffet. Treasure Bay is not the most upscale, thrilling place we’ve visited but the food more than makes up for it and the place is quite clean. They give a 15 percent Senior discount so if that applies to you be sure to ask for it.

We ate for TWO HOURS and made ourselves stop before we couldn’t walk out! Here’s some pictures of our dinner at this newly discovered favorite eating place on the coast.

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Friday, the skies opened and rain poured and poured and poured all day. We didn’t go anywhere and enjoyed the sound of rain on the roof!

Saturday, see the Iron Magnolia Antiques Post

This Sunday we went to church at First Baptist Church of Bay St. Louis, MS. We do not normally go to Bay St. Louis but it is a really lovely area. Here is a picture of the wonderful choir at the church and some of the beautiful homes along the water there!

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Sunday Chip, Misty and Kallie came to visit us before we leave here. We went back to the Dungeness Crab buffet one last time! Here’s some photos of us walking through the RV resort we are in and along the beach in Biloxi! Knowing we won’t see our wonderful family for a while is sad but they are all in a good place and doing well! We are so thankful we’ve had this time at home to get to know Chip’s new wife, Misty, and his new step daughter, Kallie! We’ve had special visits with them each time we’ve gotten together.

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20160403_142922 (Medium) 20160403_142752 (Medium) 20160403_142649 (Medium) 20160403_142606 (Medium) We left the Mississippi Gulf Coast this morning after taking some final Mississippi photos of Dora and Boots on the beach! We are at Wilderness RV Resort in Robertsdale, Alabama for the next two weeks. This is an okay park where we only pay $2 per night because we want 50 amp electricity. We are about 35 miles from both Mobile and Pensacola so we’ll be visiting both while we’re here!

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Here are links to previous blogs about stays in this area, They are in date order:






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Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays published on Wednesdays

Some Things I Learned About Dementia published randomly

01.18.14 The last 24 hours……….. Thank You Lord Jesus!

I’ve finally had enough of goodbyes.  This goodbye today, when Madisyn and Chip left, was the pits.  Our son and granddaughter are the best things we’ve ever helped make in our lives. They got to experience our RV lifestyle first hand this weekend and we enjoyed every single second of the time we spent with them.

We spent yesterday evening outside gathered around the fire pit for hours.  Chip and Madisyn took bags and searched for wood and pine cones for our fire pit.  Roy and Chip went down to the beach and cut some wood. Madisyn made friends with the little girl, Emma, next door and they ran all around the lawn, squealing like little girls do so well!

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I love Madisyn taking a bath and spending the night with us because we have so many fun routines we’ve done since she was born.  I’ve always picked her up from the tub  in a towel and we go to the closest mirror and we giggle together.  She’s quite heavy now compared to when she was much littler but she still remembers it and we both have fun doing it.  When she was little she gave me such fits drying her hair  and now it is just a breeze, she’s very cooperative and so sweet with her smiles.

Before she goes to sleep she’s always said her prayers. Last night was different, her love for the Lord has matured this last year and her prayer reflected that.  She has such a pure, honest relationship with Him.  I told her mama that if I could capture and share the feeling in my heart when I heard her pray straight from her heart that it would be the best thing the world has ever known.  It is a beautiful thing to see a little heart blooming as she learns more and more about the Amazing Grace that only God can give.

This morning we did something unusual for us, we went out for breakfast.  Chip treated us to breakfast at Waffle House on the beach.  There is nothing like a Waffle House meal and I say that quite seriously.  They have the best food and when we left we were all stuffed!

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We went over to Walgreen’s to pick up some photo collages I sent there to have printed.  Madisyn and I picked out polish for me and some fake “beach” pink, lavender and light blue nails with the white tips.  She left here with hers stuck on and my nails were polished. She showed me this adorable hat with a tail on the back that flips up when you squeeze one of the tassels hanging from the side.  The pictures below show front and back.  The other colored ones did different things when you squeeze the tassel, but of course we had to get the purple and pink one! So adorable I couldn’t pass it up and it was perfect for our next stop in our morning adventure.

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We then headed out to the beach for some fun – even though the temperature was right at freezing.   We were all dressed warmly and the beautiful sun just added to the enjoyment  We walked out on the sand dunes (I really don’t know if that is what they are called but that’s what I’m calling them) and she got to feel that the water was too cold to go swimming.  Sometimes you just have to let them get out there and feel it to really understand why you have to say no!!!   Roy isn’t a sand person, as you can tell from every beach picture we take that he is never in, so he waited for us on the pier.

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Once we had our fill of the sand we walked, skipped and ran down the pier together pausing every so often to see  the water getting deeper a little at a time. We were very surprised to see how shallow the water was a very long way down the pier.  It was fun seeing Madisyn and Chip playing together on the sand and on the pier.  It’s a joy to see them together!

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We headed back to the campground for more playing and doing our nails.  Roy and Chip worked on Chip’s Jeep and went to Walmart to pick up some of the lunch fixings.  Chip and Madisyn went with the neighbors and their daughter to the campground playground and Paw Paw and Grannie stayed at the RV BBQing hamburgers and getting ready to eat.   We ate our burgers and Madisyn enjoyed a slice of Paw Paw’s birthday cake we froze from last week along with, of course, her ice cream!  She didn’t care if we were having any, just that she had some of his cake and ice cream.

After a sad goodbye, Grannie (me) spent the rest of the evening wimpering and sniffling like a ninny.  Thus, I have had my fill of goodbyes.  I know we’ll be back through here in several weeks on our way west and I know if we were here we wouldn’t see Madisyn and Chip very often but the splendor of God’s blessings on us this last 24 hours is hard to let go of.

Our son has matured greatly this last year and is growing into a strong man of God.   Madisyn is just simply amazing and seeing how much she has grown in all aspects since we left in April brings such joy to my heart that I don’t think I could describe it if I tried.   The adults in Madisyn’s life, Liz, Billy, Chip and Kim are doing an awesome job loving and growing her, sharing their love for the Lord with her every single day.  We’ll be coming back through here in a couple of months, more or less, so we’ll be doing the goodbyes again.  I think we’re just going to say “see ya later” from now on!

We’ve met several really neat RV couples during our stay at this resort on the coast and have enjoyed the beauty of this place.  We’ll be heading to Hudson, Florida tomorrow morning.  It’s a long drive (almost to Orlando) and we plan to break the drive up into two days.  We’ll be there about 5 days getting our windows repaired.  I plan to blog about that for other RVers with the same window fog we have.

I apologize if my grammar is worse than usual and if my emotions show how raw they are right now but I had to get this out now so……. ya’ll have a great weekend and please come back now, ya’ hear!

01.16.14 Hot roding down the coast on a beautiful sunny day!

It’s been many weeks since Roy and I went out to discover a new city or in this case rediscover cities we’ve loved for years.  Growing up in southern Louisiana our families came to the Mississippi Gulf Coast throughout our youth many times.  Roy and my honeymoon was spent in Gulfport at a beachfront hotel whose name I cannot remember.  It was washed away in Katrina or perhaps sooner, but we still have our memories!

TLC Wolf River Resort is off Menge Ave. which leads to the beach in Pass Christian.  We drove today from there to Ocean Springs, MS which is several miles of coastline.  It was a beautiful sunny day and being on the beach the breeze made itself known all day. The only thing that would have made the drive more fun would be making the drive in a convertible!

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Many of the homes have been rebuilt, all with breakaway first floors which helps protect the home from the massive rush of water like they experienced in Katrina.  The beach homes were always large homes but now with the extra first floor look simply huge.  raised house 1 raised house 3 raised house 5 raised house 8 raised restaurant

At least half the lots have yet to be built on, which gave the ride a small degree of sadness.

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We walked on the beach and near the beach, what a freeing, wonderful feeling!  I loved getting close to the birds on the water and walked out on some sand dunes which was a neat experience to be out in the water but not in the water!

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The marks in the sand out there made by water coming in and out was fascinating so of course pictures were taken!


wavy beachOne stop we made was at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art.  Tomorrow’s blog will be all about that so I won’t say anymore here, just that it was very, very cool!  Here’s a little sneak preview of just one of the areas within the exhibit!


President Jefferson Davis’ home and presidential library are on the beach and we made a stop there to take pictures.

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I must have taken 100 pictures today so however many pictures are in this post, there could have been many more!

I can’t even describe how much fun it was to be back on the road enjoying this beautiful country of ours!  We spent so much time sightseeing that we were starving by 4 pm.  Pirate’s Cove Restaurant on Menge Rd. made two delicious po-boys for us, an oyster po-boy for Roy and a shrimp po-boy for me!  We snarfed them down when we got home and Roy’s now snoozing with a full belly and you know what I’m doing!

pirates coveGod has surely created a beautiful world for us to explore and enjoy!

I’m thinking Thursday will be a stay at home day to recover from such a fun filled day today!  Madisyn and Chip are coming to visit Friday/Saturday and we’ll need all our strength and energy for those two!!

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