Now this weekend was more like it – although there was still a little…something…in the air, but on the whole, this weekend unwind is a bunch more pleasant than last week’s edition.
For starters, we were home. Home – in our space. Home the entire weekend. I cannot even begin to tell you what a joy and pleasure that was. There is something about being in your own space. If you follow me on Instagram, you caught me luxuriating in the delight of being home.
While we certainly enjoyed our time on the front porch (after giving it a clean-up on Friday afternoon – fall is arriving on the Gulf Coast. The muscadines are gone, although this year, they are not all over the deck, and the leaves are turning brown and dropping, which means there was a mess to clean up. There was also a ton of debris from previous projects that needed cleaning up. All stuff that doesn’t get attended to when you work away during the week), it was a busy weekend. This was Sweet Husband’s mother’s birthday weekend, and the family made the trek south to enjoy some of the wonderful things going on down here on the Coast.
Like the Biloxi Seafood Festival. It threatened rain all weekend, and there for a few minutes, the clouds looked like they might well get the best of us, but in the end, it would up being a beautiful weekend. I think this was the first year that the Seafood Festival was back on Point Cadet – or it was the first year under the newly finished Point Cadet pavilion.We wandered around and looked at all the craft booths, and the best mother-in-law in the world picked up several lovely things. Apparently I missed the both with the leather journals, which is disappointing to me. Several years ago while wandering in the French Market in New Orleans, Sweet Husband and I came across a vendor selling journals. I found one I liked, and SH wanted to buy it for me, but I wouldn’t let him because I didn’t think we really had the money at the time. Of course, now I can’t find that vendor again. *sigh* (as an aside, if anyone knows of some great refillable leather journals, let me know!)
The main attraction of the Seafood Festival is, of course, the seafood. The best father-in-law in the world and I shared some very tasty boiled shrimp. One of my most favorite things in the world is my father-in-law’s boiled shrimp. I think they might well be the best in the world. I get them for my birthday every year 😉 These shrimp lacked the spice that SH’s daddy’s have, but they were tasty nonetheless. And they were huge. By the time you finish a pound of shrimp, though, there’s not much room for anything else. I don’t mind the heads and the eyeballs, but I know that some folks do. They don’t bother me any more (or any less – ha!) than the heads on crawfish, and the vein CERTAINLY bothers me less than the vein in crawfish.
After the seafood festival, we took ourselves home so the boys could watch some football, and so the girls could head off to the Treasure Hunt. I haven’t had a whole lot of luck at the Treasure Hunt recently, so I didn’t have a whole lot of hope. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this trip. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Treasure Hunt – let me just say, it is a delight. When you find a treasure. The Treasure Hunt is a salvage store. Lately they’ve been getting in a lot of stuff from Target and Kohls, but occasionally there will be high-end department store stocks. it really is a thing where you just have to go and poke around. I’ve been looking for some grey drapes for our bedroom, but I haven’t had any luck finding what I want. I found something close enough at the Treasure Hunt. Particularly considering the price: $14 for 84″ panels. Granted, they are not black-out panels, but I can easily fix that. I need to wait for a sale at Hancock so I can pick up the lining material. That’s easy enough, and I should be able – if I can catch it on sale – to get enough material all the panels for about $40. Works for me.
I also picked up another large frame for the prints I had made this summer that are going in the bedroom. I need two more, so I’ll look at the Treasure Hunt in Hattiesburg. I’m beginning to believe that perhaps within the next month or so, this bedroom thing might actually be almost finished. I started working on it last spring with the new-to-us dressers, and there are a few things left to do: drapes, framed prints, headboard. No progress on the headboard, but we’re not going to talk about that right now, thanks.
Once we’d finished with shopping, all of us made our way to Bay St. Louis, with a stop along the beach, for Second Saturday and the Bay Bridge Fest.
I’ve sung the praises of Second Saturday before, and this week was no exception. In fact, it was even greater. SH’s momma and I walked into a little shop at the back of Bay Breeze and started talking to the lady behind the counter. Mom told her that we were teachers, and to thank us, she didn’t charge us for our purchases. mom got a set of lovely gold bangles and a super cute headband for a baby’s upcoming birthday, and I picked up a lovely necklace. I was bowled away by the lady’s generosity, and I wish I could remember her name. I don’t believe that anyone has every done anything like that for me before. It was amazing and sweet, and I am deeply appreciative.
In addition to the music of Bridge Fest, there was all sorts of live music going on in Old Town. We really enjoyed Strung Like a Horse, and I should have a couple of more pictures up later in the week.
Today we have spent relaxing and being lazy. Football was rough for Sweet Husband today, although my Cowboys have made a recovery. I have done no school work this weekend, which I will regret in the morning, but my bag is packed, so I’m ready to go to work. I’ll get lesson plans done eventually.
In the meantime, as it is Sunday night, it’s time to set intentions for the week so I remain on track:
- Edit photos
- Write every day
- Participate fully in Clever Cookie School of Blog
- Pull together Sweet Husband’s birthday celebration
- Get caught up with school work
- Walk – decide if a 5K is really in my future and commit if it is
- Eat healthfully
- Find some time alone
I think that’s pretty good for the week.
Let me know about your weekend – was it outstanding? I hope so! And what are you planning for the coming week?