Cherish These Moments and Don’t Use Your Words

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Cherish these moments

Even though I live in an area where life is much more laid back than in the big city, sometimes the mundane day-to-day activities keeps one zipping through the day like a wind-up toy car. After a full day at work, cleaning the house, running to gymnastics, shopping for dinner, cooking the dinner, on and on, I was tired and grumpy—I became the evil, monster mom. Soon horns appeared on my 4-year old…

In his  grouchiest, whiniest, most annoying voice possible, he was fussing for something (I think milk).  So I said, ” Use your words so I know what you want.” He continued to fuss and to get under my skin, so I insisted for him to “use his words”. He continued to make grumble-y grunting sounds and continued his stubborn act until his eyes were growing heavy. Soon, he extended his arms out a little with his eyes drooping, and he was soon fading westward into the chair.

The next thing I knew, was a moment for me to take note; I went to the chair, he  encircled me in his arms , and I savored a hug that seemed to extend into eternity beyond time  and space.

At that moment, my son taught me something… to cherish this moment, and don’t ” use your words”.

Dive Corpus Christi?

New Artificial Reef off Corpus Christi/ Port Aransas

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“With a few exceptions, the floor of the Gulf of Mexico is flat and bare except for artificial reef sites. Nearly 200 marine fish species have been seen on these complex, stable, and durable habitats among artificial reef structures.”- Texas Parks and Wildlife  website:  water/water/habitats/artificial_reef/overview.phtml

Concrete box culverts were being deposited at an artificial reef site offshore from Padre/Mustang Island to attract fish, fishermen and fishers of men  (oh, divers). Yep, pretty cool things are happening here!

The plan is to use recycled materials for the basic structure of the artificial reef.  (Even better!) The concrete culverts are made of a mostly limestone concrete mix which will attract algae and later coral. It’s hard to imagine  a pile of scrapped concrete  becoming an underwater dream house for fish, but with the assistance of Texas Parks and Wildlife, these scrap materials can become the bones for artificial reefs, close to shore creating new habitats for marine life and bringing the watery world closer to anglers and divers. ( Something Ariel from the little Mermaid would appreciate!) 

I think it sounds like a win, win situation for the Coastal Bend. Below is the headline from the Caller Times:

By Jessica Savage
Caller-Times
Posted September 25, 2012 at 6:24 p.m.

CORPUS CHRISTI — Large pieces of concrete headed for the landfill soon may have a new purpose under the sea in an offshore artificial reef planned in state waters 10.5 miles east of Packery Channel.

The City Council approved a first reading Tuesday on a lease agreement with the Texas General Land Office to store materials in a 3-acre site on the Rincon Channel. A waterfront storage site has been the missing link for the project, which has the permits needed to begin building the reef, said At-large Councilman Mark Scott, who has been working on the project the past year.

“This is a great asset for tourism because it will provide a fishing and scuba diving location for nearshore activities,” he said. “It benefits Port A and Lake Padre because it’s equidistant from both.”

The 160-acre artificial reef, two years in the planning, is a partnership between the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Saltwater-fisheries Enhancement Association, Coastal Conservation Association, Port of Corpus Christi Authority and the city of Corpus Christi. It’s part of the Near Shore Reefing Program coordinated by the state to enhance fishing and diving opportunities close to shore within state waters.

To secure the storage site, the city has to agree to a four-year lease agreement to pay a total of $32,000 for the waterfront site on port property. The agreement is expected to have a final reading Oct. 9 by the council.

Once it’s in place, SEA will begin coordinating the transport of materials to the site, said Mike Hurst, who handles offshore resources for the nonprofit. The groups will begin building the reef once there are enough materials to load onto a barge. Some of the material could come from the planned demolition of the Copano Bay bridge, where a new structure is being built. The state will help stockpile the material as the reef will take years to build.

“This is really going to be a big thing in the future,” Hurst said. “We’ll be working on it long after I’m dead.”

 

The Winds of “Fall” Bring Spring-Like Weather

The Winds of Fall Bring Spring-Like Weather
Pink Plumeria

After the blessing of the rain of the basically the entire month, the first “northern” pushed out the clouds and gave us gorgeous weather and even more beautiful blooms. We here in South Texas enjoy two growing seasons: spring and fall.

If you like vegetable gardening, now is the time to have it going. If you are an avid gardener who is new to Texas, you may be very mixed up about the growing season. If you are a green (new) gardener reading up on this topic, you may be quite confused about the second season for Texas. “The Texas Growing Seasons” According to the Dirtiest Kid in the World,

Orange Hibiscus
Orange Hibiscus
Pink Hibiscus
Pink Hibiscus

“First off, there is not just one long season. There are two shorter seasons. These seasons are broken up by the intense heat of Summer.”Even if you don’t have veggies growing, you can still take a little time to smell the flowers…(But you may have to dodge the mosquitoes!)

Schlitterbahn is Coming to Town

Schlitterbahn Comes to Town
The big blue sign in front of Padre Isles Country Club
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In the distance you can see new ticket booths and little cabanas by the pool.
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The entire area in front of the Padre Isles Country Club is dug up and earth moving equipment is everywhere.

Here Comes Schlitterbahn,
Here Comes Schlitterbahn,
Right down South Padre Island Drive…

Well, it looks like progress is here, and as said before, Our Quiet Little Piece of the Planet is Becoming Less Peaceful. I have to admit, I am a little sad because the Coastal Bend has always been off the beaten path, so it has been a quiet place to live. However, we have been discovered and now the sounds of progress are here. They have been digging, dredging, and building up what was once Padre Isles Country Club.

According to alicetx.com, “Schlitterbahn’s Waterpark and Resort in Corpus Christi will launch with Schlitterbahn’s signature attractions including a Torrent Tidal Wave River, a river system that allows guests to float along a wave-filled river; swim-up bars; beaches; and of course, a Boogie Bahn, the world’s best inland surfing ride; as well as on-site lodging.”

For the most part, I am very excited to have something new to do with the kids here in the Coastal Bend. Another fun thing is that locals from Padre Island and Flour Bluff can literally boat over there since they are dredging connecting canals into the park. (How cool is that?) If they don’t have the sea-legs to go by boat, any land-lubber can do the “Island Walk” which will be a separate, but related destination with shops, cafes, and hotels included in the overall project. (Are we channeling River Walk, San Antonio here?)

For many of the locals here– yep– there will be more traffic I’m sure; however, there will at least be more to do here with the kids in the Coastal Bend. (I think I will have to get a season pass!)

Beauty in the ‘Bluff – “Photo-Jogging”

Beauty in the 'Bluff
Dawn breaking beautifully over the Laguna
A deer greets me in the evening twilight.
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A fiery butterfly lands on a spike of salvia.
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A full moon peeks out between staccato clouds.

Here I am blogging instead of jogging, but while jogging, I captured some images in the ‘Bluff and got a little exercise for both the mind and body. As a woman, I tend to multi-task…

When I jog, I always take my I-Phone. Why? Well, I have my music right there, and I have a decent camera.

In addition to getting some exercise and clearing my mind from the stresses of the day, jogging  and “photog-ing” (Photo-Jogging—my new word) can offer opportunities to “commune with nature” while capturing the essence of being alive and living in our coastal community. It is great to get some fresh air, to get a little cardio, and to capture outdoor scenes in a still frame. What is cool about “photo-jogging” is that while you are training your body, you are training your mind to search for new angles and perspectives. This can be a refreshing way to see your world in a whole new way and help with exercising your creativity muscle.

So, while exercising your body, you can exercise your mind. Beauty can be found anywhere, if you just look…even in the ‘Bluff.

“What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for Beauty, and never see the Dawn!” 

~Logan Pearsall Smith

Buff in the ‘Bluff

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(Updated 9/17/13) A primarily Cross-fit workout center has come to Flour Bluff at South Coast Gymnastics. James of SCElete Training is whipping local “Bluffies” and whoever else dares his rigorous routine into serious shape! If he keeps this up, Bluffies will lose the 12-pack for the six-pack! Maybe even the “Fattest City” can transform into the “Fittest”. (Okay, a bit lofty, perhaps… but we’re working it!) 

Check out his website for workouts even while traveling… so there are no excuses!

  For more info: instagram-scelitetraing or visit his wesite: http://southerncoastelitetraining.com/

Big Boys and Little Toys

Big Boys and Little ToysYep, big or small, fun for all!013Yesterday at the seawall on Padre Island, three guys with gas-powered remote-controlled 4×4 trucks were drawing a crowd with their fast little toys. (I tried to upload a video of it, but it did not work.)

Anyway, those little things were jumping and zipping through the little dunes so quickly! Occasionally, they would fly and catch some major air, and other times they would get stuck or roll over. Guess what my kids want now?

Hey, it was free entertainment for both kinds of kids—big and little.