Sunday, February 25, 2024

My big TV apearance was on Romper Room with Miss Joyce. She asked us how we could make money. My response? Rob a bank!

We made it out with some of the money before the police arrived!

Thanks to my sons' mother-in-law I found this wonderful shop. I would say it had a little bit of everything, quilting, felting, beads, embroidery, and yarn, but at least in the quilting section, it had quite a bit!

Friday night we picked up Emma and Lilah and headed to "The Escape Room" in Kemah. A new experience to all but Lilah. We used up all of our clues but got out with $440,000, which we felt pretty good about. Most importantly it was fun spending time with the older two girls. 

Lilah had a softball game the next day but Emma spent the night. 

The Texas Crew, minus Lilah, came down to Galveston Saturday to hike at Galveston State Park, followed by a trip to The Strand, a must stop on any trip to Galveston. It was a fun day all around!

We've had some pretty nice days here in Galveston, and all have been better than up North, but I think this was the best. It was in the 70's, the sun was intense, no trees, and it got hot quick. Toni went tbe furthest and even did some jogging. Aunt Sally joined us for the hike too.

We ate lunch at the Shark Shack, walked The Strand, did a little shopping and concluded the day with ice cream, chocolate, and popcorn at La Kings Confectionary. 

By evening it had cooled off so we sat around the fireplace, with the full moon, visiting with the best friends! So happy to have Sally/Mike and Lisa/Terry at Dellanera with us.

Alexa with the Memorial to the Eskimo Curlew, not seen in over 50 years. The last picture of one was taken in Galveston in 1962 and the last confirmed sighting was in Barbados in 1963.

The Carnival Jubilee was in port for its christening on Saturday. We weren't present but you could see the ship and hear a little from the stand. Capacity of 6,631 people, 5 swimming pools, a roller coaster, 18 passenger decks, 21 restaurants, plus weighing 183,500 gross tons, it is the largest Carnival cruise ship. Most important to Texas is it sails out of Galveston. Lots of dignitaries on hand, of course the president of Carnival Cruise Lines, the mayor of Galveston, and the Jubilee's ceremonial godmother, Gwen Stefani. 

Lots of people on the beaches today. At 5:30 p.m there was still a long line of cars on the vehicle-allowed beach section near our park.
Where are the Piepers now? Galveston, TX

Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle is the rarest species of sea turtle and the world's most endangered.

"Rovin Rotarian," by Kathy VanDewalli was located at the Joe Jamail Bay Park.

We kind of found "Coach," by Tracy Van Horn Reed at Shield Park. The base was there but the turtle was not. Maybe some vandalism?

We found "Lady Gem's Tea by the Sea," by Jane Young French, at the Turtle Island Restoration Network.

"Sangha," at Island Salt Air Yoga was created by Catherine Stroud. 

Any idea what these are for? We had to find someone at East Beach to find out.

Fort San Jacinto Historical Point was constructed in 1901 and was decommissioned in 1959. Hurricanes have destruction everything except for one gun emplacement.

Honoring Guy Taylor, a marine Corp veteran, who played taps  from his balcony for 5 years for friends he lost in battle. 

"Wiggy," Jane Young French

"Unamed," by Kristie Baker-Barlow.

"Mystique," by Janovi  Mahimtura Folmsbee

Serenity Now," by Loretta and Jeff Uzick. The last turtle for now. We are just missing two turtle sculptures that were vandalized!

When we traded our couch in for theater seating we did temporary flooring under it.  This week Pat put in LVP to match our dinette floor. 

Oops! I fell last week. I wasn't sure if the pain in my foot might be related to the toenail they removed a week prior so I went in. Nope, I rebroke my little toe right at the bottom, right where I broke it a month ago.  She did pretty much what I did the first time, splint it and stabilize the foot. 

Thursday night the La Porte, TX middle school band performed a practice concert for an upcoming contest. Alexa is the blonde clarinet player.

Where are the Piepers now? Galveston, TX