Having not been to Texas in eight months, it was still a shock and surprise how many things had changed in my absence.
Friends have moved, but did leave a forwarding address. Life certainly is all about change isn't it?
My main purpose in going up at this time was threefold. One was to be at my daughter's house when she
had some eye surgery to help out in any way I could. Two was to be at my oldest granddaughter's graduation from college as well as my daughter's graduation from another college and third was to spend time with my grandson as the anniversary of my daughter's passing was May 19th.
All of the above, along with visiting family and friends was accomplished. It was a hectic time.
As I mentioned in the last post, the weather cooperated for the first five or so days. During that time, we, Sue, Vandy and I were in Galveston eating outside every chance we had. Seafood, oh my. Shrimp and crabmeat and snapper. YUM. However, my left food began to swell and it was so painful that it was
difficult to walk on it. What the heck? It never occurred to me that it had anything to do with seafood until this past Monday when someone said they have gout and when they eat seafood the same thing happens to them. I need to read up on gout and figure out why I now that to think about. Me, who loves seafood! Oy vey.
see Cedar Lawn, a lovely area of Galveston where Sue and Vandy used to live. The above photo is of Sam
Macio's house that was designed by the same architect who designed Frank Sinatra's home in California. They, the story goes, were big buddies. It's a long and intriguing story. Sam Macio is a relative of Tillman Fertitta who owns many restaurants, hotels and casinos.
we don't have lawns here in San Miguel, I take great pleasure in seeing the expanse of green grass.
Especially since I no longer have to maintain that kind of a lawn.
He is 16 and such a delight to sit and have a conversation with. He didn't want his photo taken but
then I finally asked the waiter to do so and he did let this photo happen! What a wonderful thing to
watch him grow into a young man with dreams and aspirations. I know Jennifer is so proud of him as are all of us.
and was having so much fun by not giving it back. What a darling little guy. I was SO SO happy to get to see him again.
The story continues, because in a way, Sherra, is responsible for my business success. At some point, she asked me to serve on the Board of Directors of her firm. I did. She and her husband were investing in a new restaurant that was going to open called Cyclone Anaya's on Richmond. They asked if I would go and look at the building as a possible decor package. It ended up that it became more then that and was my first restaurant project that lead to work all over the USA with El Chico and Rio Bravo among others!
Sherra had forgotten all about that until I reminded her at our luncheon. We laughed about the fact that neither of us could or would have believed at our paths or successes back at the beginning.
One of Julie's friends surprised her by putting these balloons on the front doorstep for her. What a nice surprise.
Mexico, so far. I'm so so proud of her and the way she thinks and conducts her life.
This is just some of the activities on the monthly excursion to Texas. In addition, of course, there was shopping, seeing other friends and other stories. All can wait for another day.
None of the above would have happened if Sue and Vandy, Amanada and Patrick, Bill and Annette and my daughter Julie and son-in-law Rich had not had me staying with them. Thanks to all for another Month of Memories.
I think good looking is in your family genes! The whole bunch. The seafood sound wonderful!
Awww, thanks so much. Are ya'll coming down to SMA any time soon? Hope to meet some day.
What a great time! Super looking family pictures!
A wonderful family you have there Babs...and of course you would have that - making it happen!
What a great looking bunch of family and friends! Looks like you had a wonderful time!
Sorry to hear about your reaction to all the seafood. Did the pain go away afterwards, and have you experimented with any seafood since your return?
Thanks Peter.........I'm blessed to have a wonderful family.
Thanks Calypso..........It was a rough road to raise the kids, but
I wouldn't change any of it and now I have the joy of spending time
Bill, thanks. Yes, the pain went away when I stopped eating the seafood
but I didn't realize the connection at the time. My foot was swollen a lot.
I have NOT eaten any seafood since returning home. I'm concentrating on
just eating healthy. When I go down to sea level I retain fluid as well so
now that I'm back at 6400 ft., I'm losing all that swelling, thankfully.
Beautiful family and friends! Gout? Hmmmmmm. When I was lying in bed the other night with a couple of toes throbbing, I wondered if it could be gout. I noticed my ankle was swollen the next day, but figured the swelling is traveling downstream from my knee after being on it all day. Glad you're back home, and hope none of your Texas family members are flooded.
Beck, no family or friends flooded in Houston. Thankfully, just inconvenienced by the inability to be able to get places because of flooded streets.
Go online and read about gout. I have been eating only what the three sites I read said would help me. Especially fresh squeezed orange juice. I'm amazed how the pain is going away as well as the swelling. No food is worth the pain..........even if it is shrimp and crabmeat. C'est la vie.
Hope you've feeling better...........
BTW, when you go to Isla, do you rent? Any suggestions? I have Dec/Jan and Feb to
head toward beaches. Was thinking of Isla, Puerto Escondido and my usual, Melaque.
After having seen some of the pictures on CNN Intl. of those poor people who had to deal with yet another slew of floods, I am especially glad that you are safe.
I am also glad you got control over your bout with gout so quickly. My neighbor's husband suffered terribly with it and for long periods of time was literally recliner bound due to the pain.
I agree with everyone here; not only are you very " guapa ", but your whole family is.... I really enjoyed looking at all the pictures.
Too many people, especially those who are older, nowadays even though they have families do not function as a family and often also have no friends. You set a good example !
Take good care of yourself. There is lots of other delicious food around and mariscos can easily be avoided.
Thanks Droelma for your comments. I have been very blessed to have a wonderful family and the greatest friends anyone could hope for.........many, many have been friends for well over 30 years.
I am behaving as far as what I am eating. Slowly but surely, the pain has subsided somewhat. Drinking fresh squeezed orange juice, which was one of the recommendations has been amazing. It's not all over but much better then a week ago when I needed a wheelchair at the airport!
The floods have been hard to believe. I have had many friends affected by all of this but not my family, anywhere, that I know of.........A true tragedy in many many ways......
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