Time stands still at the beach...well, sort of...and a wonderful, good time with a beachy blogger friend!

I'm back! Ya'll, it warms my heart that you missed me and let me tell ya, I missed ya'll too! Before we left, I said to Gary, "I wonder if the condo has high speed internet access?" to which he replied, "you are NOT taking your laptop!" Oh well, I tried.

We spent a week at Perdido Key in the Gulf and it was absolutely gorgeous! We've been to several beaches in the Gulf area, but not this specific one and we were so delightfully surprised at what a gorgeous beach it was! We rented a 3 bedroom condo at Indigo and it was exquisite. We took along my mom (from Atlanta) and just had a good time of sunning, swimming, eating too much, and playing endless hours of Phase 10.

By the way, both mine and my mom's watches stopped when we got there. Isn't that weird?! I wish time really did stand still at the beach, cause it went by way too fast! (My watch is working fine now since I got home--strange).

It would take to long to upload pictures to the blog, so I'm going to just post the link here to my photo album on Shutterfly. You should be able to view the pictures with no problem. (The pictures include the condo, the beach, the view from the other side of the condo towards the bay, the Blue Angels practice session, eating at Lamberts (home of the throwed rolls), Lulu's (Jimmy Buffet's sister's restaurant), Destin Commons, visit with Kat, Miss Daisy and Zack, etc. Also, there's one where I'm turning pancakes with a long outdoor grill utensil for flipping burgers--it was all we could find! Needless to say, my mom bought a spatula and left it in the condo for the next guests who may be in need of something to flip pancakes!)

To top off a wonderful week, I got to meet my dear blogger friend Beachkat (Kathy).

I was so giddy with excitement just anticipating our meeting. The first time I called her, I got the answering machine and babbled on for probably 5 minutes. When I hung up the phone I thought to myself, "what did I even say? I feel like I blacked out! Oh no! What if I sounded like a crazy person or a redneck?! I wonder if she'll call back?! Geez, she sounded a lot more like a Southern Belle than I expected. Oh my! Should I call back and apologize for rambling? No! Then she will think I'm nuts!" After several times of playing phone tag, we finally were able to make plans to meet. As we got closer to her house, my stomach was filled with butterflies, but I was so! stinkin! excited! George and Miss Daisy met us on the golf cart at the entrance and led us to the house.

The door opened and after hugs and laughter, we just talked and talked and talked...and talked some more like old schoolgirls that had been friends forever. I agree with Kat that we had instant connection and I have felt that few times in my life with friends. Kat is everything you see and read about on her blog. She is a genuine person--genuinely friendly, genuinely loving, beautiful, she oozes hospitality from every pore and she is always smiling! We felt right at home from the first moment to the very last. As you can see in the pictures, I looked like I had been crying but it was from laughter and I was grinning from ear to ear. Let me add a DISCLAIMER: the Florida water. Oh my! How it did some dreadfully wrong things to my hair!!! My usual, "big" bouncy, wispy hairdo did not show itself in Florida. I was constantly grasping at every clip and hair barrett I could find.

Anyway, it was too short a visit and we agreed that we MUST have a blogger friend beach weekend! It would be so much fun to have the girls all get together, wouldn't it?! I'm sure there would be much laughter, lots of food, and little sleep! What more could a girl ask for?!

Glad to be back. No, I'm not. I want to live at the beach. What I should have said is, I'm glad to be back blogging with my sistas! Now...off to catch up on what ya'll have been up to!

Edited to add: I'm having trouble with the Shutterfly link. I will try to get it corrected ASAP!

14 sweet friends had to say...:

justabeachkat said...

I miss you already, but boy is it good to have you back blogging again!

What fun it was to get to see each other. I too was nervous but didn't it just seem natural once I opened the door and we were together. Kinda weird how easy it was from there. I'm sure Gary, Zack, George, your Mom and Miss Daisy thought we were nuts with our jumping up and down and hugging and giggling. Who cares? It was just plain fun. Gotta do it again. And soon.

Can't wait to see your photos from your trip. You're right....shutterfly isn't working tonight.

Say hi to Gary and Zack.

Hugs!
Kat

justabeachkat said...

Hi...just checked again. Photos are working. Another thing we have in common...we both take lots of photos. LOL!

We do have the prettiest beaches, don't we? I'm so glad you had a good time.

Hugs!
Kat

The Preacher's Wife said...

are you up for another mirl?? i'm going to be in montgomery in july for a missions trip! :)

lisa

RealEstateGirl said...

Lisa, I would love it! Let me know when and where you'll be and I'll make it work!

Musicaljean said...

You are just too funny!! Your description of your phone message to Kat, and then your worries about what she'd think, just cracked me UP!

Isn't it just crazy how such a bond can be created in Blogland? I still remember that first time you and I revealed ourselves as lurkers on Kat's blog. Doesn't seem that long ago, does it?

Gotta look at the pics now.

Lynne said...

Tracey - It looks like you had a great vacation. Terrific pictures. The beach and water look so inviting. Love the picture of you and Gary and Kathy and George.

I'd love to join you for a blog girls' meeting!

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. I never have any luck with my hair at the beach, either, though I take a hair dryer and hairspray with me every time. I give it up about a day into the trip and honestly, not doing my hair makes my vacation even that much more enjoyable. Welcome home!

MorningSong said...

Welcome home!! I was wondering what was up!! Glad to know you were having fun. I thought - what if something happened, would we know? haha I am glad you were off on a time of leisure and not something else.

NspiredByFaith said...

I'm so glad your back! It's great that you and Kat got to meet! i'd love to meet up with you and Lisa in July, but I don't know if I'm gonna be able to swing the mission trip, what with my little man and all! The pictures were great and left me lusting for the beach!...any beach!

Deedra

Dianne said...

The pictures are great. It looks like you all had a fun time together and I'm glad your mom was able to go too.

Mindy said...

Glad you had a fab. vacation and that you are back.
I was thinking you must be some kind of busy since we hadn't heard from you in a while.
Your pictures were BEAUTIFUL!!!!
In HIm -
Mindy

Rhoda said...

Welcome back, Tracey! Love the pics...and that condo looks absolutely awesome. So glad ya'll had a great time. I know what you mean about not coming back...I really didn't want to either.
You and Kat look spectacular & I'm so glad you got to meet.

I really do look forward to seeing you in B'ham one of these days real soon!

Rhoda

Tonja said...

O.K. I'm jealous...sounds like you and Kat had a great time. Your pics are GREAT! And your condo was so pretty. I know you enjoyed your time away. It just never lasts long enough, does it?

Sandi @ the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I am so glad you had a great time~ but then how could you not while in Perdido?
We stayed at Indigo a little while back. I think we should fib and tell people it is awful...Our little secret!
Now to check out the pictures~> =D

 
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