July 10, 2011
It was tough saying going by to the beach, we had a wonderful time.
My grandmother is a great cook, she has watched me regain my health over the past 2.5 years and was way game to shifting some of her old time recipes so that I can eat them – using gluten free quinoa pasta, veganaise instead of regular mayonnaise, dairy free milk when needed. My grandfather has diabetes and is still recovering his health after a bought with lung and prostrate cancer. It was my honor to be able to cook with them and for them.
One afternoon Lee took me into town, St. Augustine which is known to be the oldest city in the United States, settled by the Spanish. Our destination, Tradewinds – a pub known for great music. His good friend from back when Lee played music was going to be preforming with his band Spanky & The Gang, they had a good run back in the day and the lead singer had sung with the momma & the papa’s in the 80′s & 90′s. When sat down and had our first listen I felt that all the ghosts of St. Augustine had found their way in to the salon, which has probably been a gathering spot for many a moon. The song that hooked us the most, was Sinner Man – I’m telling you it was a very fun afternoon!
Since Tylor was 9 years old he’s made his way to the waves, Lee is a surfing man and he and Tylor sat out there most days – I loved watching them both – cheering them on..
Our time came to an end and my grandparents prepared to return home. I love them so very much & am so grateful for our time…
We loaded up the MTP and spent our last night with my mother in law, then we drove to Chattanooga where we stayed at our favorite spot The Read house, ate sushi for dinner. After dinner we sat on the grass alongside of the Aquarium and watched the fire works.
Maryalice met us at home the next day, the 4th of July for some hang time…It was tough coming back, but the funny soon returned later that night as Lee raced around Nashville looking for a spot where we could all watch the fireworks – at one point Bella, Lola & Maryalice were standing out of the sun roof as we parked at a gas station near the hood – a big old pimped out ride rolled through peeping us, I’m sure I looked suspect in my yoko ono p.j’s! Lee raced outta there and finally found a spot near the Gulch where the kids could see the works!
This week we head south again, to Mexico City & Teotihucan….I will see my dear friend Marielle and Emily!
The adventure continues!