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Never Turn Your Back On A Wave!

01102017_thirdwavetooktheshell_aopSO LONG, SHELL!

This is the last photo ever to be taken of this pretty little shell.

Can you see the 2nd wave in the background? Well, behind it was an even bigger 3rd wave. In a matter of about 15 seconds, I was knee-deep in a powerful salt water surge, wobbling to stay on my feet, while the shell was quickly confiscated by the sea.

I politely asked the waves to give it back, but alas, that shell was long gone, baby!

I know, I know: Never Turn Your Back On A Wave.

Oh well, at least this farewell-to-the-shell photo turned out nice. 🙂

Happy Monday, friends. ♥

AmyO.

 

(Photo: AmyOakleyPhotography.com)

Super Patience for the Supermoon!

I finally got one!

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I left the island by ferry boat late yesterday afternoon, then drove over to Rockport Beach to view the Supermoon.

It was a splendid blood red shade as it peeked over the horizon of the Texas Coastal Bend tonight. There were lots of “oohs & aahs” from the friendly crowd who gathered to admire the brilliant celestial globe gliding higher into the night sky.

While it was the second night of Supermoon gazing for some, it was the first time we had a chance to see it!

This past Sunday night, while everyone else was sharing beautiful photos of the Supermoon, Port Aransas was blanketed under a thick layers clouds to the east that blocked our view. But that doesn’t mean I couldn’t find beauty elsewhere in the sky!

The edge of those thick clouds made for a magnificent backdrop as the sun’s final light descended behind the western horizon.

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Later that same evening, the skies tried to clear up. Unfortunately, high-level clouds continued to obstruct my view of the Supermoon like a well-paid celebrity bodyguard.

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Several people I’ve met here on the island say that there will be one last chance to see this historic Supermoon with the moon rise tonight.

Hopefully, those pesky clouds will stay away! If not, I’m sure I’ll still find something beautiful in the sky.

Blessings to you,

AmyO.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS – A Girl & Her Dad

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My Dad announces sporting events for North East Independent School District in San Antonio.

This past Friday night, I got to help out as a “Spotter” during the Division 6A Madison vs. Warren high school football game at Comalander Stadium.

As Spotter, it was my job to report which player(s) made the tackle, intercepted the ball, scored the touchdown! The halftime shows by both marching bands, flags/color guard & spirit groups were spectacular & flawless.

The experience brought back a flood of wonderful memories, both as a Madison alumna & as a former Sports Editor for the “North San Antonio Times.”

PS – The Madison Mavericks won 27-3. Go Mavs!

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Rack ‘Em Up! A Night Out With One Of My BFFs

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Last night was “Girls Night Out” with my BFF Cheryl, woot woot!

We pretty much alternate who wins the game, and the other half of the fun is picking our favorite 70s, 80s and 90s songs at the jukebox so we have happy music while we play.

Lots of laughter, sharing old memories, making of new memories… it’s the best!

It’s simple moments like these that remind how incredibly blessed I am to have a close circle of inspirational, fun, talented, and fully trusted “soul sisters” in my life.

Even if we’re not always close by, we’re always close at heart.

 

Boat Ride to St. Jo’s Island

01242016_StJo03Yesterday, my friend Michele (another solo lady RVer) and I visited St. Jo’s Island, which is right across the channel from Port Aransas on Mustang Island, Texas.

Since you can only get to the little island by boat, there is very little traffic, and because of that, the beach has an abundance of shells!

It was a perfect day weather-wise, too; sunny and warm, compared the rest of the country dealing with snow, blizzards and freezing temperatures.

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This is one of the reasons I love the RV Life: If I don’t like the weather, or neighbors, or city… I simply hitch up and go somewhere else!

In all the years I visited Port Aransas, I’ve never ventured across to St. Jo’s. It was worth it!

But a word of warning, there are no bathrooms! You can BYOTP (Toilet Paper), or if you’re like me, you just don’t drink anything earlier in the day and hope you make it back across the boat before you have to go!

Life is a journey. Enjoy every minute of it.

AmyO.

Short Story: “Mystery of the Sandy Sunglasses”

“Mystery of the Sandy Sunglasses”

The broken evidence washed in on high tide on a gray and chilly morning of February 2015, landing itself on Mustang Island, Texas.

02162015_80sDrunkGirlGlassesI observed the glasses and wondered, “Who owned these? How long had they been drifting along the Texas Gulf Coast?”

As if I were a clairvoyant or paranormal medium, a vision formed in my mind of a tipsy, bikini-wearing underage Spring Breaker from the late 80s, sporting stiff big hair stiff thanks to half a can of hairspray, and feeling very sexy with her brand new sunglasses.

Impaired by the empty bottle of Boone’s Hill Strawberry Farm next to her hot pink and white beach towel, she pranced out into the water to frolic. Her goal? Attempting, in vain, to get the attention of the obnoxious college dudes taking turns chugging cheap alcohol from a crude beer bong.

Distracted by her own loud, attention-seeking squeals of fun, a wave hit her from behind, sending her face first into the foamy salt water. She emerged, gasping for air and trying to reposition her cool sunglasses back on her face. She was coughing gritty seawater out of her lungs when another wave smacked the in the back, knocking her off her feet.

She groped around in the water for the sunglasses, but they were gone.

Whoops of laughter and concerned calls from her friends could be heard coming from the shoreline, but darn it if those weren’t her favorite pair! She like totally spent $12 on them!

So, since her hair was now ruined and her buzz long gone no thanks to the dunk in the Texas Gulf, she braved the battery of on-coming waves to fish blindly and determinedly with her hands and legs for her sunglasses.

After many unsuccessful tries, she decided she reasonably decided what she needed now was a hot shower, some Funions, a nap, then rack up daddy’s credit card at Pat Magee’s Surf Shop. Maybe she might even find a new pair of sunglasses.

The End

(c) Amy Oakley, 1027 Productions

Fastest Little Yorkie in the West! (Based on a true story)

FASTEST LITTLE YORKIE IN THE WEST!
(Based on a true story)

Bella the little Yorkie was trotting down the middle of a busy street one Sunday morning, minding her own business, when all of a sudden, two trucks and a car started chasing her!

Bella stole a quick glance over her shoulder hoping they’d leave her alone, but the people then started yelling, “Come here!”

“No way,” barked Bella, and she fired up her Yorkie Turbo Engine, and the race was on!

Several times, people jumped out of their vehicles to chase her on foot. Ha! Nice try, humans. Up ahead, Bella spotted the perfect getaway from these crazies… oncoming traffic lanes!

Unfortunately (but luckily) for Bella, at that exact moment, one of those crazy humans following her in a big blue truck slammed on the brakes, jumped out of her truck and yelled, “STOP!” Bella had no choice but to obey.

Bella04Thanks to a HomeAgain microchip, Bella did not have to do “hard time” overnight in the Aransas Pass city animal shelter.

Knowing there are such insane humans in the world who would stalk her so persistently, Bella wisely decided that life was much better with her Mama, and retired her wanderlust for unsupervised Sunday morning strolls forever.

The End.

(c) Amy Oakley, 1027 Productions

MLB Ball Park #5!!!

I love spontaneous adventure. Love, love, love it!

To those who know me well, it should be of no surprise that yesterday morning, I hopped in my car on a whim and drove to Houston to catch an Astros/Rangers game.

I’d been “meaning to” get around to a game at the Minute Maid Park so I could check another MLB ball park off my list. It was time to turn that “someday” into TODAY!

08312014_RainCropped2Sporting a red t-shirt and ticket in hand, I started my adventure; but less than a minute on the road, the skies unleashed *major* rain.

At first I wondered if the pouring down rain for the entire drive to Houston might be some kind of “cosmic sign” that I should turn around and go home. In hindsight, the torrential downpour was simply an obstacle.

How many times in Life do we let an obstacle interfere with the bliss that awaits us?

How can someone tell the difference between an obstacle and instinct?

I firmly believe that when I’m quiet and willing to “listen,” the answer presents itself.

As I made my way down the highway towards Houston with the flow of traffic at a whooping 50 mph, I confidently assessed that what I was feeling was NOT a “bad feeling.” Trust me, if it had been a “bad feeling,” I’d have made an abrupt U-turn! I totally and completely trust my instincts.

With my awesome $16 ticket in hand (thanks StubHub.com!), I made my way to the upper level deck.  I actually prefer the upper level deck to a lower level seat. I get to see all the action on the field, just the way I like it! Perhaps it’s from my days as a Sports Editor for a weekly San Antonio newspaper and watching games from the Press Box. Or maybe it’s merely a personal preference.

PhotoBox2Happy to report that I had an amazing time, and met some really nice folks in the seats around me. I wandered the lower levels during the sixth inning and soaked in the “buzz” of activity at the concession stands and concourse area.

It was a really good game with some spectacular plays on both sides. Unfortunately, the Rangers lost to the Astros, 3-2.

Attending yesterday’s game at Minute Maid Park makes it the 5th Major League stadium where I’ve watched a game:

  1. The Ball Park (Globe Life), Arlington
  2. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City
  3. Chase Field, Phoenix
  4. Angel Stadium, Anaheim
  5. Minute Maid Park, Houston

Only 25 more MLB parks to go!!! (Courtesy photo)

Major_League_Baseball_team_locationsMake it happen,

Amy O.

Rain Chasing!

For the past couple of weeks, rain has eluded me.

I’ve watched it on weather radar tracking closer, closer… only to skirt around me at the last minute, or rain itself out before it gets here.

So today, for the third day in a row, there were some pop-up rain showers in the area.

08102014_RainChasing_1027Was this rain headed my way? Of course not!

So I loaded up my 9-year-old rescue dog Sofie-Darla, and hit the road.

If rain won’t come to me, I’ll go to it!

Thirty minutes later, I pulled over on the shoulder of a wooded back road, listening to the melodic patter of light rain on the hood of my vehicle. I could smell the fresh hydration of summer green leaves on nearby trees.

Overjoyed, I stood in the rain, letting the raindrops dampen my hair, arms and dress.

It was heavenly!

Shortly thereafter, I got back in my car and drove away… happy, smiling, content.

On the way back to my RV some 30 miles away, I realized it didn’t bother me one bit that I was returning to a blistering sun, with no breeze, and a heat index of 104.

I chased rain today… and caught it!

I’m a happy girl.

Make it happen,

Amy O.

 

 

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