Sailing Off the Coast of Galveston Island

I’m struggling to get around today; sore all over, from sailing off the Coast of Galveston Island…out in Offatts Bayou.  But, I couldn’t be happier for the aches and pains!  You see…?  I love to sail!  I’m not saying I’m really any good at it.  But, one thing’s for sure: if you love something enough, you’ll ‘get good’ at it…because you love it so much.  :  )

That is me in a clam shell.  It had been quite a while (far too long…off the water) since I’d last set sail.  But I have to say, many wonderful things in life are so worth the waiting!  The null and void times of one’s life are what make us appreciate the high times that much more.  Man…!  How I missed the blistered hands, the splash of water — so unexpected…so refreshing — spraying a cool mist from Mother Ocean.  

For me…sailing in the ocean–whether in a bayou or in the deep blue–is so much different than sailing in a lake, where you have a much tighter course.  I love so much about both; though for entirely different reasons.  I loved the competitiveness of racing yesterday; even if we didn’t quite win.  To be honest, we didn’t even come close!  But we didn’t lose either…because we had so much fun!  So now…I’m hooked on the Wednesday night races out on Offatts Bayou, here In Galveston.  

And even though we still miss our boat and sailing friends back in the Fort; I feel so happy to be back under full sail and on the water once again!  For me, sailing is addicting: the more I sail, the more I want to sail; the more I mess up…the more I want to try harder; as much as I realize I am still ‘classified’ a beginner…the more I want to learn…grow…and become a salty dawg of a Sailing-Sister-of-the-Sea!  I can’t imagine any better reason…in all the world, for the aching muscles and calloused hands. 

Fair Winds my Friends!  I pray we find you enjoying your day out on the water here in Galveston.  Maybe we can kick-back a few cold ones, to toast the Island’s beautiful setting sun.  Many Blessings & much .V.. (peace) I send your way! 

Going Inland

Some thoughts on Sailing, and being a woman at the Helm

Writing & Wanderlust


So…we went inland for the Easter holiday, to see family in La Porte.  Funny how we’ve blended into the weave of fellow IBC’s (Islanders by Choice) here on our Gulf Coastal Island home.  Even still, we long for the water, the rocking back and forth of our sailboat, the clinking of the masts in the wind.  We visited with a local marina the day after Easter, after we got back to the island from a second trip to La Porte in two days because Nico left his phone at his Mom’s the day before.  I have to admit, that day was a good one: lunching with Nico’s dad (the baby’s only living Grandpa), the lolly-gag-of-a-drive back to the island, the visit to the marina…and the smell of the water…down along the slips.

My wanderlust is really getting to me these days, and I miss our sailboat more and more.  If…

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The Forever Optimist — A Family Beach Staycation

Free Family Fun for the New Year!

Forty Something Parents


We moved to the island last year…on a wing and a prayer; hoping we could make it work, blind to the struggles we would face.  Because of many financial hardships and our rather modest (to put it nicely) means, we’ve learned to become quite creative with how we entertain our toddler.  Free family fun is the norm for us; a very simplistic way of island life.  It has made us better people and parents…all-the-more.

Now, with the holidays behind us, we have welcomed our first new year as full-time Islanders.  And because we love the ocean and the beach so…we felt compelled to go shelling at one of our favorite family-friendly spots along the coast.   This particular stretch of Galveston Beach is a place we have come-to-call ‘Nixi’s Pirate Play Park’.  In our opinion, and Baby’s, it is the best little park on the island!  We highly recommend it to…

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