Saturday, September 12, 2015

Galllivanting to Galveston: Wet doesn't stop the fun.

Wet is the only way to describe Friday here in Galveston.  Not wet enough to stop us from doing things, but certainly wet enough to put a damper on riding a quadcycle.

Because there was no lightning, Grace and i each went down to walk on the beach in the morning, and FiveCat and Mr. Fiver went in the evening.

Two indoor activities kept us busy, the Moody Mansion and a film called The Great Storm in the Pier 21 Theater.  Then back to the condo to prepare gumbo.

As is usual, i have no idea how to cook in small amounts, so i ended up fixing more than we could eat in a whole week.  FiveCat cooked potatoes and corn to go with it.  There was turkey and sausage gumbo, shrimp and crab gumbo, and vegan gumbo.  Yes, you can make vegan gumbo.

The evening was fun, lots of talking and laughing and joking, and because Little Ninja is here, music!  We also had plenty of talk about where we will go next year.  Meanwhile, we still have plans for today that include kayaking.  If i don't have a joke for you tomorrow, know that i can't kayak!

Today is:

Aloha Festivals Keiki Ho'olaule'a -- Oahu, Hawai'i, US (preserving Hawai'ian culture, with games, keiki activities, performances, and more)

Amilcar Cabral's Birthday/National Day -- Guinea Bissau

Antique & Classic Boat Show -- Tuckerton, NJ, US (the Tuckerton Seaport and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society present classic wood and glass boats exhibitors, entertainment, demonstrations, a parent/child boat-building contest, and more; through tomorrow)

Banana Festival - An A-peeling Celebration -- Fulton, KY & South Fulton, TN, US (the fun starts tonight with The Banana Ball and continues through next Saturday)

Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day 2015 -- US (the Saturday after Labor Day, everyone is encouraged to volunteer in cleaning federal land, recreation areas, or waterways, to help do their part to keep these places beautiful)

Defender's Day -- Maryland, US (marking the bombardment of Ft. McHenry, which event inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star Spangled Banner", current national anthem of the US)

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 2, Interdependence (sponsored by We, the World)

Farmer-Consumer Awareness Day -- Quincy, WA, US (a fun and tasty way to celebrate and learn how food gets from the farm to your table; through Sunday)

Gahambar Paitishahem -- Zoroastrian Calendar (five day feast of bringing in the harvest, dates approximate)

Hang Around Victor Day -- Victor, NY, US (come see why it's a great place to do just that!)

Hollerin' Heritage Festival -- Spivey's Corner, NC, US (with the National Hollerin' Contest, reviving the the "almost lost" art of Hollerin', and a fun filled day of music, food, antique farm equipment, and more)

International Day for South-South Cooperation -- UN

International Drive Your Studebaker Day -- an official event of the Studebaker Drivers Club Inc. (wish i could!) 

Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair -- Little Falls, MN, US (arts and crafts from hobbyists and pros; through tomorrow)

Mushroom Festival -- Kennett Square, PA, US (food, fun, and fungi in the Mushroom Capital of the World; through tomorrow)

Naked Gardening Day -- scare the neighbors!  get rid of those pesky squirrels!  experience nature (and sunburn, and mosquito bites) with your whole body!  not to be confused with World Naked Gardening Day, which is now held in May each year

Nanticoke Powwow -- Millsboro, DE, US (Native American gathering and celebration; through tomorrow)

National Chocolate Milkshake Day

National Day of Encouragement -- US (no matter where you live, encourage someone today)

New Jersey Maritime Heritage Festival & Antique and Classic Boat Show -- Tuckerton, NJ, US (lots of seaworthy fun; through tomorrow)

St. Alibe's Day (Patron of wolves; Cashel, Ireland; Emly, Ireland; Munster, Ireland)

St. Guy's Day (Patron of bachelors, epileptics, horned animals, laborers, sacristans, sextons, work horses; for protection of outbuildings, sheds, and stables; Anderlecht, Belgium; against epilepsy, hydrphobia/rabies, infantile convulsions, and rabid dogs)

Valparaiso Popcorn Festival -- Valparaiso, IN, US (dare i call it a popping good time?)

Video Games Day -- an unofficially declared day for kids to thank their parents for indulging their love of games

Walker Cup -- Southampton, NY, US (biennial competition between amateur teams from the US and UK; through Sunday)

Anniversaries Today:

Winston Churchill marries Clementine Hozier, 1908
Elizabeth Barret and Robert Browning elope, 1846
Robert Schumann marries Clara Wieck, 1840

Birthdays Today:

Emily Rossum, 1986
Jennifer Hudson, 1981
Yao Ming, 1980
Benjamin McKenzie, 1978
Amy Yasbeck, 1963
Rachel Ward, 1957
Joe Pantoliano, 1954
Peter Scolari, 1954
Gerry Beckley, 1952
Barry White, 1952
Maria Muldaur, 1943
Linda Gray, 1940
George Jones, 1931
Ian Holm, 1931
Dickie Moore, 1925
Irene Dailey, 1920
Jesse Owens, 1913
Ben Blue, 1901
Alfred A. Knopf, Sr. 1892
Maurice Chevalier, 1888
H.L. Mencken, 1880
Charles Dudley Warner, 1829

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Captain EO(3-D Film), 1986
"Taxi"(TV), 1978
"Maude"(TV), 1972
"The Monkees"(TV), 1966
"Bonanza"(TV), 1959
"Lassie"(TV), 1954
"Quadrille"(Play), 1952
"The Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major/Symphony of a Thousand"(Mahler symphony), 1910

Today in History:

Henry Hudson begins his exploration of the Hudson River while aboard the Halve Maen, 1609
The first submarine is tested in London, 1624
Turkish troops besieging Vienna are overthrown after 2 months by Poland's King Sobieski, 1683
First Black Masons Lodge is formed, 1787
Switzerland becomes a Federal State, 1848
The "Cleopatra Needle" is installed in London, 1878
Charles Leroux, world famous parachutist with 238 successful jumps, perishes in his attempted jump in the Bay of Reval, 1889
The world's first female police officer, Alice Stebbins Wells, is appointed by the LAPD, 1910
Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France, 1940
Jack Kilby demonstrates the first integrated circuit, 1958
Premiere of Bonanza, the first regularly-scheduled TV program presented in color, 1959
Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, 'Messiah' of the Rastafari movement, is deposed following a military coup, 1974
Indonesia is hit with an 8.1 earthquake, 1979
Hurricane Gilbert devastates Jamaica, 1988
Hong Kong Disneyland opens in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 2005
Iran finally agrees to release U.S. hiker Sarah Shourd, arrested there in 2009, on bail and permit her to leave the country, 2010
The "Lamb of God" panels of the Ghent Altarpiece, one of the most often stolen artworks in history, are secretly removed for restoration, 2012
NASA's Voyager 1 space probe becomes the first manmade object to reach interstellar space, 2013
The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, completes his last shift as a pilot in the RAF, and officially retires to perform Royal and community work, 2013


Jenny Woolf said...

Good luck! it can be quite fun doing things when the weather is adverse, gives a memorable experience even though it is not as smooth and easy as when the weather cooperates. Sounds as if you are having a great time anyhow. :)

Jenny Woolf said...

Good luck! it can be quite fun doing things when the weather is adverse, gives a memorable experience even though it is not as smooth and easy as when the weather cooperates. Sounds as if you are having a great time anyhow. :)

stephen Hayes said...

I don't think Ive ever had gumbo, and I'd love to try yours.

Sandee said...

Gumbo is so good. So good and you're apparently the queen of gumbo for this crowd. Yummy.

I hope the weather is better for you today. Okay for the rest of your visit.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

TexWisGirl said...

oh, the food sounds divine!!

Unknown said...

I'm glad to hear you weathered the storm and the rain okay and that your vacay isn't suffering because you found fun things to do. That's funny about the movie you watched being called the Great Storm, when a storm was the reason you watched it! lol

cube said...

Oh, my goodness the food sound delicious. I'm glad the storm didn't end all the fun. We've had so much rain in Tampa that it smells like a jungle in our yard. We just can't seem to dry out.

joeh said...

Wasn't that an Eddie Murphy SNL skit. "I'm Gumbo Dammit!"

LA Botchar said...

it's a cold and rainy Sunday here, and all I can think about is how good a bowl of gumbo would taste right now! Our church had planned a big summer end corn roast today, but we had to move the party inside. still was great though. so much food I am stuffed and shouldn't be thinking about gumbo at all. but.... gumbo! :)
hope the skies clear for the rest of your trip.