Truly Shocking Christmas Photos

December 27, 2008

I was hit by nothing but bad news today from many different issues going on so I had feelings of anger, frustration, disappointment and sadness taking turns at #1 in my head. This upset was so bad that no chocolate or candy could console me. My husband asked, “Is there anything else you want?” when we were at the grocery store and I snapped back, “Do they sell happiness in a bottle? Oh yeah, its at the bar,” and he glared at me because alcohol has ruined so many lives as these following pictures I took today in Port Isabel, Texas will attest. Please, remember that alcohol is a drug too and it should be used in moderation. These images are graphic so please, if there are small children around or if you have a weak stomach, please, go no further. These shocking images are called, “Christmas, The Day After.”

The first step is admitting you have a problem.

 

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This havoc was created by some very strong winds and none of these decorations were injured in this filming. Seriously, I have some friends who DO need your help. My friend, Bill Plouffe, fell 30 feet in a horrific accident a few days ago, broke his back and is paralyzed. He is in critical condition and his distraught family needs your help. Please donate whatever you can to help defray expenses as their income is now zero. They don’t know what they are going to do, but for now, let’s help them get through this horrible tragedy. Please contribute to the “William A. Plouffe Fund” at Lone Star National Bank Acct No. 2905004843. The bank can be contacted at 956-982-8530.


The Fog Has Lifted

December 19, 2008

When a blast of cold, bad air comes into contact with a warm pocket of air, the weaker, warm pocket of air says, “Oh, hell no!” and runs down the street with its high heels clicking.

This is the cold, bad weather rolling in and establishing its turf on Padre Blvd. on South Padre Island at the southernmost tip of Texas.

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The fog was so thick that the highrises seemed to vanish into thick air.

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If you paid extra to stay at the Bridgepoint Condominiums’ penthouse that day, you got gypped.

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The fog moved in and established its presence on the main drag, Padre Blvd.

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and on the bay between the island and the mainland.

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The fog made it hard to believe that this building

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barely visible as your eyes rose

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is the same as this in this picture I took today, Dec. 18, 2008.

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Looks like a postcard, doesn’t it? I told you the island lends itself to great pictures. I am no photographer as this picture I took at a recent parade will prove.

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That picture is in the hall of fame already and quickly becoming one of my favorites.

This magnificent building, The Sapphire, will be opening in 2009.

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I went to the jetties area to get a shot of the boat that was stuck out there on the rocks and the salvaging process.

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but I like focusing more on the people there.

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You can see South Padre Island’s beautiful beaches here.


The Fog

December 18, 2008

This afternoon I felt so lucky for living near South Padre Island at the southernmost tip of Texas because I had heard of the incredibly amazing low temps around the nation and here the sun was out and the temps were trying to climb up to their usual balmy selves.

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The water in the bay looked like a mercurial mirror.

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Then a very thick fog rolled in quickly and caught us all by surprise.

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It reminded me of how stupid horror movies always add some military-related accident that is the cause of all the mayhem and blood-slinging.

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The mist, the fog, all the eerie lights glowing through the mist made for a spooky evening so I hightailed it home. To see how cool the island is all the other time click here.


South Padre Island Christmas Parade 2009

December 14, 2008

What a beautiful picture!

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 If only I was doing this on purpose.

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Who gets a shot of two legs running down the street? WTH? Where did the torso go?

 It was party time on South Padre Island again.

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 The crowd had gathered for yet another great community event.

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 Everyone was in great spirits and there were great spirits around.

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These guys had it going on.  They stood in front of all their supplies for the picture.

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 This picture came out great – look in the background.

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The kids were adorable.

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Surfer Santa… Why not?

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 Everybody was looking good.

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 Real good. 

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RRRrrreal good with a capital “R”.

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 The island was lit up like a beautiful Christmas village in some areas.

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 Every year this parade grows bigger and better.

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 Everybody loves a fire truck.

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  There were beautiful floats

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the people on the floats were tossing out candy and beads to the crowd

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 Even the smallest ones came away smiling.

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 I am having problems working this new-fangled camera so what does this guy do?

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 start to show off for me.  

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Way to go, dude. 

These mermaids were tossing beads out to the crowd as well.

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This pair of Santas was the most traditional.

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 The ultimate topper for such an evening was an outstandingly beautiful walk on a moonlit beach.

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If you want to see what the beach looks like right now click here.


The Christmas Surprise

December 11, 2008

Today when I came home from work there was a new tablecloth on the table.

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and an artsy little wooden centerpiece with scented pinecones in the center.

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 I couldn’t believe my manly-man husband had done this so I asked who had come by.  He said, “Santa.” There was a fancy new toaster on the corner of the table. Black and Decker of all things. (It probably uses hydraulics to push up the slices of toast.) The old toaster had just gone out this morning and I did not expect a replacement so soon (or a Black and Decker of all things.)

He said, “I got one of those things for the bottom of the tree like you wanted but it was the wrong size.” So I looked under the tree and to my amazement… there was a skirt but there were presents now!!!! Beautifully wrapped presents, too, for being wrapped by a man.

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and he had even set up the angel tree topper he bought. She is beautiful.

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It has really been a tough year and we are broker than ever but he is managing to come through with his best and I am so happy. My daughter has had her friends over for a few times so I guess she has gotten over the shame of us not being rich and not living in houses like this:

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We have provided the girls (my daughter and her friends) with great meals, good times and lots of fun and I think they are smart enough to know that is what really matters. They see me and the hubby hug and kiss so they know there is love in the house. We did not let our daughter go spend the night at their house tonight because it was a school night and they asked, “Why all the rules?” We explained without terrifying them with too many true horror stories why we have rules that our daughter must follow. We don’t let our daughter roam around the island for hours and hours without adult supervision. They were so angry (our daughter included) when we said our daughter could not go running around unsupervised for hours on the island ON BIKE WEEK!

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I just don’t think that is a good time for a bunch of 14 year old girls to be running around unsupervised. My opinion.

Tomorrow is my daughter’s birthday and though I am not making even close to the money I used to make where I used to live, I am providing her with a stable home and a solid life. Life is not spinning out of control like it was when I lived with her dad.

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 He met and is engaged to someone with a lot of money so I may lose her when she starts wanting really nice things and my meager paycheck won’t cut it anymore. I know this. Until then I am just going to have to make the best out of the time I have with her.

I don’t know what the future has in store. The economy is scary. People are losing their jobs left and right. Companies are folding and laying off hundreds or thousands of workers. I just hope that the beautiful island that I know and love so well will make it through the slow season and thrive in the spring and summer.

All I know is that the life I have now is wonderful. All I have is today so I am doing my best with what I have. To close I am going to share a few pictures I took of the area so I can close on a beautiful note.

We took a boat trip out on the bay and this bird was on the roof of a house we passed on the way out.  

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 This bridge we have here is the longest in Texas. This is just a small fragment of it.

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The sky here is a beautiful blue, my favorite color.

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I can’t get over how such a manly man was able to put this together for me. I would expect someone like him to throw them in a plastic, white Tupperware bowl and put it on the table. Instead, he bought an artsy wooden rectangular tray. He continues to surprise me.

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For Ruslan and my Other Friends up North

December 10, 2008

I am amazed at how much the readership of this blog has increased. I am now receiving feedback from all over the world and people are loving this blog. I will be forever grateful to JW, of the South Padre Network, for showing me enough about technology to have made this blog possible and glad I can bring smiles to so many people’s faces, all over the world now. That is amazing. This is for Ruslan, Matvey and Ludmila in Moscow, to show them that it is beautiful down here. The people are wonderful and we welcome you to our beautiful part of the world. Keep sending me emails at padreprincess23@gmail.com and send pics of your part of the world too. Thanks for all the well-wishers. I only learned how to blog in August so I only have few pictures in my gallery of photos. These are but a few.

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South Padre Island is an island that is next to the southernmost tip of Texas. We are celebrating the Christmas holidays right now. A local sandsculpting master, Sandyfeet, created this masterpiece for the public to enjoy.

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We even have a pirate ship docked here that is guaranteed fun.

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We have a beautiful lighted boat parade that people come for miles around to enjoy.

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We are right next to Mexico so you can get great Mexican food here.

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We have areas with beautiful wildlife close by.

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But when you are on Padre, the main draw is the beach.

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This was a Valley Christian High School outing that was so much fun to be a part of.

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The island has a beach side and a bay side. The beautiful sunsets over the bay are absolutely magnificent and awe the spectator.

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The colors meld together in an amazing fashion.

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The fishing is good. Gladiator II Offshore Adventures can take you on a private, personalized offshore or bay fishing trip.

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Fresh fish is delicious and many island restaurants will prepare your catch for you. This is a typical catch when you choose Gladiator II Adventures for your bay fishing trip.

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 The fishing is exciting and a learning experience here. These fish had a real bite!

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It is a very tropical scene and the most populous tree  is the palm tree.

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I am no photographer but this place is so beautiful anyone can take a gorgeous picture.

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Especially if the model is gorgeous.

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My dog, Princess, says come on down, the water’s fine! I only learned from my friend, JW, how to blog in August and these are just a few of the pictures I have taken since then. You can see the island through his camera eyes here. All I can tell you is that the people here are genuinely kind, friendly and helpful. The food is really good and affordable here. My other project of the best things to do in this area is a project in the works but you can see it here. I will post more later on but I have to help my daughter with a computer crisis. Know that if you choose to come here, you will have made a choice that your family will love!


Toasty the III

December 8, 2008

You would think such a beautiful placid scene would never have been the scene of a murder. 

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The victim was heard screaming, “Some legs! Some legs! My kingdom for some legs!” Sadly, this was not Richard the III; it was Toasty the II, innocent victim of the most mysterious unsolved murder in South Padre Island’s history.

It was time for good to overcome evil in this world again and Sandy Feet came to the rescue.

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From a shapeless mound of sand, she began recreating Toasty.

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 I admired the skill and talent in those hands of hers

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 and the gentle way she worked on him showed how big her heart is.

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 Just as every student is unique to a teacher, or every client is to a businessman, so must it be with her creations. 

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It must be neat to see what is in your mind come to fruition. 

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After a lot of hard work on Sandy Feet’s part, Toasty was up and providing photo opportunities for Islandgoers of all ages.

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No matter what paths life has in store for these girls, they will always have this photo to remind them of the awesome weekend they spent with us. It was the perfect topper for a weekend that included movies, pizza, ice cream, lighted boats, chocolate cake, a pirate ship, more ice cream,  learning about the history of the area at the museum, more ice cream with a pina colada cake, volleyball on the beach, a boat ride and finally, a root beer float to relax with… of course, made with ice cream. Thank you, Sandy Feet for not giving up and for having such a big heart. We LOVE you! You can find out more about Sandy Feet here.