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Turtle Soup

Today, my mother would have been 108!!!




I left early in the morning, just as the sky was getting light for the day. Once the sun came above the horizon, I pulled off the side of the road to take a photo...realized I had failed to insert the camera card; leaving it home!!! So, the photo you see is AFTER I parked to walk. I carry and extra camera card in the CD compartment for dumb moves like this one! The sun has been up already for about 20 minutes before I got the card loaded!!! As I mentioned in my previous post my daily walks outdoors are cut short because of the dangerous heat index. Being on heart medications, it's even more dangerous. So....even tho walking time is shortened from the other three seasons of the year, I still try and get out most days. This time around, I again tried to walk where there is more open air instead of the hot, stuffy park where the trees hold in the humidity and temperatures....I went to Packery Channel on North Padre Island. The walk was quite uneventful. Even the birds were near nil. But oh, once I noticed the sea turtles popping out of the channel for air....I took pictures!!  There were hundreds....Here are some of what I saw as I tallied my steps:





Once I got to the end of the jetty walkway, I ventured off the beaten path and traced the shore on the sandy beach. Before turning back and heading the way I came to get where I was, the sun was getting, white hot! As I walked the beach, very few seagulls were about. They too are listless. A dozen or less terns flew above the water line and just before I got to my parking lot, one lone spotted sandpiper was on the hunt for his breakfast. I headed home. Once home I made a pot of spaghetti sauce [vegetarian] and cooked the pasta. Setting it in the fridge for dinner that evening. Every once in a while I like to cook a large multi-serving meal like spaghetti for leftovers. Once that was done, and cooking dishes were cleaned up along with the kitchen counters, I sat and read my book.  Oh....and a 2 serving sized bowl of Texas's own Blue Bell ice cream for dessert.  COLD!!!!



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  1. And here I thought you made turtle soup :) You sure did spot a lot of them.

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    1. No, no soup. But, the water WAS soupy with dozens & dozens of turtles!

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  2. Love, love, love your turtle images! :)

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  3. Hello, love the sea turtles. Great sighting and photos. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week!

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  4. Awe inspiring shots of the sea turtles! Good news that there are many. l turned to Google to see what so many in a pack is called. Result: "Fun fact: a group of sea turtles is called a bale or flotilla."

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  5. Your turtles are sure fun to see. And I'm hoping that the heat wave is over for most of the country. This time at least. Did you know that yesterday was National Ice Cream Day? :-)

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    1. Bud celebrated then...and didn't know.

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  6. what goes in vegetarian spaghetti sauce, please do a post. now I see you have a gift for turtle photography also. these are wonderful... just the right lighting. I am staying in doors. I cant take the heat... I do my walking in front of the cable music channel, they have a 24/7 cario music channel.

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    1. Anything in the sauce you want...without meat!!

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  7. Smiled big time at that nose poking above water. I lived on a lake once and turtle hunting was fun--we just caught by hand and released after giving them a talking to.
    Hope you are getting some of this cool weather we are getting today along with a light rain. It was 99 this time yesterday--76 right now. Ahhh.

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    1. No rain in sight here. Jealous I am!

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  8. I don't miss that terrible heat....but sure had a spell of it...Bad storms moving in to cool it off... I have been lurking, but most of the time on the phone and don't comment.. Still enjoy your posts.. :)

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    1. Hey, Ms. B...GOOD TO KNOW you're okay!

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  9. Good for you going out so early and making the most of your day. You can't be too careful in that kind of heat. There were so many turtles.

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    1. ...and I show just a fraction of the numbers!

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  10. I don't know if you can cook spaghetti for just one serving. And having left over spaghetti is really fun.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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    1. That's true. Even cutting a recipe to 1/4th would give you leftovers!

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  11. What amazing photos of the sea turtles!! Good thing you were well prepared! Now I want ice-cream.

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  12. Great captures - last March my mother would have been 105!

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  13. Love the images and the sound of ice cream even more!

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  14. Never ate Turtle soup but my mom as a dust bowl kid did.
    Coffee is on

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    1. I've never, and probably won't ever!

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  15. Lots of turtles - and I always think they are cute!
    Isn't it nice to make a big batch of something and know you are going to have leftovers?

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    1. Yes, and spaghetti always tastes better the 2nd time.

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  16. Sharp pics of the turtles...I never can get them up close...just their heads! I indulged in some ice cream today also...

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    1. Thanks Terri. I think I'll have ice cream again. VERY soon.

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  17. Smart moving having a back up card for your camera - I have definitely had moments where I could have done with that myself! Sorry to hear your walks are shortened due to the heat, but wonderful that you are still able to get out for a period of time and enjoy this beauty around you. I love the turtle photos!

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  18. Haha ... that's a cute title for this post and I'm sure the turtles appreciated that your spaghetti was vegetarian!

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    1. Indeed. Never thought of that aspect to the story.

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  19. Oh, my! I would have loved the sea turtles...and cannot imagine what Lorelei would have thought.

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  20. I came to show Bob the mama cardinal picture and saw that hidden sentence way at the top that I did not see yesterday. 108 for your mom. wow. daddy would be 106 in August. same generation.

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    1. She's pretty, isn't she? I like the female's silver cloak trimmed in red so much I think I like seeing them as much as the male, if not more.

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  21. Happy Heavenly 108th bday to your Mom.
    The turtles are absolutely gorgeous. Love the copper coloring and I almost hear the water lapping.
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. Been thinking of you...with the TD heading your way. Stay safe & dry!

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