Thursday, May 8, 2014

Paws Awhile at Shrimp Fest!

With only 2 days until Shrimp Fest, there had still been no word from Herb the Handyman about our plumbing. We were expecting our friends Pat and Steve to come down and spend the weekend with us and I knew this would not be pleasant if we were still using the guest bath as our kitchen.  Thankfully, on Wednesday before we arrived on Thursday, Herb came through for us! Herb, Herb, he's our man!  If Herb can't do it no one can!

It turned out that our friends couldn't come until Saturday which was actually perfect because it gave us a chance to move the kitchen out of the guest bath and start getting the new kitchen set up and ready for prime time!

Everything in the condo was still covered in sheet rock dust, so we spent Friday dusting and cleaning. I ran all of the dishes through our new very quiet Bosch dishwasher. It is a tiny thing so it took about 7 loads to get everything through.  Then came the challenge of deciding where to put everything. It looks like we are going to have plenty of space, it is just a matter of figuring out what works.

We took a break for lunch and drove downtown to see if anything was going on at Shrimp Fest. Folks were just starting to set things up. We wandered around a bit and then stopped in to Cafe Karibo for lunch. We had Lucy with us so we were relegated to sit outside. It was drizzling a bit but we found a table under cover. The waitress fell in love with Lucy and brought her a slice of turkey. By the time we finished lunch, we had convinced the waitress that she needed to get both a chihuahua and a Savannah cat!

We met some friends at the Surf for happy hour.  The Surf has a fun rain policy called "When it Rains, the Surf Pours".  If the island gets 1/2 inch of rain, the Surf has happy hour all day.  There are increasing specials depending on how much rain the gauge indicates. With the exception of 2 spouses, everyone in our party had some connection to Waycross, Georgia. We decided that folks from Waycross are just FUN!

Saturday morning, Lola had an interview with the local paper at 9AM. When we were down a month or so ago, some people had seen us walking Lola on the beach and had told the wildlife reporter for the local paper about it. She posted a request in her article asking that anyone who knew anything about the cat contact her. I contacted her and we set up an appointment for Saturday morning. Thankfully when she got there it has not yet started to rain so we got to walk on the beach and she got some good pictures for her upcoming article.

Just after she left, the skies opened up and it poured rain for the rest of the day. We had lunch at the Tiki Bar at Sliders and then went back to Paws Awhile to wait out the rain.  It finally stopped around 2:30PM so we went to the Shrimp Festival. There were lots and lots of booths with fun arts and crafts. We sampled the shrimp and watched some of the award presentations and then met our other friends at the Salty Pelican.

Dinner Saturday night was amazing! Our friends Terri and Eddie have recently relocated to Fernandina Beach permanently. They bought a great house with an expansive deck where Eddie (from Argentina) installed a HUGE Argentinian grill. We had meat, meat and more meat! I made a key lime cake that was a big hit too!

Sunday, Lucy was feeling particularly frisky during our walk on the beach. I let her off of the leash (which is technically against the law), but she just loves to run at full speed. We met a little white dog named Sam who was also off-leash and they had a big time playing chase. When we got back to the condo Lucy was so exhausted she didn't even lift her head off of the pillow to beg to go out to lunch with us.

We walked down the beach to meet friends at Sliders and for a leisurely lunch. On the way back, we ran into more friends on the beach. Back at the condo, our guests packed up to leave and we settled down to watch a movie. That's where things got weird.  See my next post about the "break-in" at Paws Awhile - coming soon!

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