We arrived late on 6/8 and just went to bed. On the way down here there was a big sign “It’s Huricane Season Be Prepared”. Scared the hell out of me.
On the 9th Rick went to Discount Tire which is who we purchased these tires from and were put on by their reps in New York State a couple years ago. I downloaded pictures and started the last blog. We drove into Texas City where Rick had left the rim. the spare was on and today they got the new tire. put it on the rim and we will have it mounted next week on our way to Louisiana. We had lunch today at Schlotzsky’s, we wanted to try this place last time we were in Texas so we did. They make good sandwiches.
Went into Galveston and looked around. Looked all along Seawall Drive and there are wonderful places to eat, the Pleasure Pier and a lot on Seawall Drive, so we’re gonna check that out and see what we see.
We went into Galveston, and drove along Seawall Boulevard , stores, restaurants and hotels, on the other side is Beach and a few piers usually with stores. We were lucky enough to get a place that was free parking. We went to lunch at Miller’s, it has been in business since 1976 and is located at 18924 Seawell Blvd. I had Shrimp and Grits (I’m turning into a Southern Gal (wannabe) and a side of Mushrooms, Rick had Chicken Fried Steak and Wow was it big. Good food. We found another parking spot (luckly free) sat on a bench and took pictures. The Gulf is brown because the sand is so fine that the waves pick it up and you see it in the water, beyond that the ocean/gulf is blue. All the Rivers, Streams, Bayous, whatever is brown with sand or silt. Not very pretty. Sand must get to places you never want sand.
I know curiosity killed the cat, but I was wondering exactly what Juneteenth celebrated. I had never heard of it until last year and knew it was a date that was celebrated by Black Americans. So I looked it up and this is what wickapedia says : Juneteenth (a portmanteau of June and nineteenth) – also known as Freedom Day,Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day – is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually on June 19 throughout the United States, with increasing official recognition. It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865, announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas.
President Abraham Lincoln‘s Emancipation Proclamation had officially outlawed slavery in Texas and the other states in rebellion against the Union almost two and a half years earlier. Enforcement of the Proclamation generally relied on the advance of Union troops. Texas, as the most remote of the slave states, had a low presence of Union troops as the American Civil War ended; thus enforcement there had been slow and inconsistent before Granger’s announcement. Although Juneteenth generally celebrates the end of slavery in the United States, it was still legal and practiced in two Union border states (Delaware and Kentucky) until later that year, when ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution abolished chattel slavery nationwide in December. Additionally, Indian Territories that had sided with the Confederacy, namely the Choctaw, did not release those enslaved until 1866.
Then I looked up what portmanteau meant and this is what the Oxford dictionary said: It is a French “word that means: *a word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, for example motel (from ‘motor’ and ‘hotel’) or brunch (from ‘breakfast’ and ‘lunch’).”podcast is a portmanteau, a made-up word coined from a combination of the words iPod and broadcast”
Oh, how this blog makes me work.
Today I looked up the Grackles on the Cornell Ornithology website and found that the Grackle we have been seeing is the Great-Tailed Grackle. I saw several Cardinals flying across the street in front of me from tree to bush and back. The picture shows a little black on its face and the female has a small amount of red near the tail.
We are going on to Louisiana on Tuesday. Watching the Accuweather (Mark Mancuso is boring, probably a nice man but need to know) they are talking about hurricanes and being prepared, weather means more now. They were talking about the heat in Southern California, San Diego doesn’t look bad we are spoiled,.