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`Nuff Said, Beverly Hicks Burch

Nuff Said

Sometimes a pictures is worth a thousand words…especially on a stormy, rainy spring day when Nature has done a back-up and you’ve had to bring our winter clothes again…

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Little Church in the Sun, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Hazel's church - Flagler Beach

This was one of destinations when we drove down to Flagler Beach a couple of weekends ago. Tall & Handsome’s mother Hazel had just passed away. Hazel had lived in Flagler for several years and while there she was a member of this little church, the Methodist Church in Flagler Beach. We took a copy of her obituary by and left it with the pastor just in case there were any of Hazel’s friends still living.

Bittersweet memories for the whole trip…

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Great Eats – Flagler Fish Company, by Beverly Hicks Burch

A good place to eat

If you happen to be in Flagler Beach, FL area and want a good place to eat, I recommend Flagler Fish Company. Tall & Handsome and I had the special the evening we were there. It just happened to be the Jerk Mahi Mahi with a black bean-pineapple salsa and a honey lime dressing. Totally awesome! Are you hungry yet?

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Confetti at the Beach, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Survival in the sun

I was amazed at the proliferation of wildflowers growing on the roadside of A1A on the east coast of Florida as we drove down to Flagler Beach a couple of weekends ago. Aside from the sea oats that grow so infamously along the dunes of the Gulf Coast, east coast of Florida and even in Mexico, I don’t recall much vegetation “at the beach”. Everything use to be pretty much sand color…and blue…

In addition the the gaillardia (also known as Blanket Flower), and different cactus I found ,many of the above which I believe to be coreopsis, also known as Tickseed can be seen.

I personally love these new little splashes of roadside color along the coast…it’s like someone came along and had a little confetti party of color to brighten up an already pretty awesome view…

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Wading into Waves of Yesteryear…, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Almost knee deep

Do you think this former surfer is looking back and thinking about waves of yesterday year? Did I also mention he was treading into waves on the last day of winter? Yep, and he said the water was warm…

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Last Day of Winter in Flagler Beach, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Flager Beach - this corner will be the same color year round

This is what the last day of winter looks like on a corner of a fairly busy and major intersection of Flagler Beach, FL. I imagine this is what it looks like year round… Personally, I am a four season type of gal myself and actually get a get out of cooler weather, and yes, that white, frozen flakey stuff that falls from the sky. At least occasionally…

I’m told, for Snowbirds, this is Heaven…

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Flagler Beach Pier, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Flagler Beach Pier B

Flagler Beach Pier is the dominate landmark of Flagler Beach, FL. You just can’t miss it. It sits right on A1A as you drive along the east coast of Florida. Construction on the pier was completed in 1927 for the cost of $75,000…that’s $937,500 in 2010 dollars. The original length of the pier was 1,000 ft. but over the years the sea has swallowed up and claimed about 200 feet of the pier into the depths of the mighty Atlantic Ocean. It measures 806 ft. currently.

Tall & Handsome seems to recall a significant storm reclaiming some of that pier while his mother was living in Flagler. I know the pier suffered greatly during Thanksgiving 1985.

You can walk out on the pier between the hours of 6AM and midnight and you can also fish from the pier. The daily walk-out rate is $1.50 unless you are a senior (65+) or military, then it’s a buck. Daily fishing rate is $6.00 and $4.00 for seniors and military.

T & H asked my if I wanted to take a stroll out to the end. I looked at him and said “Seriously?!” For a non-swimmer, aquaphobia suffer that’s like asking, “Honey, would you like to walk the plank with me today?”

How `bout instead we shove bamboo skewers up my fingernails for a more enjoyable experience?

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Man in Black, by Beverly Hick Burch

My T & H

My Tall & Handsome…AKA former lifeguard…AKA former surfer…AKA former competitive swimmer…AKA former jammies wearer…AKA Ron Jon patron…AKA former quasi-hippie…AKA Satellite Beach (FL) High grad…AKA Florida State University Alumni…AKA gringo New Mexican (also know as Mighty Whitey)…AKA soulmate…AKA love of my life…

By the way, dig those knees. That took years of surfing to develop those!

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Looking Back, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Lookin Back

My Tall & Handsome’s mother passed away on March 16th. She was living in Rochester, MN at the time and unfortunately we were locked away in the extreme Southeastern US at the time, bound by duties and circumstances that kept us in place.

We last saw Hazel in November 2009 when we went up for Thanksgiving with T & H’s family and to also spend what we thought was Hazel’s 90th birthday. (We now think it was probably her 89th, but what’s a year among friends and family, especially at that age?) Her short term memory wasn’t too good, but her long term memory was holding in there. We had a great visit and I was so glad T & H had that time with his Mom.

In the time since then, her health started to decline, especially fast the last couple of weeks. T & H had just tried to talk to her the Sunday before her final decline. The conversation didn’t go well. He kept loosing her after the phone was passed to her. I think I knew then that things weren’t good. His sister called a few days later with the news that Hazel was in really bad shape. She hadn’t eaten in five days and was coughing up blood. As someone who had been through this before (with my sweet dear Mrs. (Lola) Lovelady) I recognized immediately what was before T & H and us.

I knew Hazel for the last eight years of her life. She was a sweet, soft spoken Southern (Texan) lady. She was devoted to her children and she adored animals…a trait she passed along to both of her big hearted children. When she spoke of my T & H she always talked about what a sweet “boy” he was…which just goes to show you age is relative and all a state of mind.

I don’t know if Hazel every remembered my name. I know she knew I was Reggie’s wife. And, she knew I was Southern. I think we bonded over that. She missed her South and when I was around her I tried to honor her “southerness” because I knew, as a steel magnolia myself, how important our southern roots are to us. They are roots you just can’t extract…no matter where our short term memory may take us. I also wanted her to have the place of honor she deserved as T & H’s mother when she was around, so I always offered her the place by him in the car or at the table. It seemed just the right thing to do.

Before Hazel moved to Rochester she had lived in Flagler Beach, FL. In her little mind, for years she held on to hopes of moving back there. She had been active there and had friends there. She was President of the women’s group at her church, had been active in the Junior League, played bridge and was, of course, a member of the Daughter of the Confederacy.

This past weekend we drove down to Flagler for a bittersweet visit. It was T & H’s way of paying respect to his Mom. We drove by her former home, took her obituary to her former place of worship and just visited some of the places she would have visited.

Even though T & H had been born in New Mexico, he spent many of his formative years in the South. His Dad had worked at Mission Control at Cape Canaveral during the early years of the space program. So many of those years were in Florida. He graduated from high school in Florida and attended Florida State University. T & H was on the swim team in high school, was a surfer and was a lifeguard. He still, to this day, loves to visit Ron Jon’s.

Somewhere in the background, there should be a Beach Boys song playing…

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No Kidding, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Don't you wish you could buy one of these at every yard sale

Don’t know if you can read the sign, but it says “Yard Sale”. My question…Don’t you wish every yard sale had an ocean for sale? Really?!

 

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