Yay! Labor Day weekend is done and the beach is ours again! Yay!
The long weekend was a hot one, but a real beauty.
I got in a couple of beach days and enjoyed some reading. It's good to have those days.
I saw Brenda Radtke, Eden Millsap, Sue Bryant, Jeanine Cole, Janice and Carl Fedkenheuer, John Stasko, Jack and Michele Silberman, Mark and Allison Larson soaking up some rays also.
I enjoyed dinner at The Bay one night. If you're a sushi lover, their Hot Mess roll is the best. Jim and Brenda Radtke agreed. The Radtkes also have excellent taste in wine. Nan Jacobs was there. Peggy and Kent Lillie, and Pam and George Hattaway enjoyed it the following night.
I saw Dana and Tom Saffel, Betty Krika, Pam and Jimbo Holloway, Marie Soloman, and Claudia Droy at The Vue.
Shaye Smith attended YP@The Beach's fifth anniversary celebration at Emerald Grande.
Before football season kicked off,
Yes, football is back. No fans here, are there? And the hospital gift shop is ready. The gift shop hosted spirit week last week to show off their new goods, and yes, I stocked up. I was ready, and as a lot of folks did, I was tied to the TV Saturday watching back-to-back games. I love this season!
Some, however, like to be there. Chan, Laura, Cassie, and Caitie Cox kicked off the season in
Chris and Maurissa Smith also took the trek out to
Shaye and Lori Smith traveled to see the Tigers play their opening game.
John and Teri Vice went to the Bama kickoff game in
Lea and Joe Capers watched the Buckeyes from Rum Runners.
In other travels, Shellie Arriaga went to Hotlanta and ran into Melissa Davis.
Scott Jackson visited
Heidi Ellis went to
Didon and Keith Comer went to
Kelli and Jason Siler visited
Cody Copeland sneaked over to Nola for the long weekend.
Fred and Linda Buehler enjoyed some beer in
Mike and Janet Huckabee traveled to
Steve and Joan Carter went to
Les Porterfield went to
Nancy Abood went to
Wendy Grantham went to
Last week was another thrilling one for sea turtles and me.
My nest was overdue. So, I did what any good expectant mother would do — I set up a vigil watch next to my nest for several nights in a row. Thursday, bingo! A couple of friends joined me early on, but once it got dark, I was left alone to stand watch. Not too long after the last trace of light or red in the sky disappeared and total darkness fell, I thought I saw something in the sand. I leaned up from my chair and looked closely.
Yes, something was there, although very slight. I reached for my turtle-friendly flashlight I had just bought that day and shined it on the spot and the one dark spot moved its little head back and forth. OMG! I shot up and reached for my phone. My friends had not been gone long. I was so excited that I could barely see the numbers. She said she would be right there. I then called my coordinator who gave me instructions.
But, there is a truck on the beach headed this way, I told him! Well, the truck has to be stopped, he said, and he was on his way. My friend arrived and brought her son-in-law who took off sprinting towards the truck and my friend went up to the restaurant overlooking the nest to ask them to cut their outside lights. My coordinator arrived, along with some onlookers and we waited.
The one lone baby turtle head had now become two. We waited. Then there were three little heads, then four. No telling how long it will be, said my coordinator. But not too much later we could tell even in the dark that the white sandy spot was no longer white, but black.
My coordinator shined his red light one more time on the nest and it was overflowing with baby turtle bodies. Show time! Seemingly as if they were all waiting for their siblings before even one would make a run for it, now, they were off and running towards the water. The coordinator manned the back of the nest to make sure none went towards any lights as my friend and I took up guard on each side to make sure none got lost on their journey. It was such a thrill. At the end count, it was determined that around 100 babies made it to the water that night.
Two weeks ago towards the end of my early-morning walk on the beach, I was privileged to see a pod of dolphins swimming along, enjoying their breakfast just maybe a yard off the beach. I had never seen them in that close before. And, then, I saw deer tracks coming out of Topsail Preserve on the beach that went up a dune towards 30A. I love living here.
Bert Summerville-Kain saw a squid with tentacles about 12-16 inches long on the beach last Wednesday morning.
Several congratulations are in order.
Congratulations to Linda Miller, who has been selected to represent the Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents in Rosemary Beach and on 30A.
Congratulations to Michael Haney and Julianna Martinelli on their nuptials last weekend.
Congratulations to Dennis Dumler who became a grandfather over the weekend. Baby Barrett Evans Dumler was born Aug. 30 weighing in at 7 pounds 11 ounces and 21 inches long. Parents are Cari and Paul Dumler.
Congratulations to Ann and Duaine Kief on 43 years of marriage celebrated in
Congratulations to Tricia Northcutt on being named a finalist for the National Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Awards, which is awarded to those who have made an impact on their communities through volunteer work and community service.
Wish a "happy birthday" Saturday to Commissioner Cindy Meadows.
Sunday to Carol Missildine.
Monday to Lauren Rees, Ray Dollar, Stephanie Burke, Wells Buzzett, and Emerald Lady Sandy Buckley.
Tuesday to Cameron Burke, Vickie Dollar, Deb Betz, and Jenna Conley.
Wednesday to David Seering, and Paul Appel.
Thursday to Mary Zombori.
And Friday to Ladie Bea Lackey.
Deborah Wheeler is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Walton Sun. She may be reached at 654-8443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Her Party Line column appears weekly in The Sun. Contributions are encouraged via email.