Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Habitat For Humanity Thanksgiving!

Morning was beautiful here on Okaloosa Island today.  We were up in time to see the sun rise over the Emerald Coast and it was amazing!  I love the early morning here.  All the wildlife is stirring and there are diving dolphins, feeding rays, so many varieties of sea birds...just lovely.

We had a light breakfast this morning of fresh breads and fruit salad before heading down to the beach with the girls for a little while.  It was only 50 degrees and they were playing in the Gulf!  Kids just don't feel the cold when they are having a good time. 

At 11 we left for Harbor Docks and our Thanksgiving Dinner.  Every year the owner of the Harbor Docks Restaurant in Destin opens his restaurant and allows a FREE Thanksgiving Dinner to be served.  Donations are accepted and given to Habitat For Humanity.  There were 200 Habitat For Humanity Volunteers involved in today's benefit.  They were not only from this area, but came from out of town also.  In fact, the people who waited on us were from Cartersville, Georgia.    There were men, women and boys and girls giving their time on Thanksgiving Day to serve others to benefit Habitat.  Wow!  I was really impressed.  What a wonderful spirit of could just feel it.

Our dinner consisted of turkey breast, cornbread dressing, smashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, rolls and cranberry sauce.  We even had pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert and everything was delicious!  AND, we didn't have to wash dishes!

We will definitely be participating again next year in this event.  We may even come as volunteers to serve.  It began at 11 AM and is running until 7 PM and it was extremely well attended.  This Community does seem to support charitable events on a regular basis.  Sigh...I love the Okaloosa Island/Destin area.

This evening a pelican who had gotten wrapped up in some fishing line came ashore here in front of the condo.  A large crowd of people gathered round him and a couple of good samaritans got the line off him.  He was frightened and even after they had freed him, he did not fly away.  A policeman came to investigate and hopefully he will be taken to the Gulfarium where they can nurse him back to health. It was good to see people showing concern for the wildlife here.  

It has been an absolutely beautiful day all day.  We sat on the beach and watched the girls play in the water for hours.  The sun was warm and the water was crystal clear it looks like glass. 
I am so at home here.  The peace that washes over me when I sit here and look at the gulf and smell the sea air is like nothing else I know.

I hope all of you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We are so thankful for family and friends, for health and home.  I am even very thankful for my little Buddy the Boston Terrier.  He came with us on this trip, and has been the most well behaved little doggie you ever saw!  He is amazing. 

I am going to enjoy the day here again tomorrow.  We will be heading home on Saturday, but the memories will stay with us forever.

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