It sure was a beautiful weekend here last weekend! Because I’ve been really stressed lately, I needed the weekend in a big way! Al and I don’t get to see each other for more than a couple of hours each day during the week because of our work schedules, and sometimes he works on Saturdays, so it felt like we hadn’t really had a chance to talk about much lately. We spent Saturday downtown, where it seemed that everyone and their dog were also out and about (seriously…..there are dogs EVERYWHERE downtown, and I love it!)! It was busy with graduations, the Crawfish Festival, Cinco de Mayo celebrations, farmers’ market, and people out just enjoying the beautiful weather! It was nice to see so many people enjoying the festivities.
We walked, and talked a lot, and of course, when we are together, there’s always a lot of laughter and affection. We started by cruising through the farmers’ market, which is weekly, and we have a our favorite vendors we like. We sat at the Crawfish Festival, listening to the music, watching the people, talking to new people, and enjoying the food. There was an abundance of delicious items, besides the “mudbugs” (crawfish, for those of you who aren’t familiar with that term)….shrimp, alligator, oysters, shark, chicken, gumbo, etouffee, rice and beans, paella, etc. Then we walked through downtown, and stopped off at a few places along the way, just enjoying each other’s company.
This part of Florida has a hillbilly reputation…..some of it earned, but some of that label is unfair. Pensacola has rich history. Did you know that it even predates Jamestown and St. Augustine? We have historical museums, art museums, the Naval History Museum and Lighthouse, Fort Pickens (where Geronimo was held when our government was relocating/imprisoning Native Americans), GREAT food, dolphin cruises, fishing excursions, entertainment, and shopping…..oh, and don’t forget the beautiful beaches (some of the best in the world), and water sports. Every weekend, all year long, it seems that there is some sort of festival going on (usually free) from Destin to Pensacola. Whether it’s seafood, art, jazz, Gallery Night, or a cultural festival, there always seems to be something happening, and you can experience it on a budget. We also have minor league baseball and hockey teams.
No, we aren’t Miami or New York, but that’s okay. If we wanted that, we could go there. Those places are fun to visit, and have great energy, but the pace of life here is a lot more agreeable to our lifestyle now. We have what we need, and enjoy our peace and quiet as well. We can relax on the beach, or stay busy in town. We can appreciate our life here, and make the most of what it offers. We love good weather, and we have over 300 days of sunshine a year…..as Al says, “You can’t beat that!” I’ve been fortunate to live in a lot of different places in my life, and I have appreciated each one for everything it offers. Take the time to learn about your surroundings. Appreciate the history, food, culture, and weather. Even though I have to deal with the lizards, frogs, snakes, and bears, I do like it here, and I get to be here with my best friend. Will we stay here forever? Who knows? But for now, this works for us.