Island Life…by Clint Bennetsen

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 18 Jan 18 - 0 Comments

End of Year Festivities

Greetings from the island everyone, hope all of you are doing well and staying warm. It has been typical south Texas winter weather, bundled up and freezing for a few days, and then back to shorts and T-shirt after that.

The holiday season is a happy memory now as we begin a new year. We had our first amazing snowfall in thirteen years last month, the early morning hours of Dec. 8. It snowed on the island, however not really enough to accumulate and leave everything covered in a pretty white. But I know from pictures that POC had a nice beautiful white snowfall that everyone was able to see and enjoy in the morning.

I attended my first POC Chamber of Commerce Christmas party at the Sanctuary last month. It was a great get-together with delicious food and the opportunity to meet other locals. I highly recommend joining the Chamber to help support your community.

I also attended the local volunteer Fire Dept annual chili dinner out at the Community Center, where the various raffle proceeds help fund and maintain the Fire Dept. I was lucky enough to win a nice shotgun scabbard in one of the drawings.

I was also at the Fire Dept. last month when Santa made a visit there, as he rode in the front seat of the big red fire truck. Children lined up for their turn to visit with Santa and tell him of their wish list. Each of the children then were lucky enough to take a ride on the fire truck, with big smiles telling of their enjoyment.
I had never been to Cuero’s Christmas in the Park light display, so last month I rode along with Britton, Susan and Margie, and we made the drive. The weather was very nasty in POC, but cleared up somewhat as we arrived. Oh my goodness, we saw a beautiful display of Christmas lights and decorations as we slowly drove through the park. It really was wonderful and we drove through a second time to make certain we saw everything. We were happy to give a donation at the end of the route, and we look forward to making this Cuero trip an annual nighttime outing. We then stopped and had a nice Mexican food meal and celebrated Margie’s birthday.

Corky and I spent Christmas Eve with Mom and Dad in Seadrift, and had coffee with them Christmas morning, before heading back to POC and visiting with Susan and Britton, and then heading back to the island. Corky and I then stayed on the island and brought in a quiet New Year, staying up just long enough to see the ball drop in New York Times Square.

All the island Christmas lights and decorations have been taken down and put away, and I’m already ordering more for a bigger and brighter display for this next year.

I treated myself to a new coffee maker recently, a shiny red Keurig. I love that thing! It’s very simple with no mess or cleanup, and having a nice assortment of coffee choices to make is great. And it’s perfect for making hot chocolate too. Yay!

Right on cue, the winter tides have been very low lately, requiring me to actually get on the bow and pole my Haynie Bigfoot out of the lagoon cut to leave and return to the island. Just part of winter island life out here.

Well, that’s it from the island for now, everyone take care and have a great day.

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