Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"B" as in BEACH for Alphabe-Thursday

Welcome to Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."  This week we are studying the letter "B" as in BEACH.

Last week I was down in Galveston and planned to take pictures of the BEACH for this week's Alphabe-Thursday, but it was raining.  So, I decided to use some pictures of the Galveston BEACH that I took on December 25, 2004...almost ten years ago.

I don't think the people in Buffalo, New York will understand my excitement, but that year on Christmas Eve it snowed.
 On the rare occasion that it snows in these parts it's usually flurries that melt before they hit the ground. This snow was different.  It kept coming down and eventually it stuck!  I took the above picture around 10:00 o'clock at night.  I could hear kids outside playing.  Parents wanted their kids to have a chance to play in the snow so they let them go out.

We had reservations at the Hotel Galvez in Galveston for Christmas dinner.  It's about 30 miles from here and it took us over an hour to get there.  The snow on the freeway kept traffic to a crawl.  This is a picture of the Galveston Causeway Bridge that we have to cross to get on the island.

The hotel is located right across the street from the BEACH.  Here's a picture of the Gulf Of Mexico surrounded by snow.  To the right is a pier that goes out over the Gulf.  This picture was taken from the front of the hotel.  You can't really see the BEACH since it's lower than the road.  You'll have to take my word for it...there was snow on the BEACH.
Here's another view.  You can see the Gulf on the right.
You've got to admit that snow and palm trees are an unusual combination.
Look at this!  Children got to build snowmen!  This house was on my street.  Sadly, the snow didn't last long.
We had our Christmas dinner and by the time we came out the snow was melting rapidly.

People called it the Christmas miracle.  It was the first Christmas Eve snow in Houston's history according to Wikpedia. 

I've never been more excited about a snowfall.  I grew up in New Jersey so it's not like I've never seen snow before.  However, snow here is different.

OK, so Buffalo got a little more snow than us.
I can guarantee you that we enjoyed our snow more!

Now head over to Jenny's blog for a list of this week's participants.  Thanks for visiting.


  1. Betty, as pretty as your photos are, I am hoping that we do NOT have this kind of weather in coastal Georgia this winter! xoxoxoxoxxo

  2. Hi Betty!

    I visited the Texas gulf once--went to Corpus Christi. I'm sure it is unusual to see snow down there--that must have been a fun experience and your photos told the story well!

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. One day I will have a white Christmas, instead of the stinking, hot ones I usually have in Australia :-)

    The first time I saw snow by the beach, was in NZ. It was quite a beautiful sight, as are your pics of winter 2004.

  4. Galveston is a really neat place -- interesting to see it in snow -- I've only visited it in the summer!
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Lovely photos of the 'snow event' in Galveston!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you
    artmusedog and carol

  6. Thanks for sharing your unique experience....glad those parents let the kids out to play♪

  7. miracle indeed, I used to sing I am dreaming of a white Christmas living in Tropical Borneo.

    Re: Basket or Bag, it is a fabric container with the shape of a shopping basket. LOL

  8. Whao..that's a lot of snow in your area. It is certainly really white where you are.

  9. Betty I liked that story - and that was amazing - it was like a Christmas miracle - I know you all liked that snow as much as people in Buffalo have to hate it right now.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  10. Indeed that is amazing palm trees in snow ! In Belgium it mostly rains on Christmas, seldom we have snow !

  11. I grew up in Jersey too! And now live in Oklahoma. We get snow once in a while, but I never knew it could snow in Galveston! So pretty down there - went once for a conference. Miss the salt water... {:-Deb

  12. I understand. When I lived in FL, we only got snow once every five years or so and then it melted immediately, but for those few minutes it was on the ground, it was so exciting! Now I live in a place that gets hundreds of inches a year!

  13. I'm sooo surprised that it sometimes snows in Galveston!

  14. Oh Betty. I read this to an imagined Glenn Campbell soundtrack!

    Snow at the beach!

    How incredibly beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing your past trip with us.



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