Fun at the Beach

Since we have just returned from the beach, I don’t have any thrifty treasures to show you today. Actually we got back on Friday and even though it was raining here on Saturday a.m., I did get out and hit a few sales, but it was a bust. I didn’t find much of anything, so I should have stayed home. I’m starting to drag right now on getting out to the yardsales, so I’m going to wrap up the Thrifty Treasures party next weekend and we’ll resume again next Spring. I know many of you want to keep going with it, but I need a break! 🙂 So, come back next weekend for ONE MORE Thrifty Treasures party for this year. I promise, we’ll do it again in the spring! I’ve got lots going on in October (like that Holiday House I’m participating in)  and will need to slow it down anyway.

So, this week you get to see some beach pics from me.  I’ve got a TON of pics and will have to share them a little at a time over the next week.


This is the third time we’ve stayed at this particular condo complex (in case you want to check it out, Dunes of Seagrove)  in Seagrove, FL and even though it rained every other day, we still had some fun and relaxation.  With this view, how can you go wrong?  We have thoroughly enjoyed staying at these condos since they are tucked away from the main road and they are right on the beach.  And they are just down the road from Seaside.  It’s not as busy here as it is in Destin.  We also have our favorite restaurants which I’ll share in another post.   We’ve stayed in 2 different units here and most of them have a great view.

Go with me for a stroll to the beach and you’ll see what I mean.  The noise in the background is just the wind blowing, but I think you’ll like it.

Truly, if you’ve never been to the Gulf in Florida, you are missing out!

The view from our balcony.

We met up once again with our friends, Kat and George for a delish Italian dinner.  If you haven’t followed this story, Kat and I met through blogging back in 2007 and met up when we went to the beach that year and have been friends ever since.  We actually dog sat for their dog, Daisy, last year at their house and had a ball.  Kat and I just pick up like old friends when we get together and our hubbies like each other too.  Blogging truly has been a blessing.  I love all the friends I have made!  Kat wrote about our shopping trip (click that link) and I’ll get to that later too.  Their daughter is getting married in the spring on the beach, so Kat is really busy with planning that.


Sunset outside the condo.  I did manage to get one sunset photographed, in spite of the rain.


It’s magical this time of day.


Self-portrait on the beach.


Ahh, what a beautiful sunset.

My  hubby, Peter, sure enjoyed some fishing time on the beach.  He hung out in the surf in spite of getting rained on some of the time and caught 3 bluefish, which we promptly ate for lunch 2 days.   Take a look at this video for more of the water and us talking on the beach:



This was in the fridge! And HE cooked them up for lunch for us.


Along with  some shrimp we bought for boiling, but this is the bluefish that he caught.  YUMMY!

So, that’s what I did this week.  I’ll share more from the trip later too.

What did YOU do?

Did you get out and about this weekend and find any treasures.  You know how it works.

So, get ready to share your treasures too.  Remember our guidelines for Mr. Linky parties:

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Todays Thrifty Treasures Participants

1. The Shabby Chic Cottage – Fall decorations
2. Amanda @ Serenity Now {New Pink Kicks and More!}
3. Olive Rue (Vintage Sewing Machine Drawers)
4. David Cassidy’s Garage Sale
5. sullivanandmurphy
6. Marla at Seven Palms
7. Michelle@SpendaBuckFarm
8. Nicole@BugaboosCreations ( Goodwill Finds )
9. Shanty2Chic~ Ashleys Vintage Barstool
10. linda @Nina’s Nest
11. Burlap Mecca@MurphyGraceHome
12. Marianne@songbirdisnesting
13. Jenny @ Kerr Family Blog
14. Merrie
15. Modern Country ~ Decorating with Heirlooms-WWII photos & postcards
16. Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking
17. Queen of Fifty Cents
18. Sarah @ PaperUmbrellasPlasticSwords
19. Karen (Fabric Magnetic Bulletin Boards 🙂
20. Rhonda @ Blue Creek Home
21. Kammy-Small Home in the Country
22. Alicia @ Titere con Bonete Drive by Yard Sale
23. A BEACH COTTAGE ~~ $5 Deck Chairs
24. Heidi – HEART AND HOME
25. Alicia @ Titere con Bonete, Thrift Store Treasures
26. Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State
27. starz@vintagedownunder
28. m – tales from an oc cottage
29. Arlene @ Fot the Love of It – Goodwill Transformations
30. Melanie@The Old White Cottage
31. Mary’s Meanderings Fall Basket- cute and Thrifty too!
32. Shanty2Chic~ Whitneys Fall Centerpiece
33. OnOurWayOnline –
34. Katillac Shack
35. Joan@anythinggoeshere~ Estate Sale Treasures
36. MelanieElissa
37. Brittany
38. Jane@Frugal Fine Living
39. Frugality In The Making
40. Ms. Sharlotte’s…Southern Reflections
41. Sherri at Design to Shine
42. Jo
43. Leanne@Organize&Decorate Everything
44. Leslie@butterfly cottage
45. Terry @ Cherished Treasures/Halloween Light Makeover
46. Toni @TheDIYninja $200 folding “Hobby Table” for $12!
47. Nori@love-2-create (Finds & Green Option for Grocery Bags)
48. Cheri-Toddler bolero jacket knock off
49. deb @ Dragonfly Treasure
50. Michelles Cozy Cottage
51. Anna@Kiwi in Texas (yard sale finds)
52. gail MRL my favorite place for bargains
53. Beth @ Soanywaytoday(dollhouse bookcase and shutters)
54. Roeshel – 2 Dear Desks
55. Cindy@Fairy Tale Cottage
56. Brenda@Dragonsflys and Stars
57. Random Anny
58. Heidi@TheCraftMonkey
59. Claudia@DipityRoad(Autumn Wreath)
60. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove
61. Jane @ Mamie Jane’s
62. Shery
63. Shery 2
64. Shirleys World
65. Rita @ Goodwill Haunting
66. Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage
67. Renee @ Cottage Lifestyle
68. Gail – Head Board Becomes House-number Sign
69. Alison ~ Vintage Amethyst
70. Sweet Willow Cottage – Trash to Treasure
71. Kelli@JOY(This and That)
72. Joy Beadworks: Terrarium with Moss and Ferns
73. Laura @ The Shabby Rabbit
74. Mama Byrd – The Byrd’s nest
75. Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm (Junk Bonanza)
76. Vanessa@Life at our House (rug for a steal!)
77. Black eyed Susan’s kitchen
78. crazysuburbanmom -holds memories like tea
79. Pammie Jo
80. gina@the tickle pink thrift
81. Jessica @ This Blessed Life (Flea Market Steal))
83. THE GAINES GANG {Halloween the Goodwill Way!}
84. DIY Newlyweds – Tables & Bikes
85. Cara@HomespunKitchen(repainted finds)
86. Reid -a fellow GRITS
87. Sisters Christina & Victoria Ironstone & glassware
88. Audra@Frugal Missus
89. Cathy @ Then There Were Eight
90. Thrifty Finds On Fairview Ave
91. Carrie – Oak Rise Cottage
92. Caro’s Thrifty Adventures- What 15$ Can Buy!
93. Pat @ junkblossoms
94. Elizabeth@SouthernWhimsicalGrace-$5 Chair
95. starz@vintagedownunder
96. Monkey Girl @ Monkey Hill
97. Jennifer
98. Heather@Happy Chippy Junk
99. Heather@Happy Chippy Junk
100. Simply Cherished

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- Rhoda


  1. Hi, Miss Rhoda! 🙂 Thanks for hosting yet again. I’ll look forward to joining the party next week for the last time til Spring. 🙂

    Beautiful beach photos. REALLY makes me wish we’d been able to make it to the family spot in NC, but it’s otherwise occupied. (long story) 😉

    Thanks for sharing your trip with those of us who didn’t get to stick our toes in the sand this summer. 🙂

  2. Great photos! I actually live not to, to far from where you were [Fort Walton Beach/Destin]. Im glad you liked it… Im sick of this place! lol! 🙂

  3. My goodness Mr Linky is acting weird. I had to enter my name 5 times before it finally took. 🙁

    Anyway, sad to hear the blog party is ending for the season. But I understand you need a break. Blogging should be fun, not a chore. So you get some much needed rest. We will all miss your parties, but your health is more important to us. Loved the beach pics. Yummy looking dishes too.

  4. Rhoda, Oh what fun you must have had fishing, seeing friends, eating yummy food, and just plain being on the beach! Your hubs is indeed, proud of his catch! I’ve only been to FL one time-and that was years ago. The beach there looks so pretty with that pretty white sand. I’ve gotten used to seeing CA beaches- they’re so different from the ones in FL. Glad you’re back. The hectic season is already starting for me too!
    🙂 Sue

  5. Rhoda, thanks for hosting. Can’t wait to see the Holiday house and all your creative ideas through the holiday’s. Don’t forget to take time for yourself. Marla

  6. Oh, I love travel posts! That part of Florida is beautiful. There are more sand dunes in that area…just stunning! I’m glad you had a great time, and the fisherman did good!


  7. ACK! Now I am going to have Dr. Seuss stuck in my head!

    What beautiful pictures of a great trip! The beaches on your side of the country are so different from the ones here in CA. It is like seeing a whole new thing to me.

  8. P.S. no fish tastes as good as those you catch yourself! YUM.

  9. Looks like a lot of fun! I have been to the Gulf side of FL. I was in Clearwater in 04. Lovely place. Looks like you guys had lots of yummy food too. 😉

  10. Hi Rhoda
    Beautiful beach photos. I think I can alsmost hear the sound of the waves! I am having a welcome fall party on Tuesday. I’d love it if you’d join in. There is a button on my blog.
    Thanks again for telling me about Windows Live Writer. It is so easy to use and I love how it makes my pictures bigger.
    ((hugs) Rhondi

  11. Thanks so much for sharing your pictures! I got VERY excited seeing sand dunes! Boy do i miss those! The picture of the sunset with the beach and boardwalks is amazing! Oh and your fish and shrimp dinner looked yummy!

  12. Beach! What a lovely word and what lovely pictures. I didn’t get a chance to go thrifting either but I convinced myself that a souvenir from London was a frugal idea. Tell me you’d agree with me 🙂

  13. oh, what i wouldn’t give for a trip to the beach right now. my soul yearns for it. thanks so much for posting photos. (although my mind was playing tricks & a couple of the ones of the beach made the sand look like snow!)

    glad you got to go & glad you’re back : )

  14. Thanks for doing this weeks party Rhoda! I have enjoyed these so very much.

    It looks like you had a wonderful time at the beach, and the pictures are so beautiful!

  15. It sounds like ya’ll had a great beach vacation!
    I will miss TTT. It made my first blogs a lot easier to write.

    I can’t wait to hear more about the Holiday House. Maybe, I will get a girls group together and check it out!

  16. Hi Rhoda,
    Welcome back! We missed you but loved your guest writers you left for us so we wouldn’t go through withdrawal…lol.

    Love the pictures. You are gorgeous! And who doesn’t love a man with a southern accent, although you are used to it, it was a treat for this California gal to listen to.

    Just love ya’ll!

  17. I don’t have anything particularly thrifty to share, but your beach trip looks like a little piece of heaven! I’m glad you had a good time!

  18. Hi Rhoda,
    I had a nice long walk on the beach with my daughter this morning, our coast is so different from where you were. That Florida water is so clear and aqua colored – really lovely. Although, I’m not complaining. Just being near the coast is special, and very soothing to look out and see only water for miles and miles….I look forward to seeing more of your travle pics., and boy could I use a vacation myself right now!
    Thanks for sharing those!
    Heidi – Heart and Home

  19. Loved your tour of the beach! How great! My family used to vacation on the Gulf every year when I was a kid. Seeing those beaches brought back some wonderful memories!

  20. What a gorgeous beach! Stunning pictures!!!

    m ^..^

  21. Looks like you had a great trip! I havent been to the beach in ages. And we are IN Florida!

  22. hey rhoda, just spent some time surfing on through your last few posts, and watching the videos, wow that beach looks sooooo lovely, the white sand is too gorgeous and the old fencing, mmm mmm – I’ve visited the gulf beaches in florida quite a few times (we holidayed there from england – not too long a flight) and I would love to go back visit one day

    thanks for hosting these parties, I’ve enjoyed..


  23. that looks like a really neat place to go. thanks for the tour. also the shrimp about did me in – looked so GOOD

  24. Hi Rhoda,

    I’ve never been to Florida but my husband was recently assigned a store in Destin so we’ll probably go down with him next year.

    Fresh fish…yummm! Glad you had a good time despite the rain!

    You welcome, it was my pleasure to “fill in” !


  25. What a wonderful beach vacation. Pretty photos and great looking Food!

  26. We were down that way this week too; it is beautiful!
    I still haven’t made all my beach-related posts, but do stop by if you’d like to see our perspective from Grayton Beach State Park. 🙂

  27. Love the pictures of the beach and it makes me long for Florida!

  28. Hi Rhoda,
    Welcome back! I’ve never been to Florida but hopefully someday soon especially after seeing your lovely beach photos. Thanks also for the link to the Dunes of Seagrove. I always feel much more comfortable staying somewhere that’s been highly recommended. TFS! Sheila

  29. Whoo wee, those are some good look’n fish! What’s that Peter is wearing? A for Alabama?!!! I’m excited to see some Roll Tide action this year. I think Crimson Tide will have a GREAT football season. Right behind my LSU Tigers! Y’all know I’m going to give y’all some friendly rivalry when game time comes, hee, hee….But seriously I’m glad to see y’all had a good time. The self potrait is my favorite picture. You look cute! Have a super week.


  30. Welcome Home! It sounds and looks like you had a wonderful time. The pictures are so beautiful. Thanks for hosting a couple more weeks.

  31. Hi Rho!

    Looks like a great time–good for you!

    love, kelee

  32. What a gorgeous beach! I’ve been to the Florida beaches before and you are right! The water is so clear and the sand is so white. It’s just beautiful!!!

    It looks like you and your hubby had a great time relaxing and being with friends. Looks like the meal was very yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Hi Rhoda,
    Thanks for the tip on the Southern Living Magazine…I did get to see that…do you think mine will look like that when it’s done? 🙂 I wish! 🙂 Looks like you had a super fun beach vaca! Your hubby is quite the fisherman! Very impressive catch! Glad you guys had a fun relaxing time!

  34. Great photos of our little piece of “paradise”. George and I loved getting to see you and Peter. I loved our day of shopping too.


  35. What a great vacation; looks like a dream! I love the ocean and now I am land-locked. I do love the Rocky Mountains but there is something about the ocean, sigh.Beautiful pictures!

  36. Enjoyed the photos, looks like you had a great time!!!
    Have a great week!

  37. such pretty beach, I want to go there!

  38. This is my first time visiting and participating with you… Thanks so much for having this!

    Love your beach adventures. It’s official — Im jealous.

    TTFN ~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

  39. It looks like you had such a great time! We always stay at Adagio on 30A in Destin. It’s just up the road from Seaside, too. We love Seaside!

    Glad you had fun!

  40. Thanks so much for sharing your vacation pics. You and Kat could almost pass for sisters. Looks like you all had a great time! Thanks so much for all you time and effort in hosting Thrifty Treasures and I look forward to joining the party one more time until Spring.

  41. What a beautiful beach. That sunset photo is amazing.
    Just wondered what all the little fences on the sand were for – we don’t have them like that here in Australia.

  42. Hi Rhoda, welcome home. We are leaving for a family beach vacation in 2 weeks and are looking forward to it. Your pics are gorgeous! Thanks for hosting this party so faithfully, and for so long. It really has been one of my favorite (I think I have participated almost every single time!). I’ll look forward to a break in my garage saling, but will continue to enjoy your blog….so many good ideas time after time. Thanks! Linda

  43. oh my friend – it looks like you just had a GORGEOUS week. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and darn it, I didn’t get my pics/post up again. I need to do the week before finds because the items I find on Saturday are always hard pressed to get up by Sunday. Next week I am in for the finale.

  44. well, if mr. linky is still up tomorrow, i’ll show the things i found.
    I found an old Lawrence B Smith porringer that I thought would look cute as a wine coaster for 2.00. Oh, and some a Buffalo China mug for 10 cents.

    Looks like you had a wonderful trip.
    I truly feel blessed that I live at the beach…it so soothes my soul for sure.

  45. Wow, beautiful photos. That place looks amazing and i was just thinking how much I want to look out my window and see palm trees… sigh

  46. The pictures of the dunes and the fish were terrific! Made me want to go for a walk on the beach! Same ocean, just much farther up north.
    ♥, Susan

  47. Now that is a pretty beach! We will have to get together one summer and do what yall did all over again. Marc would love to fish with Peter and catch a few. I dont think I have ever had bluefish. I bet it was some good eatin’! Well Im glad that yall had a great time and took some awesome pictures. Dont feel too bad about the rain. I dont think I have ever been to the beach where it didnt rain. Guess it goes hand in hand. Looking forward to some more pretty pictures and love the videos! I need to do one of those some day. You and Layla make it look so easy and natural~ Missed ya!

  48. Christy The ShoppinJunkie says:

    Thanks for sharing your beach pics, Rhoda. I particularly L-O-V-E the first one you posted of the sunset at the beach – the sky, the texture of the sand & the half-buried fences really made the “mood” of the pic. I’m not a “beachy” person (my idea of the perfect beach is at Lake Tahoe or Whistler in Canada – I love me some mountains!) but THAT photo called to me. You should convert it to black & white & frame it – it would be stunning in your beachy guest room.

    FINALLY finished 3 of my on-going summer over-haul projects I will email photos to you soon – a floor lamp, an antique bench & my “grand opus”, a media center (from 2 bookcases & 2 nightstands). And all because I found a nifty little blog site called Southern Hospitality that gave me the courage to GO FOR IT! Love & Texas Hugs – Christy

  49. one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish…Dr. Suess, of course:)
    Great post, yummy looking fish and shrimp, two of my faves!

  50. Do you realize that you and Kat look like you could be sisters, or maybe even twins? Thanks for the pictures. We were in Destin in June, but you’ve made me want to get in the car and go NOW.

  51. What a beautiful beach! The bluefish and shrimp look yummy, too. I’m glad you had a good time!

    Thanks for hosting Thrifty Treasures Monday.


  52. We are heading to the beach in about 3 weeks. Your video really made me get excited and realize how much I have missed it! I can’t wait to go.. thanks for posting it!

  53. Looks like a fab time…the beach looks beautiful!

  54. Your vacation photos are great!

  55. I so love the Gulf beaches. Since I have lived in Atlanta all my life, I’ve spent my share of time down there. My brother and I are going to take our families to the beach for Thanksgiving and we are looking at lots of condos down there. I’m going to email him the name of these and we can research them.

    It looks like you had a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing.

  56. Gosh Rhoda, I almost forgot to leave a comment :o) There are soooo many…just one more – I can’t blame you !
    Your Florida pictures are so neat, I wish I could visit one day – so different then our mountains – where it snowed today ! It got so cold I had to turn on the wood pellet stove ! Looks like
    you had a great time as the hubby unit did too – boy, they love to fish don’t they ??
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  57. Great views and such GORGEOUS sunsets!!

  58. What a beautiful part of Florida! Hope you enjoyed your vacation…regardless.

  59. Red Fish, Blue Fish, by Dr. Seuss

  60. I loooovvveee that photo of the sunset with all of the random patterns in the sand created by the fencing. Love! Looks like a good time was had by all. 🙂

  61. It is a small world we live in. Kat and George are the parents of one of my best guy friends that I graduated highschool with. How fun that you have made such great friendships through blogging.


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