Speaking of good friends, Mike and Peggy Evringham decided to head further south last Tuesday. I think there might have been some strawberry shortcake calling Mike's name!! But in keeping with the tradition of eating we all decided to share one more meal together for this trip.
Mike and Peggy, Don and Gloria Martin, Mike and myself along with Norm Payne gathered at Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant Monday evening. Linda Payne was unable to be with us because she was battling the flu, bronchitis, and nearly pneumonia. We really missed her but certainly understand her need to rest and get better. Oh by the way, she is much better and joining us for dinner this evening!! More on that later!!
We were honored to have a special guest with us that evening....The Wiz!! If you remember, Mike and Peggy were given the honor of traveling with The Wiz for the next year and bringing him back to the Plantation next Mardi Gras along with a booklet of pictures of all his adventures with....The Maniacs In Motion. They have some great travel plans for this coming year. Stop by their blog and see all the places The Wiz takes them!!
We took advantage of a beautiful sunny day with the temperatures ranging around 78 to 80 degrees to head toward the beach. Mike and I took our chairs and just sat and enjoyed the sunshine, sound of the beautiful waves and just reflected on God's handiwork!!!
Mike even got involved in a rescue mission. Those of us sitting in the area noticed a pelican in trouble. He couldn't stand up or manage to pull himself out of the water. Finally, a wave pushed him ashore and we discovered he was tangled in fishing line along with 3 hooks stuck in him and an awful gash in his right wing.
A lady nearby had a beach towel and several men, including Mike managed to cover him with the towel and get the hooks out along with the fishing line. When they removed the towel he just laid there not moving. Our hearts all sank thinking he might have not made it. After a little while he began to move his wings some and then stand up. He was still unable to fly although he flapped his wings and tried several times. He walked a little and would sit down. The nearby park service was called and they finally arrived. They looked at him but left him on the beach. He was still lying around when we finally had to leave. Just hoping that he made it!!! I will say...it was nice to see so many people concerned about this pelican and putting forth the effort to save his life.
The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!" Matthew 8:27