So, hey! We did the Houston and Galveston, Texas. thing. It was kinda nice. Not that Houston is necessarily anyplace I would ‘vacation,’ but it sure was nice to get out of the cold and snow and into some warmth and sunshine. We were even able to stick our feet in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and see how people live in the winter when there’s no ice and snow to contend with. They live nice! (See short photo album.) BTW, can anyone tell me what that is on the beach in Galveston? (See photo #5.)
Yes, I’m afraid I could get used to not hauling layers of Thermafill in my outerware. And sandals! You could probably wear sandals MOST OF THE TIME! (Think of the money I’d be spending on pedicures, though.) You’re outside more, too, and that HAS to be good for you. Where we were in Houston (right by the airport) the scenery left a bit to be desired, but I’m sure once you head north a ways past the ‘burbs, it’s probably quite nice.
Anyway, though the time was short, it was well-spent. I needed that. And I could use it again.
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I believe it’s a jelly fish
I believe it is a Cannonball Jellyfish.Here is a URL about themhttp://www.weeksbay.org/newsletter/Fall_2000/Pg9_1.htmA cannonball jellyfish (Stomolophus meleagris) may be more than seven inches in diameter, and has the general appearance of a large half-egg shaped mushroom, an illusion attained by its thick tough substance. The color is milky bluish or yellowish, showing brown reticulations over its entire surface. The margin is densely pigmented brown with distinct spots. Eight short mouth arms are joined together to form a stem like mouth tube. For a jellyfish, the connonball is a fast swimmer, and feeds on microcrustacea. The stinging cells are too week to endanger man. The descriptive Latin name means “many-mouthed hunter”. Cannonball jellyfish sometimes occur in swarms of millions of individuals in the Gulf. They are common along the Alabama coast during the summer and seem to be most common in Mobile Bay from September through December. The species has a potential value as a health food item in the world market because it is rich in collagen. The human body needs collagen to build connective tissue. For more than 1,000 years, Asians have been eating jellyfish for medicinal reasons to treat high blood pressure, arthritis, bronchitis, gout and even some cancers. Research continues. Jellyfish is an ideal diet food because it is low in fat, protein, cholesterol and calories. At least one commercial fishing company in the Florida Panhandle is already making semi-regular shipments of cannonball jellyfish to Asia and South American which have offered to buy as much as 500 metric tons. In addition, Asian food stores and restaurants sell approximately 14 million pounds of jellyfish in the United States annually. Cannonball jellyfish can be efficiently caught with surface trawls. Because they spoil quickly, processing must occur soon after harvest. Jellyfish are mostly water and must be dehydrated to obtain products of desirable structure and texture. They are dried and pickled in salt and alum-a process that takes about ten days. They are usually cut into small brown strips and mixed with cucumber slices to make a crunchy, salty salad. To prepare cannonball jellyfish at home, soak in water overnight in a refrigerator, drain and rinse. Cut into thin strips, and quickly blanch in boiling water. Marinate in a mixture of seasonings and add to vegetables or salads. Jellyfish have a crunchy texture Asians describe as “music to the teeth.”