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A Book, A Beach and Friends

by Maxine Davis


Last week , “the Girls” and I went to the beach.  We rented a house on St. Simons Island, a beautiful community on the coast of Georgia.  Now I really don’t like staying “at the beach” when I’m not staying “on the beach,”  but this time I did.  And I enjoyed it.  Sure it was a short walk every morning to the beach, but I did love it.

At first Iwas not going to go.  Didn’t feel well, and couldn’t do much.  It seems my pains and complaining for the past few weeks actually were caused by a hernia in my side.  The doctor was going to St. Simons the week after I saw him and couldn’t do surgery.  He told me I might as well go with my friends, too.   He told me a list of what not to do and said he’d see me later this week.  So what’s a agirl to do?  Follow doctor’s orders!

IMG_0263I have told you of The Girls before.  We four have known each other for over 30 years and try to go on a vacation of 3 or 4 days every year together.  This year, the one doing the planning said it was the beach for a week!  They assured me I would do no lifting and I was to be there!

I took two books to read – will give you a review at a later date – and my trusty computer to work on my own book.  It was hit the beach early, read, nap, walk in the ocean, and do it all over and over again until early afternoon.  A little lunch, a little wine and work on my book until dinner.  Cook? Wash your mouth out.  There are just too many good restaurants for that. The picture below is at Iguana’s Restaurant.  Excellent.

IMG_0265My friends pulled the little beach cart with our cold drinks, snacks, towels, and a few necessities and even carried the beach chair I brought.  No sitting down and pulling myself back into one of their chairs – that’s me, third from the right under my umbrella.

The afternoons were for whatever we each wanted to do.  Some went back to the beach and pretty much did a repeat of the morning’s activity, some sight seeing for all, and me – feeling refreshed and ready to do some typing.  Even after I got home, I still felt refreshed and ready to get some work done.  I highly recommend a break to renew and rejuvenate. What helped you this summer to rev up life and writing?



Pam Asberry - June 23, 2014 - 2:31 am

I am still trying to pull together a couple of mini-vacations, one in Pigeon Forge and at at SSI. I have never been there before and your post makes me even more excited than I already was! Hope you feel better SOON!

Walt Mussell - June 23, 2014 - 6:41 am

We’re at the beach this week, too. My younger son is participating in the Ripken baseball experience. There are 27 teams in his age group from all over the US competing here this week. His team’s first game is is less than four hours.

Maxine Davis - June 23, 2014 - 8:55 am

Pam, both places sound great. It’s been years since we visited Pegeon Forge and since hubby is not one to sit on the beach under an umbrella, he would not be happy at SSI, but it was what I needed. I do recommend St. Simons Island – although I recommend a house with Internet. Ours did not have it.

Maxine Davis - June 23, 2014 - 8:56 am

Walt, How exciting! Good luck to your son! I’m sure this is a vacation he’ll always remember! Enjoy the games and the beach and be safe.

Marilyn Baron - June 23, 2014 - 9:19 am

Now that is my idea of the perfect vacation. I do love sitting out at the beach but dragging the umbrellas, etc. out there is a pain (that’s why I make my husband do it)But I also like sitting on my balcony and looking at the ocean just as much or being in the pool at the beach. And most of all doing nothing but relaxing, reading, writing (and eating). I will be relaxing at the beach next week and can’t wait. I plan to read and finish Book III of my psychic suspense series.

Maxine Davis - June 23, 2014 - 10:45 am

Marilyn, Now THAT is the way I like to do it. When it is my turn to plan the vacation, I’m getting a place on the beach where I can sit and enjoy the “music” of the waves without walking there. Good luck on finishing your book! I can’t wait to read it.

Connie Gillam - June 23, 2014 - 10:55 am


I’m a beach girl. I want a hotel room that overlooks the ocean, so I can fall asleep to the sound of the waves. I have two vacations planned. One is next week, I’m traveling to Trinidad and the other is Hilton Head later in the year.

Take care of yourself.

Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - June 23, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Your vacay pics with The Girls looks to be heavenly, Maxine. I envy you. Hope your doc fixes the problem and you feel great again very soon.

Maxine Davis - June 23, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Carol, Thank you for stopping by and commenting. The trip was wonderful. And I appreciate the good wishes.

Maxine Davis - June 24, 2014 - 8:16 am

Connie, Actually, I agree with you! We take turns planning the vacation, but when it’s my turn, it’s on-the-beach all the way! Thank you and have fun. Trinidad and HH sound fabulous!

Piper - June 24, 2014 - 9:40 am

This vacation sounds like a dream Maxine! The beach is lovely and i have to make a point to go soon. I am glad you were able to go and I hope that you feel better! :)

Maxine Davis - June 24, 2014 - 10:30 am

Piper, thank you for commenting. Yes, do go to the beach. It is wonderful. Tahnk you for your good wishes, too.

Susan Carlisle - June 25, 2014 - 8:41 am

You always have such a good time where ever you go. Thanks for sharing your trip with us. I love to see my old friends. I make a point to visit them whenever I travel.

Sia Huff - June 26, 2014 - 8:14 am

Looks and sounds wonderful, Maxine. I love the beach & like you, hubby won’t go, so I’ve only snuck a day or two, here & there. A whole week would be heaven.
So glad you have such wonderful friends who took care of you. I guess that’s why you all take vacations together for 30 years.
Sending some good thoughts your way.

sandra Elzie - June 27, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Hi Maxine,
I’m late again, but wanted you to know I read and enjoyed your article. I’m glad you followed doctor’s orders.

Will be praying for you on the surgery issue.

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