Girls’ Weekend in St. Joe Beach

As you may have deduced from Instagram, a few of my ADPi girlfriends and I got together at my parents’ beach house on St. Joe Beach this weekend!  We try to get our little group together at least once a year (outside of weddings), and it was my turn to host.  I’m a day late and a dollar short on posting about it because 4 of us (including myself) brought home a stomach bug as a souvenir (one of us had it while we were there), and I was out of commission the entirety of yesterday.  It was an unfortunate return to reality, but we still had SUCH a good time!

I prepared for their arrival by planning a couple of little party favors for them.

Custom Oysters & Pearls Candles from The Refinery in Bainbridge, Georgia

First, I created a custom scent at The Refinery and brought in a random assortment of jars I had saved up.

Candles from the Refinery for Oysters & Pearls

My custom scent was appropriate for the weekend, I thought: a mixture of cotton blossom (representative of Georgia and The Refinery in Bainbridge) and Still Waters, representing Still Waters and The Refinery themselves but also the fact that our weekend was spent by the water.

Custom Candles for Natalie at Oysters & Pearls Blog by The Refinery in Bainbridge, Georgia

The ladies tied one of my oyster shell ornaments on each one, plus a Refinery tag on the other side, and they turned out to be the perfect little party favor.

College ADPi Girlfriends Reunion with Candles from The Refinery in Bainbridge, Georgia

Naturally, I had to add a custom koozie commemorating the occasion.  I created these myself and had them made at Vistaprint.  They only come in white, which worked perfectly for our purposes, and fortunately they are heavy-duty and and have a neoprene-ish texture, which will keep them from getting dirty.  That isn’t an affiliate link or anything, I just thought I’d review their koozies while I was at it, since I had never ordered them from Vistaprint before.

We all got to the house very late Thursday night, and the girls all loved both favors!

Friday it was raining most of the day, so we all had a mimosa and got dressed and headed into Port St. Joe for some shopping, eating, and bar hopping.

We started at Provisions with pitchers of red and white sangria, their TDF bruschetta, and goat cheese fondue.  I had the St. Joe Saute for lunch, which was a pasta dish full of bay scallops, shrimp, artichokes, mushrooms, and sundried tomatoes.  It was delish!

Then we hopped on over to Joseph’s Cottage, my favorite little store in all of St. Joe.  I dropped off some of my handmade oyster ornaments there while we shopped and chatted with the sweet-as-pie owner, Melissa.  I think they’re the perfect fit in her shop!

Afterwards, after popping into a couple more shops, we headed over to The Thirsty Goat at the Port Inn and had some bevs with Sir William.

He’s a charming fella.  Afterwards we moseyed over to Sunset Grill for an excellent supper and more drinks, which is also where Wheat and I had our rehearsal dinner.

Anyway, are you sensing a theme, here?

After that, we headed back to house for more fellowshipping (after a quick pitstop at the Haughty Heron for supplies, of course).

Saturday morning we woke up to a gorgeous, albeit exceptionally windy, day on St. Joe Beach!

 We braved the wind and posted up on the beach in front of the house.  However, the wind disguised the fact that we were getting burned… badly.  OUCH.  I don’t think I’ve ever, ever been this sun burned before.  #amateurhour

Saturday night we went out to eat at Killer Seafood for a very late dinner, which was great, then came home and nursed our wounds and played Cards Against Humanity,
 also known as the most fun game known to man.

And then Sunday around noon, we said our goodbyes.  I was so sad to see them all go!  Hal and I stayed and finished cleaning up, then met Wheat at my parents’ house to check on our bees there.

As you may remember, we tied honeycomb from the hive we moved into frames for their new digs.  Marc and I checked them last Wednesday evening, entirely too late in the evening, actually, and we saw the old queen, who I have since dubbed “Bee-yonce.”  We also saw a juvenile queen we think must have hatched from the queen cells we left in there.  We can only assume they fought to death, as queen bees will do, because they haven’t swarmed since then. We were checking for that on Sunday, when Wheat and I returned to cut the twine off.

Cutting Strings Off of Frames | Oysters & Pearls

As you can see, I’m much braver now and ditched the bee suit (despite my bee sting on Wednesday – to be explained further tomorrow) and also standing extremely awkwardly due to my painfully blistered legs.

Natalie & Wheat Beekeeping | Oysters & Pearls

Nat and Wheat Beekeeping | Oysters & Pearls

The bees are doing really well, and busy as… you guessed it.  We won’t bother them again until we add another super and a queen excluder to the top, possibly this weekend.  More details on that later!

We went with my parents to The Whip afterwards, and then around 1:30 a.m. yesterday morning, I was struck with the stomach bug and promptly lost my Tailfeather sandwich.  I spent a miserable day in bed and on the couch yesterday, but mostly I just really despise laying around all day, even when I need (am forced) to do it.  Thank goodness I had a good nurse to go get me pedialyte!

I’ll be back with more bee posts the rest of this week.  Hopefully I’ll be 100% by then!

Until Next Time

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6 thoughts on “Girls’ Weekend in St. Joe Beach

  1. helen

    Sounds like a rough pay-back for a great time! I do hope you had a designated driver to visit all those spots. Sorry you caught a bug too but really, a sunburn!! didn’t you grow up in Florida?? and haven’t you heard of sunscreen! take care and get well soon. I will be ordering some oyster ornaments soon from you!

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  2. helen

    ps so excited you’re raising bees!! there is a real need for local honey here. We love it! let us know when you harvest it. Helen

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