Water activities ruled! Everyone swam, skied, floated down rice canals - anything to be in or near water. Teenagers gathered at Cow Creek to picnic and swim, and sometimes traveled to McFaddin or Gilchrist beach. There was a "Miss Water Sports - 1959" beauty contest in Orange, Texas, that most of the high school girls entered.
I enjoyed taking care of my dolls - "Kay", a Toni doll that survived many permanents and shampoos; "Barbara", a Madame Alexander ballerina that arrived in a pink satin and net tutu, and an 8" Vogue Ginny doll that I especially loved. I made clothes for "Ginny", and kept her outfits washed, starched and ironed.