04.25.14 I will clean my house today. ooh, look! a book!

1014295_10152319935367432_1393810429_nA couple of authors have caught my attention recently and I wanted to share about them.

Jana DeLeon write about Southern life in her Miss Fortune series.  The series is set in Sinful, Louisiana (near New Orleans) with a cast consisting of senior citizens (ladies) who were  spies in the military during their much younger years, a current young CIA agent hiding out in Sinful, a group of Catholic and Baptist ladies, banana pudding, swamps, alligators, Baptist ladies making moonshine and lots of laughter and mystery.  I haven’t been able to put the books down and am on the fourth book in the series now, having started on them less than a week ago.  I love Southern stories that somewhat poke fun at our Southern culture and oddities but leave me feeling proud to be one of those half cracked ladies myself.   The series starts with Louisiana Longshot which has been free on Amazon for a while.  I’d recommend reading this even if you stop at the first free book but I’m pretty sure you won’t.

The second author I’ve discovered is Elizabeth D. Michaels.  “Behind the Mask” (first book in the Horstberg saga) was another free book I got on Amazon.  It was a very long book  having over 1000+ pages.  If 1891205_10152307761957432_1927557593_nyou want something to get involved in and stay involved with for quite a while this is the book.   It is set in the 18th Century in Sweden (not normally things I’d choose to read about) and here is a little summary about it I found on Amazon.  The growing love for the Lord of one of the main characters is inspiring to read about.

Abbi has the gift of dreams. But her uncanny ability to see glimpses of the future has no apparent purpose or meaning until a dream leads her to a man on the brink of despair and destruction.

Cameron is a man without a name and without a country, framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Long ago forced into exile and believed dead, the passing of years have defaced him of all hope.

The country of Horstberg suffers beneath the weight of tyranny, and only Cameron holds the secret that could see her ruler undone and restore the people to peace and prosperity. While revolution brews and whispers of treason threaten all that is dear to Abbi, she remains unaware of her own ability to answer a nation’s prayers.

Trusting only her heart and the power of her dreams, Abbi gives all that she has to lead Cameron back into a civilized world, where love is real and freedom comes only in facing what hides behind the mask.

1743529_10152299369512432_1184680328_nThe second book in the Horstberg saga is “A Matter of Honor.”  The development of the characters in these two book is so deep and interesting that I could not put either of them down.  Unfortunately the third book is not out yet which is almost tragic to me, but the second book ended at a very good stopping place so I”ll be okay until whenever the next one is ready!

As always I recommend any book written by Christian author, Beth Moore.  She’s very clear and right at my level of understanding in explaining the Bible.  I just finished the last chapters of “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren and the book of Revelations in the Bible.   Yes I was reading these three the last time I wrote about books I like.  I tend to read through novels very fast but reading the Bible or about the Bible means studying to me so I ‘ll understand it.   I don’t have to understand the novels but the Bible I want to understand, so it takes more time.

I also recently read several books in Jennifer Hart’s series titled “The Misadventures of the Laundry Hag. ” It was an unusual series and while I enjoyed it, I felt so sorry for the husband since his wife was just awful to him after the first book that I’m not sure I’d recommend reading them all.  The first book was another free one and I’d say read that one and stop.

I just started “Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind” by Ann Ross at the recommendation of a young friend.  I’m already loving it.

The weather here in Southern Texas is very hot right now.  Yesterday’s high, here in Southern Texas, was 106 degrees and a nearby city had the highest san diego temptemperature in the US yesterday at 109 degrees.  Our high yesterday broke the local record.  It got up to 80 degrees inside our RV with all the blinds and curtains closed all day.   Today’s high (which is right now) is 100 degrees.  We have a little relief in store since Thursday high is suppose to only be 77 degrees! We’re planning to go to Corpus Christi that day and do some sightseeing.  For now we’re staying inside as much as possible, waking up early while it’s cool, taking a noon nap (yep that’s where I”m heading) while it’s the heat of the day and hoping for reduced heat of the evening.   When we decided to come here  I never imagined that anywhere in the US could be this hot in April!  Oh well!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

 

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04.24.14 Spammer having a bad day – hee hee!!

1975271_735968359758835_868102323_nThis may be of interest only to other bloggers who have received spam comments.  I don’t normally receive too many spam comments, but a while back I received dozens of comments about a blog titled Day Two – RV Window from when we had  most of our RV windows worked on. There was no way more than one person would comment about it the way they were. Glorious praise for the fascinating wording and for amazing content and even some wanting to work for me.  It wasn’t an especially tantalizing blog deserving of such praise. I marked all of them as spam and thought that would be the end of it. I also removed all tags from that blog so no one would be drawn to it that way.  I guess one of the spammers got a rude awakening which caused him to send the following comment recently. The senders name was ครีมหน้าใส which right away sent up red flags since I don’t know what that says or what language it is.  He left a  spam comment a couple of month ago (I deleted them or I’d show you) and here’s the second comment he just left concerning a problem  he’s having.

“After I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked the -Notify me
when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on
each time a comment is added I receive four emails with the same comment.
There has to be a way you can remove me from that service?

Kudos!”

I couldn’t help but be really happy that this happened to ครีมหน้าใส, whomever he or she is. I know of no way to remove him or her from that service so I can’t help them.  I get so excited when a comment comes in and then to see it’s just nonsense is disappointing.  Please feel free to comment anytime you want and let us know how things are going in your world, we love that!

The weather here in south Texas is inching up towards 100 on Sunday.  The plants are soaking up the water I give them as soon as it hits them and I don’t know how the chickens and all can stand to be out in it all the time.  Our RV air conditioning is keeping us cool but you can tell it’s at maximum capacity.  Heading north is starting to look really good but we’re here until May 10th at least! We wanted to go to Corpus Christi this coming Sunday for their Bucs Day festivities but in 100 degree heat, we’re going to pass.  Next Thursday’s high is forecasted at 77 so we’ll venture out then!  There are several places we want to see in Corpus Christi and we’ll share it when we do it!

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Bill and Ann (Mew Ranch owner) sent us a couple of pictures from their Europe travels.  I love wooden shoes and was happy she sent this one from Holland where they are making wooden shoes.

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Nothing much is happening here other than working for RVillage, taking care of the animals and plants, napping, watching TV and reading lots of books.  I’ve read some really great books recently that I’ll share with ya’ll soon.  Hope you guys have a great weekend and ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

04.22.14 They are drilling for oil right down the road!

1890581_705949396112334_1288600085_oA week ago when we drove down the long 9 mile road to get to the city we saw signs of some sort of construction and ground digging on a ranch right by the road. This Sunday when we went by the same ranch they were drilling for oil. Here’s the pictures of what we saw when we pulled over and walked around the site. We were warned to only walk in certain areas as it wasn’t safe in other areas. I’ve never been so close to oil drilling so it will be interesting to see it progress as time goes on.

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Looking at the oil rig from down the road

Here’s me and my little buddy Bow (not Bo or Beau like I thought) after we’d taken a little ride around.

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You guys have a great Wednesday, and come back now ya’ hear!

 

04.18.14 Hallelujah!! He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!!

After a Sunday service performance at her church, Kelly Mooney was taxed by her Parrish priest to sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for an Easter service.

Not knowing the song Kelly went home and looked up the song and lyrics and although there are a number of biblical references in the original, Kelly felt there was another way to sing the song. Using a missal that told the Easter story she rewrote the song to tell the story of death and resurrection.

See and hear the song here with some help from the Chorale Voce dell’ Anima led by Monette Gould on June 1, 2010, at the Monument Lefebvre in Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada.

Read More: Easter Version Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah [VIDEO] | http://k2radio.com/easter-version-of-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-video/?trackback=tsmclip

After a Sunday service performance at her church, Kelly Mooney was taxed by her Parrish priest to sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for an Easter service.

Not knowing the song Kelly went home and looked up the song and lyrics and although there are a number of biblical references in the original, Kelly felt there was another way to sing the song. Using a missal that told the Easter story she rewrote the song to tell the story of death and resurrection.

See and hear the song here with some help from the Chorale Voce dell’ Anima led by Monette Gould on June 1, 2010, at the Monument Lefebvre in Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada.

Read More: Easter Version Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah [VIDEO] | http://k2radio.com/easter-version-of-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-video/?trackback=tsmclip

After a Sunday service performance at her church, Kelly Mooney was taxed by her Parrish priest to sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for an Easter service.

Not knowing the song Kelly went home and looked up the song and lyrics and although there are a number of biblical references in the original, Kelly felt there was another way to sing the song. Using a missal that told the Easter story she rewrote the song to tell the story of death and resurrection.

See and hear the song here with some help from the Chorale Voce dell’ Anima led by Monette Gould on June 1, 2010, at the Monument Lefebvre in Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada.

Read More: Easter Version Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah [VIDEO] | http://k2radio.com/easter-version-of-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-video/?trackback=tsmclip

After a Sunday service performance at her church, Kelly Mooney was taxed by her Parrish priest to sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for an Easter service.

Not knowing the song Kelly went home and looked up the song and lyrics and although there are a number of biblical references in the original, Kelly felt there was another way to sing the song. Using a missal that told the Easter story she rewrote the song to tell the story of death and resurrection.

See and hear the song here with some help from the Chorale Voce dell’ Anima led by Monette Gould on June 1, 2010, at the Monument Lefebvre in Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada.

Read More: Easter Version Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah [VIDEO] | http://k2radio.com/easter-version-of-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-video/?trackback=tsmclip

After a Sunday service performance at her church, Kelly Mooney was taxed by her Parrish priest to sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for an Easter service.

Not knowing the song Kelly went home and looked up the song and lyrics and although there are a number of biblical references in the original, Kelly felt there was another way to sing the song. Using a missal that told the Easter story she rewrote the song to tell the story of death and resurrection.

See and hear the song here with some help from the Chorale Voce dell’ Anima led by Monette Gould on June 1, 2010, at the Monument Lefebvre in Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada.

Read More: Easter Version Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah [VIDEO] | http://k2radio.com/easter-version-of-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-video/?trackback=tsmclip

After a Sunday service performance at her church, Kelly Mooney was taxed by her Parrish priest to sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for an Easter service.

Not knowing the song Kelly went home and looked up the song and lyrics and although there are a number of biblical references in the original, Kelly felt there was another way to sing the song. Using a missal that told the Easter story she rewrote the song to tell the story of death and resurrection.

See and hear the song here with some help from the Chorale Voce dell’ Anima led by Monette Gould on June 1, 2010, at the Monument Lefebvre in Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada.

Read More: Easter Version Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah [VIDEO] | http://k2radio.com/easter-version-of-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-video/?trackback=tsmclip

After a Sunday service performance at her church, Kelly Mooney was taxed by her Parrish priest to sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for an Easter service.

Not knowing the song Kelly went home and looked up the song and lyrics and although there are a number of biblical references in the original, Kelly felt there was another way to sing the song. Using a missal that told the Easter story she rewrote the song to tell the story of death and resurrection.

See and hear the song here with some help from the Chorale Voce dell’ Anima led by Monette Gould on June 1, 2010, at the Monument Lefebvre in Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada.

Read More: Easter Version Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah [VIDEO] | http://k2radio.com/easter-version-of-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-video/?trackback=tsmclip

 

he is risenChances are you’ve heard Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah. This beautiful adaptation sung powerfully by Kelley Mooney will move you thinking about the Cross and the price Jesus paid there. With approved spiritual lyrics rewritten to tell the story of Calvary, Kelly sings her version with a children’s choir, Chorale Voce dell’ Anima led by Monette Gould, and will likely become your new favorite version of this beloved song!

Chances are good you’ve heard Leonard Cohen’s song ‘Hallelujah’ but you’ve probably never heard it like this. In this version, the lyricshave been changed toreflect Easter and the story of the passion, death and resurrection of JesusRead More: Easter Version Of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ [VIDEO] | http://981thehawk.com/easter-version-of-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-video/?trackback=tsmclip

Chances are good you’ve heard Leonard Cohen’s song ‘Hallelujah’ but you’ve probably never heard it like this. In this version, the lyrics have been changed to reflect Easter and the story of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Singer Kelly Mooney re-wrote this famous song as an Easter spiritual and then went after the mechanical rights to the song, successfully obtained them from Leonard Cohen’s group and now has every intention of recording this song on a CD.

Read More: Easter Version Of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ [VIDEO] | http://981thehawk.com/easter-version-of-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-video/?trackback=tsmclip

Mooney is a young woman from Prince Edward Island in Canada. She received permission from Leonard Cohen to write new  lyrics to his well-known Hallelujah. She does a brilliant job of melding the passion story with one of the most moving melodies of our times.

Kelley explains at the beginning of the video the background behind her rewriting the words to Hallelujah!

I was deeply touched by these new lyrics and felt it was very appropriate to share with ya’ll this Easter! The lyrics can be found below.  Since it’s a new version I thought having the words to follow might be helpful.

Lyrics for the Easter Version of Hallelujah!

A crown of thorns placed on His head
He knew that He would soon be dead
He said did you forget me Father did you?
They nailed Him to a wooden cross
Soon all the world would feel the loss
Of Christ the King before His Hallelujah

Hallelujah

He hung His head and prepared to die
Then lifted His face up to the sky
Said I am coming home now Father to you
A reed which held His final sip
Was gently lifted to his lips
He drank His last and gave His soul to glory

Hallelujah

The soldier who had used his sword
To pierce the body of our Lord
Said truly this is Jesus Christ our Savior
He looked with fear upon his sword
Then turned to face his Christ and Lord
Fell to his knees crying Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Took from his head the thorny crown
And wrapped him in a linen gown
And laid him down to rest inside the tomb
The holes in his hands, his feet and side
Now in our hearts we know he died
To save us from ourselves oh hallelujah

Hallelujah

Three days went by again they came
To move the stone to bless the slain
With oil and spice anointing hallelujah
But as they went to move the stone
They saw that they were not alone
But Jesus Christ has risen Hallelujah

Hallelujah

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I’ll leave you with our Easter morning greeting.

He is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!

 

04.18.14 Peacocks at MEW Ranch!!

1800354_816778445015433_1071299814_nWe are taking care of 6 peacocks as part of our responsibilities here at MEW Ranch in San Diego, Texas.  I’ve only seen live (not in print) peacocks in zoos and when we visited the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, FL.  I’ve never heard them holler Help but they do and they are so loud about it we can hear them at our RV from their cage by the Morgan’s house.  The daddy peacock does it mostly and he’s also very protective of his flock.  Roy has to protect himself when he goes in there as daddy peacock thinks Roy’s going to do something to his flock when all Roy’s there for is to feed and water them!  Here’s some pictures of these beautiful creatures. peacock3 peacock2 peacock

Here’s a link to a video I posted on Facebook of the daddy peacock yelling Help!

 

This is Ms. Ann all prettied up and ready to leave for Europe!ms ann

 

Two of the chickens that are my favorites.  They look like something in a country painting.hen and rooster

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

 

04.18.14 Good Friday is Here!

10259994_10151973443605946_2265143770221909712_n“Good Friday is here. Mary is crying her eyes out, The disciples have hidden. The sky is blackened and the earth quakes while officers gamble over his garments. And the dreams and hopes of many are dashed against the rocks.

But it is only Friday. SUNDAY’S COMING!”  — Dr. Randy Davis

Bro. Randy (our home church pastor) began this Facebook post noting that this is not new but I felt it stated what10262092_654413707941372_7162460908465024290_n was happening on the day of Jesus’ death very simply and beautifully.  These days in the history of Christianity are days Christians think deeply about what Jesus’ death did for us.  We should think deeply about this every single day but too often we don’t think about it enough during the year, and let the world and our daily lives take precedence over this amazing display of sacrificial love when God sent his only son to earth to die to take on our sins. I have no deep theological thoughts to share but have a simple love of Jesus Christ and what he did for me to let the significance of today go unnoticed before I start babbling about what’s going on in our lives in Texas!

On to my babble!!

Roy and I went to the shooting range when we were much younger and both enjoyed it.  I was actually a pretty good shooter and liked posing like Charlie’s Angels!   There are some targets set up on the ranch for the hunters to practice their shooting.  Now that the hunters have stopped coming Roy and I took our gun out and practiced.  Well at least Roy did, he’s very good.  I however stunk and am not allowed to hold a gun again…..  Having had carpel tunnel surgery on both hands reduced the strength in my hands/fingers.  It was so hard for me to pull the trigger back that when I did and it shot I freaked out.  I tried it twice and was so in shock I didn’t think of where I was pointing it until I saw the horrified look on Roy’s face. Yes I was pointing it everywhere include at him……  So that’s why I’m not allowed to hold one again and I must say I now have no desire to, since it was no longer easy.  I’ll use one if I have to defend myself but only then.  Here’s pictures of us shooting.  The expression on my face in one of the pictures was me freaking out.

shooting4 shooting3 shooting shoot 2This is the view out our front window.  I love it!  The owners of the ranch left for Europe this morning so we’re in charge of the animals and plants on our own now!

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Here’s hoping everyone had a blessed Good Friday! Please remember what Jesus did this day so many years ago, for you and for me.

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

04.15.14 Flowering Desert Cactus!!

10170985_774873542525748_6351603609984478836_nRoy discovered how to have our blog appear on his Facebook page, as well as mine.  Some of you readers may be new to our blog because of this.  If you’d like to “follow” the blog by having an email sent to you each time a new post is available, go to the right hand side of our main page and scroll down until you see “Follow Our Blog”.  Type in your email address, you’ll shortly receive an email, please confirm it and you’ll be a “follower” of Dora and the Explorers.

On to what’s been happening at our little temporary home in Southern Texas and other things I want to share.

This coming Friday is Good Friday. The day we  honor the fact that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save us from our sins.  If that isn’t one of the deepest displays of love, I don’t know what is.  He’s not going to stay in that grave, however! We celebrate His resurrection on Sunday, Easter Sunday! We will miss being in our home church that day.  It is our tradition to welcome someone with “He is Risen” and they answer “He Is Risen Indeed!”

The wonderful choir there is singing a cantata called  “Save in the Cross” this Friday night and Saturday night at 7:00 pm at Trinity Baptist Church, 42062 Pumpkin Center Road in Hammond.   I sang with the choir when we originally sang this probably 10 years ago and the message is still strong and accurate.  They would love to have you attend one of those nights and hear the true message of Easter.  Better yet, join them for Worship on Sunday at 10:45 and receive God’s message through the sermon and music.  I was told by someone recently, “God doesn’t want someone like me in church.”  What???????  God wants someone exactly like that in church.  What would he do with a whole bunch of perfect people.  Each and everyone of us are sinners.  Christians are only saved by the Grace of God.  You’re never too bad, too old, too whatever to turn to God!

Galatians 6:14: “God forbid that I should glory [boast], save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world was crucified unto me and I unto the world.”

Roy came back from his evening ride around the ranch yesterday and said “Come with me, the cactus are flowering!”  I quickly bundled up (its’ now cold here) and we rode out to where he saw the flowers.  I previously thought that what turns out to be a bloom, was a new cactus growing on the old one.  Shows I’m not very desert flower savvy! After a rain like that we would have seen puddles everywhere in Hammond but didn’t see any standing water as we rode around last night.

Here’s some pictures of the blooms.  This is so amazing that these cactus grow rose looking flowers! The heavy downpour we got yesterday probably helped these beautiful blooms come to life.  The heavy winds (around 40-45 mph) however, probably blew away a lot of the water away.  God has a way of making this beauty out of what should be dead dry land!

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I wrote last time about the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival.  In case I didn’t emphasize how big this event has grown to, they estimate that over 300,000 people attended.  Here’s some aerial shots of the area.  The festival  now spreads throughout Ponchatoula and isn’t limited to just the Festival grounds.

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Hope you have a beautiful Tuesday and enjoy this possible last bit of cool weather for a while!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

04.13.14 Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, West Main Baptist Church and EGGGGSSS!

1422429_10152309338555851_864448269580519493_n 1966811_10152300858010851_4223900959512613505_nIn Southern Louisiana, particularly the Hammond/Ponchatoula area the biggest event around is the Louisiana Strawberry Festival.  It was held this weekend and we weren’t there.  There is nothing like the delicious sweet taste of a Louisiana strawberry with the juice dripping down  your arm while you savor its special sweetness!  They serve everything that can possible be made with a strawberry.  Lots of churches, schools and organizations have booths selling food and drinks all day.  The famous Strawberry Festival parade rolls down the main street in Ponchatoula throwing a lot of things including an ample supply of strawberry candies.

This is the beginning of many many weeks of festivals in Louisiana from the Crab Festival, Seafood Festival, Italian Festival, Shrimp Festival, Tomato Festival, Catfish Festival, Gumbo Festival, French Quarter Festival, Jazz Festival and many more!   It is absolutely the truest thing I know that Louisianans LOVE THEIR FOOD!!!  These festivals aren’t just a small event, they are weekend long music, food, games, dancing, and visiting times for family and friends.  Every weekend all spring and summer long!

Hope all our Hammond/Ponchatoula friends who attended had a great and safe time.  Our son Chip and his girlfriend Kim worked at their church’s food booth most of the day yesterday and had a great time serving Our Lord at the fair!!  Roy and I are more and more impressed every day with Kim, the young lady our son has given his heart to.  She’s an amazing mother of two  precious little boys, holds down a full time job, is a wonderful female Christian role model for Madisyn and an blessing from God for Chip.

Texas is losing some of its charm with the day after day high temperatures and hurricane force winds! They forecast the temperatures to be lower this week starting tomorrow afternoon!  I think God’s been listening to my prayers!

I’ve felt better since I’ve been staying inside more and I did buy nose/mouth masks to wear when I’m outside.  I can still feel my asthma when I breathe though it’s not as bad. I use to have serious asthma problems but allergy shots and other changes in my lifestyle had gotten that totally under control.  At least I do know how to handle it, but I don’t like it!  Good thing I love living in this tiny house we call home!  I will be starting my plant and yard watering responsibilities tomorrow so I’ll know all I need to when Bill and Ann leave on Friday.

1510447_10151916775920806_1100571717_nToday is Palm Sunday.  We went to West Main Baptist Church in Alice (about 35 minutes away) this morning for the first time.   Very friendly church about the size of our home church.   The children of the church (called the Almost Music Group) presented The Easter Story.   It was a wonderful depiction of the true Easter story ending in Jesus rising from the grave and the children all rejoicing.  These children really understand that Easter is truly all about Jesus. What a special day we picked to visit that church.

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Roy has taken on a project that is oh so Roy like!  Bill (the ranch’s owner) gave Roy a hand sketched map of the ranch.  After trying to follow it on a recent outing around the ranch we realized there were way more roads on the ranch than the map shows.  Roy threw himself into creating for Mr. Bill an accurate map of the map plotting where all the deer blinds and feeders are located (with their names).  Starting with a Google Map Satellite View of the ranch he’s divided the ranch into quadrants and will work on getting one quadrant accurate before moving on.  Since I’m having such bad allergy problems I can’t go out with him too much as he rides around to verify spots on the map.  I’ll go with him on his final round in each quadrant after he thinks he has it all right so I’ll get to see it all but not be too exposed to all the allergens.

That’s all there is for what’s going on around here!  We asked for on Facebook and received several great recipes for cooking with eggs.  Since we’ll have an abundance of them while we’re here if any of ya’ll know of some good recipes please send them to us at rosalyn@selu.edu!

Thanks, and ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

 

 

 

 

04.11.14 Long dusty road, dead carcass, the calechie pit and allergies!

According to Wikipedia, Caliche is described as:

Caliche (ka-lee’-chee, or sometimes klee’-chee) is a sedimentary rock, a hardened natural cement of calcium carbonate binding other materials such as gravel, sand, clay, and silt. It is found in aridisol and mollisol soil orders. Caliche occurs worldwide, generally in arid or semiarid regions, including in central and western Australia, in the Kalahari Desert, in the High Plains of the western USA, in the Sonoran Desert, and in Eastern Saudi Arabia Al-Hasa. Caliche is also known as hardpan, calcrete, kankar (in India), or duricrust. The term caliche is Spanish and is originally from the Latin calx, meaning lime. Caliche is generally light-colored, but can range from white to light pink to reddish-brown, depending on the impurities present. It generally occurs on or near the surface, but can be found in deeper subsoil deposits, as well. Layers vary from a few inches to feet thick, and multiple layers can exist in a single location.

This lesson was just brought to you courtesy of our experiences here on this unusual road bed material.  As you’ll remember when we first got here at MEW Ranch we traveled down 9 miles of road that was made up of this stuff.  A lot of other roads on the ranch are made of this and some are made of just dirt.  We learned from Mr. Bill that this is valuable material that is used by highway construction companies as a solid road bed before pouring on whatever the top coat is. Now that we know what it’s called and how to spell it I thought I’d share!

When we first got here I took pictures of the residue on our bicycles and the truck windows to show ya’ll.

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Day before yesterday we went on an ATV ride and came across a giant pit in the ground that at first looked like a dried up pond but upon closer looking at it we realized it was a hole that Caliche had been dug from.  Here’s some pictures of the pit, the sun setting behind the pit, and us of course.

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On one of our trips to town we came across this skeleton and head.  Getting out and taking the pictures was very creepy and I never could figure out what it was.

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Well that’s today’s “Day in the Desert” update!

I’ve been fighting what I originally thought was a cold our first few days here.  It’s gotten progressively worse regardless of what I took or did.  Yesterday was the worst with respiratory issues, body aches, feeling worn out, bad cough and my voice got hoarser and hoarser and the only thing I can come up with is that I may be allergic to the live chickens or maybe some plant or pollen particular to Texas that was never covered in my allergy shots in Louisiana.  I called my allergist this morning to get someone to look at my allergy test results from years ago to see if chicken feather or live chickens were on the list.  I’m going to ask for a list of what I’m allergic to to be sent to me so that I’ll have it for wherever we travel.  The allergist’s office is closed on Friday but I left a message hoping for an answer on Monday.

Roy went into town last night, bought me a bottle of Claritin and Benadryl and I started on it as soon as he got home. To help figure out if this is what’s wrong with me Roy took care of the chickens this morning and I stayed in sleeping later. I’m not leaving the RV today and am taking my medicine.  I feel much better this afternoon but more time will be needed to see if I stay feeling this way.  If I am allergic to the chickens Roy will have to do our chicken duty each day and I can water the plants so it’s not a deal breaker problem with us working here.   I, for sure, can’t stay inside the next 4 weeks, 24 hours a day, so I might be sporting a cool looking painters mask when I make outdoor visits!

My brilliantly talented hubby, Roy created the web ad below for the national company Workamper News. The ad went live on RVillage today!  Workamper News is the website that connect RVers with jobs.  Our job in Minnesota and this one in Texas as well as our RVillage job were all through Workamper News so we felt very privileged that Roy was asked to do this one.  And it turned out great so they were quite happy!

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Here’s hoping ya’ll have a great weekend – get outside and enjoy where you are!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!