09.11.17 Salt Lake City, Utah

Monday, September 11, 2017 – We must never forget the attack in 2001 on our country. Never Forget.

Last Thursday we took a tour of Salt Lake City, Utah.  We chose to do the Trolley Tour and it was the perfect choice.  We were picked up in town by the trolley and enjoyed a look at several places around town.

 

doTerra (Essential Oils) had 30,000 people in town for a convention and there were doTerra signs all over town!

Our tour guide shared lots of information as we were taken around town.  

This train station is just like the one that you see when you enter Disneyworld in Florida. Our trolley conductor was simply great!

The Presbyterian Church

The Catholic Church in Salt Lake City, Utah

I thought this cactus was quite unusual.

The Beehive House was one of the official residences of Brigham Young, an early leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Beehive House gets its name from the beehive sculpture atop the house

One of the administration buildings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Temple Square is a 10-acre complex, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the center of Salt Lake City, Utah. A view of Temple Square from above.    

State Capitol of Utah.  Looks so much like the US Capitol it is used in movies.

Here I am speaking to my subjects!

Just a random astronaut attached to a pole!

We were each given a box of Cracker Jacks and a glass bottle Coke! I think we made the right choice taking the Trolley ride!

That does it for our time in Wasatch View Estates and RV Park in Ogden, Utah where we stayed to be close to Salt Lake City, Utah.  On to southern Utah where we saw Bryce Canyon National Park – AMAZING PLACE!!

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05.12.14 Good bye San Diego, Texas!

2014-05-12_16-39-09_396 Our time in San Diego, Texas has come to a close and we are now on our way to Victoria, TX.  We originally planned to leave Tuesday morning, but after hearing today’s weather forecast with a possibility of thunderstorms we decided to leave today.  The 9 mile caleche road we had to travel to leave MEW Ranch becomes gushy and difficult to drive on when wet.  It’s just now recovering from the storm three nights ago but would be impossible for us to drive on if we waited until after today’s possible storms and tomorrow’s definite storms so off we go!

We said our goodbyes to the Morgans who thanked us for doing a great job here while they were gone.  They gave us a little metal Eiffel Tower which I will display proudly on our bedroom display shelves. We told Bow and Willie, the dogs, bye, hooked Boots up to Dora and down the road we went.

We didn’t mention this before now but while we were there 2 chickens, 4 peacocks and 1 guinea died.   One of the peacocks that died was the big daddy peacock with beautiful feathers.  We were considerably worried when the deaths started to happen but shared it with the owners when we communicated.  They were very kind and didn’t send us away and when they returned they said it was all caused by chicken fleas.  A couple of chickens died before they left from fleas. so we suspected it but didn’t know for sure until they came home.   That was our traumatic experience while on the ranch!!

Today was my first experience driving Dora.  It may have only been down the long 9 mile icky road and I didn’t go over 15 miles per hour and only passed one other car on the road but I did it!  I may take a turn on the interstate soon to get that experience too!

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We are headed to Victoria, TX to Lazy Longhorn RV Park for the next three days.  We’re hoping it’s some cooler there since we’ll be 2 hours north.  On Thursday we go 2 more hours north to Willis, TX where we’ll stay for 10 days and hopefully more.

Ya’ll have a great evening, and ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

 

05.10.14 So God Made a Mother

happy mothers dayHappy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers I’m blessed to know.

A special Happy Mother’s Day to the three young women who have blessed us with grandchildren, Kim, our oldest son’s wife who he requested that we do not use their names and Liz.  Kim’s two boys are Braxton and Bentley.  Liz’s daughter is Madisyn. Our oldest son and wife (whom requested that we do not use their names) gave birth to theit fourth child Gracie Jane who joined Ella, Jacob and Caroline.  We started with two sons and our family has grown to a dozen with Roy and I, the grandparents, our sons and their and spouses, and our grandchildren.

My own mom, Josie Mae Cochran Blum Traylor, is now with God and I miss her every day.  Happy Mother’s Day Mama!

 

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The graphic above was created by Ann Voskamp, whose writing you know I admire greatly.  The full version of her beautiful Mother’s Day blog:

“To all The Giving Mothers: So God Made A Mother”

can be read at http://www.aholyexperience.com/2014/05/to-all-the-giving-mothers-so-god-made-a-mother/

One of our newest grand babies (not officially yet, but he is in our heart) Braxton is in the hospital in St. Tammany with Pneumonia and RSV.  His mom Kim and our son Chip are with him and will be staying with him overnight so Kim’s Mother’s Day will be spent mostly in the hospital with her little one.  Kim is an amazing mom to her twin boys and cares for our Madisyn in such a loving way. We’re very thankful to have her in our lives.

I love both of my sons and will miss them on Mother’s Day.

In case you don’t go to Ann’s site to read her blog I want to share a favorite part of it here.

God said I need somebody who can shape a soul and find shoes on Sunday mornings and get grass stains out of Levis.

And make dinner out of nothing and do it again 79, 678 times, and keep kids off the road and out of the toilet and in clean underwear and mainly alive though she’s mainly losing her mind and will put in an 80 hour week by Wednesday night and just do one more load of laundry.

And one more sink of crusted burnt pots.

And keep on going another eighty hours because raising generations matters and weaving families matters and tying heart strings matters and these people here in hidden places matter.

So God made a mother…

Happy Mother’s Day! Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!

05.09.14 Best seat in the house — if you’re feeling pooped!

1901437_831512066864325_1323996970_nOkay now for our exciting news.  We have a new toilet!! Warning: If you don’t want to see someone else’s toilet, skip this post!

If you don’t live in an RV you may not realize how great this is!  Having an old style one with a broken seal that wouldn’t hold water in the bowl and that let fumes come up was not a fun thing so we finally ordered a new one.  UPS delivered it yesterday and Roy got to working!

He removed the old one and then came the fun cleaning of the bathroom.

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I scrubbed the walls, floor and everything down since the old toilet was out.

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Roy put the new one in and what a difference it makes.

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He even purchased a self closing toilet seat and lid.  We have one of those in our master bathroom in Hammond and being a woman loved my husband having that.   Anything to make it easier for him to close that lid!!

This new model is much more like a normal toilet in a sticks and bricks home and I am so happy to have it.  Never thought having a new toilet would cause such happiness.  That old toilet was my least favorite feature of Dora’s and now I know Dora is happy to have a brand shiny new one!  If you are an RVer in need of a new toilet, check out Adventure RV at http://www.adventurerv.net

It is storming here right now and has been storming for quite a while.  What a relief to have some rain and I know the plants are happy again!

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Here’s a picture of Roy’s last grass cutting day here at MEW Ranch and the beautiful grape vine I helped grow with my watering!  Behind Roy in the picture is the raised round vegetable garden that I chased a guinea and a rooster around today to get them out all while the spinning sprinkler is soaking us wet!  The guinea is in the grape vine picture too.

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Ya’ll have a great weekend and ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear

05.04.14 Our one year traveling milestone and a great visit to the U.S.S. Lexington!

Roy and I have reached our 1st anniversary mark for full time RVing on the road!!!!!  We were full time living in our RV for several months before we took to the road but having lived on the road for a year is a big milestone for us!

We’ve managed to avoid hot weather for most of the first year which was high on what we feel are benefits from this lifestyle.  When we headed out from Hammond, at the end of April last year, we went up to Minnesota.  Our entire summer there was spent in 60 to 70 degree weather.  We made it back to Louisiana after the heat left and the cool weather had set in.  When we stayed in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama the weather was still cool and we’ve loved every minute of that cool weather.

We thought that even southern Texas would be nice in April and early May.  We never expected  to be welcomed by this first real hot weather in a year, and can’t wait to escape!  The only thing saving us from withering here is the wind that is always present and most days between 20-40 mph.   Last Sunday was 106 and today is 95.   One day last week was really nice with a high of 77 so we went into Corpus Christi that day to do some sightseeing.

We fed the animals and watered the plants early that day, and left for our 90 minute trip to Corpus Christi.  Corpus Christi and San Diego is in an area known around here as the Coastal Bend because it’s where the country bends around the Gulf of Mexico.  Corpus Christi is a nice city that reminded me somewhat of New Orleans.  I even expected to see the Superdome but of course we didn’t!   One thing that was similar but different was that in New Orleans all the oil companies are way out of town in LaPlace and that area.  Here they are right near the downtown area.

The main purpose of today’s trip was to tour the USS Lexington, a naval flight carrier that is now a museum in the water here.  You may remember that the Lexington was docked in New Orleans years ago.  This is its permanent location since it’s been retired.  While it was in New Orleans we were blessed to get a personal tour of it by my cousin David Hutson who was the Lieutenant Commander of the Lexington at that time.  I was so impressed with his position and us being able to see parts of the ship that weren’t on the public tour.    I remembered parts of that tour when we were there on Thursday, and couldn’t help but miss David.  He died a few years ago from myasthenias gravis which is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease and he is greatly missed.

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Every square inch of the eleven decks on the ship is used to display military memorabilia from several wars and engagements, including other ships.  If you were really into it you could spend the entire day touring the ship.  The breeze from the Gulf made it a very comfortable tour.

One of the first things we did was watch the 3D movie about the military’s recent involvement in helping the people of Haiti recover from the earthquake.  Very well done and informative 30 minute movie in 3D.

There are five different self guided tours of various parts of the ship with signs guiding you all along the way.

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The tours are really well thought out and a perfect way to tour it.   Several areas were set up to where when you walked into the area an explanation of the area was given over the speakers in that area.  Manequins were dressed up to represent sailors in all areas of the ship with fake food even on display in the galley.

 

 

The whole tour was fascinating and I learned much more than I thought I would.  It’s so nice to be retired, not in a hurry and have plenty of time to enjoy things!  Touring the ship got my interest peaked to learn more about the events leading to the USS Arizona being sunk at Pearl Harbor.  We came home and watched the Pearl Harbor movie which I wish I had watched before we toured the boat but anyhow it made me want to learn more so I got a book for my Kindle about the Pacific War.

The Lexington is an enormous air craft carrier and is three football fields long.  The flight deck, on top where the aircraft took off and landed,  is said to be big enough to hold 1000 cars!  I think they would have to be compact cars but that’s a big place!  The flight deck currently is a display area for several planes from various eras.  My phone’s battery died before we got to that area so the only pictures I have of the planes on the flight deck are ones I got off the internet.

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The pictures below are from before that happened.  I bought a disposable camera and took pictures of the rest of the tours but it was way too far for this old gal to go back up to take my own pictures of the planes.  Those pictures are sitting in the camera since we didn’t use them all and when they are taken to Walgreen’s I’ll share them with you!

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We saw the crews dental office, surgery room, sick call area, the captains in-dock and out at sea bedrooms, his personal food galley, officers lounging area, crews eating area, the engine room, the bridge (where Roy sat in the Captains chair and acted like he was guiding the ship!), the barber shop, the pilots ready rooms, the anchor room, crews quarters, female crew quarters, the Brig (where I stayed for a while! and Roy refused to enter!) and hundreds of steep steep stairs.

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When you went up a set of stairs you always had to come back down that many and this part did us in!  We managed to not trip or fall, but going from deep in the bottom of the ship all the way to the Bridge at the very top, took several hundred stairs and these old folks were worn out after just a few hours of touring.

I loved going out on the overhangs (I am sure they have a real name but I don’t know it) where you could stand in the breeze looking out over the water.   So peaceful and such a freeing feeling!

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We left having really enjoyed this experience and  all that walking and fresh air left us quite hungry.  I googled eating places before we left and found that Corpus Christi has a Catfish Charlies.  Those of you from the Hammond area know there was kind of a landmark restaurant in Hammond for years known as Catfish Charlies.  It’s now a different name but we decided to see what Corpus Christi’s Catfish Charlies was like.  We both got the seafood platter with sweet tea.  It came with seafood gumbo, coleslaw, bean soup, hush puppies, fried catfish, fried shrimp, fried oysters and french fries all for $13.95 each.  We were hungry enough to be able to finish off our food but with much effort!  Roy stopped about 2/3 way through and said he had to stop for a while or he’d die!

This was the most delicious seafood I’ve had in a long time and quite a bit better than the Hammond Catfish Charlies’ was.  Sorry homefolks!!  They don’t have the same atmosphere being on a small lake with ducks swimming around outside wanting to be fed like the Hammond restaurant does.  We haven’t eaten out since coming to Texas so that could have something to do with how delicious it was but the shrimp were huge, the catfish were plentiful and good sized and every thing on our plate tasted perfect.  If you’re ever in this area I’d highly recommend it.

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Well that’s our one and only sightseeing trip outside of the San Diego/Alice, Texas area.  We’re going to spend some time in San Antonio and Austin when we leave here and can’t wait to see what’s in those areas.  I love the history behind those areas and look forward to learning more and seeing more!

I know this has been a long blog with lots of pictures but there could have been more so be thankful for a dead phone/camera battery!!

One things we’ve found we do like out here is the isolation.  Especially since we like to watch movies with the volume turned up like we did with Pearl Harbor last night.  In RV parks and anywhere there are others around we disturb them on those occasions we turn the sound up but here no one cares!!!  It’s very peaceful here and the animals are very loving so we consider this a nice place to visit but definitely not on my short list of places I’d want to settle down with the extreme heat!

Ya’ll come back now, ya hear!

05.04.14 All you know what just broke out!

I planned to tell ya’ll here about our trip to Corpus Christi but that will wait for a bit.

Roy and I were just sitting in the RV watching an LSU baseball game on TV and all of a sudden the RV started shaking and making a horrible sound we’d never heard before.  It lasted for a few seconds.

I looked out the side window and saw Bill, Jr’s lawn chair flying across the yard and then it all stopped.  We ran outside and everything was real still with the only sign of damage being our the slider top cover.  That is a little awning that operates with the slide that covers the top of the slide when it’s extended. That’s all that is damaged.

Bill, Jr. was outside and said it was a sudden wind storm.  This must be a tiny little bit of what a tornado must feel like.

Roy’s outside standing on top of the ATV working on it now.  Hopefully he’ll be able to fix it. 2014-05-04_14-26-21_455 The frightening feeling has me a bit shook up right now so I think I’ll end this blog.  We are physically fine and the RV is fine except for the awning.  Just our nerves are a little unraveled!

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I know God’s taking care of us! Please pray this weird weather stops out here at least while we’re still here!  They think this is normal but then we think hurricanes are normal so go figure!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

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!

 

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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This one is from Germany. germany

 

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!