06.19.14 Frankenstein staples, Raising Canes and Godzilla!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – I’m sitting in the surgical waiting room while Roy is in surgery to remove some lumps from his chest and back.

I just ate a delicious meal of North-Oaks_3-1024x640baked spaghetti casserole and green beans for only $3.20. Food at North Oaks Hospital is always very flavorful and plentiful.

They took Roy back about an hour ago and I’ve been told he’s doing fine. We prayed before he went back and I know God is watching over him so there’s no need for me to sit here worrying.

The waiting room is oddly quiet and empty right now. Sitting here in the waiting room, it seems that my mind is very clear and I find myself thinking about Roy. We’ve had a lot of years of marriage, not all were great years but we didn’t gave up on our marriage and when we were wise enough to let God guide us we’ve been very happy.  I really don’t know what I would do without him. Even as recently as right before they took him back to surgery I couldn’t get internet on my phone and I needed him to figure it out for me, which of course he did! Not just for the technology loss I’d suffer, but for so much more. He does all the driving of our RV, the hooking up and unhooking of the utilities each stop we make, all the RV maintenance and finds time to keep an eye on me, love me and do lots of special things for me all the time!

Roy’s surgery went well and now, two days later, I just took the bandages off all his bo bos.  He’s got lots of staples which will come out next Thursday.  I think Frankenstein would be proud of Dr. Liner’s handiwork with all the staples!

Roy got some great news this week. He got a call from Southeastern Louisiana University that they want to hire him for a temporary (at least 3 months) full time job doing what he use to do there before he retired! That is so perfect and a huge blessing for us. We will be here at least 3 months trying to sell our sticks and bricks house so we’ll have extra income to see us through that time. Since he’ll be recovering from surgery this week, unless they find out he committed some crime during our one day stay in South Dakota, he will start at Southeastern next week. I still have my work at home with RVillage.  I may take the extra alone time I’ll have to visit with friends and family, or I may be lazy and read! Probably some of both!

We spent a wonderful Father’s Day with our son Chip and his daughter Madisyn. Our church had Donuts for Dad which Roy, Chip and Madisyn went to. We all went to raising canesSunday School and then our Worship Service. It was a wonderful day in the House of the Lord and I am thankful for our Christian family to worship with. Chip treated us to dinner at Raising Canes, a local amazing chicken place.

We’ve been able to spend a little time a couple of times this week with Madisyn.  When I go to pick her up from summer camp and see the surprise and joy on her face, it’s the best!  We asked if she wanted to go with us the the peach farm on Friday or go with her friends at camp to Tickfaw State Farm water park.  She chose the water park and then thought a bit and said “But you know I’ll be missing you all the whole day, so please bring me some peaches and nectarines”.  Guess she’s figured out how to get the best of two choices!

I went outside to pull weeds earlier and lasted about 15 minutes before my clothes were drenched – and I was in the shade.  Louisiana’s heat is one of the reasons we loved being able to live up north during the summer.  This year we can’t help being here but it reinforces in our minds that we’ll never be here for this awful heat in future years!!  The boiled crawfish, shrimp, peaches, strawberries, king cake, etc. etc. do help make up for the heat a bit!!!

We’ll let ya’ll know how our visit to Walter’s Peach Farm goes when we get home today!

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06.08.14 John 3:16

 

john-3-16What a morning!  Our first morning Worship Service back at our home church Trinity Baptist Church since we returned last Saturday.

I slept until around 11 am last Sunday and didn’t go to church.  Do you know what kind of week I had?  A very difficult one.  Every thing that happened felt like it was pulling me deep into a depression that I constantly struggle fighting.

Many blogs are written by those dealing with depression but I usually choose to focus on what God’s done to lift me out of that, than the times I am not close to him and start sinking.  I don’t think I opened my Bible once last week when added to not being “preached to” as I put it just resulted in a very difficult week.  I prayed all the time but it was a lot of asking for things (even if for others) much more than giving Him Thanks for all He’s done for me and others.

People who make comments like “I can worship God just as good in the duck blinds, or in the fishing boat, or on the golf course as I can in church”, and any number of other comments I could quote here are just full of crud.  There is no way you can even attempt to live a Christian life, drawing closer to God like we should be, by skipping or missing going to church.

For years I used the excuse that I worked all day, cleaned and ran errands on Saturdays and needed Sunday morning to sleep late or I wouldn’t make it through the week.  I let that excuse fool myself and tried to convince others that I didn’t need to be in church.  I tell you that so you’ll know I have a strong basis to know what life outside of church fellowship is like compared to life being in church fellowship.

Being in church doesn’t do anything for you. You’re thinking, wait woman I thought you just said it does.  Occupying a pew at church on Sunday mornings, evenings, etc. is what doesn’t do anything for you.  What makes the difference is us having our mind and spirit in a place where you are truly Worshiping God through the songs, scriptures and sermons while we are gathered with others trying to grow in Christ, just like we are.  Christians who fellowship together make friends who have the same beliefs, morals and desire for God like they do. God wants and deserves ALL our Worship and Praise and our lives cannot be what they should be without a weekly, but preferably daily, time spent doing this.

Wow, that wasn’t what I started out writing when I opened my laptop just now but it’s what I needed to say I guess. When we open ourselves to the Lord He can use us to do anything He wants done.  If you want to know more about what it means to believe in Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior, just ask.  I can only tell you what He’s done in my life and guide you to a pastor who can explain more, but we can take the first step together!

Spot Traylor and Teddy Forrest blessed the congregation this morning with a duet singing about God’s Love.  The mixture of their voices does something to my heart that I can’t describe. We even sang “Jesus Love Me” as a congregation.

We’re having Vacation Bible School this week at Trinity and I’m going to be helping Monday and Friday with the 1st and 2nd grade class.  I will be guiding (perhaps herding!)  them from location to location and hope to get to know some of these little children that I’ve missed out on teaching in Sunday School.   If you have the opportunity to bring your children to a Vacation Bible School this summer, do it!  Many times it is the only exposure to Christianity some children experience which makes VBS one of the greatest things available for reaching them.

Roy and I moved from the driveway at our house to the yard on the other side of the house.  We are parked under one of our huge oak trees with our big mat laid down on the ground, our two rockers in place and our table ready for more crawfish!  We’re hooked up to a new 50 amp box Roy installed on the house and the water and sewer lines are hooked up so we’re quite happy with this arrangement.

We purchased a replacement front door for our sticks and bricks house this week and it’s sitting in the garage  waiting to be installed.  Just couldn’t pass up the one with Fleur-de-Lis on the glass!  We need to pressure wash the house and garage before the door is installed.  All that will happen when the house is empty, but it’s nice to get something ready now for doing that work then. I’ll be pulling weeds late in the evenings which will take quite a while with all the gardens I have to pull weeds from!

Our first day home we were treated to a BBQ dinner at Chip’s house where he gave me my Mother’s Day present.  A beautiful Origami Owl necklace with pendant.  Inside the pendant was several little charms.  A stone for 2014-06-02_10-50-40_487my birthday, a stone for our Anniversary, one that said Blog (guess why??!!), a cross because I’m a Christian, a precious little camper for our RV life and a heart that says Grandma.  They float freely in the round pendant.  It is so special and I’ve never seen anything like it before.  He picked the perfect gift personalized just for me!!  What mom wouldn’t love such a personalized gift!!

The highlights for this past week were one night when Madisyn spent the night, one evening when Chip came to visit, a wonderful visit we had with my sister and brother in law at their house and a surprise visit at our RV from Marcus McMillian.  We haven’t seen Marcus since his wedding last year and had a great time royandmadisynteapartycatching up with him on his life at work, with his wife and their baby coming soon!  Madisyn ate boiled crawfish with us outside, had a tea party with us inside where she poured us a “spot” of tea, watched ET (which she’s never seen before and she absolutely loved) and then had a sleep over with us.  God definitely put all the goodness in our family into that little girl, she is such a joy to spend time with.   When Madisyn leaves we are exhausted but it’s a wonderful exhaustion that only a grandparent gets to experience.  We’ve gotten a little rest and work in between all that so I consider it a very successful week now that we’re spiritually refreshed from being in God’s house this morning!

Just saw the counter on the RVillage page go to 8000 members!  Keep up the great growth guys!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ year!

 

 

05.30.14 Lovely little Kinder, Louisiana

10174784_10152137605013773_1700015888_nWe’ve been keeping this lovely little town of Kinder, Louisiana a secret and now it’s time to share!

We arrived at Quiet Oaks RV Park last Saturday making our first stop back in Louisiana in two months.   Crossing the Louisiana state line always feels good and this time was no different.

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This is by far the quietest, most restful, well-maintained, yet quaint and pretty RV resort we’ve stayed at.  We have two rows of flowering gardenia bushes right outside our door and the fragrance they put out is spectacular.  You’re encouraged to pick any of their flowers to enjoy in your RV.  We’ve loved staying here and would choose to stay longer but it’s not a Coast to Coast resort so we have to pay to stay and a week was as much as we wanted to pay for.  If you have Passport America the rate is only $16 a night.

This is not a place to bring your kids if you’re looking for a lot of entertainment for them other than the wide open spaces, a fishing pond and fresh blooming flower bushes and vegetable plants all around.  I think it’s the perfect place for kids to get away from the plugged in world (they do have wifi if you want it) and just play like kids should play!

There are not that many RVs here but we’ve seen several come and go in our week here.  We can only figure it’s a big secret but it’s one that needs to get shared!  I’d recommend this park to anyone traveling to Texas from Louisiana or the reverse.  It’s just a few miles off I-10 in Kinder, Louisiana.

About 10 miles down the highway from here is Coushatta Casino which Roy and I visited one evening this week with our ziploc bag of $5 in change ready to blow the coushattahouse away.  Well, reality was we lost it quicker than you could snap your fingers and we got out of there!

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Their dinner buffet was way out of our price range so we opted for Fausto’s Seafood about 5 miles from here.  There we had delicious fried fish, shrimp, fries, coleslaw and hot jambalaya. Delicious for only $9.99 a plate!

On our way home we saw another restaurant and this one was Roy’s Catfish Hut so of course we had to plan a visit there.  Their food was considerably more expensive but the food was not really any better, especially the stuffed crab which I didn’t find any crab in!  If you’re ever in Kinder I’d definitely recommend Fausto’s over Roy’s Catfish Hut even if they did name it after my dear hubby!2014-05-29_16-55-24_969

We’re leaving here Saturday before noon headed for our driveway on Wardline Road in Hammond.  Can’t wait to see how all the plants we transplanted and cut back two months ago are doing now that they are growing and blooming!!! We’ll be there for a couple of weeks, move somewhere else to give our renters a chance to pack and leave without us around, and then we’ll move back early July until the house sells so who knows how long we’ll be in Hammond.  We’re going to be getting the house picture perfect to put on the market as quickly a we can.  We’re hoping to see lots of friends and family while we’re in the area and are open to visits from all.  Especially if you’re having a crawfish boil, knowing how much Roy and I love them and how deprived we’ve been being in Texas these last two months we’d be glad to help you out by eating some of yours!!  I’d love to pick some blueberries and/or blackberries while we’re home, so suggestions on places to do that are welcome!

I don’t plan to do too much writing while we’re home but will keep everyone updated on things now and then.  I’ve gotten so use to telling everything that it’s a little late to try to stop now!

Ya’ll have a great weekend!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

05.17.14 Humble Country Crawfish Festival

Our brief stay at Lazy Longhorn RV park in Victoria, TX was very nice.  We didn’t unhook Boots and stayed at the park for three days.  Work was pretty busy while we were there but I did have one evening where I was able to spend 2 hours reading by the pool. It was a small park compared to some we’ve stayed at but it was well laid out with concrete pads and streets and nice grassed areas between.  Lots of palms and oleander bushes dotted the landscape.  It was a Passport America park and we only paid $15 per night.

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We left there Thursday morning and traveled through Houston to Willis, TX.  Houston has to be the largest city I’ve ever been in.  Since I couldn’t tell where Houston ended and the suburbs began. it seemed to go on forever.  Willis is about 50 miles north of Houston.  We’re at Bishop’s Landing which was previously known as Castaways.  Bishop’s Landing is a Coast to Coast park. We have a nice view of Lake Conroe with lots of shade trees all around so we’re enjoying sitting outside here a lot!  Roy made friends with a squirrel and started feeding him peanuts so the squirrel started coming close enough to take the peanut out of his hand!

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2014-05-16_13-31-22_898 2014-05-16_15-19-20_455 2014-05-16_16-41-53_584This morning we went to the resort’s Worship Service in the club house.  The preacher was an older gentleman whose preaching reminded me of Mr. Vivian Traylor’s preaching later in life.   We enjoyed a great message and singing (out of an old Baptist hymnal) with the other RVers there.   I really like it when a resort hosts a Worship Service but so few have them.

We’ll be in Willis until Saturday.  Not sure where we go from here.  We may be going straight back to Hammond if our renters move out early June but if they stay through end of June we’ll be heading to Arkansas.  For now we’re quite happy being in this pretty park and enjoying the shade trees outside where it feels cool all day!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

 

 

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!

 

05.09.14 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

05.08.14 Update from San Diego, TX where it actually rained (a little)!

10247458_630365407033657_8044946759335763879_nWe woke up yesterday to a light, light rain and on the news that evening you’d have thought it had really rained a lot.  I don’t think it rains very often here so they talk about rain coming a week away, on every evenings news!  This morning we also had some sprinkles for over an hour and can’t wait till tonight’s weather news to see what they call that!  It may rain (sprinkle!) tomorrow too and thank goodness because the grass is looking a little dead.  I’ve watered the whole yard every other day but its been so hot and I guess that’s not enough.    I water all the plants every day so they are doing fine.  My sweet hubby took care of my plant watering this morning so I could do my RVillage work early instead of later.  After 41 years I can say I’ve raised him well!!!

rainy_day_scrap-58The rainy day picture looks absolutely nothing like rain here has looked, I was just being wishful!

A couple of weeks ago I posted some pictures of the oil drilling down the street.  Just a week later we went by there again and this is what we saw.  Bill, Jr. said they do the preliminary work which is what we originally saw, move out (which is what is in the picture below) and sometime in the future they will come back and put a real oil pumper on it.

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The ranch owners come back Saturday evening and we are planning to leave here Tuesday morning heading north!   It’s not definite yet but we want to go back to Mountain View, Arkansas for a few weeks.  The two blog posts I wrote while we were there are shown below so you can see what we originally liked about it and why we’re going back.  Also, when it was 106 here the other day I checked their weather and it was 63 so that makes them a prime place to help us get out of the heat!

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Another reason we are going to that location is in case we need to go back to Louisiana end of June to get the house ready for selling.  Mountain View is 10 hours from Hammond but it’s not as far away as the 24 hours away we’d planned to be by that time.   We will be going through San Antonio and Austin on our way to Arkansas and plan to see the sights in those old cities.

My job with RVillage continues to go well.  My assignments change as time goes on which really keeps things fresh.  I’m really loving working from the RV and even in my gown when I want to!  The number of RVillagers has now grown to:

6953We are inching towards the 7000 member mark.   Because of a change in the process of requesting ads to be made, Roy’s work has decreased a lot, but he’s done such good work that they are paying him more for the work he does do.   I’ve also gotten great feedback on how pleased they are with my work.  It’s nice to know my contribution is making a difference and I hope to be helping this great new concept grow all I can for quite a while.

When we get back on the road and are staying in RV parks I will be meeting with the RV Park owner or manager to sign them up with us so that will be a new element where I can help.  Roy will probably do this also and may do it instead of me.  You’d probably never think of Roy as a social person unless you know him well.  However, he sees how great this company is and really wants to share with RVers and parks so he does just that!!!  My little social butterfly, coming out of his cocoon!

There’s something exciting brewing in our house right now and as soon as it’s ready I’ll be sharing with ya’ll.  Until then, 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!