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!

05.23.14 Saying Goodbye to Texas!!!!!

10171773_670865186296224_3897152367971599694_nYesterday was our last full day in Texas.  We’ve been here almost two months.

San Diego, TX was terribly hot, hurricane type windy, desert land with lots of flying dirt, and wide open spaces with people being few and far between.

Victoria, TX was only what we saw in the RV park which was very pretty, not as hot, and  less windy. 1511105_613865342024565_1463403022_n

Willis, TX and the Houston area are much more civilized looking, very populated, with light breezes and moderate heat with no dirt flying all around us!  I’m very glad we got more than one view of Texas during our stay here.

Much of the interstate around Houston for many miles is 8 to 10 lanes with 6 lanes (3 lanes on each side) for what I’d call the Service Road with the only difference being that the Service Road had stop lights at the interstate exits.  I’m not sure that the Service Road speed limit is much slower if at all than the interstate.

Here’s some pictures of the resort just left with it’s beautiful cabins and condos on the lake.  Coast to Coast rated it one of the 20 must see RV Resorts for 2014.

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https://rosalynandroy.com/2012/10/13/22/

I had hoped we’d go back there to visit the scene of the crime but didn’t make it there.  We probably wouldn’t recognize the place now without flashing police  car lights and armed policemen crawling over the brick wall!

While in Texas we saw first hand their belief that Texans have that Everything is Bigger in Texas and that Texas is its own country and then there’s the rest of the USA!  When Mr. Bill was leaving for Europe I told him I knew he’d make America proud on their trip.  He corrected me by saying he’d make Texas proud!!!   They display on their vehicles, yards and houses more objects in the shape of Texas or a big star representing Texas than I’ve ever seen.  However, as bold as they are about their deep love for this giant state, everyone has been very nice to us and while I didn’t care for the elements here the Texas people left a good impression on us.

Here’s us leaving Bishop’s Landing this morning!

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We’re heading to Kinder, LA outside of Lake Charles, LA now where we’ll stay several days before heading to Louisiana.

I’ve been doing my work for RVillage sitting on our bed with a pillow on my lap and computer on top of that.  I’m making phone calls as part of my job so I need to be in a room that is quiet and that’s the only one we have!!   My legs get numb and my back hurts so I presented the problem to my husband who figures all things out and voila a new work area set up is in progress.  If we lift up the bed, where you’d see our storage space, there are wooden braces where someone could sit on if they had the right seating apparatus.  Roy found a perfect stadium seat with a nice cushioned seat and good back support and it will fit perfectly in one of the storage spaces.   He also had a wireless keyboard and  he hooked up my computer to our bedroom TV which is much  bigger than my laptop screen.  I’ve been saying I need a bigger monitor so that’s hopefully the solution to that.   We’ll be trying that out when we get the stadium seat which is being delivered to Chip’s house in Hammond.  I have a small white rectangular shaped folding table that I like to use for my work so we’ll be seeing what combination of available options work out best.

My job has changed, again!! and it will probably change again and again as time goes on.  I no longer work primarily with Hillary as I was but now I work with a young attorney named Alex.  Alex’s job is Park Administrator taking care of communication with the RV Parks, and taking care of their RVillage needs. I am assisting him with that now instead of focusing on the advertisements that are being sold.  This old dog is finding out she can learn new tricks!!!

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You guys have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  Remember those who have served so that we can enjoy the liberties we have.

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!

 

 

05.08.14 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!!!

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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!

https://rosalynandroy.com/2013/05/01/mountain-view-arkansas-holiday-mountain-resort/    and      https://rosalynandroy.com/2013/05/02/763/

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!

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!

04.18.14 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!