Sunday, November 27, 2016

Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me!

We've been in the Rio Grande Valley for just over a month, about five weeks and since day one I've been bitten!

Mosquitoes bite me and I don't know til the next day when a bump pops up.  It rarely bothers me and goes away quickly. 

Fire ants are another problem altogether.  Located in most southern states one does everything they can to avoid them.  When you step into their path or mound they let you know by swarming all over your foot/feet.  Their bite is painful and results in a painful blister that can itch but goes away with treatment of tea tree oil.

But something else is plaguing me.  I have no idea what is biting me but it raises a welt with a surrounding red area that oozes and itches.  I've had at least twenty of these bites and it's very uncomfortable to wear clothes.  The clothing rubs on the infected area and makes it itch more. Over time these bites have been on my calf, my thighs, my back, abdomen and various private parts of my body. 

Even Boo is being bitten with the same results.  He had one over his left eye that oozed and made his face very messy. I couldn't seem to keep him clean.  Other bites are under his chin, near his tail, on his chest and a series of them on his head

Jim does not seem to be bothered by this vile creature!

I think Boo and I will just stay indoors the rest of our time here....

All is not right in my world!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Mostly Rain and Very Little Sunshine

I think it was Tuesday when our weather changed.  Cooler temperatures and some rain....and more rainy weather all week.  Some days were cloudy and just spitting rain, some overnight showers.  But no sun! It's been very gloomy around here :-(

Jim and I worked Guest Services Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  To stay awake we got up every hour or so and went for a walk. Outside of our office there are bird feeders and the highlight of my day was an Altamira Oriole.  I only had my phone with me so no pictures.  The birds wouldn't co-operate and pose someplace where I could get a good shot. I will be taking my camera to work from now on!

One nice thing about living close to the office is we can dash home for lunch, walk the dog, do laundry etc

The other night we went out to dinner with three other couples and had a fine dinner after our day of work!  Twice in one week at Cheddar's is enough for me, I told Jim we could skip going again until next year.

Tonight we're going to Hayashi with 'family'.  My brother from another mother Don, His lovely wife Jeni who is my sister....another sister Anne and her husband Scotty.  confused yet?  No matter, we have been friends for several years and sometimes we're confused too!  Suffice it to say we are a close family of friends.

Yesterday I stayed in and did laundry (it was bed day) and watched football.  Unfortunately the Saints the very last play...yuck

So there you have it....our week in review

All is right in our world

Sunday, November 6, 2016

A lot of sun and a little rain

We've been working (at least that's what it's called) in Guest Services. We've not done it before so there's a little computer programming we're learning.  Right now there aren't a lot of folks here and not very many of them come into the office.  As the season passes this should change.

We'll be selling tickets to the entertainment, pontoon boat rides, ice.  We'll also sign out bikes, kayaks and hand out passes for the State Park

Here's our home on wheels, just under 400 square feet of living space...maybe.  But it works for us and has for ten years

More pictures of flowers and butterflies and palm trees!  Our resort is planted to attract birds and butterflies and this time of year we have a lot of both as they migrate to south and central America

During the heat of the day we stay indoors though Jim has managed to work on the patio a couple afternoons.  I've even passed on walking in the mornings.  The past couple of days we've had some cloud cover and rain in the evenings.  

We've eaten out a couple times this past week.  Once just the two of us after our three day work stint.  Last night we went out with two other couples (Anne and Scotty, Lucy and Steve) and had a good time.

All is right in our world