Saturday, November 18, 2017

DIY Card from paper napkin

Using a paper napkin to make a card is fun!  I used a cocktail napkin.  Rather than explain it to you watch this video

Handmade Cards
No one displays an email on the Mantle
or shows off a tweet on the refrigerator
or saves a Facebook post in a box of treasures

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hello! It's me again

It's a beautiful day.  Started at 0530 for me, Jim didn't get up until 0930.....grrr   I did wake him at 0730 but I guess I should have jumped on the bed!

Finished off some cards I made yesterday and worked on the place cards for our Thanksgiving Dinner with friends in the clubhouse.  Sorted through some cards to send to the Cards for Soldiers.

A year ago I was suffering with these bug bites and I really am tired of it.  Boo hasn't been outside in ages because if he gets bitten we all suffer with no sleep.

We just finished our three days of work...Changes have been made in Guest Services and our hours are from 0830 to 1630.  This time of year isn't all that busy so Jim does most of the work.  I go in around 0930 and wait until Jim goes home for lunch then I go home and do chores, make cards etc.  Sometimes we have dinner after these long, busy days.... :-)

Jim reassembled our outdoor table.  I'm sure it has a nifty neato name but it's the kind that rolls up for stowing.  His words "it only took me about six months to get it done"

Last this afternoon was our appreciation dinner.  The Managers Don and Jeni like to to treat us and Rudy's Barbecue was the meal.  Brisket, pulled pork and sausages, creamed corn, potato salad, BBQ beans along with bread and a tray of pickles, onions and hot peppers.  Dessert was peach cobbler and that's the only dish that was gone at the end of the meal....three trays of cobbler....vanished!  Sweet and unsweet tea with lemon was also provided.  I must say it was very tasty and I had a little (lot) of everything except the bread and cobbler.

Now we're home and showered and settling in for the evening.  It's good to be home

All is right in our world

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Bad, bad, bad

This once a month blogging has got to stop!  :)

Obviously we’re all settled in and life continues. Most every day we see more and more people checking in.  This time of year working in Guest Services at Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort is slow.

We’ve been to Mexico and plan another visit soon.  We’ve revisited some of our favorite restaurants.  Jim has been to see his doctor about his GERD meds and it was changed, but we're not sure it's working as it should.  He returns early next month.

On the 10th of November we both had a free meal at BJ’s Brewhouse for Veterans Day. It was limited to $12.95 and we both stuck to that.  Of course we each had a beer .  The meal was good and we brought a little bit home to enjoy later.

I'm letting my hair grow as Jim has mentioned several times that he would like me too.  The jury is still out on this change.  Keeping it trimmed while growing is a monthly visit to the salon.  It sure is curly!

Boo is slowing down a bit.  He mostly sleeps and prefers Jim's chair over mine.  As the weather cools down I'm sure he'll stick to us like glue.

Once again I'm being bitten by what everyone claims is chiggers.  Since I've not seen what bites me I have to clue.  But they itch and ooze and make my life uncomfortable 

We're having Thanksgiving here at the resort.  Four couples to a table.  The resort supplies the turkey and those at your table bring the sides....I'm doing potatoes! What will you be having and will you share your meals with others?

All is right in our world!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper

During the month of October Stampin' Up! is having a buy 3 get 1 free on 13 different Designer Paper Packs.

Check out this video showcasing some

It's a great time to stock up on your favorites!  Head over to my SU site to order

Let me know if you have any questions

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Spring Branch Texas

It's been a fun week here.  The campground is nice. Some who are passing through, some who live here. But it's quiet and dark.  

Jim has a cousin who lives just up the road at Canyon Lake.  We had dinner with Sarajane and her husband Jerry.  Also there were some wonderful people Flo and Bob.  The dinner was wonderful, very nice sitting down to dinner in a dining room with table settings!  We arrived early enough for a short driving tour before dinner and I must say the lake area is beautiful. Of course their house overlooks the lake.

We returned the next day for more sightseeing the next day.  We've always liked the Hill Country and this drive was just lovely as both of them pointed out various things to see.  But they went to Vegas to see Celine Dione, a birthday present for SaraJane. They're due back later tonight.

Jim and I decided to stay another week here because we want to explore more.  We did go to New Braunfels and Gruene. Oddly enough it's still quite warm here with the days getting in the mid nineties so wandering around in the heat has been challenging for me.  But we might have to go to Gruene again as we didn't see all of it.

All is right in our world 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Paper Pumpkin from Stampin' Up!

Just look at this lovely kit....and coming up next month is exciting...a two part kit for the upcoming holiday.  But it's a secret

Just head over to my online shop to place your order.  If you need help let me know

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Ft Sam Houston, San Antonio

It's been an interesting 24 hours.  We arrived yesterday at round this time but had trouble at the checkpoint.  My ID card had expired and they confiscated it.  They gave us instructions on what and where to go to rectify this.  BUT the gate we came in wouldn't take us there or to the campground. So getting directions we exit and drive around hopelessly seeing the sights of  Ft Sam Houston.

Meanwhile, it being Friday afternoon mind you, I'm calling the ID place to see about getting an ID.  I keep getting a message saying the answering service isn't turned on.  It is lunchtime so I'll call later.

We finally located the campground and as soon as I can I try calling again.  You do know I hate making phone calls.  Still no one answers and I get the same message.  No worries, I'll make the appointment online. Except the website says it's not secure and it won't let me proceed further.  By now it's after 1600. So I give up.

Even Jim tried.  I don't think he believed me about the phone because he knows I hate using the phone!  But he had the same results.

This morning it was quite refreshing when I got up with the temperature at 64 degrees.  I love it!  As I type this it's 86 degrees outside and quite lovely.

Jim took advantage of the cooler morning to wash most of the rig.  He finished around 1230 and we both had some lunch.  After lunch he shaved and we headed out to get me a temporary pass so I could get on and off base.  Using the instructions given to Jim by the camp host we took another tour of a different part of the base!

But we finally made our way to the correct gate to get a temporary pass.  While there the officer told us the first available appointment for a new ID was October 11th.  We won't be here as we leave Friday.  So I'll have to find another military base to accomplish this.

We backtracked and drove around the commissary area and located the package store where we paid $4 for a twenty pound bag of ice for the cooler.  We're keeping the beer out of the fridge for traveling purposes.  I really don't want beer bottles clanking around possibly getting broken.  Jim also bought a six pack because everyone knows a full cooler keeps everything cooler!

Back home Jim is napping and I'm typing.  

By the way we had a map....but I'm not sure any of the people we got instructions from were familiar to any other sections of the base.  The second gate we proceeded through we were given stop light and stop signs with a left left right etc...So Jim and were questioning each other about which way to go...

All is right in our world!

Friday, September 8, 2017

George West Texas

We left Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort yesterday around 0930.  Taking our time to pack up and remember everything that needed to be done to travel.  Forgot to take the swim noodles off the bedroom problem, just unlock the door, go inside and send the slide out a few inches then reverse the steps. 

Our first stop was getting the rig inspected....pretty sure that was the first time since the original inspection ten years ago. So we're good to travel about again.

Wednesday evening we had dinner out with our friends Jeni and Don Wilson at what's turning out to be our favorite restaurant in the Valley, La Playa. Good food and our waitress, Lulu was excellent!  Most of all it was good company.  We look forward to returning to Bentsen Palm this winter not only to see the Wilsons but other friends who will be making their way south for the season.

Since we weren't sure how long the rig inspection would take we decided on this overnight stay in George West at the Rocking J campground.  Nice and clean with mostly grass sites that looked spaced out. We got a pull through with full hook ups for $20.  It also has a slab!  And it was level!  

Coming up Highway 281 we didn't see any damage from Hurricane Harvey.  This area is pretty far inland and northwest of Corpus Christi.  We stopped for lunch just after 1100 but neither of us ate much. We were eager to get to our destination.

Once we set up we relaxed a bit, had a beer and a bite to eat.  Jim napped for a bit then went out to top up the fuel on the truck.  Our evening was filled with quiet activities and a prerecorded episode of NCIS New Orleans.  Love that we don't have to worry about setting up the dish for one night go television.

Today we'll continue our journey to San Antonio and enjoy the sights and food of one of our favorite cities.

All is right in our world 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Stampin' Up! Are you ready for Christmas?

I've been making cards and if you check my Paper Craft page you'll see what I've been up to.

This little note card is so cute!  I'll either use it as a thank you or a quick note during the holidays.  But it could also be used for a gift card and tucked into a stocking.  The stamp set is Merry Mistletoe.  

These tags were die cut using the largest oval die.  Spent some time running them though the Big Shot one morning.  Then the next day I stamped them with Watercolor Christmas. Whisper White card stock and the DSP made the sandwich.  I used some gold twine from my stash

I really need to be making fall cards...

If you need anything let me know.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Not in Rockport

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are not in Rockport, Texas.  Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week you'll know about Hurricane Harvey and his arrival in Rockport along the Texas coast.  Apparently battering that quaint little port wasn't enough, it had to dump several feet of water all along the coast as far east as New Orleans.  After several times coming and going, in and out of the Gulf, it headed up north.  Still dumping water on everything and everyone.  It's a wonder there's any water left in the Gulf of Mexico.

Reaching inland several miles he flooded..... well, just about everything.  And because Texas does things in a big way, everything in Texas is bigger, the city of Houston was given a mighty big bath!

Seriously, it will take years for all that was damaged in the flooding to recover.  I know, New Orleans is still recovering from Katrina.  Although I think there's more money (businesses) in Houston so that may speed things up a bit.  The cleanup will take forever and all those who lost their homes (100,000) last time I checked.  I try not to read about it.  Not because I don't care, but because it's a terrible reminder.

If you can help in any way, do so. Your heart will be lifted.

So we'll pause in Rockport another time.  Meanwhile, God willing and the creek don't rise, we'll go to San Antonio.  The beach and salt water therapy can wait.

By the way, it's really warm here....August is not the best month to be in the Rio Grande Valley.  Although it is a dry heat.  But when I open the oven it's a dry heat and I get rewarded with a treat!

All is right in our world.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hurricane Harvey?

There's a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico that folks are talking about. I learned about from Jim yesterday who heard about it from Don.  Then our daughter Sonsearae sent me a text around 1700 last night.  Our friend Pat even sent an email last night telling us to be safe.

We don't get local news channels and we don't watch the news on TV.  Both of us read the news and truthfully this hurricane hasn't shown up in my newsfeed.  So I wasn't aware of it.

Alrighty then!  We checked it out on the weather channel and we should get some rain but I'm not really concerned about it. We could use the rain. I think we're far enough inland that wind shouldn't be a problem. Besides, it's always windy here!

I suspect that we'll keep an eye on it 😃

Meanwhile life goes on and this day will be like yesterday.  Sunny and hot. Hopefully some clouds will creep in and we'll be reminded to check the weather again later today.

All is right in our world....for now

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

We've made Reservations!

More and more I find myself on my tablet rather than the laptop. Some time ago my Dell locked up and I've been using our backup laptop (say that three times fast!).  Now the backup is giving me headaches.  Could be Google, could be user error, could be the system....I don't know,  but after a few clicks of the mouse, on whatever I'm trying to do finds me spinning....

Internet gremlins, I'm sure!

So I'm not blogging. These two designs are from Stampin' Up!

I've been busy making cards and I'll need to update my paper craft page. 
As always if you're interested in purchasing any SU supplies, let me know.

We've made reservations!  We leave here 1 September for a week in Rockport Texas and then onto San Antonio for a week.  Not sure after that. We will be working in guest services again this winter and we'll be back in the valley by November 1st.  So we have some free time to explore, perhaps the Hill Country.

Did you witness the eclipse?  Nothing here, we are to far south.  It would have been nice to have a break from the ☀️.  

All is right in our world

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Stampin' Up! Pop of Paradise

This Pop of Paradise stamp set is fun to work with.  There are eight stamps you can work with to create wonderful tropical cards.  Or perhaps you took a vacation where Flamingos could be seen.  You could use the stamps to accent your vacation in your scrapbook.

Pop of Paradise stamps 141578 wood mount or 141581 for clear (you'll need clear blocks)

Soft Sky card stock 131203

To make the Whisper White 100730 Oval I used Stitched Shapes Framelits 145372

I also used Whisper White for the leaves

Big Shot 143263

Flirty Flamingo ink 141397

Old Olive Ink 126953

I fussy cut the leaves and using Stampin' Dimensionals 104430 to raise the design off the card stock
  To order all of this and more head over to my page.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Lazy Days of Summer

I hope you're enjoying summer, wherever you are.  We are keeping cool inside.  There isn't much you can do outside when the temperatures reach the lower 100's.  

Napping, card making, reading, watching Netflix....these are what we indulge in during the afternoon.  Our AC's struggle to keep it 84 degrees in here...heaven help us if they stop working!

We've been pretty much staying in.  We did celebrate our anniversary with Jeni and Don.  Lovely meal at Kumori, a Japanese restaurant that Jim and I frequent.  We ladies brought food home but the gentlemen cleaned their plates...almost.  Jim had a banana and ice cream dessert and Jeni and I shared a 'sweet roll'.  Wrapped in rice was some mango and nutella with coconut.  I must say it wasn't as sweet as I expected, it was quite tasty and I'd order it again as long as I can share it.  It's a meal all by itself!

I assembled these cards yesterday from a Club Scrap Greetings to Go kit.  February 2016.  These kits come almost ready to assemble.  You do have to do some cutting and following the instructions you can just glue them together!

We had a visitor last night.  I believe it's a Coopers Hawk.  Not sure how long he'd been cooling his feet but he was there for at least ten minutes before a Northern Mockingbird chased him off.  Much nicer than the Javelinas or skunks that pass through.  I will miss the wildlife when we move across the street in November.  Of course, Retama has some pretty wild folks living over there!

All is right in our world!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Colorful Seasons from Stampin' Up!

Are you interested in card making but not sure where to begin?  It isn't difficult and cards can be made quite inexpensively.  With just a few supplies you can start making and sending your creations!

Colorful Seasons from Stampin' Up! has 24 photopolymer stamps that can be used year round!  You will need some clear blocks to mount the stamps.  I will show you what can be made with these stamps over my next few posts.

These two cards were made using note cards (5 x 3 1/2 inches).  Just simple stamping with whatever colors you choose

On the left I used Flirty Flamingo for the sentiment and flowers.  On the right Sweet Sugarplum.  The branch was done with Close to Cocoa on the left which is no longer available.  On the right is Chocolate Chip ink, which I think looks better.

There's plenty of room inside for a cheerful greeting, or quick note. Could even be used for a thank you or birthday card.  I used the Thinking of You stamp inside.

Supplies you'll need
Note Cards,20 cards and envelopes 131527
Colorful Seasons stamps 143726
Chocolate Chip Ink 126979
Flirty Flamingo Ink 141397
Sweet Sugarplum Ink 141395
Clear Blocks, complete set of 9, 118491

To order these items or any others you might want just head over to my site.  The process is easy.  

Any Questions?  Just let me know!

Friday, July 21, 2017

It's Official!

Summer is hot here in the Valley...103 yesterday.  Just after 1200 and it's 93 out there.

We've been keeping an eye on the pauraque down by the back gate.  She kept moving her nest...Last we say was in the middle of the drive last Saturday.  But she's gone now.  I can't imagine why any bird would want to lay eggs in direct sunlight.  I know that the one egg we saw looked just like the rocks she was sitting on.

Pauraque near fence by back gate

Jim has been painting, not a job he cares for, but the Clubhouse looks ever so much better.  It's a lighter color than the yellowish shade it was before.

He's now working on the North laundry and it's going to match the clubhouse

That's our rig, just wanted to show you how tall the Mexican Bird of Paradise is on the site next to us.  It apparently thrives in this weather.  As does the Esperanza

All of the palm trees here and at Retama have been trimmed.  Also all those on the frontage road.  I wonder how long it will take for them to look like palm trees again?  I'll let you know!'s official, we're working the winter season in guest services again.

All is right in our world

Monday, July 10, 2017

Stunning Sunrise

Our weekend was quiet...of course every day is pretty much quiet!  Not many folks are staying here.  A couple of rigs and I think two casitas.  Don and Jeni are the perfect hosts!  They don't bother us and we don't bother them.  You know, we older couples like our spouses and have gotten used to our routines.

Saturday and Sunday we had gorgeous sunrises.  There was a weather system that gave us clouds but very little rain.

This picture was taken Sunday morning and I couldn't believe how nice it was outside.  Around 0730 I went for a walk and the temperature was only 71.  By the time I'd walked a mile and returned home it was 76..and it continued to rise.  We're getting into the upper 90's most days.

Have you ever been plagued by ants?  We can't seem to get rid of them and I'm pretty sure we've had them off and on for a couple years.  I've found them in the wash machine, shower, our bed but mostly in our kitchen.

We ended yesterday by watching PBS and eating popcorn.  Today was laundry day for me.  I stripped the bed and dusted the bedroom.

All is right in our world

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Stamping Up!

Are you interested in making cards?  Don't know where to start?  How about a Kit?  Stampin' Up! has several to choose from.

Today I'm sharing Soft Sayings All Inclusive Card Kit.  You'll get everything you need to make 20 cards, two of each design.  You'll only need some liquid adhesive and perhaps some glue dots. 

Here's a couple I made yesterday.  The card on the left is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  On the right 3 1/2 x 5.  The other size card is 3 x 3.  A little stamping and gluing, that's all there is to it!  All of the envelopes have the colored flap

Check out this video to see how easy it can be to make your own cards then let me know if you're interested.

Soft Sayings Card Kit

As you saw in the video, the kit comes with 15 Soft Sayings stamps, Basic Grey ink spot, a clear block, all the card bases and envelopes, some washi tape and dimensional glue dots.  You'll need some liquid adhesive or a snail

Soft Sayings Card Kit 145466
Multi Purpose Liquid Glue 110755
SNAIL Adhesive 104332

If you can't live without this kit just head over to my website Linda's Page to place an order.

It also has a refill kit for future cards!

Let me know if I can be of any help

Thursday, July 6, 2017

How was your 4th of July? 

 Ours was quiet. Stayed home and enjoyed 'traditional ' food.  Jim had hotdogs and potato salad while I had a veggie burger and a cucumber tomato salad.  We both had beer and pretzels!  While we ate we watched Independence of our favorite movies.

Yesterday and today have been quiet.  We do our chores and play games...

Found out the crew taking care of the palm trees are just doing those.  They've done quite a few over in Retama and they look silly.  But driving around town I've seen others trimmed this way.  Apparently several years worth of fronds are cut off leaving just this years growth.

Bit of excitement today...we had to replace our sewer hose.  A trip to Wally world and we're good to go.  Also picked up paraphernalia so we can put our screen back on and leave the awning out.  This side of the rig gets the full sun all morning and I'm hoping this will keep us 'cooler' for a bit.  The AC comes on early and runs all day.

While fooling with this outside I discovered a hole in the ground...thought we had us a snake but apparently it's just a very big toad!

This was taken last Christmas Day on Padre Island...looks refreshing

All is right in our world

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!

I'm sorry I haven't been blogging.  Just isn't much to write about.  Last week was a hot one here and I understand it was hotter than normal for this time of year.  Make no mistake, it's still hot here. Temperatures have been in the upper 90's and by afternoon we pass the triple digits. But it isn't as bad as I thought it would be. There isn't much humidity to deal with during the day. Of course we spend  little time outdoors!  Jim gets his work done around noon.  Comes home, showers and then we enjoy each other's company while the temperature climbs.

While Jim is out in the mornings I take care of my chores and squeeze in some time for my card making.  I've just posted some new stuff under Paper Crafts and if you click on that page you can see what I've been making. These four are just a sample. 

We finally bought a card reader for the laptop and I don't have to rely on my phone for pictures.  Hopefully I'll be posting more of my work and update you on the growth of the landscaping in the resort soon. Despite the lack of rain everything is growing and looking better than last month after they hacked all the bushes.

Yesterday a crew arrived to trim all the trees. I look forward to seeing this done!  They'll rid the palms of dead fronds and the flowering stalks and fruit. The later makes a big mess, much like the Texas olive tree fruit.  Not sure if they'll tackle the other trees, time will tell.

Whatever your plans are today, enjoy and remember our freedom isn't free.  Men and women have given their all for this privilege.

All is right in our world!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Stampin' Up! Delightful Daisy Suite

This set is simply delightful!  Sorry, I couldn't help myself :-)  Coordinating stamps, paper and punch will keep you busy making cards for everyone!

Daisy Delight photopolymer stamps (143669)
Whisper White cut 4 1/4 x 11 folded at 5 1/2 this is the card base (100730)
Old Olive  cut 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 (100702)
Daffodil Delight cut 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 (119683)
Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (green diagonal) cut 4 1/2 x 2 (144137)
Delightful Daisy Punch (143713)
Snail Adhesive (104332)

Daisy Delight Bundle of Stamps and Punch (145361) will save you a couple bucks.

Stamp Daisy in Old Olive and Daffodil Delight, using the Daisy Punch cut out daisy!  If you don't have a punch then cut out with scissors.  Stamp the center of the yellow daisy.

To assemble just start layering...I stamped along the bottom using the strip of three little stamps in the set.

If you would like to order just head over to my website or drop me an email if I can help in any way

Remember to get your fingers inky and enjoy cardmaking!


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Higher and Higher

When you're hot, you're hot!  As each day passes our temperatures climb.  Lately we've been reaching the upper 90's with the nights in the 70's.  During the day the humidity drops and by afternoon we're enjoying fells like temperatures of 100+.  So we don't go outside unless we have too.

Jim has been getting up at 0700 so he can get his chores done outside before noon.  The pool needs tidying everyday what with debris from the trees (wind blows almost constantly.  And the past few days he's been pressure washing the Club House so it can be painted.

The crew that keeps up the grounds were busy the first week of June cutting and trimming all of the bushes.  Don't worry, they'll be back and looking gorgeous by the time the winter season starts!

Upper left is our rig in the 100's.  

These pictures were taken on the 8th of June.  As you can see it's looking pretty bare.  Already I've seen new growth around the resort

After Jim does his morning work he comes home and showers.  Sometimes he naps as he's lying on the bed cooling off.  Sometimes we have our midday meal together before he naps (not good for the waistline!).

I read, make cards, snooze during this time.  When he's gone in the morning I'm usually busy with housework, meal prep, bathing and trimming Boo.  I even squeeze in craft time.

Netflix is our choice for afternoon viewing.  We like England's BBC TV shows and we're enjoying some dramas, comedies and a show Grand Designs (I think) about building or rebuilding grand houses. Fascinating!

Let's see, In the past couple weeks we've mostly stayed at home.  Venturing out only for groceries.  One day we headed to the mall so I could get a haircut and we both got some steps in.  One grocery run found us at Costco and we walked all over that cool building.  I walked all over Barnes and Nobles while Jim reads magazines and that day I managed to get more steps than him.

Yesterday we went out to lunch.  Decided on Chili's because we had a gift card.  About the only good thing I can say about Chili's is they have good margarita's and cold draft beer.  Why is everything they cook so greasy?

All is right in our world

Thursday, June 8, 2017

New Phone, Different (old) Laptop

Awhile back I got a new phone, Samsung Galaxy S7.  It has taken me several weeks of thinking (I'm slow) of how to import pictures from my phone onto this older, former Asus laptop.  I think I know how to upload pictures from my cameras but I'll have to purchase a doohickey to do it.

My newer laptop, Dell I think, has stopped working.  For awhile it was troublesome...taking two or three tries to even start it.  We'd reboot and finally it would work.  Couple times we'd took the battery out and then it would work.  Now nothing we, I mean Jim of course, he's my go to tech guy!  Love you honey.

For the time being we're remaining in the valley.  The reasons are personal but not medical.  We're still at Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort.  Not much going on here and we've only a few guests.

These pictures aren't the best but at least I know how to share them!

sunrise June 7th

Baby possum found in our water  collection bucket.  Jim dumped him out and he played possum while we waited for signs of life.  About a half hour later he was gone.

All is right in our world!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Can You Believe It?

It's June 1st.....and summer is definitely here in the Rio Grande Valley.  Hope you're enjoying summer-like weather where you are.

Summer means we'll being cooking out, finding places to and ways to cool off and traveling!  Schools are dismissing students and closing down.  Summer! What's not to like?

We should be on the road soon. As many of you know Jim has a doctor appointment today and once that's taken care of we can move on.  But wait! We must get our mail one more time and that won't be here until Friday.

Are we ready to hit the road? Yes and no. Repairs and maintenance have been done on the truck and rig.  So they're road worthy. Most everything is tucked away and we could hit the road in an hour or so. 

But I'm learning that I like settling in.  We've been in the valley since late October. Prior to that, summer was spent in Vermont with Anne and Scotty. That's where we were a year ago today.  Before we headed to Vermont we had been guests of our children, Sonsearae and Chris, for Jim's recovery.  

Even though our life isn't constantly in motion, I find I like routines.  I've also come to realize that there isn't enough time or resources to see and do everything in one lifetime!

We both need medical attention and when you travel you have to keep this in mind. I rather like developing a relationship with medical personnel.  And going to the same grocery store, gas station and favorite restaurants etc....routines established for ease of life.

So far Jim wants to travel and thus far we can't decide on where to go next!  From here Corpus Christi...but in general we have no plans.

Perhaps we'll just go where the wind takes us, like a ship lost at sea trying to find a home port.

Last week we had the rig in for repairs on the brakes. We spent the night in Bert Ogden's parking lot and turned over the rig at 0800.   As it happened the day was wonderful weather wise.  We sat in a shaded parking lot all morning reading or playing games on our tablets. Then headed out at lunchtime for some Popeye's chicken.  Back to the park to enjoy a picnic lunch. As the afternoon warmed up we headed back to Ogden's and discovered we couldn't get our rig back.  So we packed essentials (but still managed to forget some items) and searched for a place to stay.  Managed to endure a stay at a hotel over night.  Because of Boo we ended up eating a lot of fast food and boy did we tire of that quickly.  

Wrong parts and a promise to finish up the second day saw us taking our rig home after two full days of being homeless.  Oh it was fine sleeping that night in our own bed!

All is right in our world