Thursday, January 29, 2009
I joined several of the other ladies at the clubhouse and sewed in between making lunch and walking the Jazzy dog. I either started this project late or I am really early for July 4--I started a July 4 wall hanging banner today and almost finished it.
Tomorrow we are going into San Antonio and taking Laci out to lunch. We'll do some errands too. Angie volunteered to walk the Jazzy girl if we get back too late.
I would think that most of the time what I write is boring to some, it's just our every day life but to us it's perfect--I sat down this afternoon to have a snack and to read and said, "what a good life."
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
On Wednesdays a group of ladies meet at the clubhouse to share supplies, tools and ideas for card making and scrap booking. I agreed to take my new Cricut machine up and we had a ball--that is one group of talented women. Judy was making beautiful Valentine cards, Margaret was making birthday cards and I got all my birthday cards for February and March completed.
Michael declined to accompany the motorcycle riders today, too cold and he painted most of the day. In between painting he walked the Jazzy girl. There are squirrels in this park, Jazz sits in the window and just shivers with the desire to get out that window and get those squirrels.
I was going to stay in tonight but Michael called after he went over to the clubhouse to play games, the ladies were one person short for playing Hand and Foot so I did go over. My team was skunked so badly I told them if that was the way they treated people who came to help out, I wouldn't volunteer again--they of course laughed and didn't believe me. I love this group of people, they are the greatest.
Retirement is the greatest!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Costco and Wal-Mart were not very busy today--many people here in the park have remarked on how empty all the stores are these days. There is lots of commercial real estate sitting vacant in San Antonio, store fronts that were built and never occupied. Our government leaders are still planning on spending billions for bailouts, thousands of jobs are lost daily--scary times for sure. What is the answer--who knows but I am fairly sure spending more money is not it.
As I write this I can hear rain on the roof, please no ice!!!
Monday, January 26, 2009
After finishing the laundry I headed off to the clubhouse to sew, joining all the other ladies. I made taco salad for lunch and then went back to the clubhouse where I paid the piper for all the times I ate out last week when I had to step on the Weight Watcher scales.
Games in the evening, a laid back, easy day.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday evening the park sponsored a concert by a well known guitarist, Keith Kimball--he played the guitar and banjo, it was extremely enjoyable and well attended by those in the park.
We took a nice long walk this morning, we skipped our walk yesterday, it was cold and windy. Michael ran out to the store on the motorcycle and got a couple of things I needed for potluck and the newspaper. I spent the rest of the day cooking and walking Jazz. Tonight we had Mexican dinner in the clubhouse, I made a lemonade pie and my friend Ellen's Kringler recipe--both disappeared quickly! We stayed to play games and are now tucked in for the night.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Michael was in a hurry to be off on a motorcycle ride so we had salads for lunch. I was in a hurry to go to the hairdressers and get this mess fixed. Hair is fixed and it looks much better, much!
I made a quick stop at HEB (the local grocery store) and came home, stuck some frozen meatballs in the oven and took Jazzy for a walk. After the walk, the meatballs and I went up to the clubhouse for happy hour. It was a fun gathering of folks and Marilyn made killer margaritas. Michael got home just about 6pm, while he was out with the other guys on motorcycles someone remarked on his bald rear tire. He told them he had ordered one but the guy had never called him. Charlie said he bet the shop in Kerrville had tires in stock--the shop did and they could mount the tire while the guys waited--thus the late arrival back at the RV park. Pat got a new tire, too!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Several days ago, Judy invited Michael and I to join the two of them along with Billie and Henry for a trip downtown to the River Walk and an arts and craft festival. Michael moaned and groaned and said he did not want to go so I declined the invitation on our part. This morning he asked me what time we were leaving, when I told him I wasn't going if he wasn't he agreed to go. I ran over to Judy and Rick's and told them we were back in the picture, took the fastest shower ever and was ready to go before they were. We got down to the River Walk by about 10am and it was the perfect time to be there. Very few people, still cool, just a beautiful morning. We took a river boat ride, something we had never done before, shopped a little and had lunch. The puzzling thing was--no arts and crafts vendors. After lunch we went to the San Antonio visitor's center and picked up literature--in one of the books it stated the arts and crafts festival was in February! Judy was very apologetic but we all said we had a wonderful time anyway!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Laci and her friend were to have come out here for dinner tonight but the Air Force intervened and they had to cancel. Laci does not have a car so she is at the mercy of friends that do have cars. We will try to get into San Antonio soon and take her to dinner.
Michael has gone off to play games at the clubhouse and I am sinking fast--must have been too much fresh air today!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
We had lunch at Chili's and then proceeded to Hobby Lobby with our two 40% off coupons. Michael bought art/painting supplies and I bought some papers and new blades for my Cricut. Success, the Cricut now works! The lady who sold it to me said she had only used it 3 times, I think she used the blade to cut concrete 3 times! Now I can be excited about the Cricut and all the beautiful cards I can make, I was so disappointed when we brought it home and it wouldn't even cut cardstock paper.
Michael walked Jazz and I went over to see about our friend Ralph who had a heart catherization yesterday. He is doing well but the poor guy, Angie has all these plans for a diet that doesn't include very much good--not even any Jim Beam!
A breezy, cool day in San Antonio.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Michael has gone off to play games and I stayed in to iron (ugh) and relax a little.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Laci (our Air Force granddaughter) was to have come out to the RV park with a friend today for late lunch, early dinner at 4pm. At 2:20 she called and said they were still in Houston. We re-scheduled for Wednesday.
Because I was supposed to be cooking for Laci and friends this afternoon, I missed the motorcycle ride. Michael went with three couples, Larry & Joyce, Karen & Eldon and Pat & Carolyn. They rode over to Castroville and even stopped at a Dairy Queen, sorry I missed that!!
My neighbors Judy and Karen stopped by and we sat in the sun and visited. I walked Jazz then went over to Judy and Rick's for happy hour. Michael came back and I cooked the pork tenderloin on the grill. Salad and butternut squash (for me) completed our dinner, delicious.
A wonderful Sunday.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
We stopped at Wal-Mart and Costco and got back out to the park about 4pm. I walked the Jazzy dog and fixed us a quick snack before we headed off to play bingo. I won one of the first games and split the $10 prize with Sandy. Michael won later and got the entire $10 prize! It was fun!
Today has been a lazy day. We walked the Jazz dog and I got the Cricut out of the box. I am very disappointed in the system. Don't know if I am doing something wrong or if that's the way it works but I have joined a Yahoo forum and will post some questions and see what happens. It may be for sale again!!
Michael has gotten all his painting supplies and easel out of the closet and is going to give acrylic painting a try again. He got slightly industrious this afternoon and caulked the shower where it had been leaking.
Lazy days are good!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
This was the Ladies Sewing Day with Carolyn. Carolyn taught me to quilt two years ago when I was here, she is an awesome quilter and lady. I went up at 10am and started by trying to alter a pair of jeans to fit me better and was successful. Then I started on my One Block Wonder quilt--got it all laid out and some of it sewn together before I had to quit for the day. We do a lot of sewing and a lot of visiting.
I also spent some time on the phone trying to find someone to take away our couch. Success--the Medina Children's Home pickup service is coming tomorrow to take the couch.
Tonight we played dominoes with a great group and the guys soundly beat the girls! Tomorrow we are off to San Antonio for errands.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
While at lunch with the ladies, my cell phone rang but I didn't answer. It was the furniture lady leaving me a message. Our recliners were in but had been delivered to the Austin store instead of the San Antonio store and because they only did deliveries between the two stores on Tuesday, we would have to wait until next Tuesday for the chairs. We elected instead to drive the 79 miles to Austin and get them. The chairs are installed and look great and sit even better. Jazzy isn't sure about the new furniture arrangement, she used to sit on the back of the cloth love seat and look out the window, now she can't get on the backs of these recliners.
So that was the busy yesterday. Today Corine had invited me to go to Central Market in downtown San Antonio. We left at 9am with Barb and Carol also. Central Market is an awesome grocery store with lots of interesting and different foods including fruits and veggies. I could have spent hours in there but we were getting hungry so headed to a Jason's Deli where I had a muffaletta which I haven't had in years, it was delicious. After lunch we stopped at JoAnn's where I picked up some more card making supplies. Our last stop was Sun Harvest grocery store which was also awesome, even the pricing was great. I got a huge bag of large navel oranges for $1.00! We started home about 2:30pm and should have been back to the RV park in about an hour but instead construction intervened and it was close to 5pm when we got back. Then it was up to the clubhouse for leftover meatloaf sandwiches made from the meatloaf left over from Sunday night's potluck. I'm pooped and came home, Michael stayed to play games.
Life is good.
Monday, January 12, 2009
I took one of our propane tanks into Pipe Creek to get it filled, our nights this week are to be very cold so we wanted to be prepared.
Michael went on another motorcycle ride with the guys today and had a wonderful time not getting back until about 4pm. Jazz and I took some nice walks today and had some nice resting our eyeball time, too.
Friends, Corrine and Kent were having a happy hour for another friend Carol in honor of Carol's birthday. I wandered over about 5pm and had a great time visiting, eating and wine drinking. Michael had just gotten home, was a little chilled and did not want to sit outside so he stayed home and had some computer time.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I did some household chores yesterday, laundry and ironing. Michael spent a relaxing day reading and working Sudoku puzzles. Jazzy spent the day napping.
We are trying to walk about 4-5 miles every morning and today's walk was great. We both spent some time on the computers and I prepared my Chinese Salad for tonight's potluck. The park is trying some new things this year, several of the men got together and prepared the entree for tonight, meatloaf (it was delicious) mashed potatoes and green beans. Everyone else prepared salads and desserts. The food was outstanding. Afterwards, the same crew that rode motorcycles last week played dominoes, men against the women and the men roundly defeated us!
Tonight we talked to friends and Nat. Laci (our Air Force granddaughter) called today, too.
A great Sunday.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Our pantry was growing bare and I headed off for the grocery store and Hobby Lobby around 10am. Michael and Jazz went for a long walk and then the motorcycle gang called and off he went.
I picked up some more card making stuff at Hobby Lobby. There is a class here at the RV park every Wednesday on card making and as many of you know from having received a card, I am really into making my own these days. I didn't know so much stuff existed for card making until I was browsing the aisles. Stopped at Wal Mart and the local grocery store HEB before heading back to the park.
Tonight was happy hour night, bring your own drink of choice and snacks to share. It was fun to visit with different folks. We are tucked in for the night, fore going games, the social life here is just too busy sometimes!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
The weather was beautiful and the ride just right, little traffic and beautiful scenery although it is still so incredibly dry here. Not much water in the rivers. On the way home we stopped at the Camp Verde store. The ladies in the group decided we would come back for lunch and shopping when we didn't have the guys with us.
We got home to the resort about 4pm, walked Jazz, relaxed a little and then went to play dominoes at the clubhouse.
Larry and Joyce
The motorcycle gang, Jo is at the end of the table, her husband Art is to her right, Joyce, Larry and Michael.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
A walk and then I was off to the clubhouse to sew. Michael was doing some computer work until Suzanne in the office sent him out to meet the post mistress since we were one of the guests getting a large box of mail. Our mail lady does not come into the RV park but delivers the mail to a box out on the main highway. We got all our Christmas cards and lots of other good mail.
The aging Hell's Angels took off on a ride finding a good place to eat lunch. It got a little too windy and they were back by 2pm. I sewed most of the afternoon.
We both went down to the clubhouse tonight and played games. A sad phone call came this evening, our friend Beryl died today--she was 93 years old--we shall miss her.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
So, yesterday we headed into San Antonio and visited furniture stores. We ended up purchasing two La-z-boy leather recliners to fit the space where the love seat sits. The color we wanted had to be brought from the Houston warehouse so we wait. We had lunch and stopped at Costco. San Antonio is a huge city and traffic was atrocious!!
I think it rained most of the night but by 9am, the sun was starting to appear and it turned out to be a gorgeous day. A couple load of laundry and some sewing completed my day. Michael rode his bicycle around the park and did some maintenance work on the RV.
Tonight it was "Grill Your Own" night. The park provides baked potatoes, a huge salad, rolls and ice cream for $3/person. They also provide grills, you bring the meat and cook it yourself. It was fun and we met some new folks. Jazzy and I took an after dinner walk.
Monday, January 5, 2009
I did some outdoor cooking, I hate to cook bacon in the RV so I used the electric skillet and cooked a bunch of bacon and some chicken. Took me a while to get all the mess cleaned up afterwards.
There is a group of ladies at this resort that are addicted to sewing and quilting, in fact, one of the ladies, Carolyn, taught me most of what I know about quilting when we were here two years ago. I hauled my sewing machine and projects up to the clubhouse in the afternoon so I can get started.
In the evening we played games at the clubhouse with the gang.
Michael has started going up to the clubhouse early, as in 6:30am (ugh) to drink coffee with a group of the guys. In spite of the fact that it is 37 degrees and raining, he is up there this morning. Jazz and I took a very quick walk around the park this morning, it is cold and wet!
Saturday, January 3, 2009
We got back to Lake Medina just in time to walk Jazz and go play bingo. Here in Texas the RV parks can sponsor bingo games but the rules are extensive. No one under the age of 50 can play and prize money can be no more than $10 per person per game I think. Records are kept with everyone signing in to play and also signing a form when they win. It is simple fun and I won the first bingo and put $10 in my pocket.
Here at Lake Medina, the men cook breakfast for the entire RV park every other Saturday--french toast, biscuits and gravy, eggs, bacon, and sausage. The men also do the cleaning up. After breakfast we took a much needed walk. By the time we got back, the sun was out and it was warming up.
I gave Jazz a bath and haircut today--she was not impressed! Laundry and other housekeeping chores took up much of the afternoon. Michael did a little maintenance work on the truck, too.
In the evening we went up to the clubhouse to play games. Michael played dominoes and I played a card game called Hand and Foot.
It was 78 degrees and sunny today, much better than the 2 degrees Montana was having!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
We took a long walk this morning, this area is in a severe drought and you can see it everywhere. There is not a blade of green grass anywhere and the live oak trees are starting to look water deprived. The owner told us this is the 5th driest year ever in history.
The New Year arrived today without us ringing it in as is our usual custom. We enjoyed the party the RV resort owners gave last night, the food was great.
There are deer and Egyptian geese here in the park, some folks feed them and as dry as it is, the poor animals probably need the extra feed.