Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Catch Up Again!

Sunday, 15 Nov: Not much happened today except we ate the leftovers from dinner last night….they were still very good!

Monday, 16 Nov: Not much planned for the day but around 10:00 Kathy stopped by on her way to the office to sign up for the pot luck so I went with. She also asked about staying for 2 more weeks and they were so accommodating at the office. They even let them have the monthly rate which was cheaper. This is a nice place to stay! We then decided to go out to lunch. When we drove by Ramsey’s Restaurant (small home town kind of restaurant), the parking lot was full so I had the best meat loaf! Good food and not so expensive! Back at the park Kathy and I decided to go to the club house and put together a puzzle. We picked out a 500 piece hoping we could get it together in one day…..we kept at it and got it together around 5:00. Boy did we have stiff backs!

Tuesday, 17 Nov: Nolan wanted to make a trip to Academy Sports just because we had never been in one of their stores before. They sure have a lot of sporting goods! On the way back to the trailer we stopped for pizza. Nothing outstanding but OK. Rest of the day was uneventful!

Wednesday, 18 Nov: Kathy and Chuck called wanting us to go to the gulf with them to find some shrimp but we had already talked about going back to Riverside Park. So, we declined and took off for the park. We decided to check out the Zoo.

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Great little zoo! Got back to the park in time to go to the craft time with some of the other ladies and Nolan grilled Pork Chops for dinner…..I just love it cause he cooks!!!

Thursday, 19 Nov: Very lazy morning and other than putting the stew in the crock pot and a quick visit to HEB with Kathy, not much happened until we went to the Park Pot Luck. Of course there was lots of good food and I ate way too much!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Good Friends and Good Times

Thursday, 12 Nov: Early this morning Chuck, on his way to the golf course, was knocking on the door with a note from Kathy to come over this afternoon for chicken wings. Waited until around noon and called to say we would be down and asking what I could bring. That of course was a good excuse to head to the grocery store for some wine and vegetables. Needed to stop at the post office so we decided to go to the HEB Plus down the road a little bit farther. What a big store….kind of like a super Wal Mart. Getting the wine was not such an easy job…..hundreds of different kinds at the HEB and I’m not a wine expert!!!!! Oh well, finally picked out a couple of bottles and made it back to the RV. Got to Chuck and Kathy’s and Chuck was grilling the wings then Kathy put the sauce on them. Then it was time to get messy…..if anyone knows how to eat wings without getting it all over yourself, I could sure use some pointers. Wings were great but the company was ever better! Thanks Kathy and Chuck.

Friday, 13 Nov: Nolan and I had planned to make a trip to Rockport to go to the RV Open House at Camper Clinic and see if I could pick up some Revolution (flea and heartworm medicine) that I use on the dogs. Last night we asked Kathy and Chuck if they wanted to ride along. We left around 9:30 and talked non stop all the way there. It’s so much fun to do stuff with another couple….not that Nolan and I don’t have a good time by ourselves, it’s just fun to do things with other some times. Stopped at the veterinary that we had taken the dogs to last year where I thought I got the first doses of Revolution…..well, I was wrong (I don’t say that too often) and they didn’t even sell Revolution for dogs. Guess I’ll have to find some place in Victoria that will give it to me. The Open House advertised free food but the line was soooooooo long we didn’t even think about standing in it. They did have a few vendors set up and Kathy and I found an Avon lady…..bought some Skin So Soft to see if that may keep the mosquitoes away!!!!! Looked at a few new Montana 5th Wheels….they sure are nice but I’m still happy with our Alumascape! Lunch…..we drove through the Last Resort where we will be staying in March so we decided we would just try out the Big Fisherman again since Kathy and Chuck had never been there. All of us but Nolan and the Mini Seafood Platter…..was pretty good!

I kind of wanted to drive on over to Aransas Pass but we were running out of time so we just drove back by the gulf in Rockport and started home! Nolan likes to drive back different ways than the way you first got there so we took another route home…..a long route home. So, we had to stop and take a break at our favorite place in Texas…..Diary Queen! What a fun day!

Saturday, 14 Nov: Really started out slow today……but I knew I needed to go find some Revolution for the dogs especially since there are so many mosquitoes here. Made a call to one place and he said sure they would sell it to me so off we went. As we were pulling out of the park, a funeral was driving by….we decided we would try to take a side road and go around……every time we came to an intersection where we thought we would get in front of them…..there they were. Ended up they were going to the same area we were…..veterinary was across the road from the cemetery. We wanted to go out to this Italian Grill that we had driven by several times and the parking lot was always full so I called Kathy and Chuck to see if they wanted to go with. A couple of hours before we were going out, Kathy called wanting us to come play a game and have something to drink. Played a few games of Mexican Train and drank a couple of margaritas. Chuck drove us to the restaurant and what a great meal…..I had a 5 cheese Tuscan pasta that was to die for…..another great day!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Weather, Mosquitoes, RV Park, and Stuff

Wednesday, 28 Oct: Today I wanted to find some travel/tourist information on Texas so we took off for the Visitor’s Center in Fredericksburg, TX.  Here is a picture of the main street in Fredericksburg….it’s such a great little town with so much to see and do.

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Found the information I wanted and then we went to one of the many coffee shops and had a cup of coffee!  This is really a good life!

Thursday, 29 Oct:  Today we drove over to Kerrville just to look around and see where we had enjoyed staying so much last March.  Everything still looked about the same……great place to visit and stay.  Nolan agreed to let me go to JC Penneys to shop a little after we ate some chicken for lunch.  Of course I found a few things….some day I’m gonna have to find a few things to take out of the trailer!!!!!

The forecast was for rain tomorrow so we decided we would stay an extra day.

Friday, 30 Oct:  Well, sure don’t know what happened to the rain but didn’t look rainy at all so out the door we went to Luckenbach, TX, again.  Hopefully, not so crowded today.  What a beautiful day to visit Luckenbach.  We kind of just roamed around, ate a sandwich, and talked to a few people.  And, Nolan carved our initials in a table again.  Last year when we were here he carved his initials in a table but we couldn’t find the table so now there are two tables with his mark on them at Luckenbach, TX.

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There is almost always somebody playing music there and today was not exception.  He was really pretty good.  He’s sitting among these trees…..kind of hard to see.

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Also made a stop at the Circle E Candle store…..what a great store….I picked up a couple of great smelling candles and I can’t wait to burn them!

A couple of days ago one of the best, so far, RV’s pulled into the park…..I just had to get a picture.

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If I had left it up to Nolan to pick out our RV, I’m sure we would have ended up with something similar!!!!

Saturday, 31 Oct:  Travel day so up we got and started down the road by 9:30.  Nice drive and we arrived at the Lazy Longhorn RV Park early afternoon.  Got back into our site and set up in the bright sun shine.  Sure is nice weather!  Needed to stock up on stuff from Wal Mart so off we went…..what a mistake!  Besides being very busy because it was the weekend….Nolan was in one of those hurry up and get out of there kind of shopping trips….I think I forgot half of what I wanted but still managed to spend over $100 and I’ll have to go back!

Sunday, 1 Nov: Mosquitoes are everywhere!  Can’t sit outside without getting eaten up.  Been lots of rain here and our site is shady and on the other side of the fence is an old junk car lot.  Can’t see it but I’m sure there’s lot of nasty water around that those little pests love!  Talked Nolan into going to Lowe’s to find some kind of defense against them.  Brought home a bug zapper with mosquito attractant, mosquito fogger, and citronella candles.  All the while Nolan was laughing at me and telling me nothing would work!

Monday, 2 Nov: We’re close to the Aransas Wildlife Refuge that we visited last year.  We took off on another beautiful sunny Texas day for the refuge.  Hopefully since it’s rained there will be more wildlife out than there was last year.  Well, looks like the refuge didn’t get enough rain…..even the pond that held a small amount of water in it last year that had hogs and alligators was completely dry….nothing but mosquitoes around!!!!  Drove on down to the tower and spent several minutes there looking out at the marshes for Whooping Cranes…..don’t think we saw any but we did see stuff….I could have spent hours up there looking around.  Decided since it was so dry there was no sense in driving around the loop but we did stop to see if we could see the alligators up across from the visitor’s center.  Saw one with all kinds of green slim on his head….looked nasty!  Back at the RV, we decided to try shopping at HEB again, looked like they might have some pretty good sales from the add in the paper.  Well, it was a much better shopping experience and we actually got out of there with spending around $50 and lots of good stuff for Nolan to cook!!!!  Made my day!

Tuesday, 3 Nov:  Today we decided to take a drive to the Goliad, TX, area….several historical sites and memorials there. 

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The we were off to Goliad to find something to eat and whatever else was there.  First we drove down to the square and back around to the main road.  Great town square, you know one of those old time ones….lots of older buildings with lots more history.  Decided to eat a hamburger before driving on out to the Goliad State Park and Historic Site.  On to the park….

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What a beautiful park….they have an RV park with full hookups also!  We paid the admission fee, all the Texas State Parks have an entrance fee.  Went through the Mission.2009 025 2009 017

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They have done a really good job restoring this mission and maintaining it!

We drove around the park for a while and again, I can’t say enough about how pretty it was…..if it was for the daily entrance fee that you have to pay on top of the RV site fee, we would have stayed there!

We still were looking for the memorial where they had buried all the soldiers from the Fannin Battle that were captured and then executed.  So on down the road a little bit and there we found it.2009 026

Nice memorial for those who lost their lives in this terrible way.  But the most interesting this was that we found my brother’s name on the memorial….of course it wasn’t him but kind of neat that someone else shared his name.

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Well, it was time to head back to Victoria after a fun day of exploring!

Wednesday, 4 Nov:  While we were in Fredericksburg, we had ordered parts for the washing machine, another reason for waiting until after Friday to leave.  The parts were supposed to arrive by Friday….they didn’t but the repairman said he would mail them to us here in Victoria.  We got them today so Nolan started working on it and had it all fixed by mid afternoon….he such a great handyman!!!    For those of you would followed last year you will remember that we couldn’t stand going into the HEB stores….they were always so crowded and we could never find anything….just wanted everyone to know that we had another good experience at HEB today….maybe it is a good store after all!

Thursday, 5 Nov:  I wanted to find a beach that we could take the dogs to so we left around 10:00 on another exploration trip.  We first went to Seadrift…..small coastal town but no beach.  Then to Magnolia Beach…..you might think there would be a beach here but no, just another small coastal town.  We did stop at a local restaurant and had some great Mexican food.  Then it was on to Port Lavaca.  What a nice town….a little bigger than I had thought it would be but again, no sandy beach.  We did see lots of pretty water and lots of interesting scenery.

Friday, 6 Nov: Today I decided we needed to move to another site on the other side of the park or maybe in the middle section so I went to ask if it would be OK at the office.  I explained that I was interested in moving to a site that might not have so many mosquitoes and they kind of laughed at me which is what Nolan had been doing.  They told me to try spraying mouth wash on everything…..they said that would work!  So off we went to find mouth wash and a spray bottle.  As soon as I got back I started spraying everything…..the grass in the dog pen, our chairs and all around….before I got through, I got bite 5 times!!!!

Saturday, 7 Nov:  I had been planning for a year to wax my shower.  I had read and been told that it would help keep it cleaner and be easier to clean.  Well first that means you have to clean it really good…..this whole process took me all day!  Of course I didn’t work at it constantly but I did work at it pretty hard!  Turned out pretty good and I think it will help.

Sunday, 8 Nov:  Not much happened today but I sure can tell that I used my arms a lot yesterday….as Nolan says I don’t do enough physical exercise!

Monday, 9 Nov:  I forgot to refill my prescription at Wal Mart the other day and I took the last one this morning so our excitement today was to get that done and then back by 1:00 so I could go to the Craft Time at the Clubhouse.  NOT!!!!!  When I dropped it off at 11:45 the lady said it would be an hour.  When I went back at something after 1:00 it was still not ready….OMG, we waited for over an hour and a half for them to refill my prescription….good thing Nolan was not having one of his bad shopping days!  Needless to say I missed the Crafts but got home and Nolan grilled something for dinner and we just relaxed the rest of the day.

Tuesday,10 Nov: During one of our outings to shop we drove by the Riverside City Park here in Victoria.  WOW!  What a huge, beautiful park.  I talked Nolan into going back today with the dogs.  I thought they could run loose because there was so much room.  First, we stopped at Lowes to buy a pole for our flag so we could put it out tomorrow, then we bought some lunch, and then we spent a couple of hours at the park with the dogs running loose……we’ll be doing this again!

Wednesday, 11 Nov:  What a great surprise today around 11:00 or so we had a knock on the door…..that doesn’t happen in a park where you don’t know anyone.  Nolan went to the door and then went out.  He didn’t come back in so I got up to look and see what he was doing and he was talking to Chuck, one of our RV friends from the RV Dreams rally in Branson and who spent the month with us last winter in Kerrville.  I went out and gave him a hug and then asked about Kathy…..she was getting their trailer set up after travelling….they had just arrived here in Victoria….I rushed over to get another hug and to say hello!  Great to see friends again.  I decided to join the park ladies for craft time today for the first time and I sure was glad I did….it’s always fun meeting new people and talking about how they got started, besides learning about what crafts they’re are doing.  Nolan grilled steaks for dinner and we took it easy the rest of the day!