Quiet New Years Eve
One of the hawks.
Today is Lorna and Harold's 25th anniversary so a bunch of us went out to dinner at Denny's (the happy couple picked it) to celebrate. When we got back from dinner Ed announced that he was getting a cold and laid down on the couch ... he did feel well enough to go to the rec hall to play games. We did manage to stay awake till midnight to see the new year in.
Shortly after dark we started hearing fireworks which continued sporadically through the evening. At midnight the fireworks really got going and continued for about a half hour. We could see a few of them but mostly we heard them.
Today was overcast and a bit cooler but still comfortable to be outside so Ed, Zaph, our neighbour Jean and myself drove over to the Bentsen state to look for birds and we found them.
The Kiskadees were plentiful and playful today.
This woodpecker found himself a nice tasty treat.
Another kiskadee this time getting a drink.
We saw three types of doves in the park today. The small one is the common ground dove and I think the large one is the white tipped dove.
I tried to get Zaph to hold his Christmas stocking in his mouth but he just didn't want to do it so I tucked it into his collar.
Very convenient door knobs.
This morning Zaph had a great time opening his presents. I think he pretty much got everything that he wanted .... a squeaky toy, a soccer ball, cookies and chicken treats. Oh, he also got some new bandanas .... but I think that's like getting underwear, needed but not exciting.
Think the duck was a big hit
I volunteered Ed for turkey carving duty (thanks for the photo Jean)
The hall was packed and smell oh so good from the turkey, ham and goodies that everyone had brought.
The hall just starting to fill up.
Santa Clause paid us a visit.
Jose (he does maintenance at the park) and his family were invited to dinner. Several people purchased gifts for his children.
Michelle was very happy with her gifts.
Jose, his three sons, daughter and wife pose with Santa
Getting Ready for Christmas
The program at the hall was very good. Betty, the entertainment director out did herself again. The theme this year was "Traditions of Christmas". The hall was darkened at the start of the program and when the curtain opened we saw a light nativity scene. At the same time Lorne was reading the Christmas story. When he was finished we heard Ginger and Ray singing Silent Night, first quietly then slowly gaining volume. After that Betty told us about different Christmas traditions intermixed with Christmas carols led by Bob with Jean accompanying him on the piano. When the French Canadian traditions were talked about, Paul (he's from Hull Quebec sang a French Christmas carol. After the program everyone enjoyed the finger food and visited.
Bob singing with his silly hat.
We lit candles and sang Silent Night.
When we got home Zaph decided to show Ed how much he had missed him.
Cool for Texas
Sunday and Monday were a little deary. The temperature dropped all day Sunday and stayed cold on Monday. Thankfully it warmed up today and is suppose to be pretty nice for the next ten days. Hopefully some of this warmth will work it's way north. We've been watching the Walkerton weather forecasts and I'm not sure that we would have been able to dig the trailer out if we had stayed home for Christmas.
Even the birds weren't enjoying the weather today. The grackles were sitting on the wire facing into the wind.
The only way to spend a cold deary afternoon.
Earlier this week I was a little surprised when Ed asked if I thought we should decorate the trailer for Christmas as it's been years since we've decorated the house or trailer. After a bit of stunned silence I said sure.
The trailer and palm tree decorated for Christmas. A work in progress ---- more to come next year ..... I hope. Ed decided on blue lights for the trailer as he thought they could be used in "the theatre" in the basement of our house.
One day this week, Ed heard a plane fly over the trailer and went out to investigate. When he saw that it was a crop duster he decided to take a few photos. Unfortunately it was a little foggy.
They were harvesting one field and dusting another.
It's incredible how low the crop duster can fly.
Friday evening generally means entertainment and tonight was Terry Porter Roewe from Hope Arkansas. I think Ed and I were the only people in the audience who knew where Hope Arkansas was and that was only because we stayed one night at the Hope Wal-Mart RV park otherwise none as the parking lot. Terry was OK but his voice was a little week. He said this was due to a case of laryngitis. He was a good entertainer though and kept us amused with funny stories between songs.
This morning I went to exercise class then to bridge. Oh how I missed playing bridge. The brain was a little rusty so I think I need to read my Joy of Bridge book and see if it is the required lubricant. Shortly after lunch our friends Jean and Bob arrived --- we have neighbours!!! We helped Bob park the trailer .... Ok Ed did the directing but I did help. I was the maker of how far to back up --- that is important too!
Very embarrasing...... while we were saying hi to Jean and Bob, Zaph had a very wet one getting some of the stuff on his tail feathers. A hose down was the only way to clean it up. Thanks for the photo Jean.
Margaret prepared a delisious dinner while Splash and Mexi provided the entertainment. After dinner Margaret, the dogs and I went for a walk to look at the Christmas light but we had left it a little late (10pm) and most of the lights had been turned off.
Our trailer looks a little lonesome as it's pretty quiet in the south field. One trailer with friends is expected to arrive on Monday. More are due after Christmas.
Estero Llano Grande State Park has a butterfly garden that had a lot of butterflies visiting the plants.
As it was windy a lot of birds were hunkering down. We found a some of them in the canal which is protected by the levees.
Colin and Margaret's trailer.
Splash and Mexi really like chicken treat. It didn't take them long to figure out that I had some in my bag.
Today we decided to take Zaph for a walk at Bentsen State Park and see what birds and critters were around. Turned out there wasn't a lot of exciting things but we still had a nice walk.
One green sitting on the feeder and a second one coming in for landing.
Zaph and I were looking through an opening in a bird blind and heard rustling behind us. When we turned I saw this guy walking toward us. Deciding retreat was best, Zaph and I hurried away.
We heard a lot of singing and finally spotted this little guy singing his heart out.
Arrived at Oleander RV park
The courthouse was built in 1885 but only served the community for four years before the seat was moved to Johnson City after a controversial election.
Another one of the old buildings in town currently under restoration. Currently it houses an art gallery and a restaurant.
The town of Luckenbach is basically a store / restaurant where concerts and jam sessions are held. You can tell it is very popular with concert goers by the size and quantity of parking lots.
One of the dams on the river.
That's one big picnic table and it's not going anywhere .... Ed tested it out and the benches are the correct height.
Ed and Zaph trying out the bench.
End of the Visit
I think the visit with my sister and family was a success as we were able to spend time with everyone especially the great niece (Sarah) and nephews (Omar and Timmy). Sarah had such a great time romping around her backyard with Zaph that she cried when Zaph had to leave.
Darryl heard there was a car show this weekend and not knowing anything more than where it was we decided to check it out. It wasn't what we were expecting but interesting none the less. This show was full of low risers and a few really jacked up trucks. The main objective of a low riser appears to be how close to the ground you can get the chassis and how big of a stereo you can get into the vehicle. Now I must admit I was impressed with many of the paint jobs and it was fun to watch the drivers raising and lowering their car sometimes one wheel at a time but I could have done without the music that made my entire body vibrate.
Dad and son .... Tim with Timmy
Me holding Timmy while he is having his bottle.
Not sure what this was all about, but Zaph kept his paw on Andy's head for at least a minute.
Later while Ed and Zaph were playing tug, Andy gave Zaph an open mouthed bite (more like a poke with his teeth) on Zaph's back --- think Andy wanted Zaph to stop playing tug. Dogs certainly have interesting ways of communicating.
Sarah and Omar with their new books. Sarah is learning to read and was very interested in the new words.
Omar, Zaph and Sarah playing in the backyard.
Sarah and Zaph playing tug with a stick
Grandpa and Timmy
Yup, even Ed played with Timmy
Timmy hard at play
The car show.
This car was on three wheels .... the suspension could be raised and lowered with the push of a button.
Arrived in Tyler, Texas
Today we drove to Tyler, Texas where we will spend a few days visiting with my sister and her family. It is a little weird as we just saw my sister and brother in-law a week and a half ago but it will be nice to see them again as well as the niece, nephews and grandniece and grandnephews. It will also give us a chance to organize the trailer. As this is the first time the trailer was packed for a long trip we didn't have a clue where anything should go so we just put things in the first open space we found. I'm sure we'll go through this process several times over the winter as we get use to this trailer. The temperature was 24C today .... very nice.
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