Monday we went out for Mexican, Tuesday we had left over spaghetti, Wednesday we went to a presentation at the rec hall and were given a free chicken dinner, on Thursday Linda (our neighbour) made bean soup as she had a ham shank she's been needing to use up since Christmas --- I baked corn bread so I sort of cooked and Friday was Zack's birthday so the group of us went to Tony Romas. Tonight we had a salad and left overs --- more left over spaghetti sauce and chicken I brought back from Tony Romas.
On Thursday we drove to Mexico with Harold and Lorna --- Harold needed to pick up his teeth. On the way there we saw the "wall" that is being built between the USA and Mexico. Not sure if it's going to work and it isn't very pretty.
The northern side of the wall.
At least in this spot there is a few hundred feet of dead space between the river and the wall.
Ropa and Fun Night
Now you are wondering why I was there. My neighbours, Linda and Mary Ann and I went to "ropa" to look for clothes to use as costumes in the Mardi Gras parade that our park is doing in a couple of weeks. For about six dollars we ended up with two huge bags of clothes --- costumes for six people with left overs. A couple of the pieces still had the manufacturers tags on them.
The mountain of clothes at one of the Ropas.
Bales of clothes.
Tonight was Fun Night. People from the park entertain us with songs and skits. It was a great evening.
The hill billy band.
Ray the singing cowboy and his horse.
Our neighbour Bob and Norma sang a duet.
A group of around 20 headed to Ponchos for some good Mexican food and Mariachi.
There were four violins, two guitars and one trumpet tonight.
The men playing the trumpets are always off to the side ... I think it's because they are very loud.
Some of the dancers are as young as three years old. This group of kids did a Mexican Hat Dance.
This little one hasn't started dancing yet but was happy to receive one of the teddy bears that were part of the table centre pieces.
The main photo on the boot is of our own Cowboy Phod. The other photos were taken at the Cody Wyoming Nightly Rodeo.
We borrowed our neighbour Glen's boots. I told him Zaph was going to wear them when I asked to borrow them.
The wind was blowing and made it hard to keep the hat on Zaph's head.
Birds and Chili
About 10 minutes east of us in McAllen is Quinta Mazatlan, a 1930's estate complete with a mansion and 15 acres of bird habitat. After spending parts of three winters this close to a birding area we thought it was about time that we paid it a visit, so Jean, Bob, Rosetta, Ed and myself climbed into Bob's truck and drove over. Our main goal was to see the birds so we skipped walking through the mansion this time (admission was $1 for seniors and $2 for adults so we figure we could afford to go back again). We walked around for about 2 hours and only managed about half of the trail (OK, we did sit at several of the feeding stations to watch the birds and the avid photographers (Jean, Rosetta and Ed) spent time taking lots and lots of photos).
There were lots of Kiskadees in this park.
The kiskadees and sparrows were loving the food stuffed into this log.
A Curve-billed Thrasher
I think this is an orange-crowned warbler.
If you look closely you can see the ant under the leaf. The ants were climbing the tree, picking leaves then carrying them down the tree trunk ..... we didn't figure out were they were taking them.
Tonight was the Chili Cook Off. Seven people (six women and one man) volunteered to cook their special chili recipes. As our street is still on duty we were involved with setup, taking tickets, serving desert and cleanup. The cooks were asked to serve the chili so they could answer and questions regarding ingredients and spice level. Every chili was different, one was made with turkey, another made with meat substitute (vegetarian), yet another was made with venison. They all tasted different and they all were tasty.
The chili cooks and me read to serve.
Ed and I in our chef hats. Yes, thats me with my new haircut. Short hair is much easier to deal with in the heat and the wind.
This evening we met Colin, Margaret, Shelly (daughter), Luke (son-in-law), McKenna (granddaughter) and Sherri-Lyn (daughter-in-law, son Cort just started a new job and couldn't get time off) for dinner at Cheddars Restaurant. We had a nice visit, the food was great, the service good (weren't sure about this as the restaurant has only been open for a week). Colin had put a lot of pressure on me to choose a reasonably priced restaurant with good food that was not a standard one we went to all the time. Boy was I relieved when they said it was perfect.
McKenna and I .... she's got a good strong grip.
Margaret, Frances, Ed and Colin
Sherri-Lyn, Luke, McKenna and Shelly
McKenna and her daddy .... she smiles and talks a lot but my timing was off and this was the best smile I got.
Happy Birthday Ed!!!
Last night was the start of our "week on". As street reps we need to find people in our area (we have a whole field of units) that are willing to help serve dinner, clean up after dinner, put up and take down tables and chairs, serve ice cream, serve doughnuts and coffee and cleanup at Saturday coffee and do what ever else happens to need doing during the week. So far so good, we managed to get the tables and chairs up for this mornings coffee and we survived coffee. Tonight we get to serve the bean soup supper .... hopefully it goes as well as the coffee did. Then it's six days to go ......
I'm not sure why but people chuckled at coffee when Ed stated his age during the "who had a birthday this week". Either they couldn't believe he was as young as he said or they couldn't believe someone that young would be in the park. When it's my turn I'll pretend that I didn't have a birthday.
How'd I do that?
South Forty Flicks
Ed and Glen securing the screen ... they threw a rope over the trailer and attached it to the screen to ensure it wouldn't fall over.
Ready for the show to begin.
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