The great Elfphod
This home was across from the City Hall Plaza and seemed to be getting as much attention as the plaza did.
As you drove past this home you could hear music and watch the animated figures.
Zaph decided to pose with the horses .... unfortunately he forgot to wear his Christmas lights.
We had stopped by our friends Mark & Lynn's place to say hi and noticed that they had three dogs instead of the regular two. They explained they were puppy sitting "Bear" a 9 month Rottweiler/lab/German Shepherd/etc. mix. Mark takes take Bear out for exercise using a golf cart as neither he nor Lynn are all that stable on their feet. Having raised a large dog we know that they need a lot of exercise so we offered to take Bear when we took Zaph for a walk. The walks are generally uneventful except when we stop to chat and the dogs decide it's play time.
Having a water break .... this was one of the few warm days we've had so far this winter.
Christmas Eve means a program down at the rec hall. Betty did an amazing job again this year especially since some of her regular participants either went home for Christmas or were late coming down.
The lights are turned off and candles are lit giving the room a wonderful ambience.
Christmas morning in the trailer revolves around giving Zaph his presents.......
The stockings were hung by door knobs with care.....
Elfphod checking out foxy. Zaph puts up with alot. We even made his walk around the park wearing his new hat .... thought it would be nice to spread some Christmas cheer
Not the happiest elf in the workshop
Christmas dinner was a pot luck at the rec hall for about 150 people. Everyone really out did themselves this year --- I think there was enough food left to feed another fify people. Santa and Mrs. Claus also made an appearance to hand out gifts to the park managers daughter and Jose's (park handiman) children. It was especially fun to watch the little girls (under 4 years old) reactions to Santa --- no fear at all.
On the feeding stations complete with 2 Orioles and 2 Kiskadees
Wishing we had Brought a Boat
The flowers have been enjoying the wet cool weather.
It started raining on Tuesday and by Wednesday morning I was really starting to wonder if we should have brought a boat with us. Zaph and I ventured out for one walk and came back looking like drowned rats. A fellow stopped us on the walk and asked if the owner of the park was charging us extra for the swimming pool around the trailer. By time the rain had stopped late Wednesday night there had been more than 2 1/2 inches of rain ---- very happy it wasn't snow.
After returning from our walk, I grabbed the camera and took this photo. The trailer itself is sitting on high ground.
In the late afternoon on Wednesday, the neighbour who parks behind us arrived with his motor home. He miscalculated his path a little and went to pull forward --- ooops not going forward just going down. Luckily he was off the road so he decided to land where he was. He would move another day when the ground had dried out a bit.
On Thursday I went out and too this photo of one of the rear tires.
Decorated for Christmas
It's not fancy but we did get some lights up for Christmas. The RV park looks very cheery with all the Christmas lights.
.... bored.......... The weather hasn't been very good ---- chilly, cloudy, drizzly ---- so we've spent a fair bit of time in the trailer. But ..................
it's been a lot better than it is at home. Rob & Ellen, thanks for the photo of our house. Not missing the snow at all.
Monday the trailer got a bath and Tuesday the truck got it's bath so all of the big jobs are done and we can start to relax and enjoy the winter. I think the weather is going to be really interesting this year ..... the park experienced a frost on Saturday morning (pretty much unheard of) and it was 87F on Tuesday and today the high was 60F.
Yesterday we did our first walk of the season at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. Think the timing was bad as we didn't see a lot of birds. We did seem some very interesting ants though. If you look closely at the above photo you'll see white dots on the bottom of the feeder and on the post.
The white dots were pieces of bird feed being carried by ants. There was a steady stream of ants going up and down the poles.
The Green Jays made an appearance.
as did the Javelinas.
More Zaph at the Beach
All body parts need to enjoy the beach equally.
Nothing beats a good stick, sand and water.
Walking on air ......
Again, not a lot of people on the beach other than fishermen. Just about every group of fishermen had a Great Blue Heron hanging around.
Some birds hunkered down in the wind.
Didn't see a lot of birds today and most of the ones we saw were hunkered down.
Black-crowned Night Heron
Dogs are not allowed at the birding areas so Zaph persuaded us to take a walk at the Port Aransas beach. It wasn't bad when you were all bundled up. Didn't see a lot of people out on the beach but there were a fair number fisherman.
Sunset at the state campground.
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