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Blog 2010 The Current Travel Journal Feb 01, 2010.
Texas Citrus Festival Parade
Oleander Acre's float.
The King and Queen of Oleander Acres --- Doc and Betty.
One of the floats --- I think it's the King and Queen of the Festival along with her attendants.
This float was decorated with sliced fruit.
There were horses pulling a carriage .......
and this horse pulling a cart
Doc was showing us a single finger and the trophy ..... Oleander's entry had won first place in it's class.
This parade was a little different as there were military vehicles, zero radius lawn mowers, trucks, etc. driving in the parade.
Not quite sure who these guys were but they were very colourful.
I just loved how the mane was weaved on the white horse.
These horses could almost dance.
Learning to be a Greeter
In the afternoon the hall is opened for viewing. Turns out we have some pretty talented people in the park. One woman makes little sculptures and jewelry including making her own beads. Ok, she is a professional a sculptor but her stuff was amazing. The park also has talented wood workers, painters, photographers (no Ed didn't enter), knitters, crocheters, card makers, etc.
Anyway, I think people like the pasties as they asked Cheryl if she was going to do it again this year. As I helped last year I was asked to help again. Learning from our mistakes, the pasty production went a lot smoother this year. 130 pasty were sold and a nice amount of change was added to the special funds. I took my camera with me but I got down to work and totally forgot I had it with me till the last batch of pasties went into the oven.
Finished pasties cooling.
Cheryl admiring the finished product.
I'm a Red Hat Now
First stop was a Tea Room which we filled with the 40 ladies. There was a sea of red and purple.
Judy and Kay are sisters.
Judy loves our park. Both her sister in-law, sister and a good friend from home are in the park this year.
Cheryl decided there was no point in standing yet as there was a long line to pay.
Second stop was the museum. The quilt show was about 10 or 15 quilts recently completed by mostly winter Texans. We were given some time to look at them then we were lead to another part of the museum where she told us about the Mission area. I was a bit disappointed as I had imaged the "quilt show" to be old quilts and that the woman from the museum would talk to us about the quilts telling us about their histories and what the patterns meant. It turned out I was part of the entertainment as the ladies had fun watching me nod off, wake up and nod off again --- I really need a cat nap after lunch. Despite my need for a nap and not getting the quilt show I had hope for I still had fun with the ladies.
Let's see, the colours for Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold .... yup I think this might work.
Darlene, myself and Linda standing by the clothing bundles with our treasures.
The second Ropa was a lot less expensive .... everything was 20 cents a pound but you had to sort through mounds of clothing making it a lot harder to find things . Linda was at the top of a 10 foot pile.
A fork lift kept the pile neat making it harder to find things.
We found several items of clothing to wear plus some items for Mardi Gras.
A local Mexican Dance school brought some of their students to the park to dance for us.
Each dance is from a different area of Mexico, thus each costume is unique.
The main dance instructor was trying to keep from laughing as these four young children were doing their dance --- guess they were doing it their way.
Early and Late Birthday Celebration
This Common Pauraque was sleeping under a bush. A second Pauraque was about six feet away under another bush. Pauraque roost during the day and hunt for bugs at night. These birds are very difficult to see as they look like the twigs, leaves and branches they sleep in.
This cormorant gave us quite a show. He had speared a fish ................
............. and hit it against the tree several times before he finally ate it.
After the walk, we drove over to Colin and Margaret's trailer where she made us grilled shrimp and stuffed Cornish hens cooked in the Ronko, yum!!!!! Unfortunately, things did not go according to plan that day. A few days earlier in the week, Colin and Margaret's refrigerator died. They purchased a new refrigerator and it seemed to be working fine until today. When we arrived from the walk, Colin decided the refrigerator needed to be defrosted ---- NOW. So after borrowing a cooler from the neighbours for the frozen items. The refrigerator was turned off. As we sat down to dinner the refrigerator was turned back on. As to be expected, the refrigerator incident had an timing effect on dinner. Turned out the vents of the fridge were on the side so it would not run correctly in the trailer. The refrigerator was returned and a replacement purchased. Hope this one will work as expected.
The first skit was a story about the trials and tribulations of using a bedpan .........
Next, a local elementary school came in to show us "speed stacking". It's a hand - eye co-ordination exercise where cups are stacked in patterns. Apparently it's very popular .... lots of hits when you google "speed stacking" and lots of video on youtube.
Darryl is shown how to speed stack.
We were also treated to a fashion show feature some unusual models
Starting on the left we have the recyclable "can-can" skirt and straw hat, a "print dress" with a "pill box hat", a "box sweater", a "slip on sweater with 3 quarter sleeves" .... yup three quarters were taped to each sleeve. At the far right we have the "tea-shirt"... yup tea bags were pinned all over the shirt and "bell bottom pants". She jingled when she walked.
Gotta love those teeth ------Zaph is lying upside down on the bed getting his morning tummy rub.
Happy Birthday Rosetta & Ed .... 1 and 3 days early
We gathered a group of people, party favours and a cake and drove to Ponchos ---- a Mexican restaurant that's not too far away.
Ed & Rosetta.
The Mariachi Band came and played a couple of songs for us.
Lots of delicious food.
and of course cake. The cake said Happy Birthday Rosetta and Ed ..... 130 years of knowledge
I'm ready..... let's party.
They go to Oleander Acres RV park to be made into gazing balls.
A couple of women from our park scoured the local flea markets and found around 30 old bowling balls. Next they found some willing participants, pieces of glass, pottery and mirror and a lot of silicon sealant. The result are these gazing balls.
Not being good at abstract I decided to create a flower pattern.
Baby, it's cold out there. South Texas had an unusual cold snap with the temperatures dropping below freezing for a couple of nights.
It was weird to walk around the park and see sheets everywhere.
Even the park owner covered a couple of the sensitive cacti.
Gypsy makes her self comfortable when she comes for a visit.
Zaph's New Friend
Hey .... that's not a play toy ..... that's my tail.
Zaph's new friend Gypsy came over to help wake Ed up --- she did a really good job. I had let Ed sleep in and skip Saturday coffee as he's fighting a cold. Gypsy is my neighbour's 5 month old Papillon and she seems to really like Zaph.
Working on Zaph's rawhide chews --- she still has the razor sharp baby teeth.
Have you seen Avatar 3D yet? I didn't know much about it except for the few clips I'd seen and that it had been in the works for 15 years. Ed really wanted to go so I thought I might as well go too and I'm really glad I did. It was an amazing movie .... great special effects but also a story and of course good won over evil. It's been a good day --- bridge with decent hands, the movie and a visit to the DQ. Life is pretty good.
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 ......
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