Doin’ a Little Catch Up

Sorry I have been absent for so long.  

In a nut shell we have been working and playing and workin’ some more.  You can check out our playing at The Wandering Workentins

I told Ron on Friday as we were driving up to Medina Lake Thousand Trails I really wanted to do some writing this weekend.  I think about different things I could write about while I am working or during my quiet time with the Lord, but when I sit down to write…nothing is there.  
But today we have something beautiful to share ~ our beautiful new grandson.
Our beautiful daughter-in-love, Danalyn with Christopher before heading to the hospital 
early Wednesday morning, 5/25/11.
Welcome Treyson Xzavier Tate Workentin
11 lbs 6 oz., 22 1/2″ long
I just want to squeeze and kiss on those chubby cheeks!
And Christopher checking out Treyson for the first time!
We are so happy to welcome Treyson into our family.  And yes you read right…he weighed 11 lbs, 6 oz.  You can see more pictures at our other blog using the link above.

Update on my surgery ~ surgery is scheduled for July 11th at the Medina Regional Hospital in Hondo, TZ.  Barring any complications it will be an in/out procedure.  Ron and I have talked with Dr. Grabow about other surgeries I have had and the reaction to the anesthetic and so I am prepared to be admitted if necessary.  We would appreciate your continued prayers as I have the surgery and go through recovery.

Upcoming happenings ~  
~ we have a camping date with our friends Hank & Euona the weekend of June 10-12.  We will be returning here to Medina Lake Thousand Trails.  

~ the last Saturday in June is the Riverfest in Bandera, TX.  They have a huge car show, arts & craft fair, Bandera Idol competition, rodeo and other fun things to do.  

~ July 4th is another long weekend for us…not yet sure what we are going to do.  May go to Fredericksburg for the weekend.  Hoping to see a parade and of course, fireworks.

~ July 16th Max arrives!!!  We are so excited to have him come for a visit.  We have lots of things planned while he is here: go to the Alamo, the Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Rangers museum, attend a rodeo and the water park in Bandera, check out the Snake Farm and the Wildlife Ranch where we drive through the ranch and see all types of exotic animals.  And of course swimming and eating, two of Maxes favorite things to do!

Guess that’s all for now.  Thanks for following along in our journey of life.

More Family Pictures

Just have to show off more family pictures.  These were taken on 5/26 in the evening while Skyping with Brandon and his family.
 
Max ~ isn’t he an handsome guy!!!  Can’t wait to actually get to give him some hugs in July.
Christopher ~ age 3
Another picture of the smiling boy!
Max & Christopher together!
 Daddy holding Treyson up to the camera!
Christopher snuggling up to Daddy and holding Treyson.
 Christopher showing Grammy how big Treyson’s foot is.
Grandma Lynda holding Treyson’s foot up to the camera so we can see how big is foot is.  Notice the comparisonn to her hand.
And the print of his foot…almost too big for the paper 🙂
Christopher and Treyson
Christopher doing what he does best, making funny faces and showing off Treyson.
Max holding Treyson
Treyson shortly after he was born.  Our first glimpse of him. 
And can’t leave Miss Opal out of the family pictures.  
This was taken just before we left Blaine in January 2011.
Hope you enjoyed these pictures.

Catch Up with Pictures

Hello Everybody!!
Sorry it has been so long since I have written a blog.  Could make lots of excuses but what good would that do ~ nothing.  So to get you caught up to where we are I thought I would just post some pictures and tell a little about what we have been doing.  Hope you enjoy!!
In case you forgot who we are and what we look like ~
Ron & Alice, also known in Texas as Ali
 On Saturday, May 7th, the US Postal Carriers had their annual food drive.  The members of Lone Star Corral came together and made a great donation of food for the local D’Hanis community.  The collected food covered half the floor of the office lobby.  Great job Lone tar Corral members!
 Touring Comfort, Texas
 Stopped for lunch at Brinks Cafe in Bandera, TX.  They serve ice tea Texas stytle in a quart mason jar.  We had a beautiful view from the window…if they were to get rain this would be a beautiful waterfall.  And just look at the size of those onion rings.  Also on that sampler plate was huge slices of zuchinni, cheese sticks and jalapeno slices called bottle caps.  There were also these bright red bottle caps that I, Ali, thought were carrot slices, nope, red peppers and boy were they HOt!!!
More pictures of Comfort, TX.  We were only there for an hour or so, so we are planning another visit to that sweet little town as they have a winery that we would like to visit.

 More sights of Comfort, Texas.

On Saturday we went into Bandera for Funtier Days.  It was a fun day to check out an arts & craft sale and watch a delightful parade.  Our only complaint was it would have been nice if the people to our right and left would have stayed to our right and left.  Nope, they had to move in front of us to watch the parade…it was a bit frustrating but we finally got to the point where we would just look at them and then at each other and just laugh.  
This weekend, Memorial Day Holiday, we took a mini-vacation and went to Medina Lake Thousand Trails.  They also serve food up Texas style ~ check out the bottle of syrup!  We heard one little boy telling his Grandma that he saw 32 deer from their campsite to the swimming pool.  The deer are fun to watch.  Had one lady tell us that one came right up to her as she was sitting at their picnic table to sniff her and looking for food.

And then I did some decorating for the holiday.   Love to have all my red, white & blue decorations throughout the motor home. 
We have had a great mini-vacation.  Spent a lot of time just reading, relaxing and taking a dip in the pool.  Spent Sunday evening up at the Family Lodge visiting with new friends and listening to some great country music by Bimbo and the Borderlines.  Even danced a few times with Ron ~ y’all would be happy to know he behaved himself on the dance floor.

Where to Begin?

Guess i will start with our newest member of our family ~~~

Welcome
Treyson Xzavier Tate Workentin
 Top Left ~ Daddy with Treyson
Top Right ~ Brandon, Danayln, Max, Christohpher and Treyson
Bottom Left ~ Momma with Treayson
Bottom Right ~ Treyson, about an hour old
Treyson Xzavier Tate Workentin
weighing in at 11 lbs. 6 oz.
22 1/2″ long
Born on 5/25/11 at 8:30 p.m.
Lewiston, Idaho
The family is doing well and we are so thankful that Treyson arrived safely and healthy.

Cataract Surgery on the Horizon

Yesterday I saw Dr. Grabow in Hondo.  He is the eye surgeon that I am following up with after my appointment with the Optometrist a few weeks back.

Here is how the afternoon went:

Praise ~ I don’t have diabetes retinapothy (sp) which would complicate the cataract surgery.

What I do have ~  I have 3 different cataracts on my eye.  One that is like bike spokes, one is a yellow (very common) and one other one that had a real long name that neither Ron nor I can remember the name.  The good news is that my eye dilates real well which is one of the things that has to happen for the surgery to be a success.  He is also of the same mindset to do the surgery sooner than later.  It will happen in June if he gets a cancellation or in July at the latest.

Next Tuesday I have another appointment with him…at that appointment they will do an A-scan…it has to do with measuring the lens.  Then I will have an EKG, chest x-ray, blood tests and some other eye exam and then will be scheduled for the surgery.    Surgery will either be the first Monday of June or July…we are going to be fast tracking the different things that need to be done so I can be ready for surgery in June if he can work me in.  We should know that next week or so.  I will keep you updated on things as they come up. 

Today’s appointment was $125, the hospital will be around $5500 +/- $500, and his surgery which will be between $1000 & $2400 depending on how much he has to do.  + whatever the EKG,  chest x-ray and blood tests cost – we have just about that much in the savings account…which without any complications will be enough for all this to happen.  So God has provided the money…and we are so thankful He has. 

I will be off work for at least two days and it could be as long as a week.  It will all depend on how quickly the eye heals.  I will be on antibiotics before and after the surgery and he will give me an antibiotic shot during the surgery + eye drops to encourage a quick healing.

And of course there is risk as in any surgery…worst case scenario is that I will not heal correctly and possibly not see at all…best case scenario is that within a couple of days I will see better than I have in years.  But he said I will always need glasses to protect my good eye.  On another note my eye socket looks great and he was pleased with that.

Will write more later when I can see better and my eye is not itching.  It started itching shortly after he dilated my eye…lucky me he said…I probably am having an allergic reaction

Thank you all for praying.  Talk to you all soon.  Love and miss y’all.  Alice

Our New Pet!!

We have acquired a new pet.  Not sure if he is a he or a she and a horny toad or a lizard.  
We think it might be a horny toad because it is so fat but the tail seems a little long for a horny toad so really we do not know.  Any one have an idea?

Our new pet lives in our backyard, usually hiding by the patio set that we have been loaned from one of the members.  Let me tell you, I do make sure to move the cushions on the chairs before I plop down in one of the chairs.

We have not named our pet but he/she greets us most days when we come out of the office for lunch.  He/she sits patiently until we get close to the gravel and then he/she takes off on a quick run.  He/she is fun to watch. 


Hope you enjoyed meeting our new pet!

Views of Lone Star Corral

One of the things we do here at Lone Star Corral is to take drives around the park in the early evening’s to just see how things are looking.  The other day I took the camera with me so I could share what some of the sights we see right here in our little community.  
Hope you enjoy!
This little motor home belongs to one our boon-docking guests.  It is about 22′ long.  
I thought it was kinda cute.  What do you think?
This is the front of the office.  My home away from home.  The two flowering plants are wild sunflowers.  We were being told to pull them there weeds.  We liked them so we kept them.  They grew to about  2′ taller before the flowers started to die off.  Then Ron removed them.  They were a bright yellow and beautiful to see from the window inside the office.
One of the many “sheds” through the park.
 Ron keeps threatening to “steal” Judi & Dave’s wheels.  Don’t think he is too serious though because she has been known to leave the keys in it while it is parked outside the office and Ron never does try to take it. 
 This little house sits across from the office.  I understand it has been pulled in a few of the local parades.  I think it would make a great playhouse for Opal – do you think we could tow it behind the Jeep when we head back to Washington?
 Ron likes this little cowboy!
 Can you tell what this landscape is made of?
 Hundreds of Golf Balls!!!
 This is one of Ron’s favorite lots here in Lone Star Corral.
Hope you enjoyed this visit to Lone Star Corral.

Friends, Wal-Mart, and Turkey ~ What do they have in common?

Last Tuesday, Walker came into the office and said Wal-Mart was having an unadvertised special on turkeys for 39 cents a pound.  He and Evelyn had bought 4 and were thinking of deep fat frying one but wondered what to do with the all the oil.  

Bonnie was in the office and said you could use it to cook up to 4 turkeys.  The conversation continued with the three of us deciding we could have a Turkey Frying Party.  So Bonnie made the trip to Wal~Mart.  Picked up a couple of turkeys for them and one for Ron and I.  Having no room in our motor home we decided to let ours thaw in the bathroom sink in the office.  We will cook them up once they are all thawed.

Wednesday, Margie & Ed bought a turkey as well.  Now we were up to four couples cooking at least 5 turkeys.
All the turkeys were thawed by Friday afternoon so the cooking commenced.  Ron and I were busy working so we could not participate in the cooking so we sent some cheese and crackers over to the cooks would not get too hungry and start munching on the turkeys as they were cooked.

About 4:30 p.m. Walker arrived and handed me this:

Now isn’t that one pretty turkey.  I put it on the counter in the motor home and let it sit while I closed up the office.  Once the office was closed I made a Risotta (type of rice) dish with Italian seasoning to enjoy with our turkey.  Both of us exclaimed “delicious.”  The turkey was so moist, melt in the mouth and filling.  After dinner Ron de-boned the turkey.  We ended up with enough meat for at least four meals all for less than $6.  

Side note: while Ron was busy working hard de-boning the turkey, I was off to play bingo in the clubhouse ~ and I won!  Two $4 wins!!  Not big dollar amounts but still lots of fun.

Thank you Bonnie, Ed, Walker, Evelyn, Ed (yes there are two of them) and Margie for doing all the cooking.  We will definitely have to do this again, but hopefully next time it will be on a Saturday or a Sunday so we can be included in all the fun.

Dreams

I have been having lots of weird, different, confusing dreams in the last week or so.  Let me share one of them:

The scene:  I am working at Lone Star Corral as Office Manager.

What happened:  I am checking the mail.  In the mail is an envelope with familiar writing,  The owner of Lot #3.  The writing on the outside of the envelope says “You + 2 = 3 which is Me.”  And I am livid…I am bothered by the fact this man keeps sending me these cards and letters hinting, quite broadly to say the least, that he wants a relationship with me.  And so I decide I am going to go and tell Bonnie, my boss, “Enough is Enough” and I head to the door.   In reality I wake up, ready to bound out the door ready to raise a fuss demanding this stuff to stop.  I sat on the bed and just laughed…boy was that dream vivid.  

Wonder what that is all about?  By the way, the owners of Lot #3 are a sweet couple and not even here in the park right now.

And so this got me to thinking.  What causes dreams?  Do they really have any reflection on life and what is happening in our lives.  Why do I remember some so vividly and others I tell myself I want to remember and just a few minutes after waking up I can’t remember a thing.

Along with dreams are nightmares.  I used to have nightmares, some several times a night.  I am so happy that the Lord has healed me from having those nightmares.   I am thankful I do not wake screaming or crying or even hitting out at people who are not there.  I guess I will take having dreams, even ones that don’t make much sense to a nightmare any night of the week.

What about you ~ do you dream?  Do you remember your dreams?  Do you put any stock into them?