Thankful Tuesday

Hello All
Have had two great days.  Yesterday I was thankful for planes, traveling mercies and gifts from a distance.  Hubby arranged for my best friend, Dee to come here to Texas for a week to celebrate both of our birthdays.  Dee’s is on 11/30 and mine is 12/1.  And I think hubby knew a good dose of friend time would be fun for me.  Dee left her home in Blaine yesterday morning at 7:15 a.m. and arrived safely in San Antonio at 8:55 p.m. (6:55 p.m. her time).  After some great big hugs, picking up her luggage, getting the rental car and then stopping at Applebees for a late night dinner we got back to the park at 12:13 A.M.   We gave each other another great big hug and headed off to our respectable beds.  

Today has been another great day.  Woke to a thunder & lightening storm at 5:09 a.m.  and watched the glorious show that God put on for us.  It was nice to hear the rain falling, not so nice to feel water spraying on my leg on the bed ~ hubby has to do some more caulking on the roof.  Enjoyed fresh coffee made by my sweet hubby and then had a great day at work.  Visited with Dee throughout the day then joined a group of Escapees at the local Mexican restaurant for dinner and then made our way to Dairy Queen for mini blizzards…just enough to taste good and not kill my trying to eat healthier goal.  And then back to the park.  Now for a little time on the computer and then heading to bed.  

So thankful for a sweet and loving hubby, good friends to come for a visit and her sweet hubby encouraging her to take a little vacation and the warm welcome the members of Lone Star Corral  are giving Dee.

Hope you are all having a good day.  Talk to you again tomorrow night.

Oops, missed yesterday :~

I was just eating and thought I need to write my blog post for today and then when I got here saw that I didn’t do one for yesterday ~ wonder what I was thinking about??

Yesterday was a good day.  Different working on a Saturday and a Sunday.  It was pretty quiet yesterday even with the annual Flea Market here in the park.  Our day started with breakfast at 7 a.m.  The kitchen was serving up breakfast burritos and cinnamon rolls.  The burrito was a little dry for my liking but it was okay.  And then we headed to the front gate to visit with our local “gate guards.”

Top: Jerry, Bill, Keith (a local musician) and Ed blocking the cars from entering. Left bottom: Jerry & Ed.  Bottom right: a look down County Road 5216.  The first truck in line was there at 6:55 a.m. ~ the doors don’t open till 8 a.m. and then they started…

and dang I can’t get the video to load…grrr….there were 38 cars to the right and 4 to the left before there was a lull in the crowd.  
And the afternoon was quiet.    Had a guest do an early checkout and that was about it.  In the evening we went into D’Hanis for a fundraiser benefit for a local musician who is dealing with some major health issues.  They had a couple of great bands, a chili-cookoff (and then they mixed all the different chili’s together so everyone could have a bowl.  It was tasty but a bit more spicy than I prefer.   They made $500 on the cook-off and then they had a raffle  with many different gifts.  Not sure who won as we left before they did those drawings.  But the evening ended for us after the live auction.  So neat to live in a close community who gave generously.  We don’t know the final total from the live auction but they were way over $5000.  We did not get home till almost midnight and didn’t shut our eyes till after 1 a.m.  

Which leads me to today being thankful for good sleep.  I only got 5 1/2 hours of sleep and made it through the day without a problem.  For those of you have known for me for quite a few years remember the insomnia I used to deal with, some/most nights getting 3 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period…and I am so thankful I am not plagued with that any more.

Today was another quiet day in the office.  Had a good visit with Bonnie, the VP.  Talked about a new contract, some new projects to start working on, discussed the upcoming budget planning meetings ~ it was good to touch base without interruptions.  We ended the day by joining the members in the clubhouse for the ice cream social.  I had some pineapple sherbet…it was really tasty and reminded me I have the stuff on hand to make a pineapple smoothie for breakfast tomorrow.

And of course, my excitement is building as Dee arrives tomorrow night for a week long visit.  I can’t wait to see her and spend lots of time chatting and just hanging together.

Wishing you all a great week!!  And thanks for stopping by!!

Veterans Day 2011

First off I am thankful for all the veterans who have served and who are serving in our US Military to keep our freedoms and our country safe.  My Grandpa George, my Dad, Ted, my husband Ron, my son Jamie have all served in the military ~ thank you guys for serving.

We had a beautiful two day respite and went camping at Garner State Park and Lost Maples State Park.  It was a relaxing time and we were blessed to see all the colors of Fall and having time to enjoy God’s beautiful creation.

Wednesday afternoon I had a great doctor’s appointment ~ Dr. Copelky was pleased with how my blood pressure had come down and stabilized and that my pulse is back down to the mid 70’s, low 80’s.  And I don’t need to be seen again till May 2012!

Thank you to all my friends and fellow blog readers for following along on this journey that we call life.

Today I am Thankful for the opportunity to meet new friends.

Today I am thankful for the opportunity to meet new friends.  Well, really someone I have known for awhile but just now got the chance to meet her in person.

Birdie (Nancy) is one of the members of Women’s RV Forum that I belong to and she called today in the middle of our lunch and said she was coming here to Lone Star Corral for the night on her way to Lost Maples State Park.  We had planned to connect tomorrow evening but got to meet a day early.  I explained that I had a meeting with the CPA in Hondo after lunch but I would be back in the office close to 2:00 and I would see her then.

So off to my meeting.  Received a nice compliment from the CPA when she told Kay & Judi that I do a great job on the books for the park ~ I always think I do a good job but hearing it from someone else is always nice.  After the meeting we returned to the park.  And what was hubby doing ~ weeding the flower beds in front of the office.  Wish I had a green thumb and knew what to plant there to make it look pretty ~~~ suggestions are welcome, hint, hint, hint.

Any way, once I was back in the office, this gal walked in and smiled and said “Hi Ali” and right away I knew it was Birdie.  Out the office door and big hugs were shared.  Unbeknownst to me, Ron had already got her parked in a site, she just needed to do the paperwork.  Got that all squared away and she was off to drive to Lost Maples to check the route.  And I went back to work. 

Finished up with work and headed over to do laundry – that never ending job.  When I got home 2 1/2 hours later Ron said Birdie had been by to see if I wanted a glass of wine.  So we quickly ate dinner (thank goodness for the crock pot – I use it probably 3 or 4 times a week.  If you have a favorite dish you cook in your crock pot, please share it with me, another hint 🙂

And then I was off with a glass of wine to go and visit with Birdie.  We visited for about an hour and then we both yawned and then giggled…and off I was back to the motor home.  We will get more visiting in the next 2 1/2 days as Ron and I are going to Garner State Park tomorrow after my doctor’s appointment with the cardiologist ~ just a follow up.  We are going to be at GSP Wednesday night and then move over to Lost Maples Thursday mid-morning and stay there the night and then come back to the park in the afternoon on Friday.

Thankful that Gordon & Diana (the assistant managers) were willing to swap days with us.

I don’t know what kind of reception/signal I will get up there with my Verizon mifi card so if you don’t hear from me I will be back for sure on Friday night.

Take care all and have a truly blessed night/day.

Today I am Thankful for … the little things

Today I am thankful for the little things.  One of the gals here in the park volunteers at the local senior center/nutrition center on Monday, Wednesday & Fridays.  And the nutrition center posts a monthly calendar.  If there is something on the menu that sounds pretty good Jan will pick up lunch for us.  Well it lunch at the nutrition center but dinner for us. And all for $3 for each meal.

Last week the menu for November came out and today’s lunch was chicken fried steak and all the trimmings.  So we sent our $6 to Jan and she brought lunch/dinner home for us.  And what  a blessing it was for us.  Ron is still battling that cold and he took a two hour nap after work.  I went to the clubhouse and visited for a little while and then came back.  Ron was still sleeping so I quietly heated up the chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and broccoli…it was yummy.

Thank you Jan for picking up our lunch/dinner.  You always say it is nothing, just a little thing you can do…but for us today it was a big thing.  Thank you for being a blessing for/to us today.

Today I am Thankful for …naps

Today has been a kinda different day: woke up early, made sausage rolls for breakfast and then went to Sunday School.  Sunday School was interesting and we talked about “our calling.”  And through it all hubby coughed, coughed, and coughed some more.  After Sunday School we looked at each other and said at the same time “maybe we should go home.”  And that is what we did.  We came home.

Hubby took some cough drops and a small nap in the recliner and I goofed around on the computer and watched some Dateline ID shows and then made lunch: homemade pizza with Dutch apple pie (leftover from last night) and then decided a nap sounded wonderful.  I tried to sleep on the couch but couldn’t settle down between the knock on the door (thanks Jim for the newspaper) and Gordon, the assistant manager, coming and going in the golf cart (the negative of living so close to the office) and so I finally moved to the bed about 2:15 p.m.  And then I took a nap ~ slept till 5:23 ~ guess I was pretty tired.  Changing the clocks back/forward always throw me off for a day or two.

I woke feeling very refreshed ~ thank you Lord for the gift of a nap, the gift of sleep. 

Today I am Thankful for…a day of relaxation.

Today I am thankful for a day of relaxation.  I woke up at 6:11 this morning – was so looking forward to sleeping in but that was not to be.  So I had a caramel hot cocoa and read some emails.  And then Ron got up about 9:30 and after chatting for a little while decided we would go into Castroville to go to some garage sales.  About 1:00 we went to Sammy’s for lunch.  We had heard good things ~ our thoughts “it was okay, but nothing to write home about.”  And then we decided to go for a ride…we went to Moore, Devine, Yancey and then back to Hondo for some grocery shopping.

Then home for a dinner of hodge podge – actually left overs and a cleaning out of the fridge.  And I baked a Dutch apple pie.  I am letting it cool for a little while before we dig into it.

It has been a great day ~ no demands, a nice drive through some pretty countryside and a few stops along the way.  In Devine they were having a Fall Harvest Festival so we stopped and walked around checking out the different vendors, listened to some good country music and watched some clogging.  After that we stopped at the Yancey General Store.  And what an interesting store it is  ~ kinda like a yard sale, kinda like a 7-11 and a little like a gift shop.  

Thank you Lord for a great day of rest!!!

Today I am Thankful for…Friends

Today I am thankful for friends.

Ron and I have been so blessed through our lives by friends.  Just today a friend blessed me by leaving me a gift at the door to the motor home.  Another friend provided our dinner tonight by sending us a package from Frontier Soups.  Tonight’s dinner was White Bean Chili ~ it was scrumptious.  And we shared that dinner with friends from here at Lone Star Corral.

We have been blessed by friends every where we have lived.  We have been blessed by friends we have met through the internet and met along the road in our travels.  We have been blessed with words of encouragement, a card in the mail, a surprise phone call, gifts of love, surprise visits and so much more.

I hope you too have been blessed by friends.

Today I am Thankful for…

Today I am thankful for our work.  We really like our jobs, being in Texas and the members in the park who have become our friends.

We have been here at the Lone Star Corral just over 8 months.  We like our work.  Ron enjoys being outside so much of the time.  And being outside here is a lot different then at home in Whatcom County – the biggest being no rain.  It has rained three times since we arrived here last February.  We are definitely in a drought and never thought we would be praying for rain ~ yet we do just that each night when we go to bed.

I enjoy being in the office.  I like being able to organize things, design and make forms, flyers and handouts.  One of my responsibilities is to keep the books for the campground and that includes balancing all the different checking/savings account.  What amazes me is that they usually balance the first time ~ what I don’t get is why my home accounts don’t do that??? 

One of the things we both enjoy is being able to visit and engage in conversations with so many different people.  Just yesterday one of the members shared with Ron about quite a few places to see around here.  So I think we are going on a drive this Saturday or Sunday to check out some new places.  I like hearing where the campers have been before they arrived here and where they are heading when they leave.  For instance, last night a couple left to go work as gate guards for a few months.  We enjoyed talking with them before they left as that is something we have talked about possibly doing in the future.

We look forward to finishing out our contract here at the Lone Star Corral.  Right now our contract ends on April 13, 2012.  But that date may change as we have been asked to stay for a second year.  Right now the Board of Directors are working on a contract to offer us.  We would ask that you join us in prayer ~ that if this is where we are to be for another year that the contract will be one we can accept and is agreeable to all of us.  We will keep you updated on our plans.