Sunday, May 21, 2017

Repair Work

We have had an uneventful few days at Charlie’s Service Center at Sunset, UT. There are ten or twelve RV’s still on the lot for repair. A few have moved in or out each day and the shop is closed on the weekends, and it is very quiet here, which is fine with us.

Since we have been in the higher altitudes, Kathi and I have had spells when it seemed harder to breathe, so she looked on Amazon.com and found some 22-ounce oxygen canisters that people use when they need more oxygen, such as when doing heavy exercise. We are not doing heavy exercise, but the oxygen may help anyway. The package should arrive the middle of the week.

Gilberto and Justin are reviewing all our maintenance or repair items to assure they understand the issues and repair requirements, prior to submission to our insurance carrier. It will be nice to have our water pump, propane heater, microwave/convection oven and washer/dryer functioning again. Those are some of the big items, but there are many more. Almost no repairs in three years and living in the motorhome every day, maintenance items continue to grow.

We finally got all our laundry done on Wednesday and went for haircuts and Walmart shopping on Thursday. There are some sites to see around here and hopefully, we will feel like getting out more during the coming week.

Gilberto spent much of the day Friday trying to determine where the electrical wire was broken that is preventing current from getting to the 120-volt electrical outlets in our slideout. We have been using an extension cord for a month or so to supply power to our computers which reside in the slideout area. The electrical lines run through the roof of our basement. Yes, we have a basement, like where buses keep luggage. All the plastic containers were removed from our basement on Friday in search of the broken wire. They have not found it yet, but Gilberto says he now knows where it is not. That seemed to make sense to him.

Through the windshield picture that looks like we will drive into a wall of rock.
Most days here have been overcast, so we have not had many good picture opportunities, but Saturday was different. We had bright sunshine all day and we went out to lunch, thinking I would take some pictures, but could not work that into our schedule. I had an Ultimate Feast at Red Lobster and Kathi had a fresh catch salmon for lunch. It was way too much for me to eat and I had leftover shrimp, lobster and crab to eat in the late afternoon.

A beautiful Newell RV that we saw when we were in Thackerville, OK.
Sunday is overcast again and the humidity feels high for Utah. My sinuses are giving me some problems, so I got out of bed, had coffee and fell asleep sitting in my chair trying to read. I am feeling a little better now, but the atmosphere is still heavy.

Wall art from Cracker Barrel
We are looking forward to Monday when there is some activity to watch at the service center. We can see the snow-capped mountains out of our windshield and see traffic moving on I-15 and not much else going on. We will probably get an evaluation from the insurance company this week and the real work can get started.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Charlie's Service Update

Saturday afternoon and Sunday, we mostly stayed inside and enjoyed the mountain views out the windshield. Kathi made tacos for lunch both days and they were super good.

Homemade taco lunch
Monday morning, Justin Dubose came out to greet us and talk about some of our maintenance issues. It was nice to see him again, since it has been three years since we were here. Kathi made me a homemade hamburger for lunch and they are always good. Most of the food Kathi makes for us comes from our freezer. She prepares many items for the freezer when we travel. It shortens prep time when we are tired.

Justin’s wife, Mandy came out to see us in the afternoon and brought their son, Austin with her. Austin has grown a lot since we were here last. He will start kindergarten in the fall. He had a super ball and enjoyed bouncing it on our steps while we talked with Mandy. We caught up on their family and shared information about our family and recent activities.

Hazy view out our windshield from our parking space at Charlie's
Gilberto and Justin do the RV work on the property. Justin would like more help, but all the young people in the area are unwilling to work for affordable wages, so help is hard to find. Of course, people with no training and no tools are willing to work for exorbitant salaries, but businesses cannot afford to pay them that much to learn the job.

Gilberto and Justin removed our washer/dryer in the afternoon, so Justin could evaluate the problem to relay the information to the insurance company. Doing minimal maintenance for three years, we have a lot of work to get done while we are here.

Tuesday morning, Kathi and I drove into Ogden to see an orthopedic doctor about my knee and hip problems. We did X-rays and the arthritis degeneration was transparent. He told me I needed to replace both knee joints and my hip joints. I told him we would only be in Utah for a brief period, so he gave me injections in each knee and a prescription for a stronger corticosteroid than the prednisone I took a month ago when we were staying on Lake Georgetown. We are hoping that will reduce the inflammation and thus suppress the pain.

Wednesday morning, we awoke to frost on the pumpkin. Not really, they do not have pumpkins at Charlie’s Service, but we did see snow on the surrounding rooftops and tops of the cars in the parking lot. Much of it had melted by 8:00 am because of direct sunlight.

Remember we did half of our laundry last Saturday. Now, it is time to do the other half. We will try and get that completed before noon and keep our afternoon free.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Into Sunset

We left the Legacy Inn and RV Park in Price, UT on Thursday, May 11, 2017 on the way to Charlie’s Service Center in Sunset, UT to get some much needed work done on our motorhome. The only service we have performed in the last three years is an oil change, replacing six tires and replacing a leaking hot water heater. All the other failed items, we postponed until we got to Charlie’s. All the RV service centers in the Houston area had long waiting lists and we could not commit to planning that far ahead. At Charlie’s, we get to stay in our RV while work is done and they work us in around other customers and when parts arrive.

We left Price going east on US 191 and drove through Helper. At Castle Gate where US 191 turned north, we switched to US 6 and kept going east. We drove through Tucker and past Solder’s Summit, then switched to US 89 northeast until we hit I-15 at Spanish Fork, then north through Provo and Orem, before hitting the Salt Lake City traffic. It was a beautiful day for travel and we enjoyed the beautiful scenery. We were also glad we missed the rush hour traffic, since much of the way we had six lanes of cars moving 75 miles per hour in narrow lanes.

The last few times we used I-15 through SLC there was a lot of road construction with few lanes and slow traffic. The construction is all complete now and the traffic really moves. This was much better.

After SLC, we drove past Bountiful and Clearfield before arriving at Sunset and Charlie’s Service Center. We found out the owners, Justin and Amanda Dubose were out and had taken their dragster to race on Friday and Saturday. Gilberto works with Justin on the motorhomes and RV’s and he met us and got us parked and utilities hooked up.

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Windmills along US 191

A through the windshield view along I-15
We were both hungry and drove into Ogden for a meal at the Ruby River steakhouse. It was delicious and we had enough left over for lunch on Friday. Kathi added some green beans and cooked a few more potatoes to go with our leftover steak. It was great again. Considering we got two meals for the price of one, it was very economical.

A view of the ceiling inside Ruby River
I ordered Mother’s Day flowers for Kathi from 1-800 flowers and they were supposed to be delivered on Friday, but they never arrived. I was disappointed, but maybe they will arrive on Monday. We made a trip to Walmart to pick up a few items and spent the rest of our Friday at home looking out the window at the mountains.

A view across I-15 from the front door of Charlie's Service
Saturday was laundry day. We were both struggling for air at the higher elevation, so we only did half our wash. We will do the other half sometime this week. After laundry, we came home and Kathi made homemade tacos – my favorite meal. We are having more of the same today.

We are looking forward to going over our maintenance list with Justin in the morning, then begins negotiations with the insurance company to see what they will cover. Amanda is a pro at this so know she will do her usual. We are just thrilled to be getting things done.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Casa Blanca to Price

Monday, May 8, 2017, we left the Zuni Reservation and the Laguna Pueblo near Casa Blanca, NM and the Dancing Eagle Casino and drove west on I-40. We passed the North Acomita Village, drove through Grants, Prewitt, Thoreau, Coolidge, Church Rock and into Gallup. At Gallup, we went north on US 491 into the Navajo Reservation. We drove through Yah-Ta-Hey, Twin Lakes, Tohatchi, Sheep Springs, Newcomb, Little Water an into Shiprock. We had to jog to the right in Shiprock, then continued north on US 491 into Colorado and the Ute Mountain Reservation. We moved into the RV Park at the Sleeping Ute RV Park in Towaoc, CO and settled in for the night.

The scenery Monday was mostly dirt and rock and some mountains in the distance. There were many houses in cluster about one-quarter mile off the road and we saw little sign of greenery anywhere. Tuesday was different.

We got a late start, because I slept late on Tuesday morning. I am not used to all the traveling and we are moving quicker than my body can adjust. I am exhausted, but we will stop for an extended stay at Charlie’s Service in Sunset, UT on Thursday.

Tuesday morning, we left the Sleeping Ute and went north on US 491 through Cortez. We saw a lot of horses in people’s front yards. Cows had been more prevalent prior to entering Ute country, but the Utes seem to favor horses. As Us 491 turned west, we began seeing farm land. We saw bright green fields of grass, we assumed would become hay. We saw plowed brown dirt fields, then we started seeing plowed red dirt areas. We drove through Delores, Pleasant View and Dove Creek before crossing the state line into Utah.

At Monticello, UT, US 491 ended at the intersection of US 191, so we took 191 north through Spanish Village and the scenery changed again. Words and pictures are inadequate to convey the beauty of the scenery we passed on this trip. Red mountains, green mountains and mountains with visible sandstone strata. As we moved into Moab the mountains of red were closer to the highway.

Through the windshield pictures

More colored rocks
We drove past the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and went through Crescent Junction and turned west on I-40. Just past Green River, we turned north again on US 191 through Woodside and Wellington. Coming over some of the mountain passes, the view ahead was breathtaking in the spectacular variety of colors. We stopped at the Legacy Inn and RV Park in Price, UT for the evening. This was another special day of travel for us. I wish I could explain it better.

Wide open spaces

Unusual rock formations
When I drive through remote areas, especially with low traffic, Kathi’s mother, Virginia Hathaway’s words echo in my ears. When we first started traveling she told me, “Take care of that precious cargo.” I agree with her assessment and I never forget who travels with me.


Wow

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Casa Blanca, NM

We left the Amarillo RV Ranch Thursday morning heading west on I-40 toward Albuquerque. I was still tired from the drive the previous two days and wanted to break the drive up into two pieces. We were not far out of Amarillo before the hills turned into mountains. It has been a long time since we were in the mountains and it was mucho fun again. We saw many pink buttercups and some yellow flowers and a few spots with Indian paintbrush to add some color to our drive. The most fun was the mountains and being in them and driving through them.

We had some steep climbs and I had to downshift for higher engine speed and slower travel speed to prevent our engine from overheating. It has been so long since I was driving in the mountains that I had forgotten how to do it, but it came back to me after an hour or so.

We drove through Tucumcari looking for an RV park, but found none. It is a dead old town and many buildings are abandoned. There is nothing else in the area, so I assume they depend on tourists for trade. We kept on driving and looking. We drove through Cuervo, then went into Santa Rosa to look for an RV park. We drove through town and saw the Santa Rosa Campground that we had stayed at before, but it did not appeal to me on this trip. I guess I was being too picky.

I did see a restaurant with truck parking in the rear on the way through town, so we made a loop on I-40 and went back through town again and pulled in at the Silver Moon Café that advertised Mexican and American food. Kathi had cheese enchiladas and I had cheese enchiladas and beef tacos. The enchiladas came with pinto beans and hominy. All the lettuce was wilted and the tacos were tasteless, but filling. When Kathi had enough, I boxed the remainder to take with us for a snack later.

We kept driving west on I-40 and hit the afternoon work traffic going through Albuquerque. We normally boondock at the Route 66 Casino on the west side of Albuquerque when we are in the area. Since the last time we were here, they built the Route 66 RV Resort and will no longer allow boondocking on their property. We moved into the park and begrudgingly paid $45 per night. The actual charge was $75 and they told us $25 would be refunded when they checked our site after we left. We were tired and went to bed early and discussed never visiting the Route 66 casino again in the future. I guarantee we will never return to this unfriendly RV location.

We awoke Saturday morning and moved 40 miles further west to the Dancing Eagle Casino RV Park in Casa Blanca, NM. No one was in the office, so we gave them a check for $22 for a two-night stay. Kathi went to the café attached to the casino and brought lunch home for us. There were a lot of people in the casino and it was very smoky – not an atmosphere for us.

Blooming cactus at the Dancing Eagle Casino

The view out mys window as I write in Casa Blanca
I had a baked potato and a chicken fried steak and Kathi had a salad. We watched a little TV and went to bed before dark. We are not used to the change in elevation and shortness of breath is a problem. The elevation here is 5,900 feet.

Today, we went next door to the grocery store and bought a few items to get us to Utah. Kathi made me steak, new potatoes and corn for lunch and it was great. Kathi walked over to the casino and played video poker for an hour or so and returned home for rest and a shower. We will move into Towaoc, CO tomorrow morning hopefully we may be in Sunset, UT by the end of next week. Happy trails.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Really, Really Good News

Kathi and I spent an extra month on Lake Georgetown to await an appointment with a heart surgeon, to determine if AJ would need surgery. We went to see the doctor May 1st and no surgery was needed. We were thrilled about the news and I wanted to hug a surgeon, but I restrained myself. It was definitely good news for our family and we wanted to spread the word.

With that behind us, Kathi decided to leave Lake Georgetown on May 2nd and head toward Utah for some work on our motorhome. First, we chose a little diversion by a move to the Winstar World Casino in the Chickasaw Reservation at Thackerville, OK. We left the Cedar Breaks Park on Lake Georgetown about 10:00 a.m. and got on I-35 north which goes through Temple, Waco, Ft. Worth and Gainesville, before crossing the Red River into Oklahoma. There was still a lot of construction on I-35, primarily in the Ft. Worth area, but driving through was not too bad, just a little slower than normal.

We spent the evening in the casino and sometime during the evening they called out Kathi’s name and gave her a prize. A nice crystal bracelet, some chocolate roses and money on her player’s card to commemorate the event. It was fun.

Crystal bracelet for Kathi
We tried our luck again on Wednesday and left the Winstar on Thursday morning. Our destination for the day was Amarillo, but I thought it might be too far to drive in one day, so I was on the lookout for RV park signs along the way. We first took I-35 south back to Gainesville to get on US 82 and cross the Texas panhandle. We drove up and down the hills as they got larger and taller moving west. We saw a lot of Texas windmills along the route and many fields of red dirt plowed for planting. It was a scenic drive with a lot of road ahead and many small towns to pass through.

A little luck helps

Oh, so close
We made it to Wichita Falls and left town on US 287. We spotted a roadside park soon after, so we stopped for a short nap, before continuing our trip. We awoke and drove through Vernon, Chillicothe, Quanah and Childress and I started getting tired again, so we made a more concerted effort to find an RV park we liked. We did not find one nearby, so we kept moving. Memphis was next, then Clarendon, Goodnight and Claude. Soon we merged with I-40 and knew we were on the outskirts of Amarillo.

We spent the night at the RV Ranch RV Park and now it is Friday morning and we are ready to move into New Mexico. We hope to get to Sunset, UT within a week to ten days, depending on how my body reacts to moving again. We are glad to be on the road.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Head and Chest Congestion

Friday was a beautiful day with a lot of sunshine on Lake Georgetown. We stayed in most of the day and watched weekend campers moving into the park with lots of children. There were a few trailers and fifth wheels, but most of the campers had tents set up at their sites. A lot of weekend campers come in and walk the nature trails around the park. Many make dinner on the grills provided at each site and a lot of people sit outside this time of year around campfires in the evening. We never have campfires at our site, because of the ill-effect it has on our breathing. In fact, when campfires are lit in our area, we usually stay inside and turn off our central air to prevent smoke from coming inside our motorhome. I am glad people are having a good time on the lake, as we always enjoy being here.

View of the lake from our picnic table.
We stayed in on an overcast Saturday and I spent some of my time writing while Kathi watched TV or read. I guess I got bored late in the afternoon and needed to see the outside world, so I got Kathi go to Starbucks with me for hot chocolate and a pastry. I had lemon pound cake and she had banana nut bread. We came home and watched a few news shows, then watched Trump’s rally in Pennsylvania, before retiring for the evening.

License plate decoration for Christopher's birthday

 AJ called in the evening and was not feeling well, so we determined what he had in his medicine cabinet that would work for congestion in his head and chest.

He sent an e-mail overnight and requested some additional OTC medications, a Sprite and some pudding, since that is all he thought he could eat. We had coffee then drove to Walgreen's to pick up some medication better suited to his symptoms and drove the items into Austin and delivered them to him. We hope he feels better before bedtime.

Revelers on the lake

AJ has an appointment on Monday to see a heart surgeon, so on the way home from Austin, Kathi and I drove by the doctor’s office to make sure I knew how to get there and see if parking was available. When we were satisfied, we drove back toward Lake Georgetown.

I have been wanting chicken fried steak and gravy for a few days, so Kathi agreed to stop at Longhorn Steakhouse on the way home. I had the Nolan Ryan chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and salad and Kathi had a sirloin and baked potato. On weekdays, the chicken fried steak is $10 and on weekends it is $14, but the double the amount of steak and add an extra vegetable. Now I have enough for another meal for my supper, so the weekend prices may be a better value.

We will get up about five a.m. in the morning and take AJ to the early-morning doctor’s appointment. This appointment is the reason we stayed in Georgetown an extra month and we do not know our next travel plans until afterward. If surgery is required, we will be in town during AJ’s recovery and if not, we will be moving on to Charlie’s Service Center in Sunset, UT soon. We will know more tomorrow.

Small flower bed at the doctors office. The flowers looked bright in the sunshine.
We are just glad to have another fun day of life on the lake and hope our friends and family are enjoying their lives as much as are.




Friday, April 28, 2017

Joe's and Laundry

It was overcast much of Tuesday on Lake Georgetown and we spent most of our day inside our motorhome. After morning coffee and catching on daily events, I began writing and Kathi read for a while, before making our lunch of left over mashed potatoes and pot roast. She threw in some green beans for color and health and we had an enjoyable early lunch.

I got hungry later and coerced her in to going to Pizza Hut to pick up a pepperoni and Italian sausage pizza and we enjoyed another meal at home.

Our dual compressor system is designed to run on 50-amp input and we have a switch that turns off one compressor, if we only have 30-amp service available. We have had some warmer days recently and it was not as cool in our motorhome as we expected and it finally dawned on me that I may have our second air conditioner compressor turned off. I went out to check and sure enough, I had inadvertently switched it to off. Now we are cooler and happier again.

Our view out our windshield
We drove into Austin on Wednesday to have lunch with AJ. I wanted some crab legs and Joe’s Crab Shack was right around the corner and a suitable choice for all of us. AJ had fried shrimp and Kathi and I shared a Joe’s Original Crab Pot for two. Lunch was a little pricey, but the meal was delicious. I ate a dungeons crab, a snow crab, a few boiled shrimp, some sausage and an ear of corn. I got my fill and everyone else seemed happy with their lunch selections. We ran a couple of errands and returned home on that beautiful sunshiny day.

Decor at Joe's Crab Shack

Another picture inside Joe's
More sunshine on Thursday and I got a few pictures around the lake. It was laundry day at the Boozer household, so we spent the morning at the laundromat. I drove Kathi through Panera Bread on the way home from the laundry and she ordered a broccoli-cheddar soup and Caesar’s salad. That did not appeal to me, so I drove on to a Whataburger for my lunch.

We ate our lunch and folded and stowed our clothes, then spent the afternoon watching TV or reading. It was a nice day being together on the lake.

I have spent too much time whining about a sore knee in the last week or so and I realize many of my friends live with pain on a daily basis. I hope it is a result of living a full, happy life. Some friends are dealing with long-term illnesses and family death and I empathize with them. I am a fortunate man and have a great life. My wish is for more good days for all of us.




Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Arthritis and Knees

Kathi and I spent Sunday at home with me trying to keep weight off my sore left knee and decided it was time to see a doctor. My primary care physician called in a prescription for a small dosage prednisone earlier in the week and that did not seem to help.

Line at the dump station leaving Jim Hogg Park on Sunday afternoon
Our stay time at Jim Hogg Park expired on Sunday afternoon, so we moved our motorhome across Lake Georgetown, back to Cedar Breaks Park. We prefer Cedar Breaks, since it is about 15 minutes closer to Austin for our drives into town to see AJ. We have a reservation for this site until the middle of May. We can see the lake out our windshield at the site we are located and it is nice to be here.

A roadrunner walking so fast I had trouble getting his picture

Violet flowers behind yellow flowers along the road into Cedar Breaks
Monday, we drove to Fast Med near us in Georgetown, where they examined my knee, took some X-rays and determined the problem was probably arthritis related. The physician’s assistant on duty prescribed a higher dosage of prednisone and told me I needed to see an orthopedist, if it did not get better soon.

We stopped by Longhorn Steakhouse on the way home from Fast Med and had our lunch of sirloin and baked potatoes and we shared a salad. Lunch was delicious and we had enough left over for a snack later in the day.

Wall art at Longhorn
My knee was aching when I got home, so I took a nap for a couple of hours to rest it and let the pain subside. It was feeling a little better when I awoke this morning, but I plan to minimize movement again today and allow a little more time for the prednisone to work. So far, it feels better today than it did yesterday and I am taking that as a good sign.

Look for better news in my next post.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Wi-Fi and Roast Beef

This is my latest info on my cell phone wi-fi saga. I forgot to turn off the wi-fi hotspot on my phone last Wednesday night and while we were sleeping we used almost five GB of data. Kathi’s computer was off, so the data hog must be my computer or my phone. I am still investigating.

Pretty yellow flowers behind our motorhome
We drove into Austin on Thursday and had lunch with our oldest son, AJ. We went to Cracker Barrel, where Kathi had the Wednesday Special, turkey and dressing and AJ and I each had the country fried steak. I got mashed potatoes, green beans and corn and he got mac and cheese instead of green beans. It was another enjoyable meal at the Buda Cracker Barrel.

We also took him by the drug store to pick up prescription meds, then ran a few more errands, before taking him back to his apartment. We look forward to seeing him, but only drive into Austin a couple of times per week. The traffic on I-35 into Austin is always bad. We still get to talk on the phone no matter where we are traveling.

My sister, Carol dropped by in the late afternoon to give me an AARP magazine with an article about resolving knee pain problems. Much of the article was about surgery and providing information about how to determine if you need a knee replacement, how to select a surgeon and the problems that can occur after surgery. There was good information about how to alleviate the pain using glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate. They often inject hyaluronic acid into the knee joint as a lubricant for bone to bone contact. I get all these ingredients in the “Move Free” I take, but I may need to increase the number of pills I take each day.

A patch a fellow marine sent to our son, Christopher

 Carol and Lloyd left Jim Hogg Park on Lake Georgetown on Friday, on the way to visit Lloyd’s brother and his wife at their home near Leakey, TX. I am glad they are traveling again and we hope to see them further west before the end of the year.

It has been getting warmer in Texas the last few weeks and it does not seem our air conditioner was trying as hard as it used to, so we thought maybe the filter was dirty and needed changing. Our filter in the motorhome air conditioner duct is 9” X 48” and no one makes an odd size like that, so I usually make my own filters. Last time I made one I brought two 20” X 25” filters and made one double thick filter that would fit our A/C. I thought doubling the thickness might be causing problems, so I went to Home Depot and bought a single 20” X 25” filter and cut it to fit  our filter frame. We will try this for a while and see it meets our satisfaction.

Kathi made a roast in the crock pot Friday night and we had roast beef, mashed potatoes and French-cut green beans for lunch and it was delicious. I still have a few leftovers I will finish today. We decided lunch was so good that we need to share it with AJ, so we drove into Austin late in the afternoon and delivered his dinner. I hope he enjoyed it as much as I did.

There were a lot of people in town and a lot of traffic on I-35. Most sites on the lake are filled, so there is a lot of activity in this part of Texas this weekend. I hope all my friends are enjoying life as much as we are.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wi-Fi and Catfish

Kathi and I use our cell phone as wi-fi hot spots, since we travel and most places do not have wi-fi available. On the lake, there are not any wi-fi sources nearby, except other RV owners that do the same thing we do. We all have secure systems to prevent others from using our allowed data and driving up our costs. The last couple of months we have used all our data allowance and while I am trying to determine the source of the data drain, we are taking our phone and computers to locations that have free wi-fi available. We went to Starbucks on Monday and updated the apps on our phones. I had 34 updates and Kathi had 42, and it took a while.

One boat towing another across the lake
 We went to the post office afterward and mailed the first four chapters of my new book, “Memories of Larry” to Andrea Clark for review and editing. I hope she likes the way it is going so far. The book is a memorial to her husband Larry who passed away from complications of leukemia last year.

We did not feel like eating out and Kathi did not want to cook, so I stopped by KFC to get chicken and biscuits to bring home for lunch. I enjoyed mine very much and Kathi shared much of hers with me, so I assume I liked it better than she did.

Monday, we met my sister Carol and her husband Lloyd for lunch at Catfish Parlour. That will probably be their last visit for catfish before they leave Georgetown next week. The three of them had helpings of vegetables and I stuck with the fried foods. The catfish was good, but the popcorn shrimp were not as good as normal. They were fried with the tails and shells on them. That may be normal, but this batch of shrimp were larger than they usually are. We enjoyed the meal and the conversation, as we usually do when we are together.

Marines and Patriots

Camouflage tents for Marine children


We drove by the drug store to pick up a prescription that Kathi arranged for me. It is prednisone and she hopes it will help my aching knee and hip. I hope so, too.

We got home and a class C motorhome had moved in next door to us. The couple sat out on the picnic table for a while after they got here and appeared to be making phone calls. They were only there one day and were gone when I woke up this morning, so I assume this was just a stopover while they were traveling.

I spent Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning writing and this afternoon we went to Walmart to pick up some needed food and paper goods.

Another neighbor moved in this afternoon while we are shopping, but they were gone in their tow vehicle when we got home. Maybe we will see them tomorrow. I did notice a Frisbee by my car that was left by the Easter revelers that left on Sunday. I left it there for the next camper to find it. Maybe they will have a use for it. Kathi and I do not Frisbee.

An abandoned Frisbee looking for a friend



Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter in the Park

We woke up Saturday morning and opened our shades to see the outside world. Our next-door neighbors had brought enough paraphernalia to move in for a month, but we knew they would leave on the weekend. There was a lady sunbathing right outside Kathi’s window, so she closed her shade. I am assuming she did not want me watching sunbathers all weekend. There were a lot of other activities going on, since they had five or six elementary school age children with them. They took their boat out on Friday, but it sat next to their RV the rest of the weekend. The kids were having a good time tossing footballs and other activities requiring a lot of movement.

Around noon, Kathi and I drove into Austin to have lunch with AJ. There was heavy traffic for a weekend, but considering it was Easter weekend, we probably should not have been surprised. When we drove by the University of Texas sports facility on I-35 there were cars parked in every space alongside the feeder street, so I am assuming they had a weekend tournament of some kind, maybe basketball.

We had a great lunch at Pappasitos and we were surprised it was only partially filled. I guess we beat the rush. We always enjoy eating there. Kathi had cheese enchiladas and AJ and I each had a combination of beef quesadillas and a beef taco. The food was excellent and we had a nice conversation to boot.

Sunday, our neighbors were packing up. It took them about four hours to take the tent down and get all the equipment they brought with them pack and ready to move out.  They did not seem to be in a hurry and they were still having a good time while packing.

Cactus in bloom by the lake
After the neighbors left we saw a new group of people walking around the area. After watching them amble around for a little while, we realized they were hiding Easter eggs. They appeared to be light plastic eggs, because some of them were nested on tree branches that would not hold a heavier chicken egg. Sometime later, the adults were back and this time they brought children with baskets, searching for the eggs. I hope some of the eggs had chocolate candy in them to make the search worthwhile.

Later in the afternoon another lady was walking around next door looking for firewood. The edge of the woods had been scavenged, so she went to the fire pit and took the unburned wood out of there to take to her campsite. People watching is really entertaining. I am going to start paying attention to who is watching me when I am outside.

Fishermen at work
My sister, Carol and husband Lloyd came over to visit in the evening. They have been at Jim Hogg Park most of the week and plan to travel again one day next week. We always enjoy our conversations when we are together. They have been traveling longer than we have and Lloyd remembers details about most of the places he stays. We relish our travel conversations.

Glad the Marine Corp is here with us
We need to make a trip to the post office this afternoon and afterward, I will spend writing. In a few weeks, I will finish the first draft of my new book, “Memories of Larry,” then I will start the editing, re-writing process. Kathi is a better editor then I am and she catches most of my errors.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Approaching Easter

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 was overcast and cool at Lake Georgetown. All our neighbors moved out Sunday afternoon so there were no next door neighbors. As we drove out for lunch, we saw a lot of empty spaces away from the lake and mostly filled spaces that have lake view. We had lunch with my sister, Carol and husband Lloyd Jackson at the Catfish Parlour. The place was packed at lunchtime. Lunch was good, as usual and our conversation was fun. There were two tables near us with people playing Canasta. They told me they played there every Wednesday. They were having a fine time eating lunch around their games. They re-shuffled partners just before we left.

A boat moving on the lake

Unusual trailer parked at Jim Hogg Park
Kathi and I went to Walmart for groceries and some Move Free for me. I have been taking glucosamine/chondroitin tablets I bought on line for a month or so and my knee and my hip have started hurting most of the time. I am not sure if the medication is the problem and the solution, but I cannot think of anything else I am doing differently. We also stopped by the AT&T store to change the sim card in my phone. We use our phones as internet hotspots while we are traveling and the last two months, our data usage has gone up 50%. Lloyd read on line that someone else was having a similar problem and it went back to normal when they changed their sim card in their phone. So far, I have not noticed a change with mine, but it has only been a couple of days. It is a mystery to us, because we have consistently used the same amount of data for two years and now, we are going over each month and we are not doing anything different. As a matter of fact, we have cut back on our usage to prevent exorbitant overcharges.

I spent all day Thursday writing my latest book, “Memories of Larry.” I will finish it before the end of the year and publish it when my editor tells me it is presentable. Kathi alternated her time between house cleaning, reading and TV watching. Late in the afternoon, spaces around us began to fill as we approach the Easter weekend. I expect the park will fill completely before the end of the day Friday.

Our only plans for the day are lunch with Carol and Lloyd at Dos Salsas in downtown Georgetown, then going by the post office to pick up our mail. Tomorrow we will visit our son, AJ in Austin.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Gully Washer

We are still at the Jim Hogg Park on Lake Georgetown. Last Saturday evening the space across the park road from us was filled with tent campers. They arrived in pick-up trucks and SUV’s and pitched four tents. I saw one of the men wearing shorts, cowboy boots, a cowboy hat and a rod and reel heading toward the lake. There were a few bicycles moving on the road and I saw campfires burning, but little other activity.

Sunday morning, campers around us started taking down their tents. They loaded one of the SUV’s with kids and left the pick-up truck and driver loading. He got his truck full and had three large carry boxes that would not fit in his truck. He got in his cab and took a nap. A few hours later the SUV came back and the two men put the boxes in the SUV and they left the park. That was near two o’clock in the afternoon and time for us to move.

We were moving from space 11 to space 18 about 150 feet down the road. First, we had to go to the dump station. As I was driving out of the park, I noticed a class C motor home following me, so I pulled over to let him pass, figuring we were in no hurry and he should not have to wait for us to dump our tank. We followed the class C to the dump station and there were four RV’s in front of him. Some were obviously not familiar with their RV’s, as it took almost an hour for the five RV’s to finish dumping and move along. Kathi and I have been to so many dump stations, we are fairly efficient. Those in front of us had smaller tanks then we have and it took them an average of 20 minutes each to dump. We usually get through in less than ten minutes. Of course, our valve system makes our chore easy. Trailers are harder and most of them are going home or to storage, while our motorhome goes back to a camp site.

While we were at the dump station awaiting our turn, my brother-in-law, Lloyd Jackson and my sister, Carol drove by and honked at us. They surprised us, as we thought they were going to Livingston. Lloyd was going to take a nap after their move from Green Caye in Dickinson, TX, so Kathi and I went to the Catfish Parlour for lunch. When we got back to the park, we drove to where they parked their motorhome to visit. We passed them walking down the road. They had come to visit us while we were still out to eat. We met at their motorhome and enjoyed conversing about current events and catching up on travel plans.

Boat dock inside Jim Hogg Park
Monday the four of us met at Longhorn Steakhouse for lunch. Lloyd and I had Nolan Ryan chicken fried steak, Carol had a sirloin and Kathi had one of the lunch specials. More good conversation and an enjoyable meal, then I took Kathi to a shoe store. We also planned on haircuts, but Kathi decided to postpone the haircuts for another day.

Cowboy art inside Longhorn Steakhouse
Tuesday, we drove into Austin to spend some time with AJ. It rained so hard on the way into town, we no longer need to wash our Jeep. We picked him up and ran a short errand, then had lunch at Olive Garden for more lunch specials. AJ and I had salad and Lasagna and Kathi had salad with fettuccine Alfredo. I had to get gas, so I got off US 183 and got turned around and ended up going north instead of south. Who cares, it gave us longer to visit. It was a fun day. We dropped AJ back at his apartment and drove home in the rain. We stopped at Starbucks to use their Wi-Fi to update programs on my phone. Fun times.

Deer lying beside the road going into Jim Hogg Park



Saturday, April 8, 2017

Sunny Saturday

It is another beautiful morning on Lake Georgetown. Many of the empty spaces around us filled in since Friday morning. Out the window, I see leaning on the back of the trailer next to us a little green bicycle with 15” wheels. I haven’t seen any people, so I assume the family was up and out early this morning. We are used to children walking and riding in the streets of the park on weekends. We are a good way away from the lake and we are seeing no one outside anywhere.

It has been quiet and peaceful in our motorhome the last few days. Kathi was having problems getting her blood pressure regulated on Thursday, so I left her napping and reading in the motorhome while I drove to Austin to take AJ to get a CT scan of his chest, at the request of his cardiologist. On my way out of the park, not many people were moving around, but there was one boat on the lake moving slowly, like it understood how I was feeling.

Boat moving on the lake.

Nice boat wait to be put in the water.
After the scan was done, AJ and I ran some errands and ate lunch at Pizza Hut. I think I could eat their pepperoni and Italian sausage thin crust pizza for every meal, but Kathi likes a little balance in our cuisine. I took AJ home and drove back to see about Kathi. She was feeling better and even better after I shared a slice of pizza with her.

As I am writing the sun went away, the wind started blowing and it is beginning to look like rain. It is still cool in the low 70’s, so I expect it will be a nice day, rain or shine.

Yesterday, Kathi and I got caught up on our laundry. We go somewhere between 10 and 14 days between laundromats. We will be glad when we get to Utah and get our in-house washer/dryer repaired. It cuts way down on laundromat expense and time. Driving out of the park we saw one lone deer at the edge of the woods. After laundry, we tried to eat at Dos Salsa to have Mexican food, but there were no parking spaces available within two blocks and Kathi did not feel like walking, so we moved on.

We had lunch at Longhorn Steakhouse. Kathi had a small sirloin and I had one of their lunch specials, a salad and half a beef and bacon cheddar melt. It was enough to eat and we had some leftover to take home for later.

Coming back into the park we saw a deer standing by the road watching traffic and a few yards further along, two deer were laying on the grass about fifteen feet away from the road and looked as if they might be having a casual conversation. Vehicles behind me kept me from getting pictures. There was not a place to pull off the road.

The sun is back and I see a few kids and a bicycle moving down the street. All is well on Lake Georgetown. Kathi and I may feel like kicking up our heels later, you never know.




Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Sunny Day

What a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Our neighborhood right now is at Jim Hogg Park on Lake Georgetown and the sun is shining and it is mid-afternoon and the temperature just got up to 70 degrees from 50 degrees in early morning. Our next-door neighbors on the left of us moved out on Monday to continue their trip from California to Florida. The space has been empty since they left.

We drove into Austin and had lunch with AJ on Sunday and we have been home ever since. I spent most of my time writing and Kathi spent most of her time reading. We finally ran out of groceries, so we made a trip to Walmart this morning. Just after we left the park we saw a small deer on the side of the road watching the cars go by. After we passed, I saw another deer run across the street, pass the deer that was watching traffic and kept going into the woods. We figured the traffic watching deer missed the instruction from its mother to run when man is in the forest. I am glad, because I always enjoy watching the deer watching me.

This picture is about five years old, but the deer we say looked the same; even the same pose.

Buzzard on a light pole looking for lunch.
We made it to Walmart and back home and put up groceries, then went to Whataburger to drive-thru and pick up lunch. I had a double meat Whataburger with onion rings and could not finish it. Kathi had a Whataburger and French fries and she only ate half of hers. What is left will be my dinner.

We plan to drive into Austin again tomorrow and run a few errands with AJ and I am sure lunch will be involved sometime while we are together. Happy camping on the lake.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Tejas Southwestern Grill

Friday was a cool and sunny stay at home day for Kathi and I. The only time we were out was for lunch at Catfish Parlour. She likes to eat there on week days, because she likes the self-serve vegetables. On weekends, you order from the menu. I ate fried catfish and popcorn shrimp that satisfied my taste and my hunger. After lunch, we dropped by HEB for Kathi to get the ingredients she needed to make her famous tacos on Saturday. I spent the afternoon writing.

A view across Lake Georgetown from Jim Hogg Park to Cedar Breaks Park

Saturday was another beautiful day and we did not go out all day. We can barely see the lake from the spot we are parked, but the trees and the atmosphere are adequate to fill our minds with pleasant memories. I wrote while Kathi made tacos. While tacos were simmering, she began editing the first four chapter of my new book, “Memories of Larry.” I saw a lot of red ink, so I have work to do. After lunch, I had to take a break and took a short nap to allow lunch to settle. I always overeat homemade tacos. Kathi put enough in the freezer for us to have tacos four more times – oh, happy days ahead. I continued writing after my nap.

Sunday, we awoke to a dark and stormy morning. We had plans to go over and take AJ for lunch, but the weather made Kathi have second thoughts. We agreed to wait until noon to decide and by eleven am the sun was out and the sky was clear. We called AJ to let him know we were on the way. Just after we left the park we saw four or five deer standing in the road. They moved and a few yards further, a small herd of sixteen deer were crossing the road. This was near noon in a neighborhood filled with houses and the deer felt safe. They looked at us, but kept walking. None of them looked big enough to be full grown, but all the deer in the area are small. I assume the morning weather was what caused them to be out at what seemed an odd time off day to see deer. I tried to get a picture, but the driver behind me was impatient, so I kept moving.

We got AJ a little before one and I told them I wanted Mexican food. I drove north on US 183 to find a Mexican food restaurant. I expected to see several, but mostly I found Taco Cabanas. That would have been fine for me, but Kathi has other favorites. We got out of the city and into the countryside and never found an adequate restaurant. I got off 183 and moved east and soon crossed Parmer, which I knew had several restaurants. I think the family was starving by that time and we passed a Tejas Southwestern Grill and Kathi got AJ to look it up on the internet to see if they served Mexican food. The internet said yes, so I made a U-turn and we arrived back at the restaurant. The parking lot was full and it made us hopeful.

We got seated and they gave us brunch and lunch menus. There was nothing that looked like Tex-Mex or any southwest cuisine I was familiar with, but we decided to stay and find something on the menu. Kathi ordered a salad, AJ wanted a three-meat skillet and I ordered breakfast quesadillas. The waitress returned to tell AJ they were out of one of the ingredients for his meal, so he changed to pancakes, which was fine with him. Our meals arrived and it looked like servings I had only seen in California previously – definitely not Tex-Mex. Kathi’s salad made a beautiful layout with all the items separated in wedges. Kathi did okay with her lunch and AJ loved the pancakes, but I will not return to Tejas Southwest Grill. It was a beautiful restaurant and they had a lot of business, but it was just not for me. Picky, picky, picky. The three of us together and enjoying being together was enough to make it a good day.

A view of the decor in the Tejas Southwestern Grill

These window were so clear it looked like there was no glass. It gave the place an outdoors atmosphere.