Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Friday February 10, 2017-Cottonwood RV Park

I am fast-forwarding through the events so far this month to bring you up to date. Today was my date with the dentist to have surgery on my mouth. That's kind of redundant isn't it? Where else would one go for dental surgery than a dentist? 

I followed Dr. Flores' instructions of having a nice lunch before coming in for my 2 o'clock appointment and was glad I did. We had been eating out as much as possible, trying to get in all of the foods that I love because there won't be much eating- anything- for the rest of our time here. We went to the China Sea buffet restaurant for my "last meal" and we enjoyed it. The food is fresh-made and plentiful.

I was right on time for my surgery and we got started promptly at 2. I had a woman surgeon to do my work and all went well except that she spoke little or no English. It all worked out because she basically only said "open wide, or open wider" and I understood that. There was a little pain until they got the anesthetic doses out, and then all was well. It was very tiresome, sitting with my mouth wide open for three hours but we got it done. I only felt discomfort on a couple of the teeth and I didn't even feel the four intact teeth when they were removed, but let me tell you, I was ready to be done at the end!

I was in much pain for the first two nights, but luckily I had plenty of pain killing meds and made it through the nights. I didn't even think about food, so that wasn't a problem. By Sunday I was able to get some Boost liquid down and later ate some ice cream, so I wasn't in danger of starving. I knew it was important to keep hydrated and took Amoxicilin three times a day per doctors orders and once the swelling went down and the little scratches in my mouth recovered and I was able to sleep through the night.

At least the bad part is done!

So long.

Monday February 7, 2017-Cottonwood RV Park

We have arrived in the Valley and actually hit the ground running. Four of our friends are already here in our park. We began by going over to Mexico just to look around and shop for a bit. I decided to visit my dentist to let him look at my mouth and the work he has to do. I am glad that I did because he told me that he will actually do my work next Friday with  temporary set of dentures and to make a long story short, he will make me a new set of teeth but I must return in June or July after my gums have a chance to heal. This simplifies our travel plans after the Goshen rally. We will come back down here from Goshen and then just hang out for a month or so and have my cataract surgery. But its another hot summer stay in Texas...

Our friends (and President of the Owner Club, Jim and his wife Nancy) had arrived the same day that we did. Other friends, Kevin and Nelly are at the same park in Pharr TX. and Ken and Kathy are at their park, Retama Village

We spent as much time with the off-site friends as we could, going out to eat and making another trip over to Mexico, but that came after our two Heartland events, a Meet and Greet for Heartland owners at Retama Village and our annual dealer open house at the Ron Hoover dealership. Both the events went very well, with good turnouts. We had not really expected much, since we had not gotten the word out prior to the events, but it worked out very well.

We had made plans to drive down to south Padre Island for the kite festival, but as the day grew closer, we read that there is a high percentage of rain and high winds, so we cancelled the trip. 

We have a favorite restaurant that we go to when we make the trip to SPI, Dirty Al's in Port Isabel. Since we didn't get to go, we found a new location for Dirty Al's in McAllen. We decided to try it and were pleasantly surprised. The view is not as good as the location in Port Isabel, but the food was comparable. We had a very good meal with our friends and would return.

Jim and Nancy and Kevin and Nelly left over the weekend for Santo TX and the Texas Sweetheart rally there. It has recently moved from Kerrville and hope they find a good home to this rally. It was a fun time and we hope to return some day.

More fun in the valley to come. 
So L

Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday January 31, 2017-Bay Colony R Resort

I am fast-forwarding to bring you up to date on where we are and what we are doing. 

We are leaving Dickinson today, traveling to Mission by way of Victoria. It should be an easy drive with few problems with freeways for most of the way and a trip that we have made many times.

We had doctor visits with Dr. Merritt, our PCP, who checked me for my diabetes. She gave me a good bill of health but wants me to start taking a new medicine called Farsiga (sp?). I'll let you know how that goes...

We both had to go to Dr. Shalaby, our cardiologist. We took echo, carotid and other tests to keep up with our hearts. Everything went very well an we came away with good reports.

Now for the kicker...  Stella had a follow up with Dr. Milstein of the famous Eye Clinic of Texas in League City where she had had her cataract surgery done last summer. She was only in the office for a few minutes and was released. My turn. I hate drops in my eyes! Anyway, I too have cataracts and will start my treatment in August, so we'll get to spend another heat-of-the-summer in Dickinson. And we had such nice plans with Dave and Nancy for the summer. Oh well, I need to be able to see to drive, so it'll be worth it! Maybe we can still do something with them anyway.

It is not nearly as hard to leave here as it is Inks Lake, but now we'll be back here sometime in August. We'll be able to make all the local rallies and the National rally in Goshen and who knows where we'll be before returning to Dickinson.

So long.

Sunday January 22,2017-Inks Lake State park

Well, here I am again, and further behind than ever! Where shall I begin? Today was our last day at Inks Lake and as usual we had a great time meeting many new people (campers in the park and hunters participating in the deer hunts) as well as several new camp-host friends. It is really hard to leave a place that seems so much like a home but we'll be back next fall and make even more new friends and hopefully see many of our host friends again.

The deer hunts went really well and most of the hunters were successful and enjoyed themselves. I hear that there is talk of expanding both the ADA hunt and also adding another novice hunt, but that decision is made in Austin. Have to wait until next year to find out. I didn't take many photos due to rivacy concerns.

Chip and Bunky will be staying and will probably be leaving in March or April. Chip said that they may take few days to drive down to Mission to check out parks there. Rob and Vickie will be returning to Missouri but have said they will be back next year. Glyn is staying in the park for as long as he can. Mike and Gigi recently retired from the Army and will be moving to the Fort Hood area, where she has found a job.

Remember that I said that there were some problems in the park with the park policeman? Well, it seems to have settled down and there have not been any further issues, so we're hoping that this is so.

I did get into an evaluator position with Glowstep Revolution steps, thanks to our friends Tony and Erika. They sent me a set of their 25 steps, which I installed with help from my friend Chip. We love them, with their much steadier steps which do not "give" like the factory steps. We have used them while on the road traveling and they are easy to fold out and set up. The big thing is, they passed the "Stella test" and she likes them too.

We are leaving here to return to Dickinson for doctor appointments. We will have 8 appointments between us in 7 days there. Our last visit will be the morning that we leave for Mission. It should go fine and I don't anticipate any problems.  Wish us luck, please.

So long.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Wednesday December 28, 2016-Inks Lake State Park

So much to tell...

I missed last week's deer hunt because we had to go back to Texas City. Kim lost her Dad over the weekend and she, unfortunately, had to deal with all the details after he passed. She needed her Momma, so Stella agreed to drive down to help her. I didn't want Stella to have to drive all the way down there by herself, so I took off to drive her down.

We stayed (again) at the terrible Motel 6 in Texas City because it is the only motel that allows pets without a high fee. They are slowly remodeling this place but I hope that we are done with staying there. I won't go into the details of the place, but take my word for it, THE MOTEL 6 IN TEXAS CITY IS A DUMP!!

We made the 6 hour drive back here to Inks Lake on Wednesday without issues, although we did stop by to see our friend Joe French at the Ron Hoover RV dealership in Katy to look at a new model Landmark. No, we didn't buy, but it's a very nice trailer and would be a consideration if we were looking.

On Saturday, Christmas eve, we had a very nice Christmas celebration with friends John and Becky, Barry and Vanny and Don and Linda at the Big Chief RV Park. We all fixed some boiled lobster tails, which were found on sale at the HEB stores in the area, along with some veggie dishes that were shared, and had a great time visiting with our friends.

On Sunday we had another good time with the park hosts that stayed here for Christmas. We had some delicious ham and shared assorted vegetable dishes, followed by card and dice games. A good time was had by all.

There is no deer hunt scheduled for this week, so we are taking some time off, doing odd jobs around the park to earn our keep. The hunters return next week, so more reports and photos will follow.

We continued the Christmas celebration by driving to New Braunfels to visit Grandma Willie Mae, my step-mom. We had a nice visit with her and took her out to eat at one of our favorite restaurants, Cooper's Barbecue where we had the usual delicious meal, enjoying more good conversation with her. We returned here to the park where we met with old friends Mike and Linda who had returned to visit for a few days. They have park hosted here in the past but were just passing through on their way to Mission Tx where we will see them again. 

Out stay at Inks has not been without controversy and issues which I won't go into right now, but we've been having a good time with the many friends that we have here. Time will tell how things work out here. 

So long.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Thursday December 15, 2016-Inks Lake state park

Today was the final day of the new novice hunt here at the Inks Lake state park. this hunt was for adults who have never gotten a deer before. It was both a fun and educational hunt for everyone.

Here is a picture of all of the novice hunters. My hunter, Barham, is the second from the left, wearing the solid green shirt.

Here are the hunters with their mentors, who went into the blind with them to help them. David was Barham's mentor.

Here is the campfire, where most of us spent our time. It was cold all week and we kept the fire burning all day. This really adds to the "deer camp" feel.

Here is Ranger Chris Hall, preparing to begin the processing of the deer that Barham got.

I don't know why this picture is rotated, but you can see that this was a donated buck that was used to demonstrate deer skinning and later the butchering of the meat.

One of my fellow park hosts Chip in the foreground. TPWD Director of Public Hunts, Justin, preparing to begin skinning this deer.

Justin was making good progress in removing the hide from the deer. Some folks actually tan the deer hide which than can then be used like leather to make clothing, belts and shoes etc.

Justin enlisted the help of one of the hunters, Mo, in skinning out the deer. The vital organs of the deer were removed and processed and Chef Jesse came down from his restaurant in Austin to demonstrate the butchering process. I took photos of this process but didn't include them here but if you are interested in seeing them and I will share them with you.

The novice hunt was a big hit and there were a lot of hunters that were interested in it, so I'm confident that it will return next year. I know it was fun for us, but it's a tight fit for two people in the small deer blinds.

So long.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Thursday December 8, 2016-Inks Lake state park

We have finished our second ADA hunt and everything went  very well. 

This is our new site, right across the street from the maintenance area where we work out of. 

We like this site because we are near our friends that I work with and since it is so close to work and I can just walk across the street to get to work. 

This is our second group of disabled hunters. My hunter, Michael, is second from the left and is the only hunter who came alone. His wife didn't want to come along with him this time but perhaps she will change her mind.

This is Michael's 8 point buck that he took on Tuesday night. It is a beautiful animal, approximately 5 years old and very symmetrical. I think he decided to have a full shoulder mount done with his trophy. 
Good job Michael!

More to come in future hunts.

So long.