Friday, July 30, 2010
From there we went to the caverns again. The boys wanted to go on a guided tour of a different part of the cave, but again we were late. We didn't get there in time for the last guided tour but did make it in time to go on the original entrance route. This is a very strenuous route that takes you 750 feet deep into the Big Room where we would catch the elevator back up to the ground level. Stella decided not to try the walk all the way and after taking the hike down, I'm glad she didn't! Even though it was cool in the cave, I was soaked in sweat. My knees ached, my ankles felt as if they were coming apart and my leg throbbed. Although I took several rest stops, I made it. It was tough but we made it. The boys didn't have too much trouble making the walk but they were very supportive of me.
On a lighter note, We were walking into the original mouth of the cave, where the bats fly every evening, and Cameron was intently watching the cave swallows swirling around near the opening when he was hit by a white sticky substance from one of the birds. He was very embarrassed and upset when it happened and of course, Tyler and I had a ball with it, but everyone had a good time. It was nice for me to get to spend some time with the boys alone. They have had fun for the trip and I'm sure it will continue when we get to Colorado.
We came back to Carlsbad, intending to go to the Living Desert Zoo but we were one minute too late to get in. They close the gates promptly at 3:30, their advertised time, so we will go tomorrow, which will be our last full day here. We still have some more things we want to do here before we leave, so the adventures here will continue.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The bad thing today was that Cameron misunderstood his MeMaw and told Tyler that he could turn the electricity off before she was ready. Well now, that got a completely different response than the "that's all right honey"... We got it worked out and everything got packed away in it's proper place but we still didn't get away until 9:30, or the same time as yesterday. At least we're consistent.
I watched the temperature gauge like a hawk all day, but it never did go up like it did yesterday.
Even when the truck downshifted going up hills, the temp never moved. Thats really strange after our experience yesterday, but I'll take it. I'm still going to get the truck looked at and at least have the cooling system flushed.
We made good time on the trip today and only made one long stop for lunch, just before we got into Andrews TX. We pulled into one of those little picnic areas that the state puts in beside the road. It is nothing more than a wide spot on the shoulder. You know the kind, with a small shelter and a couple of trash barrels. This one was on the opposite side of the road, so we had to exit facing toward the oncoming traffic, but the road (state Hwy. 62) is a lonely road used mostly for oilfield workers servicing the many, many oil wells alongside the road, so there wasn't much traffic to put up with. The one thing about it was that some of the big trucks seemed to shake us worse than the other traffic. I watched one of them as he came by and he drove with his wheels off onto the shoulder of the road, apparently so he could shake the trailer when he drove by. He never came close to us, but the wind blast from his big truck sure shook the trailer.
There was no sign at the border when we crossed it. I intended to stop and take a picture of this historic occasion for the boys first going out of Texas. They actually flew to California a couple of years ago to visit their dad but that doesn't count. It only counts when one is on the ground and able to actually see when they cross the border.
We pulled into Carlsbad about 3 o'clock or 2 o'clock New Mexico time. Remember, we are in Mountain time now. We found the Carlsbad RV Park without any trouble, thanks to our Garmin, and got checked in and set up in less than an hour, including our porch and steps. Its good to be home, at least for a few days. The boys went swimming and I soon joined them for a cool dip in the pool. It was nice and refreshing. The pool was full, so I didn't stay very long and returned home. The boys came back after a little while but changed out of their bathing suits and went back outside. They found some new friends and stayed out with them for awhile. It was nice and relaxing while there was some peace and quiet in the trailer. I didn't nap, but did get to close my eyes for a few minutes. We are so thankful for the life we are able to lead.
Monday, July 26, 2010
I filled up with fuel yesterday at a service station because we unhooked the truck from the trailer and needed fuel. We took 22.3 gallons to go 214.7 miles for a 9.6 MPG average.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
I have been keeping tabs on tropical storm Bonnie, as have many others. I feel sorry for the people that had trips planned that had to cut them short because of this storm, especially since it fizzled like it did. I guess the only good to come of it was some rain in Louisiana and Florida.
I talked to Bill and Ornell, who went to Florida from the Heartland International rally in Nashville and they had to cut out a couple of days of sightseeing in Florida because of the storm.
The boys stayed down in their covers when the a/c came back on, and had a hard time getting up and going this morning. I didn't really push them either, and we took our time getting packed up. We pulled out at 11:30 but only have 198 miles to go today, so we shouldn't be on the road all that long.
We made our only stop at the rest stop west of Columbus and checked everything out while we were stopped. Everything is doing fine, but the boys have a bad habit of leaving their windows down and doors open, so the interior of the truck warmed up a lot. The air conditioner had a hard time catching up and I really thought there might be something wrong with it, but when we got here to New Braunfels and found some shade, the a/c unit did just fine. At least it feels better than it has been.
The Hill Country park isn't a bad park but the sites are a wee bit tight. It is a Passport America park, so it only cost half price so I guess its okay and its only for one night. I called my Stepmom, Willie Mae, and told her that we'd like to take her out to eat. We agreed to meet her at the Clear Springs restaurant, a famous restaurant just outside of New Braunfels for supper. We had a wonderful meal and good conversation with her. We went back to her house after supper and while on the way, we went down to the Comal river and to the Landa Park RV Park where we went a few times a long time ago. I took some photos and will attach them to tomorrow's blog post, so please come back.
I taught Tyler about transferring fuel this morning. There is really nothing to learn, just how to turn the switch on and when to turn it off. We will go by the station this afternoon and fill up both tanks for the trip tomorrow. Tyler didn't want to go with us to take MeMaw to work but stayed home and played on his new Facebook page. He is up to about 30 friends on his page already. He has had a few questions but has figured out most of it himself.
I piddled around outside this morning and got a few things done in preparation for the trip. I talked to John about leaving my dish with him since we don't want to fool with it on the trip. The boys went swimming this afternoon while I took a nap, so it was a typical day in my life. We went over to pick up Stella this afternoon, which took longer. She had to get all the stuff that she had brought over to Timber Ridge out, since it was her last day to work. The boys were stuffed in the back seat with all her boxes. We went to eat at the El Palenque restaurant on our way home. It was a very good meal, and we all enjoyed it. When we finished eating, guess who was sitting at the table right next to us? Our friends from Rayford, Pete and Jean. We lived next to them last fall, and Pete is one of the many coffee drinkers in the morning. They had just returned from their summer trip and were staying at their son's house. Pete is a great story teller, and I'm sure he'll have more tales of his adventures to tell us about.
Stella decided that she would wash our dirty clothes tonight before we left, but wanted to cut my hair before she did the laundry. We went out and she chopped off all my long hair and both of us noticed some very menacing clouds rolling in. It wasn't 10 minutes before the wind started blowing and the thunder and lightning started. The boys had gone swimming again, but soon came running home because of the weather. It hadn't started to rain yet, so I went outside to see if there was anyone that needed help with anything. I went down to check on my dish antenna that I had taken down to John's place, but he had just gotten home and had laid it down on the ground. Thank you John.
We walked around the park for awhile until we could feel the rain coming. John went back home but I went over to my new friends Ernie and Debbie's place to make sure they were all right. Since they are new to the RV lifestyle, I figured they might need some help. When I got there, they had gotten everything done, but were concerned because so many people had run into the bathrooms or under the breezeway but I told them they didn't have much to worry about, especially since they have a generator on their trailer. I helped a couple of guy tie down someone's awning after they left it out. It is an electric awning, so we couldn't just put it down like in the olden days, but we did tie it off for them so it wouldn't get damaged.
I returned home and we sat in the dark for awhile. We ate a little ice cream which made me sleepy and I went to bed about 10 o'clock. I woke about 3 and soon the power came back on. It really wasn't that bad tonight because the rain had cooled things off. I'm glad the power came back on because without air conditioning it would have been really hot for Stella get things packed up inside the trailer. Not to mention that I wouldn't have had a cool place to come into to take a break from packing.
Tomorrow's the big moving day for us...I don't know who is more keyed up, me or the boys.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
The boys and I took Stella to work this morning and after, I took them to the Hooks Airport in Tomball. Hooks is a very interesting place where you can actually drive out beside the runways to watch takeoffs and landings. There are no commercial passenger flights out of Hooks, so there are no security measures in place. Anyone that has flown in the past few years know of the searches and questioning that is necessary to even get near the gates, much less to be able to drive out into the airport itself. Other than signs that warn you not to enter the runway, there is nothing to prevent someone from driving their vehicle onto the runway.
We watched several airplanes take off and land, including a couple of corporate jets. There is even a long pond that seaplanes can land on. There is a ramp at the end for the seaplane to pull out of the water, although none were seen this trip. I have seen seaplanes parked near this but not actually on the water.
We came on back home and hung out here. I helped Tyler get a Facebook page going. We had asked his Mom if he could do one, and I assured her that I would make certain that he didn't get into something that she wouldn't approve of. I have caught up with many of my old friends, including people I went to high school and college with and many that I worked with in the past. It is good to find old friends and I am scheduled to go to a class reunion in October. I'll be sure to tell you more about that in the future, and of course, after I go. Stay tuned...
Mike and Patrice came up this afternoon to show us their new Ford truck. Mike said that Patrice didn't feel comfortable in their single-wheeled truck, so being the good husband he is, he went right out and bought her a new one. I would do the same for Stella except that I would try to find her a better truck than the Ford. Another GMC would be my first choice but a Chevy would do. One of the new Dodge trucks would certainly be of consideration, since they don't use the Urea injection, unlike the Ford and GM trucks. I'm still thinking on that one..
We went out to eat at the 88 Buffet on Sawdust. Stella and I have eaten there s few times in the past and the food is very good. We all had a good time and made plans to get together in Colorado. They had started out to go to Wyoming, but had to return home. We are looking forward to seeing them in Colorado when we all get together.
I had coffee and breakfast in the trailer with Stella this morning. The refrigerator is working, and holding about 36-37 degrees, so soon we will have to go to the grocery store to replenish the fridge. It feels good, but it will likely be expensive...
I drove down to Texas City this afternoon to pick up Tyler and Cameron. I had been told not to be there before about 3 o'clock because the daycare group was going to Moody Gardens in Galveston and the boys wanted to go with them. It will likely be their last trip with this group. Cam called his MeMaw to tell her that they were back at the karate school earlier than they had expected, so I went on down to get them. First I had to load up some of the big items that we have accumulated here, the little lifesaver refrigerator, the two big adirondack chairs and several boxes of papers that Stella worked on for the doctors. All of that went into our storage area before I got the boys. Cam was looking out the door for me when I drove up, so I guess he is getting anxious to go. We went by their house to get their clothes and other stuff, but their Mom was working from home today and of course, wanted to be there when the boys left. The boys had folded up their clothes and put them into garbage bags to be taken to the trailer so that we wouldn't have to store suitcases or even duffle bags. We had gotten two small three-drawer cabinets for them to put their clothes in, so there wouldn't be so much clutter in the living room and it worked out just fine. Everything they had brought fit in perfectly, so now it is much neater.
The boys and I dropped off their bags of clothes at the trailer before we went to pick up Stella from work. We stopped off at James Coney Island for our supper tonight. They had sent out an email on a special 87th anniversary sale on coneys for 87 cents, so we all had cheap coney islands for supper. I took them to Chik-Filet for their dessert of a milkshake, so they were full when we got home. They didn't waste any time getting back into the swing of thing here, and changed into their bathing suits and went swimming almost as soon as they got back here.
It was good to have them back and we are going to have a great time on vacation.
Friday, July 23, 2010
I took Stella to work this morning so that I could do my chores in the park-getting the money out of the laundromat machines and checking the Coke machine. When I got done there, I went to Discount Tires to have the tires rotated and balanced and to have the air pressure checked. Its a free service from DT when you buy tires from them and cheap insurance against tire problems. When they rotate the tires, they also inspect the tires for any defects or damage, so it gives us some peace of mind when we leave. I continued my truck maintenance by going to have the truck fuel filter changed at the local Kwik Lube place. More preventive maintenance before the trip.
I came on back to the park and stopped at the office to check the mail. I had seen a Fed-X truck turning into the park when I left this morning, and I hoped it was carrying my package from Dometic. IT WAS!!! I called Johnny to give him the good news and he said he was busy right now but would be out as soon as he could to get my work done. I returned home, exhausted from all the chores and relaxed (napped) some. I took Cassie out for a stroll in the afternoon, but it was threatening rain and she could hear thunder in the distance which terrifies her, so she cut our walk short and came back inside. She is funny because when we are alone in the trailer, she sleeps all over the place, but let the weather turn bad and she is in my lap. Big 'ol baby...
I went to get Stella from work and we decided to stop by Wal Mart on our way home. I needed a new storage box for my cordless drill and a couple of other storage items before we leave, so this was as good a time as any to get them done. We had just gotten into the store when Johnny called to tell me that he was at our place. I told him to go ahead and get the roof sealed and we would be right home. He said he had already started working on it and had another call to make in the park but would be here when we got back.
By the time we got back, Johnny was through with the roof and it had started to rain again just as we pulled into the site. This was a good test of his work because it rained really hard for ten-fifteen minutes but we didn't find any leaks inside. Great news! When the rain let up a bit, Johnny came in and installed the circuit board in the fridge and it fired right up! More great news! I was also thrilled to learn that Heartland will pay for the resealing of the roof under warranty.
At least now we won't have to carry the little refrigerator on vacation with us. I certainly made a good buy when I picked that thing up from one of the officers that worked for me in Manvel. It's a small under-counter refrigerators that has really come in handy for us and several of our friends who have used it when their own went out.
Now we can really get started with the preparations to leave. I go get the boys tomorrow and then the fun begins!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
One of the reasons that Stella didn't want to drive today was because the truck needs fuel, so I went to the store and filled it up. I have realized that I haven't been keeping you up to date on my fuel usage and the mileage we've been getting. I realize that this information is one reason you have been keeping up with us, so I'll bring you up to date. On June 23rd, it took 21.9 gallons to go 339.4 miles for a 15.4 MPG average. On July 10th, it took 26.9 gallons to go 443 miles for a 16.4 MPG average. Today it took 23.6 gallons to go 440 miles for an 18.6 MPG average. Most of this last tank was road miles instead of in town miles taking Stella back and forth to work. I have been a little concerned that the mileage was down, but now it is back where it needs to be.
We stopped at Pancho's Mexican Buffet today, using the last of our coupons for this restaurant. Thank you Donna for letting us use your coupon book. Its not the best food in the world and certainly not authentic mexican food, but where else can you eat for less than $10.00? We can't cook this at home for that much money. Remember kids, we're living on a fixed income...
Today is our day off and we had planned to go to the funeral services for Pierre but the weather was just too bad to get out. We found a huge wet spot on the door side carpet in the rear of the trailer. I had already sealed the area that we thought may have been leaking but apparently this didn't do the job. I called Jim Fenner for advice and he recommended having someone come out to reseal the back of the trailer, which I will get done.
Stella decided to get our clothes washed up today since we didn't want to get out. I took the dirty clothes down for her and she spent a good amount of time getting the clothes washed and dried. I walked around the park some today between rainstorms. At least the weather is cooler but it is sooo muggy! At least I got a little exercise.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
From Danbury, we went to Kim's house in Texas City for her birthday celebration lunch. Her birthday isn't until the 26th, but we will be gone by then, so we had to do her lunch today. She decided on Red Lobster in Webster, so we loaded up the boys and took off. We had a nice meal but declined to have the restaurant staff sing Happy Birthday to her. The waiter did bring her a bowl of ice cream with a candle in it and we all sang to her anyway. While we ate, we made plans for the boys to come up later in the week for our trip.
From there we returned to Texas City to the Emken Linton funeral home for the wake for our good friend Pierre. I told you a couple of days ago about our past camping fun with him and his family and won't dwell on it again. It was a very sad time but it was good to see everyone in our "extended family" and relive some of our times together. They showed a collage of photos of Pierre on various camping trips and we were reminded of the good times we all had with him. Be at Peace with God old friend.
When I got back home, Stella wanted to go over to Mel's Country Cafe again for breakfast. This seemed like a splendid idea because we love the restaurant and they are now open on Saturday and Sunday for breakfast and since they are very near Timber Ridge, we thought we should go. No one else in our little group was up and about, so we left. When we got to Mel's there was only one other couple eating there, so we had our choice of seats. It didn't take long for the place to fill up-I guess lots of folks sleep in on Saturday morning-but the food was fine. We will definitely be back there for breakfast!
I took Stella to work and dropped her off and returned home. It was another hot day and most everyone stayed inside and out of the heat. Ricky said he had to go in to his office this morning, so I stayed home with Cassie. Ricky later told me he wrote a contract on a house which is great news. With the depressed housing market, it seems like years since he has sold a house. At least he remembered how to go into his computer and pull up the forms.
We all got together in the late afternoon and decided that we would go to Hooters for supper and have some of their hot wings. We all love their food, so after I went and got Stella, she came in and freshened up and we rode over to Hooters. Peggy and Len didn't go with us but said they would see us when we got back. We had a fun time at Hooters but when we came back home, we learned that a storm had blown through damaging some people's awnings and generally blowing things around the park. My satellite dish had blown over, damaging the LNB holder. I sat it back up, but since the thing is cracked, I just switched us over to cable and didn't try to realign the dish. We're only going to be here for a few days more, and can put up with not having Dish network that long. I hadn't planned to take it with us on our trip with the boys anyway. It was still raining a bit when we got back, so there was no sitting out tonight and we all turned in. Another good one in the book for us.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I took Stella to work today and came back to the park. It won't be long before I will have to start getting ready for our short summer trip, getting the truck checked out and such. We don't want to have any problems on the road.
I knew that Mike and Patrice were leaving this morning for their vacation trip to Wyoming. Remember, I had given him my kingpin tripod? Well, about noon, I got an email from Patrice that they were returning home because her dad, Pierre, had passed away. I had met Pierre through them while we were camping with them at different holidays. There were three families, Mike and Patrice, Patrice's sister Paja and her husband Don and their father, Pierre and his wife Darlene. They took us in as if we were a part of their family and we had many great times with them. Remind me and I'll tell you a story about our times sometime.
Pierre had been in rather frail health for a few years and today he apparently had a fatal heart attack at home. He was a great man and loved to play his guitar and sing. He entertained us many times around the campfire. We went to the Manvel Opry several times with him and he played there. He will be greatly missed by many of us. Rest in Peace, old friend...
Mike and Patrice had just pulled into Sam's Restaurant in Fairfield when they got the news about Pierre. They immediately turned around and started back home when they had a blowout on one of the trailer tires. Wow, what luck! Mike called me while they waited on their road service guy to come change the flat and asked me to find them a tire store near where they were. I located a store about twenty miles from them and gave him the location as well as a telephone number.
Later in the afternoon, I went down and got Len and Peggy and we went to pick up Stella from work. I took them on a quick tour of Timber Ridge and we picked her up. We all met Tommy and Susan at Mel's Country Cafe for supper. Susan had to work today, even though she was supposed to have been off but she missed a couple of days earlier in the week and because of the oil spill that she was working on so hard, she had to go in today. We had another great meal and came back home. Ricky and Dee had arrived and we all sat outside their trailer. They just picked their trailer up from Camping World, even though it wasn't fixed. CW has had it for a couple of months and can't seem to get the job done. Doesn't say much for their service does it. Also, when Ricky got it here, the battery was completely dead, to the point that he had to go buy another battery. All they had to do at CW was plug it in every few days to keep the battery up enough to not kill it. I'm not saying anything else about Camping World but I hope you know what I think of their work.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Stella felt like she could handle driving in to work again, so I allowed her to drive my truck (LOL) over to the other park. I felt a little better and took a walk around the park a couple of times during the day. I needed to get out of the house and get some exercise anyway, so I walked a few laps around the park. I also went by the office to see if my refrigerator part had come in. it hadn't, so I came back home.
Tommy went to the store and bought some steaks for everyone and Len and Peggy volunteered to cook, so we all went to their site about 6 to eat supper. We had a great meal, although Peggy's brand new fryer didn't work the way it was supposed to. it would only get to 415 degrees before it would cut off, which is not hot enough to fry things properly. We worked it out though, and everyone had plenty to eat. The sirloin steak that Tommy had bought for me was HUGE, and way more than I could eat, so I shared it with Stella. Together we finished it, but boy, were we stuffed. We had a choice of watermelon or coconut cream pie for dessert, and I chose the pie. I know, I know, it's not the best thing for me to have, but it looked soooo good and I couldn't resist. We had a great meal and later Billy and Gwen came by and ate some of the watermelon. We had some good conversations with our friends, but when my jaw started hurting me again, I came home. Yeah, I'm a big baby, but it hurt! The party didn't last much longer because Stella came home later when the skeeters started biting. It was another great night and we enjoy our lifestyle so much.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I came back to the park and went to the office to talk to Melissa and Crystal about this winters activities that are being planned. They told me that a committee will be formed to make these plans but that it will be changed from last year. I told them about some of the ideas I have for planned activities for the winter Texans and they said they would keep them in mind and make note of them for consideration.
I had a dentist appointment with Dr. Nellis here in the Woodlands for the beginning of my dental work. He pulled three teeth that have been bothering me for a long time and although I am quite sore tonight, I am certain that my mouth will be well in just a few days. I still have an appointment with a dental surgeon for October when we return from our summer trip, and THEN the real fun will begin. He will make further recommendations about my teeth and we will go from there. I really can't complain about Dr. Nellis' treatment at all. He was very gentle with my sore mouth and didn't make me cry which was a good thing.
I came back home and hung out until time to go pick Stella up from work. This job thing is working out pretty well. I have suggested that Stella get a job at the new Wal Mart store near the park, but I don't think she's going for it. Actually, my suggestion was for her to walk the two miles from the park to Wal Mart which would have allowed her to exercise her bad knees and make them stronger. It would make her legs stronger too, and if she took a sack with her, she could pick up cans that have been tossed out by passing cars, which would have done her civic duty by cleaning up the litter and we could use the money from the sale of the cans. It's a win-win situation, but like I said, I don't think she's gonna buy it.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Thursday we didn't do much of anything but go to work and come back home. We stopped off and ate on the way home and came in and hung out for the rest of the evening.
Friday, John and I went to PPL to look at trailers for John and to see if they had the part that we needed to fix our refrigerator. They told me at PPL that the part would not be available from Dometic until the end of July. Wow, this parts thing is going downhill fast...We also went to Camping World while we were on that side of town, but they said they have never heard of that part number. Since we were down the street from Holiday World, we went by there for my part, but they were no help either. I did get a telephone number for Dometic and when we left the store, I called them. Dometic, who is not known for their customer service, was no help at all either. I spoke to a clerk who seemed to be put out when I asked about a certain part number, but she told me that the part was indeed back ordered and would not be in until near the end of the month. I asked about exchanging my fridge, since I have a refrigerator that cannot be repaired and is still in warranty but of course, she could not make that call. When I asked to speak with a supervisor, she said he was not in his office, but took my name and telephone number. I am still waiting for his call...Our last stop this afternoon was at the Ron Hoover dealership. They don't have much of a parts department, so I just met with Kevin, the salesman that is working with me on the rally in October. He gave me some Heartland brochures and business cards and showed John a Landmark trailer that he really liked. Perhaps he'll decide to buy one. Tommy and Susan came in today with their new air conditioner on their motorhome. It works much better now and they are very happy. They also had someone make them some covers for the front windshield and side windows to keep the sunlight out too, so that is another energy saver. We all like Mel's Diner in Tomball, so I took them with me when Stella got off and we went to eat there with them. There was a nice breeeze when we got back to the park, so we sat outside at their place and visited with them.
Saturday was just another work day for us. I took Stella to work and came to the park. I hung out here until time to pick her up, but Tommy called and said he was making coney islands for us to eat when she got in. We stopped off at the store and bought a key lime pie for dessert. We had a very nice meal with our friends and sat out chatting until the skeeters started biting.
On Sunday, we went over to Brookshire where we met with our friends A.D. and Dee, that we had worked with at Stephen F. Austin state park. We met them at Orlandos Pizza Buffet and had another great meal with them. We enjoyed our time with them and sat in the restaurant for about an hour and a half and came on back to the park late in the evening. Tommy's sister Peggy and her husband Len had come over to the park along with their grand daughter Megan and her friend Amber. We all sat outside for awhile and got caught up. Its nice to have all these friends here with us.
On Monday Stella and I went to see a new dentist, Dr. Nellis, who was recommended by Gwen. He is a very gentle man that was very careful with my sore mouth and teeth, and after taking x-rays, he gave me the bad news. I will have to see an oral surgeon and will have to have some major dental work done soon. Rats, this will interfere with our plans to have some improvements done to the trailer next year when we go to the Heartland rally in Goshen. Oh well, it's only money!
We also got some more bad news tonight. Susan's mother was rushed to the hospital with what was thought to have been a heart attack. The doctors are still doing tests on her, but I'm sure that Tommy and Susan will be going back home sooner than they expected to.
On Tuesday I talked to Jim Fenner at Heartland and learned that Dometic has assured them that my part will be in on Wednesday and will be shipped out to me overnight mail. I sure hope so. We are leaving Sunday the 25th and won't be back here until October. Thats a long time to go without a fridge.
Stella made an appointment for me at Dr. Nellis' office for tomorrow to begin the removal of some of my teeth. If you hear me screaming, don't worry, they're just pulling teeth. Wish me luck!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
On Thursday, Stella had called a local dentist on Rayford Rd. to ask if they took walk-in patients. The young girl that answered the telephone obviously didn't understand the question because she answered " well, I guess we can take you if you can walk in". I just don't know about this younger generation...She said that they would be closed for the holiday weekend but would be open next week, so today I stopped by the office, which is near the park. The office door was locked but I called the telephone number and left a message that I needed dental work done. I got a call back and was told that they couldn't see me until tomorrow at 6:15PM for the exam but I would have to come back for an appointment to have the work done. I decided to try to find a dentist that could take me a bit quicker than that.
I got in touch with Gwen to get a recommendation, and she told me of a great dentist on Grogans Mill that I made an appointment with for Monday. Luckily for me, my teeth have stopped bothering me as much, so I should be able to make it. Several doses of whiskey a day seems to have made me feel much better!
On Wednesday, my friend John came down and knocked on the door, telling me that there had been a fire at the Hooks Airport in one of the hangars and asked me if I would like to ride with him to look at the damage. I checked my calendar and appointment book and told him that I could indeed squeeze him into my busy day, so we left. We stopped off at Neal's Family restaurant in Tomball for lunch and then drove over to the airport. The Hooks airport does not take commercial flights, so there is no security there like the larger airports in Houston, so we were able to drive out into the airport and found the burned-out hangar. We couldn't tell what was being stored inside, but of course, it was destroyed in the fire and looked like machinery parts. It could have been a warehouse for airplane parts, but we couldn't tell. We also went to a four-wheeler/Jeep store for John to look at some parts for his Jeep. I also looked around but didn't find anything that I needed, so we returned home. It was a nice way to spend the afternoon, even though it rained most of the afternoon.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I went over and helped Mike get his rig closed up to go home. It all came back to him just fine and he really didn't need my help. I went over to see other friends that were leaving this morning and actually missed seeing Mike and Patrice when they pulled out. One couple, Eddie and Debbie, were out for the first time in their new toyhauler and I figured they might need help more than Mike would, so I went over to see if I could help them. They had talked about trading their travel trailer for a fifth wheel toyhauler and I gave them a Heartland contact card and invited them to our rally in October.
After most of the rigs pulled out, I came back home and hung out in the air conditioned comfort of the trailer. While sitting in my recliner, I noticed the refrigerator light was on, and told Stella about it. About an hour later, the light was out again, so its still not working properly. This has been going on long enough and I hope the part comes in soon. I was told by the Heartland Parts Dept. that it was being sent by priority mail, so maybe it will be here tomorrow.
We washed clothes later in the afternoon. I took the clothes down for Stella and came back and picked up the clean clothes and walked them back home. Our friends Larry and Pat came back from their weekend trip to Fredricksburg and brought us some Fredricksburg Farms salsa that will be delicious. I visited with them some before coming back home for the night.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Later in the morning we all went to Sam's club to do some shopping. I bought a new Little Giant ladder there and two of the director chairs for Ricky. With the new ladder, I can reach the top of the trailer without having to stand on the top step of a ladder, which will make it much safer for me. It is something I have needed for a long time.
It started to rain really hard just as we got back to the park. One of the beach balls out of the pool was blowing down the main street, so I got out to catch it and take it back to the pool, and while there was called in to help Melissa and Crystal with taking the shelter that had been used by a DJ down and fold up some other items. By the time the rain let up and I was able to walk home, Mike and Stella had most of my stuff out of Mike's truck. I left my new ladder in the bed of Mike's truck and will get it out later.
There was a potluck hamburger supper where the park furnished the meat and buns and guests brought the other side items for burgers. We had a nice time visiting with folks there and met another couple that are staying in the park, John and Judy. John had some expensive whiskey that he let us sip on and told us about a new brand of Texas whiskey that will be coming out next year sometime. Since I don't drink any more, I didn't pay too much attention to the brand. I'll find it out for you if you want me to.
We came back home and sat outside for awhile in the cool evening. The thing we like about the site that we're in is that we have good shade in the afternoon and it cools off sooner than other sites. We chatted with several people that came by during the evening. I spoke with our old friend AD from Stephen F. Austin state park and we made a "date" to drive over there next Sunday to see him and his wife Dee. Our friends Tom and Marti are at SFA this weekend and had run into AD and said hello from me. Mike and Patrice called another old friend of ours, Bob Holley who is the first Mayor of Dickinson. He is living up here in the area, and we made arrangements to meet him tomorrow. It will be good to see him again after many years.
Billy and Gwen's son Nick bought some fireworks and set a few off tonight, but we will wait for the big show tomorrow night and went inside for the night.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
I went over to Mike and Patrice's trailer later in the afternoon so that we could go pick up Stella after work and we would go eat. We went to Mel's Country cafe in Tomball for supper. Mike said they have been there several times before with their motorcycle club so they were familiar with it. We had a great meal and came back home. It had quit raining so we sat outside for a little while watching others arriving and talking to the people walking around in the park. It was pretty cool and nice to sit outside. A good night before the big 4th of July weekend.
Friday, July 2, 2010
After coffee, I took Stella to work and came on back home. I knew our old friends Mike and Patrice were coming in today, so I had to get a few things ready for their arrival. I may have told you before about a pair of Adirondack chairs that I bought many years ago. We used to carry these big 'ol things around with us because they were comfortable chairs and we didn't have any good folding chairs. They were too big to carry in the bed of the truck and would have blown out on the road, so I carried them inside the doorway of the trailer. They were the last thing to go into the trailer and of course, the last to come out. Patrice said that she knew when we had truly arrived because when she saw the chairs come flying out the door, we were there. Stella hated the chairs because they were right in the door and she couldn't get in without moving them so when we were in our site, she would throw them on the ground and go inside the trailer. She couldn't use the bathroom on the trailer while traveling because of those chairs. I refused to get rid of them and used them for a long time on the front porch of the house, simply because they aggravated Stella, but they were truly comfortable chairs and too good to just throw out. I bought some cushions for them to make them even more comfy and they too are still in our storage. I brought them out for Mike and Patrice's arrival to bring back the old times that we all spent together, and put the chairs in their site right across the street from us. They got a big kick out of seeing them when they drove up.
I helped Mike get set up with their new trailer. It is a 2007 Bighorn that has been modified by the former owner. He did some interesting things to the trailer, and time will tell if Mike keeps them or changes things up to suit himself. They knew we have a Bighorn because they read this blog to keep track of us. It's a shame that we haven't been able to stay in touch because Mike and I go back a loooong way. We first worked together for the LaMarque Police Dept., back in the early 70's, again at the Dickinson Police Dept. and finally for the City of Missouri City. Patrice is the City Secretary for Missouri City and previously for the City of Dickinson. We have been traveling and camping with them for fifteen years or more! Wow, how time flies...
We had some good times together, and maybe someday I'll tell you about them. They are good tales, so you might want to stay tuned...
We got them all set up and Mike and I sat outside to start catching up on old friends and times. We sat outside in the old Adirondack chairs for probably two hour before going into our trailers. It was good to have them back.
I went to pick Stella up after work and we decided to take Mike and Patrice out to eat some mexican food at the Casa Imperial. It was another good meal and good times with old friends. It had started to rain again, so we didn't sit out at night.
Tuesday evening, Kevin from Ron Hoover RV was supposed to have come by to drop off some brochures but we sat outside waiting for him but he never showed up. I went back inside and watched my TV show. We came back outside for awhile but no one else was outside and the skeeters started biting, so we went back inside.
Wednesday evening we stopped off and had Chinese food on the way home. What a boring life we lead...
Thursday, July 1, 2010
We went on down, planning to see the doctor, but Stella finally got through to her on the phone and they decided that they didn't need to meet after all, so we went to our storage lot and got the items that we wanted and took Cassie-girl to the veterinarian for a checkup and to have her shots updated. She came through all the tests with flying colors but she has gained a couple of pounds, so it looks like she will be taking more walks and getting more exercise to drop some weight.
We went back to Houston to the Hoover store. I met with Kevin and his boss Ray and we talked about the rally. Kevin wants to fix a big gumbo, so that sounds good to me. We also talked about the units that they will bring to show at the rally. Kevin wanted to bring a Road Warrior toyhauler trailer and a Landmark, but I asked him to think about bringing am Elk Ridge or Greystone. I feel that either of these would be interesting to our rally attendees, but they're the sales people and should know their markets.
Since we had the little girl with us, we had to come straight back home, and Stella fixed us some supper and we stayed in all night long. It had been a long day and we were all tired. We got a lot accomplished though, so it was worth it.
I came back home and Stella fixed us a delicious breakfast. Since the dang fridge is still out, we had limited selection of breakfast, but she whipped up some eggs on tortillas that were very good. We just hung out here in the trailer until Tommy contacted me and said he would like to come by. Susan had to go in to work for awhile this morning, so he dropped by to visit. We had made arrangements with our neighbors, Larry and Pat, to go out to a late lunch or early supper (lupper?) at the Adobe restaurant on Westheimer in Houston. It is one of our favorite places to go for people watching and has really good food too. I drove us over and we all enjoyed ourselves and had a great meal. We were all drowsy on the way back here, but we made it without any problem. We all went in, intending to come back outside but I think everyone probably sat in their recliners and went to sleep. I know I did...