Saturday, November 27, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010-Rayford Crossing RV Resort

Here are Santa and Mrs. Claus waiting to go to the rally hall to meet a lot of children to listen to their wishes for Christmas. We had a really nice time this afternoon and will likely do it again next year.

We went to eat breakfast tacos this morning in the Rayford room. Billy went out early this morning and picked them up and brought them back for everyone to eat. It's a shame that someone called the health department about the breakfasts that we were cooking here, but it's fun to have tacos.

After Santa came, we went back to the hall for a white elephant gift exchange. I got a 6 pack cooler and Stella picked one of the gifts that we had brought, some New Canaan Farms salsa that is delicious. We were glad to get the gifts that we ended up with. Billy made some Christmas punch using cranberry juice and bourbon that was really good. I had a couple of glasses and was glad I didn't have to drive home. Our friend Debbie had made a huge assortment of jello shots, and I tried one of them. It was really good because she didn't use a lot of liquor in each shot.

When we got back home, Mike and Patrice wanted to go out to eat Chinese tonight, so after a short time in the trailer, we went to the 88 Buffet for supper. Mike and Patrice are leaving tomorrow, so this was their farewell dinner, but I know we'll see them again soon.

When we got finished eating, we returned home. I had thought about having a campfire, but I guess those drinks were getting to me and I was really drowsy. I watched a little television and turned in before nine. I guess that proves that my party days are just about over!

So long.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sunday November 21 thru Thursday November 25, 2010-Rayford Crossing RV Resort

Another slow week here at the resort. I'm playing catch-up again.

Sunday was our day off and we had promised the boys that we would come back down and show all of them the new truck. We had kept the news of the truck from Kim until that morning when Cameron spilled the beans. It's all right because we kept our secret for a long time.

Everyone ooh'ed and ahh'ed over the truck and the boys demanded a ride around the block in it. We drove around for a bit and I made them change places so they could both ride in the front seat. We went back to their house and followed Kim, Jeremy and Stella to Uncle Chan's restaurant, which Tyler had chosen because his birthday is tomorrow. It's hard to believe my boy is 14 years old. He's taller than his mom and almost as tall as I am!

We had a great meal and visit with the boys before we had to return home. We knew that Mike and Patrice had come in today for the Thanksgiving week, so we wanted to get back in time to spend a little time with them. When we got back, we sat outside for awhile before calling it a night.

Monday, Mike and Patrice wanted to go over to Old Town Spring but when we got there, almost everything was closed. We were bummed, but decided to just ride around the area. We drove over to Tomball where we ate at Neal's family restaurant there. We didn't get too much accomplished today except getting Cassie and Tramp (remind me to tell you more later about Tramp!) new collars and halters. Oh, and Mama Stella bought both of them overcoats to wear when it gets cold. She just can't stand the thought of those little puppies getting cold when they have to go outside.

Tuesday I ran around trying to find a three-way switch for my air horn on the truck. The guys at Master Hitch had wired it in so that the electric horn blows along with the air horn on one side and just the electric horn on the other side, but I want only the air horn to blow. I went to all the auto parts stores around here and couldn't find the switch I wanted. I returned to Master Hitch and Zack told me to try a boat supply store. I checked at both the boat stores and didn't find what I wanted but stopped at a Radio Shack store and although I came close to finding what I wanted, it wouldn't work after all. I went back to Master Hitch to verify this latest switch wouldn't work and Zack just found what he needed online and ordered it. It will be in on December 2nd, and he said he will change it for me then. I was tired after driving all over the place looking for parts, so I went home and took a short nap before I had to pick up Stella after work.

Wednesday I returned two of the switches that I had bought and came back home. Stella had started a stew this morning for us and we had invited Mike and Patrice and another Mike and his wife Barb to eat with us this evening. I had asked Bob and Christina but they had already started fixing something for their supper. I tended to the stew throughout the day and we all had a great meal when we got back home. After supper, we went to play bingo in the rally hall and again I didn't win. I think those games are rigged...

Today is Thanksgiving and we had a fine meal with our extended "family" here at Rayford. There was plenty of food and we all overate, as usual. Isn't that what Thanksgiving is all about? I came back home and watched football on television all afternoon. A cold front moved through, dropping some rain and then the temperatures. It's beginning to feel like the Christmas season.

I hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving.

So long.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Friday and Saturday, November 19 & 20, 2010-Rayford Crossing RV Resort

Friday morning began routinely with coffee in the Lone Star room with the guys. We are starting to gather a large crowd, and with a friendly rally in the park, some of them came over too, so we almost ran out of coffee. Several of the guys again complimented me on yesterday's Heartland presentation and asked me if I was planning to do another one. I think they really just want me to bring donuts, but maybe some do want to hear more about my Bighorn trailer.

I took Stella to work and did my little chore of robbing the money out of the laundromat machines. It sure makes a difference if I'm late in getting the money out. My little coin bucket was full today!

I came back home and fired up the computer to check on some of my normal websites that I monitor every day. Of course, I had to play a few games too, but that just makes the time go by better LOL. At some point, I conked out and napped right through a meeting of the Rayford committee that I was supposed to go to at 1 o'clock. I just simply forgot about it, and feel bad about it. I was relieved to learn that I wasn't put in charge of some activity that I know nothing about when I was absent from the meeting. I could just see me trying to teach others how to make doilies or painting a picture without using numbers as a guide.

Tonight was a big night for us, bingo night! We went along with many of our friends, down to the smaller Lone Star room for bingo tonight, and when we got there, Valle asked me to call for her. She said her feet hurt and she didn't feel like calling. Don't ask me how the foot bone connects to the mouth... I got through the night without any major problems, once I figured out a few things and I think everyone had fun.

Saturday morning began with more guys at coffee again. I volunteered to come down and check on the coffee pot to make certain that it had started and the coffee was making but Jim beat me to it. I hung out with him as the guys came in and we all had a good time together. I took Stella to work and on my way back home, I stopped off at Master Hitch to buy a turnbuckle to secure the fuel tank. I had a long talk with Zack about other trailer and hitch issues. He is very knowledgeable and volunteered to come have coffee with the guys one morning to talk about his store and the services they offer. I will try to set something up.

I came on back home but soon got a call from Scott that my porch was finally done and ready to be picked up. I hurried on down to Manvel and got it and then hurried back to the park to get it set up before I went to get Stella so I could surprise her when she got home. What a good husband...!

Our old friends, Rick and Brenda came by to visit and to see my new truck. They said they like it and before they left, we made a "date" to meet them for supper on Monday afternoon. They are just returning to Texas from Washington state where they spent time with their family.

Bob and Christina rode with me to pick up Stella and we went out to eat at the El Charro restaurant that Ted and Donna took us to. We enjoyed a fine meal but were too early to hear much of the singer that is there. We will wait until later in the evening to go in the future.

We came on home and I gave Stella her surprise of the porch and stairs back in place. It will make a huge difference for us getting into and out of our house. Hopefully the powder-coat finish will last better this time. At any rate, thanks to Scott for getting it done for us.

So long.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tuesday November 16 thru Thursday November 18, 2010-Rayford Crossing RV Resort

The old hitch was installed along with the fuel tank and on top of that, a high dollar tool box. I spent more than I wanted to, but I got exactly what I wanted, so it all worked out. I am excited about our next trip, but it's not 'til January when we go back down to Mission. Can't wait!
The tool box is not only a heavy gauge aluminum, it has a powder coated finish and is even heavy enough to stand on.

When they installed the box, they left enough room for the fuel hose to be kept there and gave me a clip to hold the nozzle in place. It is a very nice job.
On Tuesday, I took Stella to work and dropped the truck at Master Hitch here in the Woodlands for the horn installation. They got it installed, but said the horn wouldn't work. It is apparently plugged up and in need of a good cleaning. I will work on it later in the week.
There was a baked potato supper in the Rayford Room, so we hurried home and went to eat there. They do these potato suppers just about every month and everyone had a good time. I even made it home in time to see NCIS on television. It was a good 'un, a two parter, and if you missed it, you missed a good show.
Wednesday was a very slow day for us. I took Stella to work and came and picked her up after. I did a few chores around the house during the day and of course, kept the doggies in line and taken out for their "business". Tramp has good days and bad. Sometimes he gets bored and tears up papers and other things, and other times, he lays around and acts like a good little puppy.
Thursday I hosted a coffee and donut meeting for the guys in the Lone Star room, courtesy of Heartland. I decided to do my first presentation to people that I knew, so I could get my jitters out of the way with friends. We had about thirteen people at coffee, and some were actually interested in looking at the Heartland line of trailers, not so much for themselves, although a couple said they might be interested in the future, but others were looking for the kids or grandkids for a trailer to buy. I thought the meeting went very well and received several nice comments.
I took Bob and Christina with me to get Stella from work and we stopped off at the 88 Buffet for supper. As usual, the food was fresh and good and we all enjoyed a fine meal. The weather has been cold at night lately, so we came on back to our homes and went inside where it is warm and cozy. We'll have another campfire one night this weekend. I'm looking forward to it.
So long.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sunday and Monday, November 14 & 15, 2010-Rayford Crossing RV Resort

Sunday, our first day off this week, was spent going to Beaumont to pick up the fuel tank that we had left at Bill's house. I stopped for fuel and Stella went into the Valero to get us something for breakfast on our way out. I took on 17.0 gallons of fuel to go 224.8 miles for an around-town average of 13.2. The computer showed a 16, so there is quite a difference.

The trip started out badly, with Stella remembering that she had left the electric heater on in the living room. She was afraid that one of the doggies would knock a blanket off the couch onto the heater and we didn't want the trailer to burn up, so we turned around and went back home and turned it off. Then after we had only gone a few miles down I-45, we ran into a 4-5 vehicle accident that had traffic backed up. We made it through and onto I-10 toward Port Arthur when we ran into a detour to the 610 loop. This slowed us down again, but after negotiating the small detour, we made good time to Bill's house.

When we got there, Bill called his son Billy and his next door neighbor Will to put the tank back into the truck. It was completely empty, so it went in without any problems. Everyone complimented me on the new truck and of course, I'm very proud of it. I can't wait to get the rest of my gear installed.

Bill and Ornell had fixed some gumbo and potato salad for lunch. We had a great meal with them and then watched the football game on television. Their grandkids came over to Will's house next door for his son's birthday party and they decided to eat some of the gumbo too. We had a nice visit with them before we had to leave for home.

Like last weekend, we called Tommy and Susan to meet us at the IHOP for a snack on our way home. They liked my truck too, and we learned that Susan recently bought herself a new car, a Chevy Malibu. They had gone to look one night and before you know it, they had bought it. She said her old Chevy had been a good one, so they bought the new one.

Monday, we ran errands all day. I called Master Hitch and made an appointment to have my other stuff installed tomorrow at their shop near the Galleria. Their new store opened today just a few blocks away from Rayford. This will be much more convenient for us if we need any more hitch work done. While we were out, I stopped off and filled up to get a feel for my highway mileage. I took 17.3 gallons to go 270.9 miles for a 15.6 MPG average, a far cry from the computer's estimate of 19. I'm sure that the mileage will pick up when we get more miles on the truck.

When we got home, Ted and Donna came over to see the new truck. We had a nice visit with them and of course, Ted and I compared notes on our new trucks. He complained of his new Ford not getting good mileage, so I was quite pleased with mine. We talked about our summer plans for traveling but sadly, it looks as if we won't be traveling the same directions next summer. I'm sure that at some point, we'll go somewhere together.

We took Jim out for supper tonight at Pitmaster Barbecue, since he offered to take me to Master Hitch tomorrow. This is both his and our first visit to Pitmaster this year since we've been back and it was very good, as usual. After our meal, we all returned home for the evening. The weather has turned off cool, and it was chilly tonight. It's a good time of the year to be outdoors.

So long.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thursday November 11 through Saturday November 13, 2010-Rayford Crossing RV Resort

Thursday, I took Stella to work and did my chores at Timber Ridge. I came back home and showed off the new truck all day. Everyone complimented us on the new truck and we all had a good laugh about the mud flaps. Our friends Bob and Christina went with me to pick Stella up after work and we went to Mel's Diner for supper. It was another great meal there but Bob wouldn't try the huge Mel's burger. I don't blame him, I wouldn't try it either. It's just too big! I guess its true that size matters.

Well, the saga of the drama of buying a new truck just goes on and on... On Friday, I was on my way to the EZ Tag store to get another tool road sticker for the new truck when I stopped by the dealership to speak with their resident diesel expert in the service department because I had some questions about the new truck's maintenance and a few other questions. After getting my questions answered-there are A LOT of maintenance requirements on these new diesel trucks-I left the dealership to find the EZ Tag store. After driving down the beltway for a way, I realized that I didn't have a MVI sticker on the truck. This is a requirement, and I know it should have been attached, so I promptly turned around and went back to the dealership to see about it. One of the service advisors said it would be about 30 minutes, so I went to the lounge to wait. The longer I sat there, the madder I got. I decided to go see the sales manager and tell him about the problems, including the wrong mud flaps on the truck. Long story short is that, although I didn't get any relief from the sales managers, one of them had already noticed the flaps and before he could call to get them changed, my new best friend Charron Marshall, who works in the service department also, had already gotten it taken care of. She was very helpful in another matter, the fact that there are no valve stem extensions for the wheels, which means that it's very difficult to check the air pressure in your tires. She made a valiant effort to try to help me but we couldn't find anything that looked good that would help. At least she tried. Before I left, I spoke at length with Kent, my finance guy, about all my problems and issues with the purchase of my truck and he promised to look into it and will get back to me. We'll see what he can do, but I'm not holding my breath. At least I got my safety sticker.

I was at the dealership all day long, so when I left to pick up Stella after work, I got into a heavy traffic jam after a rail crossing arm had come down and was now blocking the road. The cars and trucks had to dodge around the arms but it caused a huge traffic backup. I finally picked her up and we went home and stayed in all night, forgetting about the Friday night bingo in the Rayford room.

Saturday, there was a potluck breakfast at the park. We got into the line first, so I could take Stella to work and came back home and sat in my chair and napped for most of the day. I had spent most of my week in the car dealership and was tired, so I used Saturday to rest up. I did manage to wake up in time to pick her up after work. We stopped at the James Coney Island for supper. I was in charge of the karaoke night at the park, so we had to grab a quick bite and get on back home and I could go get things ready. We had a pretty good turnout for our first time, and instead of asking for individual songs, we just let the CD play and sang along with it. We all had a good time and stayed down there until almost midnight. I feel certain that we will do karaoke again but I don't know when.

It was a very eventful week for us and we are both exhausted. We only have a few more things to do to return the truck to full use and we should be able to get it done by next week. Wish us luck.

So long.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thursday November 11, 2010-Rayford Crossing RV Resort

Well here it is, after all the heartaches in getting it. After all the problems with getting the right truck here, it is a relief to get it. We were leery of the nerf bar style running boards, but they look great and are make it easy to enter and exit the truck. The other dealer also installed the chrome rub strip and pin striping on the bed of the truck and we like them, how about you?

We wanted the six passenger interior, so we can take two other couples with us when we sightsee or to go eat. The seats are very comfortable and have plenty of storage. We should have plenty of room to store "stuff" in this truck.

I made it a point to get the eight foot bed, so we'd have plenty of room there too. I plan to install the extra fuel tank with a tool box over it, and the hitch leaving the area from the fenders back for storage of our porch and anything else that we need.

There was a small mistake made by the dealership. Notice the Tomball Dodge sticker and the license plate frame with their name on it too? See below...

Oops! This is where they got the truck to sell to me.
On Tuesday, our friends Bob and Christina arrived at the park for a month stay. It was good to see them again and we will be talking about their trip to Alaska this past summer. I'm sure that Christina has many photos of Alaska and Canada to show us and we are looking forward to seeing them.
After relaxing all afternoon, we went out to eat with them at Casa Imperial for some mexican food. It has been awhile since they have had any good Tex-Mex and we had a great time with them. We are glad they are back and will be staying here awhile.

Wednesday I took Stella to work and called the dealership to check on the truck. Jeannie told me it had arrived and was going to have the bedliner installed soon. I asked her if I could come by to look at it and check it out myself and of course she said I could. I thought it was even better looking with the chrome strip and pinstriping, so I am very happy with our choice.
I came back home and hung out around here until time to go get Stella from work. Gwen had told her to close at 4 so that she could come to the street party here at Rayford. Diane and Jerry had brought a lot of seafood from Canada, so the theme tonight was "A Taste of Nova
Scotia". She made a delicious seafood chowder with fried pepperoni and fish patties and everyone had a great time.
We had a really good turnout, and all of the money raised from the sale of meals and several items donated for silent auctions raised a total of more than $1,600 for CASA. This is a very valuable organization that advocates for children. We were very glad we went and were able to participate.
I am very excited about my new truck, both by the looks of it and the performance. I monitored the fuel mileage while we went out to eat tonight and it showed me getting 16.4 MPG around town. Not too bad for a truck with less than 500 miles on it! I'm certain that it will get better in the future.
So long.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Monday November 8, 2010-Rayford Crossing RV Resort

Well, here she is, the truck has just come back from having the spray-in bedliner put in and was ready to go to make ready for clean up. The only problem is....this is not the truck that I wanted! Mechanically it is perfect, but the interior lacks several features that we want. When we were told that they had located this truck for us, they told us that the truck had a "carpet delete" option, which meant that although it is the SLT model, it had the vinyl floor covering, which I really liked, but was supposedly equipped as any other SLT. When it arrived, we found that it had the ST seats, which meant we didn't get the storage in the seat, nor did we get the nicer fabric, so we declined this truck.

We spent all day at the dealership, but they finally found the one we want, and it is on order. We signed all the contracts and they gave us a loaner truck to drive home, and we will come over on Wednesday to get our new truck. Hopefully, nothing else will mess up and keep us from getting it.

The folks at Tomball Dodge are very accommodating and have worked well with us in buying the truck. They have searched all over Texas to find us a truck equipped the way we want. Now, to get it home and start driving it. I can't wait.

So long.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sunday November 7, 2010-Rayford Crossing RV Resort

Here is my old truck that I'm trading off for the new Ram 3500. It has been a great truck, very dependable and got great fuel mileage until just recently. I hope it finds a good home.
The only thing left in the bed was the 100 gallon fuel tank. I bought it from Bill and he said he will help me take it out using his tractor to pick it up.

Here it is, sitting in the bed after we took it out and moved it to the end of the bed. It was empty, so it didn't weigh as much as we thought, so we just picked it up by hand and moved it into Bill's mule and moved it into his barn.
We had an easy trip down to Bill's house in Port Acres, near Beaumont. It is only about 80 miles down there, so we made it down in a little over an hour. It was good to see Bill and Ornell again, even though we had seen them a couple of weeks ago at the Heartland rally here at Rayford.
We sat around visiting with them until Bill decided to fix us some hamburgers for supper. They were delicious and after lunch, we moved into the living room and watched the Houston Texans get beat by the Chargers. It was sad to see, but not as sad as the Dallas Cowboys later in the evening.
We left Bill's house about 4 o'clock and soon after hitting the freeway to come back home, I called Tommy and Susan. They wanted to meet us on our way home, so we made arrangements to meet at the IHOP at I-10 at Uvalde. We had a nice visit with them but were too full to eat too much. We ate a couple of things off their plate after they insisted. After hugs and handshakes, we came on back home. The doggies were certainly glad to see us. They had been cooped up all day long and were ready to go out! After tending to them, we relaxed in our recliners, watching the beatdown of the Cowboys. So sad...
It's going to be a kind of sad affair tomorrow when we say goodbye to the old truck, but I am looking forward to the new truck. I have received several congrats on the new truck and I appreciate them. I've never owned a Dodge, so this will be a new experience for me.
So long.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Saturday November 6, 2010-Rayford Crossing RV Resort

Thursday my biggest news was that my truck came back from McAllen. The service writer, Chapa, drove it back followed by the tech that had worked on the truck in another vehicle. Chapa had originally told me that he was going to drive a motorcycle into the bed of the truck so he could ride it home, but he didn't realize how much there is in the bed of the truck. A tool box, fifth wheel hitch and the hundred gallon fuel tank pretty well takes up most of the room in the bed. At any rate, he got it back down here to me. The mechanic that actually did the work came with him to answer any questions that I had.

Thursday night was the first street party after all of the winter Texans arrived back for the season. It was decided that the party would be moved indoors because it was cool and very windy. There was a good turnout and it was good to see all of our friends together. After the party was over, I hosted a campfire at our site. We sat outside in the cool night air until the fire died and everyone got sleepy and went home. It was the perfect way to end a very nice day.

The coffee drinkers have certainly returned. I guess we have drunk so much coffee, we have worn out the brand new coffee urn that Gwen bought for us last season. The coffee doesn't get very hot and we are sure that one of the burner elements is not working, so Gwen promised to buy a new one for us.

Stella had gotten a call from Enterprise that they needed to get the car back because it was getting too many miles on it. I had told Jeannie, the saleslady at Tomball Dodge, that I would be in today to work on the purchase of a new truck, so it put me in a bind for time. I had to drive to Timber Ridge (near Tomball where the car dealer is) to get the car, drive back to Enterprise (on I-45 near Rayford) to change cars, then drive back to Timber Ridge to get the truck and go back to the dealership. It never occurred to us to merely exchange vehicles. At any rate, I got it done!

I got to the dealership and learned that the truck that we wanted had been sold, so we were back to square one. We drove around and looked at everything they had but there was nothing that appealed to me. There were two more trucks at other dealers that I might have liked but the dealers wouldn't trade them. She finally found a truck that would work and we finally made a deal. It took all day long, but I bought a 2010 Dodge (or Ram as they call them now), 3500 crew cab with the diesel engine and automatic transmission. Sheesh, I didn't remember how hard it is to negotiate the purchase of a new truck.

I came on back home and tried to rest a bit, but I had forgotten that I had signed up for bingo tonight. When I got here, I found that our new friends here in the park, Ernie and Debbie, had spent all day fixing barbecue brisket, so supper was fixed for us. Thank heavens! Debbie had also made a huge crockpot of cheese dip that she wanted to send down to the bingo night, so our food was done. We had a good time at bingo and of course, I didn't win (they've got to have it rigged) but we had fun playing with our many friends here.

Saturday morning I got up and made coffee for the guys. Everyone at coffee was interested in what I had bought and we discussed our dealings with car dealers. I won't go into our thoughts about cheating car dealers and manufacturers but it wasn't very pretty for them. They rank right in there with politicians in our estimation. No offense to my Dad, who was a long-time Ford dealer.

I went to Master Hitch to have the hitch removed but when I arrived, they told me that they could pull off everything that I wanted removed while I waited, so that's what I decided to do. I got to watch my car shows on TV while the work was being done. My friend Tom was on vacation but I'll see him when I return to have the hitch and other items installed.

While I had been driving to Master Hitch, Cameron had called me asking where I was. He wanted me to come down to see them, so when I got through I drove on down to Texas City to visit with the boys. They agreed to come help me move the tool box and a few other things out of the truck into our storage room, so when we got done, we went out to eat at Gringo's restaurant in Texas City, one of our favorites. We had a very good time together. It has been a month since I have seen them and both seem so much more grown up. Wow...the changes!

When I got back home, I was too full to eat again and was feeling poorly with the onset of a cold. I went in and laid down about 8:30 and the next thing I knew it was midnight. I got up about 4AM, which is very common for me and immediately found that Mike had mentioned me in his blog Homer and Lucille. Mike made some very kind comments about me and my blog and I thank him for them. Its nice to know that others appreciate my writing. I want to thank everyone that follows us in our travels and adventures. I'm sure that at some point, we'll stop traveling but we'll have this to look back on and remember our good times. I urge all of you to think about starting a blog, even if you're still working and feel like you're not doing anything noteworthy. It might be interesting to look back on your thoughts. Thanks again.

So long.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wednesday November 3, 2010-Rayford Crossing RV Resort

This is another catch-up entry from a couple of days ago. There is really nothing interesting enough to warrant a daily entry, so please bear with me for awhile. I promise to do my best to keep in touch about what is going on with us. One of the blogs that I have been following only makes entries twice a week, on Sunday and Wednesday, but in my opinion, that is not enough when we're traveling or going interesting places. Several of the blogs have fallen even farther behind than I did, with their last entries being in August and one all the way back to July! Whats up with that?

Monday, Stella and I ran errands on our day off. I went to look at some accessories for the new truck that I am looking at. I had to go by the computer parts store to order another power cord for my computer. Tramp and Cassie have started running and chasing each other and one day late last week, one of them got tangled up in the power cord and pulled the computer off onto the floor, bending the power cord so it doesn't work any more. I had only had this one for a couple of weeks when it was damaged.

I started trying to contact someone at South Texas GMC early this morning. I called Chapa and he was "with customers" every time I called. I called the service manager and he was on jury duty; I called the general manager of the dealership and he was "unavailable" and when I asked for the owner, I was told that he only comes to the dealership occasionally. So much for customer service!

We came home and watched the Houston Texans getting beaten by the Indianapolis Colts on one channel and the World Series on the other. What a bummer of a night for Texas teams.

Tuesday, Stella drove to work and I stayed home. I contacted Chapa at last and was told that his aunt had passed away but the truck was ready to go and that he would be bringing it back himself on Thursday. He said he will call for the address of the park and should be here sometime in the afternoon. At Last!

I have been drafted into the committee at Rayford again to plan activities for the winter Texans. I guess technically, we are now winter Texans too, but I digress...
We have several things planned for the month of November that will be fun and will give us something to do and look forward to throughout the month. When the meeting was over, we met several other couples at Big E McGee's in Old Town Spring for supper. One couple, Terry and Lena, are out of the park for now, but may come back when his job changes back to this area. We all had a good time together and we returned home in time to watch my show, NCIS. It began to rain lightly before bed, so it was good sleeping weather.

The men's coffee group has grown back up to 12 people every morning. Its good to have all of our old friends back.

So long.