Tammy and The Kids Were Here for Christmas….Chapter 1

This was the first time any of the kids have been down.  Cameron and Cassidy, the grandkids were down 2 years ago, but this time they all planned on coming down for Christmas.  It was really nice to have them here.  They drove down in Tammy’s  Jeep.  I brought over our little table top tree to the trailer they stayed in.  I put it on the coffee table and decorated with some garland.  I also brought over one of our tomato cage Christmas trees and put in the screen porch.  We wanted it to look festive cause Santa was coming for Carly……She is only 5, of course she believes.   They left on Thursday and stopped in Arkansas at Tammy’s friends, Char, Joy and Pamela.  Then they continued straight through all the way down.  They stopped in Port Mansfield which is about an hour away on Saturday.  They wanted to see the GulfPort Mansfield is right on the Gulf and is a good place to fish.  They bought a fishing license and did a little fishing.

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They caught a really cool fish in about a half hour.   Of course they had no choice but to throw it back.  In Port Mansfield their is a herd of deer that roam the town.

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They come right up to the car and you can feed them.  They fed them corn curls….They finally arrived Saturday afternoon very tired.  The next day was Christmas Eve DayTammy decided to take Carly over to the Hugh Ramsey Nature Preserve.

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It is only a block away.   Every Friday they have guided nature walks or bird walks.  The paths take you all the way down to the Arroyo as they call it.  For us, we call it River…..

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Its so full of beautiful cactus’s and beautiful trees.   This area is a major bird watching area.  Rio Grande Valley is on the major bird migration route.  Many of them come up from South America, and this is the first areas of land they come to.  They stop in this area and spend time resting and eating so they can eventually proceed north.  Their are so many bird watchers here in the area.  Many different Nature preserves for the birds and all the wildlife.

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Its amazing that their is so much beauty right near our park.  All the different cactus’s and different textures of plants.  Since it was Christmas Eve, they held church services in the hall.  I went up around 5 after services were over and had them set up tables for Christmas Dinner the next day.  Then back home and it was time for supper……By that time they were all sitting around for a late Happy Hour…..It just happens when ever you want it…..lol…Even Cameron joined…..

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Rich fired up the grill and we cooked supper and set up 2 tables on the pad next to us that was still empty…..So this is Christmas Eve Texas Style…..No snow…..No Winter coats….No snow shovels…..we did have jackets on as it was getting a little chilly….But the day had been a beautiful day…..So Now it was time for bed for Carly……Santa was coming in the morning……

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We went over at 7 in the morning.  Carly was so excited.  Santa managed to find her in Texas…..20171225_073731.jpg

She got some cool toys….If your wondering about Cameron and Cassidy……they are here….lol…but neither one really likes their picture taken…..Cassidy is hooked up to her headphones and phone all the time and doesn’t like to do the things Carly does.  Typical Teen…..Cameron hangs around Grandpa…   After they opened presents, I went up to make sure the Volunteer cooks were doing ok with the hams.   Dinner was at 1pm.  They cooked 7 spiral hams for the residents.  Eveyone brought a dish to pass for our tables.  We also had a table decorating contest….20171225_124219.jpg

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Now we all know what Christmas Day is….Rich’s Birthday….He had been wanting a Birthday Cake.   About a week before Glen and Kathy, our neighbors, took the picture of his bike down to the grocery store and ordered this cake…..We surprised him and brought it in….

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They did a beautiful job.  Rich is now…..’’68”……He is now older than me for 8 months….lol…One of the lady’s in the park played some Christmas Carols and then we cleaned up, did dishes, move tables back and all was done by 3pm…..The rest of the day was a lazy day (another Happy Hour).  So now our plans were, leave in the morning and head for Progresso Mexico.  The weather was still ok, but the forecast wasn’t looking good for the rest of the week.  Tammy had a hotel rented on South Padre Island for the rest of the week.  We also booked a room for 3 days.  So plans were to pack up in the morning and head to Mexico, spend the day and then down to SPI and check in.   We finally left the park by around 11.  We drove two cars to Progresso.  Its only about a half hour or a little more.  We parked on the American side and walked over.

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It really isn’t that far to walk.  As soon as you walk off the bridge on the other side, the town of Progresso begins.  When you look over the side, you can see all the women and children begging for money, pennies or quarters.  When you get to the other side where the ground meets the bridge, they are shoving their baseball hats threw the holes asking for money.  20171226_125547.jpg

The kids all were really excited about going over.  Tammy had gotten her passports in the mail, just weeks earlier.   This picture of Cassidy is right at the end of the bridge.  You can see the Mexican government security gates that you have to go through when driving.  We do drive over also sometimes.  They don’t bother you going in to Mexico, but coming back into the US on the US side,  you of course have to show your passports and they ask questions about what you are bring back.  They can be very thorough.  Many times we’ve seen them pull a car over and pull everything out to search.  They use mirrors, cameras and dogs.

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Here is a favorite place to take a photo.  This is what you see as you get ready to go through their gates.  So the adventure began.  The kids kept walking past all the sidewalk vendors.  We kept a tight hold on Carly.  Everyone of course was approaching us with their dental cards and everything else for business.  We finally went in a little shop area.  This guy spray paints pictures.  He uses only aerosol cans and little pieces of cardboard.

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He painted this picture while we watched.   He only charged $15.  Great souvenir.   Our next stop was a restaurant.  We went to Arturo’s.  Its one of our favorites to eat at.  Very clean and nice.  20171226_140455.jpg

We ordered off the menu and had some drinks.  They don’t care about ages so Cameron had beer or two. … lol. … Cassidy tried her moms Margarita.   Finally we went on.  We looked at the street vendors and the shops.  We went to our favorite Pharmacy and I introduced Tammy to Jasmine,  who also works with the Dentist in the adjoining office.  They are the ones who made my upper plate.  Her sister and husband are the Dentists, and Jasmine is the interpreter.  I believe she also runs the Pharmacy.  Next after a few purchases, we went to their department stores…..

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Their is so much traditional Mexican clothing and hats for sale.  Cassidy found some cute shoes and Carly found a matching dress for her and her doll.

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Finally it was time to head back over to the USProgresso is the only city that is advised to crossover over.  All the others they say to stay out of.  Matamoros by Brownsville use to be a favorite.  They say the Cartel is strong in these border towns and its unsafe.  In Progresso we feel really safe.  As long as you leave late afternoon before dusk, your fine.  So many people go over for dental work and pharmacy.  Some even come to Southern Texas just to go across and get dental work done.  It is a lot of fun their.  Theirs many street bars and singing entertainment all the time.  But of course they are always asking for money and your always approached on the street to buy something from even the smallest of kids.  They learn as soon as they walk, how to beg.  The Winter Texans are a Major source for their income, so they do seem to watch out for us.  They need our business.  Finally after a walk over the bridge and through customs, we were back in our parking lot.  We showed our passports and today was an easy day.  They didn’t even ask what was in our sacks.  I even think I detected a smile…..Now that’s Unusual….

So I got in with the girls and Cameron rode with Grandpa and off to South Padre Island to check into our Hotel………..The Next Chapter…..lol…

 

 

 

 

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Rich Has Been Home a Month…..Time to Catch Up

Rich finally made it home from Illinois, right after Thanksgiving.  Three months of living at Scott and Brandys and driving truck, hauling grain to the elevator, was enough.  He was ready to leave.  The weather had continually deteriorated.  It seemed like it rained almost every week.  Then it would take a day or two for the fields to dry to get the equipment in.  The temperature dropped.  Even time for a winter coat.  It was a very late harvest this year compared to the norm.  We weren’t prepared for that.  But at last, their last day was just before Thanksgiving.   He had Thanksgiving with the kids and finished up a few things and took off.

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They all enjoyed having him home I’m sure.  The house was full of all the kids and their familys and some other friends.  Now if you look close in the corner, you’ll see the Christmas tree up already.  It is sitting on top of what was the dog kennel for Chaos…..Carly decorated it for Christmas.

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Tammy bought little wooden house kits.  Carly painted and assembled them.  Then they used Christmas drape for the ground, gems, my old Christmas village people and animals and assembled a village.  Then she sprayed snow on the buildings and hung little lights from the top.  It is just adorable.  It is big enough, Carly can actually get in….lol….She loves to do artistic things.  She definitely has a great imagination.

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The one thing I don’t miss is the mess of the kitchen…This is what it looked like every holiday after the meal.  Such a mess…..Now its Tammy’s Mess……lol….

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But they did have a good time and the kids and Aunt Connie, Uncle Brian, Cousin Ashley, Matt and their 2 little girls, Vivian and Adalyn, and of course Aunt Beth.  They had a house full.

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He was also able to enjoy Halloween at the bar.  Scott and Brandy really decorate the bar up good.  They hang all the Ghosts and Goblins  from the ceilings and lights.

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It looks really cool.  And Here is some of the patrons on Halloween…..

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So Rich was in Illinois about 3 months working the Harvest for Corn and Soy Beans.  He has worked for this farmer now for several years.  He drives the semi after its loaded from the field to the elevator.  The farmer farms around 4,000 acres in corn and soybeans.  The acreage is spread around several counties, some as far as 40 miles away.  So it takes a lot of road time to get the crops to the elavater to the field. When they were at their farthest, they had 3 trucks on the road making rounds.

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This is the combine with the bean head on it.  They were combining the soy beans here.

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Then the combine dumps into the wagon that is being pulled by a tractor.

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Next the tractor and wagon drives up to the truck and trailer which is sitting along side the road.  The tractor then dumps his load into the trailer behind the semi.  When the semi is full, it is driven to the elevator to dump.

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Here is McNabb Elevator from the park.  They seem to add another bin every year.  When we first moved to town in 1978 most of these weren’t here.

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This was the old office.  It looks so small now being surrounded by the grain bins.  When we first moved to town in 1978, we were just a few houses from here.  This office was then a very busy place.  The truck scales were right were the green Artic Cat boxes are.  It was sold and now artic cat snowmobiles, golf carts, and 4 wheelers are now sold their.

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This is the new office that was built a number of years ago.  Theirs nothing like living in a farming community.  In the fall you can hear the dryers running day and nite, drying the crops…..You will find a layer of red corn dust over your vehicles as it flies through the air.  Its on the sidewalks and porch’s and can track in the house.  Yes, nothing like living in town and enjoying the farm life…..

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Some of the fields were on the other side of the  Illinois River.  This is a cool shot of the River with the Railroad bridge.  Rich is on I 39 heading north.

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One day he seen Tammy and he picked up Carly for a ride back to McNabb.  She loved it.

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Rich took this picture of an arial picture hanging in the elevator.  Its a pretty cool picture of McNabb.  The elevator and office are in the foreground.  Main st. looks very short.  You can see Scotts Bar on the corner.  The town actually extends about 2 blocks north in the picture.  That would be to the left.  This is what a town of 350 people look like.

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So finally the harvest season was done.  This was a really nice picture Rich took.  He made a nice little nest egg, and he bought a new to us car.  Now i’m living in luxury.

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Electric seats and windows and even an automatic transmission.  I don’t have to drive the farmer truck anymore…..lol….It has crank windows, manual seat and manual transmision.  So Their it is.  A Chevy Equinox.  It the grayish one.  It is sleet raining at Scotts house.  Finally Rich was ready to leave.  He decided that he wanted to bring down his custom bike.

Richs custumHe built it a number of years ago.  It is made from scratch, piece by piece. He even molded the fenders to fit.  It took several years to put together due to the cost of course.  It sure doesn’t come cheap.  It has a lot of really cool detail to it.   It has been sitting down in Scotts basement for 3 years now.  So he rented a U-Haul to bring it down.

20171204_091754.jpg  He left on Sat. and arrived Sunday evening.  Its a long way to drive for one person.  He was tired.  Well when he arrived it was warm.  A cold front came in the next day and GUESS WHAT…….IT SNOWED

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It was the first time since 2004.  We couldn’t believe it.

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When you walked out side, I smelled that old familiar cold crisp smell.  Even after not having snow for 3 winters I realized after 5 minutes, it was enough….lol….

The schools were starting late due to winter warnings…..lol…They were all excited.  The newscasters were loving it.  They kept quoting the history of the last snow falls.  But…..Now the Winter Texans….That’s a different story….We were not happy about it….

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This was my drive up to the office.  It actually accumulated on the window and it was still snowing.  The palm trees and all the tropical plants had snow on them….

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It was pretty though…But the funniest thing to see was …..People in the Hot Tub….These teens in the tub were from Wisconsin visiting their Grandma Debbie.  Nothing stopped them.  If you notice their was a fog coming off the pool area……Fortunately it didn’t last long.  It melted later that day.  So Rich unloaded the bike, the next day we took the trailer to U-Haul…..He was glad to be back in the warmth…..Well, he had to wait a few more days…..hahaha…..

Now it was only several weeks till Christmas.  Tammy, Cameron, Cassidy and Carly came for Christmas.  We had a lot of fun and was busy every day.  We didn’t get to do everything we wanted because of the weather, but they had fun.  That will be the next blog….

All about Tammy and the kids and us at South Padre Island for Christmas.

 

Austin is “7” What Happened the Day You Were Born

The day Austin was born was really a quiet day, compared to Mileys birth.  When it came close to the time for Austin to be born, Tina didn’t let Ed do any fun things….lol…No going out to the farm and riding 4 wheelers….Nothing dangerous….Nothing that the guys would do for fun.  She didn’t want a repeat accident like when Miley was born.  The doctors set the date Dec 1 for the C-Section.  This was going to be an easy one compared to Miley.

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Tina was having a hard time bending over to put on her shoes…..lol…

The morning of Dec. 1, I went over to their house to take care of Miley.  Ed and Tina were going in to hospital to prepare for the C-Section.  As she was getting ready, we laughed at her cause she could hardly reach her feet to put on her socks.  Finally they left.

Tina and Ed told Miley they were going to the hospital to go get Austin.  Can you imagine what a child thinks.  One day theirs no baby and the next their is.  They see moms belly get big and are told the baby is in their.  Then all of a sudden it’s out????  Its a shame we can’t remember our thoughts as children.

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We waited for quite a while at home and then Miley and I went on to Illinois Valley Community Hospital  (IVCH) in Peru.

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Tina was all settled in her bed.  Miley climbed in with her.  She was very curious about of this.

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“What This Do Mom”

Then she decided to check out the bed and push the buttons.  After she was done playing with the buttons, she crawled back up to her mom.

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Then she examined her moms stomach.  She checked out the heart monitor on Tinas stomach.  Tina asked her “Where’s Austin”?  of course Miley pointed to her stomach.

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Ed was given his hospital robe as he was going in with Tina.

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Finally the time came.  Tammy was their, and her and Miley had went to get a drink.  They came back just in time.  ……Here comes the chariot…..

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Miley watched as they transferred her Mom on it.  Tina and Ed told her not to worry.  She would be back with Austin

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So on down the hall they went.

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Ed didn’t get to go right away.  They wanted to get Tina all ready first and then they would come for him.  So what do you do while waiting…..Even a 2 year old can operate a phone….lol….Finally they came for Ed…..Away he went to the Operating room….

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Finally , here he is…..Austin Danallen Bergen…..7′ 13″lb.    20″ long.  He was just a nice size little baby Boy.  Now Austin’s middle name is the combination of both Grandpas.  Ed’s dad is Dan….Rich’s middle name is Allen.  So it has a nice ring to it…..

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Miley was really glad to see her little new brother….

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I remember those first years, all she wanted to do was pick him up.  She just didn’t understand why she couldn’t just do that…She has always loved her brother.  They really are quite close. IMG_0557

They don’t fight like some siblings do.  After a day or so, they went home.  It was a nice quiet peaceful birth.  All went as expected….The first months all he did is sleep…and eat…He became a butterball.  I remember picking him up in his carrier from the sitters.  It took 2 hands to carry him to the car…..OMG…He became a chunk….Sometimes I even took the carrier out first and then brought him out.

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Here’s his 1st Birthday.  He had a big round face and not much neck….But he was a very happy baby. 198679_1924001265315_5443043_nFrom early on, he learned to go fishing with his dad and Grandpa Dolder…..

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Always the ham…..He has always been so happy…..smiles all the time….

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The older he got the more he thinned out and grew…..He also did what he wanted….If he had to pee, he did.   OMG.  Right in the old flower bed at Easter…..

 

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Love this one….Tina works for the Circuit Court in Putnam County….

 

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What a fine young man Austin is becoming…..But just look at those eyes…..Full of Mischief.  You know when he’s smiling at you—–Theirs trouble brewing…….Yes, he’s all BOY…..24174146_10210956730139819_4522011087848789427_n

This is Austin and their new Puppy Dee Dee….He is going to give Tina and Ed a Run for their money…..Well I think he already is.

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This is his school picture for 2017-18…..You never know what lurks behind that Smile…..

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUSTIN  ” 7 “

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Another Miracle: Mourning Flowers for Our Beautiful Tree…….

As You all know, our Beautiful Pot Hole Tree lost its life after 12 hours this week.  Its beauty shined brightly during its short life…..It life was feed by the abundance of water in the Pot Hole.  It had reached under the blacktop and the roots had attached to the dirt down below breathing in life……. The cars slowed down during the night as their lites were directed to the shinning beauty of the tree decorated in blue tinsel and tin foil.

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Then the powers that be, decided to cut it life short after 12 hours.

  It Crossed over the Rainbow Bridge…..

This morning, what should appear???  Beautiful Mourning Flowers.  Red Roses and little white flowers, growing from the Pot Hole…..This Pot Hole holds the Miracle of Life…..No Matter what they do…..Something else grows…..

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Another Miracle of Life……They are blooming in all their glory in Memory of the Beautiful Tree, that lost its life……Do you suppose they will be allowed to live????  They’ve made it over 12 hours already!!!!   They are in between the orange cones!!!!   That is considered safe “Right”???  I think so……..The cars are again slowing done.   Everyone is mourning the Beautiful tree.  They are paying their respects in Memory of the Beautiful Tree that crossed Over the Rainbow Bridge.

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Just look at how pretty the Mourning flowers are…..They add such a Beautiful touch to our park.  Where else can you find flowers growing out of Pot Holes…….

Only at Eastgate….

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Grow Beautiful Flowers Grow from your Pot Hole………Shine your Beauty across the Rainbow Bridge…..Let your Beauty Shine in Memory of our Beautiful Tree

 

 

 

Our Eastgate Miracle Tree, It Rose From a Pot Hole

This morning I received a phone call,….”Have you been to the office yet”?  “No” I replied.  Why,  “A tree is growing in a pot hole…..OMG…..So I hurried up and took my shower, dressed and took the golf cart up….

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Their in the street in the middle of a rain filled pot hole stood a …….TREE…..It was a Miracle Tree.  It was beautiful.  Bright green leaves on all the branches.  It was so “FULL OF LIFE”.

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It turned out, it was first seen last evening as it grew out of the pot hole.  Its little roots had made it to the soil below the black top.  All the rain gave it the…… “GIFT OF LIFE”……It had the strength to grow.   It reached over 5 ft.  Taller than me…..lol….The neighbors came out and rejoiced.  They put lights on it.  Then someone added sparkly blue garland.  It was so shiny and beautiful.  20171113_085237.jpg

By morning the Eastgate Grapevine was working fast.  Everyone wanted to see the miracle that had happened.  Someone even added tin foil around some of the branches.  It just shinned and sparked with every car light.  lol.  As I approached the Beautiful Tree, people slowed down to look….They laughed and so enjoyed the pretty tree.  They thought it was a great idea.  They all thought it should stay.  People were driving safely around it, so they wouldn’t harm it.  Nothing had ever slowed the people down before. …. UNTIL NOW….

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Some important people came and said it was unsafe……”WHAT”.….How can that be.  Everyone slowed down to admire it.  Its beauty shined with every car light during the nite.  How could it ever be considered unsafe….Is it safer to drive through a Pot Hole when its full of water and you can’t see it ? 20171113_090530.jpg

So the decision was made already that it had to go…..The maintenance guy backed up with his truck full of tree limbs.  He grabbed it and ripped it out of its Pot Hole…..Its Pot Hole of Life…..It started as a little seed the day before and grew to this beautiful tree.  A few of its little leaves lay floating in the Pot Hole as a remembrance of its short life

…..Poor Little Tree….You will be Missed…..

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Their it goes.  The poor thing was flung into the back of the truck still decorated with its garland and tin foil.  It will go to its grave with its trinkets to remember the impact it made that day. So this is what replaced our Beautiful tree…..  20171113_090558.jpg

This is considered safe…….Hope everyone sees it.  Below the cone is 2 sunken patio blocks, gravel. mud and water.  But you can’t see them.  If you hit this pot hole with your car, believe me,  …….YOU WILL KNOW…….So beware of the Orange Cone……

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So GOOD BYE Beautiful Tree

Thank You for your short life of maybe 12 hours.  But you have no idea how many lives you touched.  The laughter you brought the Park……The LOVE we felt for you and your cause….You fought for life…..But to no avail………PROGRESS…..That’s what LIFE is all about these days……Hopefully your seeds will soon sprout again.  Your beauty will shine again……So at the end of the day…..

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Some where,  Some how,  You will sprout again.  Hopefully not in a Pot Hole next time.  

 

Halloween at Eastgate….55+ Style…lol..

Last nite we had our first Halloween Party in many years at Eastgate.  One of the residents Paulette and her husband Steve, love Halloween.  Its their favorite holiday.  So we started planning.  Actually Paulette did it all.  And what a Fantastic Party it was.

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The first game we played was Apple Bobbing…..We had maybe 4 people who tried this.  I’m sure they were afraid they would lose their teeth…..Tim tried and tried, but couldn’t get one.

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Next Nancy tried.  She tried several times and finally she stuck her whole head down in the water and sunk her teeth into it at the bottom.  Ohhhhh My Goodness….so so funny.   She came out dripping….Look how deep the water is….

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Now along came Pat, she gently lined up her apple that had a nice stem on it.  She tried several times and finally got it….Hurrrrrayyyy….Finally our Unicorn (Paulette) tried, but to no avail.  She couldn’t either….I think her horn was in the way…..

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Next we had Chicken Soup game…..Their was 3 little rubber chickens that fit on your finger like a sling shot.  You shoot it into the soup bucket to win……Its crazy how they made a simple game so funny…..

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You now how those dirty ole men talk, all about sticking their finger in the chickens hole???…..I’ll let your imagination work for you……lol…

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Then we had a costume contest.  Now unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of the winners, as we were trying to figure out who they were through popular vote of hand clapping…..We ended up with 4 ladies and 4 men for the winners.  The Winning lady was Princess Trailer Trash.  She wore a stunning Tiara and a beautiful styled white trash bag……The Winning man was a Blind man who dressed himself…..Totally clashing colors and a huge funny tie, and sun glasses and beach hat……So so funny…..Now the next thing was the Pumpkin Pinata.

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It was filled full of Adult Goodies…..little liquor bottles….beads, glow in the dark bracelet’s, and other toys.

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Everyone had to go outside.  Steve had strung a rope between 2 Palm Trees.  He constructed the Pinata so it could go up and down and side ways with him pulling it around.  20171028_211449.jpg

You should have heard them all screaming like little kids.  They swung and swung….The Pinata flew…..up and down……from one side….to the other side….at least once they would get a direct hit….. Everyone kept yelling at them….”Swing to the left….No Swing to the right”….They just kept laughing and giggling….

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Then candy would start falling out……out came beads….and of course then the little alcohol bottles started tumbling out.  They were like little kids…They were screaming, “OH this is so much fun…I feel like a kid”…..We gave them little lunch bags for their goodies.  They were all over the ground looking for it in the dark.  They were all unruly children.  They wouldn’t even wait till a person was done.  As soon as something would fall out, somebody would dive to the ground to get it.  I really thought someone was going to get hit….

 

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Debbie and Rick, Our Retired Park Managers

 

Finally the Pinata was over and we all went back in.  During this time everyone was also eating snacks.  We all brought snacks to share.  Their was plenty.  Crackers and dips, finger foods, sausage and crackers, and Veggies.  Paulette supplyed plenty of candy.  Little Smore kits, and little Cotton Candy bags, with a black plastic spider in it.  So much food and candy.  So what to drink?  Well you could by soda,   or just BYOB…..and they did….We do have the wine, beer and alcohol drinkers in the park.  But it is only Social Drinking….It makes them all Happy.…..and that’s they way we like them…..HAPPY….

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She really became popular.  Everyone wanted their fortune told.  Even Prisoner Ben, as I think he was worried about being sent back to prison….lol..

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Then Pat our Flapper girl, was really enjoying it.  But their was one couple that came in cute as can be……FB_IMG_1509316506848.jpg

Our Clowns Marge and Gary…..Now they are the Temporary Park Managers

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How cute are they!!!!…..But unfortunately…..Clown Gary was getting himself in trouble…..

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I don’t know what he was doing here,   but I think he was assaulting the Prisoner Ben…..You just never know what to expect with these 55+ parks…..Then Later these pictures showed up on Face Book……  The Clowns are in Trouble….The Cops are Here!!!!

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What on earth is Happening?????  The cops have Clown Gary spread eagle against the cop car…..Clown Marge looks like she’s saying  “Help, We didn’t do anything”……

Well, it turned out.  We had a break in at the park.  Marge and Gary were dressed for the party when the cops came.  As Temporary Managers, they had to go over to the trailer when the cops came, as the tenant wasn’t there.  Can you imagine what the cops thought when those 2 showed up on a golf cart????…..FB_IMG_1509316424791.jpg

I bet they couldn’t stop laughing….I’m sure they had stories to tell back at the station……Those Old people sure have fun…..Or those Old People,  their all crazy???

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Never the less, it was a Great Party,  Lots of Fun, Lots of Prizes, and Lots of Candy……

So That’s How Old People in a 55+ park Celebrate Halloween……HaPpY HaLlOwEeN 2017 

 

 

 

 

6 Months, Cinemark 10 Career is Over….So How Was It?

Hard to believe I worked at Cinemark 10 for over 6 months.  Last Saturday was my last day.  It is rather bittersweet, I’m glad it is over but at the same time I will miss the job the whole crew and the customers.  20171027_203611.jpg

After awhile, you get to know some of the customers.  Some come every weekend. Some of them spend the whole day seeing several movies.  I have already started doing a few things at the park for this coming Winter season.  Our Halloween Party is this Saturday, so it is time for start focusing back here at the park.

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Mariela, one of my trainers.  She also works Concession, and Usher…Excellent worker.

When I first walked in the first day, I didn’t know if I would fit in.  I walked in and seen everyone was so young.  I could be their “Grandma”…..lol…Even the managers were young.  I was going to work the Box Office.  The only other person who was older also worked the Box Office.  She is a P.E teacher.  She only works every other Sunday.  So Becky trained me that day, and I had several other girls with me before I was cut loose on my own.  Now the Box Office itself was pretty nice.

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Inside Box Office.  You can see their is 2 monitors for 2 people.  After transaction is finished the tickets print and pop out the metal plate on the counter.

I was just me, and I could even control my own thermostat.  I kept it anywhere from 67-70.  It sounds cold but it wasn’t really, cause all that glass in front of you brought in the heat.  This was the first time I had used a cash register in years.  I had forgotten I had worked at Pizza Hut and Swiss Colony, back in the early 70s.  That would be Pre-Children days as I call it.  I don’t even remember what it was like, but I’m sure it was very manual.  That’s almost 45 years ago.

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The one at the theater is all touch screen.  It is really easy to operate.  Just punch the movie, and how many tickets, put in the amount they give you, it tells you how much change to give back and…..Presto…..Out come the tickets.   The only thing I had a problem with was REFUNDS.  Now that I have learned, I really don’t know why it was such a big deal, but it seemed to be difficult.  Its all computerized so you just have to find the right keys.  Finally I learned that too…..When it is slow, they have Box inside and sell tickets at the Concession  Stand.  On weekends it is busier and they move it out to the Box Office.  I only worked in Box.  It was the easiest for me to do.  During the summer, they thought it would be busier so they had Box outside all week.  I worked lots of week day times then.  But now it was back to weekends.

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It turned out all these managers and kids were so nice.  They were patient with me and encouraged me to ask questions anytime.  You really had to find a rhythm.  You were also expected to answer the phone.  You were also the switchboard.  So calls went to managers or up to the office.  Most were people calling about the movies.  Most were nice but then their were others.  Some of the dumbest questions ever.  Then I had one that wanted to know what all 10 movies were and all the times the played that day.  Now they can play up to 4 times a day.  Now that one I politely told her I didn’t have time.  Pick one and Ill tell you about that one only.  Meanwhile the people are watching you through the window and staring.  They want to buy their tickets.  I had one lady get upset and complain inside.  I apologized to her because I was on the phone with a customer.  You know what she said????  “Well I’m a customer too”  The phone rang before she even came up to the window.  You really have to bite your tongue and take a deep breath.  Another lady had bought tickets the week before and came in for a refund.  Now it was only $2.92 a ticket.  I told her we couldn’t.  Policy is refunds only before 30 minutes after the movies starts.  She asked for the supervisor.  Of course she was told the same thing.  She took our names down and threatened to call home office……lol…..No Problem…go ahead and do it….

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My view from Box….People would spill popcorn and the birds would fly in and eat it right up.  Id had seen as many as 15-20 at a time fighting over popcorn.  

When school started, of course my hours were only weekends because the Box was brought inside to Concession during the week.  So I thought, maybe I could be an Usher.  All they do is stand at Podium, take tickets and direct the people.  Then you clean the theaters after each show.  That shouldn’t be bad should it?……So I was scheduled for a Saturday 2pm-8pm.

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Clarissa my Usher Trainer.  She was Excellent at training.  Just a bundle of energy.

So it started off easy enough.  Finally the first theaters started letting out.  We went in and turned on the lights.  She explained you pick up all the big stuff first and then sweep the rest including the spilled popcorn.  I couldn’t believe what pigs people are.  They could have picked up somewhat after themselves but don’t.  Popcorn containers, soda cups, hotdog wrappers, candy, cookie wrappers, 3-d glasses and wrappers.  Plus the soda and popcorn weren’t empty.  Popcorn all over the floor.  They even sneak in things like soda bottles, candy, chips.  Clarissa said they have even found beer.  They have to get their kids booster seats in the hall, but they can’t even put them back.  Another thing she said was, “If you bend over by a seat to pick up something, hold your breath.  You will smell butt“……EEeeeeeeeuuuuu……Yuck…..So I did.  Now do the math, their are 10 theaters that show a movie up to 4 times a day.  That is 40 cleanings.   Ohhhhh Nooooo…..I was so exhausted after 2.  You only have about 10 minutes, sometimes less as they are programed to begin again.  People are now waiting to go in and sit down.

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Three of the Ushers, Kay, Dora, and my replacement in Box, Stephanie…..All great girls…

Now that is not all.  You have to clean the restrooms every hour.  Clean the sink area, and check the toilet paper.  Sweep if needed.  Also your responsible for the lobby.  If their is a soda spill, you get the mop and bucket.  If popcorn is spilled, sweep it up.  Then run the little push vac down the carpeted hall and keep that popcorn sweeped up.  People spill it everywhere.

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Kay and Mariela in the break room.  It was just repainted and this sofa and a TV added.  Nice…

Next we had to push the 32 gallon garbage cans to the dumpster.  Fortunately they were on wheels.  Always takes 2 people, so that wasn’t bad.  Now every shift has extras to do on the check off list.  Ours were to take 3 of the 32 gallon cans into the back of Concession and clean them.  We pushed them in, took out the bags, put on gloves hosed them down inside, put disinfectant inside and scrubbed with a scrubby pad.  Clarissa was down on her hands and knees half way in the can.  ……OMG……I can’t get down their…..By this time my knees were hurting so so bad.  The twisting and turning constantly was not a good thing.  Then they showed me if I were to work the close shift, what has to be done.  The office is upstairs.  So go up their.  Clean out the garbage from the office and break room.  Get out the vacuum and vac the break room.  Next sweep the stairs.  Go get the mop and bucket and mop all the stairs.  I was sure I wasn’t going to be able to do this job.  I was on the schedule for Monday also.  I figured I would do that and that’s all.  Finally at 8pm I went home.  I could barely climb the stairs in the motorhome.  My feet and knees hurt so bad.  Next day was sunday.  I was better but still sore.  I decided…….NOPE……I’m not even doing Monday…..I don’t have too….I tried, but I can’t, so I won’t…..So what did I write on my paper as to why I couldn’t ?…..”.I’m Too Old”…..Miss Ramos laughed.  They all understood.  At least I tried.  So when you go to the movies…..Please clean up after yourselves……Remember those Ushers work harder than you realize.

 

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Upstairs view down the hall on one side.  These are all the projectors that are running movies.  Everything is run by computer.   No Reels like when we were kids…..

 

During this 6 months I actually got 2 evaluations…..Now that is a first on a job…..They both turned out excellent.  I got high marks and I also got 2 raises.  I didn’t amount to much, but its the principle of it all.  They do follow through with what they say…..

I also was voted by the managers for Employee of the Month.  Now how cool is that.  I was shocked.  20171022_173000.jpg

I received a $50 Gift Card for this honor….

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I also had my name entered on the Employee of the Month plaque that hangs in the Break Room…..  I really felt that was quite an Honor.  It is voted on by the managers.  They really are a nice group of people….

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They are all very professional.  They believe in what they are doing.  If your managers have good work ethics, it makes it easier for you to follow also.

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Miss Ramos, Senior Manager…..She is so Nice…and Very Good at her Job.  She does NOT back down from a customer when necessary….She is on her way to becoming a General Manager.  She will be a very good one.

Now I’ve never really mentioned the General Manager.  He actually lives here in the park.  That’s actually how I got this job.  He believes in his crew.  I attended a Spring meeting that he had for the employees.  He doesn’t want them to stay and stagnate at Cinemark.  He wants them to learn and continue on in life.  So many skills can be learned at the theater and then applied as you find your niche in life.  Its true.  All the things they learn at Cinemark are really the basic life skills at jobs.  I know many of them will.  He is really an Exceptional General Manager.  A one of a Kind…..

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My View on a Rainy Day…..

 

So it has been a good 6 months.  I’ve done another different job, and succeeded….Its been fun.  Dealing with the public has been a hoot.  I could tell so many stories on the customers.  I really enjoyed getting to know many of them.  So many of them speak broken English.  Their kids order the tickets and interpret.  I’ve also been told on the phone that I shouldn’t be working Box.  They should have a Spanish speaking person…..Well I said, “You got Me”……received_10155225523813594.jpeg

The biggest complaint was the ticket prices.  At one time many years ago, they were $1.  Now the most expensive regular price now is $2.92…..They complain and say, I thought it was a Dollar Theater…..Tell me where your going to by a ticket this cheap.  So many complain.  They also make remarks about the odd price…..They don’t seem to understand theirs tax on things.  20171027_211557.jpg

I decided last week to post the prices and the shows at the park.  Many of the Winter Texans do go.  So now they can see what’s playing and decide which day to go.  They are considered a Discount 2nd run theater.  But if you don’t mind waiting several months you can save a lot of money going to our Cinemark 10 in Harlingen…..

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So those of you who are reading this from the theater, It has been a great time getting to meet and know some of you.  You were all a pleasure to work with and I felt so welcome.  You made me feel like one of the crew.  I actually thought about staying, but I knew I couldn’t do that with my duty’s here at the park.  But I will be back.  Maybe Ill come to see a Movie……..Isn’t it a shame, or would you call it “Stupid”.   All that time I could have seen free movies……Did I go????……….lol….NO…..Not even once……..Such a Waste….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 9th Birthday Miley…What was Happening in Your Family The Week You Were Born….

It sure doesn’t seem like 9 years ago that Miley was born, but it was a time none of the family will ever forget.  Now it seems like I say that a lot.

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Happy Birthday Miley   Oct. 18, 2017    9 years old today

Miley was Tina and Ed’s first child.  We were all anxiously awaiting her birth.  The Friday before her birth they all went out to Grandma and Grandpa Maulfairs’ farm.  Now they aren’t their grandparents but Ed had become very close to them.  They had a grandson Eds’ age and lots of boys went out their and played with their boy toys at the farm.  Ed was always very protective of them and helped them with choirs.  He lived with them for awhile also.  All the kids would bring out their 4-wheelers, dirt bikes, cars, trucks, anything that they wanted to do, Grandma and Grandpa let them.  They would even tear their vehicles apart in the garage to fix them.  That Friday, one of the boys had bought a new 4-wheeler.  Tina and Ed went out to the farm.  Tina stayed up by the house and visited with Grandma and Grandpa and the boys took off into the fields behind the farm.  The fields were full of freshly harvested soy beans.  Ed took the 4-wheeler for a ride.  He gunned down the field and decided to jump over a few rows.  He went air borne and before he landed, he knew he was in trouble.  He went over a ravine and came down nose first.  He was thrown off.  It was quite a hit from what I hear.  Ed got up and they told him to lay down.  He finally did.  He was hurt pretty bad.  They called the ambulance from the field.  The paramedics came and called the Lifeflight helicopter to come.  I know that Tina finally found out about the accident, because she heard the sirens.  I think they were trying not to let her know at first.  I don’t know if she was taken out to the field before the copter came or not.  They were all worried about the baby, cause Miley was due.

Tina made it down to Peoria to the hospital, and Tammy went with her.  She was worried about Tina going into labor.  Ed was such a mess.  He must have landed on his face and head and rolled.  He was full of blood.  They had put him immediately in a neck brace before the helicopter came.  Both girls stayed through the weekend.  Tina wanted a cot that nite to sleep in Eds room.  She couldn’t find one.  They had them but supposedly all in use I guess.  If you know Tina, she GETS what she wants.  She walked all the floors of the hospital and finally found one.  Of course she had choice words to say to the nurses.  She said as a pregnant women ready to go into labor, that was the least they could do is give her a cot.  The next day she just folded it up and left it in the room.  That night it was GONE…..OMG….Probably might as well set off the atomic bomb.  She was livid with anger.  Finally a call went to the Patient Advocate.  They found one for her.  From that point on, she hid it in the bathroom so nobody would see it walking by.  She was ready for…. “WAR”…. Tammy stayed this whole time thinking she would go into labor in Peoria an hour away from her doctor in Peru.  But she didn’t.

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He was such a mess and they never cleaned him up…..Tammy did it…

So finally from Friday nite to Monday, they treated a Fractured C7 Vertebrae, so he needed to keep the neck brace.  A broken jaw.  Surgery which required them to wire his mouth shut for 4 months.  Also 22 broken teeth that he needed extracted. He had to live with them for months until the jaw was finally healed.  1159_1508366839111.jpeg

Broken radius in his arm.  He had surgery and had a plate with 7 screws and 30 staples.  For the next 4 months, he would now need his food pureed so he could drink it through a straw.  It was a really rough 4 months for him.  Ed was released I believe Monday or Tue.  Tina went in on Thur.  They induced her labor.  Now poor Ed,  He was still such a mess.  He still had the same neck collar they had put on him in the soybean field.  His neck still had blood on it.  His arm was in a sling, and his mouth wired shut.  The nurses felt so sorry for him.  When Tina went into labor, their was hardly any mothers to be their.   Finally she was progressing and they put her in a regular labor birthing room.  Tammy and I stayed with her trying to help.  Ed came and went.  Early in the morning it seemed she wasn’t making any more progress.  But she was having hard labor contractions…..That seemed to bring on foul mouth side of her…..lol….she was NOT a Happy Camper….She finally told us to leave her alone.  She wasn’t going to do this anymore.  She was done, she quit….lol….Now we all know that isn’t possible.  Tammy and I didn’t know what to do.  Several more  mothers to be came in. They became very busy. One of the moms was ready to deliver,  so they left us alone with her…..What do you do with a raving pregnant woman who is screaming at you not to touch her????  Finally (it seemed like eternity) the mid wife came back in and checked her.  She said she was going to give her something to sleep and rest.  They decided on a C-Section that would happen a little later.  We felt they just didn’t have time, so they put Tina on Hold……Finally they did do a C-Section and everything then went as normal.  Little Miley was finally born.

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Mileys First Christmas 2008….Ed looks pretty good…lol..

She came into this world on Oct 18 2008……….Happy Birthday Miley…..

 

Grandma and Grandpa Maulfair loved Miley as their own.  When Austin came along, they were so Happy, Ed got his boy…..Soon after Grandpa started failing and passed.  Several years ago, Grandma passed also.  They sure gave all those kids great memories on the farm.  They loved having the kids their at the farm.

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She was such a pretty little baby.  Miley has those big brown eyes that are so beautiful.

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Dexter became a Very Loved Member of the family.  He became almost as another son and brother to Austin and Miley.   He was so loved.

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Here she is at 6 years old.  She has such pretty hair.  Its almost always combed and looks so pretty.  Miley 2017 school

So this is Miley this year on her first day of school.  She entered the 3rd. grade.  She growing like a weed.

……Happy Birthday Miley,  Have a Great Party Saturday……

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Ok, So Where is Rich….lol…

Last year after we were done at Adventureland, we came back home and Rich worked the harvest season for a local farmer.  He has helped him before.  But because we arrived on Oct 1 he missed a couple of weeks.  We also had to leave early cause we needed to be in Harlingen by Nov. 1.  So we tossed the whole idea around on how he could work the whole season this year.  The best answer was for him to go up alone and I stay here.  We couldn’t both go as I am working at the theater, and I need to be here by Nov. 1 when the park officially begins the Winter Texan season, and I begin my duties.  If I had went with him for several weeks, and left the motorhome in Texas, we would have had to tie it down to the concrete patio, because of Hurricane season.  We didn’t want to do that.  I realize now after Hurricane Harvey how important that is.  Also what about the cat?  Kitty would probably have a heart attack in the car heading north.  He doesn’t like change….He’s an old man.  lol  Then how would I get Kitty back down, if I took the train back down?  So this was strictly a financial decision.  I stay in Harlingen and keep my job, and Rich drove home and works for the farmer for approximately 8 weeks till harvest is done.  So that is where he is.  He is staying at Scott and Brandys and driving the semi from the fields to the Elevator.wp-1491479408704.jpg

So Rich decided to take my Lumina as I was having problems with it.  About once a week it would not start.  I would call him to come to the Dollar Store or to the Cinemark 10 after work.  He would turn the key and ……BINGO…..It would start.  He said, “How can I fix something that we don’t know what’s broken”.  Well unfortunately he’s right.  So I learned that if it didn’t start, wait 10 minutes and it would.  Now that means I can’t buy any ice cream or popsicles, as I might end up waiting in the parking lot for 10 or more minutes for the car to start……lol…..So we decided he would drive it back and trade it.  He drove it all the way to Illinois, ……No Problem…..Went up to Canada to visit to our Canadian friends Kathy and Glen at their campground…..No Problem…Back home to Illinois…..No Problem….So one morning he decided to use my key instead of his….Guess what????  That was the answer.  He Had a Problem….It is was the coded key.  My key had problems and his did not.  Funny isn’t it.  All over a lousy key.  But before he left, we looked at the web site of a local car dealer we usually go to.  We picked out a car we liked.  I left it up to him to get a good durable car, and trusted his decision.  Well turns out my sister-in-law, Connie, liked the Lumina, so she bought it and Rich bought the Chevy Equinox that we had seen on line.

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I know I’m going to love it.  Rich has really been enjoying it.  He also decided to move up from the ANTIQUE flip phone, to a real …..SMART PHONE….I told Tammy to take him and help him out with a purchase.  He insisted he would not get one if he couldn’t pay cash.  He would NOT do the payment plan on AT&T like the rest of us do.  So Tammy took him to a place that sold refurbished phones and he bought a Motorola for $100.  He now has a new toy…..He has been busy learning.  Tammy and Cameron has taught him so many things.  He’s learning so much on his own.  I was afraid he would get frustrated and go back to the old flip phone.  I know now he won’t.  He is enjoying it.  He has it programed into the Bluetooth in the car, downloaded Pandora, and is now learning about pictures.  His Email is set up, also Google account so he can store pictures in the cloud.  So Far No Facebook.selfie

Here’s his first selfie in the car.  Cameron and him were playing one night when he first got the phone and the car.  Cameron said the were laughing so hard they had tears in their eyes.

The fields were late this year, so he is getting some other things done.  The rental house needed a few things.  We have a new tenant.  Hopefully this one works out.  We haven’t had a whole lot of good luck.  Poor Tina has to take care of them for us.  This last time I posted the house on Craigslist to rent.  Tina had immediate response and was able to rent it fast and choose who she wanted.  So much better than FB sites.  They always had young irresponsible kids wanting to rent.  He also has been doing a little work around our house.  The garage roof has some issues.  Of course he also spends time in Scott and Brandys bar.  “ONE PAWZ PUB”  Taco Mondays and Karaoke on certain Fridays.

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But they finally started a little over a week ago in the fields.  They have more corn this year than soybeans.  They have most of the soybeans done, and were started on the corn.  Now of course it had to rain off and on several days, so that puts everything on hold till the equipment can get back into the fields.  This are a couple of Richs photos with his new phone.  Its quite good.  I’m impressed.  IMG_20170928_143950732.jpg

This is the truck he is driving.  The farmer picks the corn or soybeans and loads the corn from the combine into the farm wagon.  The tractor brings the wagon to the truck on the edge of the road and fills it.  Rich drives the truck into McNabb to the elevator where they unload it.  There the elevator sends it to the dryer and also stores it for the farmer, until it is sold later and trucked to the river and loaded on a barge.  So as it stands now it might be close to Thanksgiving before he’s done.  The farmers goal is to be done by then.  That is rather late, as he was done earlier last year.

So here at the Park, the Winter Texans are beginning to arrive.  Their trickling in, but it wont be long and they will come flying in.  You’ll see many campers and Motorhomes on the highways.  They will be going all over in the Rio Grande Valley.  I gave my notice at Cinemark 10 they other day.  I only have 2 weekends to work.  Its been a good run, but the time has come to be done.  Its time to start thinking about fun things to do this winter.  I’m got many ideas already, so time to begin.  First thing we are having is a Halloween Party.  One of the girls here Paulette, loves Halloween.  Its her favorite Holiday.  So she is decorating and coming up with great ideas for a fun party.  She even found a cool Piñata..FB_IMG_1507928278949.jpg

Look whats going to be in it……….lol…………Its an Adult Piñata…..She even wants us to do Apple Bobbing????   Now just think…..Old People have false teeth…..We might have a tub full of teeth.  The apples will still be floating……hahahaha….Yea,  I’ll let ya know how that turns out….20170101_001600.jpg

I’ll close this time with a photo fromOne Pawz Pub”.  Scott and Brandy’s bar.  Remember last Christmas, Rich was down at 77 flea market by Brownsville and bought a clown skeleton???  We called it Sally.  She road on the back of the golf cart for a couple of weeks.  Well, Sally has taken up drinking at “One Pawz Bar”.  She has perched herself by a table and is looking pretty comfortable.   She brought friends also.  lol

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Oh No…Front Load Washer Broke, With Work Uniform Inside…..

Now this is a helpless situation.  Your work Uniform inside of a front load washer…..It is broken…..in the wash cycle….it won’t drain….you can see them through the glass door and the water is part way up on the door.  You have to be at work in 3 hours…..You stand and stare in the door….”Yes their they are!  Swimming in water, but you can’t get to them….What to do???  What to do????…..Womangivingupwithaleakingbrokenwashingmac

This was on a Friday morning, I decided to wash my Cinemark Uniform.  I should have done this during the week, but of course I kept putting it off.  So that morning I decided to wash it inside in my washer in the Motor Home.  We have a washer and dryer outside in the shed but it had started to rain.  I thought, well I only had a few things so I would throw them in the washer inside.20171003_091616

Our unit inside is a small washer dryer combo.  It washes a very small load and then it also turns into a dryer.  You just turn the dryer button and it dry’s.  It has been a life saver.  We have used it most of the time the past 3 years.  As long as you do small loads, it is fine.  When we were gate guarding, it was a savoir.  We were miles from town and we were on duty 24 hours a day.  At Adventureland, we were able to wash in the evening.  Our days off were ours to do as we pleased while others went to the laundromat.  So that morning I decided to put in my Cinemark Shirt and black pants, and a few other things.   After it washes and it goes into the spin cycle, it starts shaking as it spins.  You can feel the whole trailer shake.   Around 2pm I realized that the trailer never went into shake mode.  I went to look at the washer, and in the window I could see it full of water……OMG…..What is wrong!!!!!.  I kept turning the buttons to see if I could make it drain…..Nope….All it did was turn and agitate….I guess I had enough soap in their, cause every time I tried to make it drain, it just agitated and made more suds……Now what to do???   Its 2:30 by now.  I have to be at work at 5:30…..My clothes are locked in a washer with water and suds half way up the door.  I stared at the door and put things into perspective.  First thing of importance…..I need clothes for work….20171003_091918

We are issued 1 shirt and we buy our own black pants.  I guess I will have to wear my old black jeans that I got in trouble for at the beginning.  Were not allowed to wear jeans.  But that’s my only alternative.  Now during the time I have worked their which is approaching 6 months we have been issued 3 different shirts.  When their is a new movie coming out in the future, they sometimes give us new shirts to advertise the movie…..Hence, here is “Jumanji, Welcome to the Jungle”, which is coming out in December.  This one is in the washer.  So, I guess I will wear my last shirt which was “The Emoji Movie”, which came out in July.  Ok first problem solved.  I will have clothes for work, just not the proper ones.  Now the washer…….I decided for now, I would put it in spin cycle and shut it off.  Maybe it will do a slow drain!!!.  I can’t open the door as it is full of water and it will drown the motor home.  Ok, so off to work, worry about the washer tomorrow.

Next morning, I looked at the door.  Had the water went down any???    NO!!  Only the suds….lol…. Ok, let me check out if I put it in off position, will the door unlock. ….   Yep…I gently pushed the button and pulled the door and the water started leaking out.   I quickly closed the door shut.  Ok, that problem is solved, at least I know I can get into the washer now……lol…   Ok, that will be another day.  Time for work at 12 on Saturday.  So another long last look at my poor work clothes still swimming in water inside the washer.

Gremlins wreck a washing machine.

Gremlins wreck a washing machine.

Now its Sunday morning.  I have to be at work at 12 again.  I decided to open to door slowly and hold towels under the door and soak up the water that came out the door.  So that is what I did.  It took 3 large towels to soak up the water to the point I could open the door completely.   But its getting late.  Off to work I go for the last time this week….That night I came home and finally was able to take out the clothes.  Poor clothes have been soaking and swimming for 3 days….lol…They didn’t smell very good.  So out to the washer in the shed they went.  I used a glass to scoop most of the water out of the washer.  Now I have to figure out how to get all the water out of the tub……..

The next morning I looked it up on the internet to see if I could find some problem solving issues.  They said it could be the pump or it could also be the filter is plugged on the front.  Rich called, he is in Illinois working the harvest, which I will explain next blog.  I told him what had happened and he agreed it could be the filter is clogged.  I started to unscrew the filter and the water started pouring out…..I quickly screwed it in.   Now I know how to empty the tub, but how can I do that without getting water all over the floor…..Hmmmmm…..I got the bucket from the shed….a garbage bag, and masking tape.  I taped the bag in a U shape under the filter door. I put the bucket under the bag….Finally I opened the filter door and all the water drained down the bag into the bucket…..Presto, It worked beautifully.   The filter was dirty but not that dirty, so I don’t think that is the problem.  I ran the dryer to dry out the tub and put it all back together.  Its a problem for Rich……lol…..I did my part!!!  I rescued my clothes all by myself.   I have a feeling the dryer has bigger problems.  So that problem solved for now.   thNJSJ0P7I

But of course since Rich is up north, of course another problem has developed.  I’m outside grilling hamburgers by the side of the RV and I noticed that water was leaking out the hot water heater door.  It wasn’t pouring out but it was leaking like condensation can accumulate and drip.  It was actually causing quite a puddle on the concrete…..So immediately thoughts went through my head ……If I’m gone it could break and water would just be spewing out all over the patio.  It wouldn’t stop, cause the water would go from the outside faucet through the trailer out the water heater hole….Imagination really takes hold sometimes.  So every time I left, I would turn off the faucet outside.  Then I started turning off the faucet all night.  I put my robe on in the morning and went out and turned the water back on, and the heater, took my shower, washed dishes and then went out and turned off the water.  Then when Rich called, he said to look under the washer as that is the back side of the water heater.  Yes their was a water bypass.  So that is my life for now until he gets home.  I turn on the bypass in the morning and the water heater, wait 15 minutes, take my shower, wash dishes if I have any, and then turn off the heater and flip the bypass.  It works great.  I still have water all through the trailer.  The only time it leaks now is when the bypass is on.  So now I have broken 2 things for him to fix………….lol……..

Lesson Learned……Never Panic…..Take it step by step….Imagination takes hold, but theirs always a way to address the situation.  ……Step by Step….. Its not the end of the world…..lol….Laughing at your situation is    GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL!!!!

That’s what happens in an RV…..But that can Happen in Your Home also…..