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.

20171018_204045.jpg Tina enrolled Miley in Gymnastics at a pretty early age.  She has been involved in it for many years now.  She has attended many National Championship Meets.  Her room is full of trophy’s and medals.   Miley 2016

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.

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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…..

 

Attacked by a Palmetto Bug!!!

Yikes!!!!  Last Sunday nite I came home from working at the theater and ran in the trailer to the bathroom.  In my HASTE, I guess I didn’t shut the door all the way as I found out later.  Rich called and I sat down to talk to him.  The tv was on and as I sat on the love seat suddenly …….

“”””Something Lightly Ran Across My Neck Right Under My Face.“”””

It happened so fast, all I felt was a little flutter as it went across my neck.  I felt ……INSTANT QUIET PANIC…..At that point the mind races and thinks of so many things.  I settled on 2 things….Palmetto Bug!!!….Tarantula!!!!

The  mind quickly starts to process and figure out the lesser of 2 evils….I HATE BUGS AND SPIDERS.…  The reason Tarantula came into my mind was that I was with some lady’s earlier in the day and we were talking about them.  They are common down her in Texas.  Well I’ve never seen one out crawling, but I have seen several dead ones.  That is my fear to walk out someday and see one walking across my patio.  Everyone says they are good.  They eat bugs.  But to me they are furry, scary, creepy little creatures.  They need to stay away from me.

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Well I looked over my shoulder to the back of the love seat, and I seen a small shadow moving quickly across the top.  Now remember it is night and all the light I had on was the TV and the light above the sink.  The “THING” then went off the other end and went into my bunch of papers next to the love seat. I heard the papers rustle as “IT” crawled through.  I’m still silent as Rich is talking on the phone.  I believe I’m in a small state of shock…..lol….Then “IT” went up front under the drivers seat and across to the front of the coach near the steps.  Richs Pool que was their.  I could now see “IT” crawling in the shadows.  “It” crawled up over the que and down into the step area.  I got up and climbed onto the passenger seat and tried to open the door but couldn’t.  As I reached for the door, …..”IT”….crawled up the side of the step and under the passenger seat I was perched on.  I flew back to my love seat and sat their.  This all happened very quickly, and the whole time, I had the phone to my ear listening as Rich was talking…..

Finally I told him,  Something just ran across my neck“…..He started laughing and I told him all about it.  I kept starring at the chair waiting to see if “IT” would come out and listening to hear more sounds.  But their was no more…….Silence…..  Now the cat was near when this all happened.  Of course he was very curious.  He followed the …”THING”…and watched….he just sat and watched some more.  His head would go one way….and then the other way…He was on guard duty…..Good Kitty….Rich and I talked for quite awhile and he was laughing at me.  I finally decided it was a Palmetto Bug.  In the shadow, it had a wider body and NOT a Tarantula shape.  I am now sitting up on the sofa, I turned all the lights on,  waiting…..waiting….He finally said good nite as it was getting late.  I told him I was afraid to go to bed.  I was going to wait for ….”IT”….to come out.

So after we hung up, I put my shoes on to prepare for the ….KILL…  I had all the lights on,  I was sitting up on the love seat.  I turned off the TV, so I could listen closely……Nothing happened.  I went over by the door,  lo and behold, I hadn’t shut the door when I came home from work.  I could see daylight.  That has to be how ….”IT”….got in.  The Guard cat went to bed…..He left me alone…..I kept thinking, if ….”IT”…crawled up on the love seat and across my neck, …”IT”…could crawl up the bed and across my face…..NOOooooo…..but finally around 1 am.  I gave up.  I was getting so tired.  I got out the flashlight to take with me to bed.  I usually get up during the night to go to the bathroom.  I wanted the flashlight to light every step  LOL.  Am I chicken???…..”H’ll  yes I am”  I walked into the bedroom and the cat is sound asleep in bed.  He always gets his treats before bed.  He never forgets.  I guess he gave up waiting on me.  So I carefully got in bed and covered up entirely.  I went to sleep with thoughts of ….”IT”…being near, ….somewhere,  …..by my bed, and …”IT”…crawling up and across my face.bTy6Xbrec

I woke up around 4 am to a gently clawing on my arm.  That darn cat.  He must have realized he missed his treat.  He wouldn’t leave me alone.  So I got the flashlight, turned it on, walked to the kitchen and illuminated every step with the light.  I feed the BRAT CAT, I shined the light all over, the floor, the wall, the ceiling….nothing….So went to the bathroom and carefully went back to bed.  I actually fell asleep again.

6:30……That Dam Cat now wanted his morning treats.  He was now pawing my arm again gently.  He wouldn’t quit.  He knew it was time to get up.  So out came the flashlight again.  So that morning I was pretty much on guard.  I started looking for ……”IT”…….I pulled the blanket out beside Richs chair and washed it.  Looked under the passenger seat.  stacked up the shoes behind his chair.  cleaned out some papers.  I didn’t find anything.  Rich called to see how my nite went with the bug.  He was laughing at me again.  Palmetto_Bug

Now I’m sure you wonder what a Palmetto Bug is…..The common name is….Cockroach….. Yes, such a disgusting thing.  They are prevalent here because of the Palm trees.  All coastal areas that have Palm trees are full of them.  They are almost as common as ants. Up north if you have cockroaches, your house is considered dirty.    Down here, they just sneak in.  If you have a small hole, they come in.  They can climb trees, walls and then let go and sort of fly to the ground.  So they can also attach to your clothes outside, like beach towels, or clothes on the line.  They are about an inch and a half long, brown and ugly.  When they die, they are always belly side up.  I don’t understand that.

So I am now thinking that it was a Palmetto bug.  That puts my mind at rest over the Tarantula.  Now a week later, and still no sign of ….”IT”…. I finally decided it must have climbed back down the step and snuck outside before I found the door open.

I have been trying to walk and get some exercise but its been difficult to make my self go.  I like to walk at nite.  I did several nites last week, but this week was the start of the new season on tv.  I was too tired to go after the news was on.  So last nite was a football game.  Green Bay Packers versus Chicago Bears.  I’m not a fan so I decided to go for a walk.  I got my tennis shoes out from the shoe pile I had stacked up……………I put my foot in one, and felt something…………OMG….so glad I had put socks on……”IT” was their…..”IT”… died in my shoe…..belly up…..”IT”… was a Palmetto bug…..a Cockroach…..I was so happy to find …”IT”… so I knew for sure It was DEAD.   I dumped him outside.  I sprayed bug spray in my shoe, then dumped in Foot Powder.

So finally at last…………….Mystery Solved……I can now …..Sleep Easy at nite…………..and ……”UNCOVER MY FACE”…..

 

9/11/2001 My Memories of That Fateful Day

Sept. 11 2001, will be a day most will always remember if they were alive that day.  I sure do.  It was the day that 19 members of the Islamic terrorist group, El Qaeda boarded 4 different airlines.  They hi-jacked them and crashed them one by one on a suicide mission, killing  2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.

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Second in a series of four. The second plane crashes into the World Trade Center.

That morning of 9/11, I went to work.  Rich was off that day.  We were having a sunroom addition put on that morning.  He was going to stay home for the installation.  I was working in the Pharmacy at Advantage Logistics.  We were rather a small dept. at that time.  Maybe 10 or 15, not really sure.  We were expecting our supervisor Pam to come in.  She wasn’t showing up.  I’m not sure if I called her or she called first.

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She said she couldn’t get away from the tv.  I said, “What do you mean?” “A Plane just flew into the World Trade Center Tower in New York.”  Wow, not really understanding what was going on, she said she would be in soon, and before we could hang up, she said…..”OMG, their goes another one into the other tower”.  I think then the idea of something massive and evil was starting to form.  I knew no one else knew what was going on.  I believe I told several co-workers.  Then on our next break, we had a plant wide meeting.  It was conducted by our CEO Don.  He was one of our best Ceos’ we ever had.  He told everyone about the planes that had crashed into the World Trade Center.  He said he would keep us informed as the day progressed as to what was happening.

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010911-N-3031B-001 Arlington, Virginia (Sept. 11, 2001) -Ð Smoke and flames rise over the Pentagon at about 10 a.m. EST on Sep. 11, 2001, following a terrorist attack on the Pentagon in which terrorists hijacked a commercial airliner and crashed the plane into the side of the Pentagon. Part of the building collapsed while firefighters continued to battle the flames and look for survivors. The building was evacuated, as were the federal buildings in the Capitol area, including the White House. American Airlines FLT 77 was bound for Los Angeles from Washington Dulles with 58 passengers and 6 crew. All aboard the aircraft were killed, along with 125 people in the Pentagon. U.S. Navy Photo by PhotographerÕs Mate 2nd Class Lisa Borges (RELEASED)

Later we found out another plane also crashed into the Pentagon, and one more was heading back east and crashed in a field Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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At home the workers had come to put up the sunroom.  Rich had left to do some errands.  When he came home, the workers and him witnessed a large plane come down really low and circle around and head back to Chicago…..Now we are only 90 miles from Chicago but usually planes are on the way up to their flight path.  They certainly don’t come down low and turn around.  Rich went and turned the tv on and positioned it for the workers to watch as they put up the sunroom.  It turns out all planes were grounded.  They were instructed to go to the nearest terminal and land.  The government was rightfully very worried.  They didn’t know what was going on.  How many more planes up their were being hi-jacked.   How many more would be routed into Washington DC or New York.  For 3 days, I believe the sky’s were void of planes.  I remember how eerie it was.  We were on the flight path into Chicago.  We always saw and heard planes.  The nites were really strange.  You would look in the skys, and not a plane to be seen.  No moving lights.  No sounds.  So Quiet.  Not even the Hospitals Helicopter was allowed to fly.  Finally after 3 days they resumed their flights, but security was stepped up massively.

I remember watching for days and days and even weeks.  It had made such a huge impact on the country.  Such a shock.  Everyone was glued to the tv and watched the video play over and over.  Two of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York City.

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Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers collapsed, with debris and the resulting fires causing partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the World Trade Center complex, including the 47-story 7 World Trade Center tower, as well as significant damage to ten other large surrounding structures.  People were in a panic.  They were running for their lives.  The day at the Trade Center had just begun and the buildings were full of people in their offices.  The planes hit high, so the reports said the stairways were just full of people trying to get out.  They were afraid of the elevators.  The people above the floors where the planes crashed in were panicking.

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Many of them were calling their family’s.  Some knew it was probably the end and were saying their last good byes.  It even got to the point that people were jumping.  Their were many horror stories of people jumping 100 stories up.  Little did anyone know that the towers would come tumbling down.  It only took 1 hr and 42 minutes to bring down 2 110 story towers.  They said the planes all had full fuel tanks that exploded on impact.  The fire super heated the iron and finally, it all came tumbling down, pancaking onto each floor as it fell.  As you watched it, it felt like a dream.  Your mind just couldn’t encompass what was happening.  The streets became a rolling cloud of ash.

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Everyone was running for their lives.  Their was a thick ash everywhere.  I read where some people couldn’t out run it and ran into buildings or under cars to try to escape it.  The ash turned out to be the buildings that pulverized as they came down.  People were just covered with it.

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All the rescue crews came in.  Firetrucks, rescues vehicles, ambulances, and police departments.  Some of the crews had parked near the bottom of the towers before they came down.

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Rescue people climbed the stairs to the towers trying to rescue people who where trapped.  Unfortunately, when the towers fell, many of them perished also.   9/11 was the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed respectively.

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The searchers worked for hours and hours, days and weeks.  The hospitals prepared for many patients.  We all waited to see the patient count go up or the body count……..But it didn’t happen…..They just couldn’t find hardly any body’s from the towers.  Turned out many of them were also pulverized when the building came down.

  1. American Airlines Flight 11 was the first plane to crash at 8:46 into the North Tower at floors 93-99 killing all 92 people on board.

2.  United Airlines Flight 175 was the second plane to crash at 9:02 into the South Tower at floors 75-85 killing all 65 people on board.

3.   American Airlines Flight 77 was the 3rd plane to crash at 9:37 killing 59 aboard and 125 military and civilian personnel inside the Pentagon building.

4.  10:07 am – After passengers and crew members aboard the hijacked Flight 93 contact friends and family and learn about the attacks in New York and Washington, they mount an attempt to retake the plane. In response, hijackers deliberately crash the plane into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, killing all 40 passengers and crew aboard.

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The Passengers were very brave on Flight 93.   This was their way of protecting the country by sacrificing themselves and not let the terrorist achieve their goal.  It was said later, they thought the plane was heading for the Capital in Washington DC.   The flight impacted at 563 mph at a 40-degree nose-down, inverted attitude.  The impact left a crater eight to ten feet deep , and 30 to 50 feet wide.

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Suspicion quickly fell on El Qaeda.   The United States responded by launching the War on Terror and invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, which had harbored El-Qaeda.

It took them until May of 2002 to finish the clean up of the Trade Center.  Plans were made to rebuilt.  The Pentagon was repaired within a year.  On November 2006 the new construction began for the New Trade Center, and it was finished and open on November 3, 2014.  A new National September 11 Memorial & Museum was built on Ground Zero, a Pentagon Memorial was also built, and out in  Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Flight 93 National Memorial was built in the field where it crashed .

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We must never forget this day.   Take nothing for granted. Appreciate our freedoms. Count our blessings.  Reach out and help our neighbor.  Cherish your family.  We have a Great Country.  We must never let anyone take that from us.  Remember, all those people were innocent people who bought a ticket for an airline flight that day or simple went to work.  Think of the terror during the last hour of their life.  They didn’t deserve that.  The people on Flight 93, died protecting our country.  Lets continue to preserve our freedoms that we have.  Educate our children and our future generations on what happened so it can NEVER happen again.

America is a Great Country…..Land of the Free….Home of the Brave

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Tammy’s New Swing Set & Theirs Going to be a New Baby in the Family……

Tammy has been wanting to buy Carly a new swing set.  So this is her story.  She will do anything to save money…..lol…Many things most people would never do.  It always comes with a funny entertaining story.   She wanted a really nice wooden one with a large fort area.  The ones in the store were so expensive.  She has a friend Michele, whose husband is very talented in woodworking and building.  He loves to make things.  So Tammy and Mike started figuring out what it would cost in materials……Whoaaaa…..Way to much.  Wood is expensive.  She started watching FB.  Finally, their was one.  Only catch, it was in Joliet.  That’s about an hour or more from McNabb.  It was only $300.  ……Perfect……So last weekend she got off work in Peoria after working all nite, headed for Rutland, picked up Mike.  Now she headed back to McNabb to get a trailer.  This has already been probably an hour and a half drive.  They drove all the way to Joliet.

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Here it is sitting in the back yard of the house.  They were very impressed with it.  The owner,  Sheila and her husband had it built 15 years ago.  Now her kids were grown and headed to college.  They no longer needed.  It was so sturdy, that Tammy and Sheila even climbed up on the fort area and jumped up and down.  …..It passed the test….. So now, How to get it home!!!……time to take it apart…..  It had to come apart into pieces to fit on a car trailer.  Mike was really into it Tammy said, he loves doing things like this.

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He took it apart very carefully.  Some of the supports broke and some they had to cut off.  It had been buried in the ground.  Now next problem.  The fence was built around the set 15 years ago, so now, …..How to get it Out…..

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Finally after much deliberation, it was decided…..Two panels of the fence had to come down.  

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Then to carefully carry it out to the trailer.  It looks bigger than the opening to me.  Apparently Sheila said, had others come and look at it, and they either picked it apart or decided it would be to hard to take it.  …..But not Tammy, ….. When she can save a buck, she will do what it takes.  Sheila was very happy that they were taking it and took most of these pictures.  She was so happy it would give kids many more years of fun.

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Finally they got it into the trailer, all packed up and ready to go.   It sure looks like a mess doesn’t it.  So now the trip back to McNabb.

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First stop Menards…..As Mike took all the bolts out, many of them were so old.  They bought all the bolts Menards had in the store…..lol….Tammy wanted the bottom all wood so it would be easier to mow.   So wood was also on the list.  Some of the railing needed replacing, so more lumber……They said they were a hit at the store.  Guess many were laughing ……WITH THEM……lol…..Finally, they came through McNabb and Rich and Scott were out side at the Bar and laughed at them.  She said they looked like they were building  a Pirate Ship.  Finally after 3 days of work, Mike had it done.  He used all the new bolts that Menards had except for 3.  Now that’s cutting it close.

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It looks so nice.  Carly will have so much fun.  It has a nice long slide, and a very large fort area.

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I really like the wood platform on the bottom.  So much better than sand.  It not only looks good but will certainly make it sturdier.  So here it is all put together 3 days later.

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Certainly quite a feat.   Tammy said without Mike, it would have never happened.  So now Carly has 2 swings, a trapeze, and nice long slide, a ramp up, a nice big fort area, and steps also.  Cost ended up being around $800….A lot more than the $300, but still a bargain.  She’s restaining the areas that they replaced and also decided to use Flex Seal on the roof…..lol….Lets see how that holds up.  Now the ironic part is after talking to Sheila, Tammy found out her mom is at Liberty Village in Peru.  Sheila was from Ottawa.  The more bizzare part is Sheila’s parents use to live in Harlingen in a park for a number of years.  She didn’t think it was Eastgate but then their are many in the area.   Its really a small world isn’t it…….. Sheila sent all her pictures she took to Tammy and was so happy to see the swing set back in commission with in 3 days, ready for little kids to play on it again.

Now……..Did I have you Wondering?????….Yes were going to have a New Baby in the Family……One of these little girls is going to be Dee Dee.  

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Tina, Ed, Miley and Austin are adopting a new puppy.  These little girls were born on Sept. 4, 2017.  Their parents are Golden Doodles named Amber & Jax.  They were born at Windmere Kennels in St. Charles Michigan.  They will be able to bring Dee Dee home by the first part of Nov.  This will again complete their family after their terrible lose of Dexter….For those of you who didn’t read that Post, here is the link.  https://w2bergen.com/2017/08/11/our-memories-of-dexter-the-beloved-pet-of-tina-ed-miley-and-austin/  Dexter lost his life on Aug 11.  He has left a Huge hole in their lives and their hearts.  So now, Dee Dee will help make new memories.  Dexter got his name from a show on tv for kids.  It is Dexter Laboratories.   Dexter has a sister on the show called Dee Dee Now Dexter will have his sister Dee Dee move into his house and enjoy the love of the family he knew and loved.  

Ohhhh,  I’m sure its going to be a Long Long Long wait in the Dolder Household……waiting for the NEW BABY….

Hurricane Harvey, 2017

We were very lucky.  “Harvey” missed us.  It came in on shore a little over 200 miles north of us.  It directly hit Rockport, Port Aransas, Victoria, Refugio, and Port Lavaca.  Corpus Christi was just a little south of the eye.

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One thing we realized down here in Texas living near the Gulf is, Hurricane season is taken very seriously.  The weathermen are always reporting on storms coming off the coast of Africa.  We knew this season started in August and ended the first of Nov.  Here is Eastgate we knew that all annuals or anyone who left their camper here for storage, had to anchor their units to the concrete pads.  Now after this past week, I understand why.  438842BA00000578-4818354-Hurricane_Harvey_is_expected_to_become_a_major_storm_once_it_mak-a-80_1503611478314

This storm started a week or two earlier as a depression #91.  As they watched it cross the Atlantic it escalated as it reached the Yucatan Peninsula.  It slowed down over land and then as it crossed into the Gulf of Mexico it started to escalate from a tropical storm to Hurricane.  They initially knew it could come ashore as a Category 3, but the warm waters escaladed it to Category 4, which meant it contained winds of over 125 mph.  It was predicted to land a little more south.  The Rio Grande Valley started to prepare.  Everyone was stocking up.  South Padre Island closed all beaches and they started boarding up windows.  If the winds reached over 45 mph, they would close the bridge to all traffic.  They have an Emergency text system in place for their residents, that you can get this information as it develops.  We took down our screen room, and put in all our awnings.  When Rich put up the shed, one of the requirements was also to anchor it.  So he constructed a wire anchor system that runs through both sides of the shed and is anchored to the concrete.  The park went around putting all the pool chairs and anything loose away.  They also inspected some of the homes of people who were not here and made sure everything was safe as possible.  We were suppose to receive up to 70mph winds at one point.  Also 4″ – 6” of rain.  Well, not a whole lot happened.  I woke up at midnight to hear the pitter patter of the rain.  The wind wasn’t bad.  It was suppose to escalate in the morning.  Nope, we were very lucky.  It came ashore around Port Lavaca, which is a little over 2 hours north on the coast.

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We caught some of the outer wind bands but not fierce.   Up around Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, Victoria and Port Lavaca, it destroyed the towns, hotels, homes, Rv Parks, and Boat Harbor’s.  Some of the smaller towns evacuated.  One of the Winter Texans from last year, said she had workamper friends in one of the parks.  They could not leave until all the guest campers were gone.  Then they could leave.   I don’t know if I like that or not.

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The towns were really tore up.  The rain was horrible.  They said that some areas around Houston could receive 50″ before it was over.  Just imagine that much rain and it comes ashore at 125mph.  “Harvey” came ashore and hovered for awhile.  It actually moved like it was a drunken soldier on shore.  It was downgraded finally to a tropical storm, but the tail end was still feeding the bands over the Gulf with water.  It continued to rain.  Houston started to flood.  Houston is a very low city.  It is only 50 feet above sea level.  It was built on flat marshy ground. It is prone to flood but nobody expected it to flood this much.  Reports started to come on tv of all the rescues.

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The interstates started filling up.  Some of the drivers just didn’t understand.  They continue to think they are almighty and can drive right through, including semis.  We seen reports of so many people just walking through the water to safety.  Abandoning their vehicles or homes.  The 911 calls were coming in.  People were beginning to be trapped in their homes.  The water kept rising.  Some were in their attics with nowhere else to go.  They were advised to bring an axe with them so they could chop a whole in the roof if needed.  …….”Get out of your house”…..”Stand on your roof”….  “Bring a piece of material with you that you can wave to draw attention”.  The calls kept coming in.  The people were told they were on the list.  But the Emergency people couldn’t help until daybreak, and even then, it was still impossible in many places.  Finally you seen boats coming down the streets.

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Individuals were going out with their own boats, canoes, airboats, even jet skis.  They were going out into the neighborhoods and picking up people and bringing them to high ground.  The local Convention Center opened up for the victims.  They kept running short of cots for them to sleep on.  Some people slept the night on the floor.  But at least they were safe and dry.  This flood had overwhelmed everyone.

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The news showed so many people being rescued with dump trucks.   Many times they used ladders to help the people get in and out.  So many people, young and old were carried through the water.  In one case, Nursing home residents were trapped and needed someone to come get them.  No one came.  Finally the nursing home owners were so devastated and helpless, they took a picture of all these poor people sitting in chairs and the couches waist deep in water looking so forlorn.

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I can’t even imagine their thoughts.  I’m sure they thought they were at deaths door.  She sent the picture to her daughter for help.  Her daughter put it out on Social Media and the news.  In less than 2 hours, Help Arrived.  Here’s all those people today smiling, happy, warm and dry.  So Happy to be Alive.  How awful for them.

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The National Guard was called out.  National Guard brought in around 30 helicopters for air rescue.   The US Coast Guard also brought in their helicopters Every available resource, was called in.  Fema, Red Cross, so many agency’s arrived, their was help arriving from all over the US.  Even the Border Patrol from the Rio Grande Valley came with over 30 different types of boats.  Of course all the news people arrived.   The reports and pictures on tv were constant the first 2 days.  It was ongoing for so long.  The storm stagnated in the Houston area, then went back out over the Gulf.  It reentered east of Houston around the Beaumont area and headed north west, slowly dissipating, but did much more damage and dropped a lot of rain in the Beaumont area.  They faced so many dangerous issues.

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Now they also had floating islands of Red Fire Ants.  They had come out of the ground and attach themselves to each other and become a floating colony.  You certainly don’t want to get into a nest of them.  Also, now the bayous had filled up and the city had to release some of the water in the reservoirs so they wouldn’t break.  Now Alligators were also swimming in the water along with Snakes Sewage and Chemicals had been leaked into the waters by now.  It was so dangerous to be in the water, but many had no choice.  Now here it is a week after “Harvey” landed, and the city still has water.  They said it may take weeks in some areas to totally empty.  Another occurrence they may find is floating caskets.

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With the ground being so saturated, some caskets may just surface and float.  How awful it would be to come across a casket.  The latest count of deaths was 39, which I thought was pretty good.

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Through all of this their is always “HERO’S” that give selflessly of themselves and their money.  In Houston Jim “Mattress Mack” Mcingvale has 2 very large furniture stores called “Gallery Furniture”.

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He opened his doors to anyone who needed shelter.  They made his new furniture their home.  A place to rest and sleep.  He fed them, and donations of all sort came in.  He even gave out his cell number for anyone who needed help and couldn’t get it.

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He not only let the flood victims sleep in his beds, he also let the National Guard rest.  “What a hero”.  He also did this for Hurricane Katrina.  He wants to help and share all he has to the people who need his help.  It was said he was losing $30,000 a day.

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Hotels and Motels all over are filled.  Some people left before the storm and some left after and found a place to go.  I believe Fema or the Red Cross is paying for the rooms for most of this month to give the families time and everyone to make plans for the future.  They are located all over Texas and probably Louisiana.  I do know that here in the Rio Grande Valley, we have many families that are in our motels.  All across the valley, the school systems are going motel to motel, enrolling the children in school.  All they want is the child’s name and info.  Their not requiring Birth Cert.  or papers.  They just want them in school so their life can continue as normal.  Country Suites here in Harlingen posted on FB the other day, the items they needed.  It contained from a Wheelchair and cane, on to clothes and personal care items and food.  They alone have 22 families.  We have at least 6 motels full.  Before you knew it, the word got out.  They have so many contributions that they are sharing across the Valley.  One person thought it was important to give the families a Cook out on Monday for Labor Day.  So many people have volunteered to help to put on a Celebration.  H-E-B is a huge chain grocery store in Texas.  In fact in the valley, their is no other.  …..No Krogers, Hyvee, Albertsons, just H-E-B…..  They deployed a convoy of 15 vehicles including 2 Mobile Kitchens, water and fuel tankers and H‑E‑B trailers, that will deliver much‑needed relief supplies and services to the communities in the affected hurricane area

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The H‑E‑B Mobile Kitchens, are two 45‑foot‑long food preparation facilities that are each designed to serve up to 2,500 meals per hour, will set up and serve hot meals to first responders and storm victims.  Also H‑E‑B’s DRUs that are fully equipped with an H‑E‑B Pharmacy and Mobile Business Services unit, which allows displaced residents to fill prescriptions, cash checks and pay bills, as well as provide access to an ATM.  One of the kitchens stopped in the Victoria area.  The other went on north to Houston.  Another fact to mention is the pets.  Anyone who had a pet, it was rescued with them.

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Pets have become a family member and they were treated as so.  The shelters have included them.  Their were pictures and stories of all the pet rescues.  So many people came out of their homes with their cats and dogs in carriers.  The ones that are found without owners have been taken to shelters.  Some are being shipped out of state to no kill shelters to find new homes.  Our shelter in Harlingen has made several trips up to take homeless animals.  They are all asking for donations of food, blankets and money.  The animals are being taken care of which is wonderful.  They all need a home.

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A week later, everything is still in turmoil but they are getting a handle on it.  Their were 3 large shelters open in Houston, but they are back down to one.  Their were actually around 142 shelters open around the area.  Over 100,000 homes are affected with flooding in Texas alone.  Over 300,000 homes were without power.  A state of disaster was declared in 50 county’s.  The discussion has been ongoing…..Should the mayor have evacuated Houston???.   It had happened in the past for another Hurricane that never happened after all.  Their was traffic jams and people died in the heat.  The mayor didn’t evacuate do to that reason.   I do agree with him.  Houston is the 4th largest city in the US.  How do you evacuate a whole city.   Where do they go.  If you’ve ever been through Houston in rush hour, you would know how bad it is.  That is only a small portion of the people.  To my understanding he made the right decision.  When you realize only 39 lives were lost, that is a small percent considering the population.  Some of those lives were lost in vehicles trying to escape the flood.  Some of those did not use common sense when traveling in flooded waters.  So many near fatal accidents happened that we seen on video.  It is sad that anyone died but you have to pick the best scenario for all.  I believe they were so fortunate that only 39 lives were lost so far.  It could have been much worse.  But I’m sure it may go up as they continue the search.

 

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Now we start watching the weather forecast…..Another storm coming off the coast of Africa.  Already a massive Hurricane.……IRMA…..Of course their are many storm tracks.  This one they think,  will follow up the East Coast of the US…..So we Wait and Watch

 

 

3 Year Anniversary for the Blog….Aug. 25 2014

 

Hard to believe that 3 years ago I posted my first blog.  …..8/25/14….I know that date so well as it is also my …..”BIRTHDAY” ….. We had been planning on retirement for several years.  The date was coming nearer…..I turned 64 and I retired the end of Sept. 2014.  Rich worked till Nov. 1 and retired.  He turned 65, Dec. 25 2014.   We were so ready to sign up for Social Security, Medicare A and B and the whole ball of wax.  If truth be told, I would have probably been fired sooner if I hadn’t planned on a retiring date.  Things weren’t going well at Adv. Logistics…..I feel for all you guys still their……They pay a good wage, and good benefits, but they work you like a dog……They’ve lost lots of Really Good people through the years…..

So as the date came closer, we were getting so excited.  We had been accepted as Workampers starting Dec 1 at Eastgate RV & MH Park in Harlingen Tx.  I had been following several bloggers and asking questions about Fulltime Rvers for almost 2 years.  I started to think….”I Can Do That Too….I Can Write”…..This was going to be an Adventure that we had no idea how it would turn out.  What would we see, and do???  So I started to research on WordPress and set up my blog site myself.  I was rather amazed at myself.  I did it by trial and error and finally succeeded.  I wrote my first Blog and published it on Aug. 25 2014, my 64th Birthday.  My goal for writing these blogs was so that the kids and our friends knew what we were doing.  Hence the title…….And Let The Fun Begin……We wouldn’t have to explain to everyone our activities, they could just read about it.  As time went on, I realized  that someday these would all be lost in cyberland.  I needed a way to preserve them.  I also came to the realization, that everyone works back home.  The kids were busy living and working.  Time marched on, we were having fun with no schedules while they still had that regimented life style called work.  They weren’t reading all of them .  I found a company called Blog2Print that would print your blogs into books.  I pick the dates, the covers, set up the dimensions inside and they can print them to soft or hard back books.  So the printing began every 6 months.

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This was the first book that started it all.  First I printed them in paper back.  Every 6 months I print one, so I have 2 each year.  I try to make each one a different color and design.  Each book is running around 160 to over 200 pages.

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I decided with this last book to try a hard back copy.  It really wasn’t much extra.  We were so pleased with it.  I have been replacing them all now with the hard back.  The black one is the only one left.  I will be done before the year is out.  When I started printing them a book cost around $80 with shipping and handling…..They charge you so much per page after the initial 20 pages…..The last one just cost me around $130…..But they are so worth it….

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The pictures inside are pretty nice considering they are all from my phone.   I have the pictures made big and the paper is semi glossy.  Now as time has gone on my goal for the books has changed.

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At first it was about our travels and experiences.  Now I realize how much history we see.  When we are at a historical place, it seems so important to write about what we see and how we view it.  Take for instance the LBJ Ranch.  We lived President Johnsons time in office.  I want to take what I know from my time in life to what we see on the tour, and write about it.  Also the different anniversary dates that we pass each year.  We witnessed the assassination of President Kennedy on tv and in newspapers.  I feel it is important to write about that piece of history and what we seen and heard and felt during that time.  It is so important to tell the story of what we were doing at the time these events happened.  The kids nowadays aren’t really taught a lot of these things in history.  I try to research it and convey all the historical facts and what we witness to try to tell a full story.

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Also as family pictures and special events happen, they can be captured and preserved.  So many reasons to write these storys and make sure they are preserved for them and the grandkids.

This will be our gift to them, Our Storys……Our Legacy…..lol….(kids your not getting any money,  lol  you’ll have to be happy with these books)

But Rich and I are very “PROUD” of these books.  We hope that someday the family will enjoy reading them as much as we have enjoyed the experiences.  I really enjoy writing them.  I feel that its a talent I would have never realized if we hadn’t embarked on this adventure in life.  Life is good down here in Harlingen.  But only for the winter.  lol.  Sure is hot in the summer.  We do have so many other things to do yet.  We just renewed our Security License for Texas again.  We have other things we would like to do in the summers.  So time will tell what we do next summer.

………So Today I celebrate my 67th Birthday…..are we going out to celebrate????

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I’m afraid not…..Another 1st…..Hurricane Harvey……. is on its way in….We are not in the direct path, but we will be included in the outer bands.  Their calling for 4″ to 6″ of rain and up to 70 mph winds.  It will be landing as a Category 3 around Corpus Christi and Port Aransas.  They are doing evacuations right now.  Once ashore it could drop 22″ to 24″ in some areas.  South Padre Island campgrounds were evacuated today.  People boarding up windows.  Even though their not getting a direct hit, it is still front line to the Gulf.  Their expecting huge storm surges of water.  All beaches are closed and most people actually left for the mainland.  Today we took down our screen room, put in all the awnings.  Put away the chairs and everything outside.  The park went around and put away all the pool chairs and anything that could blow.  So we are all prepared.  So well spend my birthday enjoying ….Hurricane Harvey 2017….

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This picture is Thursday late afternoon, ready for the storm….Blue Sky overhead….Hard to believe that west of their behind the shed a hundred miles is  Hurricane Harvey 2017, developing from a Category 1 to a 3 at landfall.

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These are our new Personal Cards….Rather Cool I think…..Blog address on one side…..This picture was one I took last year as we left Adventureland….

Paying It Forward with Kindness

Yesterday (Sunday) I worked my shift at the Cinemark 10.  I witnessed something I thought was so …….AWESOME……It was later in the afternoon, and a manager came across on the walky , that a disabled lady was in the parking lot and had locked her keys in her car, can we help her.  The message back was, not really because company policy.  As we all know most large corporations or company’s are always strict on rules to protect themselves from law suits.  It is understandable as some people are so sue happy these days.  It has become a strange world of opportunity for some people to make a buck at the expense of someone else.

 

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The manager then went outside to the car, and I seen the lady standing by her car.  He called the police station….No, no help their.  They couldn’t do anything.  Shame isn’t it….He asked one of the girls who was bilingual to come out and help translate as the lady was Spanish.  Then he called a locksmith.   The locksmith wanted $45 to come.  She only had $20, so he wouldn’t help either.  Now keep in mind it is upper 90’s and I found out her walker was also locked in the car.  The poor lady was leaning against the car.

Finally a miracle happened.  A guy in a pickup had pulled up to just buy popcorn at the theater and go home.  He had a long rod and stuck in down in the door and unlocked it.  He must have been her Angel sent by God at the perfect time.  Another manager had went out.  They called into Concession and said to give the man whatever he ordered free for a Thank You.  He walked out with a bagful…..Next they walked with the lady.  She was pushing her walker slowly.  She looked so hot and tired.  But she had the biggest smile on her face.  They walked her into the theater and gave her a free showing of  47 Meters Down, which was what she had come to see.

I want to commend the Managers and Crew at Cinemark.  Even though company policy dictated they couldn’t physically help with opening the door, they stayed with her and helped her find a way to open it.  Then they did what they could to show appreciation to the man that had helped her and gave her a movie that helped her end her day in a positive way.  She looked so happy as they were bringing her in.   What on earth would have happened if they hadn’t been their for her.  She couldn’t walk without her walker that was locked in the car and it was miserable hot.  I know she was eternally grateful.  These are wonderful stories in life that we all need to hear.

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Lessons to learn that we can ……….”PAY IT FORWARD”……

You never know in life when you may need someone’s help.  We can’t always PAY IT BACK.  Sometimes the situation doesn’t allow it, but we can always Pay Forward What a Wonderful world we would live in if everyone would do that.  

I have also see a few acts of Kindness that so surprised me.  Several times in the Box Office, I’ve had people come forward to the person buying a ticket.  They couldn’t find enough money.  They would come forward and give the person a dollar or two.  What ever it took for the ticket.  It was done with sincerity also.  Not that they were trying to hurry up the people, but they gave because they wanted to help.

Now also yesterday, I had a man come up to buy a ticket.  We are a discount theater.  We do not show 1st run movies.  They are all second run movies that have already made the circuit of the big theaters.  Therefore our most expensive ticket on a weekend is $2.92 for regular and $4.33 for 3-D.   On Sunday the single ticket is $2.17.  He asked me twice……..”How Much”????  He couldn’t believe it….”$2.17″????  He said “at that price, buy all these people in line a ticket”.    I had to call him back….I said “Sir, I can’t do that, here is your change.  You have to decide what you want to do with your money”.  He then paid for the next 3 people in line.  He walked away saying he couldn’t believe how cheap the tickets were.  Of course the people in line were amazed also at his generosity.  These are the kind of people who make this world a better place.   They put smiles on peoples faces.

Since we worked Adventureland last summer, I still stay in contact with several FB sites.  On one of them was a story posted from the Des Moines Iowa paper.  It was a mom who had wrote in to tell the story of an Adventureland employee  who had befriended her son.  Her son had a handicap of some sort and they were boarding a roller coaster.  Usually she said people talk to her, when they were addressing her son.  She was commending the employee cause he directly talked to her son as he adjusted his bar.  He made eye contact and treated him as a person.  It lite up his face and she was so happy to see him treated as normal.   She felt so strongly that she wrote an article to the local paper.   What a wonderful feeling for a mother to have her child treated as a normal person.

It is amazing that in the space of 30 seconds of contact, you can make a difference.  Just a few words, a smile……You could change someone’s day.  I decided to try that approach also.  Even though sometimes I only have 10 seconds,  that short time can be made fun, with a few words and smile.  One day a lady came with her daughter.  She looked unhappy.  She bought her ticket, and her daughter said.  “Ok mom, don’t be crying in the show,….You’ve been crying all day”.…..I felt so sad and awkward for her.   You can only imagine what problems she could be facing at home.  So you never know what is going on at home or in other peoples life.  If its only a smile you can give and a cheery “HELLO”, It might help make a difference.  I think we’ve all been their at one time or another if were honest with ourselves.

We also see many people with Mental Handicaps of different stages.  One girl comes with her mom, and is probably late teens.  A very sweet girl who has Downs and is very reserved.  The one day she came dressed in a very pretty sun dress.  I complimented her on her dress.  She brightened up and said “Thank You”…..Several others adults come who have to hold hands to stay together or they might wander off.  All it takes is a smile and a wave, and they are on ……Cloud Nine…..I make a practice of waving to them as they go in and if I am their, as they leave later.  You cannot believe how excited they are to wave back.  They wave all the way to the street.  They all need that interaction with the world around them.  They have feelings also.  Yes they are different but they want to be treated as …..People…..Pay-It-Forward1

 

Their is so much anger anymore in the news.  FB is even full of it anymore.  These are some story’s I wanted to share to show the positives in life.   We all need and want to Pay Back when we can.  Sometimes its impossible.

We always should Pay Forward when we can.  The World would be Much Happier……And So Would Your Soul……

 

First Day of School / Emp. of The Month….

So here it is already, August 16th and the first day of school for the grandkids….I can’t believe they are starting so soon.  The summer is flying by.  When I was a kid in Toluca, we didn’t start until just before Labor Day Toluca had one celebration a year.  It was the Labor Day Celebration Carnival rides, games, yummy food, and of course the Parade.  Now that was the ultimate time of the year.  The suspense and excitement would build all summer.  We all couldn’t wait for it to come.  But it always seemed like school started on Wed. or Thur.   You would see the trucks come in all week bringing the rides and foods. The carnival started on Friday and lasted till Monday.  They set it up down town on the streets.    I hated that we had to go to school several days, and the teachers even gave us homework….How could they be so mean to us…..lol….All weekend it was an exciting time.   The town was full of people, the rides were running and kids screaming in delight.  We walked up and down the carnival midway and looked at all the games and the food.  I would have to spend my money wisely, because my mom only gave me so much.  When it was gone, it was gone.  The food was Awesome, Corn Dogs, Lemonade Shake Ups, and Cotton Candy.  Then we had the Parade on Monday.  Floats representing all of Toluca and surrounding areas, business and church’s,  and of course always the politicians riding in fancy new convertibles…..Just waving their hands at everyone….Everyone couldn’t wait for the Marching Bands from through out the area.  In high school, I was in FHA.  We always made a float.  We earned points for doing things so we could go on a trip at the end of the school year.  We used chicken wire to mold our design on a hayrack.  Then we were supplied with tissue paper to stuff in the holes.  They don’t do it that way anymore.  Finally the parade would be over, the carnival would shut down early cause they had to pack up and have the streets open by Tuesday morning.  I lived about a block from town, and that whole nite you could hear them hammering and noises of tearing down.  Tue. morning was school.  Downtown was bustling with the usual traffic again.  Sometimes the streets still needed to be swept, sometimes it was done.  Some of the rides might be parked somewhere all packed up in their trucks, but most were gone.  Everything was back in order…..Another year was gone………..Then, time to get back to serious school time….yuck…

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The grandkids are growing fast.  This year Cassidy is in 8th grade.  She is living with her dad going to school in Spring Valley.  The 3 little ones are all in Putnam County Primary.  Miley is in 3rd grade, and Austin is in 1st.  They are Tina and Eds kids.  They live in Granville where the Primary School is.  It contains Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.  FB_IMG_1502996214751Here is Carly.  She is in Kindergarten this year.  Her first year of all day school.  Carly and Cassidy are Tammy’s kids.  Tammy lives in McNabb.  She is a RN so she must have been working and Tina took all 3 kids to school the first day.

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This is Carlys 2nd day.  She has curly wild hair.  It is hard to control unless in a ponytail or pigtail.   She is a cutie pie.

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And of course we must have the bus pictures.  I believe the driver is good friend Kathy.  She has been driving for so many years.  Maybe even when the kids were in school.  She loves her job and her kids.  The perfect person you want for a bus driver.  Her sister Mary Jane drives also and has for many years.  Now that Kathy’s husband retired from Cat., he drives also…….It really takes special people to do this job. This is what Tammy was doing before she became a nurse.  She loved her job and all her bus driving friends.  Rich also drove part time for many years…..They asked me,  …..NO WAY….  no patience.

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The other day, I found out some news.  I was voted Employee of the Month…..Wow…now that’s another first in my life.  I was so surprised.  I received a $50 gift card and my name on a plaque.  I want to THANK THE AWESOME MANAGERS, for voting for me.  They are a GREAT BUNCH.  This is sure a morale booster.  

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I am probably the oldest employee here.  Since school will be starting soon, the Box Office will close outside during the week.  Tickets will be sold at the Concession Counter.  I only work Box Office.  So I decided to add more hours during the week, I would try UsherNow how hard can that be!!!  …..Cleaning out the theaters after each show….Stand at Podium, Greet, take tickets and direct them to the right theater.  So Ok.

Last Saturday was training …..2-10….8 hrs…..  IT WAS AWFUL…..Now keep in mind, we are Cinemark 10…..So each show is shown 3 to 4 times a day…..so 10 theaters x 4 showings?????  40 cleanings……On my shift it would be 31 of those…..”PEOPLE ARE PIGS”….They leave their popcorn bags and buckets.  Its spilled all over the floor.  Soda cups everywhere.  Candy wrappers…..3 D glasses and wrappers.  They sneak in Soda in bottles, and candy.  They go get booster seats and leave them in the theater when they leave.  First you go through and pick up big items.  Then with the dust pan and broom you sweep up all the rows.  You only have 5 to 10 minutes and sometimes not even that.  Other theaters are leaving out.  People sit in their seats till the last credits are run.  Everything is timed.  You only have so much time and everything starts over.  It has to be ready for seating for the next show.  The bathrooms have to be checked every hour.  That means clean sink area.  Check and fill soaps, toilet paper in each stall.  Flush if needed and sweep up the floor of all the toilet paper that everyone drops…..”Do they do that at Home?????”…..I bet not.  Next it is also your responsibility to keep the lobby clean.  The popcorn buckets are filled to the max and you can watch them spill as they walk….Its like a trail….Keep the lobby swept and use the push vac on the carpet in the hallways…..It constantly has popcorn spilled on it.  Now about 3 hours in to your shift, your big garbage bins are filled.  So what ever theater is empty, go out the back exit door and empty your garbage.  Just hope its a close theater to the dumpster…..It sure wasn’t last Saturday….The farthest one possible….lol….Now do you still have free time????  Oh yes, so now take your big garbage cans to behind the Concession stand.  Their is a sink area to clean the cans.  Put on your gloves….Put disinfectant soap and water in the barrels….bend down into them and scrub with a sponge with a scratch pad on one side.  The girl who was showing me was down on her hands and knees with her body inside…..OMG…I Tried….Rinse….scrub again and Dry them…….

Now if your closing usher, these are your duties….Go upstairs to the offices and break room.  Take out garbage, vacuum the break room, sweep the stairs….It has a stairs, landing and another set of stairs….Then get the mop and bucket and mop all the stairway……Ohhhhh, I was so sore and stiff.  My knees were shaking and feet down to my toes hurt.  I was suppose to do this myself on Monday.  It was going to be really slow but still….That is a lot of activity.  I went home and told Rich….I can’t do this…I’m to old.…lol…I fully was going to go ahead and work Monday, but I got up Sunday and decided….NO WAY….I Don’t Have Too…So I talked to the GM and he totally understood.  I had to go in and find someone to replace me…..No Problem…On the bottom of my paper for reasoning to not do my shift, I wrote……”TOO OLD”…..They laughed….I Now have a new respect for Ushers.  You kids have so much energy and you work circles around me….But I will say,….in all of this, these kids are so nice.  They do great training and they are very kind.  They knew I was tired, so 2 of the kids let me stand at the Podium for the last part of the evening.   They make it all look so EASY….

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