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….

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It’s Been A While…..Happy Birthday Time

The cover picture is the kids all most 3 years ago.  Tammy graduated with her BSN in Peoria Illinois.  A proud and Happy day for us all. 

Thinks have been so hectic here at the park, but really slowing down now.  As of April 1st, our Workamping contracts were done…..So now for a little R & R.   First I’m going to report on the family. 

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“It’s Birthday Season”……..Tina had her birthday on March 8.  She just ran for re-election to the Granville Village Board.  On April 4th she was re-elected.   So 4 more years of Village Trustee.   “Congatulations Tina”   She is very devoted to the issues of her town, trying to make it a better place for all residents.

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This picture is of Putnam County Courthouse in Granville IllinoisTina works in the Circuit Clerks Office.  This is the Judge, Cathy Oliveri, the Circuit Clerk,  Tina and the other girl in the office.  She loves her job and has learned so much working in the Courthouse.

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On March 27, Cassidy was 13.  She’s finally an official Teenager.   She is growing prettier every day.  She is also acting more like a teenager every day.  Ggrrrrrr…..Happy Birthday Cassidy…..lol….

 

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Tammy, Tina, grandkids, Cassidy, Carly, Miley and Austin.  Vacation in Florida visiting old friend Gertie and husband.  Gertie was our neighbor when the girls were baby’s……Gertie was close to them…

So today is Tammy’s Birthday.  I won’t tell her age, but she is just short of 40….lol…Wow …”Where has the years gone”….  Today she is helping out her good friend who is having some major family health issues.  I hope her day is going ok.  That is one of Tammy’s best qualities.  Always wanting to help.

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In 3 years she has came so far.  Since she received her BSN,  she seems to be flying in the nursing field.  She’s always looking for more challenging jobs to educate herself.

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Monday will be Scott’s Birthday.  He of course is the youngest.  Brandy and him own Scotties One Paw’z Bar in McNabb.  He is always remodeling and changing things.  His latest addition is to add a patio.  He made his bar and bar stools and also brought in some artificial turf for volley ball.  Always working on things.

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He is also always buying things….This is his latest toy….So now no more Birthdays till June….Then its Camerons’…..19….OH MY

 

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Just a another CRAZY picture…..Now this is their normal look…..lol…

These kids have come so far in the last years.  10 or so years ago, I was worried about them all.  But they have all found their way.  They have all excelled in their own areas of life and finding their way.  Yes we don’t see them often now, but….I see such progress in all their lives….We are so PROUD of Them…..We aren’t need anymore…They are living on their own…..lol….

……..Well Almost……

Ill be playing catch up now that I have time……Stay Tuned……

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Glen….”55″….Finally an Old Man

We met Glen and Kathy last year.  They are from Canada.  They’ve become good friends, even coming by McNabb to bring our golf cart down last fall.  This year he is finally considered  “Senior”.  Finally legal to camp in our “55”+ park….lol…He has been “whining” for quite awhile,  cause Kathy got 5 Birthday Cakes one year.  So couple of us decided to each get him a cake.  I went to HEB, on Sunday.  Who do you think I seen?  That darn Glen!!!!  He had to come and buy his own cake……lol….So I went over to the party supplies and bought 3 pkgs.  of sparkler candles and one big Star Sparkler Candle.

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I also bought a blue badge that said “Birthday Boy”.   Then I went back to the Bakery aisle and picked out a small blue  cake with frosted balloons.  I snuck out the store and put my purchases in the truck, turned around, and guess who was parked in front of me……”GLEN”…..So at home I finished my pot of spaghetti.  Bud’s Cathy (we have 3 of them) also bought him a cake.  It was decorated with confetti colors, very pretty.  fb_img_1487604855694

At 4pm we all gathered at Kathy and Glen’s.  Over 25 people came to celebrate.   So the drinks started flowing.

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 Glen’s Kathy, barefoot and passing out those drinks

 Finally the food began.  We had cabbage rolls, meatballs, spaghetti, different salads, barbequed ribs, crackers and cheese, veggies and dip.   So so many good things.  Finally Bud’s Cathy and I went to get her cake at her house.  Took them to our house to light the candles and get them ready for Glen.20170219_175548 Well,  ALL WENT WELL UNTIL BUD’S CATHY TURNED FAST…………..OMG……….

The cake went flllyyyying through the air.   I heard it “PLOP”    UPSIDE DOWN on our mat.   We were dying in laughter, bent over,  had to sit down to NOT PEE THE PANTS…..Our ribs hurt, Cathy’s face was RED AS A STRAWBERRY….”WHAT CAN WE DO NOW”……I went and got 2 big knifes…..Stuck them under the cake and plopped the cake back onto the cardboard.  With the knifes, I wiped up big chunks of the frosting and threw it back on the cake.  What a mess.  Finally we composed our self, and tried to lite the sparklers, but now its to windy.  So we took the cakes over and told Glen to close his eyes.   Everyone was dying with laughter.  Glen opened his eyes and cracked up.  Everyone was rolling with laughter as Bud’s Cathy was explaining what happened.  Lol….

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Glen saying “WHAT THE FUCk”….

We tried again to lite the candles, but they just wouldn’t lite.  Finally Rich put our cake in the smoker to guard it from the wind.   That worked.  We finally was able to lite20170219_180624

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Glen blew out all his candles and we all sang Happy Birthday to him.  Everyone even ate the dump cake…..lol…We called it Organic Dump cake laced with a touch of grass and…..???   He had a great time that nite.  A Really Nice Party……He got a wee bit drunk, but that’s Glen…..Now this was Sunday.  Monday was Presidents Day.  Many of us decided to take the day off and go the Progresso.  I went up to the office early that morning to get a few things done, and we all took off by 11.  We rode with Ron and Theresa.  They hadn’t been to Progresso yet, so this would be fun showing them around.  Around 11 of us went in 3 different cars.  We met at Arturo’s for dinner.  Its a nice Mexican Restaurant on the main st. of Progresso.  Walked on down the street looking at all the vendors.  Of course their was the purchase of alcohol.  It is so much cheaper their.  Some went over to RED PANTY BARTheresa, Ron and I just walked around checking out all the stores.  The store I bought my pots, and then ended up at the Pharmacy were we buy our drugs.  I introduced them to Jasmine.  She is the girl who works the Pharmacy as well as working for the Dentist next door who made my teeth.  She is their interpreter.  They were amazed at the cheap prices for the drugs that are sold in the States as prescription.  Well of course they loaded up.

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We looked at all the hammock’s and macramé chairs they have for sale.  We met the rest at the bar, and finally walked up the street to Pancho’sGuess what that is?….lol….Another Bar…….Theresa and I went shopping in the store while they had more drinks.  We walked up to the 3rd floor.  Their was some Beautiful Pots up their.  The floor was filled from front to back and stacked.  Also saddles, blankets and all the leather gear.  We went back down to the bar, and this is what we found…..16831888_10154748485066321_5285052301937266720_n

Typical isn’t it….Glen got his Margarita, in fact Rich talked them into a FREE one.   Glen made sure he wore his Birthday Boy Badge……Finally the sun was starting to go down.  The advice that is always given………GET OUT BEFORE DARK………lol….So we finally left, crossed the border, they had to pay liquor tax of course.  But it also seemed the Border guards were much more thorough in checking what we had.  They seemed rude and actually went through our bags.  Now that’s a first…..So what’s up with that……

“TRUMP” and his Immagration Laws?

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…….Glen, Kathy, Rich, and Ron….THE OFFICAL PARTIERS…….

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY GLEN”