Friday, October 19

Sitting Still and loving it

We very much do not mind sitting still with time on our hands. It is rarely the case. Lisa's mother has had a heart attack so Lisa and Terry have had some extra issues to take care of but they have opened their home to us which includes the Internet, a hot tub if we choose to use it and a few other creature- comforts. It is all good. There is a place in town called the Bare Bull BBQ and we went there for lunch. We each had a brisket philly and were we to do it again we would split one. It was extra large and very yummy. I brought half of mine home.

Thursday, October 18

Yesterdays travel-2

Yesterday we left "FunTown" OK and headed for Canyon Lake TX and our friends Terry and Lisa Linder's RV spot in  their yard. I think they came up with a name for it which I do not remember so I will call it LinderLand RV. Yesterday was not a fun travel day. We started seeing rain on I-20 and when we reached Lampasas TX I texted Terry and asked him to check radar and see how much more of it we would have. He said we should get out of it at Lampasas and sure enough we did shortly thereafter.
We fueled up at Marble Falls Walmart and that should get us the rest of the way when we start out on our last leg next Sunday. They say it will be a dry day. We are ready for a dry day, week and month!!
I do have Internet here if I come in the house. WiFi is not strong enough to reach the MoHo but having any is okay with me. I can make it work.
Terry cooked us supper and we played cribbage. A fun night in stark contrast to the day. I must add that I am grateful and appreciative that we did get here safe and sound and I never want to forget that.
Lisa showed us a video of where we had originally planned to stay and the bridge to where we would have had to cross to get there was in danger of high water. The water was roiling and high beneath the bridge. Very scary looking.
Today Butch and I are on chill time-literally and figuratively. Anyway, it is all good.

Tuesday, October 16

Yesterday's Travel

Yesterday was the stint from the Downstream Casino Galena KS to the Winstar Casino and the FunTown RV park. It was a good travel day and for the first time in over a month, we enjoyed the sunshine for a good chunk of the day. We enjoyed every minute of it!
We are in the Funtown RV park at the Winstar Casino in Thackerville and it is COLD. Unfortunately,  it is not much warmer south of here. We are sitting still for an extra day in hopes the rain situation betters itself. We will make a dash for Canyon Lake tomorrow in between raindrops and sit tight there till Sunday morning to make our run through San Antonio. Yes, we will be driving once again through the heart of San Antonio on I-35 to I-410 to I-37-and that flows seamlessly into hwy- 281 and from there on we do not need navigation except for road hazards.
We had never stayed here at the Big Ass casino long enough to look over anything in the area until today. So we drove into Thackerville to see exactly how big it is and it looks to be about the same size as Cumberland Iowa. The one thing it does have going for it is the closeness to I-35 and the Big Ass casino. They have a sizable RV park right in town and it looks like a good one. It is Red River Ranch RV Park with lots of amenities. They are a Passport America Park and with their regular rates at $40 a night it is a good thing they are. So with a Passport America membership, they are $20 a night and that is more like it. There are no restrictions although their weekly rate (negotiated) would be better if you were indeed staying that long. Their park is mostly pull-throughs, roomy, flat and wide. It would be easy getting into and out of the park. It looks like it is a winter home to quite a few snowbirds and they have full facilities for park functions. The only thing we could say about it in a negative way is that it is not nearly far enough south. If you are looking for an in-between season place to stay for a.while it could be the place for you.

And then we moseyed on over to the Big Ass- Fancy-Shmancy golf course where their rates to play would make Butch quit listening and they did! $99 for a round of 18 holes most days. I will not bore you with the rest of the particulars.

So today I have spent the better part of it so far checking our route tomorrow. I found this website called Drive Texas With this site you can find out about construction, floods, water covered roads etc. and it is constantly changing. I was impressed and found enough info to change our route. Now we will stay on I-35S to I-820 to I-30W to I-20W to hwy 281. It saves us from water covered roads and construction. Neither of which we knew about before. This trip seemed so easy in the past. Darn weather!!

Monday, October 15

Katch up

Written on October 14th, 2018
The travel from Peculiar Mo to Galena KS( Downstream Casino) was trouble free and only a bit of mist now and then. We can stay free here with a players card which we do have. Well, Butch has one. Mine is outdated. Leo and Keri sent us snow pictures from Jefferson and Omaha. Their daughter Emily lives in Omaha, with her husband Joe and children Jorgen and Clara. We went into the casino and showed them our players card for our free night in the RV section of the parking lot and then promptly lost $28 in the casino so I guess you could say we do pay rent in a way. We have won in the past but not enough to balance it out.
Oh well. We had a good time with family Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning. Amanda and Brad's new home on an acreage is perfect for them all. They will greatly enjoy it through the youngsters growing years and beyond.

Elise and Leo working on a video game.
Inventive with the new magnetic shapes I brought for them

A masterpiece

Brad has bought himself another full-time job with the upkeep on the new acreage

Elise will be Herminie from Harry Potter for Halloween. 

Butch and Brad looking things over.

The Teeter Tots enjoying their new home.

Laura and Jason cutting up at the Trade Fair

They will most likely be seeing many deer from now on.

Tomorrow morning I will be checking the weather because the nasty stuff is supposed to be ahead of us and behind us. We have decided to make a change in plans because the weather for golf at Llano Tx is not going to work because of cold and wet weather. We were going to meet Terry and Lisa Linder there but instead, we will drive on into Canyon Lake Tx on Tuesday and stay a few days at their place. Terry and Lisa put in an RV hook-up in their yard so friends can stay with them. The guys may not be able to play golf but the four of us can play some partners Cribbage. We all enjoy that game. So we will be heading to Trophy Gardens in Alamo TX after staying a  few days in Canyon Lake. It will depend on weather among other things. We are not due to arrive in the valley until the 20th so we do have some wiggle room and we do like navigating through San Antonio on Sundays. But then there is old antsy pants. So we will see how it goes.

As it turns out we have EXCELLENT WiFi at the Winstar Casino RV Park. The park has been leased to FunTown and is now called FunTown RV Park. It is still connected to the casino. The WiFi has never worked here before and I was not expecting anything this time either but what a pleasant surprise. We will be staying 2 nights here. The negative side of this is that their rates are much higher. $40 a night on weekends or event days and $30 on weeknights. They do offer back-in sites for $20 a night and that is what we are doing.
More tomorrow...

Thursday, October 11

Last prep day

Tomorrow we will be headed south. Butch is doing the final touches of getting the house ready. I am doing a couple of loads of laundry in the motorhome to make sure a seal hasn't dried up or some other pending problem hasn't reared its ugly head. So far so good.
One of the very oddest of coincidences is that we left last year over 5 weeks later than this year and the weather is exactly the same! In the thirties! Nothing like little reminders to tell you it is time to skedaddle for warmer temperatures.
Tonight is our last trivia time at Hyvee for 2018 and our number one guy with an encyclopedia for a brain will not be there. We are going and we will do the best we can. It should be interesting even if it is painful.
Tuesday we voted for the mid-terms, gave our internet a shut-off date, paid our second half car insurance and went to Ames for our last dermatology appointment. Mickey invited us for supper at her house and it was delicious. Her new kitchen is beautiful.
The rest of my today will be readying the inside of the motorhome for travel. That may sound easy but when you have to think about and how everything might move if jostled it becomes more of a puzzle. It is a puzzle with which I am very familiar.
Back to work!

Coconut Cream Pie

In a discussion with friends, we were talking about coconut cream pie and how it was a childhood favorite. Recently I read about vintage recipes from the 1940's and saw this recipe for coconut cream pie. It was from Taste of Home magazine and they said it was easy and worth making again. Many recipes from our youth are meant to stay there but this one is an exception. Enjoy!

Easy Coconut Cream Pie

This is my own recipe for a pie that I make often. It's been a family-favorite dessert since the '40s,
when I made several of these pies to serve a threshing crew of 21 men!
—Vera Moffitt, Oskaloosa, Kansas
Total Time Prep: 20 min. + chilling Makes 8 servings
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups whole milk
3 large eggs, beaten
1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, toasted, divided
1 tablespoon butter
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, flour, and salt. Stir in milk;
cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly.
Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
Remove from the heat; gradually stir about 1 cup of hot mixture into beaten eggs.
Return all to saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until nearly boiling. Reduce heat;
cook and stir about 2 minutes more (do not boil). Remove from the heat; stir in 1 cup coconut, butter,
and vanilla.
Pour into pie shell; sprinkle with remaining coconut. Chill for several hours before serving.

Test Kitchen Tips
This filling is super easy and delicious in a graham cracker crust.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 376 calories, 18g fat (11g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 249mg sodium,
47g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

Tuesday, October 9

Enough already!!

We have had enough rain to last a whole year as far as I'm concerned. We are on day 14. There are pools in our yard and now we have to wonder if we can get the moho out of the alley without getting stuck!
Friday is the day we will find out and we are promised 1 1/2 days of no rain before take off. That is not much time for the puddles to disappear and the mud to crust up. That is the sum of our angst before take-off.
Today I went to J.I.G.s. I haven't gone to one of those gatherings all summer. It seemed there was always something getting in the way. Doctor appts mostly. It was fun touching base with some of my classmates I have not seen in a while.

Being in the motorhome puts us closer to nature. Unfortunately, now it is creating more dismay than elation. Definitely, time to head south.

Monday, October 8

Goodbye Gathering

Leo and Keri hosted a party for us as a going away party and a christening of her new kitchen.  I think it was a roaring success on all counts AND I got some really good pictures of beautiful people.

Oldest son Rich and his wife Donna

 Youngest son Jason and his wife Laura- Laura said I think I blinked so we did a do-over. I liked both pictures
 Jason and Laura

Devon and his mom Karla- Grand-nephew and niece. Karla looks like her Mom.

Larry Jackson, a friend of old and new-Deja Vu

Pete and Jerilynn-We share our love of going south in the winter. They go to Florida.

Jack Harmer-a friend of old and new-Deja Vu

 Dee and Jack-a friend of old and new-Deja Vu

 Mickey- My oldest friend. I think we met in 3rd or 4th grade

These next 3 pictures made me laugh. Butch and Leo. I have no idea what the conversation was about. Butch tells stories about his mother not being able to talk without her hands. Hmmm, Imagine that?

 Keri and part of Sue Durlam Lucht

Toward the end of the evening- winding down.