Saturday, October 26

Getting settled

Yesterday we made a grand tour of the area going to drop off some Iowa groceries for Donna, Mickey's sister, in Rio Valley Estates. Then a must stop at H.E.B for items I like to buy there. We made a swing through Magnolia Village as it's now known but did not see anyone we knew. Then we stopped by Butch's favorite massage therapist to make an appointment. She could get him right in so an hour later we ate at Raising Cane before going to Costco. Then a stop at CVS Pharmacy to pick up meds and then home to get the meds straightened out between McFarland Clinic and CVS. Will return to CVS today and see if the SNAFU has been taken care of. I thought I had it taken care of before leaving Jefferson and to make sure I called the clinic when we arrived in the valley and they assured me it was A-OK. Well, it wasn't and I am not sure where the blame lies so I will just be ticked at all of them. This is when I miss Keri! One call would have done it.

Got my first Liz haircut today. So did Butch but don't get your hopes up. He still has his appendage.
Butch has washed the front of the RV so we are slowly settling in.
Till I think of more...

Empathetic Elise

I see where Miss Elise won an award at her school for empathy. She is a very caring young lady.

Photos lately

And 'lately' can be translated in a couple of ways. San Antonio now has an IKEA and I love to shop there. My entire house would be decorated "IKEA" if I had access when I was furnishing it. The concept matches my tastes in most ways.

The workers were trimming our tree as we arrived. We thought it was a very nice welcome.

And J.D. the manager was power washing our site.

Way back at Canyon Lake Butch and Terry were looking over the building project of the house across the road from them. It will be beautiful when finished.

Thursday, October 24

Okay, we're here.

We're in our second home. Trophy Gardens in Alamo Texas. They remember us and gave us quite a warm welcome. In fact the Manager, J. D. was spraying off our site and the tree crew was trimming our tree and carrying off the branches. We parked on the street and gladly let them finish their work. In fact, we left our RV and car parked on the street and Dave and Liz picked us up in their golf carts and took us to their place and we caught up on park news a bit.
Dave told Butch he had been going over to Winter Ranch and playing pool so he picked up Butch at 6:00 and took him with him. I stayed home to watch Survivor.

We had a very nice trip down with nary a hitch. Each travel day was good in every way. The weather was good and the traffic was tolerable including San Antonio on a Wednesday morning. We timed it for mid-morning and it seemed to work well. We are listening to "Where the Crawdads Sing" and it is holding our interest.
While we were in Canyon Lake we attended the wedding of Mike and Val Morlan. Mike is Laura's son. It was a beautiful outdoor wedding.

Butch and Terry played golf on Sunday and Monday. Lisa and I went to her boxing class, and then shopped at IKEA, Costco, and HEB. Lisa takes a boxing class because she has Parkinson's and it has become known that boxing is helpful in keeping them mobile. In the evenings we played cribbage and Lisa and I played very well for the most part. The guys did win on occasion.

It always takes a while to establish a new routine and that is what will be taking place in the next week or two. We have a good start.

Interesting Trivia

The narrowest distance between mainland Russia and mainland Alaska is approximately 55 miles. However, in the body of water between Alaska and Russia, known as the Bering Strait, there lie two small islands known as Big Diomede and Little Diomede. Interestingly enough, Big Diomede is owned by Russia while Little Diomede is owned by the U.S. The stretch of water between these two islands is only about 2.5 miles wide and actually freezes over during the winter so you could technically walk from the U.S. to Russia on this seasonal sea ice.

Sunday, October 20

Missouri pictures

Lisa and Terry are letting me use their Internet connection so I have some Missouri pictures to post.
Leo and Betty

Betty and her best friend Cheeta


Elise and Leo

Betty Davis

Neighbors chickens

and Turkey

Elise keeping an eye on Betty

Our new spot to park in Missouri.

Butch having fun



Leo, Amanda, and Susan

Elise and Gary

Butch and Chef Brad

Still in Canyon Lake

Sunday-Butch is golfing today with Terry and Terry's son Michael. I am sure they are having a good time. Terry knows Butch well enough not to take his mood too seriously when it comes to golf.
We are considering waiting till next Sunday to go to the Rio Grande Valley but it isn't set in cement yet. We do need to make a decision soon so we can get some people notified.

On Friday night after the wedding I am not at all sure we would have made it home without Google Maps and the GPS on my phone. We had no idea where we were most of the time. We honed in on the little blue line with the arrow indicating the car was moving and eventually, we found ourselves in familiar territory.

As a brief note, I now weigh 159 lbs fully clothed. I promised someone I would let them know. I do not remember who at the moment. Losing about 2 pounds a month seems reasonable. I am happy with the results and the lifestyle so I have no plans to change anything at this time.