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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Country Jam

Leisure World's Tuesday Jam was very entertaining and the meal served before was delicious.  It takes lots of volunteers to prepare and serve a good meal with choices of what to eat.
I had the Stroganof and it was the best I have ever eaten.  The music was good as usual.
Waiting to serve everyone.  Debbie, Phyllis, ????, Joyce and Clarence
Forgive the photographer for not knowing everyone's name.

Pat LaFoe, Leisure World's cashier

Don Batson and ?????? keep the trays clean for us

Wayne Hand makes his selection at the condiment table while Joy Grogan keeps it well stocked

Jim Edwards smiles as he waits to sell 50/50 tickets and Pat Jett gives a big smile as she waits to sign up Jammers

Waiting to serve delicious hamburgers

"George" and Jack have lunch waiting for the jam to start

Chris Perry visits with the Napiers while waiting for her husband, Dennis, to sing

//Ed & Karin Jones, former residents in Leisure World, frequently participate in our jam

Leisure World Illinois Breakfast

February 11th, Leisure World Illinois Breakfast was held at the Tex-Mex Restaurtant in Weslaco.  Thanks to Diane and Jerry Cantu for hosting the February breakfast.  Fourteen residents enjoyed visiting together on such a beautiful morning.
   Dick Connett on end taking pictures...
On left, Helen Mott, Lorraine Babcock, Phyllis Connett, Diane Cantu, Janice Lewis, Marj Snowden and (visitor - Mary Davis helper).  Right side - Marj Langer and Dick Babcock.
On left, Mary Davis, Larry Snowden, Marj Herbig and Jerry Cantu.

Dick and Dick
From left - Mary Davis, Larry Snowden, Marj Herbig and Jerry Cantu
AND THEN - In the other room was the Wisconsin breakfast.

 The place was packed, but everyone was served quite fast and the food was very good.  There was also a Rio Grande Valley breakfast taking place in the same room.

Leisure World Sisters Luncheon

Wednesday, February 10th marked the date for the 8th Leisure World Sisters gathering.  This year Phyllis Johnk and Bobbi Reising were the sisters in charge of the event.  They chose "Just Between Friends Tea House and Shoppe" located at 1409 N. Main in McAllen, Texas.  Our lunch consisted of Chicken Salad Sandwich, small bowl of soup, chips and dessert with coffee/tea.  Phyllis and Bobbi supplied us with an abundance of Hershey Kisses to munch on while we sat around the table and told "stories".  (Nudist Camp, Meals on Wheels surprise, Shapely picture and you name it).  But.... what was discussed with the sisters, will stay with the sisters)
 Our tea/coffee was all served in "china cups" all being different.  A flower was given to each sister, a gift from Phyllis Johnk and Bobbi Reising.

Ten sisters were in attendance this year.  In front seated is Betty Stoulil, back left to right - Phyllis Johnk, Bobbi Reising, Vicki Konya, Hazel Oachs, Phyllis Connett, Marian Smith, Verna Louze, Annesta Bennett and Nola Burchell. 
 Betty Stoulil (mother of the girls standing).  Vicki, Nola (who is new this year) and Annesta. 
 There were many many rooms in this mansion.  Some things on display just to look at while other items were for sale.  We enjoyed venturing around and looking at all. 
 The winding stairway was beautiful and all rooms were fully supplied to view.

 Thanks to Phyllis Johnk and Bobbi Reising for such a pleasant and fun day.   

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

February 2016 Leisure Lore

February Gospel Jam

Sunday, February 7th was the third Gospel Jam in Leisure World for this season. 
Twenty four jammers, including the stage band were here to entertain.  There was a
large crowd of listeners in the audience. Stan Gainer is host of the jam.
Phyllis Connett and Carolyn Cornelious serve refreshments
Joy Grogan and John Beeler

Wayne and LaDonna Spear of Alamo Palms.  LaDonna plays Mandolin and both
Wayne and LaDonna host the jam at Alamo Palms

Jan Benson and husband.  Jan plays keyboard for the jam.
John Beeler enjoys a cup of coffee during break

Dick Connett keeps coffee made for everyone to enjoy

Connie Little smiles for the camera

Styrl Little also gives the photographer a smile
Lead Guitar player and wife Barbara sing together

Phyllis and Dick Connett see that things run smoothly in the kitchen and coffee area

Refreshments were served during the break by Phyllis Connett and Carolyn Cornelious.
Cookies were donated by: Phyllis Connett, Carolyn Cornelious, Marlys Beeler, Jeanette
Greve-Thompson, Yvonne Grimmius, Pat LaFoe and Mary Gainer.

Thank You to all of these generous ladies.

Thank You to Dick Connett for making coffee for the event.

Thank You to John Beeler for helping with Stage and Jammer chair set up.

Leisure World Chapel: Joys and Concerns


Prayers for Marge Langer who is having problems with her leg.


Brooke Jones, Michelle Boven, Bob Sheets, Jason Keesy, Dennis LaFaive.

To contact Pastor Belcher call: 210-464-3907

Monday, February 8, 2016

Gainer's at Bentsen Park

Stan and Mary Gainer visited Bentsen State Park with friends Jerry and Janet Bland from Lemon Tree in Mission and friends Jerry and Dee Hammond from the Grove in Alamo. After the tour in the State Park they then traveled to Riverside and ate tenderloins while listening to the music of the Roger Kenaston Band.
We were surprised to find a cactus growing in the top of a tree.  However we should not have been.
We have seen them growing in gutters on some mobile homes.  Birds must deposit the seeds in these
unusual places

The only Hawk that we saw.  We read where the Hawks travel through the Rio Grande Valley from mid
September to October and again mid March to April. 

The first colorful bird, the Kiskadee, that we spotted on our trip
When a colorful bird could not be found Stan took this picture of a Road Runner
Stan and friends on the Hawk lookout
Mary and friends waiting for the Tram after the trek up and then back down the Hawk lookout
Mary and friends on the Hawk lookout