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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ode To Joy

A good friend sent me this link in an email. As I particularly enjoyed it, I decided to share. Make sure your speakers are turned on! Then click on this link: Ode to Joy

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Leisure World Cookout

October 10th was another great cookout prepared for approximately forty residents at the Leisure World Hall. 

Thanks to Linda and Al DeCock and Ardy and Gordy Thompson for preparing this cookout, and thanks to those who furnished the delicious desserts that the residents always enjoy. 
See you all at the next cookout...
 
 

Leisure World Social Hour

Mark your calendar for 4:00 PM, every Friday and meet us at the Leisure World Card Room.  Join the group and have a great time.  We "share" our snacks, and you can bring your choice of drink.  We listen to some "funny" and great stories and have a great time for about an hour or so.  Come and join us....
Tena and Alex, Carol and Dave...
Jerry (Oh my, what is he thinking), Maxine and Lorraine...
Dick, Shirley and Jim... (Did you catch Jim's kiss?)
Trudy and Larry...
Good to the last drop, and then it is time to head home.  Bring your mug, your jug and a good story to tell.  There were several others at this gathering, but didn't get in front of the camera. Look out, there is always next time...

Arturo's

Thursday, October 9th was a great gathering at Arturo's in Weslaco for the Leisure World Gang.  Approximately 32 residents gathered for friendship and of course "Good Eating". Sorry if you didn't want your picture on the blog - don't blame the camera man - we just can't control those who get in front of the camera.....

There was Mel and Darlene, Donna and Tom, Rob and Mary Beth...
 There was Dave and Carol...
 And Ralph and Donis, Joyce, Lloyd and Mary...

And there was Linda and Al...
Gordy and Ardy (with Linda again)...

 Alex and Tena...
 Again Carol and Jewett...
 Dick and Phyllis with Lorraine (Dick Babcock beside her but didn't get in the picture)...
On far end was Don, (Jo Anne was there also) Jack and George, Pat, Jim, Trudy and Larry...

 Better view of Don, Jack and George...
 Don't know what was in that beer Jim was drinking and I think he shared it with Pat...
Now Dasher, Doner and Rudolph was not able to attend, but maybe next time.... I think all did have a great time.  I think there was more chatting than eating but it was an enjoyable evening for the Leisure World residents.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Lloyd Walker's Honor Flight

Lloyd was surprised to find over 30 of his friends and neighbors
gathered at the  gate to see him off
Last weekend Lloyd joined several other WWII vets from the Rio Grande Valley on a special trip to Washington D.C. It was an opportunity to visit the WWII Memorial, and other memorials and historic sites in our nation's capitol. Lloyd took a camera and has shared his Honor Flight with us in his photos.
A military Honor Guard saluted as Lloyd boarded the bus to travel to the airport in Harlingen.

All decked out in special shirt and hat, he is waiting to board the plane to Washington via Houston.

One of the first stops was at the Iwo Jima Monument.


Lloyd found the sun bright, the monument emotionally touching.
One of many highlights of the visit to Arlington National Cemetery was locating the burial site of Audie Murphy.

Of course, the Tomb of the Unknowns was high on the list as well.

The ceremony of the changing of the guard was impressive.

As was a wreath placing ceremony.

Of course, the WWII Memorial was the key visit for the Honor Flight participants.

Lloyd was overwhelmed with the wall of golden stars...the next photo explains why.

Nothing needs to be added to this explanation.

All in all, a most emotional and impressive visit. Honor Flight achieved its goal with this WWII Veteran!
And a welcome home at the Harlingen Airport featured the voices of The Magic Valley Chorus. Look closely and you'll see Leisure World resident Carolyn Pricket, a member of the Chorus.
A very crowded and tiring weekend for Lloyd...but one he cherishes and will long remember!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Great Send Off for Lloyd!

Lloyd Walker, WWII veteran who logged 62 missions over north Africa, Italy and Europe in a B-26, has been selected to join other Valley WWII vets in traveling  to Washington D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial, and other significant sites. He was picked up at the front gate of Leisure World this morning by bus taking the Valley vets to Harlingen to catch their plane to D.C.
When the bus arrived, 6 uniformed servicemen off loaded and immediately formed ranks as an honor guard for Lloyd as he boarded the bus.
Lloyd was also honored by his friends and neighbors, with 30+ of them gathering at the park entrance at 5:30 a.m. to cheer Lloyd and wish him bon voyage! We are looking forward to hearing of Lloyd's experiences on the trip, and were pleased to see him being honored this morning!

Happy Birthday, Pat

Pat LaFoe was honored at a surprise 70th birthday party at the Red Lobster in McAllen.
 25 folks were gathered, and Pat was very surprised!

(Thanks to Jo Anne Kurtenbach for the photos)